Category: News

Australian music industry gets more revenue this year!

The Australian music industry seems to have increased their luck this year, as compared to the past three years. New figures recorded by the ARIA charts show that the Aussie music recorded had risen its value by a total of 5% in 2015, which was quite a drastic increase in the industry since 2012. In addition, according to the ABC reports, the flipping of tables in the industry is because of the streaming services such as Spotify and Apple music. These streaming services have doubled their income from $23 million to $46 million, meaning that they are now responsible for taking control of 62% of the overall music industry pie chart.

The subscription-based digital streaming services value, such as Apple music or Spotify, have brought about decline in CD sales and digital downloads. As per ABC and ARIAs statistics, the digital downloads went down by almost 13%, while the sales of CDs have fallen 4%. Even though that is quite a fall, comparing to the decline in 2013, which was about 18%, the CD and digital downloads haven’t done too bad. Despite the fact that streaming services are not paying as well as they should, artists still believe it is good exposure. A recent analysis by Death and Taxes highlighted that Spotify paid $0.00521 per song stream. The funds are transferred to the artists through the record labels and licensing organisations.

As an outcome, the revenue raised this year is expected to rise in the coming years as people are starting to become more dependent on streaming services as consumers only pay a reasonable cost monthly and enjoy benefits of listening to almost every song from all the music industries around the world. Comparing this to the fact that you purchase a CD or song for almost the same cost as a monthly subscription, people see listening to unlimited music a wiser option rather than a set of music.


Review: The Jungle Book (2016)


This is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky, And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die. As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk, the law runneth forward and back; For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

Unlike many other Hollywood reboots of recent years, 2015’s Cinderella was a shining success among viewers and critics, not only staying true to the magic of the original film- but in this reviewer’s opinion improving on it, while 2014’s Maleficent was slightly lacking though still offered an enjoyable and original take on an age-old tale. This month, Disney has once again reinterpreted an animated classic for modern audiences with Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book and in short: this is something very, very special. Read more …

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A little glimpse at the waters of Rio de Janeiro

A little glimpse at the waters of Rio de Janeiro

On March 14th 2016, thousands of heated protesters took to the streets of Brazil and joined one the biggest anti-government rallies against President Dilma Rousseff and the Worker’s Party, who are being accused of money laundering and corruption. Brazil is also facing one of the worst economic recessions the country’s ever faced. Read more …


Panama Papers Rock Global Politics and Finance

The Panama Papers is the biggest leak of documents in financial history. The saga rages on after red-handed Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson officially resigned from his post overnight.

So what are these Panama Papers? Up until Monday the shady financial dealings of politicians and celebrities was something widely believed but easily dismissed as conspiracy, there was no evidence or paper trail until the leak of the so called Panama Papers, which Edward Snowden calls the “Biggest leak in the history of data journalism.”  Read more …


New Hokkaido Bullet Train Debut Sour Struggling with Fewer Users


On the 26th of March, Saturday, the shinkansen, or a bullet train which directly links to Honshu main island and Hokkaido opened in Japan. It stretches 148.8km which is from Aomori, the north most prefecture on the main island and Hakodate, which is the southern city in Hokkaido. The opening of this new line enables people travel directly from Tokyo to Hakodate without taking a transit on their way.  In addition, its speed which is designed to run 320km/h by the fastest speed will take passengers from Tokyo to Hakodate in four hours, and the fare is about 230 AUD (converted from JP yen to AUD). Read more …


We Just Need Some Space

Plans for a campus to be opened on the moon have been orbiting the academic board, where Monash’s high authorities have given the go-ahead to what might be the most epic saga of the Monash overseas expansion initiative. With the aftermath of the parking controversy well behind them, Monash have decidedly leaked a new issue for students to wrap their heads around. Read more …

To Entertain or to Educate? Keeping up with the thrills and spills of 24 hour news.

We, the audience, are at fault for the current climate of Journalism due to our constant craving to be entertained, rather than informed.

The biggest story of this week broke on Thursday, when Kim Kardashian decided she would flash her chest to Instagram (again). She posed, next to her famous friend Emily Ratajkowski, topless, and captioned the photo #liberated. This ‘liberating’ news has been the focal point for discussion ever since.

Emily Ratajkowski (left) and Kim Kardashian forget their t-shirts. Photo: Instagram

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It is time to stop scandalising sport

3 years have passed since former head of ASADA Richard Ings decried the ‘blackest day in Australian sport,’ and the skies have not brightened since.

Professional sport is in a bad way in 2016. Few, if any, major sporting events are not subject to scandal and controversy these days. You have to ask: is it the sport that is going downhill, or is the media’s coverage of sport. You will find that it is both. Read more …

The Footy is No Place For Protests

Going to the MCG for a game of AFL isn’t meant to be a political experience. It’s a form of escapism for spectators after a busy week in the real world. But Friday night’s Collingwood vs Richmond game became the setting for a demonstration which quickly found itself out of place.

Members of the far-right nationalist United Patriots Front (UPF) erected a banner reading “Go Pies!”, followed by “Stop the Mosques” underneath one of the video screens in the midst of a group of Collingwood supporters. Read more …