Kate Miller-Heidke performs Zero Gravity during the Grand Final of the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest: an oddball, meteoric and sincere performance.
Long known as a spectacle of quirky Euro-kitsch, this year's contest more closely resembled singing TV shows such as The Voice. Notable exceptions, however, were Iceland's Hatari and our own Kate Miller-Heidke.
Metallica singer James Hetfield (left) and guitarist Kirk Hammett perform on stage during Lollapalooza 2017.
There is a long list of bands that fell apart over artistic differences. But conflict between band members – and even some creative sledging – can be crucial to making better music.
Scott Walker, pop star and composer, taken in 1967.
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Possessed of one of the most distinctive voices in pop music, Scott Walker's avant-garde aesthetic and skill as a composer made him an enduring and influential artist over more than 40 years.
Michael Jackson performing with guitarist Slash in 1999.
Sexual abuse in the music industry is a systemic, ongoing problem that won’t be resolved by just hacking away at the canon.
At some point, jazz went from the music of youthful rebellion to that of the cultured elite.
Jazz used to be experienced on a dance floor. But over time, it became something to dissect and analyze.
Amy Shark performing at the ARIA awards in November 2018.
It was a year when both men and women bared their emotions through music.
Five become four: the Spice Girls announce their 2019 tour.
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The girl group is hoping that hordes of 1990s 'tweens' will buy into their reunion.
The absence of women rockers such as Chrissie Amphlett (pictured here in 2006) from an Oz playlist promoted by the prime minister speaks volumes about how women are excluded from the music canon.
The PM's Spotify playlists are significant as they offer insight into what he sees as valuable in popular culture. They also remind us how women are excluded from the music canon.
Their compilation album Love Yourself: Answer sold 2.5m copies – that's twice as many as One Direction's last album.
A promotional photo for the release of Skygge’s first album ‘Hello World.’
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AI and human musical collaborations have been around since the 60s, but for the first time, we are hearing AI "pop" music: can AI actually create creative and emotionally engaging music?
Artists can be denied control of their creations for life. Bryan Adams at the 2015 AFL Grand Final.
Individual creators get too small a share of copyright's rewards. What Bryan Adams is proposing in Canada could also work in Australia to help authors get paid and keep works available to the public.
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There's a new Prince album coming out, two years after his death. Would the artist approve?
Could music one day be something we experience through augmented reality, responding to the way we move through the world? Sound supplemented with colours and shapes?
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Today, we're hearing about a researcher who records birdsong, how tech changes music and why song might help address Indigenous language loss.
Nicki Minaj in the music video for Chun-Li, from her latest album, Queen.
Nicki Minaj is the preeminent female rapper. Her latest album Queen embraces a kind of girl power that has been criticised both within and outside the rap world.
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Most people have strong opinions on what makes a song good or bad. But is anyone actually right?
Song by song streaming services may be hurting the album commercially, but its place in our cultural lexicon will be harder to shake.
BTS performs ‘Fake Love’ at the Billboard Music Awards on May 20, 2018.
K-pop has been hugely popular in Asia, but has never able to catch on in the U.S. – until BTS topped the Billboard 200.
K-pop sensation, BTS.
Five years since they burst on to the scene, and BTS is still fighting for social rights through catchy K-pop tunes.
Researchers analysed 30 years of British pop charts and found a trend towards sadness – but the days of judging music purely on stylistic measures is long gone.
R. Kelly at the American Music Awards in 2013.
Music streaming services have stopped promoting R. Kelly as part of a crackdown on musician's alleged conduct. But we should separate the art from the artist.