Video premiere: Sola Rosa: Both of Us

Watch the brand-new video of Sola Rosa's Both of Us, featuring Kevin Mark Trail.

Little Apple: The song all of China is singing


From Beijing to Shanghai people are singing Little Apple - a song so catchy it has even won over the army and police.

James Blunt calls You're Beautiful annoying

British singer-songwriter James Blunt has described the song that made his name "annoying".

Justin Townes Earle: Demons and redemption

Justin Townes Earle talks to Vicki Anderson about his new album and the recurring role of his parents in his music.

Illmatic XX

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I was pretty excited about the news that Nas' Illmatic 20th Anniversary Tour is coming to New Zealand in January 2015.

San Francisco radio station bans Lorde song

Royals is pulled from US radio ahead of the World Series, but fans are planning a mutiny.

Hot for the hits

In their 70s heyday, Hot Chocolate amassed 25 British Top 40 singles. Forty years on, the group play Wellington.

Diverse musical life behind student's shoot for stardom

Alyson Eberle

Bright lights were never on the cards for Alyson Eberle but the X Factor auditions may change all that.

Billboard's Kiwi up and comers

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In a recent article - 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About - the notable American music publication listed 14 Kiwi artists to "track for the months and years ahead".

Ruby Frost finds new X factor

Ruby Frost


The former New Zealand X Factor judge has been honing her musical craft a world away.

What really happened at Taylor Swift's secret sessions

Taylor Swift

What happens when fans are invited to private listening parties held at Taylor Swift's many homes? So. Much. Emotion.

Maxwell's smart about music

Warren Maxwell

Warren Maxwell is the creative and business force behind the Huia Festival in Masterton this Labour Weekend.

Breakout talent Reggie Watts heads to NZ

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Reggie Watts' marvellous mix of music and madcap improv comedy is heading to New Zealand.

Soundtrack of my life: Andrew Spraggon

Andrew Spraggon

Auckland musician Andrew Spraggon's introduction to music was his Dad's yacht rock vinyl collection.

Foo Fighters hit the highway

Foo Fighters

Superstardom hasn't stopped The Foo Fighters from having a simple outlook on the music biz.

15 minutes with Aloe Blacc


I Need a Dollar soul star Aloe Blacc on why he makes music his children would like.

Celebrating what's important

Warren Maxwell

Festivals, says Warren Maxwell, are an ancient experience of remembering our communities.

Swift and U2 rank high

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is highest new entry to singles chart this week, while U2 album is best performing new entrant on album chart.

Kansas City Royals fans' take on Lorde tune

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Maybe Lorde has never seen a (baseball) diamond in the flesh, but Royals fans have.

Kansas City wants Lorde to perform 'Royals'


US baseball fans are demanding Lorde fronts up for the World Series next week.

Happy Jakob Day!

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Today sees the release of the brand new album by Jakob, the band's first in eight years.

South Park releases full Lorde parody song


Last week South Park revealed Lorde is actually Stan's dad, now they dropped a song sung by yet another antipodean star.

Long wait for shot at stardom


X Factor's pre-audition tour has arrived in Christchurch, prompting some hopefuls to wait five hours for a shot at stardom.

Lorde and Sol3 Mio lead NZ Music Award nominations

Lorde and Sol3mio

Singer Lorde and opera-pop crossover trio Sol3 Mio lead the pack in this year's NZ Music Awards.

5SOS cancel gig after drummer hospitalised

Ashton Irwin

Aussie teen-poppers 5 Seconds of Summer have had to pull out of the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards this weekend.

The memories that come from ticket stubs

simon sweetman


Do you have one or two special concert tickets? Or a box full of them?

Billy bounces back

Billy Idol

It's a fine day for a tour announcement - Billy Idol is playing three New Zealand dates in 2015.

As the song goes, we're just dancing in the dark

No Lights No Lycra

Our inhibitions hold us back - but what if no one could see us dancing?

Bono's mea culpa on U2's spam album

It's a sure sign that U2 will almost certainly never invade your music playlist again. 

Turning (it) up

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"Inspiration is a word used by people who aren't really doing anything."

Justin Timberlake posts NZ pics

Justin Timberlake

Gossip press sees more in star's NZ photos than just a cute couple in a dramatic landscape.

Jack White's keyboardist, 38, dies on tour

Jack White

Jack White is cancelling his remaining tour dates in Mexico after the death of his band's keyboard player.

'X Factor' hopefuls prove noteworthy

X Factor audition

It was showtime for X Factor New Zealand hopefuls in Queenstown yesterday.

Iggy Pop thinks you're immoral

Iggy Pop

Punk godfather Iggy Pop thinks the way we consume music today is immoral.

Win with and Soulfest


Win tickets to Soulfest featuring Maxwell, D'Angelo, Anthony Hamilton, Angie Stone, Mos Def, Common, Musiq Soulchild and more.

Review: Auckland crowd loves Rodriguez


Rodriguez Auckland performance wasn't rave-worthy, but the man is still the legend fans hoped for.

Super strings: The Borodin Quartet

Borodin Quartet

Russia's Borodin Quartet have an impressive legacy. Viola player Igor Naidin talks about why that matters.

Bands vs. DJs live

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Does it have to be a band, live instrumentation? Or can a guy or girl with a laptop and a big screen mean just as much or more to you?

The horror: Haters kept Nickelback alive


When a Nickelback hater launched a campaign to prevent Nickelback playing, he may have helped the band.

Lorde is coming home


Lorde is excited about coming home - and visiting the South Island for the first time when she tours NZ.

Have chocolate want your dance moves


Armed with 20 Mars bars, Frank Olivier took to Queen Street with a simple mission: make the people dance.

Marianne Faithfull's latest, a career highlight

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I don't like the idea that Faithfull could ever be dismissed as Mick Jagger's ex.

Review: Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

REVIEW: He's been bringing sexy back since 2006, and last night was no exception.

Video premiere: Ezra Vine - Braver Than Most

Ezra Vine

Watch the new video to Auckland-born, London based songwriter Ezra Vine's latest single Braver than most.

Dunedin's beautiful sound lives on

Grant Smithies

OPINION: A fresh compilation featuring bands from Dunedin is unencumbered by the ‘curse of ambition'.

Only the sound of music

Melanie Harris

Melanie Harris is in the audience as the hills come alive with music - but she can't see her daughter perform.

Open letter to Elton John

Elton John

Ahead of his latest NZ show, Kiwi musicians to share their favourite memories of Elton John.

Sting among Rock Hall's surprise nods


There's rock and roll and there's Sting. But apparently now he's rock and roll.

The 2014 Digests (So Far...)

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The problem - if anything - is there's too much of a good thing.

Review: Concert for Horns, Auckland Philharmonia

French horn

The French Horn may look like plumbing, but the sounds is lively and 'fun', Takeshi Ito writes.
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