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Justice Crew, Dami Im, L-Fresh the Lion and more set to perform at Beats 4 Breast Cancer Concert in December.

A great collection of artists are coming together for the National Breast Cancer Foundation's inaugural 'Beats 4 Breast Cancer' concert this December! The likes of the Justice Crew, Dami Im, L-Fresh The Lion and Leo Sayer (plus more) will be performing at the special event at the QANTAS Credit Union Arena on December 10th, with all proceeds going towards the foundation's campaign of preventing as many breast cancer related deaths as possible by 2030.

Additional speakers added to WA Music Conference in Perth this November!

Earlybird tickets for the WA Music Conference in Perth next month have already sold out, with the list of already announced speakers continuing to grow. The conference, which already boasted 50 stellar speakers, has had another round of guests announced to the program, including Canadian Music Week's John Kastner joining in via Skype!

Guy Pearce announces signing to 123 Agency and further album details!

Renowned actor and musician Guy Pearce has today announced he has signed with Melbourne artist agency 123 Agency, as well as releasing his second single, "Taste". The track, taken from Pearce's forthcoming debut album Broken Bones, will be featured when the Pearce launches it officially in Sydney and Melbourne next month!

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 23rd October 2014

In This Issue: we reveal a stack of opportunities for young artists, like new labels, free music conferences, and songwriting competitions, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Sleater-Kinney are back! Release new single "Bury Our Friends" and announce first new album in 10 years!

We suppose just about every "reunion" is inevitable these days, but it doesn't stop us from getting excited about it. Iconic punk trio Sleater-Kinney are the latest to get us excited, announcing today their first album in ten years, No Cities To Love, which will be released on 16th January 2015 on Sub Pop via Inertia in Australia.

The Foo Fighters are coming to Australia and New Zealand.

As they ramp up excitement for their new album Sonic Highways, thanks to the HBO series of the same name, the album's opening song - and subject of the series' first episode "Something From Nothing" has been the subject of a Frontier Touring hashtag: #SOMETHINGNOTHINGOZNZ.

Sounds Australia set for massive music campaign for CMJ in New York!

Sounds Australia are going to be hitting CMJ in New York with one of their most ambitious music campaigns yet. From October 21st (US) through until October 25th, more than 60 bands will be on show for the Americans, with our diverse industry turning up to play. For the first time, Sounds Australia will be taking over the SANTOS Party House, combining the hugely successful Beat Pie and Sound Gallery events on October 23rd.

Vodafone NZ Music Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the New Zealand Music Awards have just been announced and front-runners are Lorde, Sol3 Mio, Ladi6, David Dallas, The Naked And Famous, Broods, Tiny Ruins and Stan Walker.

Aussie showcase "Southern Exposure" lineup and set times announced for CMJ, presented by the AU review.

Southern Exposure is a special showcase of Australian music taking over Piano's in New York City this Thursday night, from 8pm to 3am, as part of CMJ 2014 - proudly presented by Australian publication the AU review and showing off some of the finest up-and-coming talent from the Great Southern Land. Today we're excited to announce the bands playing the event and the set times. Let's take a look at the bands playing the event:

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 17th October 2014

In This Issue: we reveal the details about a new competition for young producers, the finalists for several competitions and the winners of another, and a secret party being held this October, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Lindsay 'The Doctor' McDougall to sign off from Triple J in December.

After 10 years behind the desk at Triple J, current Drive host Lindsay 'The Doctor' McDougall today announced that he will be finishing up with the youth broadcaster at the end of the year. Turning his attention to making music, McDougall made the announcement through a song titled "I'm F***ing Off!' - which you can view in all its glory below.

Peer-nominated shortlist for the 2014 Fowler's Live Music Awards announced!

The 2014 peer-nominated shortlist for the 2014 Fowler's Live Music Awards have been announced today, with a whole stack of talented South Australian artists and industry figures/organisations up for gongs this November. Along with the previously awarded categories, organiser Peter Darwin has also announced at APRA|AMCOS will be sponsoring a new category - the SA Songwriter(s) of the Year Award - which also includes a $500 cash incentive. Bonus.

FBi Social to shut doors to make way for new 'Bandroom' - venue to host final party on November 1st!

What started as a three month pop up venue, FBi Social wasted no time in becoming a venue bands of all different calibres would perform at. Opening three and a half years ago, the Sydney hotspot has hosted more than 1000 local artists and have had more than 40,000 people through their doors to party. The time has come for them to shut their doors next month though, with the owners of the Kings Cross Hotel and other venues, Solotel, set to reopen the space as The Bandroom. The new venue will continue to host the best local and national talent, as well as offering bands a place to rehearse and play.

Tkay Maidza announces national tour dates and international signing deal with The Agency Group!

Adelaide MC Tkay Maidza continues to carve it up, with a new single alongside Paces earning its first play on radio today as well as new tour dates and and international signing being announced in quick succession. Did we mention she's only 18 still? Maidza, currently in the US for Culture Collide and CMJ, has been signed with The Agency Group (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, A$AP Rocky), which will no doubt see her hard hitting, fun rhymes and beats reach more people on an international scale in no time. Her new single with Gold Coast producer Paces, "Switch Lanes", is already generating love online, and by the time Tkay returns to Australian in November, the fans will be fully ready for her to smash out live shows everywhere. So it's a good thing she's got a new stack of tour dates to give us, isn't it?

The first episode of the Foo Fighters' "Sonic Highways" starts this weekend on GO!

Aussie Foo Fighters fans are getting keen, with the first episode of the highly anticipated Sonic Highways documentary scheduled to go to air on the free-to-air channel GO! at 4:30pm this Saturday! Just hours after it makes its premiere on HBO in the US, the 'musical map of America' will be available for us to watch without the need for torrents and the universal yell of 'Seeeeeeed!' from fans otherwise needing to wait for downloadable links to hit the internet.