"Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!"
Not since the days of 'INXS' and the lads from down under 'Men at Work', have the Aussies been such a dominant force in the mainstream music world! Ok, we can claim the 'Bee Gees' and 'AC/DC' as ours, but some might argue they didn't have any impact until they moved away from home!
Now You See Me, Now You Don't.
Sia (Kate Isobelle Furles) started her career as a singer in an Acid Jazz Band called Crisp in the mid-1990's in Adelaide. It wasn't until she moved to the UK to pursue her writing that she got noticed. Having written for Jessie J, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and many more. Sia would have to be one of the greatest exports and modern-day songwriters.
Trust Me, He's An Aussie!
Ok, he was born in New Zealand but raised in Australia, so then was Russell Crowe, and you don't get much more Aussie than that. In 1983, Urban was a contestant on the Australian TV talent show 'New Faces'. A few years later, he began the hard slog on the Australian Country Music circuit. It wasn't until he moved to Nashville in the later years to work as a session guitarist that Keith got his big break. Although we might all fall at his feet for his prolific songwriting, silky smooth vocals and looks, not to mention the small-town guy being the most prominent country artist on the planet, he's also one of the sharpest shredders on a six-string this side of the pacific!
Vegemite might suck if you are not an Aussie, and who drinks Fosters in Australia? The one sure thing is the taste for modern-day Aussie pop. We can't forget Wally! Yes, Where's Wally Wouter "Wally" De Backer, better known as Gotye! Here we go again, I know he was born in Belgium, but he did move to Australia at the tender age of 2. Who can forget that music video, where they used a shit load of paint? All jokes aside, some might call him a one-hit-wonder, but for people who know him, Gotye is a true artist in every sense of the word. Before he had his worldwide number one hit with 'Somebody That I Used to Know', Gotye was already a multiple award-winning established artist in Australia.
No Room For Change, Notes Please!
I'm pretty sure she couldn't fit her earnings in her guitar case these days. You'd be lying if you said 'Dance Monkey' wasn't your guilty pleasure go-to song like dipping french fries in your thick shake!
Toni Watson (Tones And I) started busking in the streets of Melbourne while working in retail. Originally from the Mornington Peninsula, Tones And I travelled to Byron Bay in 2017 with a Loop Station. While busking by the coast, she caught the eye of Jackson Walkden-Brown, who later became her manager. Tones And I is now one of the hottest and most in-demand Artist worldwide, with one of the most distinctive voices and catchiest songs on the planet.
That 'Kid' isn't the talk of the town. He's the talk of the world!
The Kid LAROI, if not the hottest export of 2021 and the number one pop star on the planet, he's definitely up there! Charlton Kenneth Jeffrey Howard came to prominence at the age of 14. The Kid LAROI gained national attention when he won a Triple J Unearthed competition, which landed him a spot with the US Rapper Juice WRLD. He is the last Aussie to have a Number 1 Billboard hit from Australia since Sia in 2016 with Cheap Thrills.
See the list of Australian Artists to have had a Number One Billboard Song here
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