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Morrissey leaps to Spacey's defence

Morrissey has compared the Spacey/Rapp encounter to the age-old practice of rock stars sleeping with underage groupies, ...

"When you're in somebody's bedroom, you have to be aware of where that can lead to," the former Smiths frontman says.

Stolen Lennon items recovered

German police have recovered items belonging to John Lennong which were stolen from Yoko Ono at her New York home in 2006,

Haul included three diaries, two pairs of his signature glasses, a cigarette case and a handwritten music score.

Stellar* nights ahead

Stellar* are reuniting for a series of performances in 2018.

Boh Runga-led '90s and noughties hitmakers will play two concerts and three festivals next year.

Rock icons hit back at Cave

Nick Cave says he decided to perform in Israel as a "principled stand" against BDS activists.

Aussie musician had accused the pair of trying to "bully" and "censor" him.

Lorde turns down Stevie Nicks

Nicks on Lorde: "She is a little odd too, and that why I like her."

Lorde has jumped the ditch, missing her date with "the queen of rock" Stevie Nicks.

Woman ejected from concert for dancing

Jo-Anne George said she was kicked out of a Stevie Nicks concert for dancing.

She paid $226 to see Stevie Nicks perform, but says three security guards dragged her out for getting up from her seat.

Honouring hip hop pioneer

King Home Boy and Queen Shirl'e are bringing back the NZ Hip Hop Summit with a full day of free workshops and performances.

Phil Fuemana's legacy in the hip hop community is still felt, with artists recreating his summit to uplift young people.

Hip hop legends in town

Che Fu and King Kapisi performing together as Hedlok.

King Kapisi and Che Fu are heading to Palmerston North.

Hey Ya! Big Boi is coming

Big Boi of Outkast will play Auckland and Wellington shows.

Hip-hop phenomenon and Outkast member Big Boi will play New Zealand in March 2018.

Summer Concert Tour's lineup change

George Thorogood and The Destroyers have pulled out of their 2018 New Zealand concerts.

Family illness stops Bad To The Bone singers from taking part but ELO members step in.

Welly musos sing for homelessness

Wellington musicians Barnaby Weir and Alan Norman.

Barnaby Weir is one of 20 Wellington musicians coming together to raise awareness for those people working on the frontline of homelessness.

Opera singer charged with historic child sex offences

David Edward Lewis is charged with four counts of aggravated indecent assault of a victim under the age of 16 and two ...

David Lewis is a longstanding member of Australia's principal opera company, Opera Australia.

The Beach Boys' link to Manson

The Beach Boys bought one song off an aspiring singer-songwriter named Charles Manson.

The then budding singer-songwriter was incensed when his song title and credit suddenly ceased to exist.

Nick won't cave to activists

Nick Cave has come under fire from Palestinian groups for playing concerts in Tel Aviv.

Aussie musician said he wanted to take a "principled stand against anyone who wants to censor and silence musicians".

Keith Urban wins at AMAs video

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Keith Urban poses in the press room during 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft ...

The United States loves Kiwi country star. A lot.

Tributes flow for AC/DC guitarist

Australian guitarist and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died, aged 64.

An emotional Angus Young had a simple tribute for his brother and AC/DC co-founder: "Malcolm, job well done."

TSwift gets last laugh

Taylor Swift has once again proved she just needs to let her music do the talking.

Reputation is already the biggest-selling album of 2017.

Homegrown: Opshop opens back up

Lead singer of Opshop Jason Kerrison said the energy felt about right to get the band back together.

Wellington's annual waterfront festival announces second line-up, and there's a few surprises.

David Cassidy has organ failure

Former The Patridge Family actor/musician David Cassidy is suffering from organ failure at a hospital in Florida.

Doctors hoping to keep the former teen idol "as well as they can until they can find another liver".

Indian film crew come to town

Shubham Kumar, foreground, gives directions to Jana Bomhoff and Justin King as Harry Panesan, far right, prepares to film.

New Zealand's natural surroundings will feature in a series of Indian music videos.

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young dies

Australian guitarist and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died aged 64.

Guitarist behind AC/DC's powerhouse riffs dies after three-year battle with dementia.

Katy Perry banned from China video

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The singer won't be performing at this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show after China reportedly yanked her visa.

Alias Grace Jones

Grace Jones has always pushed the boundaries of fashion and has been known for her constant evolution.

From the real-meaning of Pull Up To The Bumper to an FBI sting, no topic is off-limits when the pop diva's favourite tennis star has been victorious.

The Questionnaire: Hayden Donnell

Great North's Rachel and Hayden Donnell

Musician Hayden Donnell of the Great North takes our Q and A.

Overseas acts blamed for tour axing

The artists for The Winery Tour 2018: Betty-Anne Monga, Hollie Smith, Che Fu, Annie Crummer and Jason Kerrison.

NZ's a popular destination for international acts, and a glut of tours are set to make selling local shows tricky.

The rise and fall of pop stars video

Boh Runga and Annie Crummer will perform as part of the NZ All-Stars Marly: Celebrate the Legend concert, at The Trusts ...

Singer Boh Runga says the music industry model invites nastiness and trolling.

Boyz II Men, TLC play NZ

Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes, Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins of TLC.

It'll be One Sweet Day of Chasing Waterfalls in Christchurch this January.

Making Greg Johnson's Isabelle

Greg Johnson.

Did you know Rachel House sang backing vocals on Greg Johnson's 1991 hit and compilation-album regular, Isabelle?

Rapper Lil Peep dead at 21

Lil Peep has died, reportedly from a drug overdose. He was 21 years old.

A drug overdose is suspected to have killed the young rapper who blended emo and hip-hop.

Lorde, Ardern: Fangirls together

'Mutual fan-girl' - Jacinda Ardern and Lorde give mutual respect at Vodafone Music Awards

Lorde and the PM shared the stage at the NZ music awards. They seemed to like each other.

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