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The AU's 15 Best Australian Singles of 2015 (So Far)

It's been a fantastic year of music so far all around the world, and now we're excited to count down for you the 15 tracks our contributors have voted as the best of the year from Australia. To be eligible, the track needed to have an official single or video release between 1 January and 30 June, 2015. Enjoy the list below and then listen to them all in our playlist!

The AU's 15 Best International Singles of 2015 (So Far...)

It's been a fantastic year of music so far all around the world, and now we're excited to count down for you the 15 tracks our contributors have voted as the best of the year from outside of Australia. To be eligible, the track needed to have an official single or video release between 1 January and 30 June, 2015. Enjoy the list below and then listen to them all in our playlist!

The Best of 2015 (So Far): Top 20 Hip Hop Tracks (Part One: 20-11)

The past six months have been good for hip hop, in terms of both mixtapes and studio albums. Kendrick and Lupe are head and heels above everyone else so far, thanks to two very distinctive, conceptual albums, but the quality of songs being released indicates that the two emcees may see a heap of competition by the time 2016 rolls around. From interesting production, to straight-up rhyme-fests, these are the singles we think have stood out as the best this year. No artist (unless featuring) appears more than twice, otherwise I might as well copy and paste the tracklist to Tetsuo & Youth. This is part one, 20-11.

Our six favourite discoveries Music Matters Live! 2015 in Singapore

Johnny Au and Larry Heath spent the last week covering the 10th annual music conference and festival Music Matters in Singapore, catching dozens of bands, a pile of talks and eating a whole heap of great food (of which no trip to the region would be complete without). Featuring over 70 bands from more than 12 countries, this event is very much positioned as an opportunity to discover new music from all over the world - and we certainly found a tonne of amazing new acts along the way. But here now, in no particular order, are the six acts that stood our for us the most....

Six Bands we Discovered at The Great Escape 2015 - and now you need to listen to them here...

With The Great Escape at an end, we're looking back at the weekend of incredible performances by sharing with you our favourite discoveries of the event! Now, some of these names we'd heard before, but all of them were bands we witnessed live for the first time. And boy were we impressed... here now, counting down in order, are our top six discoveries of The Great Escape 2015 in Brighton, England:

The ten artists you can't miss at The Great Escape

We're about 48 hours from everything kicking off at the annual music festival and conference held in Brighton, England, The Great Escape (TGE), which we're excited to be bringing you live and direct coverage from for the first time since 2012. Like similar events - SXSW, the recent Canadian Music Week or BigSound closer to home, there are too many bands to try and catch. In the case of TGE, we're talking hundreds. Over the past few weeks, we've been pouring through the list and trying to pick out the bands worth your time. Some we've seen before and can vouch for their excellence, and others we'll be planning to experience for the first time at the festival. And whether you're there or not, these are the artists you should listen to, artists you should see and experience for yourself (presented here in no particular order).

Editor's Picks: Our seven favourite performances and discoveries at Canadian Music Week (CMW) 2015.

At festivals like Canadian Music Week, bands from around the world try and impress fans and industry alike in sets around the city of Toronto that rarely last for more than 30 minutes. With hundreds of bands playing, no one journalist would be able to see everything on offer. But our man on the ground - Larry Heath - certainly tried - as he jumped from venue to venue over the 4 days he attended. Here now he counts down his seven favourite performances from the week (counting performances from May 6th to 9th). The end result is a mix of expected favourites and new discoveries. Hopefully you'll find something new, too...

Feature: Five emerging artists from Sydney you need to have in your life right now.


Pictured: Hannah Joy

There's nothing better than discovering a band before they break into the market. You get to see them earn their chops while you stand front and centre, learning every song and becoming one of their first fans. But sometimes it helps to have an idea about where to look! This week on the AU we'll be traversing the country and bringing you some of our favourite new discoveries in the local scene. After sending you to Melbourne yesterday, today we continue our series in Sydney with these five artists, in no particular order:

Feature: Five emerging artists from Melbourne you need to have in your life right now

There's nothing better than discovering a band before they break into the market. You get to see them earn their chops while you stand front and centre, learning every song and becoming one of their first fans. But sometimes it helps to have an idea about where to look! This week on the AU we'll be traversing the country and bringing you some of our favourite new discoveries in the local scene. We kick things off in Melbourne this these five artists, in no particular order - some have been around for a little while, others are brand new additions to the scene:

Feature: Deutsch Duke's Top 5 Australian Collaborations

Born in the UK but having delved deep into the Aussie music scene as an artist and producer, Deutsch Duke (aka Dennis Dowlut) has previously collaborated with the likes of Elizabeth Rose, Gypsy and The Cat, Cassian, but has since struck out on his own, having just released his second single "Battleground" gives us his Top 5 Australian Collaborations. With a mix of old classics and newer tracks, this list's got some killer tunes...