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APRA Music Awards

This playlist features 2017 APRA Music Award nominees. The awards celebrate excellence in contemporary music, honouring songwriters and publishers that have achieved outstanding success in their fields. Winners will be announced at a special ceremony in Sydney on Monday 3rd April. Find out more here.


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Rufus - Innerbloom     Electronic 31/03/2017
RÜFÜS (Rüfüs du Sol in North America) is an alternative dance group from Sydney, that consists of Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt.
Rüfüs are nominated for Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year.

Tim Minchin - Come Home (Cardinal Pell)     Documentary, Comedy 31/03/2017
Tim Minchin is an Australian composer/lyricist, musician, comedian, actor, writer and director.
A charity single, released on 16th February 2016. This is Minchin’s second song to deal with sexual abuse and coverup by the Catholic Church, after the Pope Song in 2010.

Kirsty Lee Akers - Wake Me Up When You're Sober     Country, Roots 21/03/2017
Kirsty Lee Akers is a unique talent. She is the only artist in history to win a Golden Guitar, Star Maker and Road To Discovery awards.
Wake Me Up When You're Sober follows the journey of someone whose partner descends into alcoholism, sharing the challenges and pain that this pathway often causes to those around them.

2017 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE - Country Work of the Year

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Gang of Youths - What Can I Do If the Fire Goes Out?     Rock, Chill, Pop, Roots 10/02/2017
Sydney's Gang of Youths release their new single “What Can I Do If the Fire Goes Out?” via their own label Mosy Recordings ahead of their sophomore album Go Farther In Lightness.
"I’ve been searching frantically for whoever is up there or whatever's inside me and I'm afraid that one day I’ll lose this savage spirit of enquiry and just default on resignation. I’m afraid that I will capitulate to the nihilism and absurdity instead of pursuing truth and life and autonomy."- Dave

2017 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE - Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year (David Le'aupepe)

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Amelia Jenner, FBi Radio, Sydney (NSW)

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Rattlesnake     Rock, Psychedelic, Garage, Rock 30/11/2016
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have unveiled the first single from their upcoming record, Flying Microtonal Banana, to be released on 24th February via Flightless / Remote Control Records.
'Rattlesnake' is the first track available from Flying Microtonal Banana, the band’s first LP of 2017. The Melbourne-based band plan to release five studio albums in 2017, an ambitious feat as each record will be its own unique sonic adventure.

2017 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE - Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year (Stu MacKenzie)

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Amy Shark - Adore     Electronic 16/11/2016
With no label, agent or manager the heat around ‘Adore’ has purely organically grown and grown.
- 4th most Shazamed Australian track
- #1 on Spotify Viral Top 50 Chart
- Currently #33 on the Top 100 Shazams (peaked low 20s)
- iTunes #59 currently
- AIR Charts single #5/ Radio #8
- ARIA Australian Artists single #17

2017 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE - Song of the Year


Archie Roach - It's Not Too Late     Folk 11/08/2016
Archie Roach is a man of few words but when he speaks or sings, those words lift you up, transport you, and humble you.
This innate talent is displayed in ‘It’s Not Too Late’, the first single and spiritual centrepiece of Archie’s forthcoming album Let Love Rule. The single is complemented with a visually spectacular video, shot on Archie's mother's country, the lands of the Gunditjmara peoples in south-west Victoria.

2017 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE - Blues & Roots Work of the Year

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Other tracks by Archie Roach:  Get Back To The Land
Tash Sultana - Notion     Blues/Roots, Electronic 17/06/2016
Tash Sultana is a young, dynamic, multi-instrumentalist, one-woman powerhouse! Tash’s carefully crafted, edgy fusion of beat boxing, loop style song building and unique guitar solos leave audiences in awe!
'Notion' is Tash's latest single filled with dreamy guitars, ethereal melodys, deep beat, clever looping and an explosive guitar solo! This track highlights Tash's raw talent which has seen her develop into the talk of the town. Oh, and she plays everything herself, looped and live in the studio.

2017 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE - Blues & Roots Work of the Year

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Remi - For Good (feat. Sampa the Great)     Hip Hop, Rap 31/05/2016
Melbourne artist Remi and musical collaborator Sensible J are one of the fastest-rising Hip Hop acts in Australia and are quickly gaining the attention of international tastemakers.
Remi's first single from the upcoming follow up album to AMP-winning 'Raw X Infinity'

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Simon Winkler, Triple R, Melbourne (VIC)

2017 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE - Urban Work of the Year

D.D Dumbo - Satan     Rock, Pop 26/05/2016
D.D Dumbo is Oliver Hugh Perry, an astonishing and highly original songwriter from a small Australian town called Castlemaine, an hour outside the Victorian capital of Melbourne.
D.D Dumbo today shares the song and accompanying video for ‘Satan’, his first new music in over two years. Wildly imaginative and skilfully executed, ‘Satan’ is an arresting track that is perfectly complemented by director Jim Elson’s compelling video.

