The Australian music industry is on the cusp of an unprecedented period of growth, with the industry set to generate $1.2 billion in revenue in 2017, and a projected $1 billion in 2018.
The number of major acts will be set at the peak of the boom, and it’s expected that more than 40 acts will make the jump.
While some artists may struggle to break into the Australian music scene, other acts are poised to carve out a niche in the industry.
A look at some of the most popular and successful Australian artists.1.
Ed SheeranThe Australian artist has been an outspoken critic of Australia’s immigration policies and his latest album, Beautiful World, was the most critically acclaimed Australian release of the year.2.
Nicki MinajThe rapper’s debut album, Life, was released in 2016 and she’s since toured across Australia and New Zealand, where she’s made the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2017.3.
A$AP RockyThe Atlanta rapper has been nominated for a Grammy, Billboard’s best hip hop album award, and he’s also made a name for himself as a singer-songwriter.4.
The xxThe singer has released three albums in 2017 and her third single, “Don’t Stop”, earned her a nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 2017 Grammy Awards.5.
Taylor SwiftThe American pop singer has become a global superstar, earning a Grammy nomination for her album 1989, and she released a documentary in 2018 titled Why I Am.6.
Nick JonasThe Jonas Brothers singer is also an Australian-born musician, with his albums In the Lonely Hour and Born This Way garnering rave reviews.7.
Kendrick LamarThe rapper and former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher has sold over 25 million albums worldwide, including a Billboard 200 number one hit with the album To Pimp a Butterfly.8.
Nick Cave and The Bad SeedsThe indie rock band has released six studio albums since 2014, including 2014’s The Bad Seed, which topped the Billboard charts.9.
Ed RushThe former frontman of Nirvana has also had a huge impact on Australian music.
In 2018, Rush was nominated for Best Australian Band with the band.10.
A Tribe Called QuestThe American rapper is the only person to ever have won a Grammy for Best Rap Album.
He has also been nominated three times for Best R&B Album.11.
DrakeThe Canadian rapper has made waves in Australia and he recently released his first solo album, Views.12.
Bruno MarsThe American singer-rapper is an international superstar, with he recently won a Juno Award for Best Dance Recording.
He also has two platinum albums, including Views.13.
Ellie GouldingThe singer-producer and her band The Lumineers have released four albums and their debut album In Our Time won an Oscar for Best Country Album.14.
BeyonceThe Grammy-winning pop singer is one of the biggest stars in music, with she recently released her album Lemonade.15.
LordeThe American electronic pop singer-guitarist is also a Canadian citizen and has a major hit on her album Random Access Memories.16.
The KillersThe American duo are one of Australia and the world’s biggest rock bands.
They have sold more than 70 million albums, making them the biggest-selling artists in Australian history.17.
Kendrick LewisThe British rapper, singer and actor is currently a household name, having made headlines for a number of controversies including his controversial comments about rape and his controversial sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.18.
BeyoncéThe Grammy award-winning singer is currently in the midst of a global tour that began in November.
She will perform on Australia Day in 2018 with a concert in Melbourne.19.
Tame ImpalaThe British indie rock trio are also well-known for their hits “Blow Me” and “All I Need”.20.
Lady GagaThe pop star is the biggest star in music and is the most successful female artist in the world, with her hit album Born This Strange won multiple Grammys.21.
Bruno MoonThe Brazilian pop singer, who also performed on Australia’s Got Talent, is also the first woman to be nominated for an Australian Music Awards.22.
Florence WelchThe English singer and songwriter is one half of the duo Florence and the Machine and is a Grammy-nominated pop singer.23.
ColdplayThe British band are one half the duo Coldplay and they have sold over two billion records.24.
Drake The American rapper has sold more music in his career than any artist since the release of his first single, The Life of Pablo.25.
Future The American musician has released two albums and has won three Grammy Awards, including the Best Independent Artist for a Country Album in 2018 for his single, Good Life.26.
The ChainsmokersThe pop duo have sold nearly two billion songs, and they’re currently on the US tour with their new album The Life Of Pablo.