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Lior’s debut album Autumn Flow did big things in 2005, scoring a handful of ARIA nominations and achieving gold status. Now he’s set to replicate this success with album number two, Corner of an Endless Road.

“These new songs are intensely personal and candid,” says Lior. “Corner of an Endless Road is a true representation of my musical landscape; think Led Zeppelin jamming with Nick Drake at a teahouse somewhere in the Middle East.”

That’s some description! Sadly we’ll have to wait until February 9 to hear the new disc, although the first single “Heal Me” is out in November.

But fans will have a sneak peek of the album when Lior takes the new songs on the road in November. He’ll play some very special intimate shows, starting at the Governor Hindmarsh in Adelaide on the 16th. From there he’ll visit Melbourne, Sydney, Fremantle, Brisbane, Port Douglas, Cairns, and Byron Bay. Full details of the shows are available at Lior’s website.

RecordThe Adelaide Advertiser ran a fascinating article today where (mostly) Australian artist spoke about the albums they couldn’t get enough of.

It’s little surprise to know our own talented troubadour Ben Lee is a big Bob Dylan fan, or that Silverchair dumming whiz Ben Gillies took his cues from Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham.

But I was a little more shocked to read that softly spoken singer/songwriter Josh Pyke can’t get enough of the Gunner’s rock classic Appetite for Destruction. And who would have thought that our newest pop princess Amy Pearson loves the grit of Oasis’ (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?

Like the local stars featured here, my favourite album isn’t an Australian one either. I still can’t go past Matchbox Twenty’s Yourself Or Someone Like You for a front to back compelling listening experience. I bought it as an angsty teenager (that’s showing my age) and more than a decade later I love it just as much.

But what about you? I’d love to know what album really rocks your world, whether it’s Australian or not!

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Ripe cover, Source: WikipediaBen Lee has released the feel-good album of the year. The appropriately titled Ripe is a mature effort, bursting with happiness and good vibes.

A more cynical critic may argue that this disc is weaker for its lack of angst, but such positivity is refreshing and very easy to listen to. These critics tend to equate negativity with depth, but to dismiss Ben Lee’s newie is to miss the album’s subtleties.

He’s a very clever lyricist, and this prevents the album’s love songs from drowning in a sea of frothiness and fluff. The quirky phrases are modern and intensely believable. The single “Love Me Like the World Is Ending” is a great indication of the original romantic tunes contained on the disc. The 50s-inspired duet with Mandy Moore, “Birds and Bees,” is also really sweet.

But it’s not all about love. Lust gets a run too in the brutally honest “Sex Without Love.” Ben’s ode to an American urban megastar, “What Would Jay-Z Do?” is surprisingly more convincing than it sounds.

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She may have lost the Australian Idol crown to Damien Leith, but there was no second prize for Jessica Mauboy last night. The teen sensation was named Artist of the Year at the Deadly Awards.

The Deadlys celebrate the achievements of indigenous Australians in music, sport, entertainment, and the community.

“Being part indigenous, it does mean a lot,” said Jess, whose mother is Aboriginal.

“I see the youth having difficulties knowing what they want to do and I really want to be a role model.”

It’s been a big week for the 18-year-old from Darwin, who was also just named as the newest Young Diva. She replaces Ricki-Lee Coulter in the Idol supergroup, which also features Kate DeAraugo, Paulini Curuenavuli, and Emily Williams.

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He’s got the number one album in the country at the moment, and James Blunt is heading to Australia to say thank you!

His second album, All The Lost Souls, wasted no time making an impression with a number one debut this week.

James Blunt will be in Australia to promote his new record (not that he needs to!) from October 13 to 19.

“I am so excited to be returning to Australia,” he said in a recent press release. “I have a lot of friends over there and this will be my chance to thank everyone for their phenomenal support.”

Most of James’ time will be taken up with media obligations, but he will perform for his Sydney fans on October 18. If you want to be there make sure you listen to Nova radio for your chance to win the tickets!

