Long lost duet from musical legends to be released

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A long lost duet recorded by Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson in the 80s will be released this year.

Election weekend

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The best thing to come out of the weekend was the reminder to return to Bic Runga's album, Birds, and the chance to see Neil Finn live.

Ariana Grande on brink of a major image problem

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She could be the next pop culture princess - unless her diva-esque behaviour sinks her first.

The rise and fall of a music legend

Peter Utteridge

Peter Gutteridge was met by police on his return from the US, was admitted to hospital and died.

Lorde to collaborate with Kanye?


He didn't bring his Yeezus tour here, but Kanye West might be teaming up with Lorde.

U2's album giveaway a 'punk rock thing'


Stirring things up and annoying people is the point, says Bono in defence of iTunes bomb.

The strange, moody week that was

simon sweetman

It's been a funny ole week - a strange mood hovering. We're getting older all the time.

Review: New Zealand Opera's Don Giovanni

New Zealand Opera’s production of Don Giovanni

Set in a seedy nightclub, complete with poledancers, this isn't your traditional telling of Mozart's classic.

The Bear essentials

Bear & Boy

While Boy & Bear have yet to conquer the Kiwi charts, in Australia they're one of the biggest bands of the past few years.

Courtney Barnett is genuine, hilarious

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Courtney Barnett took to the stage, adopted a Joan Jett-esque hunch and threw out surprisingly heavy riffs.

Joan Armatrading's enduring charm

Joan Armatrading

Four decades after appearing out of nowhere, Joan Armatrading talks about weird lyrics, shyness and privacy.

Lose yourself in the music, the moment

simon sweetman


The whole Eminem sues National story brings up plenty of disturbing issues.

U2 free album verdict is in - an epic fail


U2's now-infamous auto-uploaded album wasn't bad musically, but as a marketing move it was a disaster.

Mariah Carey announces New Zealand show

Mariah Carey

Touring her new album Me. I am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse, Mariah Carey is coming to New Zealand.

APRA Silver Scrolls finalists announced

Louis Baker

Finalists for this year's Silver Scrolls award for New Zealand song of the year have been announced.

Jimmy Barnes to tour New Zealand

	 Jimmy Barnes

Former Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes will play in Hamilton, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Top 10 political copyright infringements

Bruce Springsteen

Eminem vs National isn't the first time musicians have taken politicians to task. Here's our top 10.

Eminem fires back at National


Pre-election shakedown claim too shady to stand up, says Eminem's camp of National's copyright conundrum. | Beehive Live | Copyright top 10

Nurturing the best

simon sweetman


There are plenty of election events to help celebrate or commiserate, depending on which side of the fence you sit.

Double take: Joel and Benji Madden

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Good Charlotte rockers Benji and Joel Madden are so in sync they finish each other's sentences.

Eminem sues National over election ad

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National Party rejects claims it violated copyright by using riff similar to Eminem song in advert.

R.I.P. 'Guttman'

simon sweetman

Peter Gutteridge, who died yesterday, was one of the more important figures in NZ music.

Robin Thicke blurs the lines of copyright

robin thicke

Singer says he embellished his role in writing Blurred Lines and was high at every interview.

Lady Gaga wants to perform with Bowie in space

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Lady Gaga is due to perform in a Virgin Galactic ship in space next year and wants David Bowie to join her.

Snapper star Peter Gutteridge dies

Peter Gutteridge

Record label pays tribute to "great talent" of Peter Gutteridge, a pioneer of the Dunedin sound.

Scary auto U2 iTunes upload

NANCY EL-GAMEL - Waikato Times

All your Apple devices could be full of the sounds from U2's new album.

A new wave of concept albums

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You don't need to be aware of the concept to enjoy the music - Gruff Rhys' new album is worth a listen.

Can't stand for Kanye? Fans have to prove it

Kanye West

Concert-goers learn you have to stand up for Kanye unless you can prove a handicap.

Zulu Gremlin pops and locks with Kiwi kids

Zulu strap

He's choreographed for Bieber and chilled with Rihanna, Zulu Gremlin is now helping Kiwi kids become dance champs.

Kiwi teen offered spot on Mercedes' mixed tape

Maya Payne

A 17-year-old schoolgirl has been offered an opportunity that get her thousands of downloads for her first single.

Well and truly rocked by Queen


There will never be another Freddie Mercury but Queen (and Adam Lambert) can still rock you.

Soundtrack of my life: Jol Mulholland

Gasoline Cowboy

Jol Mulholland is a producer, engineer and instrumentalist, and occasional member of The Mots and Gasoline Cowboy.

Sam Smith: Lonely at the top

Sam Smith

Singer Sam Smith has turned personal heartbreak into career success.

Catching up with Auckland's Sola Rosa


From a converted studio in a family home, Sola Rosa have cut down their size to compose their sixth album.

Titanium move up the charts


Local boyband Titanium have crooned their way back into the official NZ music charts.

Shapeshifter and The Upbeats join forces


Shapeshifter and The Upbeats have coupled up to get the blood pumping for summer.

Neil Finn's keynote

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Next week Neil Finn will start his New Zealand tour in support of his Dizzy Heights album.

Shihad Live Chat - read their answers


Shihad's Phil Knight and Karl Kippenberger talk about Christchurch, favourite records and the importance of white towels.

Iggy Azalea sex tape report

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea has taken to Twitter to deny rumours of a sex tape.

Shihad talk Christchurch, karaoke and Jimmy Barnes


Band explain why they chose Christchurch for one-off show tonight - and even front a live chat for fans.

Violin star to feature in Opus concert

Brigitte Balzat

Rising violin star Brigitte Balzat will feature as soloist in Opus Orchestra's final concert for 2014.

An Apple album a day...

simon sweetman


If the new U2 album is any sort of game-changer, it's not in a good way.

Rock and roll icon Slash to play two NZ shows


Rock and roll icon Slash is set to play two gigs in New Zealand early next year alongside his new band.

Review: Bob Dylan in Christchurch

Bob Dylan at Horncastle Arena

OPINION: The appreciation of a live performance depends on how it meets your expectations.

Gig a pinnacle of love affair with Queen

A woman kept whistling in my ear and lasers hit me square in the face, but it was a worthwhile price to pay.

How U2 is set to make a fortune


U2 are set to make a fortune by providing the soundtrack to Apple's advertising campaign for the new iPhones.

U2 releases new album for free on iTunes


If you have iTunes, the Songs of Innocence is already in your music library for downloading.

Taylor Swift 'enemies' with Katy Perry

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The pop stars are apparently "straight-up enemies" - and are now taking their feud public.

Lewis - L'Amour

simon sweetman

Who was Lewis, the mystery artist who released a love song to Christie Brinkley? Now we know.

The Beat of Her Own Drum

simon sweetman

The drummer for Prince has written a celebration not not just of incredible music, but of survival and resilience.
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