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The new Nat Bass: Rogue Traders unveil lead singer Rogue Traders have revealed their new frontwoman... almost 18 months after Natalie Bassingthwaighte quit the band.

Sheesh, they sure took their sweet time finding a replacement!

Sydney singer Mindi Jackson has been named as the band's new singer — just in time for the release of their number single 'Love in a War', which will start trickling onto radio stations on November 20.

Sydney-born Mindi has MySpace to thank for her job in the ARIA-winning, chart-topping group: even though she's been singing since she was barely out of nappies, she didn't get her big break till Rogue Traders founding member James Ash discovered her on the social networking site.

I hear that Mindi won't hesitate to sing Nat's trademark hits like 'Voodoo Child'. That could stir up a bit of tension in the Australian music scene (... I hope. Bring on the ARIA Awards red-carpet catfight!).

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Jonas Brothers spend a Night at the Museum Ben Stiller's action-comedy Night at the Museum 2, out now on DVD and Blu-ray, has about a million big name stars in it — the cast list reads like a list of Academy Awards invitees. Actually, make that a million and three: the Jonas Brothers are also in the movie!

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Australian Idol: top 2 It's time for another episode of this wretched show. Hurrah!

The group routine — if you can call three singers a group — begins with the opening bars of 'The Final Countdown', a song I will forever associate with Gob from Arrested Development. But then it morphs into a medley of the top three's performances throughout the season: Stan does 'Purple Rain', James does 'Crazy', and Hayley does 'Somebody Told Me'. And then it really does end with them all singing 'The Final Countdown'.

And now it's time for James to be eliminated. That's not how Andrew G introduces it, but — come on. The first Idol through to the grand final is Stan. (Which I just accidentally mistyped as "Satan", heh.) (Note to Stan's fans: please don't bother pointing out that this is evidence that I hate him, and I should be fired or whatever. I don't care.) That leaves Hayley and James, and of course Hayley is also through to the final. Of all the not-very-surprising eliminations this season, that was probably the least surprising.

James remarks that Idol is the best thing he's ever done in his whole life. Lucky he's only about 12, or that would be pretty sad. He adds that before the competition, he used to play restaurants and pubs to only two or three people. I hope going back to that won't be too hard on him. (I kid, I kid.) (Sort of.)

Tonight's guest judge is Michael Buble, the most charming man in the universe. In his first 10 seconds on stage, he displays more energy than the Maddens and Pete Wentz had in a whole episode.

Read up on all the performances in the full post.

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Interview: Guy Sebastian's famous 'fro makes a comeback! When Guy Sebastian first popped up on Australian Idol all those years ago, it wasn't just his voice that propelled him to victory — it was also his afro, a haircut so beloved by fans that they adopted the chant "Go the 'fro!"

The 'fro did go: Guy chopped it off after his Idol victory, an instant controversy erupted. So will his infamous hairdo ever make a comeback?

The singer reveals all to MusicFIX, chatting to us about the 'fro, what it was like to work with big-name artists on his latest album Like it Like That, and revealed what he really thinks of Australian Idol!

Read the full post to watch the interview.

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Music reviews: Black Eyed Peas, Guy Sebastian

With two mega, huge, electro fist-thumping singles in 'Boom Boom Pow' and 'I Gotta Feeling' already lifted from their latest album The E.N.D, the Peas have paused to catch their breath and the party has gone to grab a drink while they wait...
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In pics: Music's wackiest fashions Fashion in music, music in fashion; what came first? Musicians were known for kick-starting fashion trends long before the Beatles put bowls on their heads and gave themselves a haircut.
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Britney to lip-sync critics: "STFU" Okay, so "STFU" is not exactly what Britney said. I'm just putting words in her mouth and making it appear as if she's said them, when really she hasn't. Exactly like Britney herself does at her concerts. (Boomtish!)

Britney's manager Adam Leber is the one telling critics to cram it, taking to Twitter to defend the pop tart. "It's unfortunate that one journalist in Perth didn't enjoy the show last night," he tweeted. "Fortunately the other 18,272 fans in attendance did!"

Leber's harsh words come in response to journos who are attempting to stir up anger because Britney lip-syncs at her concerts. According to these OTT articles, it is an outrage that anyone has to pay hundreds of dollars to see someone mime on stage.

Except it isn't, because everyone knows that Britney lip-syncs. She's been doing it for years. Going to a Britney concert and complaining about the lip-syncing is like going to the ballet and complaining about the prancing.

Personally, I prefer that Britney lip-syncs. If you've ever actually heard her sing live, you probably do too.

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Australian Idol: top 3 - power music The episode opens with the final four's rendition of 'We Built This City'. Even though this song was (rightly) voted the worst of the all time in a recent poll, it's still a pretty rad performance — the phrase "so bad it's good" comes to mind.

Gunsberg explains that tonight's theme is "power" — be it a power ballad, a power anthem, or anything in between. That's a pretty vague theme, but I'll let it slide since this season is in urgent need of a little spark. After another recap of Toby's "unprecedented" exit last week — which wasn't unprecedented at all, given that Cosima quit way back in season one — it's elimination time.

James is safe. Yaaaaay! This is already shaping up to the best episode of the season. Stan is safe, so it's immediately obvious that it's Nathan's time to go. I've liked the kid fine, but he's totally the kind of Idol contestant who will now disappear into permanent obscurity.

Tonight's guest judge is Pete Wentz, who's not wearing any emo eyeliner. He's not even rocking an emo fringe. Lame! He doesn't look emo at all! He actually looks kind of... jetlagged?

Read the full post for a thrilling recap of the top three's performances!

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Lady Gaga: "David Bowie is my influence" Now we know who to blame for Lady GaGa: the pop tart told MTV host Alexa Chung that David Bowie is a major influence on her, um, unusual image.

"I used to sit in my apartment for hours and do his make-up on myself over and over again," GaGa revealed.

This revelation shouldn't surprise anyone who's familiar with Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" years, when he gallivanted around in strange costumes and bizarre hairstyles saying weird and unusual things — much like Lady GaGa.

Check out the full post for our look at some of the myriad ways Ziggy has inspired GaGa.

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Confirmed: Take That reunion Robbie Williams has confirmed that Take That will be the next '90s pop supergroup to stage a reunion.

He appeared on British chat show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and revealed that he and the other members of Take That — Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Mark Owen — have been in the studio recording "bits and bobs", and that all five of them might appear onstage together soon.

Of course, Take That have technically already reunited — though their previous reunion tour was sans Robbie, the only member of the band anyone really cares about nowadays.

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