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The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 4th September 2015

In This Issue: we look at the 2015 Melbourne Music Bank; a new imprint from the team at Nuclear Blast Records with four international signings; the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University turns 50 and over 200 musicians help celebrate across the country; a study finds that live music is adding more to the Australian economy than retail, accommodation, and other sectors; and Victoria's music community have launched a new taskforce to deal with sexual assault and harassment in licensed venues and at music festivals. All this plus the latest signings, and the ARIA charts.

Tinashe gets a workout in joint music video for "Bet" and "Feels Like Vegas"

As she continues making her undeniable mark on the mainstream music world Tinashe releases the final two singles off her incredible debut LP Aquarius with the Dev Hynes assisted (and one of our absolute favourite songs of 2014) "Bet" and the slinky "Feels Like Vegas".

BIGSOUND industry and conference tickets sell out; live tickets still available.

It seems like everyone is keen to discuss, analyse, and celebrate all corners of Australian music because BIGSOUND industry and conference tickets have now completely sold out out. The annual event, which is held in Brisbane and brings in a stupendous amount of Aussie acts alongside 1200 international music industry delegates, is often seen as this country's biggest music party and the increasing demand for it has seen it grow rapidly in the past few years.

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.

Applications open for bands and filmmakers for "Captured: Australia"


The third incarnation of Captured has officially landed, with applications opening today for Captured Australia. With the films set to premiere in November as part of Australian Music Week, bands, filmmakers and musicians from around the country have just until Monday September 14th to apply to be a part of the project.

Kanye West gets aggressive with Travi$ Scott on "Piss on Your Grave"

Travi$ Scott has been putting in the hard yards for awhile now, inching his way towards forthcoming major label debut Rodeo with a barrage of hype-worthy tracks, an acclaimed mixtape, and numerous live shows across the U.S. Perhaps his most noticeable contributions to date remain on Kanye West'sYeezus, Scott's influence a significant part of the controversial album. Following on from that jagged style the two crafted together, Travi$ Scott has re-teamed with Kanye for "Piss on Your Grave", a mean-mugging track off Rodeo ahead of it's release this week.

Over 120 new acts added to the Iceland Airwaves '15 lineup, joining Battles, Father John Misty, John Grant and more.


Pictured: Showcasing artist Kiasmos

This week, over 120 new acts were announced for the iconic Iceland Airwaves festival, including Kiasmos, LoneLady, Flo Morrissey, Meat Wave, Sin Fang, Chastity Belt, Bianca Casady and The C.I.A. + Nao. They join the likes of John Grant, Ariel Pink, Beach House, Hot Chip, Perfume Genius, Father John Misty, Battles, East India Youth, Vök and more for the Reykjavik festival, which takes place in November.

Adelaide's Horror My Friend sign with Poison City Records as they tour their new single "Stay In"

One of our favourite Adelaide groups, Horror My Friend, have announced they've signed with Poison City Records, who will release their long awaited debut album Stay In, Do Nothing, in January 2016. This is the Melbourne based label who bring us the likes of The Smith Street Band, Clowns & The Bennies - so the Adelaide group are in some pretty fine company.

Wollongong artist Kay Proudlove releases single "Good Soil" to raise funds for Daffodil Day 2015

After completing a ‘song a day’ writing project last year, Wollongong artist Kay Proudlove was left with an array of tunes with various themes. Some of the songs have morphed into potential album tracks for Kay’s next release, whereas others such as "Good Soil" have been found to have other uses.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 28th August 2015

In This Issue: we look at the 84 successful artists who applied to the Converse Rubber Tracks Program, the partnership between Rdio and AIR for the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.