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Listen to live performances from the 27th Annual ARIA Awards
December 2, 2013
The results are in....
December 2, 2013
Lorde joins ARIA Awards line-up
November 28, 2013
ARIA Week has begun in Sydney
November 27, 2013
2013 ARIA AWARDS - #unitedbymusic
Australian musicians and bands are riding a wave of success on the world stage and, as the northern hemisphere summer comes to a close, we're seeing the best exports coming home to attend the ARIA Awards, our biggest celebration of the best Aussie music. Looking back over the year, it is evident that ARIA nominees have been making waves overseas: Tame Impala has been named as one of the worlds 50 greatest live acts and their album, Lonerism, has sold over 300,000 copies worldwide making Tame Impala the highest selling breaking Australian artist since Gotye; Empire of the Sun's single, Alive, from their album, Ice on the Dune, reached number #1 on the Billboard Club Play Singles chart; Jagwar Ma were billed as a "must-see act" at Glastonbury and the band's live reviews got a stunning 9/10 from NME for their debut album, Howlin'; Flume has toured three times in North America and Europe, playing sold out shows in London, Paris, Amsterdam and New York. Tomorrow, Friday 22 November, Flume will release his collaboration EP with Chet Faker, Lockjaw, including new single, Drop the Game. Guy Sebastian's hit single featuring Lupe Fiasco, 'Battle Scars' has been certified platinum in the US for sales of one million copies and Sebastian and Fiasco performed the song on Late Show With David Letterman, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Conan. The world is watching and over the last few weeks social media has been abuzz with praise for Australian music with several international musicians posting photographs wearing Aussie's band t-shirts in support of Australian music.     For starters, Usher & DJ, Roger Sanchez, posted wearing Empire of The Sun tees; combined these artists have over 55 million followers, across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  The Usher post on Facebook has had over 8,6702 Likes, 11,219 Shares, 878 comments and on Instagram over 50,000 Likes and 620 comments.ARIA nominated, and last year's recipient of ARIA 'Song Of The Year', Matt Corby, had his Tee worn by One Republic's Ryan Tedder, who recently finished touring down under.Off the back of this, ARIA would like to use the humble band T-shirt to celebrate and rally all Australians behind Aussie music in the lead up to the ARIA Awards on December 1 at The Star Event Centre, Sydney.   Music fans are being asked to simply dig out their Australian band t-shirts and wear from Monday 25th November - Sunday 1st December. Then take a photo of themselves in their tees and post on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the tags #ARIAs and #UnitedByMusicDan Rosen, ARIA CEO: "We needed a simple idea, something that would get Aussie pride flowing. The truth is that our music is really loved around the world and there's no bigger form of flattery than when your heroes and fans give you recognition."All of the photos will be loaded into ARIA's official Band Tee Archive and proudly displayed across ARIA properties throughout ARIA week. In addition, for those fans that don't yet own a band tee, ARIA and David Jones are partnering with an Australian fashion brand to create an exclusive line of commemorative band tee's. Details to be announced on Friday, November 21.Don't miss out on all the ARIA Week festivities happening around venues in Sydney from November 26 - December 4. Check out the ARIA Program here:
November 21, 2013
Fourteen-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and global superstar, ALICIA KEYS is confirmed to perform a medley of her international hit song, 'Girl On Fire' and her brand new single, 'Brand New Me' at the 27th Annual ARIA Awards on Sunday, December 1 at The Star Event Centre, Sydney. "I'm so excited to be performing at this year's ARIA Awards in the beautiful city of Sydney," said Keys. "It's been a little while since I've been in Australia and I'm ecstatic to be back!! Being on tour is an incredible journey and I'm so honored that I get to share it with my family all over the world. No better way to set off the last leg of my worldwide tour in Australia than on the ARIA Awards stage!!" In a performance not to be missed, Australian music fans will be treated to Alicia's first Australian televised performance live in Sydney before she embarks on her national Australian Tour supported by Grammy Award-winning singer, John Legend. Denis Handlin AM, ARIA Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia said: "We are absolutely delighted to have the amazingly talented Alicia Keys join us to celebrate the ARIA Awards. Alicia is an incredible artist and we look forward to a very special performance from her at the ARIAs." Alicia Keys has been performing on a global stage since the international spotlight locked onto her with the 2001 release of her debut album 'Songs In A Minor'. Led by the massive #1 hit single 'Fallin'', the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, going on to sell in excess of ten million copies worldwide and garner five Grammy Awards. Alicia Keys has sold more than 1.7 million units in Australia and in excess of 30 million albums worldwide. Keys' most recent fifth studio album, 'Girl on Fire', debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-¬Hop Albums chart and #1 on the Top Digital albums chart. In addition to being the best-selling R&B album in the U.S., 'Girl on Fire' reached #1 on the iTunes album chart in 19 countries including Australia. The title track is a global top ten smash accumulating sales of three-times platinum locally and more than three million units worldwide since its September 2012 release. Alicia Keys 'Girl On Fire Australian Tour Edition' CD/DVD will be released in Australia on November 29th. Tickets for the 2013 ARIA Awards at The Star Event Centre have SOLD OUT, but you can watch all the action from the David Jones red carpet unfold on GO! from 7.30pm on Sunday, December 1. Rdio, one of the world's most popular music streaming services is a proud partner of the 27th Annual ARIA Awards. This year live performances from the 2013 awards will be available to stream exclusively on Rdio the next day. Go to: or download the Rdio app for free. Don't miss out on all the ARIA Week festivities happening around venues in Sydney from November 26 - December 4. Check out all the ARIA Week festivities happening here:
November 17, 2013
Announcing the performers at the 2013 ARIAs!
