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Australia is leading the way in digital audio listening, challenging the perception that younger music fans have abandoned radio for platforms like Spotify and TikTok. According to the seventh Infinite Dial Australia report, 81% of Australians aged 12 and above listen to digital audio monthly, surpassing the figure of 75% in the United States. This includes listening to AM, FM, and DAB+ radio stations online, as well as podcasts and music streaming services.
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In late March 1948, the Nat King Cole Trio released their second 78rpm single of the year. Already well known for crossover pop smashes such as (I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons, the trio were taking a flyer on something different for their next release. Initially buried on a B-side, Nature Boy was unlike anything else that they – or anyone else – had recorded. Cole sings the dreamy opening lyrics – “There was a boy / A very strange, enchanted boy” – with warm intimacy; the song ends with an eternal message: “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn / Is just to love and be loved in return.”