Kellie Given

Few artists have withstood a decade at the top like Drake has. A reigning pop gladiator, the rapper has successfully turned the world of modern music (and frankly, internet culture) into his own personal Colosseum, whipping out a string of digestible hits often enough to constantly dominate vibe playlists and viral charts. But for all their glory, the lights eventually switch off, the spectators all leave and even the greatest warrior is forced to their own self-reflective solitude. …


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By now I don’t need a f**kin’ introduction,” crows a self-assured Halsey on ‘Lilith’, the weighted 90s hip hop track that cements itself neatly in the industrialism of their fourth studio album If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power. The dangerous line between ego and humility, it seems, has always been Halsey’s favourite concept. Since their debut EP at 19, the star has tried to navigate the dichotomy of existing as both a deity and an everyday woman. Seven years deep into their multicoloured pop stardom, the now 26-year-old has certainly earned themself the indulgence.

Produced…


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With seven studio albums and a string of classic hits, iconic rockers The Killers have been a force in the music world for over a decade. Dipping in and out of new wave rock and Bruce-Springsteen-troubadour, and clouded in the curious allure of Brandon Flowers, the band have upheld a steady rise since their official debut in 2004 and remain one of the biggest rock groups of the 21 st century.

In celebration of the drop of their latest album Pressure Machine, we journey back through the Killers’ epic catalogue.

Hot Fuss (2004)

Praised for essentially being one hell of a…


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Since the early noughts, Kanye West has continued to shift the paradigm of not only hip hop but modern music with his innovative production and boastful quips. A trailblazer in everything he does, the Chicago native is known for both his controversial pop culture moments and his ability to blend genres and samples together to background his honest storytelling. …


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It’s been a whirlwind few years for Sam Fender. Creating a loyal fanbase with his political indie rock, the 27-year-old has quickly become one of UK’s most exciting new acts. With his love for noughties pub rock and a keen likeness to Bruce Springsteen and Brandon Flowers, Fender speaks directly to a generation of fed-up and gentrified adolescents and shines a light on important issues that otherwise get pushed aside.

Having earned a Critic’s Choice Award at the 2019 BRIT Awards, supporting Bob Dylan and Neil Young at Hyde Park, seeing his debut album enter the UK charts…


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Jon Batiste has quite the resume. The Louisiana native has been in the biz for more than 17 years and has unsurprisingly made a name for himself as one of the best jazz musicians of his generation. With his passion for community, Batiste believes that people are the heart and soul of all music and aims to spread love through his work to uplift those who need it. From his dabbles in television to his iconic street and subway performances, there isn’t a lot that the star can’t do.

Here’s everything you need to know about Jon Batiste.

He comes from a successful musical family


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Wrapped up in a multicoloured, electropop haze, our very own Lorde has been intriguing since day one. Using the woes of adolescence as her muse, the Auckland native continues to turn the pop world completely on its head with every calculated move she makes. At only 24, Lorde has already secured two Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe nomination, appeared on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list and her hit ‘Royals’ is considered one of the best-selling singles of all time. And she’s only just getting started.

As we prepare for the drop of her third studio album Solar Power


Kellie Given

While our industry might be small in comparison, there’s a lot to love about NZ music. Authentic, multicultural, at times humorous, and filled with a ton of love and pride, our sound reflects who we are as Kiwis and truly sets us apart from the rest of the world. In celebration of 21 years of NZ Music Month, here are 21 of our fave things to love about our awesome music scene.

1. We Love A Good Drinking Tune

Kiwis love pubs, it’s no secret. In fact, we love them so much that up until the mid 2000s pub rock was one of our primary…


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The new seven-part docuseries Waiata / Anthems, a follow-up to the 2019 compilation album of the same name, has officially arrived on TVNZ On Demand and it certainly has a lot to teach us. Featuring a deep insight into some of our country’s greatest artists re-recording their songs in te reo Māori, each episode aims to shed a light on NZ heritage and culture by asking familiar musicians to recreate their iconic stories.

With a focus on creating a bilingual music scene here in Aotearoa, the series aims to transform the minds and attitudes of Kiwi’s surrounding te…


Kellie Given

It’s been 25 years since our very own OMC released their first and last album How Bizarre, and while the record produced a string of singles, most notable is the eponymous smash hit. A nonsensical musical mixed bag, ‘How Bizarre’ took the world by storm. Its fusion of Polynesian pop, dance and hip hop, mixed with the eccentric cool of Pauly Fuemana, instantly became a hit and helped break NZ into a bustling international music market.

But no one, not even NZ music impresario Simon Grigg who helped bring the track to life, could have guessed it would…

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