5 Famous Singers You Didn’t Know Were Irish

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Before you slide on your shamrock sunglasses and gulp down that green food and drink this St. Patrick’s Day, remember to make a MyMusicCloud playlist of songs by your favorite Irish singers: Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, and Bruce Springsteen. What? You didn’t know they’re Irish?

It’s true.  They’re just 3 of 5 famous singers we’ve uncovered who are secretly Irish. Read about their Emerald Isle roots (and watch their performances) below …

Mariah Carey: “My mother’s white — she’s so Irish, she loves Ireland. She’s like, ‘Yay, Ireland!’ Waving the flag and singing ‘When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.’ And that’s great. I appreciate and respect it,” Mariah told the British newspaper The Guardian in 2009. Yes, Mariah’s mother, opera singer Patricia Carey (born Hickey), is indeed Irish American.  (Mimi’s father, Alfred Roy, is African American and Venezuelan.)

Watch Mariah Sing the Holiday Favorite, “O, Come All Ye Faithful,” with Her Mom Here:


Christina Aguilera: “The Voice” coach has long played up her Latin roots, but Christina was primarily raised by her Irish-American mum, Shelly Kearns. After her parents’ stormy split, Christina lived with Shelly and grandmother Delcie Dunfee, who hails from Ireland’s County Clare. “Irish customs have always been a big part of our lives,” Shelly told British newspaper “The Mirror” in 2001. “We’d put candles in the windows, especially at Christmas, as a symbol of welcome to Mary and Joseph (a totally Irish custom). And we’d decorate the house for St. Patrick’s Day with shamrocks and leprechauns.”

Watch Christina Dedicate the Song “Oh, Mother” to Her Mom


Kurt Cobain: The Nirvana singer wasn’t just a grunger, he was also a Greenie. Cobain hailed from Northern Ireland, where his family was originally named “Cobane.”  Kurt’s ancestors Samuel and Letitia Cobane reportedly left their Irish farm five generations ago to start anew as shoemakers in the state of Washington. Kurt’s Irish cousin, Fionnola O’Reilly, discovered this and their family ties while researching her family’s heritage over six years, according to Irish Central.

Watch Nirvana Perform “Come As You Are”

Macklemore:  You might know the Grammy-winning rapper from his hits, “Thrift Shop” and “Same Love,” but in “Irish Celebration,” Macklemore gives props to his Gaelic homeland.  “Heart, blue collared workers and family, My heritage, proud to be a Haggerty,” he raps. That’s because the Seattle musician’s real name is Ben Haggerty. “The song is about celebrating life. It celebrates my ancestry and culture,” he tells Rap Ireland.

Watch “Irish Celebration”


Bruce Springsteen: Can’t detect an Irish lilt in the Boss’s New Jersey growl? While touring Ireland in 2013, he spotted a fan’s sign that read: “Bruce O’Hagan.” “O’Hagan, that’s right,” Springsteen told her and the crowd. “I come from the O’Hagans. We’re related somehow.” In fact, he’s descended from Martha O’ Hagan, who married Bruce’s grandfather. Later, he accepted a giant, red Irish passport from another Irish fan.

Watch The Boss Get His Irish Passport Here:


So celebrate Ireland this St. Patrick’s Day with songs from your favorite pop artists on MyMusicCloud, the only cloud-based music storage service that lets you mix and listen to your music anywhere, on any portable device – computers, smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs.

From Whitney to Christina: The 10 Best and Worst Pop Diva Musical Movie Soundtracks

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They dazzle our ears with their bewitching vocals, but when it comes to our eyes, sometimes our favorite pop songstresses soar, shudder, and just plain crash and burn on screen. As a tribute to the late, great Whitney Houston, whose last movie “Sparkle” came out in 2012, MyMusicCloud is taking a look at the Best and Worst Pop Diva Musical Movie Soundtracks, from “The Bodyguard” to “Burlesque.”

Billed as the last movie filmed before Houston’s tragic February death, “Sparkle” casts her as the strict mother and failed singer of a talented young chanteuse, played by real-life chart-climber Jordin Sparks. The two powerhouses sing a new duet (“Celebrate”) in “Sparkle,” which Houston said is actually a remake of one of her own favorite 1976 movies. That version? it was inspired by the life story of another of our top pop divas — Diana Ross.

Miss Ross lands on our top 5 Best Diva Musical Movie Soundtrack list with her emotional portrayal of troubled blues singer Lady Day, modeled after Billie Holliday. “Lady Sings the Blues” earned the singer a Best Actress Oscar nomination and captured pop music fans’ adoration with the singles “Good Morning, Heartache” and “God Bless the Child” in 1972.

The Houston/Ross connection goes even deeper with the 1992 smash hit “The Bodyguard,” in which Houston played spoiled superstar Rachel Marron. The soundtrack racked up five hit singles for Houston: “I Will Always Love You”, “I’m Every Woman”, “Queen of the Night”, and two Oscar nominated songs “I Have Nothing” and “Run to You.”  But the movie was originally cast 20 years earlier with Ross and action star Steve McQueen in the title roles. (McQueen dropped out, cancelling the project.)

Those are just a couple pop diva soundtracks that succeeded, but what about the flops? Mega-diva Mariah Carey wobbled as club ingénue Billie Frank in the goofy “Glitter” while even Oscar winner Cher couldn’t help Christina Aguilera bump and grind her way through “Burlesque.” And who could forget Olivia Newton John as a roller-skating Greek muse in the disco-driven “Xanadu”?

For more of your movie musical favorites, browse our cloud-based music delivery service’s catalogue. Click the “Soundtracks” section under the “Genres” tab in our music store to see our library of 11 million songs. And add your suggestions to our Best/Worst list below!

Best Movie Musical Soundtracks

5.  The Bodyguard: Whitney Houston

4.  Grease: Olivia Newton-John

3. Funny Girl: Barbra Streisand

2. Lady Sings the Blues: Diana Ross

1. Dreamgirls: Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson

Worst Movie Musical Soundtracks

5. Glitter: Mariah Carey

4. Yentl: Barbra Streisand

3. Burlesque: Christina Aguilera & Cher

2. From Justin to Kelly: Kelly Clarkson

1. Xanadu: Olivia Newton-John

Watch the trailer for Whitney Houston’s movie “Sparkle”