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In sad news, Pete Murray has split with his childhood sweetheart and wife of three years, Amanda Couttis. The couple, who have two sons together, apparently separated several months ago.

Sources close to the pair say there were no third-parties involved in the break-up. They added that the couple are attempting to maintain an amicable relationship for the sake of their boys. They have been sharing custody of five-year-old Charlie and two-year-old Pedro since going their separate ways.

Pete’s rep said his client would not make a statement on “very personal and private matters in order to try to minimise the impact of this already painful situation upon his family.” He has just jetted out of the country to commence his European tour. Hopefully throwing himself into the music will help him through this difficult time.

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It seems Twitter isn’t simply a place for celebrities to slag one another. There’s a more sinister side to the internet phenomenon, and Australian music’s golden couple Delta Goodrem and Brian McFadden are stuck in the middle of it.

According to The Daily Telegraph,” the pair is apparently being cyberstalked by “a man with a messiah complex.”

This wackjob claims “ownership” of Delta, and says he’s saved the world to be with her. Understandably, Delta’s real life beau is pretty rattled by the whole affair, and has responded with a Twitter attack of his own. It’s feared that approach may have simply made things worse.

“We’re very much aware of this matter – but we’ve been advised to not make any comment at this time,” Delta’s representative Jennifer Fontaine said last night. “We have security looking at it.”

Hopefully the situation is resolved soon. The scariest part of the internet is that you just never know how far someone’s going to take these kind of threats.

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Indie rock has-been Courtney Love has slammed our own pop-rock princesses The Veronicas in an online Twitter spray. admphotos393139-lisa-origliasso-and

The Hole frontwoman asked “Why is the blonde one from the verons or whatever they are clled wearing my actual clothes? I will do my job you kids runalong and find your own little jobs whne you can even think that you can play a rock show for 3.5 hrs call me.

“The verons girls arent actually playing rock music anyone takes seriousl. Its crappy pop.”

And with that many typos, Courtney isn’t writing anything that anyone is taking seriously.

Funnily enough, Jess Origliasso says Courtney had asked to attend a Veronicas show just a week earlier. She added that her relationship with Azaria Byrne might be behind the attack.

“She is madly in love with Azaria and she’s very jealous I’m dating him,” Jess revealed to The Daily Telegraph.

No matter what provoked it, all those kind of rants do is make an artist look lame. Particularly when, unlike The Veronicas, you haven’t had a hit in years.

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Cassie Davis is continuing to show us she does things differently with her debut album titled, funnily enough, Differently.

“In my music, my life, fashion – I do everything a little differently,” she explained. “I don’t do things just because other people think that’s the way it should be done. That wouldn’t be staying true to who I am. I’ve always been like this. I like being a bit odd and the odd one out.”

The disc showcases those differences, drawing from Cassie’s eclectic influences. The natural marriage of pop and rock becomes something new with a dash of ska, a smattering of urban sounds, and a little gospel.

It includes her three big hits, “Differently,” “Like it Loud,” and the latest smash, “Do It Again.” But there’s plenty more besides, including the big ballad “Amazing,” the African beats of “Hero,” and the dark and deeply personal “Mess of Mine.”

With the input of a world-class team, including Rodney Jerkins (Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Beyonce), Printz Board (Black Eyed Peas musical director) and Wayne Wilkins (Beyonce, Kylie, Natasha Bedingfield, Pink), Differently promises to be one of this year’s big hits.

Differently hits stores on August 14.

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Shelley Harland’s debut album Red Leaf has found its home in my stereo for the past couple of weeks. I must admit that the first time I heard it the disc washed over me in a wave of pleasant. It was a lovely experience, but not one that compelled me to rush back. redleaf

Days passed before I gave it another spin, and then I had to give it another spin just to be sure, but I think I’ve got it. It’s not that this album isn’t accessible first time around, but it is one that gets a little richer with every listen. You need time to appreciate its understated charms.

There’s nothing flashy about Shelley’s music. In “Friday,” she’s singing about the way the drone of nine to five leaves us waiting for the weekend. In “Clouds Disappear” she recounts another ordinary day, with flat walkman batteries, trips to the laundromat, and TV dinners.

The music too is low-key. That organic sound is so appealing when everything on the radio seems to be produced and processed within an inch of its life. An acoustic guitar and a couple of strings leave plenty of room for the songs and Shelley’s ethereal voice to fill, and fill them they do.

