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MUSIC VIDEO: Nakita - Addicted

Nakita is celebrating her fourth single by going back to the little country studio where her journey began.

Released today, the 'Addicted' video shows the young Christchurch singer travelling with her new band to Te Pahu, a small township just outside of Pirongia, revisiting Bagnall Hill, the boutique studio where she recorded her 'Foolish Ones' EP with producer Leroy Clampitt.

Flanked on either side by flocks of sheep and a ukulele workshop, Nakita and her band play through an in-studio live version of 'Addicted'.

Nakita has just wrapped recording on her sophomore EP, tracked at Bagnall Hill with Clampitt back at the helm as producer – 'Foolish Ones', the final single from her debut EP drops next month.

Check out the vid below:

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Francesca Battestelli to feature on new Bethel album

While Bethel have released many live album in the past, their newest project still sees a "first" for the band. Starlight (Live) is the first album recorded live on tour and the follow-up project to "You Make Me Brave."

Starlight (Live) features 14 new songs by worship leaders: Jenn Johnson, Steffany Gretzinger, Amanda Cook, Kristene DiMarco, Kalley Heiligenthal, Melissa Helser, Hannah McClure and Grammy award winning guest worship leader, Francesca Battistelli.

You can pre-order Starlight (Live) now, and get three songs as instant downloads.


Song Battle Championship 2017

It's back for 2017... 64 songs, 2 weeks of voting, and only one ultimate champion for the year.

Here's how it's looking as we head into day four of finals week.

Vote in the semi-final fights now:

Twenty One Pilots vs Young & Free
Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out
Young & Free - This Is Living (feat. Lecrae)


United vs Rapture Ruckus
United - Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
Rapture Ruckus - Hold On


And since we're here, you can check out the official results of the Top 8 fights:

Young & Free - Alive - 46%
Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out - 54%

Young & Free - This Is Living (feat. Lecrae) - 51.9%
Rend Collective - My Lighthouse - 48.8%

Matthew West - Grace Wins - 28.6%
United - Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) - 71.4%

Chris Tomlin - Dancefloor - 40.7%
Rapture Ruckus - Hold On - 59.3%

So that means our semi final fights will see Twenty One Pilots vs Young & Free, and United vs Rapture Ruckus.

Voting opens at 2pm.


United Visual Project on Youtube

Last year, Hillsong UNITED released Of Dirt and Grace (Live from the Land), a special audio-visual project featuring some of their most popular songs performed in various locations in Israel. The whole video collection is now on YouTube for you watch for free, before you download the album from iTunes, or get it wherever music is sold.


Young & Free release acoustic album

Aussie worship group Hillsong Young & Free have released an acoustic version of their Youth Revival album.

Featuring songs from the Life FM playlist like "Falling Into You", "Real Love", and "Where You Are", this is a solid add to any worship music collection you've got.

Get Youth Revival Acoustic on iTunes here, or wherever good music is sold.


The Classic Crime announce "How To Be Human"

Five years have passed since The Classic Crime released their last album, Phoenix, and now the Seattle rock group is back to unleash their fifth studio album, How To Be Human - out April 28 via BC Music.

The album was completely funded via Kickstarter, with over 2,500 backers, and it tripled the original goal. Needless to say, lead-singer Matt McDonald is pretty excited to get music out there.

“My goals for every album is to push the boundaries a bit. When we started playing together back in 2003, our influences were pretty apparent. With each record we’ve tried to go some place different, to incorporate different styles while maintaining core structure and textures.”

Hopefully we're not too far off from a first single or taste of the new stuff!! I'll keep you posted for sure.


Manafest launched Kickstarter for new album

Manafest has launched a Kickstarter for his upcoming rock album “Stones”.

It'll be his 10th studio album, his 2nd independent release without a record label, and his first full-on rock album in 5 years.

I've always wanted my music to be inspiring even when I'm writing about heavy topics or sharing a personal story of struggle.  I know when fans listen to this new album the songs will speak to everyone a different way and tears will be shed.

I went dark on this record but always come back to the light which I think many share a similar journey. Please help me bring this message of hope and inspiration to people that need it!

The title track is already out, so you can stream that below, and the new album is due out in July. Get involved in the campaign here.

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