The State of Affairs - Latest Music Industry News: August 18th 2012

In this week's column: Universal and the Parker & Mr. French group team up, Ed Sheeran tops the album chart after nearly a year meandering in it, an opportunity to write music for next year's Sydney Festival, and news from three industry awards nights that occurred last week!

Feature: Bluejuice, The Vines and Didier Cohen chat about BBM Music.

With the dominance of Apple in the music marketplace, it's proving more and more difficult for other companies to make their mark and get their slice of the action. But this hasn't stopped plenty from doing just that. The latest is Blackberry, with their new service BBM Music. To get their take on the marketplace, and what this new service means, we caught up with Jake Stone from Bluejuice, Hamish Rosser from The Vines and Didier Cohen.

The Vines + Papa Vs Pretty + Bleeding Knees Club + The Dune Rats - The HiFi Bar (03.09.11)

Four bands for forty bucks is awesome value when you consider that this gig at Melbourne’s iconic HiFi Bar included the likes of The Dune Rats, The Bleeding Knees Club, Papa Vs Pretty and The Vines. I have been banging-on about the depth of Australia’s rock talent for some time now, and though these bands aren’t from my home city, I’m still mighty proud to say they’re Australian.

Beresford Launch feat. The Vines + Zowie - Beresford Upstairs (30.06.11)

I'd like to preface this article with something I feel is important: I have a feeling that the following article may come across as disingenuous to some. Trying to "suck up" to the people behind the new venue. Some may suggest we were paid for the article. But neither is the case. I very much mean everything I am about to say.

Let me paint you a bit of a picture.

the AU interview: Craig Nicholls of The Vines (Sydney)

A few days before The Vines released their new album Future Primitive, Larry Heath caught up with lead singer Craig Nicholls. They chat about the new album, experiences on MTV, performing in a Church a few nights before (for Russian Standard Vodka Live At The Chapel).

The Vines churn out the hits and new tracks at Russian Standard Vodka Live At The Chapel

Australia’s finest rock band, The Vines, wowed the crowd at last night’s Russian Standard Vodka Live At The Chapel, the first such event for 2011. On the eve of the release of their fifth studio album, “Future Primitive”, the re-energized band showed fans just how rock’n’roll should be experienced, putting on a show that’s sure to live long in people’s minds!

Ruby Rose to host Russian Standard Vodka Live at the Chapel with The Vines

Russian Standard Vodka Live At The Chapel is delighted to welcome new host Ruby Rose to the fold for the first event of 2011, a truly rock’n’roll occasion with special guests, The Vines.

One of Australia’s most popular personalities, Ruby will join The Vines at the majestic St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Newtown on Thursday 26th May. Ruby is prolifically talented, with a career spanning television, radio, a fashion label, and DJ gigs.