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Battle over Prince's estate begins

Prince left no known will, sparking a potential court battle over his estate.

Lawyers head to court to divvy up the late pop superstar's assets, with several family members in line for a slice.

Mali Mali on tour

Ben Tolich, aka Mali Mali

This week Mali Mali is on tour around New Zealand – south of the regular Auckland haunt, anyway, with shows in Te Awamutu (Thursday, May 5), Wellington (Friday, May 6) and Palmerston North (Saturday, May 7).

When Iron Maiden became ABs

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson wears an All Blacks jersey while performing at Christchurch's Horncastle Arena on ...

Bruce Dickinson is a muscian, an author, a broadcaster and a pilot. And this weekend, he was also an All Black. 

Shihad - one day, three shows

To kick-off NZ Music Month, Shihad performed three 50-minute shows in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland in one day.

Shihad kicked-off NZ Music Month with a "one day, three shows" music marathon.

Hum-ilton groups band together for Music Month at the Meteor

Hamilton band The New Millennium Beatniks are led by Richard Selinkoff, the city's own authentic beat poet.

Waikato music fans can discover some of their own talent and contribute to a good cause at two gigs in May.

The album isn't dead, thanks Bey!

Beyonce, the agent of revolution?

Apparently Queen Bey didn't get the memo about albums being over.

Radiohead presses delete

Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs at Vector Arena in 2012.

Fans received a threatening card in the post - which may or may not be announcing the release of the band's new album in June.

Inspired by stories on the road

Into The East's tour will take them to smaller centres around New Zealand.

Into the East have heard weird and wonderful tales from around the country.

Kesha's first post-court single video

In a tweet on Friday, Kesha said "#truecolors spoke to me so deeply I had to spread the beautiful message of personal ...

Kesha's latest single is a little darker than her previous hits.

Prince suffered 'throat, stomach pains'

Prince ate less food and preferred smoothies and juices before his death, his long-time chef says.

Pop superstar's long-time chef reveals the singer was having trouble eating and required a special diet before his death.

Samba band drummed out video

Enthusiastic drumming marks Wellington Batucada's final rehearsal at Cuba St's Thistle Hall after noise complaints ...

Cuba St will no longer boom to the sound of practising Wellington Batucada drummers.

Bey fans slay Single Ladies video

A Beyonce fan slays the Single Ladies routine.

Queen B almost upstaged by two fans who nailed Single Ladies routine.

Fans await unreleased Prince songs

Prince in action at the Hop Farm Festival near Paddock Wood, England in 2011.

​Before his death, fans searching online for Prince were likely to find just a handful of his recorded music.

Iron Maiden land in Auckland video

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Rod Smallwood, manager and NIcko McBrain, drummer from British heavy ...

"Ed Force One" landed at Auckland Airport at around 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

'Ed Force One' lands in Auckland

Iron Maiden's Boeing 747 'Ed Force One' at Auckland Airport, with Eddie the Head looking on from the tail.

Fans turn out to greet Iron Maiden in Auckland.

Why the death of Prince cut us

Now Prince has ridden out of our lives.

Can we press pause on 2016? The ground feels unstable.

Catchiest songs according to science

Michael Jackson, pictured with pet chimp Bubbles, made the top 20 twice.

Sorry, but for the rest of the day you'll be humming these earworms.

Maiden bowl Christchurch over

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson wears an All Blacks jersey while performing at Christchurch's Horncastle Arena on ...

Iron Maiden throw out the charm - and theatrics - for an eager Christchurch crowd.

Prince kicked comedian out of his house

Actor Tracy Morgan is mourning Prince.

If you're Tracy Morgan, he'll also be remembered for the time he kicked you out of his house. 

Jay-Z approved Lemonade lyrics

Jay-Z doesn't mind Beyonce's Lemonade.

Ever since Beyonce dropped her latest album, the internet has gone into overdrive speculating about apparent allusions to Jay-Z's dastardly deeds.

Best Auckland bands

QUINTESSENTIALLY AUCKLAND: Auckland music hero Graham Brazier performing in 2012 at a reunion concert of bands who ...

Auckland's best ever bands ranked, making the case for why Auckland is the true home of great Kiwi music.

No rest for wicked Black Sabbath

Ozzy Osbourne might be 67 but he can still rock a stage with the best of them.

They rocked the Vector Arena on Thursday and next up the metal veterans take on Dunedin.

Lemonade a triumph…of marketing

When life gives you lemons, make an album called Lemonade like Beyonce.

Good on Beyonce and Jay Z for marketing to emotion and exploiting the masses.

Prince doctor under scrutiny

Investigators are looking into what drugs were on a plane Prince was on before his death and what drugs were at his home.

In an echo of Michael Jackson's death, investigators are looking into Prince's doctor.

Azalea clarifies 'Becky' comment

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 19:  Iggy Azalea speaks during Bonds 100th birthday celebration event at Cafe Sydney on ...

The Australian singer has insisted that she doesn't think Beyonce was being racist in her new album.

Axl Rose not popular with AC/DC fans

Angus Young is the sole original member left in AC/DC.

Refunds are being offered for those fans not happy with Brian Johnson's replacement.

That time Beyonce was a CIA spy

Making Lemonade with a baseball bat - Beyonce gets involved.

Is the CIA ready for this jelly? The conspiracy theorists sure think so.

Black Sabbath: Fear the reaper

Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne and the rest of the band are calling it quits after their current tour.

Black Sabbath's lead singer admits the death of so many of his colleagues has him thinking about his own mortality

Listen: Blink-182's new single

Blink-182 members Mark Hoppus (left)  and Travis Barker have released a new album.

It's a new band member and a new album for the nineties skate-punk trio.

New Maroon 5 material?

Adam Levine threatens new Maroon five tracks are 'incubating'.

It's "in the incubator" says Adam Levine, but soon it'll be in your ears... maybe

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