It’s another great week for INXS on the ARIA charts, with their The Very Best greatest hits collection maintaining its number one position on the album charts. Kick has also moved up five spots to claim the number two slot. This is the first time in the history of the ARIA charts that we’ve seen a single Aussie act claiming the two top spots. They’ve also got four more albums in the top 40: Live At Wembley Stadium 1991 (#17), The Swing (#25), Shabooh Shoobah (#33) and Listen Like Thieves (#36).

We see another Aussie act at number three. The John Butler Trio might have slipped down a spot, but considering the INXS juggernaut they’re probably thrilled that Flesh & Blood’s still near the pointy end of the charts.

Adelaide metalcore act I Killed the Prom Queen are also making their presence felt with their third studio album. Beloved sits at number six on debut, a real improvement from their last studio album, Music For The Recently Deceased, which peaked at number 27.

The Aussies aren’t exactly firing on the singles charts, but it’s nice to see Joel Fletcher and Savage holding steady. “SWING” is still at number four, an impressive 15 weeks after its debut.

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Mwansa’s come to Australia by way of Botswana. Now he’s making a splash in his new home with his beautiful new single “Burn This House.” This song is so dreamy and soulful, and matched beautifully with the lyrical dancing in the video.

What do you think?

Melbourne band Twelve Foot Ninja made crowdfunding history recently when they raised more than $45,000 to make their new music video, more than anyone else attempting to make a music video or short film. They’ve put the money to good use with the new clip for their song “Ain’t That a Bitch.”

Now, this video is not for the squeamish, or for workplaces. It’s downright gory, but you can see where the money went in this visual tale of retribution against an internet troll. I have no idea how much it costs to hire one of the makeup artists who worked on The Hobbit, a 7ft Alaskan brown bear, or a Penthouse Pet, but I guess they aren’t cheap!

So hold on to your stomachs. I’ll bet the fans who made this music video happen would want as many people to see it as possible!

I Know Leopard are back with a dreamy new single “Hold This Tight.”

The song is a tribute to the friendships the band’s made since leaving their hometown of Adelaide behind and moving to the bright lights of Sydney. It’s a brilliant follow-up to “She,” and the ideal soundtrack for getting you through your Thursday.

What do you think of it?

I am relishing all of this grey, stormy weather. You can keep your hot, humid summer days; they’re just not for me. What is though is “Go Away,” the sun-drenched debut single from Perth act Monicans.

Listening to it feels a little odd during such drab weather, but there’s something so irresistible about its big surf-rock chords. Has it put you in the mood for sun and surf?

Some albums still sound fresh decades after their release. The Sunnyboys’ self-titled debut is one of those rare recordings. It’ll be introduced to a whole new generation of music lovers when it’s rereleased on March 14.

The album features the singles “Alone With You” and “Happy Man,” but there’s plenty more to pique the interest of fans. As well as the 12 original songs, the album also comes with 24 bonus tracks made up of B-sides, demo recordings, and live cuts.

A deluxe edition CD and digital download of Sunnyboys will be released on March 14, which is not so coincidentally the day the band kicks off their reunion tour.

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Bec Laughton delivers smooth vocals with a lyrical edge with her new single “Gonna Love You.” It sounds so sweet with those angelic vocals and an easy groove, but the song really hits its stride when you start listening to the lyrics.

When Bec sings “I love you so much I want to break both your legs so you can’t walk away from my arms” you know you’re not in for any ordinary love song. It gleefully walks that fine line between intense love and stalking. Brilliant!

Aussie folk songstress Sam Buckingham spends most of her time in the United States these days, so opportunities to see her play are few and far between. But she’ll play her first, and possibly her last Australian shows for 2014 when she promotes her single “Shackles” this month.

Fans of this blog might remember watching Sam playing the song with Buffalo Tales last October. Now the song’s got an official release and a gorgeous black and white video to match. Following this tour, Sam will head back to New York to get back to collaborating with some of America’s top producers and songwriters. Who knows when we’ll see this bright talent again, so catch her live while you’ve got the chance!

19 February 2014 – Revolver, Prahran
20 February 2014 – Baha’s, Mornington Peninsula
21 February 2014 – Fringe Festival, Adelaide
26 February 2014 – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford
1 March 2014 – The Shack, Narrabeen
2 March 2014 – The Newsagency, Marrickville
13 March 2014 – The Front, Canberra

Channel Seven’s screening of Never Tear Us Apart has no doubt helped INXS claim their fourth number one on of the ARIA albums charts. Their greatest hits collection, The Very Best, sits on the top of the charts after three previous weeks hovering around the top ten. The band’s 1987 smash Kick is also back at number seven, and their Live at Wembley Stadium 1991 has made its ARIA chart debut, entering at number 17.

All the INXS buzz has kept The John Butler Trio’s latest album Flesh & Blood from the top of the charts. No doubt their first studio album in nearly four years would have done better than its second place if not for all the INXStyria.

Joel Fletcher has the sole local song in the singles top 10 with “Swing.” The song which features Savage slipped down a position this week, but its number four spot is nothing to sneeze at.

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Are you sitting around home, wondering what to do with your Sunday Perthites? Well get yourself down to The Rosemount Hotel Beer Garden, where the fabulous N’fa Jones is playing a free show to celebrate the release of his brand new single “Money Better Come.”

This is such a smooth summery number, and our first taste of N’fa’s forthcoming album Black + White Noise. The show will give you a sneak peek at the album which hits stores on April 4.