Aussie band Cut Copy has taken out the number one spot on this week’s ARIA albums chart. Their latest release In Ghost Colours has debuted at the top spot, bumping Jack Johnson from thenumber one possie.

Our last Aussie number one, Breed Obsession by Gyroscope is still hanging around in the top ten. Three weeks after its release, the album is at number seven on the charts.

The Veronicas round out the top ten with their double platinum album Hook Me Up.

Unfortunately Aussie singles aren’t charting so well. The only one cracking the top ten is Chris Lilley’s naughty creation Mr G with “Naughty Girl.”

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Last week a new CD passed across my desk 6th Perception, the debut EP from Perth artist Nelson Clemente. His6th Perception handsome face, with piercing dark eyes and full sensuous lips is sure to set hearts fluttering. But when I scanned the track list and noticed a song called “You Want Me Don’t You?” I wondered whether he might be too arrogant to win over an Aussie audience.

Slipping the disc in my stereo I realized this early concern was unfounded. The track in question was more playful than sleazy, and irresistibly catchy. “It’s All My Fault” shows a more aggressive side, while the award-winning song “You Me Us We” is sweet and delicate.

It’s rare to hear such eclectic tracks on an EP, but this diversity is never isolating. The use of old style electronics and synthesizers and Nelson’s pure vocals unifies the songs, making the transition between these different moods easy.

All the songs on 6th Perception have a pop-dance flavour, but this is amplified in the remixed versions. While I enjoyed the original takes, I think these remixes give added depth to these songs. I can definitely imagine these tracks pumping out loud in the clubs.

Browsing through Nelson’s bio, I realised just amazing this EP is. He’s an independent artist breaking into the pop-dance genre, something that’s virtually unheard of in this country. Yet he’s plugging away at it, writing, singing, and even helping to produce 6th Perception. He’s making his mark under his own steam, and it seems to be working. Nelson’s heading to London later this year to appear in the Popshow charity event. This Western Australian musician is definitely one to watch.

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Melissa TkautzWell here’s an unexpected comeback. Does anyone out there remember Melissa Tkautz?

This busty blonde was hot stuff in 1991 thanks to her starring role on E-Street and chart-topping singles “Read My Lips” and “Sexy is the Word.”

Apparently she’s back with a cover of one of my favourite 80s pop songs, Transvision Vamp’s “I Want Your Love.” I’ve got to say she probably should have left this one alone, but with Nick Skitz at the helm it’s bound to be big in the clubs. At least she still looks hot!

If you love the new song, or you just want to get close to this 90s pop icon, you can catch Melissa playing in Sydney and Brisbane clubs. Check her MySpace page for the dates. After that Melissa plans to head to Europe to work with German dance whiz D.O.N.S.

Melissa’s also giving acting another whirl. She’s currently shooting Couriers, a comedy series from the Fat Pizza team.

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Bernard FanningPowderfinger fans are in with a real treat, with the band announcing their first theatre shows in eight years.

While the entertainment centre tours are always a spectacular, they don’t really offer the personal experience of smaller gigs. These shows will offer that and then some.

Powderfinger will perform two sets separated by an intermission. They’ll rock out for half the show, and strip things back acoustically in the other. Too cool.

“For this tour we’re doing something a little different, something a little more intimate,” Darren Middleton explained to AAP.

But it gets better. Fans can get online and vote for their favourite Powderfinger songs to help the band choose their set list.
Punters are in for a double treat with brilliant Victorian singer-songwriter Whitley providing the tour’s support.

With the band playing smaller venues, these tickets won’t last. Make sure you get yours when they go on sale on Friday 11 April.

The Upstairs at the Downstairs Tour will take in the following venues:
6 June 2008 – Lake Kawana Centre, Sunshine Coast
9 June 2008 – Tivoli, Brisbane
11 June 2008 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
13 June 2008 – The Forum, Melbourne
17 June 2008 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
19 June 2008 – Metro City, Perth

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The tabloids were buzzing today with the news that Kylie Minogue planned to announce her engagement to Olivier Martinez at her Prague concert in May.

