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Howzat! Archive - January 9th 2013

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ALBUMS OF THE YEAR
One last look at 2012, with Howzat!'s 12 favourite albums of 2012.

1. JIM KEAYS - DIRTY, DIRTY
Some lives do have a second act. A glorious covers record that shows that Jim Keays is alive and kicking.

2. MIA DYSON - THE MOMENT
When The Moment Comes Mia Dyson steps up with a triumphant tale of resilience and redemption.

3. JAMES REYNE - THIRTEEN
Adventurous, unpredictable, and as good as any of James Reyne's solo work.

4. LIZ STRINGER - WARM IN THE DARKNESS
World class. A singer-songwriter who should be a superstar.

5. MISSY HIGGINS - THE OL' RAZZLE DAZZLE
Saved by melody. A deceptively clever record - the subtle reinvention.

6. LAUREN BRUCE - BEFORE THE DUST SETTLES
2012's finest debut - a record filled with haunting songs and hooks that'll have you humming all day.

7. ANDREW McDONALD - THE FUGITIVE ASSEMBLY
The best album you never heard in 2012. The solo debut from the former Tiltmeter singer is unbelievably beautiful.

8. MINIBIKES - FOR WOODS OR TRAIL
Marcel Borrack is a gentle genius. His Minibikes' debut is a hit in any terrain.

9. DAN LETHBRIDGE - OH HAWKE
Sturdy songs, superior songwriting, an album that will last.

10. SARAH HUMPHREYS - HELLO
Hello, we have a new folk pop star.

11. EVEN - IN ANOTHER TIME
As reliable as a Swiss Army Knife, with just as many tricks.

12. MICHAEL MEEKING & THE LOST SOULS - RIDE ON
No frills, just quality roots rock, beautifully played and produced.


FIVE FAVOURITE 2012 SONGS
LIZ STRINGER - Glutton
BUTTERFLY BOUCHER - Warning Bell
SOPHIE KOH - I Understand
SUZANNAH ESPIE - Blue Mountains
KERRI SIMPSON - Fortune Favoured Me


RADIO WAVES
Matt Corby's Brother was the most played Australian song on radio in 2012. It was the year's fifth most played song (The Black Keys' Lonely Boy was at number one), according to Aircheck, and the only Aussie song in the Top 20. Just 13 Australian songs featured in the Top 100. Overall, Guy Sebastian was the most played local artist, with 29,950 radio plays during 2012.


CHART ATTACK
In 2011, we lamented the lack of Aussie acts on the charts. 2012 saw a much better result - thanks to The Voice and The X Factor. There were just seven homegrown Top 10 hits in 2011; 28 made the Top 10 in 2012 (26 of them had some sort of reality show link). There were 86 Australian Top 40 singles, compared to just 31 in 2011. Five Aussie singles topped the charts (compared to three in 2011, and one in 2010). Ninety-nine Aussie albums reached the Top 40; 47 cracked the Top 10, while eight went all the way to number one (compared to two in 2011, and four in 2010).

NUMBER ONE SINGLES
Karise Eden - Stay With Me Baby (one week)
Reece Mastin - Shout It Out (one week)
Justice Crew - Boom Boom (two weeks)
Guy Sebastian - Battle Scars (six weeks)
Samantha Jade - What You've Done To Me (one week)

NUMBER ONE ALBUMS
Hilltop Hoods - Drinking From The Sun (two weeks)
Keith Urban - The Story So Far (one week)
The Temper Trap - The Temper Trap (one week)
Missy Higgins - The Ol' Razzle Dazzle (two weeks)
Karise Eden - My Journey (six weeks)
The Sapphires soundtrack (two weeks)
The Amity Affliction - Chasing Ghosts (one week)
Guy Sebastian - Armageddon (one week)


13 ACTS TO WATCH IN 2013
This should be a massive year for Animaux, Blackchords, Caitlin Harnett, Courtney Barnett, The Darjeelings, Emma Heeney, Hayden Calnin, Jess Ribeiro, Kingswood, Livingstone Daisies, Sarah & The King Bees, Stonefield and The Vaudeville Smash. Meanwhile, Underground Lovers are getting set to release their first new album in 14 years. Davey Lane is releasing his first solo album. Georgia Fields is working on album number two. Ron Peno and Kim Salmon have reunited for another Darling Downs record. The Break will release their second album. Ben Lee's new album, Ayahuasca: Welcome To The Work, is coming soon. And Mark Seymour has got a great covers album, Seventh Heaven Club, which will be out in March.

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