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  • The ARIA Charts this week are certainly good news for all Ausmusic fans with three local artists occupying top ten positions – at #8 A Place We Knew by singer-songwriter Dean Lewis ( it had previously climbed to #1), at #7 Adelaide’s rappers extraordinaire Hilltop Hoods continue to tear up the charts with The Great Expanse, and at #2 Russell Morris’s Black and Blue Heart, continues his late career re-invention as a blues and roots artist of the highest calibre. In our Years Ago post this week we look back at Russell’s double A-side follow up hit to the Real Thing – 1969’s Part Three Into Paper Walls backed by the luminous ballad, The Girl That I Love.


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  • Alex Lloyd and Ben Lee were contemporaries on the Sydney music scene in the 1990’s , and were both regarded as precociously and prodigiously talented and enjoyed early success, Alex Lloyd with his album Watching Angels Mend and the anthemic single Amazing and Ben Lee with his albums Breathing Tornadoes and Awake is the New Sleep. Both Lloyd and Lee have since struggled to convert their early promise into successful careers, Lee reacted badly to Clare Danes ending their relationship and sought guidance in the Hindu faith, and Lloyd has lived and worked overseas but has recently returned to Australia to record new material, in our new APRA Award Winner post we revisit Lloyd’s two most recognizable songs – Amazing and Lucky Star, and in our ARIA Winner Flashback we remember three songs from Ben Lee’s 2005 album Awake is the New Sleep.


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  • Next week we feature our friends from across the ditch in a tribute to those New Zealand performers who have enriched our musical experience over the decades and given us so many fantastic musical memories – Dave Dobbyn, The Swingers, Ray Colombus and the Invaders, OMC, Bic Runga, and Shona Laing.

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