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Howzat! Archive - March 26th 2014

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AGE OF REASON
Is commercial radio ageist? Not one Australian woman over the age of 26 got major commercial airplay last week. The Top 100 Airplay Chart featured 14 Australian artists, including five male solo artists and five female solo artists. The oldest man was Guy Sebastian, 32; the oldest local woman was Samantha Jade, 26. The average age of the Aussie artists in the Top 100 was 24. Overall, the 40 most-played songs included entries from 14 solo men and 10 solo women. Not one woman was in her 40s - the oldest was Shakira, 37. Four of the men were in their 40s, with the oldest being French producer David Guetta, 46. The average age of the male artists in the Top 40 was 31.6; the average age of the female artists was 25.8. Marcia Hines, 60, will release her new album, Amazing, on 4 April. Overflowing with potential pop hits, it's arguably the finest album of her career. But will radio play it? Last year, Tina Arena, 46; Kate Ceberano, 47; and Wendy Matthews, 53, all released outstanding pop albums, but failed to find radio play beyond smoothfm. Kylie Minogue, 45, also struggled to get major commercial play for her latest single, Into The Blue. Jessica Mauboy, 24, has three entries in the Top 100 Airplay chart. If she'd released Into The Blue, would radio be playing the song? Of course, young, new artists are the lifeblood of the music industry. But radio is obviously not a visual medium, so why should age matter? Shouldn't it all be about the quality of the song? Marcia Hines' new album is too good to ignore.


MAJOR MORRIS
Russell Morris has shown that older artists can have hit records - without the support of commercial radio. Russell, 65, has announced a sequel to his Top 10 platinum smash, Sharkmouth. Van Diemen's Land will be out on 11 April.


NEW WAGONS
Also announcing a new album is the incomparable Wagons. Their sixth long-player, Acid Rain and Sugar Cane - co-produced by Mick Harvey - will be out on 16 May.


THIS IS MY CITY
The Music Victoria membership drive is on. If you're a musician or you care about the local scene, you should sign up. Head to musicvictoria.com.au - $33 for an individual member, $66 for a band.


MORE MELODY
The magical Melody Pool has two more Melbourne shows - tonight (Wednesday) at the Yarra Hotel, and Sunday (30 March) at the Spotted Mallard.


REMEMBERING PAUL

We remember the late-great Paul Hester, who died nine years ago today (Wednesday).


HOT LINE
"Escape is on your mind again, escape to a far away land" - Crowded House, How Will You Go.


CHART WATCH
Sia has a Top 40 debut.

She Looks So Perfect 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (number six)
When You Were Mine TAYLOR HENDERSON (11)
High PEKING DUK (13)
Never Be The Same JESSICA MAUBOY (16)
Swing JOEL FLETCHER FEATURING SAVAGE (18)
Fancy IGGY AZALEA (28)
You're Beautiful NATHANIEL (35)
Chandelier SIA (39, debut)

Kylie enjoys her fourth number one album, while Kate Miller-Heidke scores her third Top 5 album.

Kiss Me Once KYLIE MINOGUE (number one, debut)
The Very Best INXS (two)
O Vertigo! KATE MILLER-HEIDKE (four, debut)
Morgan Evans MORGAN EVANS (20, debut)
Flesh & Blood JOHN BUTLER (21)
The White Album HILLSONG UNITED (25)
Kick INXS (30)
Til My Tears Roll Away THE AUDREYS (32, debut)
We Are Young & Free HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE (34)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Amazing MARCIA HINES
Breaker Morant RUSSELL MORRIS
Xavier MELODY POOL
Let It Be Now THE ALTERNATIVE
Share Your Air KATE MILLER-HEIDKE

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