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Grande's NZ shows still possible

FILE PHOTO: At least 19 people were killed at Ariana Grande's Manchester concert.

Pop singer Ariana Grande will reportedly suspend her world tour, but it's unclear if an Auckland show will be cancelled.

Ariana Grande 'broken' after attack

Ariana Grande was performing in Manchester when bomb went off towards the end of her concert.

Pop star physically okay, but "broken from the the bottom of her heart" following blast at UK concert.

Ed Sheeran selling out video

Ed Sheeran performs at Mt Smart Stadium on December 12, 2015, in Auckland, New Zealand.

Three out of the five gigs have sold out, and there are just few tickets left for the remaining shows.

Rocket Man recast as refugee

A clip from the new music video for Elton John's Rocket Man.

Elton John's song about a lonely astronaut on a mission to Mars retold as a tale about a refugee cut adrift from his family.

What is Taylor Swift planning?

Rumours are starting to swirl that Taylor Swift will be back in a big way before the end of 2017.

Why all signs point to new Taylor Swift music in 2017.

Elise up for Golden Guitar Award

Kendall Elise is a finalist for APRA Best Country Music Song at this year's Golden Guitar Awards in Gore.

Elise was born and raised in Papakura and gained a lot of her "musical fire" while attending school in the area. 

Tami Neilson: Kiwi fans made me

Tami Neilson said the way New Zealand makes music has taught her a lot.

So now she's paying back. Watch out Paekakariki: Tami's coming for you.

Getting Sheeran tickets the old way video

Ed Sheeran fans Erin Davis, left and Debbie Waide wait for tickets outside Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Old-fashioned ticket queues after missing out on Sheeran pre-sales.

The opera star who wouldn't sing

James Clayton (pictured) is an Australian baritone who lives in Wellington and when he's not performing here and in ...

The only NZ resident in New Zealand Opera's Carmen on why he was once embarrassed to sing.

What is it with Americans and nipples?

Cher performs Believe at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas before receiving the Billboard Icon Award.

Cher wowed the audience with an incredible performance at the 2017 BBMAs - but all Twitter wants to know is where her nipple went.

Put it Bluntly: it had to be different

James Blunt said he used Twitter to abuse himself rather than promote his albums like the record label had asked him to do.

James Blunt on recruiting Ed Sheeran to change his tune.

Share the Sheeran experience

Ed Sheeran's one-man-band approach offers a fairly awe-inspiring spectacle.

OPINION: Why concerts have replaced sporting events as "experiences" for young Kiwis.

Drake makes awards history

Drake Shatters Adele’s Record of Most Awards Won

Rapper wins 13 Billboard Music Awards, eclipsing Adele's record of 12 at the 2012 awards.

Sweet like Honey.

Wellington pop band Honey. From left: Lydia Reid, Andy Hockey, Matt Dixon and Alexander Reid.

It's been a busy few months for Wellington's newest pop band, but they show no signs of slowing down

Jazz fest swings into 50

American blues and jazz guitarist Chris Cain will be performing at The 50th Manawatu Jazz Festival.

A mix of international and homegrown acts will perform at the Manawatu Jazz Festival's 50th birthday.

The ABC's of music

Five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves is coming to Wellington for the Jazz Festival next month.

"There's something for the head, for the heart and something for the feet."

Harry Styles' emotional Carpool Karaoke

Harry Styles showcased his new solo album on Carpool Karaoke.

Harry Styles didn't hold back during an emotional Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.

Holland hosting double dose of Kiwi

Lorde returns to Later... With Jools Holland four years after making her debut on the show at the age of 16.

Melodrama songs to get an airing on British TV later this week

Cellist and conductor combine superbly

Singaporean director Darrell Ang proved on Saturday night just why he is known as a very precise, direct, conductor who ...

REVIEW: The dark resignation of Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony Finale set the seal on a very fine performance.

Lorde, Aldous Harding join Jools

Aldous Harding has released her second album, Party.

An all-female special of the BBC show Later . . With Jools Holland will feature Kiwi's hottest stars.

The bedroom tapes

Auckland's Amelia "Fazerdaze" Murray.

The Auckland housing crisis didn't deter this Kiwi muso from delivering a brilliant home made album.

Otago A Go Go

More laureates than you can shake a stick at: the 2017 Dunedin Writers And Readers Festival.

Hungover but happy, a visiting northerner reports back after three days at the Dunedin's Writers And Readers Festival.

Smith finds own voice with debut

Former Von Voin Strum member Matthew Smith has branched out on his own with his debut self-titled album.

With his debut album Matthew Smith is making a statement about who he is as an artist.

Grunge gladiator with a pained soul video

As one of the key architects of the grunge scene, Cornell helped restore faith in rock and roll.

'Black Hole Sun' was the mournful, monumental soundtrack to my life in 1994.

Payne doesn't like Styles' solo music video

One Direction star Liam Payne (left) says his band mate's debut track isn't something he'd listen to.

The One Direction star says his band mate's debut track isn't something he'd listen to.

A Life Story - A lifetime in the spotlight

Entertainer Franki Wood, from Lower Hutt, has died at 97.

Franki Wood entertained her community for more than 90 years, writes Bess Manson.

I shared a stage with Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell

It was a career highlight for one Wellington band, who are mourning the passing of the Soundgarden star.

Listening Post

Raashi Malik and Paul McLaney have collaborated on The Old Traditions

Our weekly wrap of new music includes work from Paul McLaney and ex-Lemonhead Evan Dando.

Lorde releases Melodrama track list

Ella Yelich-O'Connor, better known by her stage name Lorde, says in studio "freakouts" got her sent home.

Now we know the names of all the songs on Lorde's new album.

When the grandad of grunge went quiet

Chris Cornell performing at the Big Day Out at Auckland's Mt.Smart Stadium in 2012.

"Music saved me", Chris Cornell told Grant Smithies in 2015. Two years later he would take his own life.

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