Publisher News: December

Thursday, 10 Dec 2015

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It's been a busy 2 months for Mushroom Music Artists in the world of awards and ceremonies and we are incredibly proud of all our talented creative writers. Recently the APRA AMCOS Screen Music Awards hosted an exciting night for the collaboration of long-time friends and musicians Shane Howard and Archie Roach AM, who drew a well-deserved win for Best Original Song Composed for the Screen for A Secret River from The Secret River.

Across the pond, New Zealand’s Vodafone 50th Music Awards 2015 was a night to celebrate. Unknown Mortal Orchestra took the win for Best Alternative Album with Multi-LoveSean Donnelly for Best Producer on his album SJD and the Legacy Award to the legends The Exponents.

The AIR Awards brought on a more wins for Frank Yamma with Uncle winning the Best Independent Country Album. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard swept up the Best Independent Hard Rock/Heavy or Punk Album with I’m In You Mind Fuzz and Alexander Burnett’s (Sparkadia) collaboration with Hayden James on the single Something About You which took out the gong for Best Independent Dance/Electronica or Club Single.

In other news Mushroom Music Publishing’s Managing Director Ian James has been re-elected on the eve of APRA AMCOS’s 90th year as Deputy Chair for the APRA Board and Chair for the AMCOS Board.


UMPG would like to congratulate Conrad Sewell for taking home the Song of the Year award at this year’s ARIA awards, The Veronicas for Best Video and Lee Kernaghan for his Outstanding Achievement award for his Spirit of the ANZACS album. 

UMPG is also excited to announce the release of Sydney Hip Hop duo and One Day alumni Jackie Onassis debut studio album Pristine Alley. Two years in the making, the duo have delivered a lively and accomplished record featuring Joyride, Spit Syndicate and more. 

Following his global smash Tonight AgainGuy Sebastian has just dropped his brand new tune Black & Blue. The soul-infused pop song showcases Guy’s trademark vocals atop a fresh, mid-tempo track. Black & Blue has hit #3 on the Australian iTunes Chart following a stirring performance on X-factor.

Sydney RnB singer Elizabeth Rose has revealed a brand new video for her latest M-Phazes produced single Shoulda Coulda Woulda

5x ARIA nominated band Gang of Youths have had a bumper 2015 with their debut album The Positions achieving commercial and critical success, and have just announced an April tour that will see the band play their biggest venues yet, including a massive hometown show at The Enmore. 


Native Tongue is excited to announce the signing of Robert Forster and the late Grant McLennan, best known for their work with The Go-Betweens. The deal sees Native Tongue represent the band’s extensive back catalogue and solo material for Australia and New Zealand.

At the 2015 ARIA Awards, Oh Mercy took home Best Adult Contemporary Album and Courtney Barnett was awarded Best Cover Art, Breakthrough Artist, Best Female Artist and Best Independent Release.

Native Tongue's General Manager Jaime Gough has been elected onto the AMCOS board.

Marlon Williams, Trinity Roots, and Gin Wigmore received awards at the 50th annual NZ Music Awards.

Congratulations to our writers on their recent award wins: Courtney Barnett (J Awards and The Age Music Victoria Awards), High Tension (The Age Music Victoria Awards) and Grenadiers (South Australian Music Awards). 

Native Tongue would like to send an extended thank you to our writers, catalogues, sub-publishers and everyone else involved for a wonderful year. 


Half Moon Run return with their second album, Sun Leads Me On which was the Feature Album on triple J. After touring the world for two years straight, the Canadian band returned to Montreal after an impromptu holiday to California, where amongst the sun and surf they found the inspiration to begin writing songs for their new album, full of delicate guitar work, pulsating synths and striking lyrics.

Source Music put on a showcase at the Australian Music Week in Cronulla. Source artists Marvell, Hein Cooper, Ed Wells and Rin McArdle all put on incredible performances, showcasing their vocal talents and songwriting skills.

