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Kenny G serenades passengers video

Kenny G helped raise $2000.

The Grammy winner puts on an impromptu concert on a plane for charity

No break for Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran has shut down rumours that he plans to take a break from music.

Despite what you may have heard, the British singer has no plans to stop making music.

Elton John battles infection video

Singer Elton John became 'violently ill' on a flight to the UK.

The 70-year-old singer cancels upcoming shows after an unusual bacterial infection put him in intensive care.

Mag rolls off the press one last time

The final NZ Musician cover, published for the April/May 2017 edition.

NZ Musician has been around for nearly 30 years. From now on, it'll be online-only.

Rapping about real estate video

David Dallas came home to write his latest album, Hood Country Club.

David Dallas' new album is about finance companies and real estate prices. Why?

The ultimate Green Day prize...

The prize includes one of these very fetching masks of the band.

Show tickets, their entire back catalogue and exclusive merchandise on offer for fans of the US rockers.

Punk show for Anzacs

Hamilton punk band BattleCat is leading an Anzac eve gig, with all door sales going to the RSA.

Hamilton punks are banding together to raise beer money for RSA members this Anzac eve.

Destiny's Child reunite (briefly) video

Beyonce (C) and Destiny's Child perform during the half-time show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New ...

Kelly Rowland is joined by Beyonce and Michelle for her book launch.

Just a hunk, a hunk of burning house

Elvis Presley is seen in the front yard of his Memphis home in 1956, which went up in flames on Saturday.

The house Elvis Presley bought with 'Heartbreak Hotel' royalties has been damaged in an electrical fire.

Inside a rockstar's living room

'That guitar... It's exactly the same as the guitar that my friend Craig Easton had, in my first band, The Same, in 1978.'

Martin Phillipps is the frontman for punk rock band The Chills. He lives in Tainui, Dunedin.

Prince's fans remember him video

A year ago, music superstar Prince was found dead at Paisley Park (file pic)

For Prince fans, the anniversary of his shocking death from an accidental drug overdose is a time for sadness and celebration.

Harry Styles as Mick Jagger? video

Does Harry Styles have enough swagger to pull off Mick Jagger in an upcoming film?

Rumour has it the 1D star is set to play the Rolling Stones front man in an upcoming biopic.

Genesis may turn it on again

Phil Collins from the band Genesis has already come out of retirement (file pic).

British rock group reveal plan to regroup to mark 50 years since their launch.

Our finest young voices

The choir are holding an open rehearsal at Wellington Girls' College on Sunday, April 23.

A new cycle of the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir has begun, with a week-long camp in Wellington.

Get The Chills with Martin Phillipps

The Chills frontman Martin Phillipps been the group's only constant member since the band formed in the early 1980s.

As awkward teen band photos go, this one's a doozy. But hidden in the grubby black and white image is the future of the Dunedin sound.

He sold more albums than Adele

Prince sold more albums than Adele in 2016.

Following Prince's shock death last April, fans paid their respects in the most appropriate way: by buying his albums.

Oliver adds twist to his new album

Thomas Oliver release his new album Floating In The Darkness on April 28

September 29, 2016 is a date Thomas Oliver will probably remember for the rest of his life.

Brass band's Star Wars march video

Wellington Brass Band coordinator Byron Newton came up with the idea of a Star Wars-themed arrangement for the band's ...

Darth Vader and Jedi summoned as Wellington Brass Band chases fifth national title.

Pukekohe High School hitting the right notes

The Pukekohe High School stage band had a successful weekend at the 40th National Youth Jazz Competition.

Pukekohe High School trumpets to top prizes at the 40th National Youth Jazz Competition.

New Prince music blocked

The Minnesota district court issued a temporary injunction barring the release of the six-song EP Deliverance after ...

A US judge has blocked a planned release of new Prince music on the first anniversary of the iconic singer's death this week.

Ariana Grande coming to NZ

Dangerous Woman, Ariana Grande, is head to Auckland for one show only.

Provocative popstar brings her Dangerous Woman World Tour to NZ. 

Slow Boat’s vinyl celebration

Still going strong, despite the odds: the famous Slow Boat Records store in Wellington's Cuba Street.

Cuba St store will have two live performances to mark International Record Store Day.

Listening Post:Mastodon

Lake South performing live at Auckland's King's Arms.

Our weekly wrap of new music includes a debut album from Lake South

Adele's million dollar boost

Justin Bieber fans helped inject millions of dollars into Auckland's economy.

International acts including Adele, Bruce Springsteen and Justin Bieber have pumped $37 million into Auckland.

'It's almost like a really healthy addiction'

Mark Thomas has been getting ready for Record Store Day for the last month.

Recent resurgence of records 'a bit of a mystery'.

Martin Phillipps' 'dark years'

The Chills frontman Martin Phillipps is back after more than a decade rebuilding the band.

The Chills' frontman is ready, after 19 years, to relaunch as "a legacy band".

Singer's winning love for lyrics

Jayde Petaera won last year's Lyric Love songwriting competition run by Nivara Lounge in Hamilton.

Lyric Love winner Jayde​ Petaera​ shares her thoughts on songwriting.

Singing the songs of the seas

NZ Music Hall of Fame member Moana Maniapoto stars in the show "My Name is Moana", featuring at Centre Stage on Friday ...

From pubs in the Arctic circle to Borneo rainforests, Moana Maniapoto has played it all.

No, Styles is not the new Bowie

Harry Styles performs Sign of the Times live on Saturday Night Live.

OPINION: There are a few key differences. For example, one is a musical genius, the other is a jumped up teen pop star from the telly.

Injured piano player is back

Australasia's "Queen of the boogie woogie keyboard", Jan Preston

With two broken wrists, the prognosis for piano player Jan Preston was not promising. Now, she's ready to perform.

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