Lorde, Tom Waits , Avicii, Bastille and Kesha are among musicians set to judge the International Songwriting Competition.
The 18-year-old 'Royals' hitmaker along with the iconic singer/songwriter and 'Tik Tok' singer are among some of the many high profile artists who will feature on the panel, along with British band Bastille, Swedish DJ Avicii, R&B vocal group Boyz II Men, 77-year-old legend Bill Withers, 'Somewhere Only We Know' singers Keane, dance-hall rapper Sean Paul and Run D.M.C.'s Darryl McDaniels.
The annual contest, which first launched in 2002, encourages songwriters to create ''something truly meaningful'' by giving away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes to the 68 winners.
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Kimbra - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived to the 6th Annual ELLE Women in Music Celebration presented by eBay which was held at Boulevard 3 in Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 20th May 2015
Adele's 'Someone Like You' is the most downloaded single of all time as the total number of singles sold in the UK hit the one billion mark last night,
Adele's 'Someone Like You' is the most downloaded track of all time in the UK.
The British music industry is celebrating a milestone as the total number of digital singles sold hit the one billion mark last night (08.04.13).
According to the Official Charts Company - which began counting downloads from official sources nine years ago - Adele's track has sold more than any other, with 1.48 million downloads.
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At last night’s Grammy awards (February 10, 2013), Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ brought home two awards (and the album Making Mirrors also took one home), for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo / Group Performance (the song features vocals from Kimbra). So what made this song, from a relative unknown, so hugely popular?
‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ was originally released back in 2011 on the Australia label Eleven Music. Recording company Giant Universal soon caught a whiff of its potential though and re-released the track, which has slowly wormed its way into public consciousness. In fact, it’s so firmly lodged in the global consciousness, that the song, from the unassuming Australian-Belgian songwriter has now sold over 10 million copies worldwide, with 7 million copies shifted in the US alone. Can you name any other Gotye songs though? Nope, us neither. But we know this one inside out.
This is a curious case of the appeal of the song being in the song itself and not the artist, it would seem. We’ll bet the majority of our readers could hum a bit of ‘Somebody That We Used To Know,’ but could you pick Gotye’s Wouter De Backer out of a line-up? We thought not. ‘Somebody That We Used To Know’ truly is a miracle of word of mouth and the power of song. With a little bit of celebrity endorsement along the way that is.
Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' was the biggest selling song of 2012 in the US, moving over 6.8 million copies.
Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' was the biggest selling song of 2012 in the US.
The Belgian-Australian singer's track sold 6.8 million copies, beating Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe', which was second, with 6.4 million sales.
'Somebody That I Used to Know (Featuring Kimbra)' became a phenomena in 2012, catapulting the previously unknown artist to the spotlight. The song has sold over 10 million copies worldwide and reached number one in more than 23 national charts, becoming the fourth most downloaded track of all time.
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The nominations for the 55th Grammy Award Nominations in 2013 have officially been announced by the award's organisers. Here’s a run down of some of the main awards, and our tips for Grammy's Glory.
Album Of The Year:
El Camino — The Black Keys
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Gotye's pop anthem 'Somebody That I Used To Know' has broken chart records to become the biggest-selling song of 2012 in the UK.
Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know' has been crowned the UK's biggest-selling single of 2012.
The track, which also features New Zealand-born singer Kimbra, has sold a massive 1.28 million copies since hitting the Number One slot in the charts in February, where it stayed for five weeks.
The laid-back tune is only one of 123 songs in the whole of the 60-year Official UK Chart history to have scored more than a million sales.
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Following the success of the over-played Gotye track on which Kimbra featured, New Zealand born vocalist Kimbra Lee Johnson's own musical endeavours are not quite as cohesive and consistent - as Vows, a confusing and hit and miss album of multiple musical personalities, proves...
'Settle Down' opens with multi-tracked rhythmic vocals accompanying Kimbra's luscious soulful vocal melody, later with gentle suggestions of tabla and bass. The track builds with clapping before the rhythmic percussive accompaniment kicks in, then eventually piano and bass. The blend sounds something akin to the eclectic sound of Guillemots, and the vocal style bares many similarities to Bjork. The drum opening of 'Something In The Way You Are' places emphasis on rhythmic accompaniment rather than chordal, which really highlights its melody and Kimbra's smooth, sexy, whispered vocal tone. With its synth chords and electronic beat, 'Cameo Lover' initially offers a different kind of sound, nodding to the likes of Frankmusik, though soon returns to the familiar, soulful pop vibe previously suggested, complete with pounding snare and shaking tambourine. So far, nothing stands out.
Through to the Sade-esque 'Two Way Street', there's already a feeling of meandering songwriting that's not really memorable. 'Old Flame' contrasts low sultry vocal over moody low-pitched synths during the verses with a higher pitched chorus backed by held synth strings chords; during the second verse, however, the snare is irritatingly strong and dominant, and though the track starts off promising with a moody and atmospheric vibe, the chorus is whiney and, once again, meandering.
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'The Vampire Diaries' has been nominated for six Teen Choice Awards, while Justin Bieber and 'American Idol' are in the running for five.
The 'Never Say Never' hitmaker has received the highest individual number of nominations for the annual ceremony - Choice Male Artist, Choice Fashion Icon: Male, Choice Male Hottie, Choice Twit, and Choice Single by a Male Artist for 'Boyfriend' - with hit TV show 'The Vampire Diaries' leading the way overall with six nods.
The drama series is in the running for Choice Fantasy/Sci-fi series, Choice fantasy/sci-fi series actress for both Nina Dobrev and Kat Graham, Choice fantasy/sci-fi TV series actor for Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder, with the latter also up for Choice Male Hottie.
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Antipodean singers Gotye and Kimbra are set to do battle for the top award at the 2012 Australasian Performing Right Association (Apra) Awards after shooting to international fame with their duet Somebody That I Used To Know.
The track has become one of the biggest hits of the year (12) so far, and made Goyte the first Australian musician to top the U.S. singles charts since Savage Garden's number one with I Knew I Loved You in 2000.
Now the tune has landed Gotye a nod for Song of the Year at the Apra prizegiving, and his collaborator Kimbra is also nominated for her track Cameo Lover.
Others artists fighting for the prize include, Matt Corby (Brother), Lanie Lane (Oh Well) and The Beards (You Should Consider Having Sex With A Bearded Man).
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