Earlier on the Thursday, Source Music’s Canadian representative, Charlie A’Court performed at The Brass Monkey and he blew the crowd away with his powerful and soulful voice. Watch the video here.

“The surprise highlight of the evening was watching 21-year-old Ed Wells mesmerise the crowd at Croydon Lane. This talented pianist drew the attention of the bustling bar with his beautifully heart-wrenching vocals and impressive loop-pedal skills. The intricate layering of keys, vocals, beat-boxing and electronica added to the simple beauty that is one person and a piano.” – The Music


Tina Arena’s new album 11 was released this month featuring the song I Want To Love You co-written by SHOUT! writer Ben Fielding. The album has reached #2 on the ARIA albums chart.

SHOUT! has launched the first of two new writing rooms. This first phase of the writing rooms' construction will provide our writers and international guests with a dedicated space for our writers and future collaborations.

This month’s synchronisation highlights include Blueprint for Athletes (Powered by Quest Diagnostics) & The NFL Organisation (USA).


Wirripang was at the launch of The Chamber Music of Horace Keats - the most successful, most attended, CD launch for some years, held at the National Portrait Gallery for the CD Movement. Comments on both the performance (by members of Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Canberra’s leading soprano and accompanist) and music are still being received; indeed an honour for anniversaries of the composer and his wife.

Wirripang has now launched Phillip Wilcher’s book Dialogues, a tribute to Thomas Kelly, whose tragic death led to the formation of the foundation that bears his name. Phillip generously  requested that the proceeds of the sale of this book be directed to that worthwhile cause. A very satisfying few weeks indeed.


We congratulate Tim Rogers on winning the J Award for Double J Artist of the Year. Quite a year for Tim who released two albums, The Rules of Attraction with The Bamboos and You Am I’s Porridge & Hotsauce. Tim’s solo album ’What Rhymes With Cars and Girls’ was adapted for the stage by Melbourne Theatre Company; Tim featured in the David Jones fashion campaign ‘It’s In You’ together with Adam Goodes and Jessica Gomes and spoke out on mental health and racial intolerance.

Beds (Jaime Olsen) released his new EP Action Figures on 20 November, which includes collaborations with fellow urban music artists Rueben Campbell and Voli K.

We also congratulate our Golden Guitar nominees Beccy ColeLachlan Bryan and Travis Collins, and wish them well.


Hillsong United’s Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) celebrates its 56th week at #1 on the Billboard Christian Charts along with a staggering 114 weeks straight in the chart.

The recent release from Hillsong Worship Open Heaven / River Wild has been met with a warm reception globally, debuting on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart at #1, #5 on the Billboard Digital Chart and #25 on the Billboard 200 chart.  

On the iTunes Album Chart the release reached #1 in multiple countries around the world including, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Fiji, Indonesia and Uganda. The album also reached #1 in Australia, USA, UK and Canada on the iTunes Christian/Inspirational Chart. Finally, it reached #1 on the iTunes Concert Film Chart.

Once again Hillsong Music Publishing’s Manager Steve McPherson has been re-elected as a Director for AMCOS.  Congratulations to Steve and the rest of the successful candidates!


This December sees the next chapter of Alberts history unfold as we relocate to the creative hub of Surry Hills. Having been in Neutral Bay since 1984, we will be moving back across the Harbour Bridge with our new headquarters providing better access to other companies within the industry and in close proximity to studio space for our artists and writers. While we have to leave the #AlbertsRooftop behind, we will continue to hold live events as an opportunity to showcase our musicians to the broader music community.

In licensing, The Buzz by Hermitude features in a commercial for Samsung, and Back in Black features in a Ford campaign in the United States; You Get What You Give features in the telemovie Mary: The Making of A Princess; Good Times, Can't Find Love and Anyone Who Had a Heart will feature in Love Child (Series 3); No Longer There by The Cat Empire features in a campaign for The Climate Change Reality Project; Only One by John Butler Trio features in a thank you video for World Vision Australia, and Marry You by Bruno Mars features in a promo for The Farmer Wants A Wife. 

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