Demi Lovato and other pop stars are increasingly opening up about their trauma.
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Unloading about trauma and mental illness is in vogue. But like undressing, it centers musicians' vulnerabilities at the expense of their artistry.
Ed Kuepper, right, performing with The Aints! in 2018.
From legendary punk band The Saints to a current tour with drummer Jim White, Ed Kuepper has been making music for almost 50 years.
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Australia was the only nation to perform 'live-on-tape' in the first Eurovision semi-final. Some suggest this hindered our chances, but taped performances may be the way of the future.
Where are they now? It's half a century since Young Talent Times aired on Australian television. It changed its young stars and audiences.
Prince on stage at the 2007 Superbowl during his famous half-time performance.
Ahead of the release of the artist's posthumous album, a sense of awe and mystery around his huge archive of unreleased music remains
Record label chief, promoter, TV producer, Michael Gudinski's career stretched from Skyhooks to signing Kylie Minogue to charity feats and nurturing today's talent on TV music shows such as the ABC's The Sound.
It was better in the old days.
Memories are closely linked with music.
Nigerian pop star D'banj performing on stage in London.
When pop star D'banj signed up to help get Goodluck Jonathan elected president, fans turned on him. But a hit song turned things around.
Greatest pop songwriting team ever?
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For a decade after they met as teenagers, Lennon-McCartney was the most potent songwriting partnership in pop music.
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Nick Cave's ongoing letters to fans, begun after a period of intense mourning over the death of his son, have much to say about suffering, mercy and meaning-making.
Using apps like Boomy and Voisey, aspiring pop artists can now use their phones to record and distribute their music — no talent required.
Aspiring singers can now use apps to record professional-sounding songs from their phones. This has the potential to disrupt the recording and publishing industry.
Prince performs at Minneapolis’ First Avenue nightclub in August 1983.
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Prince was a musical genius, but he didn't come of age in a vacuum. A human geographer explains how Minneapolis' unique musical culture nurtured and inspired the budding star.
Beyoncé arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating “China: Through the Looking Glass” on May 4, 2015, in New York.
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From a quiet start to cultural dominance, Beyoncé's work over the last decade is groundbreaking. But it is also filled with questions and contradictions.
Soothing tunes for anxious times.
For many older people, today’s music goes in one ear and out the other.
Music doesn't get objectively worse over time. So why do older generations scoff at each new top 40 hit?
Sued: Katy Perry.
The US pop singer has been ordered to pay a Hip Hop artist for copyright infringement. But the judgment lowers the bar on musical copying.
50/50: Kylie Minogue and Nick Cave duet at Glastonbury, June 2019.
Why 50/50 festival line-ups are not an easy solution to gender inequality.
BTS at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. Fans of the band recently mounted a vigorous social media campaign after a controversial Channel Nine segment on BTS aired.
K-pop fans are a global network of varied ages and nationalities, who have an active, creative and symbiotic relationship with their idols.
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.