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Most Performed Urban Work Nominations - 2007

 

Title GET UP OUTTA THE DIRT
Artist BUTTERFINGERS
Writer Eddie Jacobson

The new album from the Butterfingers, 'The Deeper You Dig' is the follow-up to their hugely successful debut album, 'Breakfast At Fatboys' which was independently released in May 2004 on their own Label 'Valley Trash' via MGM Distribution.

'Breakfast At Fatboys' spawned the singles 'Everytime', 'Yo Mama' & 'I Love Work' - all heavily played on Triple J. It was a Triple J feature album and was an ARIA nominated Album 2004, for Best Independent Release. 'Everytime' & 'I Love Work' both charted in the Triple J's Hottest 100 of that year (#38 & #15 respectively).

The single FIGJAM which was released in 2005 thru FMR, achieved the #11 spot in the Triple J Hottest 100. In October 2005, "FIGJAM" was nominated for the Best Urban Release ARIA Award.

The group's latest single "Get Up Outta The Dirt", was released on the June 3, 2006, and this also has been hitlisted by Triple J.

 

Title HOLD ON
Artist PHRASE
Writers Harley Webster* / Jan Skubiszewski / Daniel Merriweather*
Publisher Marlin Publishing Pty Limited*

Melbourne rapper PHRASE is stepping out of the underground shadow to let the world know that Australia's Hip-Hop community is here to take over. by any means necessary.

Growing up in the suburbs of Melbourne, PHRASE's love of hip hop kicked off in his early teens when he started listening to Ice T, NWA, Ice Cube, and 2Pac. Whilst he was a certified fan of these US rappers, it wasn't until he began listening to community radio and new Australian rappers that he started to feel a real affinity with hip hop as an art-form.

Inspired by the likes of Bias B, Lyrical Commission, and Hilltop Hoods, PHRASE began to piece together an album's worth of material with a team of like-minded collaborators. Working together with producers Daniel Merriweather and J-Skoobz, tracks began to develop with a hardcore obsession to make sure all the right lyrics and sounds were in place. As the material on PHRASE's debut album "Talk With Force" clearly shows, it's all about fiercely honest and raw lyrics that provide distinct visual imagery to compliment PHRASE's impressive flow.

 

Title IN FRONT OF ME
Artist TZU
Writers Joel Ma / Corey McGregor / Pip Norman / Shehab Tariq
Publisher Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

From the bowels of Melbourne comes the Taoist stink of TZU; plop songsters, freestyle hip-shooters, audio bushrangers.

Linked by their obsession for freestyle rhymes and with a respect for each others talents, Tzu was formed in 1999 as a side project combining members of Curse ov Dialect and Pan. The group has grown into one of our hottest festival favourites playing events such as the Big Day Out, the Falls Festival and Good Vibrations over the past couple of years.

"In Front of Me" is the first single from their third album "Smiling at Strangers". It received airplay on Triple J, and the video has been broadcast on Rage and Video Hits.

 

Title IT'S ABOUT TO BLOW
Artist DJ PERIL
Writers Jason Foretti / Nathan Barbatiello / Christopher Drew
Publisher Rubber Music Publishing administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

'It's About To Blow' is the debut single from DJ Peril, a name synonymous with Australian Hip Hop. DJ Peril is well known as club DJ, promoter, producer and live party starter in the groundbreaking Australian Hip Hop act 1200 Techniques.

With 'It's About to Blow' DJ Peril sets a high benchmark for the new urban sound and leads from the front with the first taste from his debut solo album DJ Peril 'King of the Beats'. 'It's about to Blow' tore up the airwaves and stayed in the national airplay charts for 20 weeks

 

Title SUPERSTAR
Artist JADE MACRAE
Writers Jade MacRae / Dwaine Cruz* / Charles Lomu
Publisher Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd*

Jade MacRae is proving herself to be one of the great soul singers in this country. UK producer/DJ Ian Pooley, invited Jade to sing on his dance track "Heaven", which was a #1 dance record in Germany. Jade then teamed up with Michael Hegerty from Workstation records, and they worked on the demos with producers, including Melbourne wunderkind Israel, Jarrad Rogers and LA-based Warren Campbell (Mary Mary) and White Chocolate (Brandy, Destiny's Child).

The stunning demo tracks lead to major label interest, with Roadshow Music signing her to the label in mid 2004. Almost all of the tracks on her self titled debut album are written by Jade herself and she co-wrote the remainder, proving herself not only an accomplished performer but a gifted songwriter as well.

Her debut album spawned three highly successful releases "You Make Me Weak", "So Hot Right Now" and "Superstar. "You Make Me Weak" was nominated at the 2006 APRA Awards for Most Performed Urban Work. "So Hot Right Now" was nominated at the 2005 ARIA Awards for Best R&B Release and also nominated for an MTV Music Award. In 2006 Jade scored two ARIA Nominations for Best Urban Release and Best Female Artist.

Jade was invited to tour with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Immediately following her performance, James Brown sent his manager 'Super Frank' to tell Jade; "Mr Brown sent me to tell you that he was listening, and he liked what he heard. You have 'it'."

"Superstar" featuring 6 Pound peaked at #31 in the charts.

Jade is working on new material for her second album which is to be released in 2007.