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Last Week On Late Night: The Five Best Musical Performances on US Late Night TV (5th to 9th October)

US late night talk shows are a showcase of all-things celebrity, politics, humor, comedy and music. They are often treated as the final thing we see before we go to sleep. With The Late Show with Stephen Colbert debuting in the same 11:30pm slot opposite Kimmel and Fallon – all shows were keen to pull out the big guns in the hope of attracting/retaining viewers.

the AU playlist: 12 songs we cannot wait to hear at Soulfest 2015

We now know that Soulfest won't be lowering those high standards anytime soon, with them yet again managing to secure one of the year's biggest line ups across hip hop, soul, R&B, and jazz. The one and only Mary J Blige has been announced to headline the festival, which also includes Jhene Aiko, Eric Benet, De La Soul, and Talib Kweli. We at the AU can't wait to see what this collective of legendary and rising performers brings to Australia come October, nor can we wait to see who will be announced on the second line up. But for now, here's 12 songs from the artists on the first line up that we are excited to hear live at Soulfest.

Mary J Blige leads an exciting line up for Soulfest 2015

Last year, the inaugural edition of Soulfest did what many doubted would ever happen; they actually delivered on a BIG promise. That promise was to bring Australia and New Zealand a dream line up that included soul, hip hop, and R&B icons like D'Angelo, Maxwell, and Common. How can they possibly top that this year? Well for starters they can bring inimitable hip hop and R&B Queen Mary J Blige down to headline a line up that is even more diverse and just as exciting as last years.

Photo Gallery: Talib Kweli + Dead Prez + Full Tote Odds - Play New Years Day, Adelaide (01.01.14)

Alex Kwong rang in the first day of 2014 with some performances by Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Full Tote Odds and others at Adelaide's Play New Year's Day event! Check out the gallery here.

New round of artists announced for the CMJ Music Marathon!

We're getting so close to the annual CMJ Music Marathon in New York City and they've still got more exciting developments to reveal! The huge music event that will be taking over the city from October 15-19 has had some more impressive names added to the already announced list, surely set to make scheduling harder for those attendees already scratching their heads, trying to work out a timetable that will fit as many artists in as possible.

the AU interview: Speech from Arrested Development (Atlanta, Georgia)

Arrested Development have just turned 20. For the past 20 years they have spread a positive message about hip hop across the world, as well as ingrained us all with the knowledge that I am, everyday people. Elke, who also just turned 20, spoke to Speech about the meaning of Hip Hop and their upcoming performance at The Cockatoo Island Film Festival in Sydney.