Industry Scoop From Australia
Delta Goodrem began treatment in Sydney last month for Hodgkin's Disease, a rare but treatable form of cancer. Because it was detected early, doctors are confident that she will be able to beat the disease. In a written statement to fans, Delta said: "I want to assure all my fans that I will be fine and I will be back just as soon as my treatment is completed. Knowing that I have your love and support is making a huge difference and I look forward to seeing you all very soon." Before the news broke, it had been an amazing past year for Delta. Her single 'Born To Try' went to #1; the follow up single 'Lost Without You' went to #1 and her debut album shot straight into the top position on the National ARIA chart. With her latest single 'Innocent Eyes' also recently topping the chart, she became the first Australian artist ever to reach the #1 spot with both her debut album and the first three singles from that album. It is quite a remarkable achievement considering that in the last 35 years, only three Australian acts have had more singles hit #1. That is, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Kylie Minogue. To top it all off, the album is now the 6th biggest selling Australian album of the past 30 years behind John Farnham's 'Whispering Jack', Savage Garden's self titled debut album, 'Living In The Seventies' & 'Ego Is Not A Dirty Word' by Skyhooks and 'Man Of Colours' by Icehouse.
Machine Gun Fellatio are creating some waves in the UK with their single 'MF On A Motorcycle' which is receiving some hot rotation on Radio One. The track has also been welcomed with open arms by some of the UK's top DJs. "This is the most f**ked up thing I've been sent ever. But god it's good I love it. This band need to be massive it's an injustice if they don't make it over here. Full support" said one DJ from Birmingham while another claimed it to be a "work of undisputed genius." The band will begin a tour there on September 19 to promote their debut UK release which features said single packaged in an EP called 'Impossible Love'. Their highly successful 'Paging Mr Strike' album will also see a release there in October. In other news, MGF are currently writing songs for a follow-up album and should have a single out by the end of the year. The band have also composed the score for an upcoming Australian film 'Getting Square' which comes out in September.
Powderfinger stormed the National ARIA album chart last month when their latest album 'Vulture Street' debuted at #1. It shipped a massive 100,000 copies that ensured them the biggest local debut of the year and the 2nd biggest (behind Metallica's 'St Anger') across all artist releases. Amiel also had reason to celebrate when her debut single 'Lovesong' was certified platinum and had this to say. "A big thank you to everyone who has supported 'Lovesong'. I am so glad to have made a song that people enjoy and I can't wait to share the rest of the album! Amiel xxx" That album, titled 'Audio Out' should be out on August 18.
Confirmed: Courtney Love a Virgin
Courtney Love has announced that she has signed an exclusive worldwide contract with Virgin Records who will be releasing her first solo album 'America's Sweetheart' in late 2003. "I've had a fantastic time writing and recording this record and I can't wait for everyone to hear it," says Courtney Love. "Music lets me communicate directly with my fans and I'm excited to work with Virgin Records in sharing it with the world." Recorded at an ancient chateau in the South of France and completed in Los Angeles and New York, the album further refines the unique vocal and songwriting skills that have long made Love one of the most compelling figures in rock. Featuring several songs written in collaboration with ex-4 Non Blonde Linda Perry, 'America's Sweetheart' combines driving guitars and undeniable melodies to create an album that is both her most creative and most commercial to date. The ex-Hole frontwoman has also confirmed that she will be touring Australia in March 2004.
Stacie Orrico Lands Downunder
17 year old American based Stacie Orrico will be coming to Australia this month for a promotional tour to perform her Top 3 platinum selling single 'Stuck' as well as her new single '(There's Gotta Be) More to Life'. Making a whirlwind trip to Sydney and Melbourne, Stacie will be in the country from Tuesday August 19 to Friday August 22 to complete radio, TV and press interviews and to perform live. Her breakthrough single 'Stuck' was an instant favourite on radio playlists while in her new video, Stacie is cast in various guises. She plays a trailer park mum, an athlete, a CEO, a supermodel & a waitress, all performing their societal roles but all women thinking that "there's gotta be more to life" than what the world perceives as your boundaries. The clip was directed by Dave Meyers who is famous for his work with the likes of Missy Elliot, Britney Spears, J.Lo and Pink. The single is out now.
