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From Dilworth boy to opera star video

Tongan-born tenor Filipe Manu credits his mother's hard work for helping him pursue his singing career.

When Filipe Manu started school in New Zealand he spoke more Tongan than he did English. Now he's one of our best opera singers.

Concert to mark death

British singer Amy Winehouse died in July, 2011 - five years ago.

Amy Winehouse's father will hold a concert to raise money for her foundation, in honour of the fifth anniversary of her death.

1D's Liam Payne signs solo deal video

New deal: Liam Payne has signed to Capitol Records UK.

Is this the end of One Direction? Fans not sure what to think after Liam Payne announces new project.

August will be Maori Music Month

Maisey Rika is one of the artists involved in Maori Music Month, during August.

Maori Music Month will be launched in August.

Travelling Well with William Tyler

William Tyler performs on stage at Take Root Festival 2013 at De Oosterport.

I'm currently on holiday – but as blogging and column-ing is in the homework-for-life category of freelance writing I'm still turning up here to give you a few words on the required days.

King Kapisi to stop crooks video

King Kapisi won Songwriter of the Year for his single Reverse Resistance in 1999, which followed on the popular release ...

Police team up with local hip hop artist to put brake on car chases.

Flume delivers a beautiful night

Flume wowed the Christchurch crowd during Wednesday night's concert at Horncastle Arena.

REVIEW: Christchurch crowd not keen to let Flume and his lightshow go

A mixed bag from The Cure

Robert Smith serenaded a capacity crowd at Auckland's Vector Arena.

REVIEW: The Cure bring all the old hits - and a few misses - to their show at Vector Arena.

Swift handywork memorialises Taylor

This memorial to Taylor Swift has appeared in Melbourne.

The internet has murdered Taylor Swift. Or says an Australian graffiti artist.

T Swift: Hypocrite or savvy songwriter?

Taylor Swift was named the Highest Paid Celebrity of the Year by Forbes Magazine with a staggering $170 million in earnings.

The singer writes unflattering things about her exes all the time... so is calling out Kanye fair?

Black Parade to march again?

Ray Toro, Mikey Way, Gerard Way, Frank Iero and Bob Bryar of My Chemical Romance, circa 2006 when The Black Parade came out.

They've been gone for three years, but now a new My Chemical Romance clip is teasing... something...

Travis Scott is coming to NZ

Travis Scott is heading to Auckland.

Kanye West's protege Travis Scott, is heading to our shores this October.

Top 20 Kiwi songs for 2016

Past Silver Scroll winner Dave Dobbyn has been nominated again this year.

APRA have announced their Silver Scroll picks for the year. Any of your favourites in here?

King of Romance to visit NZ

"King of Romance" Engelbert Humperdinck will perform in six cities around New Zealand.

Engelbert Humperdinck, the man behind Ten Guitars, will play six cities.

Auckland City Limits returns

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Auckland City Limits Festival, Broods on the Spark 2 stage.

Organisers announce the festival will be back for round two next year.

The Cure: Not just for emos

Robert Smith: Pushing 60 but still rocking.

OPINION: Quintessential gloom-pop trio makes hearts break and toes tap.

Taking pop songs back in time

Postmodern Jukebox

Scott Bradlee takes songs like Royals, Creep and Barbie Girl and produces remarkable retro cover versions - to great (like, 500m youtube views) success

Rock and roll business dean

Robin Gauld, left, playing with the Skeptics.

After founding one of "the most intense and original" bands in New Zealand, Robin Gauld is now a professor of business.

No Champions for Trump

Freddie Mercury: a hedonistic lifestyle worthy of a biopic.

Queen are the latest in a long list of musicians who don't want Republicans using their classic tunes.

Kiwi war entertainers honoured video

The Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae with Maurice Watene, who toured Vietnam in 1968.

Governor-General presents medals in an emotional ceremony honouring wartime entertainers.

No heavy petting

They say you should never talk to your heroes, but as Brian Wilson pushes a reissue of Pet Sounds, Grant Smithies had to give it a go.

Classic Santana line-up returns

Carlos Santana performs during the first day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana ...

There are times when the old band gets back together and you really wish it hadn't happened. There are other times when it's like they never stopped – a new album arriving after a five or ten year gap and the members that had split acrimoniously are all back in step with one another, the sound of the band untroubled, differences patched.

Pele hits wrong notes for Rio video

Pele poses with his new necklace, presented to him in June by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.

Brazil football great sings and raps with a children's choir in an Olympic song special.

Soprano aiming for victory

Madison Nonoa is one of four finalists in the Lexus Song Quest. The 23-year-old recently performed as Papagena in NZ ...

One Hamiltonian and three Aucklanders are in the running for the country's top song prize.

15 Minutes With: Peter Grattan

Peter Grattan wants the New Zealand Music Hall Of Fame to expand its format so some of New Zealand\s best loved ...

Peter Grattan is on a mission - to honour the pioneers of new Zealand Music. He speaks to Mike Alexander.

Oniells dance from palace to studio

Brooke (left) and Starce Oneill are doing it on their own.

Talented twins Starce and Brooke Oneill say they "never thought" they could become artists in their own right.

Marty McFly, Coldplay go Back to Future

Coldplay were joined on stage at a New Jersey concert by Michael J. Fox.

Michael J Fox joined the Britcore band on stage at a New Jersey concert where they paid tribute to the 80s classic that made him famous.

Listening Post

The Sunday Star-Times weekly wrap of new music.

Promotional bollards for Blenheim

Advertising bollards similar to those seen in Christchurch will be popping up in Blenheim.

Advertising bollards are to be installed around Blenheim to help promote regional events.

Drake enjoys Views from the top

Rapper Drake is all smiles at the top of the charts.

Drake reclaimed the top spot on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart on Monday for a 10th week.

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