Jon Toogood talks about the new Shihad album

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Miley Cyrus teams up with Madonna

Miley Cyrus mashes it up with Madonna, twerks with her tongue out and drops a bunch of F-bombs on her upcoming MTV special, and she’s in fine voice while doing it. While her whittled stomach and occasional crotch-grabs compete for attention, Cyrus really can sing, and it shows on her episode of “MTV Unplugged,” airing in New Zealand on February 7 Continue reading

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Fringe is back – better than ever

Fire twirling, private dinners, circus tricks, remixed fairytales – this year’s Fringe Festival is bigger than ever, and audience participation will have new meaning. Continue reading

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Alexander McCall Smith heads to Dunedin

British best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith will head to Dunedin for its new literary festival while he is in the country for the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival. Continue reading

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Wallander author Henning Mankell reveals cancer

Henning Mankell, one of the world’s top-selling crime writers in recent years, says he has cancer. The Swedish author, who turns 66 on 3 February, wrote on his website Continue reading

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Scores sign White House petition to deport Bieber

Here we go again. More than 100,000 people have signed a petition to the White House to deport Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber and revoke his green card – meaning he can’t come back to the USA. Continue reading

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Dawson advises Lorde to leave NZ

Television personality Charlotte Dawson has advised Lorde to turn her back on New Zealand to escape the “vicious” media. Lorde was upset about the media attention she received when she arrived from the Grammy Awards at Auckland International Airport yesterday. Continue reading

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Hip-hop show best value in ages

Run the Jewels, Danny Brown and Earl Sweatshirt James Cabaret, Wellington, January 28 Reviewed by Simon Sweetman Wellington was extremely lucky to have three dynamos of hip-hop on the one bill. Continue reading

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Madonna to join Pussy Riot at human rights concert

Madonna’s not done with her recent string of public appearances – she also has signed on to introduce members of Pussy Riot at Amnesty International’s human rights concert in New York. Continue reading

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Soundwave Festival headliners cancel tour

Stone Temple Pilots, one of the main headliners for the huge Soundwave Festival – the most popular of all Australian music festivals last year – has decided to cancel its tour less than a month out from the event. A statement issued by Soundwave said the American heavy rock band ”regretfully cancel all upcoming shows”, before adding: ”The recording of the new album has now gone beyond schedule and sadly the availability of the recording studio, engineers and the producer or lack thereof dictates that the band have had to cancel their upcoming engagements.” Stone Temple Pilots were announced on the bill last year, with Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington as the vocalist for the planned tour Continue reading

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