Statue of LibertyThere’s a new blogger at Big Apple Music Scene, so if you haven’t checked out this happening blog already there’s no better time.

In its short life Big Apple Music Scene has already had three bloggers, but we hope Devorah Klein is here to stay.

With her eclectic taste and extensive musical knowledge she’s the perfect tour guide to NYC’s buzzing scene.

Count on Devorah to introduce you to a band you’ve never heard of and to tell you all about the coolest shows in town.

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This is the time when I like to look back fondly on the year that was while I’m anticipating what the New Year will bring.2007 2007 was a great year for Aussie music. While record sales fell throughout the rest of the world, we continued to support local artists like Silverchair, Powderfinger, and Sneaky Sound System. It was also a massive year for touring, with local legends and international superstars selling out venues around the country.

I’ve got lots to look forward to in 2008. I’ve already nabbed tickets for Matchbox Twenty, Michael Bublé, The Duhks, k.d. lang, Rocky Horror Show, and Santana. How many more gigs do you think I can cram in before the year’s out?

Here’s what I loved about 2007. It’s all completely subjective – I didn’t buy all the albums released this year and I didn’t go to all the shows the rest of the critics did. But when I look back at 2007, these are the things I’ll think of fondly.

Top 10 Aussie Albums

  1. Ripe – Ben Lee
  2. Skin – Katie Noonan
  3. Get Ready – Human Nature
  4. Rock-Bottom Jackpot – Dé Jah Groove
  5. The Memphis Album – Guy Sebastian
  6. The Swing Sessions 2 – David Campbell
  7. Greatest Hits: 18 Kids – Keith Urban
  8. No Man’s Woman – Various Artists
  9. Where We Land – Damien Leith
  10. Slideshows – Thirsty Merc

Top 10 Aussie Songs

  1. “Love Me Like the World is Ending” – Ben Lee
  2. “Sew My Name” – Josh Pyke
  3. “Funky Tonight” – John Butler Trio
  4. “Time To Begin” – Katie Noonan
  5. “20 Good Reasons” – Thirsty Merc
  6. “In This Life” – Delta Goodrem
  7. “Peachy” – Missy Higgins
  8. “Planet New Year” – Sarah Blasko
  9. “UFO” – Sneaky Sound System
  10. “Innocent” – Small Mercies

Top 10 Gigs

  1. John Mayer @ Sydney Entertainment Centre
  2. Tori Amos @ Civic Theatre
  3. Amos Lee @ Lizotte’s
  4. Lionel Richie @ Bimbadgen Estate
  5. Elton John @ Tempus Two
  6. Dave Matthews Band @ The Hordern
  7. Daughtry @ The Gaelic
  8. Bobby Flynn @ Lizotte’s
  9. Boyz II Men @ Newcastle Workers Club
  10. Steely Dan @ Bimbadgen Estate

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David Campbell, Eskimo Joe, and Shannon Noll will take part in Australia Plays Broadway next month, a celebration of Aussie talent.

The concert extravaganza will showcase the diversity of Australian performers, with the worlds of theatre, opera, dance, symphony, rock, and cabaret all represented.

Caroline O’Connor, Christine Anu, Richard Walley, Raymond Crowe, Penbroke Orchestra, Lisa Moore, and the Australian Dance Theater will also take the stage.

Americans won’t know most of these artists, but with tickets selling from just $50 it’s worth taking a chance on some Aussie culture. Australia Plays Broadway will hit Jazz at Lincoln Centre’s Rose Theatre on January 22.

Two of the biggest female voices in Australia, Delta Goodrem and Olivia Newton-John, will join forces next year for breast cancer research.

The pair will join an Asian artist to record two songs next February. One of these tunes will become the theme for The Great Walk to Beijing charity event, which will raise money for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre.

“Olivia reached out to her when she was ill, they’ve known each other for a long time,” Delta Goodrem’s spokesperson told The Daily Telegraph.

“Delta adores Olivia, she’s a big inspiration for her. It’s very exciting for them both.”

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Natalie Imbruglia may be the next superhero or super villain, after she auditioned for a role in Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.

The Daily Telegraph revealed the Aussie songstress tried out for a part in the Hugh Jackman blockbuster two weeks ago.

There’s no word yet on whether Nat plans to put singing on the backburner to pursue an acting career, but she’s certainly been doing more of it these days. She wrapped up filming the local indie flick Elise in Adelaide earlier this month.

“Shooting (Elise) and getting to play such an interesting character was a dream come true,” Imbruglia said. “I am still pinching myself about the whole experience and I definitely want to do more film.”

Fancy getting into bed with Kylie Minogue? Well it needn’t be just a fantasy, because our very own pop princess is launching her own manchester line in February.

According to The People, the sheets and linens will be inspired by Kylie’s visits to some of the world’s most expensive hotels. Ooh la la!

“It’s a great sideline for Kylie who received an offer too good to refuse,” a source said.

It makes sense. Kylie’s already designed a perfume and some lingerie, so why not some bedding?

Merry Christmas everybody! I hope all my readers have a wonderful Christmas Day spent with family, friends, lots of presents, and plenty of good food. I figured I’d leave you today with some of my favourite performances from Carols by Candlelight. Play them loud, sing along, and have a very happy Christmas.

Here’s one of the finest voices in Australia, Guy Sebastian, singing one of my favourite carols, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” This clip makes me miss that afro just a little bit.

So simple, so beautiful. Olivia Netwon-John shows why vocal acrobatics are overrated with her rendition of “Silent Night.”

I had to round out the list with my absolute favourite festive tune, “The Christmas Song.” This version by Anthony Callea is just beautiful.

TorontoIf I had to live in any country besides Australia I’d pick Canada. The people seem so friendly, the scenery is stunning, and the music scene is brilliant.

Nowhere illustrates my last point better than Canada’s largest city, Toronto. After all, it’s the birthplace of Neil Young, Barenaked Ladies, and Rush. So it’s fitting that we’ve just added Toronto Unplugged to the music channel.

Your host on this tour of Canada’s pride and joy is Mike Laba, a proud Toronto native and b5media’s music channel editor. He keeps Toronto Unplugged updated with reviews of the hottest places, shows, and bands in town.

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Music promoter extraordinaire Michael Chugg has capped off a big year with a Pollstar Concert Industry Award nomination. The Aussie tour guru is up for international promoter of the year.

The awards aren’t on until February 7, which gives Chuggy plenty of time to prepare his acceptance speech.

If Michael Chugg doesn’t win there’s no justice in this world. This year he brought big names like Elton John, John Mayer, Ben Harper, Gwen Stefani, Bob Dylan, and Nine Inch Nails to our shores. He also turned 60 but shows no signs of slowing down. He’s already announced big tours with Santana, Brooks & Dunn, Ozzy Osbourne, and Sinead O’Connor for 2008.

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Sorry Mika fans. It looks like the flamboyant pop star won’t play our V Festival after all.
Mika blames scheduling conflicts for his decision to back out of the festival.

“In an effort to create the best album possible for fans, Mika will need additional time to record in London,” according to a V Festival press release.

“He extends many apologies to anyone who has purchased tickets for the inconvenience and disappointment this cancellation may cause.”

The festival still has a killer line up, with the Smashing Pumpkins, Duran Duran, and Queens of the Stone Age set to appear. But it’s cold comfort for Aussie Mika lovers.