Names in the news, Aug. 18

Posted Aug. 17, 2011, at 6 p.m.

When Katy Perry first came on the scene, some dismissed her as a one-hit wonder. Three years later, she’s proven she’s a multi-hit wonder, becoming the first woman to score five No. 1 songs from one album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” set the precedent: It’s the latest No. 1 from her platinum album “Teenage Dream.” Only Michael Jackson had five No. 1s from one album before Perry, from ‘ ‘Bad.” But Jackson spent a total of seven weeks at the top with his “Bad” songs; Perry has been at the top perch now for a cumulative 18 weeks. Perry’s first major hit was the song “I Kissed a Girl” in 2008. … The rock band U2 is funding musical equipment and the hiring of teachers to tutor thousands of children as Ireland cuts spending on education. Lead singer Bono is well-known for raising awareness of issues in Africa, but the property market crash in Ireland has left the country with its own financial problems. In a nation renowned for its musical heritage, only about 1 percent of secondary pupils receive music tuition. U2, which began in Dublin, is providing $7.1 million through 2015 for the music program, together with an additional $2.8 million commitment from the Ireland Funds, supported by people of Irish ancestry worldwide. “While we have a very rich musical culture and heritage, access to music tuition is like a geographic lottery: It depends on where you live and it depends if your parents can afford it,” said Rosaleen Molloy, director of Music Generation, which is funded by U2 and international charitable network The Ireland Funds. “There is an assumption that music is being provided for in mainstream schools, while in reality it is not.”

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