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Look who's opening the EMAs

Pharrell Williams will set the tone for the European Music Awards when he opens the event in October.

Just when you thought you'd heard enough of Happy...

Rihanna speaks out about Chris Brown

Chris Brown and Rihanna attend an NBA  game in 2012.

R&B Queen Rihanna speaks out about breaking away from her turbulent relationship with Chris Brown.

On the road again

Mel Parsons is done with collecting hotel bathroom utilities on tour, "After a while I got home and thought what am I doing, you're never going to use this stuff!"

Touring has taught Mel Parsons a thing or two about travelling, and herself.

Supergroove’s dynamic duo debut

Supergroove duo Tim Stewart and Nick Atkinson are marching to a new beat.

Supergroove duo Tim Stewart and Nick Atkinson certainly haven't forgotten their roots, however this dynamic pair have an entirely new sound to share.

Album review: Born to Dance OST

Stan Walker features prominently in the movie and on the official soundtrack for Born to Dance.

REVIEW: Little to fault on Born to Dance Official Soundtrack

Swift's Squad rules the world

Taylor Swift larking with her squad.

If you thought there was something amiss about Taylor Swift's exclusive girl 'squad' of celebrities, even a little creepy, you're not the only one.

Death Cab for Cutie tour

Death Cab for Cutie have announced two hotly-anticipated NZ shows for this summer.

Alt rockers and indie darlings Death Cab for Cutie have announced tour dates in NZ this coming February.

Imagine Dragons lay Roots in NZ

Singer Dan Reynolds from Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons' music video shot in New Zealand has made its way around the world.

Bond's steamy, spectral video

The music video for Sam Smith's "Bond Theme" Writing's On the Wall has been released.

It was a 0.07am release time for the sultry video to accompany Sam Smith's Bond theme.

Sol3 Mio break records, barriers

Sol3 Mio have won over fans with their laughter and banter as much as their music.

How Sol3 Mio have marked success in more ways than one

Sounds of India brought to the stage

Ritesh Vaghela loves to convey onstage emotions through his music.

An Indian-New Zealand composer is bringing the atmosphere of his homeland to the TAPAC theatre.

Elvis's gold piano under the hammer

Still from the film Viva Las Vegas starring Ann Margaret and Elvis Presley.

Elvis Presley's gold-leaf grand piano is expected to reach a staggering US half million at auction, with the Beatles' original drum skin also up for grabs.

1D boys' on-stage spat

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne, who might have fallen out on stage.

Was it a battle of the band boys or merely pop stars larking about when 1D's Liam appeared to shove Louis?

Wanderlust captures Thievery Corporation

Thievery Corporation will play at next February's four-day Wanderlust festival in Taupo.

Thievery Corporation's full line-up set for first NZ visit

Gin's mystery London illness

Gin Wigmore has been hit by a mystery illness in the UK.

Kiwi singer Gin Wigmore has spent a couple of days in hospital days out from her European tour.

Album Review: Janet Jackson, Unbreakable

Janet Jackson's Unbreakable is available on October 16.

REVIEW: Janet Jackson, don't you ever leave us again

Rudimental play Auckland

British drum and bass band Rudimental have announced an additional Auckland gig.

The British drum and bass stars have announced a one-off gig at Powerstation this December.

Chris Brown to meet Destiny? video

Destiny Church leader wants singer to talk at church sessions.

Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki has extended an invitation to singer Chris Brown to attend a Man Up session at the church if he's allowed in the country.

Singer lashes lip-sync critics

Ellie Goulding has blasted lip syncing allegations.

English singer Ellie Goulding has defended her pre-game performance at the AFL grand final after she appeared to miss the cue to her backing track.

Album review: Apolgues, Masayoshi Fujita

Masayoshi Fujita's Apologues is out now.

REVIEW: A disc of tranquility

Album Review: Low Down (Original Soundtrack)

Low Down features the music of jazz pianist Joe Albany.

REVIEW: Sweet Low Down sheds light on an unsung jazz pianist

Kiwi Divos hit the road

Sol3 Mio will tour NZ this summer to support their new album "On another note".

Samoan opera sensations Sol3 Mio are striking out on a nationwide tour this summer.

St Germain is back

Ludovic Navarre (aka St Germain), right, teamed up with street artist Gregos for the video for Real Blues, the first single off his new, self-titled album.

St Germain claims sincerity is his hallmark

No special treatment for famous entertainers

Chris Brown at the 2015 BET Awards in Los Angeles.

OPINION: Chris Brown shouldn’t be allowed to tour New Zealand. His 2009 assault on girlfriend Rihanna is too fresh and too horrible for him to expect to be treated like an innocent citizen.

Maori Party split on Chris Brown

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox says New Zealand has its own people who have turned their lives around, who are better placed role models than American singer Chris Brown.

Marama Fox is at odds with her predecessor Tariana Turia over whether American singer Chris Brown is a role model.

Band launch debut album with final gig

Brendon Rickard (drums), Jason Henderson (electric gat), Brett Wilson (electric gat/keys), Jesse Te Weehi (keys), Jon Clark (bass), Amanda Kraenzlin (vocals), and Nick Kraenzlin (lead vocals, acoustic gat) are Hamilton pop/rock band Sound the Ocean, who will play their final show on Friday night.

For most groups the launch of a debut album is usually the first step in their careers. Not so for Sound the Ocean.

Kylie's making a Christmas album

Kylie Minogue announced the news of her new Christmas album on Twitter on Friday.

The pintsize Aussie popstar announces a new festive record - featuring an unexpected duet with rocker Iggy Pop.

Beliebers fork out $4k to see hero

Justin Bieber on stage with American duo Rae Srmmund.

Diehard Justin Bieber fans spend thousands and wait hours to glimpse the popstar.

Album review: Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott Heron's new album.

A re-release of a Gil Scott-Heron classic

Thomas Oliver's spacey video video

Thomas Oliver worked with Weta Workshops for his latest music video clip.

Wellington musician Thomas Oliver has teamed up with Weta Workshop for his latest music clip.

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