Aussie talent scarce as Ed Sheeran divides & conquers the Aussie charts

Ed Sheeran has dominated Aussie charts once again, with an array of singles, and third album ÷ (Divide), sitting pretty on top of the charts, with Aussies doing their best to catch up to the charismatic Englishman. When Ed Sheeran’s newest album Divide came out this week, fans knew that there was going...

A.B. Original’s landmark Australian Music Prize win undermined by reductive headlines

Last night was an important moment for Australia’s Indigenous musicians, and our community as a whole, as A.B. Original were honoured with the Australian Music Prize for their vital protest record Reclaim Australia – but it seems that someone has entirely missed the point, with a reductive headline from The...

Queensland Music Festival announces a mentorship program for aspiring female musicians

A timely effort today from the Queensland Music Festival, which has just announced it inaugural Songs That Made Me initiative, a mentorship program that will help to support emerging female artists as they seek to break into the Australian music industry. Named after Noonan’s record of the same name, the...

The Australian music industry continues to favour men, but the gender gap is narrowing: new triple j report

Triple j’s second annual Girls To The Front investigation has found that male artists continue to dominate the Australian music industry. Hack crunched the numbers ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, and compared to this time last year, there has been a slight narrowing in the gender gap between...

Australian music activist Helen Marcou has just been honoured for her work

An honour is being bestowed this week upon Helen Marcou, one of the founders of the Save Live Australia’s Music (SLAM) movement that swept across the country seven years back and brought tens of thousands of music fans, industry figures and musicians into the streets to protest changes that may...

Aussies on top as The Waifs beat King Gizzard to ARIA #1 chart debut

The Aussie charts have seen somewhat of a friendly rivalry in action this week, with both The Waifs and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard fighting for the number one position on the Aussie music charts this week. The Waifs are this week celebrating the #1 chart debut of their eighth...

Footage has surfaced of how Metallica & Lady Gaga’s Grammy’s performance should have sounded

There’s a good chance we won’t forget the awkwardness that was Metallica and Lady Gaga’s Grammys performance last month, in which Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s microphone wasn’t turned on. Well, the Grammy’s have now published video of what the performance should have sounded like. We found out soon after the performance...

The new Nokia 3310 already has a gold-plated Vladimir Putin edition

A lot of people are pretty excited about the idea of getting their hands on Nokia’s new throwback piece, their modern take on the most iconic (and indestructable) mobile phone of all time, the 3310 – but you’d have to be pretty bloody excited to buy this monstrosity. Made by...

Scientists believe that music can help replace prescription drugs

As people become increasingly reliant on all sorts of prescription medications for everything from managing their pain and fighting off illness to simply falling asleep, it raises concerns that we’re leaning too heavily on these meds to solve our problems – problems that some people feel can be helped by...

Did U2 steal one of their biggest hits?

While plenty of bands have been caught up in messy legal disputes over apparently-lifted riffs and stolen melodies, U2 have generally kept their noses clean. But now, a British songwriter is accusing the band of ripping off one of his tracks – and asking $5m USD for the privilege. As...

Sydney looks to change the way its busking works

The City of Sydney is calling on musicians, performers, residents, businesses, music industry representatives and government agencies to help review the city’s busking policy. Currently, buskers have almost free reign to pay a small fee (a three-month permit is $13) to busk on City of Sydney land, but the city...

Legal remixes and mixtapes are coming to Spotify and Apple Music

DJs and producers have been fighting a losing battle for years now when trying to find a home for their remixes and mixtapes that won’t immediately be struck down by copyright breaches for every song and sample. Illegal uploads to SoundCloud were a popular option at first, but artists soon...

Dozens more torrent sites to be banned in Australia in an effort to stop piracy

Last year we reported that longstanding torrenting site The Pirate Bay was to be shut down in Australia along with a handful of other popular sites at the behest of Foxtel, Village Roadshow and others, and that campaign looks set to continue as the latter seeks to block a further...

Busby Marou bring Aussies back on top with #1 album debut

You might remember last week’s horrific news which saw Thundamentals kept from the #1 position on the ARIA albums chart thanks to the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. Well, the good news is that you can unclench your fists of rage now, since the Aussies are back on top of the chart once...

Rock legends dragged into a messy legal battle over decades-old recordings

We generally look pretty favourably on any institution that sets out to immortalise the artform of rock ‘n’ roll, but when you end up with a situation that pits it against the very rock stars who are meant to be honoured there, it’s not an ideal situation to say the...