Music stardom on the agenda at ANU

4 December 2015

Popular music experts from around Australia and the world have converged on Canberra to discuss the concepts of stardom in popular music, including what it means to be a star in today's music industry.

It is the first time the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Australia/New Zealand (IASPM ANZ) three-day conference has come to ANU and Canberra.

Experts discussed topics including popular music performance, audiences and reception, popular music industry, and gender and sexuality.

ANU 2015 H.C. Coombs Fellow former INXS band member Andrew Farriss discussed the use and impact of repetition in popular songs.

ANU School of Music senior lecturer Dr Samantha Bennett, who is also one of the conference organisers, said revenue and intellectual property rights were among the biggest challenges facing the global music industry.

"One of the biggest challenges facing the popular music industry is an economic one, to do with revenue streams, the management of Intellectual Property as music is performed, produced, distributed and consumed online Dr Bennett said.