More Aussies Sign U.S. Deals, Increase Profiles

While 5 Seconds of SummerIggy Azalea and Sia mark Australian pop’s best year in the United States since 1981, other Aussies are making their presence felt.

Singer-songwriter Ash Grunwald, who wrapped a North American tour with fellow Aussie troubadour Xavier Rudd, signed with The Agency Group. Sixteen-year-old R&B singer Latifa Tee signed management with F.A.M.E (Fletcher Artist Management Enterprises) and is recording her debut album in Los Angeles.

F.A.M.E. president Ian Fletcher spotted the one-time member of hip-hop crew Straight Up in Sydney when she auditioned for TV show “The X-Factor Australia” on which his client Redfoo was a judge.

Melbourne band Jakubi wraps a 25-date North America run in September. During the L.A. stop, Jakubi will collaborate with hit writer Mike Posner for its next album.

Following its set at the Winter Music Conference in Miami, duo SCNDL returns for 13 shows in North America headlining clubs.