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2009 APRA Music Awards Nominees Announced

Announcement from APRA

APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) is proud to announce details of the nominees for the 2009 APRA Music Awards, which will be held at the Peninsula in Melbourne on Tuesday June 23rd. These nominees, across 8 categories including the peer voted APRA SONG OF THE YEAR, represent the songwriters behind the most successful works of 2008.

Featuring a record number of first time nominees (45 songwriters across 21 artists and their performed works) covering rock, pop, jazz, dance, urban, blues & roots and country music, the Class of 2009 showcases the depth of writing talent of high profile Australian songwriters such as CHRIS CHENEY from THE LIVING END, ADAM HARVEY, THE VERONICAS, JESSICA MAUBOY, KATE MILLER-HEIDKE, LUKE STEELE and NICK LITTLEMORE from EMPIRE OF THE SUN, BLISS N ESO and THE POTBELLEEZ.

In what is arguably the most eclectic collection of nominees for the coveted APRA SONG OF THE YEAR, this peer-voted category features compositions by songwriters who run the musical gamut. Elder statesman and songwriter extraordinaire NICK CAVE has received a nomination for Dig! Lazarus Dig!, the jaunty title track from the NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS 14th studio album, while the super talented musical duo that is KASEY CHAMBERS and SHANE NICHOLSON have been nominated for Rattlin’ Bones, the highly acclaimed title track of their first musical collaboration together. Receiving her first ever APRA nomination is songbird KATE MILLER-HEIDKE, with co-writer KEIR NUTTALL for the song Can’t Shake It, alongside LUKE STEELE and NICK LITTLEMORE from EMPIRE OF THE SUN with their ethereal, irresistible pop classic Walking On A Dream. And nominated for the first time in his 15 year career is THE LIVING END’s CHRIS CHENEY who penned the scorching rock anthem White Noise. With a 30,000 strong membership of eligible voters, the APRA SONG OF THE YEAR is the single, biggest peer voted music award in Australia.

Four out of five of the songwriters in the category of MOST PLAYED AUSTRALIAN WORK are first time nominees. Dominating the airwaves for the past year has been Sydney outfit FAKER (writer NATHAN HUDSON) with This Heart Attack, THE VERONICAS with Untouched, AXLE WHITEHEAD (and co-writer ROBERT CONLEY JNR) with I Don’t Do Surprises and THE POTBELLEEZ with their smash hit Don’t Hold Back. APRA veteran VANESSA AMOROSI (and co-writer DAVID FRANGIOSA) is also nominated in this category for her song Perfect.

JADE MACRAE, last year’s winner in the URBAN WORK OF THE YEAR category, returns with a nomination for In The Basement (co-written with ARNTHOR BIRGISSON), while JOEL TURNER also makes a comeback with City Of Dreams (co-written with SHAUNN DIAMOND, CHRIS HEINER and KITCHENER WESCHE). JESSICA MAUBOY (with co-writers AUDIUS MTAWARIRA and SEAN MULLINS) receives her maiden APRA nomination for the hit song Running Back that features FLO-RIDA. And also making their APRA nominations debut is BLISS N ESO who appear twice in this category with Woodstock 2008 and The Sea Is Rising.

Leading 2009 APRA nominations tally with a total of 3 nods is THE POTBELLEZ with Are You With Me? and Don’t Hold Back in the DANCE WORK OF THE YEAR category. First time nominee KIM MOYES from THE PRESETS (co-writer JULIAN HAMILTON was nominated in 2008 for his work with Daniel Johns) continue to receive accolades for their critically successful album Apocalypso, this time with This Boy’s In Love. And also nominated are previous nominees ROGUE TRADERS with Don’t You Wanna Feel and SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM with Kansas City.

In the BLUES AND ROOTS WORK OF THE YEAR category is first time nominee and guitar legend 8 BALL AITKEN who is nominated for his composition Cowboy Movie while LIOR (along with co-writer FRANCOIS TETAZ) is included for Heal Me. THE WAIFS appear twice in this category with Stay (with co-writer BRETT CANNING) and sundirtwater. And OLD MAN RIVER (aka OHAD REIN) is nominated along with co-writers EDO KAHN and NADAV KAHN for the joyous Sunshine.

The COUNTRY WORK OF THE YEAR category features a collection of new and established songwriters including ADAM BRAND (with co-writer SAM HAWKSLEY and DON WALKER for Khe Sanh) for Coming From. First time nominee AMBER LAWRENCE appears with her song Good Girls and previous APRA winner SARA STORER (with co-writer BOH RUNGA) is nominated for Long Live The Girls. ADAM HARVEY with co-writer PHIL BUCKLE is nominated for I’m Doin’ Alright. And making their 2nd appearance on the 2009 nominees list is KASEY CHAMBERS and SHANE NICHOLSON for Rattlin’ Bones. This brings Kasey Chambers’ over all tally for the APRA Music Awards to an astonishing 20 nominations.