I’ve got to admit, when I heard the news I didn’t believe it. After all, isn’t this the guy she was supposed to have shelfed for good? Surely we’d have heard some news they were at least back together before we heard wedding bells. And why wait a couple of months to announce it in Prague anyway? It all seemed a bit far fetched to me.

Turns out I was right. The gossip rags jumped to conclusions after some comments made by Czech promoter Jarda Hainzel. This afternoon he was keen to set the record straight, and issued this statement.

“When contacted by local media regarding the Kylie concert in Prague I commented that the number of requests for tickets for this show was more than normal, which I take as an indication of Kylie’s popularity in Czech Republic,” he said.

“At no stage did I speculate on Kylie’s personal relationships or on any announcement she may or may not make on the night. We do believe this will be a special show, as it is Kylie’s first concert in our country, and I am very much looking forward to meeting her, however we have no reason to believe there is to be any special announcement during the concert.”

Just goes to show, you certainly can’t believe everything you read!

It’s the news Celine Dion fans didn’t want to hear, but it turns out the Canadian diva’s illness is a little more serious than first thought.

Celine has been suffering from a respiratory tract infection, which has caused bronchial and laryngeal inflammation. Put simply, she’ll need to rest those golden tonsils for a few days.

After postponing dates in Brisbane and Melbourne, Celine has also had to postpone her Sydney shows. With all this restructuring, the Perth gig has also needed to be pushed back.

The new dates are:
31 March – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
2 April – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
5 and 6 April – Acer Arena, Sydney
8 April – Members Equity Stadium, Perth

Full refunds are available from the venues for anyone unable to make the rescheduled dates.

Panic at the DiscoOne of the biggest bands in the world right now, Panic at the Disco, are heading Down Under. The lads will touch down in August for shows all around the country.

Panic at the Disco is taking The Academy Is … along for the ride. This Chicago outfit was named one of Rolling Stone’s top ten artists to watch, and they’re sure to blow Panic fans away at these massive shows.

Their last Aussie shows sold out in minutes, so you’ll want to grab your tickets as soon as they go on sale. Thankfully you’ve got a little time to save your cash though. Tickets are available from Ticketek on Tuesday 15 April.

You can catch Panic at the Disco at the following venues:

20 August 2008 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
22 August 2008 – Acer Arena, Sydney
23 August 2008 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
25 August 2008 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre
27 August 2008 – Burswood Dome, Perth

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Canadian songstress Celine Dion has postponed her Brisbane and Melbourne shows so she can recover from a minor throat infection and irritated sinuses.

The Brisbane show, which was originally scheduled for tonight, will now be staged on Monday 31 March. Next week’s Melbourne show has been pushed back to Wedensday 2 April.

The two Sydney shows and the Perth show will be unaffected by these changes. Ticket holders unable to attend the rescheduled gigs can see the venue for a full refund.

This week the American Idols tackled songs recorded in the year of their births. I love these very open ended themes because they really allow the contestants to shine. Michael Johns did just that this week, pulling out not one, but two, Queen classics. “We Will Rock You” got the crowd warmed up, while “We Are the Champions” allowed him to soar. Awesome stuff.

As a bonus I thought I’d also post a video from one of the other contestants, David Archuleta. This little Anthony Callea in training put his spin on John Farnham’s “You’re the Voice.” I know this song was released in the US, but I certainly didn’t expect to hear him cover it!

VeronicasThe Veronicas made a big splash on the American market when they released their debut album, The Secret Life Of… in 2005. Now they’ve headed back to the States to wow them again.

Their latest single Untouched is all over US radio, and they’re going to back up this publicity with some hot shows. If you’re on the East Coast you can catch them at New York’s Hiro Ballroom on Thursday, while fans on the West Coast can see the twins at Los Angeles’ The Roxy on April 2.

Jess’ main squeeze Azaria and his band The Follow will support the girls on these very special shows, and the sisters can’t wait.

“It’s cool because we are not usually two bands that you’re match up together,” Jess told The Sunday Telegraph. “It is going to be so much fun.”

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