Powderfinger’s final album Golden Rule was recorded in Byron Bay on the New South Wales north coast and was met with an impressive debut at Number 1 on the ARIA Albums chart. The album saw the band reunite with US producer Nick Didia who worked with them on some of their most successful albums, The Internationalist, Odyssey Number Five and Vulture Street.
This was a fitting reflection of their stellar career so far which had spanned 21 years, eight albums (five of them reaching Number 1 on the ARIA charts), 16 ARIA Music Awards and produced the classic tracks “Pick You Up”, “D.A.F”, “The Day You Come”, “My Kind of Scene” and “Lost and Running”.
The first single from Golden Rule was released to radio in September 2009, and was titled "All of the Dreamers" and was voted in at Number 49 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2009. They followed up with “Burn Your Name”, in December, just before they began touring at the 2010 Big Day Out. The third single from the album, “Sail The Widest Stretch”, was released in April 2010.
Also in April 2010, Powderfinger announced they would disband as a touring and recording band following their Sunsets Farewell Tour.
On 25 January 2011, the band released a previously unreleased song as a fundraiser for the Premier's Flood Appeal as a result of the major flooding in the band's home state of Queensland. The song, "I'm on your side" was released through the band's website with all proceeds going towards the cause.
Previous APRA Music Awards:
2000 - Song of the Year Passenger - Jonathan Coghill / John Collins / Ian Haug / Darren Middleton / Bernard Fanning
2001 - Song of the Year My Happiness - Jonathan Coghill / John Collins / Ian Haug / Darren Middleton / Bernard Fanning
2004 - Songwriters of the Year - Jonathan Coghill / John Collins / Ian Haug / Darren Middleton / Bernard Fanning
John Butler Trio’s fifth studio album April Uprising was released in March 2010. The LP was recorded with new line up featuring Byron Luiters (bassist) and Nicky Bomba (drummer and percussionist).
April Uprising was named after Butler's voyage to find his ancestors on SBS Television’s genealogy series, Who Do You Think You Are? The first single from the album, "One Way Road", was released in December 2009. Butler described the song as being “the combination of pretty much most of my musical influences; dancehall, roots & rock. Some how we found a way to bring all these feels in a way that sounds natural and not too contrived or cerebral. I’m really happy with how we captured the vibe of this song.”
The band, according to billboard.com, recorded twenty-two songs at Butler's home based studio in Fremantle, this was eventually cut down to the fifteen that appear on the album. April Uprising debuted at Number 1 on the Australian ARIA albums chart on 5 April and whilst the first two singles from the album, "One Way Road" and "Close to You", charted at Number 15 and Number 36 on the Australian ARIA singles charts, they both reached the top five in the Spins radio airplay charts, the former reaching Number 1.
“Revolution” is the opening track and third single from April Uprising, and showcases Butler’s fiercely passionate politics. It reached number 34 on the ARIA chart and has achieved Gold sales status in Australia.
On 4 June 2010 John Butler Trio played a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, which was streamed live to fans around the world at Livestream. In November 2010, April Uprising, was nominated at the ARIA Awards for Best Blues and Roots Album and Best Independent Release.
John Butler Trio’s previous studio albums include John Butler (1998), Three (2001), Sunrise Over Sea (2004) and Grand National (2007).
Previous APRA Music Awards:
2004 - Song of the Year Zebra
2006 - Most Performed Blues & Roots Work Somethings Gotta Give
2008 - Blues and Roots Work of the Year Good Excuse
“Plans” was the second single from the self-titled Birds of Tokyo - the group’s third studio album. The single peaked at Number 11 on the ARIA singles chart, and was their first ever single to hit Top 50 in Australia. Birds of Tokyo also performed this song at the 2010 ARIA Music Awards, where the song was nominated for Single of the Year. The track was also voted in at Number 4 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 Countdown for 2010 and has achieved double Platinum sales status in Australia.
In an interview with Triple J, front man Ian Kenny said regarding the song:
"When you're writing records, every now and then you come across a bit of a stone in the road in the writing process, and you start questioning things. “Plans” just wasn't coming together the way we thought it should, so we put the song down for a bit, and when we returned to it — I don't remember what we did differently — it came together. We got the demo and went, 'Yep, that's got something in its guts.’”
The band’s album, Birds of Tokyo, gave them their highest ever chart debut and was certified Gold in its first month of release. The disc debuted at #1 on the Australian Independent charts and came within a whisker of toppling Eminem from the top of the national Top 100 rankings thanks to the group’s first genuine hit single, “Plans,” which was ensconced in the continent’s iTunes’ Top 10.
The album was recorded in Sydney, Gothenburg and New York City, with producer Scott Horscroft (Silverchair, The Presets, Sleepy Jackson) and mixer Michael Brauer (Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Phoenix) along with guitarist Adam Spark, who served as one of the album’s producers.
Birds of Tokyo’s debut album Day One reached Number 3 on the AIR charts and spent 36 weeks in the Top 10. In 2008 they followed up with Universes, which hit Number 3 on the ARIA albums chart. Their latest effort Birds of Tokyo topped that, peaking at Number 2.
In March 2011 the band announced bass player Anthony Jackson parted ways with the band.
Jet first gained notoriety in 2002 with their self-released EP, Dirty Sweet. Just months after they landed the coveted opening slot on the Rolling Stones’ Australian tour Jet released the critically acclaimed Get Born. That album produced the runaway hit single “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” spurred by its inclusion in the second ever iTunes ad and was the catalyst for record sales that hit 4 million. With this recording, JET swept the Australian Record Industry Association awards with seven nominations and six wins including Album and Single of the Year.
As JET began working on Shine On, Nic and Chris Cester were felled by the tragic loss of their father, who inspired the album’s title track. Shine On debuted at Number 16 on the U.S. charts and at Number 3 on the Australian charts. While garnering mixed critical reviews, Shine On was praised by numerous publications. Q Magazine called it as "new old rock at its finest” and New Musical Express best summed it up by noting, “If you get a kick out of glorious, ragged old rock 'n' roll, then you'll consider it essential.”
2009’s Shaka Rock reveals new dimensions of JET while never losing the raw roots of Get Born or the grace and melody of Shine On, which together went on to make JET an international band of style and substance. In the writing and recording of Shaka Rock, which took place in Miami, Brooklyn, Austin, Sydney and Melbourne, the band worked hard to create 12 finely crafted tracks that owe as much to JET’s past as to their future. The band also stepped up to the plate in the studio, working side by side as co-producers with Chris “Frenchie” Smith to ensure that Shaka Rock would live up to their own expectations.
"Seventeen" was released as the third single from Shaka Rock in April 2010, climbing up to Number 31 on the Australian Singles Chart in its 5th week on the chart. In October 2010 it was certified Gold in Australia with shipments of over 35 000 copies.
Previous APRA Music Awards:
2005 - Songwriter of the Year - Jet - Nicholas Cester / Cameron Muncey / Chris Cester
2005 - Most Performed Australian Work Overseas Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Nicholas Cester / Cameron Muncey
2006 - Most Performed Australian Work Overseas Are You Gonna Be My Girl Nicholas Cester / Cameron Muncey
2007 Most Performed Australian Work Overseas Are You Gonna Be My Girl Nicholas Cester / Cameron Muncey
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