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Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know was voted ninth in the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years poll. What makes some songs endure as a classic and others fade away?

What makes a classic song? The economics of the Hottest 100

Number crunching the Hottest 100 votes produces fascinating insights into shifting musical tastes and poses the question: why was 1997 such a great year for music?
Kasey Chambers was one of the six women who won awards at the ARIAs this year. Women had no nominations at all in Best Group, Dance, Adult Contemporary or Hard Rock/Heavy Metal. David Moir/AAP

The 2017 ARIA Awards are still off-key when it comes to gender

Why, in 2017, are women still falling behind in the ARIA awards: in nominations, winners, and performances?
Paddy McAlloon, in his more recent guise as a pop eccentric in dress as well as attitude. PR handout

Why pop needs its eccentric characters

The great eccentric characters of the past have given us great art, literature and music – and they should be welcomed today.
David Bowie performs on his 1974 Diamond Dogs world tour. Hunter Desportes/Flickr

My favourite album: David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs

David Bowie was the tasteful thief and practised faker, and his 1974 album Diamond Dogs borrowed from everything to create a sublime post-apocalyptic soundscape.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono wrote Give Peace a Chance in a ‘bed-in’ in Montreal. Nationaal Archief/Wikimedia

Giving peace a chance? Music can drive us apart as much as it unites

Ahead of International Peace Day celebrity musicians like Yoko Ono have released music for peace. But the same qualities that bring us together around music can also inflame conflict, from the Yugoslav civil wars to Northern Ireland.

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