Aussie rock band Silverchair has taken out the Song Of The Year prize at the 2008 APRA Awards in Sydney earlier tonight. The band won for it’s hit “Straight Lines”, which edged out competition from Powderfinger, John Butler, Thirsty Merc and Canadian singer Feist to win the coveted gong.
“Straight Lines”, the first single from the band’s fifth album “Young Modern”, became a massive success, rocketing into the number one position on the ARIA Singles Chart in March 2007 and going on to sell more than 140,000 copies. It subsequently stayed in the top 50 singles chart for 40 weeks, and won the “Highest Selling Australian Single” and “Single Of The Year” prizes at the 2007 ARIA Awards. It also won "Most Played Australian Work" at tonight's awards.
Written by lead singer Daniel Johns and Presets vocalist Julian Hamilton, “Straight Lines” was the perfect lead-in to the album, “Young Modern”, which went on to pick up the 2007 ARIA for “Best Album” and sell more than 210,000 copies.
In a triple honour for Johns at tonight's ceremony, he also picked up the "Songwriter Of The Year" award.