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Pop Work of the Year

Diamonds

ARTIST
Rihanna

WRITERS
Mikkel Eriksen
Sia
Tor Hermansen
Benjamin Levin^

PUBLISHERS
EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd obo EMI Music Publishing Ltd / Kobalt Music Publishing Australia P/L obo Where Da Kasz At and Matza Ballzack Music^

Don't Worry Be Happy

ARTIST
Guy Sebastian

WRITER
Guy Sebastian

PUBLISHER
Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

If Looks Could Kill

ARTIST
Timomatic

WRITERS
Anthony Egizii
David Musumeci
Timomatic

PUBLISHER
EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Set it Off

ARTIST
Timomatic

WRITERS
Anthony Egizii
David Musumeci
Timomatic

PUBLISHER
EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Sitting on Top of the World

ARTIST
Delta Goodrem

WRITERS
Delta Goodrem*
John Shanks (ASCAP)

PUBLISHERS
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia P/L / Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia P/L obo Tone Ranger Music and Native Tongue Music Publishing obo Imagem Music NL

Title: Diamonds
Artist: Rihanna
Writers: Mikkel Eriksen / Sia / Tor Hermansen / Benjamin Levin^
Publishers: EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd obo EMI Music Publishing Ltd / Kobalt Music Publishing Australia P/L obo Where Da Kasz At and Matza Ballzack Music^

Mikkel Eriksen & Tor Hermansen (aka Stargate)

Mikkel Eriksen and Tor Hermansen

Stargate, composed of Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen, has worked with some of the most influential names in music over the past decade, including Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Jennifer Hudson, Trey Songz, Mariah Carey, and Mary J. Blige.

Their melodies and hooks are unmistakable and have produced some of the biggest hits of today, including the Number 1 Billboard hits 'Rude Boy', 'Only Girl (In The World)', 'Black&Yellow', 'What´s My Name' and 'Firework. With numerous accolades from The Recording Academy, ASCAP, Billboard, and Rolling Stone, Stargate is paving the way for the future of music.

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Sia

Sia

Before mainstream success with her solo career, Sia recorded Healing is Difficult in 2000, and Colour the Small One in 2003.  She followed up with Lady Croissant (mostly a live album) and Some People Have Real Problems in 2007.  Sia has also collaborated with the likes of Katie Noonan, The Bird and the Bee, Lior, Flight of the Conchords and Fatboy Slim among others.

Her music has appeared on numerous television shows and movies including Six Feet Under ('Breathe Me'), Grey's Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Private Practice, The Secret Diary of Call Girl.

The track 'Clap Your Hands' was the first single released from Sia's fifth studio album We Are Born, (2010). Produced by noted Los Angeles producer Greg Kurstin, the album features fourteen songs full of finessed immediacy and stark power and kinetic rhythmic motion. Yet they sacrifice none of the raw emotionality that distinguished Sia's often more inward-leaning and languorous work, both with the cinematic U.K. duo Zero 7 and on her own previous recordings. 

In 2010, We Are Born received the honours of Best Pop Release and Best Independent Release at the ARIA Music Awards, and achieved Gold accreditation on the ARIA charts in 2011. The previous year she won the ARIA Best Music DVD for Some People Have Real Problems.

Furler co-wrote and sang 'I Love It' for the Hilltop Hoods' 2012 album, Drinking from the Sun. The track spent 21 weeks Australian ARIA Singles Chart where it peaked at Number 2. The track has also sold triple Platinum in Australia.

More recently, Furler sang on Flo Rida's song 'Wild Ones' which reached Number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, and in March 2012 Sia released a career retrospective Best of…and has been appearing as a vocal coach on various TV shows.

On songwriting (which she does during 'scheduled writing appointments') she says: "To me the important part of songwriting is just writing and getting it right and then singing it. That's the part I like. When it feels right you get, like, a rush of endorphins; it releases some natural opiates. And when it's wrong, you don't get that kind of rush. You get more like an intuitive feeling of 'Danger! Danger! Bad Song! Bad Song!'

