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Teenage musicians compose new fanfares for Sydney Opera House

Take your seats please: Compositions by Sydney schoolchildren Yilan Yu, 14,  and Paris Francis, 13,  will usher theatregoers into the Sydney Opera House for the next year.

ROSE POWELL 2:09pm The repetitive bell that ushers Opera House patrons to their seats is about to be replaced by soaring fanfares created by some of Australian music's youngest composers.

Rapper Drake sings Tuesday, on a Tuesday, at Perth Arena

Canadian rapper Drake thrilled the crowds at Perth Arena on Tuesday.

Alex Riddell 5:26pm Thousands of people danced and sang as Canadian rapper Drake performed his final Australian gig of his tour at Perth Arena on Tuesday night.

Bali 9 execution: Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi appeals to Joko Widodo for clemency

Black Sabbath's Tommy Iommi.

PETER VINCENT 1:28pm Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has appealed to metal-loving Indonesian president Joko Widodo to spare the lives of the two Australians on death row.

'Freak accident' grounds San Cisco bassist ahead of US tour

Nick Gardner literally shot himself in the foot... at a mate's farm.

Brendan Foster 12:41pm Most bands will do anything for publicity before the launch of their new album but San Cisco bass player Nick Gardner has really shot himself in the foot with his latest actions.

Tour news

San Cisco bass player Nick Gardner shoots himself in the foot

Nick Gardner, bass player for Perth band San Cisco, in hospital.

PETER VINCENT 12:21pm Hear the one about the bass player who shot himself in the foot and missed the first leg of the tour, but the band limped on without him anyway? 

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Britney Spears loses her hair weave mid-performance in Las Vegas

Weave out ... Britney Spears has Las Vegas residency show <i>Britney: Piece of Me</i>.

10:18am Oops, Britney Spears has lost a piece of her, or rather her hair, during a recent performance.

Court case

Blurred Lines trial reveals Robin Thicke, Pharrell William's earnings

Robin Thicke, rapper T.I. and Pharrell Williams performing <i>Blurred Lines</i>.

Fairfax Media 1:59pm We knew Blurred Lines topped the charts for 2013 and now we also know exactly how much a smash hit single is worth.

Wine glass accident

Charmayne Maxwell, Brownstone, death: More details emerge

The late Charmayne 'Maxee' Maxwell (left) poses with fellow Brownstone members Monica 'Mimi' Doby and Nichole 'Nicci' Gilbert in 1994.

PETER VINCENT 10:47am Further details have emerged about the death of R&B singer Charmayne Maxwell, who fell while holding a wine glass.

Courtney Barnett's 'Depreston' song strikes a chord with first-home buyers

Courtney Barnett

LUCY BATTERSBY A Melbourne singer-songwriter's bitter-sweet pop song about Australia's real estate bubble has hit home for many young, disheartened house hunters.

The Crate: The Triffids

CHRIS JOHNSTON The Crate: The Triffids

Formula One's Lewis Hamilton 'to launch music career'

Lewis Hamilton is reportedly in talks with Roc Nation.

British Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton is reportedly in talks with representatives at Jay Z's record label Roc Nation to launch a music career.

I Really Like You

Tom Hanks, Justin Bieber star in Carly Rae Jepsen's I Really Like You video

Tom Hanks and Carly Rae Jepsen film a dance scene outside the Mondrian hotel in New York.

Fairfax Media The performer behind chart blockbuster Call Me Maybe is back with a second song, complete with a film clip starring the unlikely combination of Tom Hanks and Justin Bieber.

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Madonna to tour Australia for the first time in 23 years

Australia-bound: Madonna will tour down-under for the first time since 1993.

It has been almost a quarter of a century since her last performance on Australian soil - now, at the age of 56, Madonna is set to return as part of her Rebel Heart tour.

Promoter says 'no'

Good Life Festival cancellation: why there were no refunds

The crowd at the Good Life festival in drier, happier times.

BERNARD ZUEL There will be no refunds from the Good Life Festival's cancellation on Sunday. While organisers were apologetic about the need to cancel the evening session of the under-18 music festival at Randwick Racecourse, due to the "extreme weather circumstances" of severe thunderstorm, rain and high winds, they've argued that there were significant services provided overall to paying customers.

Freak fall

Brownstone singer Charmayne Maxwell, 46, dead after freak fall

Photo of Charmayne Maxwell, of Brownstone, who died in a freak accident in Los Angeles. From Brandon Maxwell's Twitter account.

