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  • We continue our New Zealand 4TR Special edition this week with more great songs from across the ditch, kicking off with the silky sounds of Bic Runga and her top ten hit Sway from 1998 in our Special Feature post.



  • In 1996 Pauly Fuemana and Alan Jansson would combine to write and record one of the biggest hits to come out of NZ, until Lorde came along with the megahit Royals in 2013.  Their two million-selling global smash hit was How Bizarre, a unique combination of pop, South seas island rap, mariachi brass and Latin rhythms which hit #1 in the US, Canada, Australia and NZ. It is also generally remembered as the biggest One-Hit Wonder in NZ music history, find out how this unique song came to be in our Australian #1 Hits post today.





  • In the 1960’s John Rowles was the biggest NZ recording star in the world, his resonant baritone voice launched numerous ballads onto the charts in NZ, and he had global top ten hits in the UK, Australia and throughout Europe. In our Years Ago post we return to where it all started for the Kawerau Kid in 1968 when his debut hit If I Only Had Time stormed the charts, quickly followed by another epic ballad – Hush…Not a Word to Mary.



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  • Shona Laing is a respected artist in NZ and enjoyed global success in the 1980’s with her left field eulogy to the Kennedy family and the famous “Kennedy curse” that has seen so many members of this famous family die in violent circumstances. But 1987’s (Glad I’m) Not a Kennedy was also a thought-provoking protest song about gun controls in the US, an issue that continues to resonate there and has been brought sharply into focus in NZ following the recent horrific attack on Muslim worshippers in Christchurch – it is timely for us to remember Laing’s song, in our APRA NZ Song of the Year post this week.


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