Top Australian Music Moments Of 2012

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Without wanting to state the obvious, it’s be a massive year in Australian music…there’s been so many highlights from all genres it’s difficult to know where to start! But after several meetings with the team here at we’ve come up with our favourite ‘Top Australian Music Moments Of 2012’.

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360 – Winning Breakthrough Artist ARIA Award
Without doubt, 360 is one of the hardest working men in Australian music. 2012 has seen the hip hop artist tour all over Australia with his ‘ARIA Award’ nominated album ‘Falling and Flying’, so it was apt that his hard work was finally acknowledged when he scored the ARIA for ‘Breakthrough Artist 2012’.

Goyte’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ Dominating Worldwide
The little known Australian song-writer became a global name in music after his song ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ featuring New Zealand singer Kimbra went number one pretty much all over the world. To top off the year, he recently scored the biggest song on the US Billboard Charts, making Gotye the first Australian artist to do so in 30 years!

Guy Sebastian Hooking Up With Lupe Fiasco For ‘Battle Scars’
We all knew Guy had serious talent, but this year he took his song writing to another level with the single ‘Battle Scars’. He also managed to hook up with US hip hop artist Lupe Fiasco and with their powers combined their song sat on top of the ARIA Singles Chart for over a month! One of the greatest songs of the year without a doubt.

Yothu Yindi Induction Into ARIA Hall Of Fame
One of the many highlights of the ARIA Awards night this year was Yothu Yindi’s performance of their award winning track ‘Treaty’. Backed up by a force of Australia’s finest musicians including Paul Kelly, Peter Garrett, Andrew Farriss, Dan Sultan and Jess Mauboy, the indigenous group put on a performance that will go down as an ARIA highlight for years to come. After a standing ovation the band were then inducted into the ‘ARIA Hall Of Fame’.

Tame Impala's 'Lonerism' Album
This was the Perth band's second studio album and it turned out to be one of best albums of 2012, international actsincluded. With mastermind Kevin Parker at the helm, this psychedelic blinder has won the band another legion of fans with even the harshest critics finding it difficult to fault the album. All hail.

Missy Higgins’ Comeback
After quitting music for 4 years and battling with depression, the singer-songwriter returned to the airwaves in 2012 unleashing a new album ‘The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle’ and scoring an ARIA Award for ‘Best Adult Contemporary Album’. Missy’s live shows were one of this year’s must see gigs…we speak for many when we stay we’re stoked to have her back!

Samantha Jade Winning 'X Factor'
One this year’s feel good stories…after years and years of not breaking into the music industry Sammy J had completely given up on living her musical dreams. However, one last ditch effort on this year’s ‘X Factor’ saw the 25 year old walk away as the winner and score a recording contract with Sony.

Molly Meldrum’s Miraculous Recovery
It was this time last year that the Aussie music icon fell off a ladder whilst decorating his house and almost didn’t make it through to see the New Year. After several months in hospital and rehab the interviewer and former TV show host triumphantly returned at this year’s ARIA

The Temper Trap’s self-titled sophomore album, proving the Melbourne band aren’t just a one trick pony with stellar reviews in their homeland and overseas.

Matt Corby’s EP and single ‘Brother’ signalled the arrival of one of Australia’s most talented and youngest singer-songwriters going round. Do yourself a favour and check out his cover of The Black Keys’ ‘Lonely Boy’.

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