FINALIST 2017 APRA MUSIC AWARDS - Song of the Year

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Other tracks by D.D Dumbo:  Walrus  -  Brother
The Temper Trap - Fall Together     Rock 28/04/2016
The Temper Trap release eagerly awaited new material for their forthcoming as yet-untitled album. First single 'Thick As Theives' is their first new release in 4 years.
Set to become a festival classic, ‘Fall Together’ showcases the soaring vocals and anthemic layering that first saw the band launched to international stardom in 2009 off the back of the 2 million+ selling smash hit ‘Sweet Disposition’.

2017 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE - Rock Work of the Year

Other tracks by The Temper Trap:  Thick As Thieves  -  Lost
Troye Sivan - Talk Me Down     Pop, Electronic 12/04/2016
You’ll need a Twitter ticker to keep up with the constantly expanding stats and factoids relating to Troye Sivan’s popularity and swelling international celebrity.
Produced by Emile Haynie (Lana Del Ray, Kayne West, Bruno Mars) and Bram Inscore (Little Boots, The Heir), ‘Talk Me Down’ is an all-consuming and emotive ode to the melancholy side of love.

WAMAWARD NOMINEE 2016: Best Pop Act, Most Popular Act

NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARD FINALIST 2016: International Live Achievement - Solo

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Other tracks by Troye Sivan:  YOUTH
Hilltop Hoods - 1955 Feat. Montaigne & Tom Thum     Hip Hop 09/02/2016
Adelaide's multi ARIA-award-winning Hilltop Hoods have not only risen to the top of Australian Hip Hop, but have cemented themselves at the forefront of the Australian Music Industry.
Premiering on JJJ, MC Suffa says,‘1955's about living in a small town...a place where things don't change much. I called it 1955 because sometimes living in a small town is like living in a different era. I love small town life...I enjoy the simplicity and being part of a community.’

2017 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE - Urban Work of the Year

Other tracks by Hilltop Hoods:  Higher (Radio Edit)
Flume - Never Be Like You feat. Kai     Electronic 19/01/2016
Harley Streten, better known by his stage name Flume. His debut self-titled album was released on 9 November 2012, which peaked at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart
The first single from forthcoming album, Skin.

2017 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE - Most Played Australian Work, Dance Work of the Year

NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARD FINALIST 2016: DJ or Electronic Live Act of the Year

Urthboy - Long Loud Hours feat. Bertie Blackman     Hip Hop 20/10/2015
Urthboy (Tim Levinson) is an award-winning hip hop artist from Sydney, Australia, on the verge of dropping his fifth studio album (in addition to five albums with The Herd).
Urthboy delivers his first single in three years.‘Long Loud Hours’ is a true story and one for the ages: perhaps the wildest, most reckless gesture of love in modern Australian history. Featuring Bertie Blackman and produced by Hermitude and Pip Norman.

2017 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE - Urban Work of the Year

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Russell Morris - Lonesome Road     Blues/Roots, Country, Alternative Country 13/10/2015
Red Dirt - Red Heart is the final instalment by ARIA Hall of Fame Inductee “Russell Morris”, from his Blues & Roots Album Trilogy.
Every song in this trilogy of Blues albums is a story in itself. Russell Morris has articulated Australian history in a unique collection of recordings that cuts to the very core fabric of our society.

2017 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE - Blues & Roots Work of the Year

Other tracks by Russell Morris:  I Go Around  -  Cut You Loose
Birds of Tokyo - I'd Go With You Anywhere     Pop 06/10/2015
Multiple ARIA and APRA award winning band Birds of Tokyo are one of the biggest bands of the year.
“I’d Go With You Anywhere”, Recorded in LA and mixed back in
Sydney with Scott Horscroft (The Presets, Silverchair) it’s set to be THE Aussie song of summer.
Modern but organic; irresistibly uptempo.

2017 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE - Rock Work of the Year

Sia - Alive     Pop 06/10/2015
Singer/songwriter/producer/massive hit maker Sia has releases “Alive,” from her forthcoming album ‘This Is Acting’.
“Alive” was written by Sia, Adele and Tobias Jesso, Jr. and was produced by Jesse Shatkin, who also co-wrote and co-produced Sia’s massive four-time Grammy nominated “Chandelier.”

2017 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE - Pop Work of the Year

L D R U - Keeping Score     Electronic 26/09/2015
One half of Carmada, L D R U, is back with a brand new single that is sure to soundtrack the coming summer.
Featuring the stunningly unique and youthful vocals of Paige IV, the track is an intense descent into electric romance. Full with crisply modulating drum patterns, crescendo-ing claps and a fresh take on L D R U’s signature synth melodics, the track is a deviation from the artist’s previous production.

2017 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE - Dance Work of the Year

Aleyce Simmonds - Greatest Companion     Country 25/09/2015
Five time Country Music Association of Australia nominee, top five ARIA charting and multiple radio and music video number one Artist Aleyce Simmonds brings us her brand new single.
Greatest Companion is a touching ballad, penned by Aleyce Simmonds after the realisation of all that late night radio means to so many. It is an unofficial tribute to radio presenters the world over who lend their familiar voices to listeners when they need them the most.

2017 APRA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE - Country Work of the Year