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Kimbra, BDO 2012 - image by Ros O'Gorman
Kimbra And AJ Maddah Face The Music For 2012

With the likes of AJ Maddah, Kimbra, Dom Alessio, Clare Bowditch, Chet Faker, Johann Ponniah, Weddings Parties Anything, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and key note speaker Martin Atkins gracing the stages of Face The Music it is not surprising that Melbourne’s premier music conference is now completely sold out, with over 800 delegates in attendance.

November 18, 2012
Harry Styles One Direction Photo by Ros O'Gorman
One Direction Join The List Of Multiple No. 1 Album Artists

With One Direction debuting at No.1 with their second album “Take Me Home”, following on from their first No.1 set “Up All Night”, let’s take a look at other artists who have scored a No.1 album with their first two (or even more) albums.

November 18, 2012
One Direction - image by Ros O'Gorman
One Direction Take Me Home Debuts At 1 On ARIA

One Direction’s second album “Take Me Home” debuts at the top of the ARIA Albums chart to give them two No.1 albums in the same year, plus the new set enters the chart with a Platinum accreditation.

November 18, 2012
Swedish House Mafia
Swedish House Mafia Maintains Top Of ARIA Chart

The Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin and their track “Don’t You Worry Child” hold onto the ARIA No.1 Singles position for a second week, whilst PSY is still knocking at the door of the top spot with his “Gangnam Style”, which holds at No.2 for another week and picks up a sixth Platinum accreditation.

November 18, 2012
Seun Kuti, Photo: Ros O'Gorman
Jordie Lane, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 To Play AWME Final Night

Jordie Lane, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Breabach and Yasmin Levy are just some of the acts scheduled to perform live tonight in Melbourne for the final night of Australasian Worldwide Music Expo showcases.

November 18, 2012
AWME 2012
Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME) Finishes Today

The Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME) has had its most successful year ever with organisers declaring this year's event a sell-out.

November 18, 2012
Little Hurricane
Little Hurricane Showcase The World Up From Down Under

Little Hurricane were the buzz band of 2012 and the one to watch in 2013. At, Little Hurricane is The Word Up From Down Under feature from Noise11.

November 17, 2012
Brian Ritchie - Photo By Ros O'Gorman
Brian Ritchie Is Keynote Speaker At AWME Conference Today

Brian Ritchie, Violent Femmes and The Break bass player, will address the Australasian Worldwide Music Expo in Melbourne today about "his other job"m the curator of MONA FOMA in Hobart.

November 17, 2012
Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters - Photo by Mary Boukouvalas
Dave Grohl Is SXSW 2013 Keynote Speaker

Dave Grohl has been announced as the keynote speaker for the SXSW Music Conference in Austin, Texas next March.

November 17, 2012
Face The Music 2012
AJ Maddah On Harvest, Twitter And His Quest For The Perfect Festival

Soundwave boss and self-confessed Twitter addict, AJ Maddah, made a rare appearance on stage at Melbourne's Face The Music conference on Friday, offering his thoughts on his festivals, his love-hate relationship with social media and how he's driven by a need to create the perfect festival.

November 17, 2012
AWME 2012
Australasian Worldwide Music Expo Starts Today In Melbourne

The Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME) starts in Melbourne this morning with an opening seminar on social networking, smart phones and digital music platforms.

November 16, 2012
Led Zeppelin Celebration Day
Counter Productive: Songland’s Frog Talk Led Zeppelin Live

So, the new Zeppelin cd/dvd arrived instore today. It’s called “Celebration Day” and is the recording made of Led Zeppelin’s last (at this time) gig at London’s O2 Arena from 2007. It’s a great show and one where they nailed it live. The few previous attempts went down like a..…well, you know what I mean.

November 15, 2012
Parkway Drive Atlas
Parkway Drive And The Presets Among Full Nominee List for J Awards

Triple J has released the full list of nominees for next week's J Awards, with Parkway Drive and The Presets among seven additional nominees for Australian Album of the Year.

November 15, 2012
INXS, Photo: Ros O'Gorman
INXS Official Statement Confirming Break-up

INXS have confirmed that after 35-years they are no more.

November 13, 2012
INXS, 2012: Photo Ros O'Gorman
INXS Break-up After 35 Years

According to a report out of Perth, after a 35-year career, INXS have broken up.

