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Industry Scoop Australia
Special Edition: Albums Of 2003
By Danny Canak,
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Welcome to 2004! What another huge year it has been in the world of music - particularly for a couple of young Australian artists who both released their debut albums in 2003. Delta Goodrem had a phenomenal year and absolutely cleaned up at the ARIA Awards. Her 'Innocent Eyes' album spent half of 2003 at the #1 spot, has now sold over 1 million copies in Australia alone, and all five singles released from the album have gone to #1! Incredible! While Guy Sebastian was crowned as the first Australian Idol and went on to break all kinds of records when his debut album shipped 5x platinum (over 350,000 copies) in its first week of release (the biggest first week shipment ever for a debut artist). Then there were long awaited albums from high profile acts such as Metallica, Powderfinger, Limp Bizkit, The Offspring, and a swag of others. This column caught up with several prominent record company execs as well as a couple of local artists to get their Top 5 highlights from 2003. Before we get to those, here are this column's albums of 2003:

1. TOMAHAWK - Mit Gas: This is an album that all mourning Faith No More fans should own as it's probably the closest you will get to a new FNM album. Highlights such as 'Rape This Day' and 'When The Stars Begin To Fall' would have sat nicely on FNM's classic 'King For A Day' album. Nice effort from the boys in blue.

3. DANKO JONES Born A Lion
4. GOLDFRAPP - Black Cherry


1. OUTKAST - The Love Below/Speakerboxxx
2. MARS VOLTA - Deloused in the Comatorium
3. SPOD - Taste the Radness
4. DIZZEE RASCAL - Boy in da Corner
5. BAGGSMEN - Eleven Stages

JACKIE KRALJ (Universal Music)

1. BLACK EYED PEAS - Elephunk
2. PETE MURRAY - Feeler
3. POWDERFINGER - Vulture Street
4. JET - Get Born


2. NICK CAVE - Nocturama
3. THE CAT EMPIRE - The Cat Empire
4. RANDY NEWMAN - Songbook Volume 1
5. DON LETTS presents 'The Mighty Trojan Sound'


1. EPHEL DUATH - The Painter's Palette
2. NEGURA BUNGET - 'N Crugu Bradului
3. AKERCOCKE - Choronzon
4. [joint] RAKOTH - Tiny Deaths / MANES - Vilosophe
5. BETTER UNDEAD THAN ALIVE - Code666 compilation

SANDRA BUTTENSHAW (Festival-Mushroom)

1. MUSE - Absolution
2. JET - Get Born
3. POWDERFINGER - Vulture Street
4. GOLDFRAPP - Black Cherry
5. FLAMING LIPS - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots


1. BLACK EYED PEAS - Elephunk
2. MOJAVE 3 Spoon & Rafter
3. UNKLE Never Never Land
4. ELBOW Cast of Thousands
5. OUTKAST - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

BRIAN (Chatterbox Records)

1. SKULKER - The Double Life
2. THROWING MUSES - Throwing Muses
4. MAGIC DIRT - Tough Love
5. THE WEEKEND - Kiss Kiss

JULIAN CURWIN (DARTH VEGAS + other projects)

1. ENNIO MORRICONE - Molto Mondo Morricone
2. EYVIND KANG - Virginal Coordinates
3. HERMITUDE - Alleys To Valleys
4. MARC RIBOT - Filmworks 2
5. KILL BILL Soundtrack

STEVE BALDERSON (Writer/director of the upcoming film 'Firecracker')

1. ELLA & FRIENDS (Ella Fitzgerald w/Louis Armstrong and others)
5. HENRYK GORECKI: Symphony No. 3 (In my stereo right now!)

LYNN McCOLL (Universal Music)

1. COLDPLAY - A Sudden Rush Of Blood To The Head
3. NICK CAVE - Nocturama
5. JET - Get Born

BRETT DAVIS (Universal Music)

1. POWDERFINGER - Vulture Street: "Album of the Year what can I say. The boys have grown and shown that Powderfinger haven't lost it. This album is a great mix of their writing and rock style."
2. KYLIE MINOGUE - Body Language: "Its Kylie.."
3. BON JOVI - This Left Feels Right: "It is such a showcase and move back to the grass roots of Bon Jovi."
4. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS 7: "A perfect follow up album."
5. HAYLEY WESTENRA Pure: "An amazing voice and incredible album to showcase this."

