The State of Affairs (September 2nd, 2016): Karen Conrad introduces ‘SHE RATES’, Justine Clarke & Josh Pyke team up for charity single & more!

This week in the music industry: Melbourne publicist Karen Conrad offering ‘SHE Rates’, Justine Clarke and Josh Pyke team up to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, The Pretty Littles sign with Caroline Music Australia & MusicSA want your feedback!

Karen Conrad introducing ‘SHE RATES’ for female-driven PR campaigns


In an attempt to try and fix the gender pay gap still in effect in Australia, Melbourne publicist Karen Conrad has introduced ‘SHE RATES’ for female-driven PR campaigns until January 30th 2017. The gender pay gap currently sits at a high 18.8%, which has prompted many calls for the Federal Government to reverse the trend. Currently, men earn almost $300 more per week, based on weekly earnings for full-time employees.

If you’re a woman with a new arts, fashion, music or theatre project to promote, jump on this opportunity and book in with Karen Conrad – you can also advance book projects with an end date before May 30th 2017.

“Last year I ran a special for four months to offer quality PR campaigns for women at 20% off my regular fees,” Conrad has said. “It went over so well, I’ve decided to do it as often as I can afford to.”

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Justine Clarke & Josh Pyke link up for new single raising funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation


Beloved Aussie performers Justine Clarke and Josh Pyke have teamed up to make the new single “Words Make The World Go Round”, a charity single to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The tune will see its official launch next week (September 7th) at the Sydney Opera House, to be followed by the Great Book Swap; an event encouraging businesses, schools and clubs to swap their favourite books for a gold coin donation.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation aims to address the low literacy levels of young children living in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities around the country. The non for profit has already gifted over 150,000 culturally appropriate books to over 250 remote communities and service organisations around the country. On ” Words Make The World Go Round”, Clarke and Pyke got together with Deborah Cheetham and students of the Gawura campus of St Andrew’s Cathedral School. All proceeds from the sales of the song will go towards the ILF.

The Pretty Littles sign new deal with Caroline Music Australia


The Pretty Littles and Caroline Music Australia have filed all the paperwork and made their union official! The Melbourne indie rockers have connected with the label who also releases records by the likes of Iggy Pop, Mac DeMarco, St. Vincent and more moving forward.

MusicSA launch survey to research improvements and aid development


South Australian non for profit music organisation MusicSA has launched a short survey online, seeking feedback from the public as to help them further continue their supportive artists and venues throughout the state. It doesn’t take long, so if you’re aware of what these guys do, click HERE to share your thoughts.

AIR 100% Independent Singles Chart

  1. Sia – Cheap Thrills
  2. Flume Feat. Tove Lo – Say It
  3. Flume Feat. Kai – Never Be Like You
  4. Big Scary – The Opposite of Us
  5. D.D Dumbo – Walrus
  6. Sia – Chandelier
  7. Vance Joy – Riptide
  8. Sia – Elastic Heart
  9. Hayden James – Just a Lover
  10. Sia – Alive

AIR 100% Independent Albums Chart

  1. Ball Park Music – Every Night The Same Dream
  2. Sia – This Is Acting
  3. Forever Ends Here – Imagine This
  4. Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear
  5. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
  6. The Cat Empire – Rising With the Sun
  7. Sticky Fingers – Caress Your Soul
  8. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
  9. Hockey Dad – Boronia
  10. Luca Brasi – If This Is All We’re Going to Be

ARIA Singles Chart

  1. The Chainsmokers Feat. Halsey – Closer
  2. DJ Snake Feat. Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You
  3. Major Lazer Feat. Justin Bieber & MØ – Cold Water
  4. Twenty One Pilots – Heathens
  5. Illy Feat. Vera Blue – Papercuts
  6. Betty Who – I Love You Forever Always
  7. Jonas Blue – Perfect Strangers
  8. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons, X-Ambassadors, Ty Dolla $ign, Logic – Sucker For Pain
  9. Anne-Marie – Alarm
  10. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better

ARIA Albums Chart

  1. Frank Ocean – Blonde
  2. Various – Suicide Squad: The Album
  3. Ball Park Music – Every Night The Same Dream
  4. Drapht – Seven Mirrors
  5. The Amity Affliction – This Could Be Heartbreak
  6. Roy & HG – This Sporting Life
  7. Human Nature – Gimme Some Lovin’: Jukebox Vol. II
  8. Adele – 25
  9. Dolly Parton – Pure And Simple
  10. Bernard Fanning – Civil Dusk


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