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2018 ARIA Awards

The nominees for this year's ARIA Awards have been announced!
This year’s ARIA Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, 28th November.

Check out a selection of the nominated artists in our playlist below
For more information on the ARIA Awards, visit


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Jimmy Barnes - Texas Girl At The Funeral Of Her Father (feat. Australian Chamber Orchestra)     Rock, Soul 25/08/2018
Jimmy Barnes is the heart and the soul of Australian rock & roll. ‘Barnesy’ conjures up thoughts of rock music at an ear-splitting volume.
‘Texas Girl At The Funeral Of Her Father’ was originally performed by American Randy Newman, from his 1977 album Little Criminals. The melody of the song haunted Jimmy as a child, especially in moments of anguish and despair. Now, he counts this collaboration with the Australian Chamber Orchestra as a career highlight.

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album

West Thebarton - Set It Straight     Rock, Punk, Garage, Pop 10/08/2018
A seven-headed garage-rock hydra from Adelaide, SA. Led by charismatic leader figure, gravel-voiced frontman Reverend Ray, West Theb's has catapulted into bars, bills and best of lists.
Set It Straight is arguably the easiest listen on the album, however this is juxtaposed with the emotionally charged lyrics from frontman Reverend Ray. "It's basically about two people are trying to make things work so
hard, but they just can't."

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album

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Tash Sultana - Salvation     Blues/Roots 09/08/2018
Tash has amassed over 175 million streams globally for her NOTION EP. Tash’s world-famous live performance has travelled the globe. She has performed to sold-out crowds at every headline show.
Tash Sultana is set to release her highly anticipated debut album FLOW STATE. All of the songs on FLOW STATE are produced, written, performed and arranged by Tash herself. She plays every one of the 15 instruments and sounds that feature throughout, including saxophone, pan flute, grand piano and guitar to name a few.

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Female Artist, Best Blues & Roots Album

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FISHER - Losing It     Electronic, Dance, House, Techno 31/07/2018
FISHER is a tech house producer & DJ based between Sydney & LA.
The enthusiasm for FISHER’s new single ‘Losing It’ has fast been approaching fanatical. Now, FISHER is finally giving the people what they want. ‘Losing It’ has already hit #1 on Beatport, #20 on the ARIA Club Chart, hit #10 on the Aus Spotify Viral Chart & been added to triple j.

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Dance Release

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DMA's - The End     Pop, Britpop 31/07/2018
DMA’S once again remind us why their knack for writing infectious pop songs has caught on like wildfire, with their latest offering ‘The End'.
Gentle guitars echo across slow synths, as pensive lyrics wrapped in Tommy O’Dell’s crooning vocals introduce the track. In one swift beat ‘The End’ transforms – driven by soothing percussion encompassed by layered guitars – the track evolves into an anthemic, uplifting song with swirls of melancholic chants encouraging listeners to question along with O’Dell ‘Is there something more?’

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Group, Best Independent Release, Best Rock Album

Hilltop Hoods - Clark Griswold Feat. Adrian Eagle     Hip Hop 20/07/2018
Australian Hip Hop Act
Hilltop Hoods first new material since the critically acclaimed 2016 album ‘Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung’, ‘Clark Griswold’ features the soulful voice of emerging star Adrian Eagle.

Its about becoming a father and taking account of our weaknesses as a result. On a basic level it's about being a flawed person that's trying to do better.

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Urban Album

Mojo Juju - Native Tongue     Funk/Soul, Pop 07/07/2018
The fiercely strong and flawlessly honest songwriting of Melbourne’s Mojo Juju, returns in the form of a brand new single and title track off her third studio album NATIVE TONGUE
Lead by a mesmerising beat (courtesy of Joelistics) and the haunting vocal work of the Pasefika Vitoria Choir, Juju treats these opening moments like a live exorcism; she takes a hand over either side of her chest and turns herself completely inside out, laying her innermost workings bare for all to see.

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Breakthrough Artist, Best Urban Album

Dean Lewis - Be Alright     Pop, Acoustic 04/07/2018
Sydney singer-songwriter Dean Lewis has unveiled a gut-wrenching new single with ‘Be Alright’. A frank and fairly candid meditation on romantic betrayal.
“Be Alright is actually written about a few different relationships, some were mine and some from friends,” says Lewis of the track. “I took little bits and pieces from each experience and combined them into one song.

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Song Of The Year, Best Male Artist, Best Pop Release,

Middle Kids - Don't Be Hiding     Rock 03/07/2018
One listen to Middle Kids’ debut album, it’s clear that the rising Australian trio is aligned with each member’s own vision.
“Don’t Be Hiding” is the latest single from Sydney’s alt-darlings Middle Kids, taken from their debut album “Lost Friends” which debuted in the ARIA Top 10 in May. The band recently completed a sold-out national tour of Australia, finishing with a VIVID LIVE performance at the Sydney Opera House. The band are currently touring the US.