Who'll be hitting the stage on 1 December?
November 15, 2013
ARIA Masterclass Announced
A central part of the ARIA Week program, the ARIA Masterclass is half a day of informative panels and freewheeling conversation...
November 12, 2013
Win the ultimate VIP ARIAs experience thanks to Rdio
The ARIA Awards official streaming partner Rdio is giving Australian music fans the opportunity to win the ultimate VIP ARIAs experience.
November 11, 2013
Welcome back Sonos as ARIAs and ARIA Week partner
We're pleased to say that this year's ARIA Week soundtrack will be brought to you by Sonos, with ARIA Week venues across Sydney rocking to the sound of specially curated ARIA playlists, all heard via Sonos Wireless HiFi Systems. Sonos will also be giving away a bunch of lucky-door prizes at each ARIA Week event. Get your ARIA Week tickets here and be part of a huge week of music in Sydney in the lead-up to the 27th Annual ARIA Awards. Also, if you're lucky enough to be attending this year's ARIA Awards, keep an eye out for the Sonos team on the red-carpet, in the foyer and at the after-party, showcasing Sonos products and taking care of music duties! The Sonos Wireless HiFi System delivers all the music on earth, in every room, with deep, richly textured sound. Enjoy a universe of music in every room- your digital music library, your favorite music streaming services, and more than 120,000 free Internet radio stations, podcasts and shows. Add as many Sonos players as you want throughout your home, wirelessly. Play different songs in any room or the same song everywhere, in perfect sync. Search, browse and play your music with the fee Sonos Controller Apps for Android, iPad, iPhone, Mac or PC.   Check out more from Sonos at
November 5, 2013
Sydney will be spoilt for musical choice in the lead up to the 2013 ARIA Awards
October 30, 2013
Beloved Australian duo, Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell, better known as Air Supply, the band that have been delivering impeccably produced love songs for almost four decades, will be inducted into the ARIA HALL OF FAME at the 27th Annual ARIA Awards, held at The Star Event Centre on Sunday, December 1, 2013. Denis Handlin AM, ARIA Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia said: "On behalf of the ARIA Board we are honoured to induct Air Supply into the ARIA Hall of Fame on Sunday 1 December at the 27th Annual ARIA Awards. With their many timeless songs that have crossed generations and led to ground-breaking success overseas, Air Supply are one of Australia's most unique and successful musical stories." Upon hearing the news of the ARIA HALL OF FAME induction, Russell Hitchcock said, "It is a great honour for us, and it was something that was totally unexpected. We are certainly excited to come home to Australia and to have fun with everybody and we want to say thank you to all who participated in our ARIA Hall Of Fame induction. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts." Graham Russell, and Air Supply partner, Russell Hitchcock met in Sydney on May 12, 1975 while both were performing in Jesus Christ Superstar. They became instant and lifelong friends with their common love for The Beatles and, of course, singing. After they came off stage at 10.30pm from the Jesus Christ Superstar shows, Russell and Graham would play pizza parlors, coffee bars and night clubs with just one guitar and two voices. They quickly gained a reputation for great harmonies and for original songs that Graham was constantly writing. They made a demo on a cassette of two songs, 'Love and Other Bruises' and 'If You Knew Me' and CBS, who admired their unique style signed them. Air Supply was born! That same year, they opened for Rod Stewart across Australia and then throughout the U.S. and Canada playing all of the famous huge venues before Rod would take the stage. They found new fans, but did not break the U.S. market. Back in Australia they had to start again and made a record called 'Life Support'. On this record were some treasures of songs, including 'Lost in Love' that somehow found its way to music industry executive Clive Davis in New York. Clive immediately signed Air Supply to Arista Records and in 1980, 'Lost in Love' became the fastest selling single in the world and Air Supply roared onto the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Lost in Love', which peaked at #3 in 1980. The song initiated a run of seven consecutive US top fives in a little more than two years, including their #1 hit, 'The One That You Love' in 1981. (Source: Billboard, May 4, 2010) Air Supply at that time had equaled The Beatles' run of consecutive top five singles. Air Supply's albums 'Lost in Love', 'The One That You Love', 'Now & Forever', and 'The Greatest Hits' have sold in excess of 40 million copies. 