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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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
10:18am Oops, Britney Spears has lost a piece of her, or rather her hair, during a recent performance.
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
PETER VINCENT 10:47am Further details have emerged about the death of R&B singer Charmayne Maxwell, who fell while holding a wine glass.
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.
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
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.
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'
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.
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
Clive O’Connell The MSO's bewildering menu for its Chinese New Year concert featured juxtaposed musical items without any underpinning sense.
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.
Warwick McFadyen TIME CAPSULE
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
BERNARD ZUEL Almost without us noticing, Conor Oberst has already had a career three or four times longer than your average musician.
BERNARD ZUEL Bjork and Madonna weave past and present on their latest works.
CANDICE BARNES Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall, February 28
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.
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.
BELLINDA KONTOMINAS Fans are flocking to the State Theatre to enjoy singing along and dressing up as characters in The Sound of Music.
Martin Duffy Opening the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Town Hall Series, conductor Benjamin Northey presided over an all-Tchaikovsky program.
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.
MICHAEL DWYER Dramatic and emotive film scores will be showcased at this year's Metropolis New Music Festival.
MICHAEL DWYER Be charmed and harmonised at this year's Port Fairy Folk Festival.
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.
Chris Johnston digs into his music collection for a record a week.
Your weekly wrap of music news.
Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Co blazed through a more than two-hour set for tens of thousands of fans in Sydney.
Madonna falls from the stage, Kanye West arrives with flamethrowers and Take Swift performs Blank Space at the 2015 Brit Awards in London.
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.
Australian rock icon Chrissie Amphlett of the Divinyls remembered in pictures.
Paul Simon and Sting performing together on stage at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.