Kiwi star export drops in and wins

Savage swung into town this week to support his mates at the music awards but walked away a winner, picking up a joint prize for international achievement.

In town to support The Horsemen Family and fellow Deceptikon Mareko - who were both up for awards - Savage claimed the award, which he shared with golden boys Flight of the Conchords.

The rapper had double reason to celebrate as his hit single Swing went gold in the US this week, with more than 550,000 digital downloads.

The single, which topped the Kiwi charts in 2005, became an international hit this year after it featured in the blockbuster comedy Knocked Up last year.

That exposure saw Savage strike a deal with American label Universal Republic - home to Amy Winehouse and Jack Johnson - earlier this year, becoming Australasia's highest-selling hip hop artist.

Represented by local hip hop label Dawn Raid in New Zealand, the rapper is preparing to launch his debut US album, Savage Island, this December.

- NZ Herald

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