The Phoenix Foundation is one of Wellington’s most popular bands, with a strong following overseas, as well as being praised by music veterans such as Neil Finn.
When Rebecca Black’s infamous Friday hit the internet, it didn’t take long for 13-year-old Benni Cinkle to come under fire for her role in the music video. Although Benni’s screen time came to a mere 28 seconds, it was 28 seconds of gloriously awkward dancing that made the Californian teen internet famous
Music producer Pharrell Williams has filed a lawsuit asking a US court to rule he has not violated any trademark that Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am owns for the phrase I AM. The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court, said that will.i.am, whose real name is William Adams, has repeatedly sent letters to Williams demanding he stop using versions of the phrase I AM on a website founded by Williams, iamother.com.
EVIL FRIENDS Portugal. The Man (Warner) The punctuated psych-indie also-rans from Portland via Alaska have been prolific if not groundbreaking since their 2006 emergence – but the simple addition of producer Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton (so important to warrant a front-of-album sticker) elevates their ho-hum melodies to catchy toe-tappers.
BLACK PUDDING Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood (Liberation) Collaborations seem to bring out the best in the restless soul of Mark Lanegan, who is probably best known for his time with Screaming Trees and Queens Of The Stone Age. His two albums where he played Nick Cave to Kylie Minogue with Isobel Campbell are among his finest work, while his latest partnership with Duke Garwood, who as the guitarist for The Quietus gives Ben Harper a run for his money, is probably his most challenging and sonically adventurous album to date.
Polishing off a cup of wonton soup, singer Ozzy Osbourne is relating how paparazzi mobbed him as he left high-end organic grocer Bristol Farms.
A potential superstar of Thursday’s 2013 Pacific Music Awards is in a race against time to get back to New Zealand for the ceremony. Aaradhna, who has received a record five nominations, is in the US doing press and publicity to coincide with the release of her single Wake Up, on Republic Records.
There’s no way Will Smith can escape the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It doesn’t matter how many box office records he breaks and how many Oscars he wins, he’ll still be asked to grab a mic and start rapping: “Now this is the story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down …” Scroll down to watch Smith in action Which is how it should be, because Smith rapping the Fresh Prince theme makes for great TV
When Jack Black was in Wellington in 2004 for Sir Peter Jackson’s King Kong, it was the perfect opportunity to interview him and Tenacious D cohort Kyle Gass, when they announced they would play in the capital that year. The tricky bit was that Gass was in California then, while Black had been in Wellington for weeks and the two could only be interviewed about Tenacious D while together.
She’s smoking hot in a white bikini on the June cover of Shape magazine, but just last month Britney Spears was snapped with a thigh full of cellulite. World media are speculating that the latest cover photo has highlighted the power of the airbrushing pen.