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Digital: Spotify is Testing Out ‘Sponsored Songs’ Program

Spotify is testing ‘Sponsored Songs’ program that allows labels to promote individual songs to non-paying users, the company has confirmed.

Unlike the regular ads, which appear on banners, Sponsored Songs are integrated into playlists that users follow. Users can opt out of this through a setting both on desktop and in-app.

If the test program is successful, Sponsored Songs could be rolled out officially to users on free tier, the company told TechCrunch. However, it remains unclear if the opt-out setting will still be available to non-paying users.

The program is an extension of Spotify’s effort to add more revenue streams. Since last year, Spotify has allowed brands to sponsor playlists, allowing them to add a logo and video ads.

With 140 million active users, Spotify earned a $US3.3 billion in revenue last year, but it still recorded an operating loss of $US389 million.

Music: David Duchovny Announces 2018 Australian Concert Tour

The X-Files star David Duchovny is coming to Australia… to sing. Yes, you read that right.

Duchovny has announced his 2018 Australian concert tour with a new album, which is set to be launched later this year.

The actor’s debut studio album Hell or Highwater was released two years ago, featuring alternative rock sounds inspired by Bob Dylan, R.E.M, Leonard Cohen, and the Flaming Lips.

Duchovny will be touring Australia throughout February and March 2018, with shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, and Brisbane.

Pre-sale begins on Wednesday, May 31, while ticket sales to general public start on Friday, June 2. For more information, visit Select Touring website.

Music: Yours and Owls 2017 Lineup Announced

The lineup for Wollongong’s Yours and Owls Festival 2017 has been announced, with headliners such as Safia, Allday, The Preatures, Dune Rats and more.

See the full line-up here:

Pre-sale tickets will be available Friday, while public ticket sales begin on May 22.

This event is strictly over 18s. For more information, visit Yours and Owls Festival website.

September 30-October 1 | Stuart Park, Wollongong

Music: Paramore Comes Back With A New Sound In ‘Hard Times’

Paramore has released a new single from their new album, ‘After Laughter’.

Titled ‘Hard Times’, the ‘80s-tinged pop song has received rave reviews from critics; Jordan Sargent of SPIN said the band has “come out of the other side with what immediately feels like one of the best singles of their career, and one of the best pop songs of the new year”.

The band, including returning drummer Zac Farro, has also been announced to play at Riot Fest in Chicago and Rock For People in Czech Republic.

‘After Laughter’ is out May 12.

Music: Patti Smith Announces Her Final Australian Show Ever

Singer-songwriter Patti Smith has revealed details of her last ever show in Australia following appearances in the 2017 Byron Bay Bluesfest.

The 70-year-old’s final gig will take place at Melbourne’s Festival Hall on April 20. Melbourne-based musician Courtney Barnett has been named as a supporting act.

“Patti personally requested Courtney Barnett to be her special guest in her final ever show in Australia at Melbourne’s Festival Hall, just a few days after the festival,” said Peter Noble OAM, festival director at Bluesfest.

“Now we are thrilled to announce that Courtney will play before Patti on Easter Thursday at Bluesfest.”

Tickets are on sale starting Monday 10am. For more information, visit Bluesfest website.

Music: Field Day Sydney 2017

Music festival Field Day is coming on 2017 new year’s day, and it’s bringing some of the best musicians in the scene.

With headliners such as Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper, Alison Wonderland, and Tkay Maidza, Field Day promises a high quality mix of house, hip-hop, indie, and electronica in the sunny outdoor area of the Domain.

For more information, head to Field Day website.

January 1 | The Domain, Sydney

Music: Songs to Listen to When Creating

Getting stuck in a creative rut is not only not fun, but also unproductive. Listening to songs could help you get out of the box and find new perspectives, be it in writing, designing, or just making art in general.

To kick start your creative session, here are a few songs with unique lyrics and great sounds that would inspire you:

Radiohead – Everything in Its Right Place

Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know

Kimbra – Sweet Relief

Pharrell Williams – Freedom

Ngaiire – Once

Emily Haines – Reading in Bed

Mayer Hawthorne – Time for Love

Music: Green Day’s American Idiot Musical Comes to Australia

Green Day’s American Idiot musical is finally coming to Australia, complete with a soon-to-be-announced all-Aussie cast and directed by Australian award-winning director Craig Ilott.

The season’s premiere will take place at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, South Brisbane on February 23.

Written by the band’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, American Idiot tells the story of three friends and their self-discovery journey in a post-9/11 world. The rock musical will also feature songs from the albums American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown.

Tickets will be on sale from 9am this Friday, October 28.

Green Day will also come to Australia for their Revolution Radio tour from April-May.

Orianthi and Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora Come to Sydney in Australian Tour

Guitarists Richie Sambora and Orianthi, who formed duo RSO in 2014, are coming to Sydney on Thursday, September 29.

Sambora is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter and Lead Guitarist of legendary band Bon Jovi, while Adelaide-born musician Orianthi found fame after playing in Alice Cooper’s band and featuring in Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It’ concert tour and film.

Sambora said he is excited about the tour. “I can’t wait to perform the classic songs fans know and love, as well as share a preview of what you can expect to hear on our upcoming debut album,” Sambora said.

RSO will include songs from both Sambora and Orianthi’s catalogues as well as Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Michael Jackson and Prince.

“I’m ecstatic to be bringing this tour home to Australia”, said Orianthi. “Aussies really know how to rock out at concerts. It’s going to be an incredible experience.”

RSO will perform at Metro City in Perth on September 23, Adelaide Entertainment Centre on September 26, Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne on September 27, Enmore Theatre (near Newtown/Marrickville) in Sydney on September 29 and Eaton Hills Hotel in Brisbane on September 30.

Music: Melbourne Music Week Announces Full Program and Line-Up

Melbourne Music Week has announced its full program and lineups for the event in November.

This event features 240 artists, including Aunty Donna, Elliphant, Yeo, and Julia Stone.

Other than performances, the event also offers workshops (Introduction to Ableton Live; Make Your Own Synth; Melbourne Music Week Choir Workshop), talk shows (In Conversation with Zola Jesus), exhibitions (Her Sound, Her Story; ON AIR: 40 years of 3RRR).

The week will be closed at the State Library, featuring artists such as Jennifer Loveless, Rainbow Chan and LUCIANBLOMKAMP.

 

November 11-19

Various Melbourne locations

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