More than 25 years after forever changing the face of music with the creation of its groundbreaking Grammy and Emmy award-winning Unplugged franchise, MTV today announce that Unplugged is making its way to New Zealand, for the very first time, for one unfiltered and unforgettable evening with MAALA on July 12. The performance, MTV Unplugged: MAALA will premiere on Sunday August 6 at 8.30pm on MTV (SKY Channel 015) & MTV Music (SKY Channel 022).
The Unplugged stage serving as the perfect platform for MAALA to showcase a more intimate side and show fans what inspires and ignites his music.
Over the past two years, MAALA aka Evan Sinton has risen from a little known Kiwi enigma to garnering near instant acclaim on the world stage. His first single 'Touch' reached #2 on the Alternative Airplay charts and accumulating over 2.7 million streams on Spotify. From there he released his 2015 MAALA EP, which reached top 5 on the iTunes charts, #3 NZ top 40 and has accumulated over five million streams to date as well as a sold out EP release show. All this from a guy of just 22.
“The Unplugged stage has been home to some of the most iconic live performances of all time. We’re very excited to have the chance to bring one of the most the world’s most iconic music shows to New Zealand with the help of MAALA,” said Simon Bates, Vice President, Head of MTV Asia Pacific.
“MTV helped break MAALA onto the scene in 2016 via MTV Brand New. He then went on to play at MTV Beats & Eats and will now perform at MTV’s first New Zealand Unplugged. MTV is proud to support and nurture emerging New Zealand artists giving them the opportunity to break through onto the international music stage.”
Since its debut in 1989, Unplugged has been a cultural watershed of musical moments, featuring unforgettable performances from artists including: Nirvana, Jay-Z, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Adele and Florence + The Machine.
MTV have announced the nominations for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards exclusively on Instagram Live, with Kendrick Lamar leading the pack with a total of eight nominations for his video “HUMBLE.”Katy Perry and The Weeknd are tied for five nominations each. Lorde is nominated for "Artist Of The Year".
More than 25 years after forever changing the face of music with the creation of its groundbreaking Grammy and Emmy award-winning Unplugged franchise, MTV today announce that Unplugged is making its way to New Zealand, for the very first time, for one unfiltered and unforgettable evening with MAALA on July 12.
MTV has announced the categories and nominees for the first-ever 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards, celebrating the actors, stories and moments that defined pop culture in the past year. Fans can begin voting immediately at MTV.com.
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From Justin Bieber to Shawn Mendes, cover songs have helped spark the careers of many great artists. Now, MTV International is announcing a competition to find amazingly talented fans by asking them to cover great songs and then spotlighting their talent to audiences around the world. Introducing: MTV Cover of the Month.
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MTV have announced nominations for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, with Beyoncé earning a career-best 11 nominations for videos from her cultural watershed visual album Lemonade and Adele earning eight nominations, including seven for her YouTube record-shattering video 'Hello'.
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One month on from the release of their third album [Wade Waist Deep], American rock band Thomas Wynn & The Believers are back on the road, breaking beyond the southern rock scene with complex, pulsing rhythms and breathtaking harmonies.
From the soaring Jerusalem and patriotic Rule Britannia to iconic Brit pop and much-loved classics, Auckland Symphony Orchestra will take you on a musical journey that will have you dropping your cuppa and singing your heart out!
Johnny Barker is back with the release of his latest album 'Sleepwalking'. Now known simply as BARKER, many Kiwis will recognise him from TV shows such as Cover Band, Go Girls and as the terrifying and iconic Shortland Street character, Joey Henderson aka The Ferndale Strangler.
Ever get a catchy ad tune stuck in your head? Then prepare yourself for 20 of them…! After an award-winning season in Wellington, Jingles - The Musical will thrill Auckland audiences with a reinterpretation of classic New Zealand ad melodies – telling a hilarious story of a small-town girl perched on the edge of stardom.
Delaney Davidson ~ New Zealand’s very own travelling troubadour, loop maestro, noir protagonist, promotional coyote and production svengali is now also the star of his very own documentary, Devil In The Parlour, which is a part of the Doc Edge Film Fest that gets underway in Auckland this week.
After reviewing the latest album by The Sad Song Co. I wanted to sit down and chat more with Nigel Powell about how it came together, and how being a solo artist fits into his life touring with Frank Turner.
Five albums deep, Jonathan Notley (Bliss), Max McKinnon (Eso) and Tarik Ejjamai (DJ Izm) better known as BLISS N ESO, one of Australia's most successful and esteemed acts, recently stopped by New Zealand to not only celebrate the upcoming release of their highly anticipated sixth studio album Off The Grid, but also announce their first tour throughout NZ this July.
The 2017 Taite Music Prize takes place tonight, Tuesday April 18th at an invite only event at the Civic Theatre's Wintergarden in Auckland City. We had the chance to flick nominee's LEISURE a few questions ahead of the award.
Recently adding shows to his Australian Paper Aeroplane Request Tour to satisfy overwhelming demand, piano-pop virtuoso Ben Folds has announced that up-and-coming English singer-songwriter Lucy Rose will join the Australian and New Zealand tour run as support on her first ever Australasian visit.
Licensed and supported by Genesis and Peter Gabriel, Montreal-based Genesis’ tribute The Musical Box recreates the iconic show featuring music from the prog pioneers 1973 album Selling England By The Pound.
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On the heels of The National claiming their first U.S. #1 at commercial radio on the AAA radio chart with ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’, the band has released ‘Carin at the Liquor Store’, accompanied by a video directed by Casey Reas, filmed by La Blogothèque and edited by Matthew Miller.
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