Damien Rice (born 7 December 1973)
Damien Rice is an Irish singer-songwriter best known for his hits 'Cannonball', '9 Crimes' and 'The Blower's Daughter'.
Net worth: Damien Rice has earnings of $75 million according to People With Money (2014)
Childhood: Damien Rice was born in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland. His parents are George and Maureen Rice. He attended Salesian College where he hooked up with Paul Noonan, Dominic Philips, David Geraghty and Brian Crosby and formed the band Juniper.
Musical career: Damien Rice formed rock band Juniper in 1991 and they subsequently signed to Polygram, releasing the singles 'Weatherman' and 'Single of the Fortnight'. He left in 1998 due to pressures and control from the record label and took up farming in Tuscany, before busking throughout Europe. His first single, 'The Blower's Daughter', became an immediate hit in 2001 and he was joined by London producer David Arnold for the release of his debut album 'O' the following year which he promoted with a tour around Ireland. The album reached number 8 in UK charts, with single 'Cannonball' reaching number 9. 2006 saw the release of album two '9' which he soon followed with a year-long tour including an appearance at Glastonbury Festival. Since '9', he has made various musical contributions including the song 'Making Noise' for the album 'Songs for Tibet: The Art of Peace' and 'Lonely Soldier' for the Enough Project. He also covered Juniper song 'Crosseyed Bear' for 'Help: A Day in the Life'. He releases his albums on his own label Heffa records. In 2014, he announced the released of third album 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy', produced by Rick Rubin.
Personal life: Damien Rice can play the guitar, piano, clarinet and percussion.
Ride and The Strokes will be joined by The Black Keys, Patti Smith, The Replacements and more.
Fans and hopeful attendees of Barcelona's Primavera Sound were delighted to discover that the preview app they downloaded was a video game displaying the full line-up for the festival's fifteenth anniversary.
Already announced were Friday and Saturday's headliners Ride and The Strokes, and now they've been joined by a host of other equally incredible artists. Thursday sees The Black Keys leading the bill alongside The Replacements, who are hitting Spanish stages for the first time and Antony and the Johnsons, who've been doing plenty since their last Barcelona gig. Bringing some variation to Thursday proceedings are electronic virtuosos James Blake, Richie Hawtin and Simian Mobile Disco.
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The solo career of Mr Rice is not one you may realistically describe as that with which you may associate a prolific output. His is not throwaway pop churned out at will to capture a particular sound of the moment. His is a more measured, considered, matured blend of music not affected by whim or fad, not afflicted by need or hankering. Damien Rice comes like malted whiskey at timely intervals after ageing quietly until ready.
In the twelve years since the release of Rice's huge debut album 'O' back in February 2002, Damien has collaborated with everyone from David Gray, Lamb and David Hopkins through to a duet with Tori Amos extolling the virtues of 'Orange Knickers'. On a personal level, though, in the interim years there has only ever been one other studio album, 2006's '9'. 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy' serves to end the lauded Irishman's time in the musical wilderness and put him well and truly back into the public eye.
The title track gently ushers in Damien Rice's new album with the delicacy and tenderness of a man capable of writing the most sensitive of lovelorn songs. The initial fragility in Rice's voice is at times so brittle but it balances as he breaks into the build with a warmth and passion that mirrors the sentiment of the song: "You could be my poison, my cross, my razor blade. I could love you more than life if I wasn't so afraid." The first single to be taken from the album, 'I Don't Want To Change You' is similarly affecting, although the chorus does veer dangerously close to a pastiche of James Blunt.
Continue reading: Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy Album Review
'My Favourite Faded Fantasy' by Damien Rice hits the UK in November 2014, co-produced by Rick Rubin.
Eight years after the release of his acclaimed number one second album '9', Damien Rice is returning with a new record entitled 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy' - and from what we've heard, the result looks like an exciting prospect.
Damien Rice finally returns with album three
The Irish singer-songwriter crooned his way into the hearts of thousands with his easy listening first albums - 2002's 'O' and 2006's '9' - and tracks such as 'Cannonball' and '9 Crimes', and now he's preparing to come back in style as he teams up with pioneering record producer Rick Rubin (who lent his artistic hand to the likes of Jake Bugg's 'Shangri La', Lady Gaga's 'Artpop' and Ed Sheeran's 'X' in recent times) for his significantly longer titled third release. The album's title track was debuted by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 and will be available for free with every pre-order, with the first single 'I Don't Want To Change You' due to follow shortly.
The MTV documentary only makes us like Sheeran more.
While Taylor Swift relaxes from her busy schedule by making Drake-themed crafts for Ed Sheeran, her BFF just launched a new MTV docuseries. Nine Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran premiered last night on the music network and. It’s meant to give fans an inside look into the life of the redheaded songwriter – though how a documentary could reveal any more about Sheeran than his Instagram feed does, we’re not sure.
On his new album, Sheeran experiments with hip hop, a move he's very nervous about.
The singer-songwriter is stepping in front of MTV’s cameras to show and tell the story of his quick ascent to stardom, as well as promote his upcoming sophomore studio effort, x, out June 23.
Date of birth
7th December, 1973