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Watch Australian folkie Vance Joy's new acoustic 'Riptide' video here -- EXCLUSIVE

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Need some new blood in your folked-up summer playlist? Meet Vance Joy.

After putting in his time on the Melbourne open-mic circuit, the Australian singer-songwriter landed gigs opening for the likes of Of Monsters and Men and Ben Howard, and his debut EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing is slated for a Stateside release Sept. 3.

The album’s lead single,”Riptide,” is already rising on the Aussie charts, and the original, excellently weird clip already has more than half a million pageviews on YouTube– but you can watch the song’s new, more intimate acoustic video exclusively here:

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Let the Buzz Begin! Check out Aussie brother act Atlas Genius -- VIDEO

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Looking to delve deeper into this year’s crop of on-everybodies’-mixtapes bands? Atlas Genius is an excellent starting point (and not just because they’re so close to the beginning of the alphabet.)

For the second entry in our new monthly Let the Buzz Begin! video series, Australian sibling act Atlas Genius dropped by EW HQ to say hello and give us a special acoustic performance of their breakthrough single “Trojans.”

The band, fresh off the release of their debut album When It Was Now, are currently embarking on a jaunt through North America, including their first-ever stop at SXSW this spring.

Check out EW’s conversation with brothers Michael and Keith Jeffery (pictured above), and an unplugged performance of their single “Trojans” in the videos below:

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Sia does 'Diamonds,' which she wrote for Rihanna: Watch the video here

Rihanna is having a solid week, which means Sia Furler is too.

As you probably know, the Australian singer and songsmith actually wrote and produced Rihanna’s top Unapologetic single “Diamonds,” and now she’s actually singing the thing herself. She, along with Stargate, performed the No. 1 song at yesterday’s Norweigan-American Achievement Award ceremony in New York. (Stargate, it should be noted, was the night’s honoree.)

Sia, of course, has been on quite the streak lately, lending her talents to successful singles like Flo Rida’s “Whistle” and David Guetta’s “Titanium,” both of which also made the top ten of Billboard’s Hot 100.

Take a listen to Sia’s “Diamonds” rendition in the video below and let us know how you think it compares to Rihanna’s: READ FULL STORY

Iggy Azalea premieres 'Flash,' video for 'Murda Bizness' — Watch and listen here

Iggy Azalea is the queen of making me feel uncomfortable. She’s also been really busy, premiering both a new song and video in the days leading up to her Glory EP, out this weekend.

Today the Australian-born rapper and T.I. signee debuted “Flash,” an ultra-explicit Mike Posner-assisted booty call that unfolds over a slick R&B beat. It has the same filthy spirit as Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation,” but it’s a little more forthcoming with the dirty talk. “How long before you hit my exit on the freeway?/We gon’ freak and let Pandora DJ,” Iggy raps… And that’s about the only line we can publish here. (Needless to say, this is not the song to blast from your cubicle if you’re still jamming at work.)

Over the weekend Iggy also treated us to the video for “Murda Bizness,” and thankfully, she doesn’t take its themes literally (as she sometimes does in her visuals), though the song’s click-click bang-bang chorus does feel a little poorly timed, to say the least.

Instead, Iggy opted for a Toddlers & Tiaras scenario, where egos, excess, and cutthroat competition rule just as hard as they do in the club. Cocaine-referencing lyrics over shots of Iggy pushing Pixy Stix still unnerve us in the way everything about that show does, but Iggy’s probably just taking her cues from the real honey boo boo children of the world — don’t think we didn’t see that little beauty queen taking a swig of her special juice, Iggs.

If the pageant concept doesn’t do it for you, there’s always the video for her Steve Aoki collaboration, “Beatdown,” which premiered earlier this month.

It’s basically Iggy whipping her shiny blonde pony tail around in the middle of a boxing ring for four minutes. Way to play to your strengths, girl!

Watch “Murda Bizness” featuring T.I. here:

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Gotye softens his stance on 'Glee' cover

Hey, remember all those things Gotye said about Glee‘s rendition of “Somebody That I Used to Know”? He takes it all back! Sort of.

Gotye took time to clarify his comments during a performance at L.A. alternative station 98.7 yesterday afternoon. Speaking to radio D.J. Kennedy (yes, that Kennedy), Gotye covered his tracks by explaining, “The nature of using reverb and space in a recording can change your perception of how a sound appeals to you.”

“This xylophone hook in my song is kind of dinky not just in the cover version but the original song,” he continued, before joking: “That becomes the Glee cover I hated and Darren Criss is an asshole.”

The singer went on to compliment the way the show handled his hit. “I thought it was really clever to transpose the song to two guys,” he said. “It was a great idea.”

So, in short: Gotye’s thinks his own song has dinky qualities, Kennedy is still a thing, and Glee always wins.

More on EW.com:
Gotye thinks ‘Glee’ botched his song
Album sales: Lionel Richie climbs to No. 1; Gotye races up the chart following ‘SNL’
‘Saturday Night Live’ recap: Josh Brolin hosts and Gotye sings while Steven Spielberg, Kimbra, and the Brotee crash the party

Gotye thinks 'Glee' botched his song

Things we know Gotye doesn’t like: cardboard boxes, dinkiness, and Glee‘s version of his #1 single “Somebody That I Used to Know.” 

The Belgian-born Australian artist criticized Darren Criss and Matt Bomer’s cover of the runaway hit, telling the Sunday Herald Sun that the show “made it sound dinky and wrong.”

“They did such a faithful arrangement of the instrumentals,” the singer admitted. “But the vocals were that pop Glee style, ultra-dry, sounded pretty tuned.”

“And the rock has no real sense,” he continued. “Like it’s playing to you from a cardboard box.”

Perhaps not coincidentally, the Gotye song reached the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 in its fifteenth week on the charts — which was the week directly following the Glee episode. (Then again, he did appear as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live that week as well.)

The Glee version, meanwhile, debuted at 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at 10 on the Digital Songs chart. READ FULL STORY

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