I write fast. I can write a song in two hours. It doesn't mean I'm a good songwriter but what it does mean is that I can write fast and we can then lose what is shit and what is good. So I think that is why now I've become in demand as a songwriter for other artists. It's because I'm prolific. That's really what I think my gift is, that I can just write really fast, blurting out tunes, and they might not be good but the great news is that, you know, you'll get a bunch of material and you then can cherrypick the best stuff. We never leave the room empty."

Previous APRA Music Award:

  • 2002 Breakthrough Songwriter Award

www.siamusic.net

Benjamin Levin

Benjamin Levin (aka Benny Blanco)

Benjamin Levin professionally known as Benny Blanco, is an American rapper, musician, songwriter and record producer. With 14 number-one singles to his name, the 24-year-old producer and songwriter Benny Blanco has already made an indelible mark on the contemporary pop-music scene.

He has written and produced songs for artists such as Katy Perry ('California Gurls', 'Teenage Dream'), Maroon 5 ('Moves like Jagger, 'Payphone'), Britney Spears ('Circus'), Taio Cruz ('Dynamite'), Kesha ('Tik Tok'), Gym Class Heroes ('Stereo Hearts', 'Ass Back Home''), Wiz Khalifa ('Work Hard, Play Hard', 'Roll Up') and Trey Songz ('Heart Attack').  Blanco was initially mentored in the music world by award-winning producer Dr. Luke, and has since collaborated in the studio with other music heavyweights such as Shellback, Ryan Tedder, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Dan Wilson, Mike Posner, Max Martin, Sean Paul and Paul Epworth.

Benny's most recent songs include Ke$ha's 'Die Young' and Rihanna's 'Diamonds', both of which became Number 1 records in late 2012. Additionally, Blanco received the Songwriter of the Year Award at the BMI Pop Awards in early 2012.

Blanco's extramusical activities include being a frequent guest lecturer at NYU's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music and the Get Well Soon Tour, a charity that Blanco started designed to bring superstar musical performances to sick kids in hospitals

www.myspace.com/bennybyoudig

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Guy Sebastian
Title: Don't Worry Be Happy
Artist: Guy Sebastian
Writer: Guy Sebastian
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Guy Sebastian

Guy Sebastian has released seven Top 10 Platinum/multi platinum albums, six of which have reached the top 5 on the ARIA Album Chart, including a Number 1 and 2.  He has also released eleven singles that have reached the Top 10 of the ARIA Chart, including six Number 1 hits including 'Like it Like That', 'Out With My Baby' and 'All I Need is You'.

With 42 platinum and 3 gold accreditations and over 3 million album and single sales in Australia, he has the highest accreditations and sales of any Australian Idol contestant, and indeed is one of the biggest selling Australian artists.

During his career Sebastian has been nominated for seventeen ARIA Music Awards and his debut single 'Angels Brought Me Here' won the 2004 ARIA Award for Highest Selling Single, and in 2010 ARIA announced it was the highest selling song of the previous decade. The song also reached Number 1 in four Asian countries and New Zealand.  And in 2011 Sebastian again took out Highest Selling Single with 'Who's that Girl' (featuring Eve).

The single 'Don't Worry Be Happy' was the lead single from his seventh album, Armageddon. The track reached Number 5 on the ARIA Singles Chart and has sold over 4 x Platinum. Sebastian again found success in 2013 with his collaboration with Lupe Fiasco 'Battle Scars' which won the R&B/Hip Hop category of the International Songwriting Competition, and reached 71 in the Billboard charts. The track also hit Number 1 in Australia and has sold 8 x Platinum. The album Armageddon reached Number 1 on the ARIA Album charts, and is his second album to achieve that feat.

He is a previous APRA Award winner for Urban Work of the Year for 'Who's that Girl' (2011) and previous recipient of Oz Artist of the Year, and Best Male Artist and Best R&B Album (Urban Music Awards).

Early in 2013 Sebastian and Lupe Fiasco were invited to perform 'Battle Scars' as the finale at the Grammy Foundation's Music Preservation Project. Sebastian has recently been announced as the support act for Taylor Swift's Australian tour happening in December.

