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What we listened to in 2014 video

UP FOR FOUR TUIS: Sol3 Mio's Moses Mackay, centre, with cousins Pene and Amitai Pati.

While Kiwi albums featured strongly in the end of the year charts New Zealanders are mainly absent in the singles category.

New look, fresh sound

SONGBIRD RETURNS: Eastbourne local Teresa Bergman has spent the past six years immmersign herself in the Berlin music scene, where she earned the title "Berlin's Best Busker". She is performing in Wellington this weekend to showcase her debut album.

Teresa Bergman started writing songs when she was 9, sang in award-winning barbershop quartets from 14, and made it into the finals of 2005's New Zealand Idol at 18.

Why the R 'n' R Hall got it wrong

"RIP-OFF": Green Day

B-list drummers and rip-offs. Randall Roberts about why the new inclusions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are wrong.

Former Idol's song for peace video

Wes Carr in Sydney's Centennial Park in August 2014.

Former Australian Idol winner Wes Carr says he is humbled at the response to the raw, emotional song he wrote quickly after the tragic Sydney siege.

Perry's opening act still on


Swedish star Tove Lo will be opening for Katy Perry in Auckland this weekend after sending a confusing message.

Who's made it into Rock Hall?

Rock Hall of Famers .... Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool, Mike Dirnt and Jason White.

Soulmen, bluesmen, poets, punks and feisty rockers are among the 30th class of inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Top year for young tenor

Whirlwind year: "I'm trying to figure out what's best for me," says award-winning singer Jonathan Abernethy.

Wellington's Jonathan Abernethy was a self-confessed music department irritant at school. He's just won a major Australian opera prize and can hardly believe his good fortune.

Jethro Tull in Chch

Ian Anderson, frontman of Jethro Tull, in Christchurch for shows at the Isaac Theatre Royal.

Ian Anderson has arrived in Christchurch with his trademark flute in his backpack.

Lily Allen upsets Christians video

BIZARRE: Lily Allen's nativity scene.

English pop singer Lily Allen has upset Christian groups by including a nativity scene in a concert performance.

Star quartet perform at festival

Musical Island Boys, from left, Jeff Hunkin, Lusa Washburn, Matt Gifford and Will Hunkin.

The Musical Island Boys have had a success for glittering success, and now they're coming home to perform at Porirua's Festival of the Elements.

Beyonce sued over Drunk In Love

Hungarian folk singer Mitsou claims her vocals were stolen by Beyonce and husband Jay Z for Drunk in Love.

Beyonce is facing legal action from a Hungarian folk singer over allegations her vocals were illegally sampled on the superstar's Grammy-nominated Drunk In Love hit.

Kids cover Katy like never before video

Upbeat Glee club covering Katy Perry's Dark Horse

Young Taranaki singers and dancers have created a Kiwi version of Katy Perry's Dark Horse.

Passenger finally arrives

Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger.

Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, talks about his musical journey from busking on street corners to topping charts around the world.

Manson breaks silence on rape clip

Marilyn Manson says that he had 'nothing to do with' the graphic video by Sturmgruppe.

Metal rocker blames poor editing for the release of the disturbing footage of Lana del Rey/

Is an Oscar next for Lorde? video


Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie and Lorde are both in the running for an Academy Award.

Not the worst idea after all

LEADING ON A JETPLANE: Tim Batt and Guy Montgomery hope they can swap their Grey Lynn couch for Los Angeles.

Two Auckland blokes watching the same movie every week and talking nonsense is spearheading a new wave of podcasts.

Video made the radio stars

YouTube clip propelled Boston four-piece to fame, and New Zealand.

The festival rundown

Fans at St the Laneway Festival at Auckland's Silo Park in January this year.

Lake Street Dive are one of the main attractions at Womad in New Plymouth next March - but there's plenty of other festival options this summer.

Reggae relocation no problem

The crowd gets in to US band Cyprus Hill at Ragamuffin 2014 in West Auckland.

Raggamuffin's new locale in Auckland delivered, with its big acts and relaxed atmosphere.

New protest songs


Protest songs are taking their place alongside chants of "I can't breathe" and "Hands up, don't shoot" as demonstrators raise their voices.

Sex Pistols are too fat to play

ROTTEN: John Lydon says the Sex Pistols are too fat to re-form.

Punk pioneer John Lydon - aka "Johnny Rotten" - has taken aim at Mick Jagger, Simon Cowell and the Catholic Church, and admitted The Sex Pistols are too fat to reunite.

No holding back for Veronicas

The Veronicas: Twin sisters, from left, Lisa and Jessica Origliasso.

Australian duo The Veronicas are back and, not surprisingly, twin sisters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso from Brisbane are eager to talk about their new album.

Lorde up for Golden Globe video

DRESSED FOR SUCCESS: Lorde at the Mockingjay Part.1 premiere in London.

Lorde's mum publishes her excitement on Instagram, saying: "Yesss! Congrats Ella - nominated for a Golden Globe for Yellow Flicker Beat." 

Singers who stay dressed gallery

Taylor Swift and Lorde

While the 2014 talking point has been the butt, the music that's been shifting the most record sales has been made by women who have kept their clothes on.

Metallers' offer for Seekers fans

ONE TO REMEMBER: Wellington extreme metal band Bulletbelt's new t-shirt commemorating their accidental musical cross over with folk band The Seekers.

Seekers fans who enjoyed the musical mix up with metal band offered t-shirts commemorating the occasion.

Euro pop-ular

HORN SECTION: Fat Freddy's Drop's familiar front-row are a large part of what endears the band to thousands of European fans.

Fat Freddy's Drop might appear a purely Kiwi phenomenon, but the Wellington ensemble band has built a big European following.

Auckland's lovefest for John Legend

LOVED: Soul singer John Legend made his audience swoon.

Love was in the air at Auckland's Vector Arena last night thanks to soul heavyweight John Legend and one swooning, screaming, gushing audience.

Bringing it all back home video

Cool crooners: Barbershop quartet world champions the Musical Island Boys are returning to Tawa for a special homecoming concert. They are, from left, Jeff Hunkin, Marcellus Washburb, Matthew Gifford and Will Hunkin.

They went from humble beginnings at Tawa College to winning gold at the barbershop world championships - now the Musical Island Boys are coming home.

YouTube rewinds 2014

Jimmy Kimmel YouTube Rewind 2014

You may not realise how many strange and wonderful things popped up until you see this recap from YouTube.

Kiwi in with Grammy chance

IN THE RACE: Sarah Larnach has been nominated for a 2015 Grammy for her work with British music act Passenger.

A Kiwi's been nominated for a 2015 Grammy award, although this time it's not Lorde.