Happy New Year’s Eve Oz Music Scene readers! Here’s a little song to get you in the mood! So charge your glasses, say goodbye to 2008, and usher in 2009 with a little old school Kylie!

2008 has been a big year for Australian music, with some massive tours, fabulous albums, and fascinating personalities. As I prepare for the big New Years Eve bash tomorrow I figured I’d pause today to reflect on the year that was.

Top 10 Albums

  1. Good Lovin’ – David Campbell
  2. Live & Cooking @ Lizotte’s – Various
  3. Lenka – Lenka
  4. The Last Party – The Hampdens
  5. Losing Sleep – Axle Whitehead
  6. Lessons to be Learned – Gabriella Cilmi
  7. Curiouser – Kate Miller-Heidke
  8. Wish It All Away – Dave Anderson
  9. Rising – The Go Set
  10. Breed Obsession – Gyroscope

Top 10 Tours

  1. Matchbox Twenty
  2. Tony Hadley and Paul Young
  3. Bon Jovi
  4. Howie Day
  5. Jason Mraz
  6. David Campbell
  7. Newton Faulkner and Sara Bareilles
  8. Def Leppard and Cheap Trick
  9. k.d. lang
  10. Santana

Top 10 Aussie Stars

  1. David Campbell
  2. Lenka
  3. Gabriella Cilmi
  4. Wes Carr
  5. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
  6. Natalie Bassingthwaighte
  7. Jessica Mauboy
  8. Sam Sparro
  9. Axle Whitehead
  10. Josh Pyke

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Aussie pop twins The Veronicas celebrated their recent 24th birthdays with a massive party at the Sydney Hilton Marble Bar last night. 100 of their closest friends joined the girls for the “rock and roll glitter” birthday bash.

Lisa Origliasso told The Daily Telegraph she hoped for a “new camera,” while her sister Jess aimed a little higher, wishing for “world peace.”

The guest list included Jess’ main squeeze Daniel “Azaria” Byrne and her gal pal Ruby Rose, and the new man in Lisa’s life, American singer and actor Reeve Carney.

The girls were born on Christmas Day, but American promotional commitments kept the girls far from their native Australia on the big day. It sounds like last night’s party helped to make up for it though!

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I received David Campbell’s Good Lovin’ as a Christmas present and I haven’t been able to prise it from my stereo since. I was a big fan of David’s “Swing Sessions” albums, and wondered where he’d take us next. This nostalgic journey to the 1960s was a little unexpected, but it all makes sense.

It’s a real departure from the standards he tackled in the past, but it’s not so far removed that he risks alienating his ever faithful audience. These songs will resonate with the mums and dads who remember the first time they heard them, while David’s younger fans might learn a thing or two about musical history. David’s obviously a fan of the songs he covers and he stays true to the originals, yet the warmth of David’s voice ensures no song ever feels like a carbon copy.

A duet with his own dad, the living legend Jimmy Barnes, on “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” is an obvious standout. But I can’t resist dancing around my loungeroom to “Now That I’ve Found You” and “Jackie Wilson Said.”

Good Lovin’ is fun, pure and simple. Every song is delivered with conviction and a healthy dose of charisma. Receiving it in my stocking has only made me hungrier for that tour in March!

Image source: David Campbell website

Jessica Mauboy has just wrapped up filming her role in Bran Nue Dae, an adaption of an indigenous musical. The former Young Diva will star alongside Ernie Dingo, Geoffrey Rush, Missy Higgins, and Deborah Mailman in the film which should hit screens in the middle of next year.

Jess seems made for her role of Rosie, a young girl who dreams of a singing career. She recently spoke to The Sydney Morning Herald about the film.

“It’s based in Broome in the ’60s, so you might see us wearing high-waisted coral denim but it’s very cultural and it’s a very joyous movie, and I was very lucky to be a part of it,” she said.

Next on the agenda for Jess is a performance at Wednesday night’s New Year’s Eve concert in Sydney. She will sing her smash hit “Running Back” and the new single, “Burn.” If you’re not in Sydney you can catch her performance on Channel Ten.

2009 looks like a bright year for Ms Mauboy, who hopes to take her music to New York and London. But if her plans for global domination don’t pan out, she knows staying in Australia isn’t such a bad thing.

“No biggie if it doesn’t end up happening,” she said. “Australia’s my home and this is kinda where I wanted to be anyway.”

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Entourage actor Adrian Grenier is a regular visitor to our shores, and he’s set to show off our wonderful country to some friends.

He’s preparing to bring his band The Honey Brothers to Australia for their first international shows.

“I grew up in New York and have been very critical of other places and not really allowed them to hold a candle to New York. The only place that has even come close is Australia,” he told The Sunday Telegraph.

“I love Australia and am really happy to be able to share it with the Honey Brothers.”

And I’ll bet we can’t wait to have the band here. Right girls?

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AC/DC’s comeback album Black Ice has been one of the year’s biggest sellers in the world this year. In America it’s just gone double-platinum.

Sure it’s only half as good as it did locally where the album went four times platinum, but it’s still nothing to sneeze at!

Given the record’s success back home, I bet you’re wondering when those local tour dates will be announced. From what I hear, you won’t be wondering much longer. Word is that AC/DC will announce some Aussie shows at the end of January, and they should arrive here towards the end of 2009.

It sounds like a long time to wait, but just remember how quickly Christmas snuck up on us all this year!

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Merry Christmas Oz Music Scene readers! I hope you’re having a wonderful day full of family, friends, good food, even better booze, presents under the tree, and of course some fabulous music. If you don’t have the latter, I sympathise. My mum swears it’s not Christmas without carols sung by The Peppermint Candy Kids. In an effort to ensure you don’t have to suffer the same fate, here’s Paul Kelly with the Australian Christmas classic “How To Make Gravy.” Happy holidays everybody!

Aussie expat Gilli Moon has released a new festive song, just in time for Christmas. “Merry Christmas My Love” is now available for download from iTunes.

Gilli, who is now based in the United States, describes the song as “the ultimate Christmas song for anyone who believes in love.”

It sounds like the perfect thing for a little pre-Christmas pick-me-up!

Image source: Gilli Moon website

If you thought Vanessa Amorosi’s song “Perfect” was played to death on local radio this year, you’d be right.

The first single from Vanessa’s comeback album Somewhere in the Real World was the most played song on Australian radio in 2008.

Vanessa will cap off her “perfect” year with a performance at tomorrow night’s Carols by Candlelight in Melbourne, followed by a performance at St Kilda’s Riva on New Years Eve.

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