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5 SECONDS OF SUMMER

VMA Winners Wrap Up: Kanye to run for President, Taylor wins all the moonmen and the 5 Seconds (Song of) Summer


Pictured: 5 Seconds of Summer at the 2014 ARIAs. Photo by Nathan Atkins.

The MTV VMAs have come and gone for another year, and as always they've left people with a lot to talk about. Most notably has been Kanye West's attention grabbing 13 minute speech as he accepted his VMA Vanguard Award, in which he declared he was going to run for President in 2020*, expressed his regret for crashing Taylor Swift's award speech at the 2009 VMAs and... well, read the full speech over at the MTV Website in case you missed it yourself.

the AU interview: Tyler Szalkowski of State Champs (New York) talk second LP, "Shot Boys" and touring with 5SOS

New York pop-punk band, State Champs have had a busy two years since releasing their debut album, The Finer Things. It's hard to imagine how far they have come since 2013 and it's clear that they pretty much gave it their all to be where they are now. After several international tours and countless opportunities, they managed to successfully give a refreshing sound to the pop-punk scene. Although my teenage years are long over, I'll always have a soft spot for emerging pop punk bands who have a good sense of humour and show passion for their music. In this interview, guitarist and backing vocalist, Tyler Szalkowski shares details about the upcoming second album, the sacrifices he has made in pursuing his dreams and more. Read on for the full interview.

Sia wins big at 2015 APRA Music awards while Jimmy Barnes performs a surprising cover

The spotlight was strictly on Australian music at the 2015 APRA Music Awards, which saw some stunning performances from new and old locals as those who have driven Australian music forward, whether in current or past generations, were honoured. Unsurprisingly world-dominating singer-songwriter Sia - who sadly couldn't attend the ceremony in person - walked away with two of the biggest awards, trying at two wins with ubiquitous family band Sheppard.

Sheppard, Dan Sultan, 5SOS and Sia lead 2015 APRA Music Award nominations with multiple nods!

Today, the 2015 APRA Music Award nominees were announced, with some Australian songwriters emerging as particular hot contenders, nabbing multiple nominations. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the likes of Sia and 5 Seconds of Summer jumped off the page, both with three nominations to their name, while the Brisbane pop juggernaut that has become Sheppard lead the pack at four nom's.

Photo Gallery: 2014 ARIA Awards Winner Wall! - The Star Event Centre, Sydney (26.11.14)

After they won, the 2014 ARIA Awards winners headed backstage and we're snapped by our photographer Nathan Atkins with their new trophies. Check out Chet Faker, 5 Seconds of Summer, Neil Finn with Paul Kelly and more!

Backstage at the 2014 ARIAs: 5 Seconds of Summer (Sydney) interviewed after winning Song of the Year!

the AU review captures the action backstage at the ARIA Awards 2014 when 5 Seconds of Summer - winner of Song of the Year - had their photos taken with the award in front of Australian photographers and journalists, and then sat down for a one-on-one interview with Robbie Buck, ahead of taking some questions from the journalists in the room.

ARIA Award nominees and Fine Arts winners announced in Sydney today!

Winners and more nominees for the 2014 ARIA Awards were announced at the official event in Sydney this morning, with some of Australia's best performers and their teams recognised for their work over the past year. The winners of the Fine Arts and Artisan Awards were announced at the event, with the slew of nominees for the November ARIAs unveiled. the AU congratulates all involved - there have been some truly stellar records produced over the past year, as well as the development of some great live bands who are getting just recognition!

5 Seconds of Summer set for national Australian tour!

5 Seconds of Summer return to Australia next year with the all-ages show kicking of in New Zealand and then heading to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and winding up in Perth. Currently playing stadiums around the world as special guests to One Direction, you'll want to get in quick and grab tickets as their UK tour for 2015 has already sold out!

Album News Weekly: 16th June 2014

In This Issue: IT'S BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG news this week with the announcement that British band alt-j are releasing their new record later this year. Also, The New Pornographers are back unexpectedly with a new one, Kimbra has just put out a new video, D At Sea has a new EP, and 5 Seconds of Summer are getting ready to take over the world. It's a great week in music, have a read.

Album News Weekly: 20 May 2014

In This Issue: BIG BIG NEWS GUYS. The Foo Fighters are releasing their eighth (!!) studio record. But also MORE BIG NEWS, with Sia, Deadmau5, and Morrissey all coming out with new stuff soon. So it's looking pretty good in here, have a read....

Live Review: 5 Seconds of Summer + Mike Dignam - Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide (02.05.14)

There is nothing in the world that will make you feel older than a 5 Seconds of Summer gig. Tonight, surrounded by squealing 13 year olds, I was 21-going-on-100. Filling the seedy Thebarton Theatre with youthful exuberance, thousands of girls hastily awaited the presence of Michael, Calum, Luke and Ashton aka... Australia’s answer to One Direction.

Gig Announcements: Melbourne & VIC - 11th April 2014

In This Issue: Callum to launch his debut LP at the Retreat Hotel, Marilyn Rose and The Thorns at the Cherry Bar, Big Scary announce final Australian show for 2014, Dustin Tebbutt adds extra Melbourne date, Dallas Crane "Get Off The Dope" at the Caravan Club and The Spotted Mallard, Thundamentals add extra Corner Hotel show, Lester the Fierce launching "January" this weekend; Hello Satellites launching 84000 at the Kelvin Club, Andy Stott making debut Melbourne appearance in May, Miles Bonny playing Howler tonight, 5 Seconds of Summer add extra Melbourne show and Kora and Shihad set to play the Espy over Easter!

5 Seconds Of Summer take number one spot on iTunes charts and announce May Australian tour

5 Seconds Of Summer must be feeling pretty good right now. They recently held the #1 spot on both the iTunes Singles and Albums chart, to go along with their worldwide success. That good feeling will presumably feed into the teen sensations' upcoming tour in May, which goes on sale this Friday.

New Music Video: 5 Seconds of Summer - "She Looks So Perfect" (2014)

Back in 2012, the AU interviewed a group of boys from Sydney who had struck it lucky. Called 5 Seconds of Summer, the band of teenagers caught the eye of some major record labels and some group called One Direction through the power of the internet and it wasn't long before the careers of Luke, Mikey, Calum and Ashton soon skyrocketed. When we spoke with the guys, they were in London recording their album, which you can revisit here. The band has released the video for their latest single, "She Looks So Perfect" and already, it's kicking goals.