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GUY SEBASTIAN

Guy Sebastian reveals his Eurovision 2015 Grand Final entry, "Tonight Again"

"Forget tomorrow, we can do tonight again", Guy Sebastian croons in the mildly funky "Tonight Again", delivering all the bells and whistles of traditional pop structure, and something just catchy enough to be in with a shot as he represents Australia at Eurovision 2015. Guy has confirmed that "Tonight Again" will be the song he performs at the Wiener Stadthalle Stadium as part of the renowned global contest, of which he is the first official Australian entry in history.

Guy Sebastian announced as Australia's representative at Eurovision Song Contest 2015

SBS announced today that singer/songwriter and ARIA Award winner Guy Sebastian will represent Australia at the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Vienna, Austria and broadcast on SBS from Wednesday May 20 to Sunday May 24.

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: Guy Sebastian + Fatai - Qantas Credit Union Arena (18.02.15)

Guy Sebastian played his biggest headline show ever in Sydney this week, taking over the Qantas Credit Union Arena with the support of Fatai. Gwendolyn Lee was there and brings us these photos from the night:

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!

The Australian music industry rallies behind Support Act and the launch of the 'BANDWAGON' fundraising drive!

Launched officially at Allans Billy Hyde's Melbourne store was the 'BANDWAGON' fundraising drive by Support Act. The crowd funding appeal run via Pozible aims to raise $100,000 for Australian music industry charity. Support Act, which provides financial relief to music professionals facing illness, injury or other life crises, has helped members in all different fields from singers, songwriters, roadies, techies and more. Helping launch 'BANDWAGON' in Melbourne today were Ian 'Molly' Meldrum, Hannah Findlay (Stonefield), Ian Haug (The Church, Powderfinger), Steve Kilbey (The Church), Eric McCusker (Mondo Rock), Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley (The Seekers).

Live Review: Taylor Swift + Guy Sebastian + Neon Trees - Etihad Stadium, Melbourne (14.12.13)

Tonight’s opening act is U.S band Neon Trees whose songs “Animal” and “Everybody Talks” have both been ARIA platinum accredited. Lead singer Tyler Glenn took to the stage to get the crowd warmed up for the evening. Despite being on two hours before Swift’s set, the stadium was reasonably full for Neon Trees and the audience was happy to dance along even to the lesser-known tracks.

Taylor Swift's 'RED Tour' kicks off in Sydney tomorrow night!

The highly anticipated return of Taylor Swift finally comes to a head, with the American songstress kicking off her "RED Tour" in Sydney tomorrow night. Swift begins her run of Australian dates at Allianz Stadium, before heading to Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne to wrap up on December 14.

Channel [V] announces the nominees for the 2013 [V] Oz Artist Award!

Channel [V] has announced its list of nominees for the revered [V] Oz Artist Award! 50 nominees representative of the cream of the Australian music crop have been chosen for the award, which is now in its 17th year. The list of artists celebrates the wide and diverse nature of the Australian music industry at the minute and is indicative of just how fruitful 2013 has been for our well-established, as well as our up and comers. Announced on The Riff, the nominees for the Oz Artist Award are listed below.

The State Of Affairs - Latest Music Industry News: 25th June 2013

This week in the industry, the Annandale Hotel will keep it's doors open to musicians for a while longer yet, a few more local bands are getting their break overseas, and Nickelodeon brings back Slimefest, their festival for the tween set. All this and more in this week's State of Affairs. Enjoy, and have a good week.

Photo Gallery: Guy Sebastian - Thebarton Theatre (26.04.13)

Guy Sebastian returned home to perform at Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide as part of his "Get Along" tour. Chad Lofts was there with his camera to bring you these photos of Guy performing for his fellow South Australians..

Live Review: Stone Music Festival: Day Two - ANZ Stadium (21.04.13)

There is a lot that can be said about Stone Music Festival. What happened to the event before tickets went on sale was something quite telling of the nature of the current industry, and what happened after tickets went on sale perhaps showed the organiser's lack of foresight, albeit a strong ability to adapt. And unlike two other festivals who were cancelled in the last week due to low ticket sales, not to mention existing in a genre where artists tend to drop off like flies, to all the credit of the Stone Music Festival organisers, they still got the event off the ground, and by all indications - a few gripes from some early ticket purchasers aside - everyone in attendance had a great time. I was only able to attend the second day, but here are my thoughts on the fantastic music of the day - and as for the rest of my thoughts about of the event as a whole, I'll save that for a separate editorial.

Photo Gallery: Stone Music Festival Day 2 - ANZ Stadium (21.04.13)

Stone Music Festival Day 2 continues with a huge lineup consisting of acts such as Gypsies And Gentlemen, Illumination Road, The Hiding, Mark Seymour, Mark Moroney, Shannon Noll, Chase The Sun, Diesel, Dallas Frasca, Guy Sebastian, Stone Parade, Icehouse, London Cries and the headliner Billy Joel (pictured above). Photos by Johnny Au

Live Review: Optus RockCorps Feat. The Script + Tinie Tempah + Guy Sebastian + The Potbellez - Hordern Pavillion (11.04.13)

Around 5000 volunteers traded four hours of their time for a nice initiative called Optus RockCorps. The idea: encourage youth to help around the community and in return, reward them with tickets to a massive concert with four big-name acts. It’s a concept that has been happening in cities around the world, with artists like Snoop Dogg and Lady Gaga getting involved to help promote a community spirit.