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Miguel releases music videos for "NWA" and "...Goingtohell"

After releasing one of the best albums of the year, Miguel has given us the visuals for his latest single "NWA" with West Coast classic Kurupt. The smooth, seductive groove is a highlight of Wildheart and it's video was originally released as part of a sectioned short film entitled Wildheart Chapter 1: Find What You Love and Let It Kill You; demand has pushed the versatile crooner so also split some of the videos up, hence we get a nice and short(er) look at NWA as Miguel and Kurupt cruise around L.A separately; Miguel on foot, and Kurupt driving slow through the back streets of his neighbourhood. Watch the clip below.

NGAIIRE, Tired Lion, The Belligerents and more fill out the 2015 BIGSOUND Live roster!


Photo Credit: Stephanie Alcaino

BIGSOUND has indeed lived up to its name once again this year, with the addition of over 100 new names to its live showcase roster! The full 150-strong list of artists from Australia and beyond have been confirmed today, with the likes of NGAIIRE, Fraser A. Gorman, Tired Lion, The Belligerents and more joining the already announced crew featuring Cosmic Psychos, Gang of Youths and City Calm Down.

Briggs cleans up at the 2015 NIMAs; Gurrumul, B2M and 'The Genesis Project' provide live performance highlights!

A strong crowd of music lovers and members of the NT music industry gathered at the Ampitheatre in the George Brown Botanic Gardens in Darwin last night for the 2015 National Indigenous Music Awards - an event that saw some incredible live performances and artists take away a range of awards recognising musical achievements, commendations and excellence in not only surging forward in the wider Australian and international industries, but also in keeping culture and traditional language alive.

Major Lazer and MØ team up on Frank Ocean cover "Lost"

Popular Danish singer has linked back up with Major Lazer for an excellent cover of Frank Ocean's "Lost" from his 2012 masterpiece Channel Orange. From soul to a balanced blend of reggae and electro-pop, "Lost" benefits from a coat of synth-heavy bounce while MØ gives a fine performance, floating over the infectious beat as smoothly as Ocean on the original.

Ecca Vandal signs deals with Dew Process in Australia and NZ as well as Island Records UK!

Melbourne's Ecca Vandal has kicked off her week brilliantly, with the announcement that she has joined both the Dew Process family in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Island Records crew in the UK! It's been a big year and a half for the artist, who has burst on to the Australian music scene guns blazing; a ferocious energy both on stage and on record, not to mention a sense of individuality virtually unrivalled by anyone on the local scene at the moment, it's no huge surprise that Ecca would soon be joining forces with some great folk in getting her tunes and live shows to more people.

Melbourne rapper Bangs fires back at Jimmy Fallon and The Roots with "Do Not Watch"

Melbourne's Bangs AKA Ur Boy Bangz has crafted a response to Jimmy Fallon after the talk show host "dissed" him in his 'Do Not Play' segment last week. Fallon, who regularly plays so-bad-its-hilarious song snippets from around the world took aim at Bangs' viral "Take U to Da Movies", striking a chord with the aspiring emcee and inspiring a response track.

The Black Eyed Peas go back to making hip hop without Fergie with new single "Yesterday"

Believe it or not there was once a time The Black Eyed Peas were known for crafting authentic 90's hip hop, way back before Fergie joined the group and they became the pop mega-machine they are known as today. After ridiculously high levels of success, BEP have once again started making tracks as the trio of Apl.de.Ap, Taboo, and Will.i.Am, and while Fergie is still a member of the group, her solo work has allowed them to focus on making hip hop again.

Run The Jewels release first full track from their "Meow the Jewels" project

It's here! It's finally here! After much teasing Run the Jewels have released the first full track from their unique Meow the Jewels project, flipping "Early" into "Meowly". The beat, which is made up entirely of cat noises manipulated to make sense with the fiery rhymes, is still every bit as punchy as the original. If the whole album sounds like this, Run the Jewels' quirky concept looks like a winner. Listen below.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 17th July 2015

In This Issue: ...we look at Rdio’s new host of curated stations, the 2015 SongHubs in LA, and the return of Studios 301’s free 40 hours of studio time, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Lana Del Rey releases dreamy six-minute single "Honeymoon"

Lana Del Rey is playing to her strengths on new single "Honeymoon", our first taste from her follow up to last year's excellent Ultraviolence. For six minutes Lana floats over a beautiful, blissful dreamscape of tender strings and snares, stretching those lush vocals for a super slow jam that's as poignant as anything she has made before.

Winners are crowned as Stevie Wonder helps bring the 103rd annual Calgary Stampede to a close

Following 10 days of carnival fun, rodeo action, live music, agriculture and a tonne of entertainment, the 103rd annual Calgary Stampede came to an end today in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, crowning their winning riders with huge pay checks and seeing legendary artist Stevie Wonder close out the event with a special performance in the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Prodigy release energetic music video for "Get Your Fight On"

Legendary trio The Prodigy have released the music video for their latest single "Get Your Fight On", an aggressive call to arms lifted from their latest LP The Day is My Enemy. Designed to pump as much adrenaline into their fans as possible, as mirrored in their high energy live shows, the track is given shaky, dizzying visuals.

Drake releases hilarious music video for "Energy"

Dominant emcee Drake has just released the music video for album highlight "Energy" exclusively on Apple Music, surprisingly going for a more humourous slant than the relatively aggressive track would suggest. The clip marks his first actual music video from stealth release If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and has Drizzy and his OVO crew parodying recent moments in pop culture.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 10th July 2015

In This Issue: we look at the massive changes happening at NME, the application dates for SXSW 2016, the Independent Music Charts, plus the latest ARIA charts.

Heath Media & Australian Music Week are teaming up for the third incarnation of 'Captured: Australia'!

Heath Media and Australian Music Week are teaming up this year to present the third incarnation of the Captured series in Captured: Australia! The competition sees emerging musicians and bands paired up with filmmakers with the aim of creating a music video or short film which is submitted for judging in this open competition. A great way of not only fostering some great creative relationships between the local film and music industries, Captured: Australia will be tying in well with the ethos of Australian Music Week this year in its focus on the emerging and the established coming together to experience, learn and benefit form each other's talents in this way.