The State of Affairs (29 July, 2016): SXSW announces first line of speakers & more!

This week in the music industry, SXSW announced the first line of guest speakers for their 2017 event, CEO of Ministry of Sound Australia Tim McGee joins the PPCA Board,  and a new online music data platform Jaxsta launches in Australia.

SXSW announces their 2017 lineup of guest speakers

Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, South by Southwest  is an  internationally renowned conference and festival event which celebrates the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries.  Earlier this week, the organisers announced its first round of speakers for their 2017 event which will run from March 10-19th.

The 2017 keynote speakers so far  include;  Jennifer Doudna, a geneticist and pioneer co-inventor of CRISPR-Cas9, and Jull Soloway the creator of the critically acclaimed series Transparent.  Other speakers include;  a New York Times best-selling author Dan Lyons, Pinterest’s Head of Diversity Candice Morgan, internationally renowned television producer Adam Savage and many more.

Also, for the first time ever, at the 2017 SXSW event, attendees will be able to use their badges to gain secondary access to various SXSW events which are not included within their primary badge-type category.

Jaxsta

Back in the day, when physical sales still dominated the music industry, all albums and singles were accompanied by paper ‘jackets’ which thoroughly credited everyone who was involved in producing the final work. The people credited included not only the artists and record label, but also the names of important behind-the-scenes people such as the producers, photographers and video directors. However, with the current domination of digital music, people who work behind-the-scenes barely get the recognition they deserve, which is where Jaxsta comes in.

Jaxsta is a brand new online platform that aims to be the credit roll of the music industry. Since its inception back in 2013, Jaxsta has been steadily gathering and verifying data on the hundreds of people involved in creating all types of music. And they’re  finally launching their  website in Australia this year.

Sourcing their information from multiple authoritative sources such as major music labels, publishers and industry associations, Jaxsta has simplified the process of finding out the who, what, when, where, why and how of any song to just the click of a mouse. You can explore their new website HERE.

VRLIVE in Australia

VRLive is the new virtual reality/360° production and entertainment network that recently launched in Australia. The first of its kind to exist in Australia, VRLive aims to create, capture and live broadcast entertainment and sporting events from all over the globe through virtual reality in 360°.  Recently, the company developed an exclusive pay-per-view ticketing system in which viewers can gain access to see various concerts through virtual reality technology. More information on VRLive can be found HERE.

The Roundup

This week, it was announced that alongside David Vodicka, the current Chief Executive Officer of Ministry of Sound Australia Group, Tim McGee will be joining the PPCA Board as a Licensor Representative.

Urthboy released his new single “The Arrow feat. Timberwolf” produced by Nic Martin and Styalz Fuego.

Entries for the Australian Independent Music Awards 2016 will close on July 31, 2016. Past winners of the awards presented by Music Oz include;  Bliss N Eso, Art Vs Science and The Jezabels. Entry information can be found HERE.

This year from August 3-4th, over 100 music industry professionals will be coming together in Sydney for Music Australia’s annual Contemporary Music Roundtable conference. Tickets information can be found HERE.

Foxtel has re-structured their entertainment division to create a newly combined Foxtel Arts & Music group within its Australian portfolio.  Starting from Monday August 29, 2016 Foxtel’s four music channels and Foxtel Arts will now be managed as a combined team under the newly appointed Group Channel Manager, Fraser Stark.

AIR 100% Independent Singles Chart

  1. Flume feat. Tove Lo – Say It
  2. Sia – Cheap Thrills
  3. Flume feat. Kai – Never Be Like You
  4. Big Scary – The Opposite Of Us
  5. Hayden James – Just a Lover
  6. Sia – Chandelier
  7. Sia – Alive
  8. Sia – Elastic Heart
  9. Vance Joy – Fire and the Flood
  10. Flume feat. Vic Mensa – Lose It

AIR 100% Independent Albums Chart

  1. Sia – This Is Acting
  2. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
  3. Sia – 1000 Forms Of Fear
  4. Russell Morris – Red Dirt Red Heart
  5. Seth Sentry – Strange New Past
  6. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  7. The Cat Empire – Rising With The Sun
  8. Camp Cope – Camp Cope
  9. Luca Brasi – If This Is All We’re Going To Be
  10. Sticky Fingers – Caress Your Soul

ARIA Singles Chart

  1. Katy Perry – Rise
  2. The Veronicas – In My Blood
  3. Calvin Harris & Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
  4. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better
  5. Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla – One Dance
  6. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling!
  7. Drake feat. Rihanna – Too Good
  8. Illy feat. Vera Blue – Papercuts
  9. Imany – Don’t Be So Shy (Filatov & Karas Remix)
  10. Little Mix – Hair

ARIA Albums Chart

  1. Good Charlotte – Youth Authority
  2. The Avalanches – Wildflower
  3. Peter Garrett – A Version Of Now
  4. Delta Goodrem – Wings Of The Wild
  5.  Adele – 25
  6. Blink-182 – California
  7. Beyonce – Lemonade
  8. Hillsong United – Of Dirt And Grace – Live From The Land
  9. Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway
  10. Keith Urban – Ripcord