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2017 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards

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The finalists for the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards were announced last week with huge news that Lorde will be performing at the ceremony. The awards will be held on Thursday, 16 November at Auckland's Spark Arena and will also feature performances from SWIDT, TEEKS, Theia and Devilskin on the night.

Leading the pack are Onehunga rappers SWIDT with six nominations closely followed by Lorde with five.

Check out the full list of categories and nominees below!

Godfrey Hirst Album of the Year
Aldous Harding – ‘Party’
David Dallas – ‘Hood Country Club’
Fazerdaze – ‘Morningside’
LEISURE – ‘LEISURE’
Lorde – ‘Melodrama’
SWIDT – ‘Stoneyhunga‘

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Mighty Ape's Top 10 Albums of 2015!

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This year has been absolutely incredible when it comes to Music. We've been absolutely spoiled with far too much amazing music to keep up with. While dominated by several huge albums from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift & Adele, there was still space for some smaller albums to shine. While it's tough to narrow down the list to only 10 albums we've given it our best shot and think the albums listed below all deserve at least one listen before the year is out.

Let's jump right into it and see what made the list!

10. Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon

Lana Del Rey had some huge boots to fill when it came to topping her previous albums, yet she somehow managed to retain her signature retro sound & style with the release of ‘Honeymoon’. In a time when most pop artists focus more on digitally created albums, Lana Del Rey instead opted for slow moody orchestral strings and percussion, lending a classy old school feel to some of her best work to date!

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The top Music gifts this Christmas + Huge Music Giveaway!

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Competition now closed. Congratulations to our winner Stuart T! We will be in touch via email shortly :)

With Christmas just around the corner, it can be stressful trying to find the right gifts. To make things a little easier, we've put together this handy list of the Top Music Gifts for the whole family this Christmas.

To sweeten the deal, we're giving away Massive Music Prize Pack valued at over $500. To enter all you need to do is * purchase any in stock CD or LP from now until the 23rd of December.

Every album you buy gets you an entry so the more you purchase, the more chances you have to win!

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NZ Music Award Finalists Announced!

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The 50th annual New Zealand Music Awards are just around the corner. With that, the official list of finalists have just been announced and should hold few surprises for home-grown music fans.

Dominating the field this year is Canterbury’s star soloist Marlon Williams, nominated for a staggering 5 awards including Album of the Year, Vodafone Single of the Year, Best Male Solo Artist, Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Best Alternative album for his captivating debut self-titled album

Joining Williams as this year’s front runners with multiple finalist nods are previous Tui winners Six60 and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Both are finalists in four categories.

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Top 5 Albums Releasing This Week!

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Leading up to the end of the year, there's a wealth of great albums yet to be released. This week brings us new music from Sol3 Mio, Selena Gomez, Boy & Bear and more so we've put together this handy list of some of our most wanted!

Check out our top 5 albums releasing this week!

1. Sol3 Mio – On Another Note

Having made an unforgettable introduction, with a debut album that has been released in 26 countries and sold out shows across the globe, Sol3 Mio are returning with On Another Note, a new album that goes deeper and wider than ever before.

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Top 5 Albums Released Today!

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This week marks another great one for New Music! We've already been spoiled recently with incredible albums from Lana Del Rey, Chvrches, Disclosure & more, but we're still getting another smattering of great albums this week!

Check out our top 5 albums released today!

1. Avicii – Stories

Avicii, global superstar and an artist who single-handedly redefined the boundaries of contemporary dance music with debut, multi award-winning album ‘True’ in 2013, is to release much-anticipated follow up LP Stories. Comprised of 14 new original tracks, including lead album single ‘Waiting For Love’ – a track that peaked at #1 on iTunes in 22 countries earlier this summer – ‘Stories’ represents a natural progression in Avicii’s unique, ever-blossoming sound.

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First 2015 NZ Music Award nominees announced!

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The nominees for the 2015 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards were just announced, recognising the best work of those who engineer, produce, and design the covers for homegrown albums.

The finalists in the best producer category are Sean Donnelly for his own album Saint John Divine, Joel Little for his work on Evergreen by Broods, and Clint Murphy for his work on We Rise by Devilskin.

Murphy is also a finalist in the best engineer category for We Rise, along with Evan Short for his work on FVEY by Shihad, and Lee Prebble for his work on Drylands by Mel Parsons. Shihad get another nod in the best album cover category, with Alt Group the finalists for their FVEY cover, and so do Broods, with Kelvin Soh with finalist for his Evergreen cover.

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Top Albums Releasing This Week!

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We've got some great new albums dropping this week, so we've compiled a list of some of our most wanted!

1. Cvrches – Every Open Eye

‘Every Open Eye’ is the follow up to the band’s breakthrough debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, which was released in September 2013 to widespread critical acclaim and went on to sell over 500,000 copies worldwide.

Sonically, Every Open Eye develops CHVRCHES’ signature style, juxtaposing the light and the dark, creating their own brand of twisted pop music that uniquely merges the organic with the electronic, moulding sounds and ideas forged over two years on the road into an electronic-pop record with a heart.

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The 2016 Laneway Festival Line-up is Here!

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The 2016 Laneway Festival line-up has just been announced and it's jam packed full of amazing talent!

From huge artists currently in the spotlight to up and coming acts pegged for greatness in the year ahead, Laneway 2016 is shaping up to be a rather special occasion!

Alongside Waitemata Harbour and the towering silos, an all-star lineup will flood the stage, with the best in music locally and from across the globe. An absoulute smorgasbord of genres will be present, from left-field Electronica to intelligent Pop and boundary-pushing Hip-Hop.

The New Zealand show is set to be one of the best with some brand new first-time-you’ll-see-them-live acts and the reformation of a legendary Flying Nun band.

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Avalanche City Announce New Zealand Tour With Benny Tipene!

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Avalanche City will tour New Zealand this October, with support from Benny Tipene.

Dave Baxter (Avalanche City) and his touring band will bring the music from recent album – We Are For The Wild Places – to life on the tour of the same name; across four dates taking in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington.

We Are For The Wild Places” recently debuted at #3 on the Official Top 40 Albums Chart and the album’s beautiful first single, ‘Inside Out’ has been a chart and radio smash hit – it is currently #1 Airplay after five consecutive weeks in the top spot; while the single also peaked at #1 on the sales chart.

We Are For The Wild Places” (mixed by Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla) is a mature and fitting follow-up to Avalanche City’s debut album – “Our New Life Above The Ground”, which spawned the Silver Scroll-winning single, ‘Love Love Love’

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