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From the fringe ben­e­fits of Justin Bieber to the huge phone bills of Gaga and Bey­oncé, and from Whit­ney Hous­ton’s come­back wob­bles to Axl Rose’s, eh, come­back wob­bles, our crit­ics re­call the best and worst bits of 2010

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

There was no doubt about who ruled Ox­e­gen this year as Jay-Z showed that his brand of hip-hop could work just as well in muddy, windswept fields as indoor clubs and are­nas. You felt a smidgen sorry for Arcade Fire, who had to fol­low Jigga’s grand­stand­ing, barn­storm­ing per­for­mance. Come De­cem­ber, though, Arcade Fire had found their mojo too, and de­liv­ered one of the gigs of the year at the O2. ar­ranger and flugel­horn player Kenny Wheeler led a big band of Bri­tain’s best jazz mu­si­cians in Belfast’s Elm­wood Hall in Novem­ber to cel­e­brate his 80th birth­day. No gim­micks – just glo­ri­ous mu­sic, glo­ri­ously played.

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