A long lost duet recorded by Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson in the 80s will be released this year.
SIMON SWEETMANThe 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.
She could be the next pop culture princess - unless her diva-esque behaviour sinks her first.
Peter Gutteridge was met by police on his return from the US, was admitted to hospital and died.
He didn't bring his Yeezus tour here, but Kanye West might be teaming up with Lorde.
Stirring things up and annoying people is the point, says Bono in defence of iTunes bomb.
It's been a funny ole week - a strange mood hovering. We're getting older all the time.
Set in a seedy nightclub, complete with poledancers, this isn't your traditional telling of Mozart's classic.
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 took to the stage, adopted a Joan Jett-esque hunch and threw out surprisingly heavy riffs.
Four decades after appearing out of nowhere, Joan Armatrading talks about weird lyrics, shyness and privacy.
SIMON SWEETMANThe whole Eminem sues National story brings up plenty of disturbing issues.
U2's now-infamous auto-uploaded album wasn't bad musically, but as a marketing move it was a disaster.
Touring her new album Me. I am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse, Mariah Carey is coming to New Zealand.
Finalists for this year's Silver Scrolls award for New Zealand song of the year have been announced.
Former Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes will play in Hamilton, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.
Eminem vs National isn't the first time musicians have taken politicians to task. Here's our top 10.
SIMON SWEETMANThere are plenty of election events to help celebrate or commiserate, depending on which side of the fence you sit.
Good Charlotte rockers Benji and Joel Madden are so in sync they finish each other's sentences.
National Party rejects claims it violated copyright by using riff similar to Eminem song in advert.
Peter Gutteridge, who died yesterday, was one of the more important figures in NZ music.
Singer says he embellished his role in writing Blurred Lines and was high at every interview.
Lady Gaga is due to perform in a Virgin Galactic ship in space next year and wants David Bowie to join her.
Record label pays tribute to "great talent" of Peter Gutteridge, a pioneer of the Dunedin sound.
NANCY EL-GAMEL - Waikato TimesAll your Apple devices could be full of the sounds from U2's new album.
SIMON SWEETMANYou don't need to be aware of the concept to enjoy the music - Gruff Rhys' new album is worth a listen.
Concert-goers learn you have to stand up for Kanye unless you can prove a handicap.
He's choreographed for Bieber and chilled with Rihanna, Zulu Gremlin is now helping Kiwi kids become dance champs.
A 17-year-old schoolgirl has been offered an opportunity that get her thousands of downloads for her first single.
There will never be another Freddie Mercury but Queen (and Adam Lambert) can still rock you.
Jol Mulholland is a producer, engineer and instrumentalist, and occasional member of The Mots and Gasoline Cowboy.
Singer Sam Smith has turned personal heartbreak into career success.
From a converted studio in a family home, Sola Rosa have cut down their size to compose their sixth album.
Local boyband Titanium have crooned their way back into the official NZ music charts.
Shapeshifter and The Upbeats have coupled up to get the blood pumping for summer.
SIMON SWEETMANNext week Neil Finn will start his New Zealand tour in support of his Dizzy Heights album.
Shihad's Phil Knight and Karl Kippenberger talk about Christchurch, favourite records and the importance of white towels.
Iggy Azalea has taken to Twitter to deny rumours of a sex tape.
Band explain why they chose Christchurch for one-off show tonight - and even front a live chat for fans.
Rising violin star Brigitte Balzat will feature as soloist in Opus Orchestra's final concert for 2014.
SIMON SWEETMANIf the new U2 album is any sort of game-changer, it's not in a good way.
Rock and roll icon Slash is set to play two gigs in New Zealand early next year alongside his new band.
OPINION: The appreciation of a live performance depends on how it meets your expectations.
A woman kept whistling in my ear and lasers hit me square in the face, but it was a worthwhile price to pay.
U2 are set to make a fortune by providing the soundtrack to Apple's advertising campaign for the new iPhones.
If you have iTunes, the Songs of Innocence is already in your music library for downloading.
The pop stars are apparently "straight-up enemies" - and are now taking their feud public.
Who was Lewis, the mystery artist who released a love song to Christie Brinkley? Now we know.
The drummer for Prince has written a celebration not not just of incredible music, but of survival and resilience.