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The Veronicas are coming home for Christmas to perform some massive shows around the country! The Origliasso twins, now based in America, have not played in Australia since last year’s Coke Live arena tour.

The Hook Me Up tour will showcase the sisters’ new electro-pop sound, a dramatic departure from their original rock-pop harmonies.

The tour will be The Veronicas biggest headlining tour of Australia. It will kick off in Perth on November 30, before heading to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The Veronicas new album, Hook Me Up, is released in November 3, so there’s plenty of time to learn all the words before these shows!

Tickets are on sale on Friday October 5.

Chris Daughtry, Source: own photoSydney was treated to an outstanding rock show last night when American band Daughtry joined Brisbane’s Small Mercies at The Gaelic Theatre. It took me some effort to drag myself to Sydney for the show, as I’d been feeling unwell all day, but I’m so glad I did.

The tiny Surry Hills venue was crowded with hundreds keenly anticipating Daughtry’s first Sydney appearance. The upper level, usually the place to be for a relaxed concert experience, was reserved for VIPs, leaving the average punters packed in like sardines. I really didn’t think I was up to standing all night, but a lovely security guard took pity on my poor health and promptly found me a stool and water. I may not have lasted til the end of the show without him!

Now comfortably sitting and a little more hydrated, I was feeling pretty good when Small Mercies took the stage. I’d never seen these guys before, but they’ve been big in Queensland for years. After seeing their set, I’m glad the rest of the country appears to be catching on. The four-piece showed real diversity in their half-hour slot. Their heavy tracks pleased the rock-loving crowd, who also enjoyed singing along to the new single “Innocent.”

Daughtry were up next, with a blistering set that matched the anticipation in the room. They made it clear they were there to rock, opening with “Crashed.”

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The Singing Bee logoChannel Nine has assembled a cast of “used-to-bes” for it’s new musical gameshow, The Singing Bee.

The series will be hosted by former ‘N Sync Joey Fatone. If you don’t remember him, he was the token pudgy, unattractive guy in the group that launched Justin Timberlake, and … that’s it. Apparently he’s been earning a crust on the American and Canadian versions of The Singing Bee, so we’ve decided to bring him to Australia to work the same magic.

Joey will be assisted by Rob “Millsy” Mills. Does the name sound familiar? That’s right – he came fifth in the first season of Australian Idol and got hot and heavy with Paris Hilton.

Since neither Joey, nor Millsy, has exactly set the world alight with their singing abilities, it’s a good thing The Singing Bee’s contestants don’t have to either. They just need to get the lyrics right to win $50, 000 in cash.

The Singing Bee will screen on Channel Nine later this year.

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Delta Goodrem

Delta Goodrem has proved she’s the comeback queen. Her new single “In This Life” has debuted at number one on the ARIA singles charts. This is Delta’s eighth Australian number one, but she hasn’t had a hit since “Almost Here” in 2005.

She joins Ricki-Lee whose dance hit “Can’t Touch It” is sitting at number 10 after seven weeks.

The album charts saw another impressive Australian debut. Shannon Noll’s latest album, Turn It Up, has landed at number three. The only other Aussies in the album charts are The Waifs. Their newie, Sun Dirt Water, slipped from number three to number eight this week.

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After consistently bad reviews, Lana Krost bowed out of the Australian Idol finals last night. Her performance of Moloko’s “Sing It Back” was undoubtedly her strongest, but it wasn’t enough to convince Australia.

The pretty Perth teen took the news well, declaring “I’m going to look at it like I came 10th out of 35, 000 people.”

Good for her! The elimination probably came at a good time, as Lana can now focus on her year 12 final exams next week.

The biggest surprise of the night wasn’t Lana’s elimination, but the other Idols standing with her in the bottom three. Despite solid performances, Tarisai Vushe and Daniel Mifsud failed to connect with the voting public.

They’ll be looking for stronger performances on next week’s acoustic show. This is a theme I’m definitely looking forward to, as the singers can play instruments. This is what being an artist is all about, so the show will give us a real indication of the star potential of our top nine.