November 12, 2012
Brian Aubert, Silversun Pickups: Photo Ros O'Gorman
Silversun Pickups Play For

When Grammy nominated Silversun Pickups released their latest album ‘Neck Of The Woods’, they visited LA radio station KYSR-FM and performed at the historic Hollywood Tower. The performance was captured by

November 11, 2012
Hanson: Photo By Ros O'Gorman
Hanson Feature In Word Up From Down Under Series

Hanson is the latest feature in the Word Up From Down Under series from Noise11.

November 11, 2012
Taylor Swift - Red
Taylor Swift Red Blocks Pink And Stays ARIA Number One

Taylor Swift holds for a third week at No.1 with her “Red” album, and turning around and climbing back up to No.2 is P!nk and “The Truth About Love”, whilst last weeks No.2 debut of “Child of the Universe” for Delta Goodrem is down one place to No.3, giving us an all female Top 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart this week.

November 11, 2012
Swedish House Mafia
Swedish House Mafia Replace PSY On ARIA Chart

The fifth Swedish act to hit No.1 in Australia occurs this week, as the DJ trio Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin climbs to No.1 with the single “Don’t You Worry Child”. We join England, the US Dance Chart and their home country Sweden; where it has been No.1 for the past five weeks, as the fourth country to place it at the top of the charts.

November 11, 2012
Paul Simon - Photo By Ros O'Gorman
Paul Simon And Rufus Wainwright Added To Bluesfest

Paul Simon and Rufus Wainwright are the two latest acts added to Bluesfest 2013 giving the Byron Bay music festival easily the greatest line-up ever seen on one festival in Australia.

November 10, 2012
Clare Bowditch: Photo Ros O'Gorman, Noise11, Photo
Clare Bowditch And Millie Millgate To Speak At Face The Music

Australian singer songwriter Clare Bowditch has been announced as a speaker at the Face The Music conference in Melbourne next week.

November 9, 2012
Music Creators Rewarded As Australian Recording Market Grows

Music copyright organisation APRA|AMCOS this week announced that it has distributed 14% more in royalties to its members in the 2011/12 financial year, confirming a strengthening digital download market and revealing a growing interest in Australian songwriters internationally.

November 9, 2012
Spotify Plans To Break Sweden’s Cazzette

Spotify is about to test its ability to break an unknown act with the exclusive release of Sweden’s Cazzette.

November 9, 2012
Emma Louise, Photo: Ros O'Gorman
SXSW Announce Seth Sentry, Emma-Louise, The Chevelles and Vaudeville Smash

SXSW has confirmed the first acts for 2013 with Australia’s Seth Sentry, Emma-Louise, The Chevelles, San Cisco and Vaudeville Smash heading to Austin for festival showcases.

November 9, 2012
Rolling Stones GRRR
LISTEN: The Rolling Stones One More Shot

The Rolling Stones have released ‘One More Shot’, the second of their two new songs from the ‘GRRR’ album.

November 8, 2012
Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones images by Ros O'Gorman,, photo
Counter Productive: The Stones Vs The Beatles – Midnight Rambling By Frog

I’m going to state an opinion that might shock you. I’ve honestly been thinking about it for a while now, and I figure that with the release of their new compilation, now’s a great time for us to talk about it.

November 8, 2012
Parkway Drive Atlas
Australia’s Parkway Drive Debuts On US Chart

Parkway Drive, from Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia, will debut in the Top 30 in the USA this week.

November 7, 2012
Taylor Swift - Red
Taylor Swift Keeps US No 1, Rod Stewart And Neil Young Debut Top 10

Taylor Swift was an easy winning again this week on the US chart. ‘Red’ sold 331,000 units and despite a 73% drop in sales from last week still managed to sell double the sales for no. 2’s Meek Mill debut.

November 7, 2012
Nona Hendryx Mutastis Mutandis
Counter Productive: Nona Hendryx Tales From Retail

It's funny how the music industry works. One day I'm listening to Mac Cocker on JJJ playing this fabulous new record by Nona Hendryx, the next, I find I'm selling it because I'm working at RCA.

November 6, 2012
Billy Hyde Stage Systems
Soundwave Boss Buys Allans Billy Hyde Stage Systems

According to a statement on their website, Billy Hyde Stage Systems is now an independent company, with Soundwave/Harvest Backline Manager, Billy Hibben, announced as national manager.

November 6, 2012