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Great North - Super Boss Sunday

Jimmy Barnes is supporting Bruce Springsteen for his two stadium shows at Mt Smart in Penrose next March, but there’s another early support slot that will eventually be filled by a local group. Auckland band Great North have started an online petition to help their campaign to play on the same stage as Springsteen and lead singer Haden Donnell put on a show at The Wine Cellar called Super Boss Sunday to raise awareness for the scheme. Six acts performed three-song sets that had to include at least one Springsteen cover. Music Mix producer Nick Atkinson headed along to find out more about Hayden Donnell’s obsession with The Boss.

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Great North. Hayden Donnell center.

David Dallas

When Papatoetoe son David Dallas signed a deal with New York hip hop label Duck Down Records, he set up shop in an apartment in Harlem, from where he launched a campaign to have his voice heard in the competitive world of Stateside rap music. When it came to recording his third solo album though, Dallas returned home to work with his right-hand producers Fire & Ice, brothers Aaron and Jordan Iusitini, who’ve played a key part in creating the sound of Falling Into Place. Ahead of the album release, Dallas stopped by the Radio New Zealand studios to offer Sam Wicks a first-look on a clutch of new songs.

Kanye West

Rapper, producer, hip hop artist, fashion designer, talking point: Kanye West is an omnipresent media figure, yet he hasn’t given an interview in years. He made an exception recently, talking exclusively to New Zealand ex-pat and BBC Radio 1 heavyweight Zane Lowe at Abbey Road Studios, where West recorded his live album Late Orchestration in 2005. On the agenda, West’s latest album Yeezus, fashion, and rap as the new rock’n’roll. You can watch Kanye's entire interview with Zane here!