PETER VINCENT American R&B singer Charmayne Maxwell has died in a freak accident in her home after reportedly falling and cutting her neck on a wine glass.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra review: Choices in Tan Dun's Chinese New Year concert a little puzzling

Composer and conductor Tan Dun leads the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra during its <i>East Meets West: Chinese New Year Concert</i>.

Clive O’Connell The MSO's bewildering menu for its Chinese New Year concert featured juxtaposed musical items without any underpinning sense.

Mogwai review: Glasgow five-piece move from jarring unpredictability to lulling comedown

Much-loved Glasgow five-piece Mogwai.

Doug Wallen Glasgow five-piece Mogwai have evolved from brutal quiet-loud dynamics to more placid, piano-led wanderings. But the fiercely loved band cover both ends of that spectrum live, mood-swinging from serene to searing with stoic precision.

Time Capsule: March 12, 1971. American Pie

Warwick McFadyen TIME CAPSULE

Johnny Depp joins Marilyn Manson on stage

Johnny Depp.

PETER VINCENT Hollywood actor Johnny Depp, who less than six weeks ago criticised actors who use their fame to become recording artists, surprised Marilyn Manson fans by joining the shock rocker on stage in Brisbane.

Protege turned mentor

The many lives of Conor Oberst, boy wonder turned grand old man of folk rock

Conor Oberst's career spans decades as effortlessly as it spans genres.

BERNARD ZUEL Almost without us noticing, Conor Oberst has already had a career three or four times longer than your average musician.

New albums from Bjork, Madonna

Madonna

BERNARD ZUEL Bjork and Madonna weave past and present on their latest works.

Foo Fighters: The last of the great stadium rock bands

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl on stage during his band's 'Sonic Highways' tour at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

Marcus Teague From the moment the frontman ran down the giant runway jutting into the crowd and elicited a huge roar by simply raising his fists, the cult of Grohl was in full, cartoonish effect.

Macy Gray tours Australia with personal, honest new album The Way

Glitz and glitter: Macy Gray knows the highs and lows of stardom.

Bronwyn Thompson Writer's block does not exist for nu-soul star Macy Gray, but she says writing something she can he proud of takes effort, Bronwyn Thompson reports.

Sound of Music sing-a-long a crowd pleaser

Theresa Kompara attends the singalong every year: ''I am Maria.''

BELLINDA KONTOMINAS Fans are flocking to the State Theatre to enjoy singing along and dressing up as characters in The Sound of Music.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra open Town Hall Series with all-Tchaikovsky program

A highlight of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Shakespeare's Classics was pizzicato cellos.

Martin Duffy Opening the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Town Hall Series, conductor Benjamin Northey presided over an all-Tchaikovsky program.

Buffy Sainte-Marie joins Lindy Burns at Brunswick Town Hall

Canadian artist Buffy Sainte Marie.

MICHAEL DWYER Buffy Sainte-Marie fans have one last chance to get close to an icon of American song and civil rights when she joins ABC radio presenter Lindy Burns "In Conversation" at Brunswick Town Hall on Thursday at 1pm.

Metropolis New Music Festival 2015 inspired by the moving image

A Jonny Greenwood composition will be performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Metropolis New Music Festival.

MICHAEL DWYER Dramatic and emotive film scores will be showcased at this year's Metropolis New Music Festival.

Mama Kin performs in We Two Thieves at Port Fairy Folk Festival

Mama Kin is Port Fairy Folk Festival's Artist of the Year.

MICHAEL DWYER Be charmed and harmonised at this year's Port Fairy Folk Festival.

Drake Melbourne review: Too much ground to cover to waste time toadying

Angry Drake was more commanding than mushy ballad Drake.

ANNABEL ROSS With all 17 tracks of his new surprise album in Billboard's hip hop charts at once, the Canadian rapper came to Rod Laver on a high.

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The Crate

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Photos

Foo Fighters live at ANZ Stadium 2015

Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Co blazed through a more than two-hour set for tens of thousands of fans in Sydney.

Brit Awards 2015 photos

Madonna falls from the stage, Kanye West arrives with flamethrowers and Take Swift performs Blank Space at the 2015 Brit Awards in London.

Fans gets an earful at Soundwave 2015

With the mercury rising, heavy metal and hard rock fans tuned into Slash, Marilyn Manson, Judas Priest, and The Treatment among others while Getty Images photographer Paul Rovere found the first day's highlights between a rock and a hard place.

Chrissy Amphlett in pictures

Australian rock icon Chrissie Amphlett of the Divinyls remembered in pictures.

Paul Simon and Sting in concert

Paul Simon and Sting performing together on stage at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.


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