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2017 APRA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

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APRA AMCOShas announced the winning Australian songwriters and composers in the2017 APRA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS (PDAs).

Held every two years, theAPRA PDAshelp create serious career boosting opportunities for highly talented songwriters and composers across a variety of genres and without further ado, the winners for 2017 are:

Ainslie Wills – Popular Contemporary 
Julia Jacklin – Popular Contemporary
Sophie Payten (Gordi) – Popular Contemporary
Jess Beck – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Julian Day - Classical
Fanny Lumsden - Country
Nick Drabble (Set Mo) – Dance/Electronic
Damien Lane – Film and Television
Andrea Keller - Jazz

This year, 60% of the finalists and 66% of the winners are women.  The winners were selected from over 1,000 entries from songwriters and composers in the early stages of their careers. 

Composer and poet,Eric Avery, has been named the recipient of theIndigenous Music and Media Awardfrom theSmugglers of Light, a foundation set up in memory of Eli Westlake aged 21, who was tragically killed in Sydney on 7th June 2008.Eric Averywill receive a grant of $12,000 which was presented today by Australian composer and conductor,Nigel Westlake.

Photos from today’sAPRA PDAspresentation ceremony held at NudeBar in Sydney can be downloadedhereafter 2.00pm AEST today.

A panel of  judges comprisingLior, Mia Dyson, Johannes Luebbers, James Blundell, Brooke McClymont, Cat Hope, Dan Zilber, Kevin Bennett, Leah Flanagan, John Ferrisand more have determined these music creators who each take home a career-changing cash prize of $15,000.  A complete list of this year’sPDAsjudges can be foundhere.

A playlist featuring the work of all of thePDAsfinalists is available onSpotify  andApple Music.

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Daniel Craig Is Reportedly Returning as James Bond

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Daniel Craig is all set to reprise his role as the iconic James Bond in Bond 25 after reportedly reaching a deal with producer Barbara Broccoli. Rumors have been swirling about Craig's return for a fifth movie even after he stated that he'd "slash his wrists" than do another Bond movie after the release of 2015's Spectre. It has previously been reported that the James Bond franchise is close to closing a deal to shoot the next movie in Croatia, which would make the news of Craig's return make much more sense.


The news comes after rumors were circulating about new actors stepping into the Bond role to replace Daniel Craig. Many names were brought up including Idris Elba (The Dark Tower, Avengers: Age of Ultron), who in a hacked Sony email was said to be a top choice with Steven Spielberg even declared that Elba would be his "first choice" in an interview. Tom Hardy (Mad Max, The Dark Knight Rises) has also been rumored to be on the shortlist alongside director Christopher Nolan. Damian Lewis, Aiden Turner, and James Norton are also names that have been rumored to replace Craig as James Bond, but it appears that it is not time to pick a new Bond quite yet.

The news comes via the U.K.'s The Mirror who reports that Daniel Craig and Barbara Broccoli have reached and that the movie may start filming next year for a 2019 release. The source even went on to say that Craig's wife Rachel Weisz is "on board with the decision" for him to spend a year away filming Bond 25. The Mirror's source appears to be anonymous, so we should take this news with a grain of salt as you would anything that comes from an anonymous source. The source is also claiming that Adele is being courted for a return to the Bond theme as well, which could very well ring true as the singer has informally announced her retirement from the stage. The source had this to say.

"Craig and Adele together are a winning team, the ultimate choice, the money spinners. It's taken time, but Daniel has come round and the strong con-sensus (sic) in the Bond offices is that Mr. Craig is 007 again. As for Adele, she's more of an unknown quantity but loved being a part of Bond, so the signs are positive."
It would make perfect sense for Daniel Craig to return for Bond 25 as Spectre left James Bond ready (in an unorthodox way) for the next movie. Plus Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are back to write Bond 25, which would also make a lot of sense for the return of Craig. In addition, Craig has stated before that he would return if the money were right and it is rumored that he is still under contract for Bond 25, so maybe this was all just a hold out for more money in a really long contract dispute.

