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Cathy tunes, inoffensive melodies and relatable lyrics are the pillars on which Ed Sheeran has crafted his first three albums, however, it looks like the singer-songwriter could be putting that winning formula to bed for the time being, as he hints a change of direction for his next album. 

Released in March of last year, his most recent album Divide went multi-platinum across the globe, however he said not concerned if his new music does not do well commercially.

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, the 27-year-old explained how he does not want to give into the pressure of making another hit record.

"The next record I'm making isn't a pop album and the reason is people expect the next album to be bigger."

"If I control it and say: 'Here's a low-flying record I f****** love,' then my fans will be like, 'Yay!' and the pop world will be like, 'Well, maybe the next one'.

"No one will say, 'That's a flop.' It'll just be, 'That's what he wanted to do."

Pop or not, we're excited to hear what Ed does next! 

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We all have a lot going on – from work and college, to maintaining friendships and a social life. 

For me, it all gets a little overwhelming at the best of times, and I find myself on the brink on a panic attack at least once a week from anxiety. 

It is a real thing, and that feeling of anxiousness is one of the worst in the world. 

Everything seems to start unravelling, and all you want to do is get into bed and stay there. 

There's nothing to be ashamed of, and there are some really nice ways you can alleviate the anxiety. 

One thing I usually do to help me calm down? I listen to music. 

Seems like such a simple concept, but when I'm feeling really overwhelmed (a frequent occurrence) the sultry tones of Johnny Cash really help. 

So with that musical theme in mind, I'd like to fill you on a new study done by neuroscientists in the UK.

These lads have identified the ten tunes that will soothe you the most when feeling anxious. No, Mr Cash did not make the cut, but c'est la vie.

The study was conducted on participants who attempted to solve difficult puzzles as quickly as possible while connected to sensors.

The puzzles induced a certain level of stress, and participants listened to different songs while researchers measured brain activity as well as physiological states that included heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing.

They found that listening to a song called "Weightless" actually resulted in a 65 percent reduction in participants' overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.

Now those are figures I can get behind.

Here are the 10 songs that the study recommended to be the best to ease anxiety:

So don't drive while listening to these, but do take advantage of them:

10. "We Can Fly," by Rue du Soleil (Café Del Mar)

9. "Canzonetta Sull'aria," by Mozart

8. "Someone Like You," by Adele

7. "Pure Shores," by All Saints

6. "Please Don't Go," by Barcelona

5. "Strawberry Swing," by Coldplay

4. "Watermark," by Enya

3. "Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)," by DJ Shah

2. "Electra," by Airstream

1. "Weightless," by Marconi Union

So sit back, pop in your earphones, and relax. 

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Queen of pop Mariah Carey has hinted at the possibility of new music with a St. Patrick's Day themed Instagram post. 

The picture shows the singer in a recording studio which had been decked out in green balloons, along with the caption: "Pon de studio. Happy St. Patrick's Day!"

It's thought Mariah is  currently recording material for her 15th studio album. If this is the case, the new album will be her first release since 2014's Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse. 

 

Pon de studio  Happy St. Patrick's Day!  #happystpatricksday

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It's safe to say that fans can't wait ot hear more from the music icon, with many taking to the comments to express their excitement.

And honestly, who could blame them? Can you imagine the scene if came to Dublin on a tour of the new album? 

Meanwhile it looks like the diva really got into the spirit of Paddy's Day, as earlier in the day she posted an adorable snap of her dog, kitted out in green beads and a tiny top hat that read: "I'm a wee bit Irish". 

 

I'm a wee bit Irish!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Okay, real talk!

Earlier this week, one of the music industry's most influential couples, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, announced a global stadium tour.

The super duo are due to perform at 36 venues across the US and Europe, including stops in Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and London.

And while we are beyond excited that super star couple are heading back on the road, there's just one thing we can't wrap our heads around – where's the Dublin date?

With that, we're calling on the Beyhive of Ireland to come together and convince the Carters to grace us with their presence this summer!

Make your voice heard by signing the petition below, (or by clicking here) and if we achieve our goal, we'll reach out to Jay and Bey! 

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We hate to admit that going to the gym isn’t part of our dream evening routine. We’d love to be one of those people that skips down to the gym wearing our spotless runners and finest gym gear, but we’re not.

We sulk like toddlers when we realise it’s time for our 6 pm spinning class, but we know exercising is good for us so we persevere, even though we’d much rather spend the evening curled up on the sofa.

There are dozens of benefits to exercising regularly, but despite the fact that it’s good for our mental health and bone development, we struggle to make it through our workouts.

