American punksters Good Charlotte will get up close and personal with some very special mobile phone owners when they visit Sydney in October.

HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 03: Musicians Joel Madden (L) and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte perform onstage during Global Green USA's 7th Annual Pre-Oscar Party at Avalon on March 3, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Global Green)


Fans who purchase selected Motorola mobiles from Optus stores could win their way into the exclusive showcase. Only 600 guests will be allowed to attend.

With Good Charlotte selling oodles of albums these days, this is one of the only ways punters will see the band in such intimate surrounds.

“We can’t wait to get down to Australia and play this show for Motorola and Optus,” spruiked the group’s lead singer, Joel Madden. “It’s going to be cool for our fans to come and see us play in a smaller place than usual. It should be a pretty special evening.”

In the late 90s, Natalie Imbruglia made a big impression on the global music scene with her debut album Left of the Middle. You’d be forgiven for thinking the doe-eyed Aussie songstress had given up the music game altogether, but nothing could be further from the truth.

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Singer Natalie Imbruglia performs at the Replay Party during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Star Style Lounge on May 19, 2010 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)


Nat will release her latest album, Glorious, on September 8. The album will feature some of her greatest hits and five new tracks.

But don’t expect these songs to show any of the angst that made her famous. After all, with a solid marriage to Silverchair singer Daniel Johns, Natalie doesn’t have a lot to grizzle about.

“I got bored with being miserable,” she told The Daily Telegraph. “It was time to lighten up. I care less in a good way and it’s the best thing that’s happened for my work.”

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Christina Aguilera has cut her Australian tour short after contracting a severe flu.

Singer Christina Aguilera performs the national anthem before the Los Angeles Lakers play the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals basketball series in Los Angeles, California, June 17, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL ENTERTAINMENT)


The American songstress had originally hoped to merely postpone the performances. However, when she was diagnosed with a viral upper respiratory tract infection, a high fever, and abnormal coughing, it became clear the shows would not go ahead.

“I want to personally apologise to all of my fans for having to cancel my last two shows here in Melbourne,” Christina said in a statement last night.

“This is one of the best cities in the world to perform in, and I am truly disappointed that I won’t be able to share my show with you all.”

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Ramsey Street is looking set to become Australia’s music capital. Yesterday we heard that Dean Geyer will join the cast of Neighbours. Now it seems that several high profile Australian acts will also appear on the soapie in coming months.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 13: Actress Caitlin Stasey poses during Australians In Film's 2010 Breakthrough Awards held at Thompson Beverly Hills on May 13, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for AIF)


Taking their inspiration from American comedy Ally McBeal, Neighbours will transform its revamped bar Charlie’s into a live-music venue. Dean’s Australian Idol rival, Damien Leith, his Australian Idol judge Marcia Hines (are we noticing a theme?), Robyn Loau, Amy Pearson, and Human Nature are all scheduled to appear in the coming months.

All this buzz about music seems to have rubbed off on Neighbours starlet Caitlin Stasey. The young actress, who plays Rachel Kinski, hopes to launch her own singing career.

Hey, it worked for Kylie Minogue, Natalie Imbruglia, and Delta Goodrem. However, for every superstar Neighbours produces, there’s always a Holly Valance or Stephanie McIntosh.

Caitlin told The Sunday Telegraph, “I’d love to do something along the lines of Joni Mitchell, or I’d love to be in a band like a No Doubt thing.”

That’s some combination! However, before we dismiss young Caitlin’s dreams as the aspirations of just another soapie star, consider this. She actually writes her own music and plays the guitar. That’s got to put her ahead of the game.

Do you fancy seeing some amazing live music, and supporting a great charity at the same time? Then you’ll want to head out to one of the fantastic Jamm 4 Genes gigs playing around Australia next week.

BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 25:  Kele Okereke of Bloc Party performs on stage during the Splendour in the Grass festival at Belongil Fields on July 25, 2009 in Byron Bay, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)


From Wednesday to Sunday, Aussie performers and some special international artists will raise money to support the Children’s Medical Research Institute. Bloc Party, The Screaming Jets, Glenn Shorrock, Jade McRae, The Angels, Jon Stevens, and Beccy Cole are just some of the big names scheduled to perform.

There are shows in every Australian state and territory, so there’s no excuse not to help out. Check out the Jamm 4 Genes website to see where the gigs are near you. Make sure you give generously and help make a difference!

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Former Neighbours star and Rogue Traders frontwoman Natalie Bassingthwaighte has returned to her acting roots with a role that’s sure to please her legions of male fans. Nat plays a doctor with lesbian tendencies in a new indie horror film, Prey.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27:  Natalie Bassingthwaite wears a Collette Dinnigan designer dress especially made for the ACP Magazine's '30 Days Of Fashion' VIP Dinner at Quay restaurant on August 27, 2009 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)


However, word is that a particularly pervy scene, where she showers while her female costar watches, may end up on the cutting room floor.

