Rap group SWIDT, Lorde lead NZ Music Awards nominations

The Vodafone New Zealand Music Award finalists have been announced.

Auckland rap crew SWIDT has bagged six nominations for the next month's awards.

The Onehunga group is up for the Best Album of the Year, but they've got some tough competition. 

Lorde performs on the Coachella Stage during day three of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival
Lorde performs on the Coachella Stage during day three of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Source: Getty

Global superstar Lorde will return home and perform live in the middle of her Melodrama world tour, she's also in the running for five awards. 

Rising talent Aldous Harding has received four nominations, including breakthrough artist of the year. 

1. Godfrey Hirst Album of the Year

Aldous Harding - 'Party'
David Dallas - 'Hood Country Club'
Fazerdaze - 'Morningside'
LEISURE - 'LEISURE'
Lorde - 'Melodrama'
SWIDT - 'Stoneyhunga'

2. Vodafone Single of the Year

David Dallas - "Fit In"
Ladi6 - "Royal Blue"
Lorde - "Green Light"
MAALA - "In My Head"
SWIDT - "Player Of The Day"
Theia - "Roam"

3. Best Group

Devilskin
LEISURE
Shapeshifter
SWIDT

4. THREE Best Solo Artist

Aldous Harding
KINGS
Lorde
Nadia

5. Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Aldous Harding
Fazerdaze
Nadia Reid
TEEKS

6. Best Rock Artist

Clap Clap Riot
Devilskin
Graham Brazier

9. Best Soul/RnB Artist

Ladi6
TEEKS
Tommy Nee

10. Best Hip Hop Artist

David Dallas
KINGS
SWIDT

11. Best Roots Artist

Israel Starr
Sons of Zion
Tomorrow People

12. Best Electronic Artist

Chaos In The CBD
K+Lab
Truth

13. Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Artist

Alien Weaponry
Maisey Rika
TEEKS

14. Best Worship Artist

Curate Music
Josh & Amberley Klinkenberg
Juliagrace

15. Best Classical Artist

Jenny McLeod
NZTrio
Te Kōkī Trio

16. Vodafone People’s Choice Award

Lorde
KINGS
MAALA
SWIDT
Theia



Six60 sells out show at Auckland’s Western Springs stadium

Kiwi band Six60 is the first New Zealand headline act to sell out a show at Auckland’s Western Springs Stadium.

The group, which was formed in a uni flat a decade ago, saw 27,000 tickets snapped up in the first 20 minutes of being on sale.

Now the entire 50,000 tickets have been sold.

The group are in good company with the likes of Bowie, U2, Guns N’ Roses and the Foo Fighters having performed at the stadium.

Six60 is making history with the first time any Kiwi band has headlined at the venue.

Lead singer Matiu is proud about their achievement.

“It's amazing, the fact that it happened, and it happened so fast, it's definitely surprising.”

Six60 had their big break in 2010 with their hit song Don’t Forget Your Roots which put them on the world stage.

“It is surreal when we stop and force ourselves to think about it.

“We still see this as a stepping stone, this is by no means that we've made it, if you're impressed with this, wait and see what we have next.”

Concert promoter Brent Eccles says selling out Western Springs is a massive achievement.

“The spirit of those big concerts are still here at Western Springs. It is the greatest venue in Australasia, maybe the world.”

The biggest show Six60 have played to date was back in February at Auckland's Villa Maria winery.

That was to an audience of around 10,000. Come February, they'll be playing to five times that number.

One of New Zealand’s top music executives says an event like this could change the band forever.

“It's pretty mind-blowing to be honest, there is no other Kiwi artist to have done this, it's amazing.”

The Kiwi group have sold 50,000 tickets to their concert. Source: 1 NEWS

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British singer Lily Allen details sexual assault by record industry executive in new memoir

British pop singer Lily Allen has revealed she was once sexually assaulted by a record industry executive, an instance of behaviour she says is "rife" in the music industry.

Allen said in an interview with Guardian Weekend magazine that, despite the groundswell of stories of sexual abuse coming out of Hollywood over the MeToo movement, music industry insiders are remaining largely silent about the issue.

In her memoir My Thoughts Exactly, to be released later this month, she describes the industry as a hierarchical world that trades in "a potent mix of sex, youth and availability".

She also describes how she was assaulted by a music executive after falling asleep in his hotel room bed while intoxicated at a party.

She alleges: "I woke up at 5am because I could feel someone next to me pressing their naked body against my back. I was naked, too. I could feel someone trying to put their penis inside my vagina and slapping my arse as if I were a stripper in a club."

"I moved away as quickly as possible and jumped out of the bed, full of alarm … I found my clothes quickly … and ran out of his room and into my own."

The 33-year-old said she blamed herself for the incident because she had been drinking. She also expressed frustration over her inability to confront the man, and continuing to work with him over fears of being labelled "hysterical" and a "difficult woman".

"I expected him not to take advantage of my weakness," she wrote in her memoir. "I felt betrayed. I felt shame. I felt anger. I felt confused."

She says she did not report the incident to police over fears she would not be believed but signed an affidavit the week after the attack recalling the events of the night.

Lily Allen. Source: Bang Showbiz

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Watch: Meet the breakout te reo music stars Maimoa Music as they drop hot new single

How many pop hits can you name that are sung entirely in Māori?

Moana and the Moahunters were the trailblazers, but more recently Maimoa Music had a breakout hit with their song Wairua.

It stayed on the charts for weeks and the video has over 5.9 million views.

Seven Sharp’s Tamati Rimene-Sproat found out what motivates the group to stay true to Te Reo Māori in the video above.

Maimoa Music were one of the breakout bands of 2017 with their song Wairua. Source: Seven Sharp


Watch: Do you agree with older viewer that this Old El Paso advert is 'horrifying' and promotes violence?

An advert for Old El Paso tortillas has drawn criticism from an older viewer who labelled the Danny Trejo fronted commercial as "very disturbing" and "horrifying".

Trejo is known for portraying tough guy characters on film and screen, in the Old El Paso advert he pulls a tablecloth from a dinner table and says "amigos, it's time to ditch the dull dinners".

His demeanour has led to a complaint being put forward to the Advertising Standards Authority by a 70-year-old who wants the advert removed from air.

An advert featuring has been described as "menacing", "horrifying" and "very disturbing" in a complaint to the (ASA).

"It appears to me that had the man been home in a setting he may have been on drugs e.g. methamphetamine," the complaint says.

"It doesn't promote community standards for dining together; rather it suggests it could be a violent occasion to be avoided.

"It promotes violence, undue aggression, and menacing or horrifying elements likely to disturb and may encourage anti-social behaviour."

"As a 70-year-old I found it very disturbing."

After looking at the complaint the ASA ruled that the advert relies on humour and no one else in the commercial is concerned with the actions of Trejo's character.

The ASA concluded the ad was unlikely to support or encourage unacceptable violence or cause serious or widespread offence.

Therefore, the Chair ruled there were no grounds for the complaint to proceed.