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Luckily, a new study has found a little trick that is set to make your workouts a hell of a lot easier, and it will even make them last longer.

In a study conducted by the American College of Cardiology, researchers found that music helps motivate you when exercising.

Lead researcher, Dr Waseem Shami revealed, “Music has shown to increase exercise capacity in a smaller group of patients, which gives some evidence that music can be a key resource in a stress-testing lab and during regular exercise."

The researchers analysed 127 patients whilst they ran on a treadmill. Half of the participants, aged between 20 and 70, listened to Latin music, whilst the other half didn’t listen to any music.

They found that the group who listened to music worked out for longer than the group who did not.

Experts believe that you should exercise for at least 30 minutes every day, which is achievable if you motivate yourself.

Stick on a cheesy pop playlist or maybe some 90s rock ballads and you’ll be ready to workout.

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Time and time again, we find ourselves scrolling through Spotify looking for our favourite lady jams. 

It's time consuming and kind of annoying – so we decided to do something about it! 

We have set ourselves up on Spotify, and created the grooviest playlist ever (think all the best in 90s pop, plus Dua Lipa and the gals).

Currently, we have about 40 songs on it, but we are so open to suggestions. Have a song you love? Let us know, and sure we'll add it on for you. 

We're also going to add 5 songs to the playlist every week, and we'll keep you updated. 

Have a listen, and let us know what you think. 

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Genuinely, there is nothing better than a good gig.

A few drinks, all your mates, and brilliant live music – pure heaven in our book. 

Anyway, with that in mind, we've decided to keep you lovely ladies in the know, with a new gig guide each week. 

Without further adieu, here are the concerts on across the country this week (and weekend, naturally!)

Paul Weller, The Olympia, Tuesday 13th February. 

2017, marks the 40th anniversary of Paul Weller’s first album, “In The City”, which he released with The Jam in May 1977. For most artists such a landmark would be greeted with extensive retrospective celebrations: lavish reissues and all that jazz. But Paul Weller is not like most artists, instead releasing a new studio album, because releasing new albums is what Paul Weller does. Always moving forwards, almost clinically averse to nostalgia or checking his progress in the rear-view mirror.

And so, continuing his never-ending creative peak, Paul Weller releases his eagerly awaited 13th studio album “A Kind Revolution”, out now on Parlophone Records.

There are still a few tickets left for this gig, but act fast. 

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Jake Bugg, Whelans, Thursday 15th February.

Following the release of Jake Bugg stunning new album ‘Hearts That Strain’, he announced a acoustic show at Whelans on Thursday, 15th February.  Tickets are actually sold out, HOWEVER, there are still some available on seat wave if you fancy it! 

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Wild Beasts, The Olympia, Thursday 15th February.  

'Wild Beasts are coming to an end. Our hearts and minds have been devoted to the band since we were teenagers. We've created something quite of our own and built a body of work which we stand by as heartfelt and true. The four of us have decided for our own reasons and in our own ways that it is now time to leave this orbit,' reads a statement from the band, regarding their split. 

HOWEVER, in a final goodbye, the band are doing a handful of farewell shows, one of which is in Dublin this week. Do not miss this one! 

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Smokie, Vicar Street, Sunday 18th February.  

Serious throwback here, but you'd be surprised how many Smokie songs you actually know (and, you'll impress you ma if you attend no doubt!)

Singing 'Alice, Alice, who the F**CK is ALICE' at the top of your lungs in Vicar Street? Sure what else would you be doing of a Sunday. 

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Like it or not, the festive season is well and truly upon us, and with nowhere to turn you might as well get into the spirit.

And what better way to get into the holiday mood than a good old-fashioned sing-along to your favourite Christmas songs?

Well, we've got some good news.

Christmas FM returns to the airwaves at 1pm on November 28 on the following FM bands:

  • Dublin City and County 105.2FM

  • Cork – 106.7FM

  • Galway – 87.7FM

  • Kildare – 88.1FM

  • Kilkenny – 104.3FM

  • Letterkenny – 105.7FM

  • Limerick and North Tipperary – 105.5FM

  • Midlands North – 101.6FM

  • North East – 99.4FM

  • South East – 103.8FM

  • Tralee / Killarney – 105FM

  • Wicklow North – 107.3FM

  • Wicklow South – 106.6FM

Listeners can also find the station on Christmasfm.com and on Virgin Media channel 900.

This year, all proceeds will be donated to Sightsavers, a charity which provides sight-saving operations for people in the developing world.

Speaking about this year's launch, co-founder Garvan Rigby said: “We are delighted to bring Christmas FM back on-air for our tenth year.”

