Platinum Pop, Global Crossroads: 2000 to 2018

Local Acts, Global Success - How Ireland Produces Popular Music - Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy [+-]
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin
Michael Mary Murphy is a lecturer on the music industry at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin. He worked in the music industry for twenty years as an artist manager as well as an artist and repertoire (A&R) manager in New York and London. He has published a number of articles on the Irish music industry for academic journals and contributes to radio and print media outlets on Irish music industry topics.
Jim Rogers [+-]
Dublin City University
Jim Rogers is a lecturer in communications at Dublin City University. His core research interests centre on the media and cultural industries, music, and copyright. His first book, The Death and Life of the Music Industry in the Digital Age was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2013. He is the co-editor of A Critical Guide to Intellectual Property, Zed, 2017 and author of many published academic articles on the music industry.


This examines the pattern of Irish acts either emigrating or using television talent shows to launch their careers. How has this impacted on the local scene in Ireland? Mary Byrne, Jedward, Kodaline, The Saturday’s Una Healy and One Direction’s Niall Horan were ‘discovered’ by talent shows, while the Script and Imelda May emigrated before they secured. This contrasts with Bell XI who, despite major success at home, were dropped by their London-based label who deemed them to be commercially unviable. Ireland, and notions of ‘Irishness’ continued to be a marketable category overseas. The Celtic Punk genre (The Pogues, Black ’47, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly) and the Celtic Women projects, achieved substantial commercial success, particularly in the US. With Ireland, serving as a global crossroads for pop, we examine how Ireland become a lunch-pad for artists, including David Gray and Rodrigo y Gabriella, who relocated to the country.

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Murphy, Michael; Rogers, Jim. Platinum Pop, Global Crossroads: 2000 to 2018. Local Acts, Global Success - How Ireland Produces Popular Music. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Jul 2023. ISBN 9781781797808. Date accessed: 07 Dec 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36034. Jul 2023

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