The news of the return of Daniel Craig and Adele is still speculation at this point. No official word has come from Broccoli or Craig's camps nor has there been a studio announced to take over financial backing, though Warner Bros. is strongly rumored to be close to a deal through Christopher Nolan's Syncopy involved. There's a lot up in the air at this point, but if the speculation is correct, we could see James Bond 25 as soon as 2019 with Daniel Craig back as 007 one last time.

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POPrepublic.tv AWARDS Winners

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"Will & Grace" is the latest TV show to get a reboot.

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The hit sitcom — which aired during the late '90s to mid-2000's — will see a resurgence on the small screen, star Leslie Jordan revealed this week.

"Will & Grace" aired on NBC and follows the lives of Will, a gay lawyer and his longtime college friend, Grace. The series starred Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally, Eric McCormack and Debra Messing.

Jordan, who portrayed Beverly Leslie on the beloved show, told San Diego radio station KPBS that NBC has ordered 10 new episodes of the show, which will begin filming in July.

"It's back," he said.

After the interviewer noted that a return was “perhaps” happening, Jordan interjected to say, “"not perhaps… absolutely.”

Earlier this month, Mullally had also hinted the show would return.

The series' cast members have reunited a few times before — including once in a video in support of Hillary Clinton.

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Steps are coming back in 2017

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Nineties pop group Steps are preparing to release a new album in 2017.

The band - comprised of Claire Richards, Ian 'H' Watkins, Lee Latchford Evans, Lisa Scott Lee and Faye Tozer - are reuniting for a New Year's Eve gig at London's famous G-A-Y club and will follow it up with their first new music since 2012's Light Up the World LP.

A source told The UK's Sun newspaper: 'This reunion has been in planning for a long time with various ideas thrown about.

'But the one thing everyone could agree on was it's time for Steps to release new music and inject some fun back into the scene.

'Obviously the band have all matured in the two decades since they found fame, and so has their music.'

Steps split in 2001 after achieving two number one albums and 14 top five hits. They had a brief reunion in 2011, embarking on a sell-out 12 date arena tour and the releasing their fourth album, before going on hiatus.

Announcing their initial split in a statement, they said: 'After five incredible years, we have decided it's time to move on to new challenges.

'We have always said that when the time came, we would leave as good friends and go out while we were on top, as although we are very sad, that's what we have done.

'We are looking forward to making our next plans but for now we just want to send our heartfelt thanks and love to all the people who have supported us - you truly are the best fans in the world.'

However, it was soon revealed that Ian and Claire had quit the band to start a career as a duo and admitted that it had led to problems with the other three.

Claire said previously told M Celebs, the Sunday Mirror magazine: 'We had our reasons for leaving and most of the stuff said about us is wrong.

'At some point you've got to say to yourself, "It doesn't matter how much money I earn this year, I'm miserable".'

Ian added: 'We could have sold millions more albums, but it wasn't worth it... there was no point in flogging a dead horse.'

The Steps folks have kept busy during their years off, with the popular Lisa Scott Lee touring Australia a couple of years ago, and H&Claire releasing duet singles and other projects like TV shows and reality contestant show appearances.

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Adele to finally tour Australia

For the first time ever, Adele will tour in Australia.

The funniest DIVA penned a handwritten letter to fans confirming she’ll start in Perth on Feb. 28 before heading to Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and finishing up in Melbourne on March 18.

“I was wondering if after 10 years in this game you’d finally like to meet me in: Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide? Yep! I am coming down under,” Adele wrote.

She’ll play “in the round, out doors and upgrading myself to stadiums to make sure I get to see as many of you as possible.” In such a large space we hope that it will still have an intimate feel you would want for that type of voice.

Rumours of an appearance at Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras have already surfaced, but Adele will be in Brisbane on the night of the parade and party... such a shame.

 

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