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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

You do the maths:



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http://www.pnau.net/

WATCH: Latex-clad Ariana Grande gets soaked by JLo's ex in 'Love Me Harder' sneak peek MusicFIX Blog by Carmarlena Murdaca Oct 29 2014 9:05AM

Looks like Ariana Grande doesn't mind getting her hair wet.

Taking a dip in the sexy pool, 21-year-old Ariana rolls around in a black leather bustier for her 'Love Me Harder' teaser… all while JLo's ex Casper Smart splashes water over her taut bod.

It's an instant pulse-racer! Check out the music video sneak peek above…

Despite slamming diva rumours while Down Under last month, the pint-sized pop star isn't doing herself any favours with this behind-the-scenes clip.

Especially since we see her get carried around on set because she "lays down in every music video". No Ariana, it's because you're totally precious.


Yep, we can see why Ariana would need to be carried on set. NOT.

Regardless of her diva training wheels, we're pretty excited to see more writhing and rolling from this sultry songstress as soon as her music video drops… and hopefully a whole lot less Casper.

View slideshow: Unrecognisable! Ariana Grande's frumpy to fab style evolution

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Best friend ever? Katy Perry flies 70 pals to Paris for 30th birthday celebration MusicFIX Blog by Adam Bub Oct 28 2014 9:35AM

It's been a huge week of celeb birthday parties, with Kim Kardashian's 34th in Vegas and Kelly Osbourne's Rocky Horror-themed 30th in LA… but Katy Perry's 30th really takes the (birthday) cake.

The pop diva flew 70 pals to Paris with hardly any notice, because, well, YOLO.

Katy had been holidaying in Marrakech, Morocco on a break from her Prismatic world tour when she booked a last-minute private plane for her friends and boyfriend Diplo, New York Post reports.

So why the big rush? Katy wanted to keep her b'day details "low key" after her plans for a trip to Egypt were leaked to the public. Sigh, we guess Paris will do…

The 'Birthday' singer and co touched down in the City of Lights on Sunday night, with the star apparently laughing and taking selfies with her 35-year-old DJ beau on the tarmac.

"They piled off the flight, her friends, assistants, her whole camp," an eyewitness told New York Post. "She flew all of her friends out, all on her dime."

Within hours, Katy, Diplo and a party posse of around 20 ate at Michelin-starred restaurant Le Jules Verne on the Eiffel Tower. When in Paris…

By early Monday morning, Katy and Diplo flew out again as he had gigs booked in San Jose and Las Vegas. Talk about a jet-setting lifestyle!

The pair were first rumoured to have hooked up in April, but it's all a bit awkward since he's expecting a bub any day now with ex-girlfriend Kathryn Lockhart. They also have a four-year-old son, Lockett... how awesome would it be to say Katy Perry's your stepmum?

We hope her Paris party antics looked something like this...

Now let's compare Katy's birthday with Kim Kardashian's 34th bash in Vegas...

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

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