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Simon Cowell lauds 1D star's 'bravery'

Louis Tomlinson said the performance was "harder than I'd ever imagined".

Louis Tomlinson holds it together to perform on the British X Factor just three days after the death of his mum.

Coldplay fan proposes on stage video

A Coldplay fan proposed to his girlfriend on stage, but not before frontman Chris Martin brought the wrong woman on stage.

An emotional fan popped the question at a Coldplay concert, but not before Chris Martin invited the wrong woman on stage.

The new face of Kiwi music

New kid on the block: Theia

A few months ago she was a lifeguard, now Theia is the most-played Kiwi artist on New Zealand radio

Barker back as an Aristocrat

Johnny Barker - Shortland Street serial killer turned  Aristocrat.

Why Shortland Street's serial killer is now exploring a parallel career

Woman of the year: Madonna video

Madonna poses on the red carpet a the Billboard Magazine's 11th annual Women in Music luncheon in New York.

The Material Girl got emotional when accepting her Billboard Women in Music Award.

Broods back on home ground

Broods Caleb Nott, left, and Georgia Nott are back in New Zealand for the first time since July for the Electric ...

Nelson brother and sister duo Broods are looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd.

TSwift and Zayn's steamy duet

Zayn and Taylor Swift.

Pop stars team up to sing on the sensual soundtrack of upcoming film Fifty Shades Darker.

Moses tries another note

Sol3 Mio's Moses Mackay decided to stay in New Zealand instead of performing opera overseas.

Sol3 Mio's Moses Mackay on a year of going it alone

The Monkees melted my brain

Grant Smithies wouldn't be the man he is today without early exposure to The Monkees on TV

The 'Modfather' has left the building

Ray Columbus, musician and mentor, has died.

Ray Columbus was a musical pioneer and a mentor to some of our top talent.

Columbus's legacy lives

Ray Columbus biography cover

Ray Columbus spent more than six decades in the entertainment business. His legacy as a singer, mentor and manager lives on in our top Kiwi talent.

Spotify success for Masterton band

L.A. Women lead singer Jake Schdroski in the video for 'Hurricane Love', which has become a hit for the Masterton band ...

A song cooked up by three Masterton musos on their laptop has become a hit on Spotify.

From homeless to a record deal video

Mitch James was signed by Sony Music after being discovered on YouTube.

Mitch James spent rough nights on the street to make his dream a reality. Now the Kiwi's got a record deal.

Watch: Madonna's Carpool Karaoke

Things took a turn when Madonna unclipped her seat belt.

Madonna shows off her agility with some impressive twerking, and reveals she made the first move on Michael Jackson.

Kimbra readying for new album

Kiwi singer Kimbra will perform a free concert in Sydney this weekend that includes some new material.

Kimbra Vows to play some new songs in Sydney on Sunday

The art of songwriting

Songwriter, musician and artist Fane Flaws.

Fane Flaws and his band The Bend want to take the audience behind the music for their concert 'Undressing the Song'.

Concert shifted after quake

Astro, Ali Campbell and Mickey Virtue - original band members of UB40 - will be performing at the Omaka Airfield near ...

"We're uplifting the event at Villa Maria and plonking it over at Omaka."

Celebrating life through music

Hone Tuwhare, one of New Zealand's greatest poets, will have new life breathed into his works by Tuwhare - The Concert, ...

Hone Tuwhare, one of our greatest poets, will again be honoured with a concert of his works.

Dancing to a gnarly guitar beat

Atamira dance company will premiere its work, Pango/Black, on Saturday.

A new Maori dance work features musicians playing live on stage.

Young Thug joins Laneway

Atlanta rapper Young Thug will play Laneway Festival in January 2017.

Young Thug will join Laneway Festival's lineup.

Is this the vinyl countdown? video

071216.Sport.KEVIN STENT/Fairfax NZ. Death Ray Records owner Apa Hutt fears he may have to shut up shop if he can't get ...

Capital record store put out plea for secondhand vinyl in an effort to stay afloat.

2016's top entertainment stories

When Fleur Verhoeven was dumped by the Bachelor, Jordan Mauger, we were shocked to the core.

From The Bachelor to Jenny-May to Hilary Barry to HDPA - these were the stories that rocked in 2016.

Goldenhorse reform ... just this once

Goldenhorse's Kirsten Morrell is returning to New Zealand from London especially for the Tuwhare concert, in which ...

Goldenhorse are back for concert honouring legendary writer

Uked with The Nukes

West Auckland Ukelele Band, The Nukes. From left: Ben Collier, Dave Parker, David Thiele.

Ukuleles are quite  a "twisted" instrument says The Nukes Dave Thiele.

Glass Animals: 'Live gigs are our thing' video

"I think any shift is risky," he says. "There's a lot of people that liked it and had a good response to what we've be ...

Expect the works when the boys from Oxford take to the Laneway stage in January.

Grammy facts you need to know

David Bowie died in January but near the one-year anniversary of his death, he could win Grammy gold.

The world's biggest music awards are basically the battle of Beyonce and Adele.

Nine Grammy noms for Bey

Beyonce, who already has 20 Grammys, has a record nine nominations for the 2017 music awards.

The Grammy Awards are sipping all of Beyonce's lemonade.

Frankie Stevens' Xmas CD

Frankie Stevens has released his first Christmas album.

Hear Frankie Stevens croon Christmas songs on his first festive album.

Arrowsmith at home finalising second album

Singer and songwriter Holly Arrowsmith is happy to be back in the mountains, in Queenstown.

Queenstown's own tiny folk queen with the powerhouse voice is finalising her second album.

Devilskin metal roar into town

Devilskin will bring their explosive live set to Palmerston North on Thursday.

Metal band Devilskin love their Palmerston North fans.

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