Pete Murray

Pete Murray


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Ten years ago an artist burst onto the scene with a soulful, heartfelt acoustic offering called "Feeler" which captured the mood of an Australian generation. That artist was Pete Murray who has gone on to sell over a million albums and become one of the country's most celebrated songwriters.

To mark ten years, Pete has gone back to his roots, creating a new record from the heart, a reimagining of his hit album "Blue Sky Blue" created at home in Byron Bay.

Since Pete Murray moved to Byron Bay eight years ago, a string of musicians have also relocated to this artistic seaside hub, creating a true community which has become a must-schedule pit stop along the touring circuit. The lure of sun, surf, and the best chai tea in the country is too hard to resist and some of Pete's mates took the opportunity to lend a hand on the new album.

The album is a breath of fresh air in an industry hung up on production, marketing and gimmicks, a gift to both fans who have stuck by Pete over a decade of hits and a reintroduction to admirers of the breezy, carefree, yet elegant style of "Feeler".

The title track "Blue Sky Blue" features up-and-comer Fantine (and a bridge written by Blue King Brown's Natalie Pa'apa'a), creating a true Byron soundscape while "Hurricane Coming" borrows the talents of Ash Grunwald on slide guitar.

Last year's most played track on Australian radio "Free" gets the Byron treatment, turning an already-great tune into an acoustic jam party classic with mates Busby Marou lending a hand. With other guests including Bernard Fanning, Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), Katie Noonan, and Scott Owen (The Living End), "Blue Sky Blue: The Byron Sessions" has achieved its aim of reflecting the real Pete Murray: a true biographical statement embracing his community and friends today in the same way that "Feeler" reflected his life ten years before.

For the first time in nearly a decade, Pete Murray is touring the country for some up-close-and-personal shows - partly solo and partly stripped back acoustic with some muso mates.
Blue Sky Blue "The Byron Sessions" is released through Sony on 1 February, 2013.
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Performing artist Nicki Minaj launches 'Pink Friday' perfume - Sydney, Australia; Myer City store...

This afternoon hundreds of people turned up at Myer Sydney to get a close up look at red hot celebrity and performing artist Nicki Minaj.

As you might expect, media buzz and security was at an all time high, as everyone jockeyed for the best position to catch a glimpse of the mega star.

Nicki Minaj was interviewed on stage about her debut fragrance Pink Friday and the creative and experimental process which pushed the boundaries to achieve her extraordinary vision.

This was Minaj's only public appearance outside of her Sydney concert and was a one-off chance for Australian fans to meet with the multi-platinum recording artist who continues to redefine pop culture through her groundbreaking influence on music, beauty and fashion.

Thank you to everyone who helped make today possible...Myer, media management, security, and the fans, and we might just see you at her upcoming concerts. Oh, nice perfume too so consider this for your Christmas list.


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WWE rolls with Stones' 'Shot' show - 15th October 2012

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WWE is going on tour with the Rolling Stones.

As part of the band's 50th anniversary, WWE will produce and distribute the live pay-per-view show "One More Shot" for the Stones' final show, performed at the Prudential Center, in Newark, N.J., on Dec. 15.

"WWE is ecstatic to bring the Rolling Stones into your living room," said WWE chairman-CEO Vince McMahon.

The tour, to take place at four arena shows in London and New York, is a partnership between Endemol, which co-manages the international digital rights to the Rolling Stones "50 and Counting" shows, and Dainty Group. The performances will see the band working once again with two longtime collaborators, set designer Mark Fisher and lighting director Patrick Woodroffe, who are designing an all-new, custom-built set, with a stage based on the band's ubiquitous and celebrated tongue and lips logo that reaches out into the crowd.

WWE was asked to participate after proving it can turn live events throughout the year, including its biggest show, "WrestleMania," into major moneymakers through PPV. "WrestleMania 28," held April 1 at Miami's Sun Life Stadium, generated a record 1.3 million buys, earning $67 million.

But WWE also has been looking to monetize its production biz further through concerts and other deals, with the Rolling Stones show one of the first high-profile pacts it's announced so far.

The Rolling Stones live shows will also mark the launch of new touring venture Virgin Live from the Dainty Group and Richard Branson's Virgin.

"In the future Virgin Live plans to make a real difference to how fans experience, interact and enjoy live events," Branson said.

Anniversary also will be feted with the release of the Rolling Stones' "GRRR!" album on Nov. 13, a greatest hits collection that includes new songs "Doom and Gloom" and "One More Shot," recorded recently in Paris, marking the first new recordings from the band since their 2005 album "A Bigger Bang."

A new film, "Crossfire Hurricane," directed by Brett Morgen and chronicling the Stones' career, will receive its worldwide premiere Oct. 18 at the London Film Festival and bow on HBO on Nov. 15. It will air on BBC Two in the U.K. the same month.

In addition, from Nov. 15-Dec. 2, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City will host "The Rolling Stones: 50 Years on Film," a comprehensive film retrospective that chronicles the band from the mid-1960s until today.