“I hope not!” she told The Herald Sun at the Neighbours relaunch party.

I’m sure most men around the world are crossing their fingers right along with her.

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One of my favourite Aussie songbirds, Sarah Blasko is set to make waves in the United States. Her top ten album, What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have will be released through Low Altitude Recordings in September.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 31: Sarah Blasko performs as part of the Laneway Festival, set in the lanes and streets of the Sydney College of the Arts in Rozelle on January 31, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)


Americans may remember the quirky songstress from her U.S. performances supporting Ray LaMontagne, James Blunt and Martha Wainwright.

Sarah will spend August to October in New York to promote the album’s release. Before jetting off though, she’ll wind up her Amazing Things tour with shows in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, and the Northern Territory. This is a great opportunity for Aussie fans to wish Sarah luck before she heads to the Big Apple. All the dates and venues are on Sarah’s official website.

What the Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have will hit American stores on September 11.

Kylie Minogue, Source: Crazy_foolish4u @ Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/7802918@N03/The internet is abuzz with talk of Kylie Minogue’s next album, the pop princess’ first since recovering from breast cancer.

Early reports confirm Ms Minogue has already collaborated with dance sensations, Scissor Sisters and Sneaky Sound System.

It’s not the first time the lads from the Scissor Sister’s have worked with Kylie. Jake Shears and Babydaddy co-wrote her monster 2004 single “I Believe In You,” and they’re doing their best to replicate this success.

“We definitely work her really hard in the studio, from midday to midnight – although sometimes we pepper it with a shopping trip in between,” Jake Shears told The Daily Mirror.
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It’s all about the girls at this year’s Homebake festival. December’s event will pay homage to the achievements of Australian women in all creative arenas.

So it seems fitting that the headline act will be none other than 80′s supergroup, The Divinyls. The band’s iconic lead singer, Chrissy Amphlett, admitted she is both excited and petrified to return to Oz.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 22: Chrissy Amphlett from The Divinyls perfom at Fremantle Oval on December 22, 2007 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/Getty Images)


“It is great to be asked to do this and it will be great to perform again,” she told The Daily Telegraph from her New York home.

“But I’m terrified; bloody hell I’m terrified … playing in front of all those people. If I don’t think about all the people it will be all right.”

Missy Higgins, Sarah Blasko, Operator Please, and Angus and Julia Stone will also fly the flag for the girls. Plenty of girl-friendly male artists round up the lineup, including Josh Pyke, Paul Kelly, and Cut Copy.

Homebake promoter Joe Segreto was inspired to inject a feminist touch to the festival after witnessing the global rise of Australian actresses.

“The catalyst for this idea came from working with Toni Collette and her band, expanding my experience of the entertainment industry and witnessing the admiration in our country for the international successes of these women,” he explained.

Homebake will hit Sydney’s Domain on December 8. Tickets go on sale on August 20. As last year’s festival sold out in record time, you’d best get your tickets as soon as you can. You have been warned!

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Not a lot of good came from Channel Ten’s failed reality talent quest, The X Factor. The series winner’s Random, had two forgettable singles and faded into oblivion. Mark Holden embarrassed himself further. But there was a shining light in the lacklustre affair. It introduced Australia to Kaya.

SYDNEY, NSW - APRIL 07:  All female band 'Kaya'  (L-R) Alex Kaye, Sally Stevens, Juleiaah Boehn, Emma Deams, finalist contestants of 'The X Factor' TV show perform during an appearance at the Westfield Hurstville April 7, 2005 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)


These unconventional stars, with bare feet, quirky songs, and unmistakable harmonies worked their way into the hearts of the voting public. Their music defied classification, blending jazz, soul, blues, pop, and folk. That was almost two years ago now, and Kaya have stepped away from the spotlight to further develop their craft.

Last night they took to the stage at Lizotte’s. It was my third time seeing Kaya at this wonderful venue, and once again they delivered the kind of show that keeps me coming back.

Kaya’s set showcased their original songs, many of them familiar now that I’ve seen the group so many times, others new to my ears. However, no matter how many times I’ve heard each song, it always feels like the first time. Their harmonies weave effortlessly, with playful improvisations adding to the fun. The quartet also breathed new life into cover versions of “Buffalo Soldier,” “Big Yellow Taxi,” and John Butler Trio’s “Zebra.”

Unlike many modern acts, Kaya are truly a vocal group. The mellow tones of an acoustic guitar, drum brushes, and a spot of beat boxing accompanied a handful of tracks, but their voices are always the center. Many songs are fearlessly performed a capella, with the girls gaining strength from one another.

Individually, the talents of Alexandra Kaye, Juleiaah Boehm, Sally Stevens, and Emma Deans are fantastic. Together, they are truly sensational.