Acclaimed Melbourne singer Courtney Barnett is taking over the world… After performing her song “Depreston” on the Ellen show and the talk show host hailed the Aussie as one of her favourite artists, the indie star topped the US’ Billboard independent album chart with her debut LP, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. Late last month, the album entered the official UK Albums chart at No. 16, after debuting at the local charts at No. 4. Courtney will tour Australia later this month, and has sold out her May 9 show at the Hi-Fi in Brisbane.

Canadian blues singer Joni Mitchell’s condition is improving after she was found unconscious in her Los Angeles home, according to an update from Team Joni on her website. “Joni remains under observation in the hospital and is resting comfortably,” her reps said. “We are encouraged by her progress and she continues to improve and get stronger each day.” Earlier this month, the 71-year-old musician regained consciousness while being transported by ambulance to hospital, her reps said in a statement.

They say that only cockroaches and Cher will survive the nuclear apocalypse but if her new video for “Ghosttown” is to be believed, Madonna will still be kicking around too… Madge reunited with her “Ray of Light”, “Music” and “American Life” director  Jonas Åkerlund for the Rebel Heart track’s rather theatrical video, in which she travels through an I Am Legend-esque wasteland before meeting guest star Terrence Howard for a spot of ballroom dancing. Dutch DJ Don Diablo released the first official club-friendly remix of the song last month.

A decade and a half after starring in the ill-advised vanity vehicle Glitter, Mariah Carey is planning to star in a new Christmas movie. According to Hollywood news website Deadline, festive music veteran Mariah will also contribute to the soundtrack with a number of other artists. The plot is under wraps, but Deadline reported Christmas is front and center, along with “a theme of how the power of music can transport you back in time to your truest and most authentic feelings.”

Florence and the Machine have released new single “Ship To Wreck” from their forthcoming new album. “I was thinking about my own self destructive side, and how you can make something only to tear it down, enjoy/destroy, create/devastate etc,” lead singer Florence Welch said of the track. “When you’re in that whirlwind, you often end up breaking the thing you love the most.” Florence’s new album How Big How Blue How Beautiful will be released in Australia on  May 29.

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