After exploding onto the music scene during Australian Idol 2003, Joel Turner & The Modern Day Poets (his brother Dub LT and their cousin C4) have continued recording and releasing albums, keeping their musical dreams real.
The group's first single, the heartfelt, "These Kids" made an incredible debut at #1 on the ARIA singles chart. The single finished 2004 as #8 best selling single, but more importantly, Joel was the most successful Australian singer, songwriter in the singles chart that year. With "These Kids" already selling Double Platinum and the album selling Gold, the eagerly awaited second single from Joel Turner and the Modern Day Poets' debut album was released.
"Knock You Out" peaked in the Top 20 of the Australian ARIAnet singles chart in 2005. The song features Joel's trademark beat boxing, and a rap from The Man - Anthony Mundine, all built around the classic riff from "Eye of the Tiger". Other successful singles, taken from the album include "Funk U Up" and "Respect", which remained Top 10 in the AIR Independent charts well into early 2006. The album finally achieved Platinum sales status, proving to music critics and the industry alike that Joel was more than just a passing fad. He was also nominated for three ARIA Awards and two APRA Awards (Most Performed Urban Work for both "These Kids" and "Funk U Up").
2006 was once again a big year for Joel Turner as he returned with a new single "All Night Long", once again featuring the talents of Modern Day Poets (MDP) C4, and coming Australian talents - Israel and Stan Bravo!
2007 saw the release of the sensational new album Out Of the Box again showcasing Joel's incredible beat boxing talents, his phenomenal guitar playing, singing, rapping and production skills. The album featured hits like the blazing "We On Fire!", the club floor-filler "Dope" and soaring "City Of Dreams". The album features the lyrical talents of Modern Day Poets cohorts C4 and K1, and new kid on the block - Preech. Also on production with Joel is New York based producer Dan Rigo of Duke & Hazzard/One Shot Productions whose credits include Jay Z, J-Lo, Sisco, Nappy Roots, 2Pac and many more.
Israel Cruz is an Australian R&B singer originally from the Philippines. After moving to Melbourne at the age of 13, Israel followed his passion with music and was eventually signed to SonyBMG. His debut "Wake Up With You" reached the top 50 in October 2004, while his second release "Old Skool Luv" reached the top 20 in February 2005. He also featured on a remix of Kyle's single "Beautiful Woman" and "Work Da Middle", featuring Thara.
Israel released his debut album Chapter 1 in September 2005 which features his three released singles "Wake Up With You" (peaked at #44 AUS), "Old Skool Luv" featuring Valerie and K.G (peaked at #18 AUS), "Work Da Middle Part 2" (featuring Thara) and "My Girl" didn't manage to enter the ARIA top 50 but "My Girl" managed to reach the #1 spot on The Edge 96.ONE countdown.
Israel assisted in the production of albums for artists such as Jade Macrae and Ricki-Lee. He was also featured in Jade Macrae's highest selling single "So Hot Right Now" in early 2005.
In 2007 Israel was the winner of Best R&B Single at the Urban Music Awards Australia and New Zealand.
Formed by Chris Colonna and his sister Pia, the Bumblebeez make a cut-and-paste brand of hip-hop rock. The band was Unearthed by Triple J in 2002 and also won a FLY TV competition which scored them a record deal on Fly Records. They released EPs in 2002 and 2003, and then their single "Pony Ride" in 2004 which brought them tour supports with the likes of Radiohead.
Their long awaited 2007 album was 3 years in gestation as the band rode through the rollercoaster ride of getting signed to a major label in the US and being heralded as the second coming, getting added to the Lollapalooza tour only for it to be cancelled and subsequently getting dropped from their label and effectively having to start all over again.
Amid the drama, the band worked with UK producer James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco, Klaxons, Arctic Monkeys) as well as Zdar in Paris (to give it a little Euro-crunk in the trunk) and the final result was Prince Umberto & The Sister Of Ill; a dizzying trip through popular music from yesterday to tomorrow, from Braidwood to Botswana to Bombay to Brooklyn, with bits and pieces of doo-wop, garage, punk-rock, hip-hop, reggae, R'n'B, grime and acid all seeping into the mix. With classic singles like "Dr. Love" and "Rio", the album was nominated for a J Award in 2007.
