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'Groundbreaking artist'

Miley Cyrus debuts a different side of herself with new album Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz

Miley Cyrus

Joe Coscarelli 8:33pm Miley Cyrus is in control and free to be exactly who she wants to be with the release of her new album.

Award winners

MTV Music Awards 2015: full list of winners

Taylor Swift

USA Today 7:42pm A list of nominees and winners at MTV's 2015 Video Music Awards.

Miley v Kanye

MTV Music Awards 2015: Kanye West steals the VMAs limelight from Miley Cyrus

Kanye West admitted to having smoked marijuana prior to the award ceremony, but was he serious about taking a tilt at the Presidency?

KARL QUINN 7:45pm Whoops, he did it again: Kanye West took the stage with Taylor Swift in a much-hyped replay of their infamous 2009 meeting, but no one could have predicted what happened next.

VMAs beef

MTV Music Awards 2015: Nicki Minaj calls out Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj had a heated exchange at the VMAs.

PHILIPPA HAWKER 7:46pm It's been well and truly overshadowed by Kanye West's presidential announcement, but there was a definite frisson at the VMAs when Nicki Minaj accepted her award for best hip-hop video for Anaconda. At the end of her speech Minaj said, "And now, back to this bitch who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press, Miley, what's good," throwing to VMA host Miley Cyrus.

'I am not a politician'

MTV Music Awards 2015: Kanye West announces 2020 presidential candidacy

Kanye West

KARL QUINN 8:07pm In a stunning move that managed to be both shocking and utterly predictable at the same time, Kanye West has announced he intends to run for President of the United States of America in 2020.

MTV VMAs

MTV Video Music Awards 2015: live blog

Miley

JENNA CLARKE 11:07am Sia, 5SOS and Vance Joy are the only Australians in the running for an award, however all eyes will be on hot favourites Taylor Swift, her bestie Ed Sheeran and of course, host Miley Cyrus.

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It's Sheeran v Swift at VMAs battle

Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift will battle it out at the VMAs.

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will battle it out with top nominee Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Russian crowned 2015 Air Guitar champion

Kereel

AAP A new air guitar king has been crowned, and for the first time it is a Russian.

Music review: Mozart's piano concerto No. 17

Sir Andrew Davis and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet from the MSO's performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No.17.

Reviewed by Martin Duffy French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and the MSO gave the audience Mozart and more.

Sydney's best ever gigs

Sydney's 10 best ever gigs from Cold Chisel and Divinyls to Kylie and INXS

The original INXS.

BERNARD ZUEL Some of the greatest musical moments this city has seen.

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Opera's modern golden age

Karajan and Fricsay and the 20th century's golden age of opera

Herbert von Karajan

BARNEY ZWARTZ  Two dominant voices of last century's classical music recordings are heard again.

Apartment block brings live-in artists back to the inner city

Artist Kate Scardifield is one of residents living and working at the William Street Hub.

ANDREW TAYLOR Epiphany Morgan and Carl Mason have a confession to make but don't tell their landlord, the City of Sydney council.

High notes

Meg Mac: on her new album and the power of song

Australian musician Meg Mac.

MICHAEL KOZIOL Megan McInerney, aka Meg Mac, brings a lot of drama to her soul-pop numbers, and they've taken her from Triple J's Unearthed to prestigious touring slots in the US.

Our pick of the latest album releases

Fanfare Ciocarlia plays its own exuberant style of Gypsy swing.

Various Reviewers listen to a range of music from Gypsy swing to classical and country.

Digital world helps young musos get off to a singing start

Portrait of Australian musician Meg Mac, photographed at The Grounds in Sydney. Wednesday 15th July 2015. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH SPECTRUM 150715

MICHAEL KOZIOL Jimmy Barnes never really made it there, despite his best efforts. Delta Goodrem tried and failed. For Australian artists, making it in the US has oft been an elusive dream, requiring time, money and a good dose of chutzpah.

CelloXtravaganza hosts world premiere of The Gathering

Japanese cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi.

MICHAEL DWYER International cello stars Japan's Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and New Zealand's Inbal Megiddo are to perform at the Melbourne Conservatorium.

Metal masters Iron Maiden to land monstrous aircraft Down Under

Maiden voyage? Iron Maiden frontman and part-time pilot Bruce Dickinson.

MICHAEL DWYER Iron Maiden's operatic frontman Bruce Dickinson is "currently in training for his licence" to fly a 747-500.