The category of JAZZ WORK OF THE YEAR features nominations by Australian jazz legend and accomplished screen composer PAUL GRABOWSKY (Raindrop), and APRA debuts from ELISSA GOODRICH (Beyond Both Worlds), CLARE SHANNON (Sailing Day) and JOE CHINDAMO (Moments and Eternities and Something Will Come To Light).

Ballads have dominated the category of MOST PLAYED FOREIGN WORK kicking off with All Your Reasons by MATCHBOX 20 and the worldwide hit Bleeding Love co-written by JESSE MCCARTNEY and RYAN TEDDER. RYAN TEDDER appears again in this category with his band ONE REPUBLIC for their song Stop and Stare. The final two nominees in this category are THE LAST GOODNIGHT with their composition PICTURES OF YOU and NEWTON FAULKNER (with co-writers CRISPIN HUNT and GORDON MILLS) for Dream Catch Me.

The APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors decide the celebrated Songwriter of the Year award and the Ted Albert Award For Outstanding Services to Australian Music. Previous recipients of these prestigious awards include Daniel Johns (2008 APRA Music Award Songwriter of the Year recipients), Bernard Fanning and Neil Finn and Roger Davies (2008 APRA Music Award recipient of Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music), Michael Chugg, Michael McMartin, Don Burrows, and Angus and Malcolm Young.

The APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors also decide the Breakthrough Songwriter Award, which recognises emerging songwriter talent.

These three awards, along with the winner of the Most Performed Australian Work Overseas, will be announced at the 2009 APRA Music Awards on Tuesday June 23rd.

The 2009 APRA Music Awards will be hosted by Jonathan Biggins and will feature live performances and special guest presenters. The event will also be captured by subscription television partner MAX for a special that will be broadcast exclusively on MAX, on Sunday 5th July at 8.30pm. MAX is available on FOXTEL and AUSTAR.

APRA offer hearty congratulations to all nominees for 2009! To follow is the complete list of nominees for the 2009 APRA Music Awards. Watch this space for further details on the upcoming event.

2009 APRA Music Awards
(Please note, the following is an invitation only event)
Tuesday June 23rd – 2009 APRA Music Awards – The Peninsula, Melbourne

www.apra-amcos.com.au

CATEGORIES – 2009 APRA MUSIC AWARDS
Song of the Year
Songwriter of the Year
Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music
Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year
Most Played Australian Work
Most Played Foreign Work
Most Played Australian Work Overseas*
Urban Work of the Year
Dance Work of the Year
Blues and Roots Work of the Year
Jazz Work of the Year
Country Work of the Year

NOMINEES FOR THE 2009 APRA MUSIC AWARDS

Song of the Year
Title: Can’t Shake It
Artist: Kate Miller-Heidke
Writers: Kate Miller-Heidke / Keir Nuttall
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title: Dig Lazarus Dig
Artist: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Writer: Nick Cave
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd
Title: Rattlin’ Bones
Artist: Kasey Chambers / Shane Nicholson
Writers: Kasey Chambers* / Shane Nicholson^
Publishers: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd*
Universal Music Publishing MGB Australia Pty Ltd^

Title: Walking on a Dream
Artist: Empire of the Sun
Writers: Nick Littlemore / Jonathan Sloan* / Luke Steele*
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd*

Title: White Noise
Artist: The Living End
Writer: Chris Cheney
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Most Played Australian Work
Title: Don’t Hold Back
Artist: The Potbelleez
Writers: David Greene*/ Ilan Kidron* / Jonathan Murphy*/ Sam Littlemore^
Publishers: MCDJ Music/Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd*
Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd^

Title: I Don’t Do Surprises
Artist: Axle Whitehead
Writers: Axle Whitehead / Robert Conley Jnr (ASCAP)
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title: Perfect
Artist: Vanessa Amorosi
Writers: Vanessa Amorosi / David Frangiosa*
Publisher: Standard Music Pty Ltd administered by EMI Music Publishing
Australia Pty Ltd*

Title: This Heart Attack
Artist: Faker
Writer: Nathan Hudson
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Title: Untouched
Artist: The Veronicas
Writers: Jessica Origliasso* / Lisa Origliasso* / Tobias Gad (ASCAP)^
Publishers: EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd*
Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd^
Urban Work of the Year

Title: City of Dreams
Artist: Joel Turner featuring C4 and KNO
Writers: Joel Turner/Shaunn Diamond/Chris Heiner/Kitchener Wesche

Title: In The Basement
Artist: Jade MacRae
Writers: Jade MacRae*/Arnthor Birgisson (STIM)^
Publishers: Bell Hughes Music Group Pty Ltd*/Mushroom Music Pty Ltd^

Title: Running Back
Artist: Jessica Mauboy featuring Flo Rida
Writers: Jessica Mauboy / Audius Mtawarira* / Sean Mullins^
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd*
Blind Faith Entertainment Pty Ltd administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd^

Title: The Sea Is Rising
Artist: Bliss N Eso
Writers: Max MacKinnon / Jonathan Notley / Noam Dishon*
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd*