Prince Umberto & The Sister Of Ill is a brother/sister triumph over adversity, a celebration of low end rumble and hyperactive creativity akin to spinning around the world at hyper-speed; it's a party and we're all invited to do the fandango, so get dancing!
Born of professional New Zealand born musicians Jade has been surrounded by music, stars, studios and stages all her life. After learning both piano and violin as a youngster, she completed her high school education at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney. She sang her way through school, funding her musical education by performing with vocalists such as Renee Geyer, Disco Montego and Jimmy Barnes.
While singing with Jimmy Barnes, Jade's immense natural talent was recognized by Workstation Records manager Michael Hegerty. Together they worked on Jade's first LP, with Jade taking care of most of the writing duties. Roadshow Music signed Jade in 2004 and subsequently released her self-titled debut record which cemented her as a star on the rise in the Australian music scene.
Her debut single "You Make Me Weak" debuted in the top 50 of the Australian singles charts in November 2004, and her follow-up single "So Hot Right Now" debuted in the top 20 in February 2005. The album produced three top 40 singles and won the 2006 and 2007 Urban Music Awards for Best Female Artist, and was also nominated for ARIA, MTV & APRA awards in 2005/2006.
A prolific song-writer, Jade currently splits her time between writing songs in Australia and overseas for major artists from around the world including the UK, France, Germany and Asia, and working towards the highly anticipated completion of her new pop album tentatively titled "Get Me Home."
Late last year Jade also released a new music video "In the Basement" from her forthcoming album.
Swedish top songwriter/producer Arnthor Birgisson has made a huge impact on the international music scene. Birgisson's platinum-selling US hits with 98 Degrees and other international stars have led to a great number of high profile production and writing assignments for him and his songwriter/producer partner Anders "BAG" Bagge. He has scored chart hits with Ronan Keating, (UK No. 1) Stephen Gately (UK No. 3), Boyzone, 98 Degrees (US No. 2), Samantha Mumba (UK No. 2, US No. 4), Madasun, (UK Top 15) Precious, Innosense, Honeyz (UK No.7) and Hinda Ultra Naté, among others.
Birgisson and Bagge penned 98 Degrees' hit single, "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)," which achieved heavy rotation on pop radio, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard 100. Birgisson also co-wrote and produced the smash singles, "Play," a European No. 1 song for Jennifer Lopez, and "Irresistible" for Jessica Simpson. He also co-wrote and produced the debut single, "Us Against The World," for Columbia US newcomers Play, and has current projects with Ricky Martin, Santana and Samantha Mumba.
In 2003 the internationally respected Hip-Hop Connection Magazine predicted that: When Australian Hip-Hop breaks out, these chaps will be spearheading the campaign. No silly gimmicks, no wack beats, no nonsense Hip-Hop. Now, years later their words ring eerily true.
Following the success of 2003's gold certified The Calling, which also has the honour of being Australian Hip-Hop's highest selling release to date, Hilltop Hoods have emerged as the undisputed leaders of a burgeoning local scene, and won the respect of Hip-Hop's international underground. Since then the Hilltop Hoods have refined their approach while never abandoning the unique sound they created in the Adelaide Hills.
Hilltop Hoods have been a group since 1991 after MCs Suffa and Pressure met in school together, meeting DJ Debris later on. Arguably Australia's most successful hip -hop act, Hilltop Hoods are regulars on Triple J, scoring well in the "Hottest 100", and one of the most sought after bands on the live circuit. Hilltop Hoods also were nominated for five ARIA Awards and won two out of those five, including, "Best Urban Release" and "Best Independent Release". They became the first Australian Hip Hop group to reach number one on the ARIA charts after their release of The Hard Road on April 1, 2006.
Towards late 2006 they released their third single from The Hard Road which was the song and music video "What a Great Night". They released The Hard Road Restrung (a remix of their previous album recorded with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra), which some considered a highly controversial move. It paid dividends for the band that is bigger than ever.
The fact that a song of such high quality such as 'What a Great Night' is the third single from the Hilltop Hoods latest album 'The Hard Road' highlights the depth of the album. 'What a Great Night' does not fall for some of the usual pitfalls of hip-hop; overproduction, arrogance, over-mixing; rather it is simple but clever and, perhaps more than anything, quintessentially 'Gen Y' Australian. The Hoods are becoming more and more a cultural icon of Australia, all while laying ace tracks.
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