Brandon John

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Only one third of Katy Perry’s Twitter army are actually real people – the rest are bots

It’s a well-established fact that Katy Perry is Twitter’s most followed star, but as it turns out that enormous following might be, well, not all...

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Labels can soon buy their way into Spotify playlists with ‘Sponsored Posts’

With Spotify’s 2016 financials out in the open as of last week and showing increasingly heavy losses, Spotify is no doubt looking at every avenue...

This week’s 9 awesome jobs in music that could be yours

Some of the Australian music world’s biggest names often leave doors of opportunity ajar, just waiting for the right kind of professional music lover to...

Two men face manslaughter charges over a warehouse dance party that led to 36 deaths

Two warehouse party operators are facing up to 39 years in prison for their role in the deaths of 36 people who became trapped in...

Spotify reveals the 20 most-streamed rock bands in the world

Let’s be honest, Spotify does most of its business in the camp of artists and playlists that usually skew a bit more contemporary than The...

Adelaide residents will have to pay Soundwave’s $75k debt

While not the only people to be burnt by the now-defunct Soundwave festival following its spectacular collapse, Adelaide ratepayers have been left to foot a...

Music Victoria launches its Music Passport program and announces $500,000 Music Works grants

In a new push to send Victorian artists and their music across the world, the Andrews Labor Government have announced their new Music Passport program,...

Spotify turned over $3 billion last year, but still saw its losses double to $581m

Spotify has become many people’s go-to platform for music streaming, but as more and more listeners jump on board, the losses continue to pile up....

Get to know triple j Unearthed’s new Executive Producer, Tommy Faith

Yesterday it was announced that triple j Unearthed had found itself a new Executive Producer to replace the outgoing Lachie Macara, who left the position...

Channel 9 deny Hamish & Andy stole their new series from another radio presenter

As you may have noticed during the constant barrage of commercials and 60 Minutes promos running on Channel 9 right now, Australia’s radio and comedy...

Bernard Fanning, Killing Heidi and more want to stamp out plastic cups and bottles at music events

It seems like you’d barely find a single punter at a music festival who wasn’t either fiercely clutching a plastic bottle of water, or drunkenly...

Sony Music will press its own in-house vinyl records for the first time since 1989

It’s been almost three decades since in-house vinyl pressing was on the agenda at Sony, but with vinyl sales outstripping digital downloads for the first...

Adelaide Council fires back at AJ Maddah over accusations it “punished Soundwave”

While Adelaide ratepayers will be left to foot a hefty $75k bill owed to its council by collapsed music festival Soundwave, the festival’s former operator...

NT Song of the Year 2017 finalists revealed, and voting is open

MusicNT’s has announced the Northern territory’s ‘Song of the Year’ finalists, with the winners set to be announced at the awards ceremony on July 8th...

The panel of industry names behind Your Choice

Industry heavyweights join forces against violence and abuse in Australian music

Today a panel of music industry heavyweights banded together to announce the launch of Your Choice, a music industry-focused campaign to stamp out assault and...

EXCLUSIVE: World Bar’s weekly Banquet has a new band booker for 2017

Coming to Sydney’s World Bar each and every Friday since 2015, Banquet has some big new plans for the year, announcing the departure of band...

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Entries are open for the third annual South Australian Music Awards

Entries are now open for Music SA’s South Australian Music Awards, marking the third year of SA’s celebration of its flourishing music industry. SA artists...

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard score a U.S. chart #1 with ‘Flying Microtonal Banana’

It’s pretty clear by now that King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are a reasonably popular band around these parts – selling out a ridiculous...

BIGSOUND announces its first round of artists for 2017

Australia’s biggest music industry conference and artist showcase, BIGSOUND Festival is back for its 16th year, and has just revealed its first lineup of over...

Frontier Touring announces Paul McCartney’s first Australian tour dates in almost 25 years

Yes, it’s actually happening – Paul McCartney is touring Australia and New Zealand this year for the first time since 1993. The music legend and...