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Kiss Australian Tour Confirmed - 12th October 2012

Paul Stanley (The Starchild) has confirmed Kiss will tour Australia in January.

Last month Tommy Lee tweeted that Kiss and Motley Crue would be touring Australia in January, 2013 and today Paul Stanley confirmed the tour again on the David Letterman show.

Stanley advised Kiss were about to do a tour of South America and will then head to Australia.

Kiss Army Australia fans immediately jumped on forums to discuss the upcoming tour.

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Kym Staton in Yulli's Attic: Playing Surry Hills, Sydney on 4th October 2012

Kym Staton in Yulli's Attic ***bookings essential***

Candlelight Dinner & Music Night ***bookings essential***

Enjoy dinner plus some wonderful music in a very intimate setting. Experience a purely acoustic performance by candlelight, as Kym Staton plays renditions of jazz, blues, celtic, baroque, and original songs on guitar/vocals, violin and cello. Dinner and music will be served In the small attic with lovely warm acoustics, which holds only 24 people. The night also includes an interactive element, where audience members are invited to write down an idea for a lyric for a song that Kym later creates into and song and performs "off the cuff" at the end of the night!

Kym Staton has studied music from a young age, taking up the violin at age 7. He has performed more than 50 concerts as a violin soloist, and has recently begun performing as a singer/songwriter. He has very diverse tastes in different musical styles and is a multi-instrumentalist.

Date: Thursday 4th Oct, 2012
Time: Dinner orders taken from 6pm - 7.30pm, music from 8pm - 9pm

Please order your meal by 7.30pm at the latest, so that you do not interrupt the music performance.

Venue: Yulli's Restaurant, 417 Crown St, Surry Hills
Cost: $40
Includes: Entree + Main + live music performance

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Menu: Yullis has a full vegetarian/ vegan menu

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The Voice news media report; Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park, Sydney, Australia - 12th June 2012

The Voice enjoyed a media conference at Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park, this morning, with Voice coaches and finalists there to help promote the smash hit TV show, as the finals approach via Channel Nine.


The culling of eight singers from The Voice last night has set the stage for a controversial finale Channel Nine's talent comp.

Rachael Leahcar, Sarah De Bono, Darren Percival, and Karise Eden will battle it out in next week's grand final.

Only one singer per team was permitted to go through and critics and viewers took to Twitter to complain about the final line-up.

The ruling meant fan favourites on the same team were culled.

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During the show's preamble, Madden likened the semi-final line-up to The X Men: "We all have super powers. No one is better than anyone else."

The final performances will be on Sunday, with each contender performing one cover and one original song. The winner revealed on Monday night, no doubt to massive TV ratings, the likes of which have not been seen by Nine for years, is the inside word.

Each contender will perform one cover and one original song.

May the best man or woman win, and hopefully its also a win for the Australian entertainment industry.


Australian TV Report With Ratings - The Voice leads...

The Voice leaped to 2.13 million viewers as the talent show heads towards to its finale.

That figure (based on actual broadcast time - not the preliminary figure of 2.15 million) is up on last Monday's 1.90 million audience in the capital cities and it appears the two finales on Sunday and Monday should hit around three million viewers for Nine.

The program gave Nine a 29.6 per cent channel share against Seven's 21.0 per cent and ABC1's 13.3 per cent, with its current affairs line-up led by 736,000 viewers for PM Julia Gillard's appearance on Q&A.

A key result for Nine was Tricky Business's performance into its fifth week. Preliminary figures from OzTAM demonstrate the Aussie drama rose to 1.091 million viewers, higher than its launch episode in May. But the actual figures based on broadcast times show the drama starring Gigi Edgley averaged 682,000 viewers with its number rocketed by The Voice's over-run as "Team Seal" decided its contestant for Sunday and Monday's finale.

Seven News came in second for the night with 1.55 million viewers and rare wins over Nine in Sydney and Melbourne. The Block continued to build for Nine, up to 1.49 million in the 7pm slot, besting Masterchef Australia (1.08 million), ABC News (1.05 million) and Home and Away (1.01 million).

Revenge continued its awesome run for Seven with 1.218 million viewers.

ABC1 had a stronger Monday night than usual, led by Q&A. Four Corners was up to 734,000 viewers, Australian Story 719,000 and Media Watch 712,000, all well up on their 2012 averages in the 600,000 region.

Fox Sports Monday Night Football match between the Panthers and Warriors bested the platform, with 278,000 viewers while 210,000 watched the afternoon AFL match between Melbourne and Collingwood. Seven's AFL figures were not yet available for publication.


1 THE VOICE Nine 2,154,000

2 SEVEN NEWS 1,549,000

3 THE BLOCK Nine 1,485,000

4 TODAY TONIGHT Seven 1,296,000

5 NINE NEWS 1,279,000

6 REVENGE Seven 1,218,000

7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 1,137,000

8 TRICKY BUSINESS Nine 1,091,000


10 ABC NEWS ABC1 1,053,000

11 HOME AND AWAY Seven 1,006,000

12 THE FORCE - BEHIND THE LINE Seven 998,000


14 TEN NEWS AT FIVE Ten 837,000



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