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Class of 2008: Pnau

Thursday, July 26, 2007
Sydney duo Pnau (pronounced Pen-yow) might have been around for years, but it looks like they're finally eyeing some serious success. Although they've played their electronic beats, blips and pings around the world (occasionally to parties attended by everyone from Naomi Campbell to Ricky Martin), their third self-titled record is due to deliver them to heights well beyond the earthly stratosphere. Although former Brisbane school friends Pete Mayes and Nick Littlemore have not-so-quietly been building a loyal fan base since the mid '90s, 'Wild Strawberries' — the first offering from Pnau — has already grabbed the attention of everyone from acclaimed international mixer DJ Feadz to none other than Sir Elton John.

And while many thought the dance music craze would fizzle and die not long after Pnau won an ARIA Award in 1999 for their debut release Sambanova, the two have continued to create their own unique brand of every-tempo mixes and perfectly mashed-up beats — Pnau involved so many keyboards, mini-disc players, pieces of studio and computer equipment and traditional instruments that the band can't even remember them all, not to mention including a children's choir and Luke Steele, frontman of indie alt-rockers The Sleepy Jackson.

As their record company bio says; "We suspect they're starting to take themselves seriously — it's like they don't consider 'ambition' to be a dirty word anymore". Which is just as well, because that ambition is about to see Pnau take off like a rocket … man.



Pnau's track 'Baby', as featured in the recent Lite White television ad


Says who? Sir Elton John is a huge fan, having stumbled upon the duo's music during his recent Australian tour. He invited the band round for tea to his hotel and has since been slinging their latest release to all corners of the globe to show his support.

"I was getting work done on the bench at physio and he was like, 'Hello mate it's Elton, love your album'," Littlemore told Triple J about the phone call he received last month. "We hung out with him and we're going over to London to hang out with him at the end of February."

Lily Allen and the Scissor Sisters have been wooed by Elton's endorsement, and Madonna's people are reportedly sniffing around for possible remixes. Operator Please and Rage Against The Machine were also regulars side-of-stage during the band's Big Day Out appearances this year.

A MySpace fan says: "After the Gold Coast BDO based solely on your performance I booked flights to Melbourne to go see you again. ABSOLUTELY F***ING EPIC. You're now in my top three best live acts of all time!" Matty

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Trouble, trouble! Is Taylor Swift the worst neighbour ever? MusicFIX Blog by Adam Bub Jul 22 2014 9:47AM

We knew she was trouble when she walked in... but not this much trouble!

Taylor Swift has riled her neighbours with her superstar treatment in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, where she owns a $17 million beachfront mansion.

Last Saturday, onlookers at local restaurant The Cooked Goose were stunned when the 24-year-old's security team reportedly "harassed" diners.

"Taylor and her two friends took a table toward the back of the restaurant," an eyewitness told Radar Online. "But her two security guards took a seat at the bar, eyeing the other diners like a hawk."

According to the witness, T-Swizzle's guards barked at guests who even dared to touch their mobile phones.

"My friend took her phone out of her purse and one of the men screamed 'NO PICTURES!'" the insider says. "She was just checking the time!"

The same source explains there were no crazy fans approaching Taylor and some people didn't even realise she was there… until her security made it blatantly known to everyone. We're told she ate eggs with hot sauce and left the bill to her people to fix up.

It gets worse, though. That afternoon, Taylor's security blocked off part of a public beach so the '22' singer could enjoy the sun to herself.

"They were turning people away," a source says. "It's a public beach!"

Yikes! Taylor's sure getting a reputation around her beachside digs, which she bought in April 2013. Not long after she settled in, locals were up in arms about Taylor's security turning beach-goers away from a beach-access pathway near her home.

In December 2013, residents fumed about Taylor rebuilding a seawall in front of her mansion, restricting access to the public beach for fishermen and surfers.

"I don't know how the hell they let her do this without approval or nothing," one elderly resident who'd lived in the area since 1961 told Mail Online.

Taylor's bodyguards have evenbeen accused of harassing volunteers picking up trash near her home.>/p>

Come on, Tay-Tay, you're better than this...

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Author: Adam Bub. Follow on Twitter. Approved by Amy Nelmes.

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WATCH: Tim McGraw smacks fan in the face MusicFIX Blog by Claire Knight Jul 18 2014 2:05PM Don't mess with Tim McGraw! The country singer was not happy when one particular fan got a little too handsy at a gig.

Performing the song "Truck Yeah" in Atlanta, the 47-year-old was bombarded with screaming fans reaching out for high-fives.

One avid concert-goer with an unfortunately bad aim succeeded in getting her idol's attention… for all the wrong reasons.

Watch the moment above and cringe along with us as she "slaps his junk," as TMZ so eloquently put it.

Security was quick to drag the woman back from the stage and the show went on.

"Tim was singing out in the audience and someone firmly grabbed onto his leg and wouldn't let go as he was moving through the crowd," the singer’s rep told TMZ.

"He instinctively swatted to try to keep them from ripping his jeans (which they succeeded at doing!), and so he could get to more fans who could slap hands with him before the end of the show."

We'd rather Tim shocked his fans with performances like these controversial live shows.

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