“We are beyond delighted to have reached this point and want to thank each and every one of our listeners who have supported us on our journey and in turn, supporting each of our chosen charities.”

Warm up those vocal chords, ladies! 

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If you only have to hear the opening line of Lose Yourself in order to immediately launch into Eminem's 2002 track, then you may want to sit down before reading on.

The soundtrack to 8 Mile recently featured in scientific research, and the connotations associated with knowing the words of the track from start to finish aren't exactly uplifting.

According to a preliminary study into psychopathy, individuals who were fans of tracks including Lose Yourself and No Diggity scored the highest on the psychopath scale.

The study, which was conducted at New York City University, involved exposing 200 individuals to 260 songs while researchers compared the participants' personality tests to their taste in music.

And it turns out that Eminem fans along with Blackstreet fans raised more red flags than Sia fans, for example.

Speaking to The Guardian, head researcher, Pascal Wallisch, explained the motivation behind the study, saying: "The media portrays psychopaths as axe murderers and serial killers, but the reality is they are not obvious; they are not like The Joker in Batman,"

"They might be working right next to you and they blend in. They are like psychological dark matter," he added.

As many may consider the link between musical taste and psychopathy a tenuous one, Wallisch explains that the study allows for further investigation into a potentially dangerous group of people.

“You don’t want to have these people in positions where they can cause a lot of harm,” continued Wallisch. “We need a tool to identify them without their cooperation or consent.”

Wallisch stressed that the study was still in its preliminary phases, but are confident that their findings provide a foundation robust enough to launch a major study into the links between musical taste and psychopathic traits.

This work is very preliminary,” he said. “This is not the end of an investigation, it is the very beginning."

*Immediately deletes Lose Yourself from iPod.*

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Sony Music have announced that a track recorded by the late George Michael will receive its first play on BBC Radio Two today.

The new release comes eight months after his death and though details of the single are yet to be confirmed, a tweet from Nile Roger has led fans to believe that it's a remix of the song Fantasy from the 1987 album, Faith.

The track will debut on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show this morning and fans are gearing to hear the previously unreleased material.

The singer died on Christmas day 2016, aged 53, from heart disease linked to drug and alcohol abuse.

In a statement posted on his website, Michael's sisters reassured fans that Michael's creative team at Sony Records "will continue bringing you all the projects they had been working so hard on for you, exactly as Yog would have wanted."

It's estimated that George left behind up to three album's worth of material including collaborations with Nile Rogers and Naughty Boy.

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We're suckers for a bit of nostalgia here at SHEmazing HQ, and nowhere is this more evident than when we cast our minds back over the charts of the last decade.

After realising that Paramore's Riot! was released a full ten years ago, we started reminiscing over the tracks that captured our hearts and minds in that same year.

And as it is August 1, we thought it appropriate to focus our attention on the songs that dominated the national and international charts this same month ten years ago.

With Rihanna finally relinquishing the top spot after Umbrella spent weeks at Number One, these five tracks promptly took its place.

Prepare to feel old, ladies.

Ireland

The Way I Are: Timbland feat Keri Hilson & D.O.E Sebastian.

You'd have been hardpressed to make it through a day in Ireland this month ten years ago without hearing this track at least five times.

 

UK

With Every Heartbeat: Robyn with Kleerup

The Swedish songstress earned her first UK Number One wth this corker.

 

Stronger: Kanye West

Still one of our favourites tracks Yeezy has ever released.

 

USA

Hey There Delilah: Plain White T's

Potentially one of the most overplayed songs of that summer, to be fair.

 

Beautiful Girls: Sean Kingston

You either loved it or hated it, ladies.

Now, go lament your lost youth, ladies.

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Sir Paul McCartney has reportedly written a song about Donald Trump, just one month after slating the US President for showing the “ugly side of America.”

According to The Liverpool Echo, the 75-year-old former Beatle was making his annual appearance at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, when he confirmed the new track.

Reports suggest that the song, yet to be named, will feature on Paul's upcoming album, due for release later this year.

"Sometimes the situation in the world is so crazy that you’ve got to address it," the music icon told students who gathered to hear him speak.

Earlier this month, the musician vocalised his criticism of Trump during an interview with The Daily Telegraph:

"He’s unleashed the ugly side of America. People feel like they have got a free pass to be, if not violent, at least antagonistic towards people of a different colour or a different race.”

"I think we all thought we’d got past that a long time ago."

Details regarding Paul McCartney's upcoming album remain unclear, however it is known that the rock n' roll icon has been working with producer, Greg Kurstin, who in the past has worked with the likes of Adele, Lily Allen and Sia. 

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