ANGIE YOUNG (Central Station Records)

1. 'Jay J & Miguel Migs In The House' - V/A (mixed by JAY J & MIGUEL MIGS) This is definitely my fave comp out this year. Two house legends who also toured in 2003, superbly mixed and what a fantastic track selection. With standout tracks by Jetlag & Sir Piers. Not to mention Jay J feat Latrice Barnett - very smooth, funky and sexy.

2. 'Wild Summer 2004' - V/A I have to say this is my favourite in the series so far. The reason being a lot of the tunes on here are yet to be released and they remind me of the wicked summer tunes I recently heard on my o/s trip in Spain, a nice way to reminisce :)

3. 'No es Lo Mismo' - Alejandro Sanz A brilliant album I bought in Spain. He's currently one of Spain's biggest artists and you could not walk past a shop without seeing his album or hearing his tunes on radio for that matter. Very latino, rhythmic and relaxing.

4. 'Justified' - Justin Timberlake OK I have to admit, yes I'm a fan of the great JT. He's had 4 hit singles off this album so it's a bit hard not to acknowledge that, not to mention many other wicked tunes on the album. I think he's a huge talent, the lyrics, the production, the voice and oooh those sexy & funky dance moves, with notable brilliance by the men themselves; the Neptunes.

5. 'Hed Kandi: The World Series UK Mix 1' - V/A This CD is a triple CD, house music lovers, paradise! I'm sure it will be spun at many NYE parties. It features the best tunes of 03 as well as the newest tunes yet to hit the clubs. Featuring: David Guetta, Saffron Hill, Martin Solveig, Lee Cabrera, Junior Jack & Tim Deluxe to name but a few. All of these artists made a huge impact on the dance scene & thankfully many crossed over to commercial radio (how good has it been lately can I just add) this year.

New Section

We're kicking 2004 off with a brand new section! Each month we will be spotlighting a different music industry employee and asking them a bunch of questions about what it's like to work in the music industry. If you want to take part, email for further details. Our very first 'Employee of the month' award goes to the hardworking Chris Maric over at Universal Music.

Employee Of The Month

Name: Chris Maric
DOB: 07/06/1977
Position/Company/Salary Range: NSW Promotions Manager/ Universal Music/ More than my last job!

How did you get your start in the music industry? I was the publicist for 'The House Of Hits' on Channel 10 and met Mark Flynn from Sony Music there - he got me in as a Promo rep in Sony and then I just worked my ass off.

Best part of the job? Everyday is different AND you meet your fav bands/artists.

Worst part of the job? Last minute changes after everything has been locked in for weeks - but what's new?

Any interesting experiences you can share? Just the fact that you are somewhere not many people have been - with someone very cool (like doing TV interviews with bands on rooftops in the CBD), being at a friends birthday with lots of gay people and Jack Black!!! Teaching Selwyn the finer points of Death Metal while he gave me an education in R&B and Hip Hop!!

Favourite CD of all time and why? Metallica: Master Of Puppets. It's just perfect in every aspect - songwriting, hooks, emotion, power, RIFFS!!!!!

Tell us about the best live show that you ever saw? Motley Crue, SEC, 1990 - They know how to do it right - just blew me away. Recently? Any 1200 Techniques show - best live band in the country! The energy those guys create is astounding!

Favourite bars/clubs/pubs to hang out in? You know what, I'm such a quiet pub person now. If I don't have to go to an industry function (which is usually in a cool venue anyway), I just like to go somewhere quiet for a few beers - The Lord Nelson in the Rocks is fantastic (try a pint of 3 Sheets!!!) and The Century Tavern on George and Liverpool Sts - its not glamorous at all but has a great hard rocking jukebox which is a perfect mood generator before a gig at the Metro!!!

In the current climate, what advice would you give to someone looking at getting involved in the music industry? Realise that the industry is rapidly getting smaller so there are less jobs. But be yourself - no one likes a person that's full of themselves. Confidence is one thing - a bullshit artist is another. Believe in the music you are pushing and be aware of everything that's going on around you.

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