On this album, Shelley Harland has proven herself to be a master craftsman of songs that are accessible, yet surprisingly complex. Red Leaf is a slow burner, but once it grabs you it doesn’t let go.

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It seems Australia and urban artists just don’t mix. The latest to fall to the curse is Ja Rule, who’s had to postpone his Sydney show due to “visa processing” problems. admphotos390516-ja-rule

The rapper was originally scheduled to play a one-off show at Luna Park on July 31, but that’s been pushed back to August 25.

This follows Timbaland’s tour postponement and eventual cancellation last year, and Mary J Blige’s tour postponement and eventual cancellation last year.

If hope I’m wrong, but I’m feeling a little déjà vu here.

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The massive Sound Relief concerts staged last year to benefit the Victorian bushfire and Queensland flood victims will be released on a big four-DVD set.

The concerts staged in Melbourne and Sydney featured one of the most incredible line-ups of local and international talent ever assembled, including Coldplay, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, Barry Gibb, Kylie Minogue, Wolfmother, The Living End, Gabriella Cilmi, Jack Johnson, Midnight Oil, Split Enz, and many more.

“Sound Relief was literally born from the ashes of a terrible time in Australia’s history. The concerts became so much more than just a charity fundraising event; they were a way for the community to unite and heal,” Michael Gudinski said in a statement.

“I’m overjoyed that the DVD release can go ahead and we can’t express our appreciation enough to the artists and everyone involved who helped make it possible. Since the day of the concert we’ve received so many enquiries about whether the concerts would be released on DVD that I wouldn’t be surprised if this became the highest selling DVD in Australian history.

“It is fitting that a lasting record will be available of this once in a lifetime event for future generations.”

The DVDs will be released through Liberation Music in October.

Rob Thomas has taken time out from his current promotional tour of Australia to record with INXS. The Matchbox Twenty lead singer laid down lead vocals on the INXS’ classic “Never Tear Us Apart.”infphoto_1014079

“I’m recording a version of NEVER TEAR US APART with INXS!!!,” Rob tweeted yesterday from Sydney. “I’m geeked.”

This isn’t their first crack at the song. Jon Farris joined Matchbox Twenty during their last Australian tour for performances of “Never Tear Us Apart” and “Don’t Change.”

The cover is expected to appear on INXS’ new album, which features the band’s classic songs recorded with special guest vocalists. There’s no release date as yet, but I can’t wait to hear it!

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Two-thirds of the band aren’t even out of their teens, and already Short Stack have a sold-out tour and a number two ARIA smash single, “Sway Sway Baby,” under their belt. If you missed out on tickets last time, you’ll be thrilled to know the lads are hitting the road in December. shortstack

The band’s third national tour is in support of their long awaited album, Stack is the New Black, which hits stores on August 14. The band worked on the album in between HSC exams and major national tours with The Veronicas, Simple Plan, and Good Charlotte.

“We never thought we had any good songs until we got signed and people were like, ‘These are actually quite good’,” lead vocalist and guitarist Shaun Diviney said. “For us, more than anything the album is a timeline because we have songs on there that were written when we first started out then songs we wrote a week before the album was recorded. It’s really cool to see how we’ve progressed as a band, and how we’ve grown up.”

The album is an eclectic mix, with everything from epic ballads to frenetic electro-tinged rock.

“It’s got a song on there for everyone depending on what genre you like,” said the band’s bassist, Andy Clemmensen. “When you listen to some albums, you can only listen halfway through before you get over hearing their voice or hearing the same sounds but I think ours you can listen to the whole way through because it changes up so much.”

You can enjoy the tracks and the band’s energetic live performance at the following shows! Tickets go on sale on July 31.

11 December 2009 – Doyalson RSL
12 December 2009 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
13 December 2009 – Metro, Perth
16 December 2009 – Tivoli, Brisbane
18 December 2009 – Festival Hall, Melbourne
19 December 2009 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney

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Are you ready to rock? If so you’ll snap up tickets to Slayer and Megadeth’s massive double-header tour of Oz.

Slayer are visiting on the back of their recently completed World Painted Blood CD, while Megadeth will showcase tunes from their upcoming album Endgame.

It’s not often that you get an international double act as explosive as this, so don’t expect tickets to last long when they go on sale on Monday August 10.

7 October 2009 – Riverstage, Brisbane
8 October 2009 – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
9 October 2009 – Festival Hall, Melbourne
11 October 2009 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
13 October 2009 – Challenge Stadium, Perth