Well-rounded chamber program for Music in the Round at Abbotsford Convent

Cellist Howard Penny.

MICHAEL DWYER The Abbotsford Convent's intimate one-day chamber music festival In the Round aims to make fathers feel superior for the second year this Sunday from 11am.

Well-rounded chamber program for Music in the Round at Abbotsford Convent

Cellist Howard Penny.

MICHAEL DWYER The Abbotsford Convent's intimate one-day chamber music festival In the Round aims to make fathers feel superior for the second year this Sunday from 11am.

Band biopics

Five great movies about real bands (and five more about solo acts)

Sam Riley played Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis in the superb <i>Control</i>.

KARL QUINN The band biopic is a little-explored sub-genre, but when they get it right it can be a beautiful thing.

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Virginia shootings: ad for The Vengeful One clip by metal band Disturbed pulled

Still from Disturbed's 2015 song The Vengeful One.

Brian Mansfield Warner Brothers has pulled a video ad for heavy metal band Disturbed in the wake of Wednesday's fatal on-air shooting of a TV reporter and her cameraman.

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Cat video

Taylor Swift and Lisa Kudrow sang Phoebe's Smelly Cat from Friends

Could Taylor Swift be getting her way with Spotify too?

EBONY BOWDEN Cat-lover Taylor Swift ended her string of sold-out Los Angeles shows with a surprise rendition of the famous Friends one-time hit, Smelly Cat.

Five new album reviews

Shortlist album reviews: Frank Carter, Mac DeMarco, Gwilym Gold, Lost Ragas and Dornik

Frank Carter

We take new releases from Frank Carter, Mac DeMarco, Gwilym Gold, Lost Ragas and Dornik for a spin.

Who was at the Last Stand?

Cold Chisel take another Last Stand for Sydney Entertainment Centre's final shows

He was there and has the T-shirt: Cold Chisel (from left) Ian Moss, Jimmy Barnes, Steve Prestwich and Phil Small, during the Last Stand tour.

BERNARD ZUEL Big claims, last stands and fond farewells at a world famous room.

Cold Chisel competition

Win Cold Chisel tickets to celebrate the Last Stand tour

Ian Moss at Cold Chisel's Last Stand concert at the Entertainment Centre in 1983.

Were you really there at Chisel's final Last Stand gig at the Entertainment Centre on December 15, 1983? This is your chance to win tickets and relive the show.

The Shortlist album reviews, August 28

Saint Jude's <i>Saint Jude III</i>.

The Shortlist album reviews, August 28: Beach House, Yo La Tengo, Saint Jude, Foals, Indigo Girls

Oliver Ackermann revels in the sound of noise

Feel the noise: A Place To Bury Strangers.

Patrick Emery The concept of noise is typically described in negative terms. For Oliver Ackermann, guitarist and singer with New York band A Place to Bury Strangers, noise is a natural phenomenon.

The Drones still powerful and still flying

The Drones' music remains aggressive but not thuggish.

MICHAEL DWYER "It's highbrow, but it's gonna kill ya," Gareth Liddiard says of the book that inspired the Drones' breakthrough.

Sticky Carpet: Stars prepare for Victorian Hall of Fame concert

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Mary Mihelakos Sticky Carpet: Kingswood and Paul Kelly join Victorian Hall of Fame Concert, Face The Music, the Croxton is back, Tame Impala on tour and more.

Columns

The Crate

Chris Johnston digs into his music collection for a record a week.

Sticky Carpet

Your weekly wrap of music news.

Photos

Splendour In The Grass

Splendour In The Grass is upon us yet again, with revellers from across Australia and abroad descending on Byron Bay to join the festivities over the weekend. The iconic arts and music festival kicked off on Friday at North Byron Parklands in northern New South Wales and is expected to host more than 30,000 people over the three-day event.

Rolling Stones Exhibitionism

A selection of images from the upcoming Rolling Stones 'Exhibitionism' event at Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, London.

There's a bear in there

British artist Stanley Donwood, aka Dan Rickwood, has built a large-scale installation called The Panic Office, a retrospective of his work with a soundscape by Radiohead's lead singer Thom Yorke. It includes much of Donwood's artwork for the band that has never been shown in public before. The Panic Office runs until June 6 at Carriageworks, Eveleigh.

Eurovision 2015

See a gallery of wire images of the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.

Jasmine Rae performed at the Canberra Casino on May 15

Melbourne country singer Jasmine Rae performed at the Canberra Casino on May 15


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