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Billboard hails Brisbane as music centre

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January 23, 2007 12:11pm

BRISBANE has been named among the world's music hotspots by a leading US magazine for producing some of the biggest acts in history.

Billboard music magazine this week recognised Queensland's capital as one of the five "unlikely" cities spawning exciting new sounds, alongside Beijing, Birmingham, Berlin and Marseille.

The magazine, which tracks the most popular songs and albums internationally, recognised Brisbane's long legacy of successful international acts, from the legendary Bee Gees in the 60s to Savage Garden in the 90s.

It also pointed to the success of acts such as Powderfinger, the Veronicas and solo singing sensation Pete Murray.

"(Brisbane) now has such a rich vein of talent that it's threatening Melbourne's traditional role as Australia's main music city," the article said.

"Major label execs are now regulars in town, looking to do battle with local imprints."

Matt Conners, president of Q Music, an organisation dedicated to promoting Queensland's music industry, said the article vindicated what most Queenslanders already knew - the best music in the world comes from their own backyard.

"Queensland has been producing amazing music for many years, but the growing strength of the local industry, with steady backing from government, is starting to reap rewards," he said.

The magazine also recognised Brisbane's "booming" live music scene based around the city's Fortitude Valley nightclub precinct.

Singer/songwriters Andrew Morris, Kate Miller-Heidke and Kate Bradley were singled out as artists to watch in 2007, with success also predicted for heavy rockers the Butterfly Effect and hip hop act Butterfingers.

 

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