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Iron Maiden release lead single from first album in five years

2010's The Final Frontier continued a strong resurgence for a band that's four decades into a career, notching up another very well-received 21st century album from Iron Maiden. After that, the band remained pretty quiet on the new music front until now, with the immortal heavy metal band striking back with single "Speed of Light" from what will be their first ever studio double album, dubbed The Book of Souls. Listen to the promising track below and enjoy the arcade-style music video:

Lana Del Rey wields a rocket launcher in music video for "High by the Beach"

Lana Del Rey is going full understated action hero for her latest music video and single "High by the Beach" off her upcoming album Honeymoon. The breathy song has a punchier attitude than the album's title track, hypnotic and brash, not quite lending itself to the visuals Lana grabbing a rocket launcher out of a guitar case and shooting down a helicopter. But hey, no complaints here. Watch the video below.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 14th August 2015

In This Issue: we look at WAM’s new workshop for self-managed artists, AIR’s 20th anniversary and 10th annual awards, and Rdio’s new partnership with Harvey Norman, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

The Reclink Community Cup comes to Adelaide this weekend - what you need to know!

This Sunday will see members of the Adelaide media and music industries face off against each other at the Coopers Stadium in Norwood in a long-awaited battle on field for supremacy...and just general good times watching those more suited to being onstages/behind computers trying to convincingly win a football match. The Reclink Community Cup is set to have its first event in South Australia, fundraising for Reclink - a great organisation helping disadvantaged Australians through music and sport. While Sunday's match is of course, the main event, there are a few things happening either side of it that you can get to if you're unable to attend the footy match itself.

Lupa J, Fifth Dawn, Spire and more named the finalists for triple J Unearthed High!

Pictured: Lupa J

Now in its eighth year, triple J Unearthed High is once again set to give one lucky musician or band the platform to get their career off to a great start. With previous winners including Japanese Wallpaper and Stonefield, the competition has proven that age really ain't nothin' but a number when it comes to young and enthusiastic artists rising through the ranks of the comp. The competition this year has already hit a record, with 1280 songs by 850 artists submitted through - an amazing effort!

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 7th August 2015

In This Issue: we look at the dates for WAM Festival 2015, Rdio’s August Artist to Watch, and the $3000 prize up for grabs for Victorian composers, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Tickets now on sale for YouTube FanFest hitting Sydney next month!

Tickets are now on sale for the huge YouTube FanFest event coming to Sydney next month! to be held at QANTAS Credit Union Arena on September 11th, some of the biggest YouTube stars are set to come together for an exclusive live show. The YouTube FanFest held its inaugural event in Sydney last year to wide success, joining the brand that expanded into India, Canada, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines. This year's line up delivers the goods once more and we've got no doubt that these tickets are going to fly.

Listen to Dr Dre's first album in over 15 years

Hip hop maestro Dr Dre has delivered on a promise made just days ago, when rumours circulated that this Friday would be the day fans finally see a follow up to the critically and commercially acclaimed 2001.

2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards announced!

REMI wins at the 2014 AIR Awards, photo by Rebecca Houlden.

The 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards have been announced today, with details surrounding the Melbourne industry event being confirmed for October once more. Once again held at the Meat Market in North Melbourne, the AIR Awards celebrates its 10th annual awards ceremony this year, while AIR (the Australian Independent Record Labels Association) is marking 20 years in the business!

Listen to FKA Twigs' new single "Figure 8"

The mesmerising FKA Twigs popped by Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio Show the other day to share what is said to be the first single from the singer's upcoming EP3 "Figure 8". Named for the figure 8 in dancing, the artful, slow-burning track is yet another showcase of FKA's delicately layered, genre-defying music and makes us want to re-live that magical moment when she dominated Laneway Festival earlier this year. Listen to the song and the interview below.

Entries for the 2015 South Australian Music Awards now open!

The South Australian Music Awards have recently been announced, set to take place in Adelaide on November 11th. Nominations and entries are open now, with local artists, bands and industry strongly encouraged to get on board and connect. The awards had been successfully run under the 'Fowler's Live Music Awards' banner for three previous years with Peter Darwin at the helm, but 2015 is going to be the first year Music SA will be taking the reins.

Ur Boy Bangz releases diss track aimed at Drake and Meek Mill for absolutely no reason at all

It's the 'beef' of the moment, world-dominating emcee-singer Drake has been wrapped up in a word-of-words with Philly's Meek Mill over claims of ghostwriting and more. Drizzy has released a total of two diss tracks, with rumours of a third planned to debut at the upcoming OVO Fest. Meanwhile Meek took his time in releasing his response to Drake's initial shot, which has been ill-received by pretty much everyone, including sports stars, Bret "The Hitman" Hart, and more. Now, a third contestant enters the ring, smiling with those pearly whites while Meek and Drake - and all of us - look at each crushingly confused; that contestant is none other than adored Australian rhymer Ur Boy Bangz.

Wild weather mars the third and final day of Lollapalooza; Florence and the Machine closes out the annual Chicago event.

Photo Credit: Andrew Wade (at Splendour in the Grass)

The Windy City of Chicago gave precedence to its name today when, after a windy and hot morning that covered many of the stages in dust, a looming storm cell forced organisers to evacuate Grant Park ahead of its arrival. The evacuation lasted less than an hour, during which time everyone exited the park without any reported incidences, re-entered after the storm proved to be non-eventful (at the park at least), and the music picked up where it left off. The schedule was moved forward an hour and the event was granted an hour's extension on their schedule as it was back in 2012. In the end, the extension wouldn't be needed.

Metallica and Sam Smith close out day two of Lollpalooza; Tame Impala, Chet Faker and Hermitude represent Australia

Pictured: Chet Faker. Photo by Daniel Boczarski.

Chicago Metallica fans - including a group who were lucky enough to be positioned on stage - were treated to a two hour headlining show at Lollapalooza that, with the exception of "Cyanide" from Death Magnetic, featured songs from their entire pre-1998 cataloge, with a track from all of their seven LPs (to that time) featured, including "Seek & Destroy" off their debut album Kill 'Em All. Two covers were also thrown into the mix. The setlist looked a little something like this:

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 31st July 2015

In This Issue: we announce the MTV VMA nominations, details about artist submissions for the Canadian Music Week, the prestigious judges for the 2015 International Songwriting Competition, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.