The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 19th December 2014

In This Issue: we have the news on new labels, new radio shows, and new opportunities for up-and-coming artists, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Kendrick Lamar premieres an untitled new song on The Colbert Show

With the world premiere of his brand new song, Kendrick Lamar took to the final 2014 episode of The Colbert Show and showed the world a completely different sound to previous single "i".

Tonight's Sydney Opera House shows including Damon Albarn postponed due to siege in CBD. Details here:

As parts of Sydney's CBD remain in lock down as a result of the siege in Martin Place, the Sydney Opera House have "decided to cancel tonight's performances at the Opera House. This is to minimise pressure on transport networks and to provide as much notice as possible to staff and patrons."

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 12th December 2014

In This Issue: we look at what music is giving back this Christmas, which Aussies are representing us at the 57th Grammy Awards, and the revival of Mass Appeal Records, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

The 10th Coopers AMP final longlist announced!

The 10th Coopers AMP has taken another step closer to the finish line with the final Longlist of 65 albums now complete for the 2014 Coopers AMP. The Coopers AMP continues to be the only Australian music award that doesn’t separate artists by genre or other arbitrary distinctions, and every album released for the first time between January 1 and December 31 in 2014, is automatically considered for the 10th Coopers AMP.

Violent Soho, SAFIA, Remi and Courtney Barnett among the winners of the first annual AU Awards!

Editor-in-Chief Larry Heath with NSW Voice of the Year Steve Smyth. Photobomb from The Preatures' Gideon Bensen.

The Hive Bar in Sydney last night celebrated Australian live music, as the AU not only launched the first event in our LIVE sessions series, but also revealed the winners of the inaugural AU Awards!

Ball Park Music take home the AU Award's inaugural People's Choice Award for best live act of 2014.

This morning on 2SER radio in Sydney, the AU review's Larry Heath announced the winners of the first annual people's choice award as part of the AU Awards - celebrating the best in live music in Australia.

New Adelaide music night launching this Thursday night at Ancient World!

A new Adelaide music night founded out of a desire to provide musicians with a space to jam out whatever tunes with whoever they want, has been formed and will be launching this Thursday night at Ancient World! "Cobra Presents", an initiative created by Adelaide musician and writer Jonty Czuchwicki, will see a number of bands on the bill, performing in a loose and creatively vibrant format.

Telstra to bump up coverage in North Byron Parklands in time for Falls Festival

Remember when you took tried to Instagram that super cool photo of you and your friends at Falls Festival and no one saw it until you returned home? That will be less of a program now. After months of negotiation North Byron Parklands and the organisers of both Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival have managed to swing more coverage for Telstra mobile users, as superior connectivity will be available in and around the Parklands' venue.

Spotify release lists of 2014's most streamed artists, songs, and albums

Spotify will now be looking at the year that was in the lead up for 2015, via lists of data showing which artists, albums, and songs were most frequently streamed by worldwide users of the digital music service. Over 50 million Spotify users have listened to over seven billion hours of music this year, so these lists are pretty indicative of what was most popular.

Nominees announced for 57th Grammy Awards with Sia and Iggy Azalea amongst top contenders

Nominees for the 57th Grammy Awards have been announced, with the ceremony scheduled to take place on February 8th. The list marks two very noticeable achievements by two Australian artists, Sia and Iggy Azalea who have notched up four nods each. Both also will contend for Record of the Year, with "Chandelier" and "Fancy", their respective hits, nominated. The release of the nominees list marks another record for Beyonce as she surpasses Dolly Parton as the most Grammy nominated female of all time, beating Dolly's 46. Check out the full list of nominees below.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 5th December 2014

In This Issue: we have the details on this year’s live performance royalty rates, the most streamed artists of 2014, and what the Falls Festival is doing for their community this year, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Husky Gawenda takes out first place in the 2014 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition!

Husky Gawenda has taken out the top prize of the 2014 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition! Winning with his song "Saint John", Husky received a $50,000 prize courtesy of APRA|AMCOS and Alberts, while Meg Mac and Dave Le'aupepe of Gang of Youths came in second and third place, respectively.

The Vaccines preview three new tracks off their upcoming record at Clockenflap in Hong Kong.

The Vaccines have been previewing new tracks off their yet-to-be-titled third record (due out in May 2015) as they return to the road, playing their first shows in over a year. In our exclusive interview with the band at Clockenflap (Hong Kong), they promised they'd preview three tracks from the next record, and indeed they delivered.

The Trouble With Templeton's Thomas Calder wins 2014 Grant McLennan Fellowship!

Thomas Calder, from popular Brisbane band The Trouble With Templeton, has won the 2014 Grant McLennan Fellowship. The $25,000 Fellowship offers the recipient an opportunity to travel to New York, London or Berlin for up to 6 months and use the experience of being immersed in a foreign and vibrant musical culture to develop their own artistic skills.