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Jackson Owens shares new video

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Rising Kiwi pop/R&B star Jackson Owens secured an A-list production team for the video for his latest single ‘Selfish’.

The clip was made by Taktix Films, whose credits include Justin Bieber’s video for ‘Sorry’, which has racked up more than three billion views on YouTube, and Ciara’s smash ‘Level Up’. Directed by Jared Leith, the video was shot in Auckland’s CBD and at the iconic Piha Beach.

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Matthew Young: Fruit EP

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In this age of social media hype and YouTube celebrity, Matthew Young is something of a reluctant 21st Century popstar-to-be. Although the young Aucklander is a bonafide internet sensation – two of the songs on the Fruit EP have already clocked up almost 5 million Spotify streams – he says self-promotion doesn’t come naturally to him and maintains that he hates social media.

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Sons Of Zion: Vantage Point

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With lines like “taking the top spot” and “eyes on the prize”, the opening title track works pretty well as a statement of intent for Sons of Zion on their latest LP. While their debut Universal Love (2013) wasn’t exactly a pure reggae album either, Vantage Point is an unashamed bid for the mainstream, with pop and R&B flavours very much to the fore.

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Happy Mother’s Day from Adeaze

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R&B duo Adeaze are back with a new album A Mother’s Love, which will be available from this Friday (May 11).

Timed to coincide with Mother’s Day this weekend, brothers Nainz and Viiz Tupa’I’s new record is dedicated to their late mother who inspired their love for music. According to the duo, the project gave them the opportunity to record many of the songs they were taught growing up as well as songs that their mother loved to hear them singing.

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Album Review: Aaradhna

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On her last album 2008’s Sweet Soul Music, Aaradhna bravely tackled classics from the likes of Stevie Wonder, The Jacksons and The Temptations, but she is on much surer ground with this, her third long player.

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