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It's Sheeran v Swift at VMAs battle

Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift will battle it out at the VMAs.

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will battle it out with top nominee Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Neil Finn announces solo shows

Neil Finn will sing songs from his extensive back catalogue on his upcoming solo shows.

Neil Finn has announced intimate solo shows with strings in Wellington and Christchurch.

Adele offered millions

Vegas mega casino-hotels are dying to get her to do a residency at one of their venues.

Adele has reportedly been offered $1.8 million per night to perform in Las Vegas.

Heartfelt and sure-footed Bruckner

Violinist Baiba Skride.

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Swift and Kudrow's Smelly Cat duet video

COLOGNE, GERMANY - JUNE 19:  Taylor Swift performs during 'The 1989 World Tour' night 1 at Lanxess Arena on June 19, 2015 in Cologne, Germany.  (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images for TAS)

Phoebe Buffay finally got her wish, performing Smelly Cat before a crowd of thousands thanks to Taylor Swift.

Bieber's comeback song leaks online

Justin Bieber is set to release a new single, What Do You Mean?

Justin Bieber's big solo comeback single has been leaked on the internet hours before its radio premiere.

The lost Scroll of 1981

Anything Could Happen: Dunedin trio The Clean might take home the 1981 "Lost Scroll".

For some unknown reason, no Silver Scroll award was dished out in 1981, so now organisers will bestow the great “lost scroll”.

Songwriters sue SoundCloud

Music sharing website SoundCloud is in trouble with a British copyright collective.

Britain's largest copyright collective says the online audio-streaming firm did not agree on licensing deal.

New Adele album excites

Award-winning singer Adele.

Anticipation is building ahead of the release of Adele's new album.

The Force gets funky

A screenshot from Darth Punk: The Funk Awakens.

Darth Vader and Boba Fett dropping the beats as Daft Punk? The Rebels don't stand a chance.

ABBA's piano for sale

Cast members of the ABBA-inspired musical Bjorn Again play the Georg Bolin grand piano at Sotheby's auction house in London.

The piano used to play ABBA's disco hit Dancing Queen it is expected to sell for up to $US1.24 million.

Aaradhna: "I'm just trying to be heard"

Aaradhna Patel

The award-winning soul diva is giving America her best shot

Eighties band back to make noise

Eighties band No Tag is playing a one-off reunion show at the Kings Arms. From left, Mark Sullivan, Carl Van Wetering, Paul Van Wetering, Andrew Boak.

Eighties band back to make noise

Singing solicitor spurned Seal

Miranda Rout is a singing solicitor who battled sexual harrassment as a young performer and who is guilty of turning down a date with Seal.

By day Miranda Rout is a lawyer in both the Christchurch Family and Criminal Courts, but by night she is a singer who once associated with Seal and members of Motorhead.

Ellen shines in TSwift concert cameo video

Taylor Swift

The hits - and celeb cameos - keep coming in Taylor Swift's 1989 world tour. 

Six60: New Year's eve show in Cathedral Square

Six60 have earned six New Zealand Music Awards, achieved quadruple platinum album sales for their self-titled debut Six60. They head to America on Sunday for talks at Capitol Records, the home of many major stars.

Six60 will play a special outdoor show at Christchurch’s Cathedral Square on New Year’s eve and are heading to America this week to work with Capitol Records.

Lead singer to fly Iron Maiden's new plane

Bruce Dickinson, lead vocalist of Iron Maiden, is training to pilot and Captain a Boeing 747 which the band will use on their 2016 Book of Souls tour.

If the pilot is dressed in black and has a studded leather belt, you could be flying with Iron Maiden.

Avalanche City to tour all the wild places

Avalanche City's Dave Gibson in one of his wild places - Anawhata. He tours New Zealand in October.

If you love, love, love Avalanche City, here's some good news.

Cold Chisel 'perfect crime'

Cold Chisel have announced two New Zealand shows in December.

Aussie rockers Cold Chisel is still strutting its bogan stuff. Today they release a new song, an album’s coming soon and they play two New Zealand shows in December.

MTV to honour Kanye

American rapper Kanye West.

Kanye West will receive a special award at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Iron Maiden is coming

British rockers Iron Maiden perform at Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland in 2009.

Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden is coming on a big plane to make big noise.

Pioneering tango singer Carlos Gardel

The Rough Guide to Tango Legends: Carlos Gardel

REVIEW: Carlos Gardel shines on detailed compilation of his works.

Bieber banned from giving interviews

Pop star Justin Bieber.

Terrified by what he might say, Justin Bieber's management ban him from giving live interviews.

Brian Jonestown Massacre tour

Brian Jonestown Massacre, led by Anton Newcombe, formed in San Francisco in 1990.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre have announced three New Zealand dates in November.

The incredible Mr Capsis

Paul Capsis at the 2012 Capital Jazz Project in Canberra.

The greasepaint, the spotlight, a shiver of piano going up your spine. What's not to love about cabaret?

Redemption songs

Singing a new song, with The White Guitar, Scribe.

Scribe and his family boldly shine light on darkness and tell their family story in The White Guitar.

Bob Dylan lyrics to be auctioned

Bob Dylan.

A draft of the lyrics for a Bob Dylan song is expected to fetch up to $483,000.

Vilagrads to fire back into life with music festival

Tauranga-based musician
Tiki Taane was quick to offer his help to the team at Vilagrad Winery.

The Black Seeds, Tiki Taane and Coral are among the acts performing at a music festival at Vilagrad Winery on October 31.

Postmodern Jukebox have it all covered video

Scott Bradlee, centre, the founder of Postmodern Jukebox. ‘‘[It’s] being able to make music that I wish was on the radio.’’

They cover today's hits in yesterday's styles, now American YouTube sensations Postmodern Jukebox are about to play Wellington.

Lianne La Havas' new album video

Lianne La Havas - Blood

REVIEW: Mercury Prize nominee Lianne La Havas is back.

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