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Howzat! Archive - January 14th 2015

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SO THIS IS 2015
Here are 15 things to look forward to in 2015:

Not one, but two albums from Sydney's finest songwriter, Perry Keyes. Sunnyholt is out on 2 Feb, with the sequel, Great Western Highway, to follow mid-year.

The Go-Betweens box set, G Stands For Go-Betweens (out 16 Jan).

Ben Lee's new album, Love Is The Great Rebellion (May).

The Midnight Oil exhibition, at the Arts Centre (Nov). And how 'bout some shows? We also eagerly await Peter Garrett's autobiography, a unique story.

The rise to stardom of Sydney's Montaigne. Her debut EP, Life of Montaigne, is extraordinary.

The Pray TV reunion, at the Yarra Hotel on 31 Jan.

The first album from Family Fold, the new project for Lazy Susan's Paul Andrews.

Genuine work on a Hall of Fame in Melbourne (and how 'bout switching the Nylex Clock back on?).

The Earthmen anthology, with some new songs.

A Little River Band musical. The time has come to celebrate the '70s trailblazers.

A posthumous album from Jim Keays, Age Against The Machine.

And new albums from Skipping Girl Vinegar, British India, The Living End, Colin Hay and Paul Dempsey.


CHART WRAP
The CDs have been sold, the songs have been streamed and the final figures are in. INXS had 2014's biggest-selling Aussie album, with their best-of album going quadruple platinum. It was one of 13 local albums to top the charts in 2014, down slightly from 2013's record of 14. Overall, 23 Aussie singles reached the Top 10 (21 in 2013); with 59 Top 10 albums (45 in 2013). Sheppard's Geronimo was 2014's biggest homegrown hit, according to ARIA.


HIP HIP
The great Paul Kelly turned 60 this week, on 13 Jan.


HOT LINE
"If I'm a little bit deranged, would you not estrange me or change me," Montaigne, I'm A Fantastic Wreck.


CHART WATCH
Guy Sebastian scores his 21st Top 40 hit, with Linger landing at 35.

Take Me Over PEKING DUK (number seven)
Cosby Sweater HILLTOP HOODS (10)
Sugar Man YOLANDA BE COOL (15)
Freaks TIMMY TRUMPET (16)
Chandelier SIA (27)
Ah Yeah So What WILL SPARKS (28)
If You Love Someone THE VERONICAS (31)
Linger GUY SEBASTIAN (35, debut)
Geronimo SHEPPARD (38)

It's a strong start to the year, with 15 Aussie albums in the Top 40.

Walking Under Stars HILLTOP HOODS (number seven)
The Veronicas THE VERONICAS (nine)
Jukebox HUMAN NATURE (11)
The Very Best INXS (13)
Built On Glass CHET FAKER (14)
Rock Or Bust AC/DC (16)
Triple J's Like A Version, Volume 10 VARIOUS ARTISTS (18)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (20)
LiveSOS 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (24)
Madness GUY SEBASTIAN (25)
30:30 Hindsight JIMMY BARNES (29)
5 Seconds Of Summer 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (32)
1000 Forms Of Fear SIA (34)
Dean Ray DEAN RAY (36)
Angus & Julia Stone ANGUS & JULIA STONE (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
I'm A Fantastic Wreck MONTAIGNE
When You're In Love FIVE MILE SNIPER
Sunnyholt PERRY KEYES
Rock The Blues Away AC/DC
Thank You PAUL KELLY

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