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Havana mixes it up
Havana mixes it up

She may have supported the likes of Lady Gaga, Wyclef Jean, Britney Spears and the Pussycat Dolls, played ultra-exclusive events such as Paris Hilton's New Year's Eve party and the official Grammys after-party alongside, but Australia's leading female DJ Havana Brown is pumped up to begin her own career as a pop superstar.

Just hours before Brown walked into The West Australian for an interview and photo shoot, she learnt her debut single as a solo artist had flown up the iTunes singles chart.

Brown's dance-pop track We Run the Night is sitting at No. 3 on the charts, a huge relief for the vivacious Melbourne born and raised blonde who has spent years planning her crossover from DJ to performer.

While she is one of the most in-demand DJs in the world - she has her own year-long residency at a popular Las Vegas nightclub - Brown told Access All Areas she wanted to be a pop star (her idol is Janet Jackson) long before she started to DJ.

"Way before I started DJ-ing, I was singing and performing. I was actually signed to a label in the UK with a group called Fishbowl," she said. "That fell apart and it was the reason I started to DJ, which was a blessing in disguise."

The 26-year- old was due to support the Chris Brown Perth concert on Tuesday night but it was cancelled because he was sick.

Brown - who also supported the troubled 21-year-old R&B star with his then girlfriend Rihanna on their 2008 Australian tour - denied rumours that the show was cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

"He had been unwell for a little bit and it seemed to escalate in Brisbane," she said.

"I can say that Chris was definitely sick as was pretty much the whole crew. I was surprised I didn't get ill because I fly too much but I don't have time to get sick."

She also defended his personality, revealing he is nothing like the media's negative perception of him.

"Chris seems to get a lot of negative press because of his anger, but I have not seen anything of that. I don't think that is him naturally to be angry all the time. I think he gets portrayed that way. He is a fun-loving, chilled-out guy."

Despite the cancelled concert, Brown is still in WA for her own gigs, taking place at the Bungalow Bar in Broome tonight and Metropolis Fremantle tomorrow.

The West Australian

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