Title: Woodstock 2008
Artist: Bliss N Eso
Writers: Max MacKinnon / Jonathan Notley / Noam Dishon*
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd*

Dance Work of the Year
Title: Are You With Me
Artist: The Potbelleez
Writers: David Greene*/ Ilan Kidron* / Jonathan Murphy*/ Sam Littlemore^
Publishers: MCDJ Music/Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd*
Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd^

Title: Don’t Hold Back
Artist: The Potbelleez
Writers: David Greene*/ Ilan Kidron* / Jonathan Murphy*/ Sam Littlemore^
Publishers: MCDJ Music/Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd*
Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd^

Dance Work of the Year Continued
Title: Don’t You Wanna Feel
Artist: Rogue Traders
Writers: Jamie Appleby* / Steven Davis* / Natalie Bassingthwaighte^ /
Dougal Drummond (PRS)#
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing MGB Australia Pty Ltd*
EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd^
David Platz Music (Australia) Pty Ltd#

Title: Kansas City
Artist: Sneaky Sound System
Writers: Angus McDonald / Connie Mitchell

Title: This Boy’s In Love
Artist: The Presets
Writers: Julian Hamilton / Kim Moyes
Publisher: EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Blues & Roots Work of the Year
Title: Cowboy Movie
Artist: 8 Ball Aitken
Writer: 8 Ball Aitken

Title: Heal Me
Artist: Lior
Writers: Lior Attar*/Francois Tetaz^
Publishers: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd*
Rubber Music Publishing administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd^

Title: Stay
Artist: The Waifs
Writers: Josh Cunningham / Donna Simpson / Vikki Thorn / Brett Canning

Title: Sun Dirt Water
Artist: The Waifs
Writers: Josh Cunningham / Donna Simpson / Vikki Thorn

Title: Sunshine
Artist: Old Man River
Writers: Ohad Rein* / Edo Kahn / Nadav Kahn
Publisher: Albert Music*

Country Work of the Year
Title: Coming From / Khe Sanh
Artist: Adam Brand
Writers: Adam Brand* / Sam Hawksley^ / Don Walker#
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd*
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd^
Rondor Music Australia Pty Ltd#

Title: Good Girls
Artist: Amber Lawrence
Writer: Amber Lawrence

Title: I’m Doin Alright
Artist: Adam Harvey
Writers: Adam Harvey / Phillip Buckle
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing MGB Australia Pty Ltd

Title: Long Live the Girls
Artist: Sara Storer
Writers: Sara Storer* / Boh Runga^
Publishers: ABC Music Publishing*
Mushroom Music Pty Ltd^

Title: Rattlin’ Bones
Artist: Kasey Chambers / Shane Nicholson
Writers: Kasey Chambers* / Shane Nicholson^
Publishers: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd*
Universal Music Publishing MGB Australia Pty Ltd^

Jazz Work of the Year
Title: Beyond Both Worlds
Artist: Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble
Writer: Elissa Goodrich

Title: Moments and Eternities
Artist: Joe Chindamo
Writer: Joe Chindamo
Publishers: ORiGiN Music Publishing Pty Ltd administered by Albert Music

Jazz Work of the Year Continued

Title: Raindrop
Artist: Paul Grabowsky
Writer: Paul Grabowsky
Publisher: Albert Music

Title: Sailing Day
Artist: Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble
Writer: Clare Shannon

Title: Something Will Come To Light
Artist: Joe Chindamo
Writer: Joe Chindamo
Publishers: ORiGiN Music Publishing Pty Ltd administered by Albert Music

Most Played Foreign Work

Title: All Your Reasons
Artist: Matchbox 20
Writers: Kyle Cook(ASCAP)* / Rob Thomas (ASCAP)*/ Paul Doucette (BMI) / Brian Yale (BMI)
Publisher: EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd*

Title: Bleeding Love
Artist: Leona Lewis
Writers: Jesse McCartney (ASCAP)^ / Ryan Tedder (ASCAP)*
Publishers: EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd^
Mushroom Music Pty Ltd*

Title: Dream Catch Me
Artist: Newton Faulkner
Writers: Newton Faulkner (PRS)^ / Crispin Hunt (PRS)* / Gordon Mills (PRS)#
Publishers: Peermusic Pty Ltd^
Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd*
EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd#

Title: Pictures of You
Artist: The Last Goodnight
Writers: Jeffrey Blue (BMI) / Kurtis Henneberry (BMI) / Michael Nadeau (BMI)
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing MGB Australia Pty Ltd

Most Played Foreign Work Continued

Title: Stop and Stare
Artist: One Republic
Writers: Andrew Brown (ASCAP)^ / Zachary Filkins (ASCAP) ^/ Eddie Fisher (ASCAP) ^ / Timothy Myers (ASCAP)^ / Ryan Tedder (ASCAP)*
Publishers: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd^
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd*

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About Jomar Reyes

Jomar Lectures in Creative Industries as well as Digital Media in Marketing at the Danish Institute of Studies Abroad. He also runs the Strategic Media Company, a corporate consultancy agency based in Copenhagen.

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