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Debut single from Sophie Mashlan

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“It was a pretty amazing experience,” says Sophie Mashlan of recording her debut single with award-winning producer Ben Edwards. “I was so absorbed in the music for those weeks and Ben is just incredible.”

‘Let You Down’ is the debut single from the 19-year-old singer-songwriter and is the first track to be shared from her upcoming, as yet untitled, album.

The record was recorded at The Sitting Room by Edwards, the acclaimed the producer behind artists such as Tami Neilson, Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding and Nadia Reid.

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Avalanche City returns with Prayed For Love

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A bitter legal dispute with a former manager is the subject of the new single from Avalanche City – aka Dave Baxter – ‘Prayed For Love’.

The track is the first single from the singer-songwriter’s third studio album My Babylon, which is due in February.

‘Prayed For Love’ finds Baxter opening up on his 2016 legal battle with former manager Matt Coleman, in which the High Court ruled that the singer was owed more than $300,000 in earnings.

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Debut EP from Written By Wolves

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Auckland hard rockers Written By Wolves have just dropped their debut EP Prologue, along with their latest single ‘Promise Me’.

The five track record includes their earlier singles ‘Oxygen’, ‘Timebombs and Hurricanes’ and ‘Starlight’, plus other new song ‘Affirmation’. Prologue was mixed by Thomas Oliver at BigPop Studios in Auckland, with Rich Bryan and the band themselves sharing production credits.

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Charity single for Nauru kids

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Don McGlashan and Luke Buda have teamed up for a charity single for refugee children still detained on Nauru.

‘Children Don’t Belong In Jail’ aims to showcase the issues the kids face and is released in association with the trans-Tasman advocacy group Mums 4 Refugees.

Buda says the release of this song shows how deeply New Zealanders feel about the plight of the children stuck on Nauru.

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Six60 win big at NZ music awards

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Chart-toppers Six60 were the big winners at this year’s Vodafone NZ Music Awards, although international breakout artists Marlon Williams and Drax Project also enjoyed success at last night’s event at Spark Arena in Auckland.

The five piece, who have dominated the 2018 charts with their third self-titled EP and became the first homegrown act to sell out Western Springs, were named best group and also picked up People’s Choice award, which was open for the first time to the VNZMA finalists. Six60 also won highest selling album and single, along with the airplay award.

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Mark Roach on UNESCO goals

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Auckland’s UNESCO City of Music strategy contains some big ambitions – but for Recorded Music NZ’s special projects manager Mark Roach it’s also about getting the little things right.

Yesterday (November 13), Auckland Council unveiled its first strategy document for the United Nations programme, which includes such things as strengthening the music ecosytem, developing incubator hubs, championing Maori music on the world stage and preserving the city’s music heritage.

Roach – who has been the driving force behind the move for UNESCO status – acknowledges that many of these goals are aspirational and it may not even be possible to realise them all. However, he stresses there are smaller changes that can be implemented reasonably easily at council level, which could still bring benefits to the music community.

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Auckland outlines UNESCO City Of Music vision

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Bolstering Auckland music ecosystem – including grassroots venues – are among the key goals identified in the vision for Auckland’s newly-minted status as a UNESCO City off Music.

The council today (November 13) unveiled its first strategy document for the United Nations cultural programme, which recognized creativity as a major factor in the urban development of cities around the globe.

The report blueprint was devised by the Auckland City Of Music (ACOMO) Steering Group, which is made up of representatives of music industry organisations such as Recorded Music  NZ and APRA AMCOS, and council units such as Auckland Live and ATEED.

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Davis takes on new role

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Matthew Davis has been promoted to general manager of Flying Nun Records.

Davis, who was previously label manager, will take over the day to day operations of the iconic record company, succeeding Ben Howe, who remains a director and will act as a strategic adviser for the business. He will also continue overseeing Flying Out, the music retail, distribution, event and marketing company he co-founded with Howe in 2013.

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Eventbrite unveils new live music ticketing solution

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Eventbrite has launched a new ticketing solution designed specifically for independent music venues, promoters and festivals.

According to the US-based global ticketing and event technology platform Eventbrite Music, will help the concert business to streamline their business operation and help distribute their tickets to widest possible audience.

The launch follows on from Eventbrite’s acquisitions of Ticketfly and ticketscript, and is now available from its North American and Australasian arms.

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