Previous APRA Music Awards

  • 2011 Urban Work of the Year Who’s That Girl - Guy Sebastian/Eve Jeffers
  • 2006 Most Performed Urban Work Oh Oh - Guy Sebastian / Jarrad Rogers

www.guysebastian.com.au

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Title: If Looks Could Kill
Artist: Timomatic
Writers: Anthony Egizii / David Musumeci / Timomatic
Publisher: EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd
Winner
Title: Set it Off
Artist: Timomatic
Writers: Anthony Egizii / David Musumeci / Timomatic
Publisher: EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci (DNA Songs)

DNA Songs

After signing a worldwide publishing agreement with EMI Music Publishing in March 2011, David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii who make up the dynamic duo of songwriters in Australia DNA celebrated the achievement of securing triple platinum sales with Marvin Priest’s (Island Records) debut single Own This Club; which they co-wrote and produced. Own This Club peaked at #6 on the ARIA chart and stayed in the top 10 for 10 weeks with over 250,000 downloads.

The triumph continued in quick succession with the release of X-Factor winner Reece Mastin’s single Good Night (Sony Music) which became the fastest selling single of 2011, hitting #1 just minutes after it went to iTunes and achieving in excess of quadruple platinum sales, 280,000 units.

In early 2012, Timomatic’s Set It Off (Sony Music), co-written by DNA and Timomatic, peaked at #2 on the ARIA Singles Charts and has sold over 280,000 (4 x platinum) units to date – the song has been licensed in over 30 synch placements around the world. Timomatic’s second single, If Looks Could Kill was released in April and is another DNA co-write and production and debuted in the ARIA Top 10 after only one week of sales, has sold in excess of 140,000 units (double platinum) to date.

DNA also co-wrote and produced the second single for Reece Mastin, entitled Shut Up And Kiss Me which debuted at # 2 on the ARIA chart and is certified platinum status (in excess of 70,000 units) and followed that up with a # 1 third single with Reece entitled Shout It Out which has also achieved platinum accreditation.

DNA also co-wrote and produced the platinum selling hit ON TOP for Johnny Ruffo and followed that up by achieving a gold selling single with the song MUSIC WONT BREAK YOUR HEART for Stan Walker.

In April 2012 David and Anthony embarked on their first big international writing trip - one of the songs from this trip was recorded by UK Polydor all girl group The Saturdays and will be included on their fourth studio album and their reality series CHASING THE SATURDAYS.

DNA were immensely proud to announce their association with Sony Music which has them exclusively producing current and upcoming artist projects for the company in 2012 and 2013, and also developing and signing acts to their own imprint through Sony Music.

In August 2012, DNA was presented with an award from Denis Handlin for achieving over a million sales of songs they have co-written and produced for the company.

DNA received the award for MOST PERFORMED WORK URBAN WORK for OWN THIS CLUB – Marvin Priest at the 2012 APRA Music Awards.

An amazing way to conclude 2012 for DNA, they scored all the final songs for the last three contestants on the 2012 series of X Factor – their co-write and production of WHAT YOU’VE DONE TO ME which was co-written in Stockholm went to # 1 and platinum on the ARIA charts after 4 days of sales for the winner Samantha Jade – the single has now sold in excess of triple platinum status (210,000 units). Another DNA song and production, SURRENDER was also released by 2nd runner up The Collective and was in the iTunes Top 3 after 2 days and now a gold selling single. The runner up Jason Owens also released a DNA composition entitled MAKE IT LAST.

DNA’s most recent co-write and production with STAN WALKER entitled TAKE IT EASY is being used over the end credits for the film MT ZION, Stan’s debut acting role – the film is now the 2nd biggest box office debut in New Zealand history and the single is # 1 on the iTunes and airplay charts in NZ, and is certified platinum over the Tasman!!

