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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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Pnau

http://www.pnau.net/

Shake it off, Bey-Swizzle! Taylor Swift and Beyonce caught singing to each other at Justin Timberlake show MusicFIX Blog by Adam Bub Dec 15 2014 6:55PM

Now here's one celeb inner circle we'd love to be in: yes, that's Taylor Swift and Beyonce just having a totally casual singalong at Justin Timberlake's New York concert on Sunday night. Nothing to see here, right? Er, wrong!

Watch the above footage caught by fans on Instagram... complete with Tay-Tay's signature overenthusiastic, wide-eyed singing face. #LOVE.

"Bey-Swizzle", as we'll call them from now on, jumped up and down and mouthed the words to 'Holy Grail' while Justin and Jay Z took the stage at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn.

Who are those other girls cutting a move with Taylor? That's US band Haim ('The Wire', 'If I Could Change Your Mind').

Just a day earlier, Beyonce and Jay Z and Justin partied with Taylor for her 25th birthday, along with other celeb guests. Get all envious with these amazing pics from the #BestBirthayEver!

Author: Adam "Bey-Swizzle fan-boy" Bub. .

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WATCH: Ariana Grande 'almost died' after slipping on confetti at Jingle Ball MusicFIX Blog by Carmarlena Murdaca Dec 15 2014 8:09AM

Ariana Grande might be the most accident-prone A-lister of all time.

Just weeks after dodging a Victoria's Secret models' wings on the runway, 21-year-old Ariana's "almost died" after slipping on confetti at Z100's Jingle Ball. Watch that moment above!

Posting the snippet to social media, the pint-sized pop star tweeted: "When you slip on confetti & almost die at madison square garden." Confetti – 1; Ariana – 0.

In recent weeks, the star's been no stranger to delivering memorable moments for TheFIX. At LA's KIIS FM Jingle Ball, Ariana cosied up to boyfriend Big Sean while performing 'Big Mistake'… only days after her terrified face at the VS show inspired a bunch of hilarious memes.


This face is the best thing we've seen all year.

Oh, and we've got video of that moment below too FIXers.

This all comes off the back of rumours that she wants to be carried around like a baby when she doesn't feel like walking. Perhaps there will be a few less wing-related incidents then?

"Her new rule is that she has to be carried – literally carried like a baby when she doesn’t feel like walking," a source told In Touch Weekly. "She says she doesn’t want her precious feet to hit the floor. Everyone was stunned. Ariana is such a diva."

Want proof? Check out the pics of her Mariah Carey-esque behaviour below…

View slideshow: Diva alert! Ariana Grande demands to be "carried like a baby" to protect her "precious feet"

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