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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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From twerk queen to Black Swan! Taylor Swift's new video 'Shake It Off' will make your day MusicFIX Blog by Adam Bub Aug 19 2014 8:44AM

Love life jokes? Check. Adorably awkward attempts at twerking? Check. Not-so-graceful ballerina moves? Check.

There is just no way you can hate Taylor Swift after watching her new music video for her horn-infused comeback anthem, 'Shake It Off'. Take a peek above… we guarantee you'll crack a smile.

The 24-year-old pop star is obvs having the time of her life mocking her dancing skills while singing about "shaking" off "the haters".

But Taylor's also having a laugh at her public image with lines like, "I go on too many dates/ But I can't make them stay/ At least that's what people say / That's what people say."

'Shake It Off' is the first single from Taylor's new album, 1989, named after the year she was born.

The blonde superstar announced the single and album today through a live stream at the top of New York's Empire State Building.

"The inspiration behind this record, I was listening to a lot of late '80s pop," Taylor said. "The idea of endless possibility was kind of a theme in the last two years of my life."

Tay-Tay wrote and produced 'Shake It Off' with Max Martin and Shellback, the same team behind 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' and 'I Knew You Were Trouble'. Talk about a surefire hit!

She'll also appear at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. We hope she pulls out some of those dance moves!

1989 is out October 27.

Taylor's new album cover, 1989. Image: ABC News.

Related video: Taylor's amazeballs Grammys dancing

View slideshow: Taylor Swift's 10 types of besties!

Watch: Britney Spears' lip-synching fail… to Sia's vocals! MusicFIX Blog by Yasmin Vought Aug 18 2014 11:25AM

Oops she did it again…

Britney Spears has been called out yet another time for her shoddy lip-synching but this time it's super awkward.

Fans were quick to point out that Britney's main vocals to 'Perfume' didn't sound entirely like her… but just like 39-year-old Aussie singer Sia Furler.

Judge for yourself in the Instagram video above!

Other supporters argued they could hear remnants of Brit's voice in the background, but the prevalent vocal was definitely Sia's acoustic cover of the pop track. Awks!

"You can hear her and Sia's voice lmfao dying," one fan wrote alongside the Insta-vid.

Another user added: "If you listen closely to the performance video, you can make out some of Spears' vocals under Sia's more charactered voice.

"That's because, most likely, Spears uses Sia's track as an in-monitor guide when she sings. Only this time it was put into the house mix, making for an embarrassing accident."

Embarrassing indeed! But this isn't the first time Brits has been caught out for a lip-synching fail at her current Vegas residency.

But let's not forget her worst yet, which was at the 2007 Video Music Awards. Check it below!

Her manager Adam Leber responded back in June to the many fan accusations of Britney's miming.

"To put on the show that she puts on, it's virtually impossible to sing the entire time and do what she does," he told "She's singing on every song, basically, when she has the ability to sing. There's no way you can dance for 90 minutes straight and sing the entire time."

Want to see more lip-sync fails? View the worst of the worst...

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