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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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WTF?! Robin Thicke was high on Vicodin and alcohol to record and promote 'Blurred Lines' MusicFIX Blog by Yasmin Vought Sep 16 2014 9:30AM

Well this is one hell of a revelation.

Robin Thicke has revealed that he lied about writing his 2013 hit 'Blurred Lines' and that he was drunk and high while recording and promoting it.

"I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio," he said in court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit.

"The reality is [that] Pharrell [Williams] had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song."

The 37-year-old added that he told his wife of nine years Paul Patton the truth about lying and that's why she left him. Awkward.

The shock disclosure appeared in court documents from Robin and Pharrell Williams' ongoing battle with the late Marvin Gaye's estate over the song's ownership.

Basically Marvin's estate claim Robin and Pharrell borrowed bits and pieces of the soul singer's 1977 classic 'Got to Give it Up' to pen the March 2013 hit.

So it's no surprise now that Robin is saying he didn't actually write the track in the first place.

Which is the total opposite of what he said last year when he claimed to GQ magazine that he wrote the song with Pharrell in half an hour.

"This is what happens every day in our industry," the singer explained in the deposition. "You know, people are made to look like they have much more authorship in the situation than they actually do. So that's where the embellishment comes in."

Talk about blurred lines! So why did he lie?

"I was jealous," he said. "I wanted some of the credit. I tried to take credit for it later because [Pharrell] wrote the whole thing pretty much by himself and I was envious of that."

But that's not even the half of it. Robin also claimed in the trial that he was drunk or high while being interviewed in the past about the track.

"Thicke, for his part, now claims he made all his statements while drunk or on drugs," Marvin Gaye's family said in their court papers. "He also actually testified that he is not an honest person.

"This complete contempt for the judicial system, and their obligations to tell the truth, can best be summed up by Thicke's ultimate admission while under oath that he '[does not] give a f---' about this litigation."

In pics: The eight triggers that ended Robin Thicke and Paula Patton's marriage…

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Diva dollars! The price of Ariana Grande's meet-and-greet package is shocking… and you can't even get a selfie MusicFIX Blog by Carmarlena Murdaca Sep 16 2014 8:46AM

If you want to meet Ariana Grande, you better start saving.

Staying true to her diva antics from Down Under, 21-year-old Ariana's offering fans a pricey new meet-and-greet package for her tour… and it'll set you back $495.

But don't expect a bunch of playful selfies with your new BFF backstage! The #GetCloser to Ariana experience includes a seat in the first 15 rows of the show, a pre-party with her backup dancers, a signed photo and a quick pic with the star… with a minimum of 4-6 other people.

Yep, Ariana refuses to take individual pics with fans as part of the package. She obvs thinks she's a bigger star than Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga who all allow their fans one-on-one pictures during meet-and-greets. Side-eye, Ariana!


Take note Ariana! Source: Splash.

It comes a week after the pint-sized pop star abruptly stormed out of a bunch of photo shoots in Oz, complaining that photographers didn’t shoot her the way she likes… which we now know, is from her left side.

Someone's diva wheels have definitely fallen off.

Princess Ariana? Check out the pop star's Twilight-esque new music video 'Don't Be Gone Too Long' with Chris Brown below.

View slideshow: Ariana and other pop stars who've got sexy in space...

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