The second half of 2013 sees DNA having new releases with Timomatic, Justice Crew, The Collective, Max and Bianca (through Wonderlick Recordings/Sony), Samantha Jade and Jess Mauboy (DNA co-wrote and produced two songs on her debut album deluxe edition which achieved over double platinum sales).

DNA has received 4 nominations for the 2013 APRA Awards:-
1. Breakthrough Songwriter Of The Year
2. Most Played Australian Work – SET IT OFF – TIMOMATIC
3. Pop Work Of The Year – SET IT OFF – TIMOMATIC
4. Pop Work Of The Year – IF LOOKS COULD KILL – TIMOMATIC

Previous APRA Music Award

  • 2012 Urban Work of the Year Own this Club - Anthony Egizii/David Musumeci/Marvin Priest

www.dnasongs.com

Timomatic

Timomatic

Growing up in a musical family, Timomatic's love of music and performing was increasingly apparent to all those around him, even at an early age.

"When I was about nine my family joined a family band and started performing, and I was the percussionist for that band. In the intermission of those shows they'd let me come on and do my Michael Jackson impersonation. I was really into Michael Jackson at that age, and I learned how to mimic him really well, and I guess that's how it all really began to kick off for me as a performer."

At fifteen, Timomatic was already making a name for himself in the dance world, securing a part-time position as artistic director/choreographer of a dance company in Canberra. By the time he turned eighteen, he had firmly decided that performing was his destiny.

"After concentrating on dancing for a few years, in 2008 I went to music school for a year and I got a Diploma in Entertainment, majoring in vocal training - I did this because I wanted to get my vocals and music up to scratch; that was me paying attention and focusing on my music."

After setting audiences into a frenzy with performances on So You Think You Can Dance? and Australia's Got Talent Timomatic was signed by Sony Music and released his first official single, the infectious and dynamic, 'Set It Off', co-written with, and produced by hot production team DNA (Stan Walker, Marvin Priest, Jessica Mauboy).  The single was taken from his self-titled album released in August 2012.

"In a global sense, the first thing I want people to know about me as an artist is 'Set it Off'. It shows off my energy and my musical style, and the video shows just how much I love to dance. I really believe that 'Set it Off' is the first 'official' sound of Timomatic - it's the closest I've ever come to finding a perfect representation of me.

He says, 'Set it Off' is an upbeat party-starter; it's a big summer-track. It's a dance anthem and it's got a real cool feel to it. The title is a command - 'To all my people on the dancefloor, Set it off' - and it's a challenge to lose control, lose all your inhibitions and just have a good time"

The single has racked up 4 x Platinum sales and reached No 1 on the ARIA Singles Charts.  The track was also nominated for Song of the Year at the 2012 ARIA Music Awards. His subsequent singles have continued these successes with 'If Looks Could Kill' going double Platinum, and 'Can You Feel It' and 'Incredible' both achieved Gold sales in Australia.

Testament to the power of his performances, Timomatic found himself being requested to support the likes of Janet Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Flo Rida, and Salt 'N Pepa on their Australian tours.

www.timomatic.com

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Delta Goodrem
Title: Sitting on Top of the World
Artist: Delta Goodrem
Writers: Delta Goodrem* / John Shanks (ASCAP)
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia P/L / Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia P/L obo Tone Ranger Music and Native Tongue Music Publishing obo Imagem Music NL

Delta Goodrem

Australian singer-songwriter Delta Goodrem has just released her fourth studio album Child Of the Universe.  With three Number 1 albums already to her credit, countless number one and top 10 singles, numerous ARIA Awards, so many classic songs and over 6 million units sold worldwide, she is one of the most successful Australian recording artists of the past decade.

Her smash debut album Innocent Eyes featured an incredible five Number 1 singles 'Born to Try', 'Innocent Eyes', 'Lost Without You', 'Not Me, Not I' and 'Predictable' and stayed at Number 1 for a record breaking 25 weeks.  The debut also earned her a swag of six ARIA Music Awards including Best Female Artist in 2003. The album has gone on to be the highest selling album of the decade 2000-2009.

