ORIGINAL STORY: It’s official. Triple j‘s annual Hottest 100 will no longer air on Australia Day, 26th January.
The big countdown of the year’s most frothed tracks will now be blasted across Aussie radios on “the fourth weekend of January”, which the J team are spruiking as the new “hottest weekend of the year”.
In 2018, that means it’ll go down the day after Australia Day — Saturday, 27th January — so you can officially circle that date in your calendar and start planning the crew’s big backyard barbie.
The annual Hottest 200 will then get counted down the very next day — Sunday, 28th January. Voting for the 2017 Hottest 100 will open on Tuesday, 12th December, and close on Monday, 22nd January.
The long-awaited decision by triple j marks a landmark show of support for Indigenous Australians, who have long associated January 26th with the trauma of Invasion Day.
In August, the broadcaster began surveying listeners about their thoughts on possibly changing the date of the Hottest 100, after 2016’s countdown was kept on Australia Day. Around 60 per cent of respondents said they’d be in favour of the date being changed.
The Hottest 100 of 2016 was won by Sydney producer Flume, and his song ‘Never Be Like You’.