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Lorde Wins Prestigious New Zealand Music Prize, Gives Away Her Winnings

By Andrea Dresdale

Monty Brinton/CBSLorde has continued her winning ways by scooping a prestigious music award in her home country of New Zealand — but she’s decided to give away all the prize money.

According to the New Zealand Herald, Lorde’s album Pure Heroine won this year’s Taite Music Prize, which is given to a local album which is judged by a panel to be the best release of the past year. The winner is entitled to 10 thousand New Zealand dollars, as well as studio time, and Lorde has generously decided to donate the prize money to the other nominees.

In an acceptance speech via video from Las Vegas, Lorde said, “I think everyone is kind of sick of me winning stuff at the moment and I think there are people who are more in need of the funds and the exposure than I am right now. So if you will accept it, the prize money and the studio time have been split between this year’s nominees…if you don’t want it, that’s cool too.”

The Herald reports that the rest of the finalists, made up of artists largely unknown …read more

From: Adult Contemporary Music News From ABC

Lorde Says She Prefers Her Birth Name, Describes Her Stage Moves

By Music News Group

Francis Specker/CBSLorde kicked off her U.S. headlining tour Monday night in Austin, Texas, and it’ll keep her on the road through the end of the month. If you’re lucky enough to get tickets to the show, though, you may want to think twice before you scream “Lorde!!!!” at the 17-year-old Grammy winner when she’s on stage, or if you see her afterwards by her bus.

“I much prefer being called Ella,” the New Zealand teen born Ella Yelich-O’Connor tells ABC News Radio. OK, so then why did she end up choosing a stage name to begin with? “I basically chose Lorde because I wanted a name that was really strong and had this grandeur to it,” she explains. “I didn’t feel that my birth name was anything special. I always liked the idea of having, like, a one-named alias.”

However, that doesn’t mean that the singer will get angry if you do call her Lorde. “That’s fine too,” she laughs.

As for Lorde — uh, we mean Ella’s — tour, by now, you’ve probably seen her sing on TV, either on Good Morning America, or on the Grammy Awards nominations …read more

From: Adult Contemporary Music News From ABC

Cold killed half of the mudsnails in Capitol Lake

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — It looks like the cold snap early this month killed about half the New Zealand mudsnails that have invaded Capitol Lake in Olympia…. …read more

From: AP Washington News


Keith Urban Shares Some Music Suggestions Beyond the Borders of Country Music

By Music News Group

Capitol NashvilleIf you’re looking for a way to spend those gift cards you got for Christmas, Keith Urban has a few music suggestions from outside the country format you might want to check out. He’s a big fan of New Zealand teenager Lorde, whose hit “Royals” took over the pop airwaves in 2013.

Keith tells Rolling Stone he admires Lorde’s approach to writing about her life. He says, “It’s a refreshing change to sort of have an artist talk about the circles she’s in and the things she’s going through. To write about those things …read more

From: Country Music News From ABC


Invasive species found in Grays Harbor, Chehalis River Basin

CENTRAL PARK, Wash. – New Zealand mudsnails were recently discovered in the lower Chehalis River approximately 2.0 miles south of Central Park and approximately 2.5 miles east of Cosmopolis. This is the first discovery of New Zealand mudsnails in the Chehalis River Basin.

The invasive species was found at the Washington Department of Natural Resources Blue Slough Access area.
The NZMS were found in mud around a spring at the site. The New Zealand mudsnails were collected during low tide, the site is inundated with water at high tide. The site is tidally influenced and the water is brackish. The extent of introduction is unknown.

Snail map
The collectors also sampled at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife boat ramp, just up steam of the Blue Slough site, adjacent to the SR107 bridge (about RM 13.2). No New Zealand mudsnails were found. The Chehalis River is brackish here as well.