Appy days for Gaeilge ra­dio

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Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS -

A NEW app for the first Gaeilge mu­sic sta­tion has been launched by Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter De­nis Naugh­ten. He said: “Raidio Ri-ra plays a key role in pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­gage with the Ir­ish lan­guage out­side the class­room, demon­strat­ing its vi­brancy in modern life.”

GIRLS Aloud star Na­dine Coyle’s solo come­back has flopped - with her song, Go To Work, fail­ing to chart, de­spite heavy pro­mo­tion.

It sold just 1,616 copies. Com­bined with stream­ing fig­ures, her sales to­talled 3,132. But the for­mer chart-top­ping singer seemed to pre­empt the pos­si­bil­ity it would per­form poorly when she said she had “no” ex­pec­ta­tions for the track when it was re­leased last Fri­day. She still em­barked on a hec­tic trail of in­ter­views and pod­casts dur­ing which she waxed lyri­cal about her “bit­ter” Girls Aloud band­mates. Sadly, even that failed to en­cour­age lis­ten­ers to her new sin­gle. A mu­sic insider said: “It’s em­bar­rass­ing af­ter ex­pen­sive promo.” Na­dine, 32, is no stranger to a poorly ex­e­cuted cam­paign. In 2010, she signed an ex­clu­sive deal with Tesco, but the su­per­mar­ket chain didn’t stock her al­bum in ev­ery store, and she peaked at No. 47. Speak­ing last week, she said: “They had to do online maps for fans try­ing to find it! I was like, ‘What do you want me to do, drive a truck around and hand them out to peo­ple?’” In 2011, hav­ing re­branded as Na­dine 2.0, she re­leased Sweet­est High – though now quips that she “must have been drunk” at the time. With a new deal with Vir­gin, Na­dine re­con­nected with Girls Aloud’s for­mer col­lab­o­ra­tors Xeno­ma­nia – who were re­spon­si­ble for the group’s biggest hits, in­clud­ing Sound of the Un­der­ground, Bi­ol­ogy and Love Ma­chine. But Brian Hig­gins seemed un­der no il­lu­sions about its chart prospects, say­ing: “I’m mea­sur­ing suc­cess in dif­fer­ent ways now.” The track did make it on sev­eral vi­ral charts. Xeno­ma­nia also worked on Mol­lie King’s lat­est sin­gle, Hair Down, which failed to reach the top 100 last week – de­spite promo and her star­ring in Strictly Come Danc­ing. Sim­i­larly, Paloma Faith’s come­back sin­gle Cry­baby limped into the charts at No. 61 last month. Sam Smith’s Too Good at Good­byes claimed yes­ter­day’s No. 1.

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