Tank Jams It Up
Sydney's premiere venue Tank Nightclub hosted one of the party's of the year last month (so where was my invite?) to launch the first release from Justin Hemmes' new record label, Jam Recordings. DJs Dimitri from Paris, Ajax and Dangerous Dan busted out some tunes in celebration of the release of 'hemmesphere one', the first instalment in a biannual music series. The CD, modelled on Australia's number one bar in Sydney, is a collection of quality down-tempo tracks from around the globe mixing laidback nu-jazz, soul, nu-beat and deep house. Since it's opening 2 years ago, hemmesphere bar has attracted some high profile visitors such as Oasis, Jamiroquai's Jay Kay, Kylie, Sting, Lawrence Fishburn, Mick Jagger and Keanu Reeves. The music that they were treated to in the bar (including the likes of Gotan Project, Crazy Penis, Thievery Corporation & Tosca) has been encapsulated into this collection for true music lovers. The CD is out now through Universal Music.
Australasian Music Business Conference
Musicians, songwriters, industry workers, budding entrepreneurs and corporate executives take note! The Sydney Superdome will host the longest running and most successful series of music industry seminars this month when the 6th AustralAsian Music Business Conference takes place between August 14-16. With an estimated attendance of over 700 participants from all levels of the industry, this will be the ultimate three-day networking and learning environment to relate to the fast changing face of the music and entertainment industries. Featuring a who's who of industry personnel, guest speakers will include artists, managers, record company CEOs, top A&R scouts, journalists, radio programmers, booking agents and a range of other industry experts. They will discuss dealmaking, legalities & realities of doing business in the changing copyright climate, handling media & promotional opportunities as well as maximising live performance & touring potential. This conference is for everyone and is not to be missed. Registrations are $660 for all three days, $385 for two days and $220 for one day however APRA members and students can get a discount with their membership or student verification. For further details and for registration, visit the AMBC site at: http://www.immedia.com.au/ambc or get in contact with Megan at IMMEDIA! on (02) 9557 7766 or email@example.com.
TRICKY - Vulnerable (SHOCK)
Tricky returns with album number seven 'Vulnerable' - his most honest and perhaps most accessible work to date. In many ways it's a return to the sound that made him a star on his genre-defying debut Maxinquaye. With its textured soundscapes and catchy pop hooks, he goes head to head with Italy's Costanza Francavilla whose vocals mix brilliantly with Tricky's distinctive voice; in a similar way that Mike Patton and Jennifer Charles did on Dan The Automator's 'Lovage' project of 2001. The album also features a couple of 80s covers - a shimmering version of The Cure's 'Love Cats' and XTC's 'Dear God' which remains faithful to the original. Worth a listen.
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AUDIO BULLYS - Ego War (EMI)
Audio Bullys are a UK duo who combine punk, ska and house on this, their debut album, which has been hailed as a new version of The Streets. The NME proclaimed them to be the saviours of dance music while Mixmag called them "the most exciting producers since Basement Jaxx." So does the music live up to the hype? Well perhaps the NME & Mixmag went a little far with their comments but that's not to say that this is a bad album. There are some fine moments on here including debut single 'We Don't Care' which was a massive success in the UK and 'The Tyson Shuffle' which is kind of a 70s cop show theme circa 2003. Overall, it's quite an enjoyable listen that grows with each spin.
VARIOUS - Dance Hits 3 (EMI)
This is one wicked compilation that features some of the biggest dance hits of the past year. All the classics are here from Bob Sinclar's 'The Beat Goes On', Oxygen's 'Am I On Your Mind?' and Moguai's 'U Know Y'. Other artists that appear include: DJ Sneak, Snap, Basement Jaxx, Kylie Minogue and gorgeous blonde bombshell Imogen Bailey appears with Michael Woods on the track 'If U Want Me'. Featuring a whopping 42 musk flavoured tunes, this 2CD set ensures that you get your money's worth and would make a great addition to your dance collection.
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