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Bono's son Elijah following in dad's footsteps as debut album hits #1 in UK and Irish charts

Inhaler's It Won't Always Be Like This is first domestic Irish record to make number one since The Script 13 years ago
(L-R) Ryan McMahon, Elijah Hewson, Josh Jenkinson and Robert Keating of Inhaler

(L-R) Ryan McMahon, Elijah Hewson, Josh Jenkinson and Robert Keating of Inhaler

By Esther McCarthy

Eli Hewson is poised to make music history as his band Inhaler topped the Irish charts at the weekend.

The four-piece group looks likely to have the Irish hit album of the summer as their fanbase also grows internationally.

For Eli, the son of U2 frontman Bono, following his world-famous dad into the music business has brought him his own success.

Inhaler’s debut album It Won’t Always Be Like This is the first domestic number one for an Irish band since The Script, who are backing the newcomers.

In a social media post, the band said: “These boys in Inhaler are on track for their debut album to go number 1 in the UK & Ireland!!

“If they do, they will be the first Irish band to do it since we did it almost 13 years ago. #TheScriptFamily these boys deserve all the success, so grab your copy NOW and help them make history.”

While following a superstar parent into the music business is a daunting prospect for any young star, Eli is navigating his musical career with success so far.

“Ooh! It’s like sending your baby off to college or something,” said Eli of the long-awaited first album. “It could go horribly wrong. But yeah, there’s definitely a lot of relief. Not like less responsibility but more responsibility. It feels like a long time coming, and we’ve put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into it, so we are just excited for people to hear it.”

It can be tricky going into a business where a parent’s shadow looms large, but other stars have successfully followed their world-famous parents into the music industry — and some have even eclipsed their success.

Miley Cyrus took the bold step of pursuing a music career in a country where her dad, Billy Ray, was a superstar. But the rocker has become one of the world’s most-successful music acts. She has had the most Billboard top five albums (13) of any female artist this century. It all started when Cyrus auditioned for the Disney series Hannah Montana at the age of 11. Never shy of courting controversy in her adult career, she has also tried various musical styles without alienating her fanbase.

Most recently she’s been working with Nine Inch Nails and Billy Idol. But in an interview earlier this year she said that her godmother Dolly Parton was one of her greatest inspirations. “In so many ways Dolly has inspired me to express and celebrate every layer and version of myself. She has been so constant in her career, but also had such an incredible evolution. So there has been that consistency, but also that growth. I think she’s very layered.”

Enrique Iglesias’s dad Julio was one of the world’s most successful recording artists, but Enrique has gone on to break some records of his own. As soon as he first recorded in the mid-nineties in Spanish he became the best-selling Spanish language act of the decade. Since then he’s sold over 180 million albums worldwide, successfully crossing between English and Spanish.

There have been bumps along the way — at the age of 18 he distanced himself from his family to search for his own musical success.

“It was difficult. I left and for ten years I had absolutely no contact with my father,” he said last year. “I suffered a lot. But what I felt for my music gave me strength. And, above all, I pursued the goal to do it my way.” The star is married to former tennis player Anna Kournikova.

Following your dad into an industry where he’s regarded as one of the greatest of all time is a daunting prospect, but Bob Dylan’s son Jakob has found his own audience. He’s been doing his own thing for a long time, joining various indie bands before setting up The Wallflowers. They’ve just released their first new album in several years. He says he would find it more difficult to navigate the modern music industry.

“I’m not that in touch or in tune with how a young band today is going to make it,” he said. “But forget about the business. There is no record business. It’s a streaming business. It’s something else. The record business we’ve been talking about is long gone. And that’s why a lot of people just don’t bother forming bands, or, if they’re already in the business, making records any more. And that’s a shame, because it’s us who have missed out.”

Willow Smith, daughter of Will and Jada, was aged just nine when she had a smash hit with Whip My Hair and became the youngest person ever signed to Jay-Z’s record label. Now 20, she has gone on to establish herself as a singer and rapper — just like her dad before he pursued an acting career. Just this year her single Transparent Soul topped the Billboard Rock Streaming Chart.

Norah Jones’ late father Ravi Shankar was a legend of Indian music made famous in the west when he worked with The Beatles and performed at Woodstock.

The star had a complicated relationship with her father, who she saw little of in her childhood, but was proud of his musical achievements.

She became a megastar in her own right in 2002, when she exploded on the music scene with her album Come Away With Me. Suddenly, she was a household name.

“I was trying to have fun with the success, but at the same time, I was a little too worried about getting swallowed up by it all,” she said recently. She released her latest album Flame Twin last year.

Zoe Kravitz is well established as an actress like her mum Lisa Bonet, but in recent years Zoe has also focused on pursuing a music career like her famous dad Lenny.

Last year she released her second studio album with friend Jack Antonoff, with who she performs as the electro-pop duo Lolawolf.

“Music is a huge part of my life and has always been and will always be,” said Zoe, who plays a music nerd in the TV series High Fidelity.

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