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    Rolling Stone counts down 50 living icons of Australia and New Zealand

    Rolling Stone AU/NZ publisher The Brag Media has revealed its annual collector’s edition, counting down 50 of the most iconic stars from Australia and Aotearoa in the magazine’s first ‘Icons Issue’.

    The issue arrives on newsstands and at Coles from Monday 4, December, and celebrates 50 living icons across screen (TV and film), music and comedy.

    In the realm of music, Rolling Stone AU/NZ delved deep into the anthems that have resonated with Aussies and Kiwis for generations and considered artists who have impacted the music scene from Aussie singer John Farnham, to rapper Iggy Azalea and Rosé (Blackpink), an artist who represents the success of K-Pop’s cross over into Western mainstream music.

    Television and the silver screen have had their own share of luminaries who’ve left a mark on our screens, including internationally respected actor and producer Margot Robbie, critically acclaimed actor Deborah Mailman, newsreader, journalist and social media Icon Lee Lin Chin and Hollywood-conquering filmmaker and actor Taika Waititi.

    The issue also includes comedians, from the controversial entertainer Chris Lilley, to Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes and NZ comedian, actor and presenter Rose Matafeo.

    The Brag Media’s editor-in-chief, Poppy Reid, said: “Rolling Stone AU/NZ is renowned for its lists and we take the responsibility of anointing the most worthy entertainment careerists and cultural impact drivers very seriously. With the weight of the industry we want to champion on our shoulders, we find gravity in helping to export local talent to the rest of the world. And so, as we gathered our team and a selection of industry experts, we debated, examined, pondered and shared tense moments as we went back and forth questioning what makes an Icon, the kind of impact they have on culture and if career longevity matters. We also added consistent relevancy, innovation, accolades and global influence to our ‘must-have’ criteria.

    “Our very first ‘Icons Issue’ is a celebration of broken boundaries, shattered ceilings and opened doors, proving brilliance knows no borders. Here’s to the power of creativity, innovation and influence.”

    The full list of Rolling Stone AU/NZ icons, in alphabetical order, is:

    Angus Young – AC/DC co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter
    Bic Runga – singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist pop singer
    Carl Barron – comedian
    Cate Blanchett – actor
    Chris Hemsworth – actor
    Chris Lilley – Australian actor & comedian
    Dame Hinewehi Mohi – musician & producer
    Daniel Johns – musician & singer/songwriter
    Dave Hughes – comedian
    Deborah Mailman – actor
    Elle Macpherson – model, actor, presenter & entrepreneur
    Eric Bana – actor
    Finn Brothers (Neil & Tim) – musicians
    Flea – musician & actor
    Hamish & Andy – comedy duo/presenters
    Hannah Gadsby – comedian
    Hugh Jackman – actor
    Iggy Azalea – rapper
    Jacki Weaver – actor
    Jemaine Clement & Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords) – musicians & comedians
    Jessica Mauboy – singer/songwriter
    Jim Jefferies – comedian & actor
    Jimmy Barnes – singer
    Joel Little – record producer & musician
    John Farnham – singer
    Julia Morris – comedian & presenter
    Keith Urban – singer & guitarist
    Kevin Parker – singer/songwriter, producer & DJ
    Kylie Minogue – singer
    Lee Lin Chin – news journalist & television presenter
    Magda Szubanski – comedy actor & writer
    Margot Robbie – actor & film producer
    Naomi Watts – actor
    Nick Cave – musician & actor
    Nicole Kidman – actor & film producer
    Paul Hogan – actor
    Paul Kelly – rock singer/songwriter
    Rebel Wilson – actor & comedian
    Rhys Darby – actor & comedian
    Richard Wilkins – TV & radio presenter
    Rosé (Blackpink) – K-pop singer & dancer
    Rose Byrne – actor
    Rose Matafeo – comedian & actor
    Russell Crowe – actor & musician
    Sam Neill – actor
    Sia – singer/songwriter
    Taika Waititi – filmmaker & actor
    Temuera Morrison – actor
    Tina Arena – singer/songwriter
    Toni Collette – actor

    The exclusive ‘Icons Issue’ collector’s edition hits selected stores in Australia and NZ from December 4.

    The post Rolling Stone counts down 50 living icons of Australia and New Zealand appeared first on Mediaweek.

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