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Melbourne's TRAM SESSIONS partners with Levi's; announces REMi for next session!

Melbourne's Tram Sessions have announced that they have partnered up with Levi's today, in a reveal that has also seen the group of creatives name hip-hop wunderkind REMi as their next feature artist. The sessions have been running successfully for some time now, putting a variety of artists into the intimate confines of the Melbourne tram system and filming some definite candid performances. Published online, the popularity for the Tram Sessions series has grown exponentially, with previous artists including The Basics, Vance Joy, Passenger, Shaun Kirk (pictured) and Davey Lane.

Over 200 new acts - including Tigertown - added to SXSW 2015!

It's only a little over two weeks until SXSW insanity kicks off, but still the artist announcements keep rolling in. In the latest round of additions, Sydney band Tigertown get the call up - the only Australians in this round - alongside over 200 international acts. MS MR, Charles Bradley, Milky Chance, and Hamilton Leithauser all feature. An interview with Wynonna Judd has also been added to the Music Conference.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 27th February 2015

In This Issue: we look at the relaunch of the Australian Cultural Fund, the open slots on the She Who Rocks Tour for upcoming bands, and the industry guests for FBi Radio’s Music Open Days, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Official Trailer for upcoming film "Love & Merc" Follows the life of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson

The official trailer for Love & Mercy has just been released and it’s sure to pull some heartstrings! Set against The Beach Boys’ iconic catalogue of music, the story follows the life of singer, songwriter and music legend Brian Wilson from successful highs in the band to devastating lows in his personal life.

Columbus signs US agency deal and announces EP release tour!

Brisbane trio Columbus are rising through the ranks, quickly making a name for themselves as one of Australia’s most exciting punk-rock outfits. Between recently dropping their Home Remedy EP and securing a spot at the Queensland Soundwave Festival, the boys are definitely ones to watch this year.

Winners of 6TH Annual Rolling Stone Awards announced: Sia, The Griswolds, Remi and more!

Between receiving four Grammy nominations and winning multiple ARIA awards, there's no surprise Sia Furler took out yet another award at last night’s 6th Annual Rolling Stone Awards. The songstress beat the likes of Dan Sultan, The Preatures, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and The Church for the prestigious title of 'Album of the Year' for 1000 Forms of Fear.

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.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 20th February 2015

In This Issue: we have the details on WAM’s Song of the Year Nominees, the newest line-up announcements for Bluestfest 2015, and an innovative new record label, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Jack Daniel's Future Legends launching 'Local Live at FBi' in Sydney this week!

Local Live at FBi, the new series backed by Jack Daniel's Future Legends, launches in the Sydney tomorrow evening, with three excellent headline performances scheduled for their upcoming events! The intimate shows to be held at the station's new in-house live to air performance space will feature Tkay Maidza, Cloud Control and George Maple in some state of the art facilities. More events are still to be announced but as far as first announcements go, these sessions are a pretty sweet way to kick things off, no?

Try not to panic: the SXSW Music Festival Schedule is now live.

OK, everyone take a deep breath. Firstly, if you've been to SXSW before you know how it works. You're not going to see half the stuff you want to see, and half the stuff you want to see now will be superseded by not-so-secret shows that aren't officially announced until the day. The epic Austin festival is just that - so, again, take a deep breath, because the initial showcase timetables are out... now!

The Grates, Sheppard, DZ Deathrays, Airling and more announced as Queensland Music Awards finalists!

The Queensland Music Awards are coming around again for another year, with QMusic announcing the list of finalists selected for the 2015 awards. Over 40 judges from Australia and abroad have been listening to a whole range of music from Queensland artists and as the final list dictates, the diversity within the music community in this part of the country is well represented.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 13th February 2015

In This Issue: We look at how you can attend the internationally renowned Music Matters conference for free, the details about the innovative live music venue opening soon, and the artist announcements for Local Live at FBi, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Sam Smith and Beck dominate the top prizes at 2015 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles; see the full list of winners!

The 2015 Grammy Awards have come and gone once again with their hundreds of awards categories - only a few of which are televised. Of those awards, Australia bound Sam Smith was the clear winner of the night, taking home four trophies, Record and Song of the Year, as well as best Pop Vocal Album and Best New Artist. Beck, meanwhile, has won Album of the Year for Morning Phase, as well as Best Rock Album. The full list of winners are below:

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 6th February 2015

In This Issue: we have the news on FBi’s brand new building plans, Spotify’s predictions for the Grammy Awards, and which music brand has partnered up with Tiger Woods, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Lanie Lane announces departure from music and final shows.

Lanie Lane has established herself as one of the country's beloved artists and performers over the last five years and as the many accolades and bright reviews have shown, her popularity within the Australian music community and abroad only continued to grow. However, in what came to a shock to many of her fans and members of the industry, Lanie released a statement confirming her indefinite departure from recording and live touring.