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Rock Album

Esoterik - Stay Fly     Hip Hop 30/06/2018
As one-third of powerhouse trio Bliss n Eso, Esoterik (aka Eso) has become one of the most distinct voices in the modern Australian hip-hop scene.
‘Stay Fly’ is a call to embrace what makes us unique, no matter where we come from. Charged by a cool indifference rather than anger, the track strips back the pace, but not the intensity.

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Urban Album

Ruel - Dazed & Confused     Electronic, Pop 11/06/2018
An unknown 15 year old kid from Sydney ended up becoming the protégé of super producer M-Phazes and would later feature on his critically acclaimed 'Golden Years' single.
"Dazed & Confused," is a Bluesy-pop gem from 15-year-old multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Ruel. Time Magazine described the new single as "moody pop magic."

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Breakthrough Artist

5 Seconds of Summer - Youngblood     Pop, Rock, Dance 01/06/2018
5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) are back with their new album 'Youngblood' out June 22. Luke Hemmings (lead vocals/guitar), Michael Clifford (guitar/vocals), Calum Hood (bass/vocals), and Ashton Irwin (drummer/vocals)
'Youngblood' begins as a slow, simmering reflection of the push and pulls of a relationship, before exploding into a synth-pop banger on the chorus. As the song keeps building, Luke Hemmings gets increasingly bitter, snarling, writing about lost love.

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Song Of The Year, Best Pop Release, Best Group

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Odette - Take It To The Heart     Funk/Soul, Jazz, Easy Listening 26/05/2018
Odette was born in England and raised in the winner western suburbs of Sydney, hailing from a long line of jazz pianists.
Odette: “Take It To The Heart is my revenge song. I think everyone should have one. It’s not so much revenge in the sense that you will for or enact pain on another person, more so you realize that through your own personal growth they can never hurt you again."

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Breakthrough Artist, Best Adult Contemporary Album

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Dan Sultan - My Kingdom (ft. A.B. Original)     Rock 19/05/2018
This release features tracks from Sultan’s 'Killer', reinterpreted by Dan with some of Australian music's brightest names: A.B. Original, Camp Cope, Meg Mac and Gang Of Youths' Dave Le’aupepe
The powerful rework of 'My Kingdom' sees Briggs and Trials penning new verses for the track, sharing personal stories from their upbringing to add to the original’s already poignant sentiment.

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Male Artist, Best Adult Contemporary Album

Alison Wonderland - Church     Electronic, Dance, Pop 17/05/2018
Alison Wonderland is currently the highest billed, female DJ to headline Coachella Festival in history.
CHURCH, she reveals her most honest lyrics to date, sharing her personal struggles with difficult relationships, anxiety and self-doubt, explaining that the song is about “realising your self-worth, when the person you’re with doesn’t.”

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Female Artist, Best Dance Release

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Other tracks by Alison Wonderland:  Easy
Troye Sivan - My My My     Pop, Dance 17/05/2018
The Prince of Pop, Troye Sivan, is back bigger then ever, after appearing on the covers of Rolling Stone, Out & V Magazine.
'My My My!’ is a song of liberation, freedom, and love. Throw all inhibition to the wind, be present in your body, love wholeheartedly, move the way you’ve always wanted to, and dance the way you feel – hopefully even to this song!”

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Male Artist, Best Pop Release

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Jack River - Ballroom     Pop, Rock 08/05/2018
Jack River, aka Holly Rankin, is not only a fully-realised songwriting talent, but an architect of singular design.
An electric sense of steadfast determination exists within this track, carrying on that raw beauty that continues to remind us that Jack River is a musical force to be reckoned with in the alt-pop landscape.

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Breakthrough Artist, Best Pop Release

Luca Brasi - Let It Slip     Rock, Punk 05/05/2018
Tasmania's favourite rock outfit, Luca Brasi are gearing up to release their fourth album with the first track, 'Let It Slip' recently added to rotation on triple j.
As vocalist Tyler Richardson explains, “'Let It Slip' is an ode to understanding there are certain things and people in your life that you desperately need to hold you together." and " Realising that you have taken times for granted” 

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Rock Album

Parkway Drive - The Void     Metal/Punk, Hardcore, Metal 16/03/2018
Parkway Drive is an Australian metalcore band from Byron Bay, New South Wales, formed in 2003.
The Void is one of the many heart-shredding anthems featured on Parkway Drive's forthcoming album, Reverence.

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album

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Camp Cope - How To Socialise And Make Friends     Rock, Punk 14/03/2018
Born in a backyard over home job tattoos, Camp Cope formed in 2015 and sing about what it's like to be a woman in the world.
Recorded live in three takes, ‘How To Socialise & Make Friends’ is an upbeat anthem of independence, resilience and being yourself in the face of life’s challenges. Highlighting Georgia’s iconic lyricism, its a perfectly observant yet sarcastically blistering tale of expectations abed crunching guitars, clashing drums and melodic bass hooks.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Aeron Clark, Edge, Hobart (TAS)

2018 ARIA AWARDS NOMINEE: Best Rock Album

Other tracks by Camp Cope:  The Face of God