In 2004, Goodrem released Mistaken Identity, her second studio album which entered the ARIA charts at Number 1 and spawned two Number 1 singles and quickly gained multi-platinum status. In 2005, Goodrem embarked on The Visualise Tour, her debut concert tour of Australia, combining songs from both Innocent Eyes and Mistaken Identity.

Goodrem released her third studio album, self-titled Delta, on 20 October 2007 to yet another Number 1 debut, gaining multi-platinum status within the first few months of release. Goodrem also shifted attention to different markets, releasing the album in the Far East and the USA. In January 2009, Goodrem embarked on the Believe Again Tour of Australia to support her third studio album.  She has sold approximately 6.7 million albums, and 8 million combined albums and singles worldwide.

The euphoric 'Sitting On Top Of The World' (co-written by US producer John Shanks) was the first single from her fourth LP Child of the Universe. The bulk of the recording of Child of the Universe took place in two of the most iconic music studios in the world - the famed Capitol and Henson Studios, both in Hollywood - with additional sessions taking place at Delta and Gary Clark's respective home studios. 'Sitting on Top of The World' debuted and peaked at Number 2 on the ARIA Charts and was certified 2x Platinum and was also nominated for Song of the Year at the 2012 ARIA Music Awards.

Delta has since followed up with the singles 'Dancing with a Broken Heart' and 'Wish You Were Here' and continues her work as a coach and mentor on TV's The Voice Season 2, alongside Ricky Martin, Joel Madden and Seal.

Previous APRA Music Award

  • 2004 Breakthrough Songwriter

www.deltagoodrem.com

John Shanks

John Shanks

Recognised as hit songwriter and accomplished guitar player, John Shanks has produced and/or written 43 Number 1 singles, 86 Number 1 albums and sold over 60 million records to date in the genres of Rock, Pop and Country music. In 2005, he won the Grammy for Producer of the Year. To people in the industry, his work is considered the gold standard .

John's home base is Los Angeles' Henson Studio C, formerly A&M Records Studios. The room he has recorded in for the last seven years is itself a legendary space, where Joni Mitchell's Blue was recorded as well as Carole King's Tapestry and many others seminal tracks.

While John got his first break as tour guitarist for Teena Marie while he was still in high school, songwriting was never far away. He was soon writing jingles and themes for commercials and movies of the week, even as his guitar skills remained in high demand for demos and session work.

After briefly playing guitar in Melissa Etheridge's band, John left to concentrate more on his own writing and production, and in the 1990s, he worked with diverse rock, pop and blues acts like Alanis Morrisette, The Corrs, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker and others. John and Melissa reunited in the late nineties to co-write and produce her Grammy-nominated 1999 album Breakdown and he's been working with some of the biggest names in music ever since.

John's success continued into the 2000s where some of his biggest hits included Keith Urban's 'Somebody Like You,' Miley Cyrus' 'The Climb', Bon Jovi's '(Who Says) You Can't Go Home,' Natasha Bedingfield's 'Pocketful of Sunshine', Kelly Clarkson's 'Breakaway,' Ashlee Simpson's 'Pieces of Me' and The Wreckers' 'Leave The Pieces.' He also co-wrote and produced Take That's international hit album Beautiful World including the Number 1 single 'Patience' which won the BRIT award for Song of the Year in 2007. He reteamed with Take That the following year to produce Circus which also became a multi-platinum Number 1 album. John also worked on singles and albums with artists like Chris Isaak, Steven Tyler, Liz Phair, Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Santana, Sting, Annie Lennox, Leona Lewis, Robbie Robertson and others.

John remains one of the most in-demand writer/producers in the world. In February 2012, he sent the music blogs into a frenzy when it was announced he had produced Van Halen's comeback album A Different Kind of Truth. He has also recently worked with such artists as Colbie Calliat, Goo Goo Dolls, Westlife, Delta Goodrem, Lawson and he's currently in the studio with Bon Jovi working on their 5th album together. A chameleon in the studio that improves and clarifies artists' own voices rather than imposing a signature sound, John's work continues to be diverse, eclectic and successful.

johnshanks.com

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