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Howzat! Archive - January 13th 2016

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Josh Pyke is starting 2016 with a big gig at the Melbourne Zoo on 12 Feb. "I do like playing unusual venues," Josh tells Howzat! "It was the plan to make this tour take in some more unusual venues, so I'm really happy to be doing these shows." The Sydney pop master - who once played at Darwin's Fannie Bay Gaol - is promoting his latest album, But For All These Shrinking Hearts, which debuted at number two. It was Josh's fifth Top 10 album, but he's yet to have a chart-topper. "I'd be lying if I said it [a number one album] wouldn't be nice, but I don't hold that up as something that is super important. It's way more important that I can still play great shows and have people sing the words right back to me. That's the truest barometer of success." A recent article described Josh, 38, as "somewhat of a veteran within the Australian music scene". Does he feel like a veteran? "I do, in some ways. I actually have a lot of experience, and I've seen the industry change so much, and I reckon I've done a pretty good job navigating those changes. On the other hand, every time I write a song I'm happy with I feel the same awe and mystery as when I was 16. I'm happy to have a balance between being experienced and coveting that sense of awe." 2015 was a big year for Josh. As well as releasing his fifth album, he did gigs with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and WA Symphony Orchestra, and launched his own beer, "The Summer", with Young Henrys brewery, which he'll be selling at the upcoming shows. "Hectic" is the word he uses to sum up the year. Josh plans to slow down in 2016. So no new album? "No, it's way too soon! Though having said that, we are releasing the recordings of the SSO collaboration, so I guess I am. But honestly, I want 2016 to be the year of cutting back on a few things. The last 10 years has been amazing but also so hectic, and I'd like to just focus on touring and spending time with my family. If I happen to write a bunch of songs along the way that'd be great, but I'm not going to pressure myself."

Just 18 Aussie singles hit the Top 10 in 2015 (down from 23 in 2014). But 59 local albums reached the Top 10, with 12 hitting number one, led by Lee Kernaghan's Spirit Of The Anzacs, which spent four weeks on top. Only three local singles - from Delta and Grace and Conrad Sewell - topped the charts.

"I hope I don't die before I get old" - Josh Pyke, Hollering Hearts.

The year starts with just four Aussie singles in the national Top 40.

The Trouble With Us MARCUS MARR & CHET FAKER (number 11)
Youth TROYE SIVAN (23)
Fire And The Flood VANCE JOY (30)

A stack of Channel Seven promos helps the Molly soundtrack jump into the Top 10.

Molly Soundtrack VARIOUS (number nine)
Jess & Matt JESS & MATT (11)
The Very Best Of Richie THE 12TH MAN (13)
Blue Neighbourhood TROYE SIVAN (14)
Cyrus CYRUS (16)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (20)
Triple J Like A Version Vol. 11 VARIOUS (21)
Louise Adams LOUISE ADAMS (23)
Currents TAME IMPALA (25)
The Very Best INXS (28)
Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit COURTNEY BARNETT (29)
1000 Forms Of Fear SIA (30)
Eleven TINA ARENA (33)

Hollering Hearts JOSH PYKE
The Race OH PEP!

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