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Universal Music NZ Releases Shine In NZ Herald Best Of The Year List!

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Universal Music NZ Releases Shine In NZ Herald Best Of The Year List!

19 December 2008 - Yesterday, the New Zealand Herald released their entertainment Best of the Year list in the Time Out section, and we have to admit, we're pretty pleased with the results!

A total of ten Universal Music NZ releases made it into the list of thirty top albums of 2008, with our shining star Duffy being dubbed "Voice of the Year" and coming it at number four. We're also incredibly pleased to announce that Duffy's debut album Rockferry is now officially triple platinum in New Zealand!

Duffy was joined by the likes of R&B sensation Ne-Yo, local newcomers Collapsing Cities, hip hop heavyweight Lil Wayne, rock royalty Metallica, and Black Kids who are heading our way for Big Day Out 2009.

The list was compiled by the highly respected NZ Herald music writers and reviewers Russell Baillie, Scott Kara, Joanna Hunkin, and Graham Reid. Stuck for Christmas present ideas? Take a tip from the experts! Here's the complete list of Universal Music NZ releases that made the cut along with a taste of what the writers had to say about each one:

4. Duffy - Rockferry ""The record was full of soaring strings and Motown brass but the highlight was Duffy's pure, yet sultry, voice" 8. Eykah Badu - New Amerykah: Part One "While the gorgeous and bitterly honest Me showed she could still be a soul sister, it's the sinister moments of The Cell and the spooky and hypnotic mantra of The Healer, which gave this album clout and power" 11. Ne-Yo - Year of the Gentleman "Taking time out from writing hits for Beyonce and Rihanna, Ne-Yo delivered the R 'n' B album of the year with this collection of smooth club jams and subtle piano ballads" 13. Teddy Thompson - A Piece of What You Need "[Teddy Thompson] delivered open-hearted pop, astute humour and intelligent lyrics which sat easily between Crowded House, alt-country and the Broadway stage"

14. Black Kids - Partie Traumatic "Full of fuzzy guitars and squelchy keyboards, the delightfully chaotic record remained the party soundtrack of the year"

18. SJD - Dayglo Spectres "On a record that is quite madly 80s around the edges, SJD deepened the grooves without losing his singular songcraft" 22. Metallica - Death Magnetic "The best return-to-form record of the year Death Magnetic has everything from unbridled Kell Em All thrash to the prog-metal tendencies of And Justice For All, but with a modern-day polish" 23. Collapsing Cities - Elixir Always "Odd, noisy, and ass-shakingly catchy, Elixir Always was the local indie rock album of the year" 26. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III "While he's armed with an ego Kanye West would be jealous of, the best thing about the southern rapper is he doesn't take himself too seriously and on his sixth album he had the lyrics, cheeky personality and ingenious beats to pull it off"

30. Beck - Modern guilt "While he's dealt with everything from the big guy in the sky to war, it was never heavy going because of the off-kilter beats, laid-back grooves, and cunning instrumentation"

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