Some things just go together. Gin and tonic, Kim and Kanye, and until recently, Australia Day was somewhat synonymous with the much-loved Triple J Hottest 100 countdown. But it’s a pairing that’s been plagued with controversy and debate of late, due to January 26 and its meaning for Indigenous Australians.
After much discussion, many online surveys and plenty of thought into the matter, it was announced that the Hottest 100 would have a new home from 2018 onwards. Not ones to do things by halves, it was decided that the fourth weekend of January would be the new date for the biggest music celebration of the year, now to be known as the Hottest 100 Weekend. It’s the countdown we all know and love, only twice the size!
“The Hottest 100 wasn’t created as an Australia Day celebration. It was created to celebrate your favourite songs of the past year,” the station announced on its website.
“You told us how much you love the countdown and most of you are up for a new day. We all agreed that the Hottest 100 shouldn’t be part of a debate about the day it’s on. The only debate should be about the songs.”
Here’s what some of our faves in the industry had to say about the change… Oh, and a cheeky playlist of some of our top tunes for 2017 to get you in the mood!
“I’ve never been shy of talking about my feelings towards the date that Australia Day is on. I think it’s a really great thing they’ve done. It’s a bold move, and goes to show how big Triple J is not just as a radio station, but as a community. I’m super proud of the decision that they’ve made. They have my support 100%.”
“I think I’m correct that saying the Hottest 100 has been moved before, right? So, that in and of itself kind of corresponds with my feelings about it on a surface level. There’s really no point in – for me – to have an issue with it being moved again. We want it to be inclusive, right? And we want to separate it from political issues surrounding it. I understand that there are probably people concerned they won’t get time off work et cetera, et cetera but I mean, it’s something that’s surrounded by too much controversy, too many hurt feelings.”
“I think it’s just a fair thing to nip the conversation in the bud now and just do the responsible thing. And I think that’s pretty important. Aside from all the political stuff let’s just focus on the things that matter, which is having a really healthy conversation about Australian music. Needless to say, I’m mates with so many Indigenous artists who are probably going to be nominated in the Hottest 100. You know, Thelma, Briggs, Dan Sultan, Trials —I think it’s important that a day where we’re celebrating Australian music, we’re respectful and we’re that way inclined so we can just talk about the music.”
“Such a great decision Triple J! Let’s keep the positive changes happening! Now it’s your turn Malcolm Turnbull.”
“Good stuff Triple J. We couldn’t be more proud to support the date change of the Hottest 100. We’re looking forward to tuning in on the January 27 and 28 to celebrate the best tunes of the year with all of you legends.”
Pencil these dates in so you don’t miss a minute of the Hottest 100 Weekend action:
Mon, 22 Jan, 2018: Voting closes
Fri, 26 Jan, 2018: Australia Day
Sat, 27 Jan, 2018: Hottest 100
Sun, 28 Jan, 2018: Hottest 200
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