In this week's edition: Karise Eden ploughs on at the top of the charts, For All Eternity, Violent Soho & The Janoskins all get signed to record deals, and SxSW starts revving up and calls for applications for attendees.
Taperjean Records have signed Sydney metal core dudes For All Eternity who will release their album Beyond The Gates via the label later this month. The new single from that album ‘Solid Ground’ is out already on iTunes.
Violent Soho have also announced that they will sign up with I Oh You records and release a 7 inch vinyl later this month featuring two new singles. The band will be showcasing the release ahead of their set at BIGSOUND 2012
For the tweens out there, The Janoskins, who seem to get Beiber-like attention on twitter, have signed to Sony. The YouTube sensations formed as a bored school project and are probably more known for their pranks and films more than their music. As a result of this, they’ve been seen on the Ellen show in the US. On the gig front, they’ve performed to up to 10,000 fans in Sydney recently and have had to cancel a gig in Melbourne due to safety concerns for fans.
ARIA CHART WRAP
Karise Eden’s My Journey chalks up a fifth consecutive week at the top of the ARIA album chart, joining the One Direction album Up All Night as the second longest running chart topper of the year, behind Adele’s 21 (9 weeks in three bursts). The last time an Australian act spent five weeks straight at number one was Damien Leith’s The Winner’s Journey back in late 2006. Further highlights from Australians on this week’s album chart include Splendour act Missy Higgins enjoying a spike for The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, which moves back up from 11 to 6 for a seventh week in the top 10, whilst Keith Urban’s The Story So Far hangs on to it’s top 10 position, moving from 8 to 10, ensuring five Australian acts feature in the first ten positions this week, along with Darren Percival and Sarah DeBono.
Not much Australian act action on the singles chart this week, with the only real significant movement being from Justice crew, who jump from number 7 to number 2. No new debuts from any Australian act this week however.
THE #1 AWARDS ARE BACK
ARIA have announced that the ARIA #1 Chart Awards will be back in August to celebrate artists who've had a chart-topping album, single or music DVD in the last two years. The occasion is much like a get together with a bunch of friends as opposed to the rambunctious nature of the awards themselves. During the two year period that the awards were absent, Australian acts spent 61 weeks in number one positions while 84 singles and 73 albums were accredited to either being gold, platinum or multi-platinum. Artists such as Bliss N’ Eso, Gotye, Karise Eden and Reece Mastin amongst others will get together at The Ivy venue in Sydney on the August 10. This column will give you all the details of what happened (if anything interesting like a spat on stage, a hurl over the award, or someone forgetting to tie their shoelaces together occurs).
SXSW CALLING FOR APPLICATIONS
The music industry behemoth that is SxSW is now calling for registrations for attendees to the Texas event. It all happens from March 8 -17 just in case you weren’t aware and if you are intrigued in how one can observe the most manic amount of performances in a small amount of time, you can get to www.sxsw.com/attend. Band submissions can also be made through www.sonicbirds.com for a fee of $35. The deadline for you musicians is in November but the folks over there recommend that you get your submission in early so people can access your music.
SNOOP DOGG NOW SNOOP LION
In what is probably the most weirdest development in the history of hip hop since 2Pac’s hologram, Snoop Dogg has decided to rebrand himself as a reggae artist and change his name to Snoop Lion. A live webcast explained his “reincarnation” for an “upcoming musical offering”, which is supposedly called Reincarnated (genius thinking there, I wonder how long it took him to think of that). During the event, Snoop Lion unveiled several significant artistic components of the project
LINEUP FOR CMJ ANNOUNCED
CMJ has announced its initial list of panels for its CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2012. The Kimmel Center at New York University’s historic Greenwich Village campus will host the music industry’s most informed and insightful thinkers on October 16-20, where critical topics facing the business will be thoroughly discussed. Panels discussed will tackle things like “Social Media Sobriety”, being able to tour outside the USA, how a smartphone can be your friend and the best places to get your music education. More info can be found here.
FREEDMAN FELLOWSHIP NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
The future of Australian jazz will be on display at the Freedman Jazz Fellowship concert being held in the Studio of the Sydney Opera House at 7:45pm next Friday August 10. This public concert is the final stage of the judging process to determine the winner of the 2012 Music Council of Australia/Freedman Jazz Fellowship.
The four finalists will be performing with their bands. The lucky cats are Zac Hurren, Christopher Hale, Evan Mannell and Jeremy Rose. The judges for this year’s competition are three of Australia’s most respected jazz musicians; David Theak, John Clare and Mike Nock. Black turtlenecks and thick-rimmed glasses are optional for those attending.
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