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Sia May Return To Touring

Sia has been very vocal about her struggles with stage fright and touring, but in an interview with NME she admitted that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to maintain her hardline stance of not playing live.

“I’m seeing some crazy numbers,” she says, speaking about offers on the table ”When they keep coming I’m like, ‘is it worth it now?’ because it could mean that I don’t ever have to do anything again.”

Taylor Swift And Kanye West To Record Together

No, we didn’t teleport back to 2009, Kanye West is still fighting for Beyoncé (unasked, if facial expressions are anything to go by), taking to the stage after Beck won Album of The Year at the 2015 Grammy Awards, but one thing was different from the controversial first time Yeezy stormed the stage… he and arch rival Taylor Swift are cool with each other, and apparently recording music together.

In a post show interview, ‘Ye confirmed that he and Tay are “going into the studio together”, confiding to Ryan Seacrest his plans for the as yet titled record.

Meet Aus Music’s Next Big Thing – Courtney Barnett

Melbourne has born many of Australian music’s biggest names; Kylie Minogue, Vance Joy, and 360 to name a few, but a singer-songwriter from Northcote is taking the world by storm. Courtney Barnett is being heralded by music bibles NME and Rolling Stone as the next big thing, and all before her album is released.

Penning songs about Melbourne life, her upcoming album, Sometimes I Sit and Think… Sometimes I Just Sit is hotly anticipated, with slightly magnified stories from her everyday life making up the content of the record.

Lana Del Rey Teases Ultraviolence Follow Up

Indie-pop darling, Lana Del Rey has let slip that she’s already recording new music for her next album, teasing details and announcing track names in a recent interview with the LA Times.

While discussing the music she has contributed to the new Tim Burton film, Big Eyes, she was asked whether writing for film is different than recording for herself and her answer gave the first glimpse into her upcoming third record.

The 1975 Will Release A Single In 2015

In between wrapping up a major Australian tour this month, (and dodging Taylor Swift relationship rumours in the tabloids) Matt Healy and his group, The 1975, are ready to get back into the studio, promising fans will get new music from them this year.

In an interview with Music Feeds, frontman Matt said that the band have locked in studio time to record their sophomore record, with hopes that the first single will be released in late 2015, with the the forthcoming album following shortly after.

The Rubens Set For A New Album In July

Indie darlings, The Rubens, have been a little quiet of late, but it’s for a good cause – they’re working on their next album!

Recording in New York, the five-piece are crafting the follow-up to their 2012 self-titled debut record, and if front-man Sam Margin has his way, it’ll be ready just in time for Splendour in The Grass 2015.

Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Still A Halloween Favourite

Spotify has named Michael Jackson’s classic hit ‘Thriller’ as the number one streamed song for Halloween enthusiasts this year.

Research from the company showed that over 60,000 users chose to feature the track in Halloween-themed playlists this year, with Bobby Picket’s 1962 hit “Monster Mash” coming in at a close second.

Pharrell Williams Adds Children’s Book Author To His Resume

Pharrell Williams is a jack of all trades; a super producer, singer-songwriter, designer, giant hat enthusiast, and now, he can add author of children’s books to his already-long resume, signing a four book deal with Penguin Publishing, with his first book to be inspired by his hit song ‘Happy’.

“I’m humbled by the global success of Happy, but especially in awe of the song’s young fans… My collaboration with Penguin allows me to continue a dialogue with these children in a fresh, new way. We’re both committed to feeding the curiosity of young minds with imagination,” he said in a statement.

Jay Z To Buy Spotify Competitor Aspiro

Like he said in ‘Diamonds From Sierra Leone’, he’s “not a businessman, he’s a business, man”. Jay-Z is set to expand his empire with an offer to buy Swedish music streaming company Aspiro for an estimated $US56 million.

If the bid is successful, Jay will add in Aspiro with the Roc Nation record label and sports management company, 40/40 Club chain, and Rocafella fragrances as his extracurricular business activities.

RJ Mitte Goes From Breaking Bad To Breaking Beats

Walt Jr. is swapping crystal meth for DJ decks, with the actor behind the Breaking Bad character, RJ Mitte, set to play an event in New York… aptly named Breaking Beats.

While a little left of field, his DJ spot on the Breaking Bad themed event line up isn’t unprecedented, with some of the other cast dabbling in music. Last year, his cast mate Aaron Paul (aka Jesse Pinkman) recorded a tongue in cheek house track based around his character’s signature catch phrase.

Kanye West Records With Rihanna For Follow Up…

Yeezy season is fast approaching again. First came Only One, a new track with Sir Paul McCartney dropping on New Years Eve, and now we’re getting a look at who’s joining Ye on the tracklist.

As well as the legendary Beatle, Ty Dolla $ign and Rihanna are set to feature on a track, rumoured to be the lead single of the as yet untitled record.

Paramore’s Hayley Williams Is Engaged!

In a pop-punk match made in heaven, Paramore front woman Hayley Williams rang in her 2015 with an engagement ring, confirming she is set to marry longtime partner, New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert.

Breaking the news in quirky fashion, Hayley tweeted out a photoshopped pic of herself and Chad as newlyweds adding “Hey, guess what?” New Years Day, prompting fans and some of their famous friends to send their congratulations.

Taylor Swift Shakes Off Spotify

Bad news for streaming-savvy Swifties; Taylor, when she wasn’t selling 1.2+ million copies of her latest album, she quietly pulled all of her back-catalogue from Spotify.

The move came following the release of 1989 – her first step into the pop world – with the cat-loving popstar and her record label reportedly not happy with the music streaming sites payment for artists – estimated $0.007 per song play. They are the latest high profile examples of a large section of the industry that feel that streaming services are not yet in a position to fill the hole created by downloads.

British Heartthrobs Union J Are Releasing Album #2 – ‘You Got It All’

Much to the delight of squealing fan-girls, Union J have announced their second album, which is to be released next month. The X-Factor (UK) foursome has had a quick route to success after the release of their singles ‘Carry You’, ‘Beautiful Life’ and the smash-hit ‘Tonight (We Live Together)’. With their debut self-titled album reaching #6 on the UK pop charts, the boys are sure to return with catchy, eccentric, pop hits for their second album.

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