Somewhat surprisingly, independent Sydney rapper Kerser was not overlooked this year and finally received a much-deserved nomination after many years of being unfairly ignored. Despite his previous six albums all charting, selling well and providing a self-made platform to tour the country independently all made off his own back, an ARIA nomination had alluded him until now somehow. Kerser has proven to be one of the most influential music artists of any genre in Australia over the last decade, coming from local rap battles to selling out his own major tours like no one before him has and inspiring a new generation to rap.
Each one of the former child actor's first four proper albums, as well as a mixtape, topped the album charts in his native Canada and in the U.
He also used his platform to support emerging talent like the Weeknd, and eventually formed his own OVO Sound label. Known initially for his role as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation, the Toronto, Ontario-born Aubrey Drake Graham stepped out as a rapper and singer with pop appeal inwhen he initiated a series of mixtapes.
It peaked at number six on the U. It debuted at number one on the U. Billboard chart and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Still, the artist felt his debut was rushed, so its follow-up arrived in November with the title Take Care, referencing the increased time and effort put into the album's creation.
Receiving critical acclaim, Grammy Awards, and the number one slot on the U. BillboardTake Care cemented Drake's place as one of Canada's biggest exports. Inwhile on tour, Drake announced that he had started work on what would be his third studio album. Nothing Was the Same was released the following September.
It spawned many singles, topped charts around the world, was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, and was nominated for a Best Rap Album Grammy.
In late summerhe dropped a trio of new tracks on his SoundCloud page. Later that year, Drake hit the studio with Future for a six-day session that yielded the mixtape What a Time to Be Alive.
Upon the album's September release, it became Drake's second recording of the year to debut at number one. After dropping three singles in the beginning months ofDrake's fourth album, Views, was released in April and debuted at number one.
It revolved lyrically around his hometown Toronto and featured production by longtime cohorts Noah "40" Shebib and Boi-1da, among others. Late that year, Drake issued another trio of singles, including the chart-topping "Fake Love.
The release became his seventh consecutive chart-topping album.2 days ago · 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) pose for a photograph after winning the Best Group, Best Pop Release and Apple Music Song of the Year during the 32nd ARIA Awards at The Star in .
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Other polarizing cuts are Drapht's nasally delivery of the well-worn theme that is the humorous conspiracy theory on 'Where's Elvis"', and the mid-album interlude of sorts which sees Forthwrite ( & Pez) illustrate a hilarious drunken night out at a bar on 'The Club Song'.
It was released on 4 October by Soulmate Records (distributed by Inertia) and peaked at No. 19 on the ARIA Urban albums chart and No.
8 on the AIR albums chart. The single "The Festival Song" peaked at No. 14 on the ARIA Australian Singles charts  and No. 1 on the AIR singles chart. When he releases an album in , it’s still a thing.
The rapper recently changed his name to Stogie T. The music is a little different, too, sounding more mainstream than his previous releases. Having released their third album, Youngblood, back in June, the Sydney group have had quite a year, with the record’s title track becoming this year’s longest .