'Lost in Love' was named Song of the Year in 1980, and, their singles have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. 'Lost in Love', 'All Out of Love', 'The One That You Love', 'Sweet Dreams', and 'Making Love Out Of Nothing At All' have each achieved multi-million plays on the radio. The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock's soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell's simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever be known as Air Supply. Russell Hitchcock told Billboard on their 35th anniversary, "In the beginning, we said they probably thought we were going to be a one-hit wonder. Then, we were a two-hit wonder, then a seven-hit wonder, and then a 10-hit wonder...Here we are, all these years later, loving what we do just as much as when we began." However, it is the live shows that always hold audiences captive around the world, and Air Supply continue to play more than 150 shows a year worldwide. They were the first Western group to tour China, Taiwan, and countless other countries that before would not allow pop music across their borders. In 1983 they recorded 'Making Love Out Of Nothing At All' by Jim Steinman that solidified the group as a permanent force in modern music. This song went to #2 on the Billboard Charts and was released on 'The Greatest Hits' album that soared past 7 million copies. In 1988, Air Supply was asked to participate in Australia's bicentennial celebration and to play for HRH Prince Charles and HRH Princess Diana, where they learned both were already ardent fans. This engagement would be one of their most treasured moments in their career. As Glenn A Baker wrote in the liner notes of Air Supply's 1992 'Greatest Hits' album, "It is appropriate that Australia does remember and celebrate the achievements of this major force in international chart music of the early 80's. For it is an undeniable fact of history that Air Supply ranks with the Bee Gees, AC/DC, Little River Band, Men At Work and INXS [all ARIA HALL OF FAME recipients] as one of the five most successful groups to have emerged from Australian pop/rock. And you certainly can't make that sort of success out of nothing at all." | 2013 ARIA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES | AIR SUPPLY 'Love and Other Bruises' went to #2 on the Australian Charts. 18 studio albums, 6 Greatest Hits compilations and over 40 million records sold. Seven consecutive Top 5 Billboard charting singles: 'Lost In Love' (#3), 'All Out Of Love' (#2), 'Every Woman In The World' (#5), 'The One That You Love' (#1), 'Here I Am' (#5), 'Sweet Dreams (#5), 'Even The Nights Are Better' (#5). In the 1980's, Air Supply claimed eight US top five singles, four multi-platinum albums and their Greatest Hits album achieved 7x platinum sales. BMI Wins for: 'All Out Of Love', 'Lost In Love', 'The One That You Love', 'Sweet Dreams', 'Making Love Out OF Nothing At All', 'Here I Am', 'Even the Nights Are Better', 'Two Less Lonely People In The World'. BMI Million-Air Certificate recognising more than three million performances of Air Supply's 'All Out of Love' and 'Lost In Love'. Billboard (May 4, 2010) wrote the following about this achievement: BMI explains that three million plays is equivalent to 17 years of continuous play time. Thus, since the lush ballad's release 30 years ago, it has essentially been heard for more than half that span... "And the other half (has been) 'Lost in Love'," says Russell with a chuckle, noting another of his compositions previously honored by BMI for three million plays. Air Supply performs 150 shows per year worldwide. Air Supplywere the first Western group to tour China and Taiwan. Air Supply's Greatest Hits album has been lovingly repackaged into 'The Ultimate Collection' containing all of their hits from across the years, including liner notes telling the story of Air Supply by Glenn A. Baker. Available on iTunes here
October 24, 2013
ARIA Nominees announced, alongside the Fine Arts and Artisan winners 2013 ARIA Producer of the Year, Flume, Leads the Nominations. Virginia Read Becomes the first female engineer of the year in ARIA Awards History. Reg Mombassa designs commemorative 27th Annual ARIA Awards artwork.
October 15, 2013
ARIA Week is back in 2013!
ARIA Week is back in 2013 as ARIA welcomes Rdio as an official Partner of the 2013 Awards.
October 11, 2013
The first ARIA Awards for 2013 will proudly be presented at the official ARIA NOMINATIONS EVENT in Sydney on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15 at the ART GALLERY OF NSW.
October 2, 2013
The 27th Annual ARIA Awards Will Shine On December 1, 2013
The 27th Annual ARIA Awards is set to take place on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the Event Centre at The Star, Sydney.
September 19, 2013