Kangaroos, koala, vegemite... It's the land down under! Numerous talented individuals were able to break out from the Australian music scene and reach worldwide fame. Check out these six Australian talents that are rocking the game right now!
AC/DC was formed in 1972 by two Australian brothers, Angus and Malcolm Young. The group originated in Sydney. Though they have incorporated numerous styles into their music, the band prides themselves as simply "rock and roll". The group is the tenth-highest selling artist in the United States and the 14th worldwide. They are considered of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time.
Sia was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. Her career started as the vocalist of a local acid jazz band called Crisp in the mid-1990s, and the band disbanded in 1997. She pursued a solo career soon after. Sia achieved worldwide breakthrough success in 2014 with her studio album "1000 Forms of Fear". The album is home to chart-smashing single "Chandelier". Other hit songs include "Cheap Thrills", "Elastic Heart", and "Dusk Till Dawn".
3. Keith Urban
Though born in New Zealand, Keith Urban was raised in Australia. He released his first self-titled debut album in 1991 and moved to the United States a year after. Since his move to the US, he released a total of nine studio albums and has had 37 singles chart on the US Hot Country Songs Chart, with eighteen of them peaking at number one. He is one of the most successful country artists to come from Australia.
4. 5 Seconds of Summer
5 Seconds of Summer originated from Sydney, New South Wales, back in late 2011, and are a pop-rock band. The boys rose to fame after touring with English boy band One Direction on their "Take Me Home" tour. Since then, the boys have sold more than 10 million albums, sold over 2 million concert tickets, and their songs have surpassed 7 billion streams. This makes them one of the most successful Australian music exports ever. Some hit songs from the band includes "She Looks So Perfect", "She's Kinda Hot", and "Youngblood".
5. Iggy Azalea
Iggy Azalea was born in Sydney and was raised in Mullumbimby, New South Wales. She moved to the United States when she was 16 years old to pursue a music career. Since then, she has sold 48 million records worldwide, with 22 million singles in the United States alone. She has bagged two American Music Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, a People's Choice Award, and four Teen Choice Awards. She has also snagged four Grammy award nominations. One of her famous tracks includes her debut single, "Fancy".
6. Troye Sivan
Troye Sivan was originally from South Africa. He and his family moved to Australia when he was two-years-old and he grew up in Perth. Troye Sivan first became popular as a YouTube personality. In 2015, he released his fourth extended play "Wild" followed by his debut studio album "Blue Neighborhood", with the lead title track "Youth" charting with the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 23. In 2018, Troye Sivan received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song for "Revelation".
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