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  1. Kim Dotcom's Assets, Including $10M, Returned

    April 16, 2014 12:24 PM EDT Days after the major labels (and Hollywood ) filed a suit against Kim Dotcom and his previous company Megaupload, the German-born data storage entrepreneur has received an large infusion of cash -- in the form of his previous assets. Dotcom will h ...

  2. New Zealand Bans Odd Future

    February 13, 2014 10:21 AM EST New Zealand immigration authorities Thursday banned Los Angeles rappers Odd Future from entering the country after deciding they pose a threat to public order. The group was due to play an open-air concert with headline act Eminem on Saturday in A ...

  3. Madonna, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Iron Maiden Top Billboard's Hot Tours Chart

    July 30, 2012 1:13 PM EDT Madonna's MDNA Tour continues to post big numbers, as the trek's gross rises to an overall $79.6 million from 22 reported shows. On the most recent Hot Tours chart, she ranks No. 1 with ticket sales totals reported from four sold out con ...

  4. Chili Peppers, Killers, YYYs, Kaskade Announced For Australia's Big Day Out In Make Or Break Year

    July 16, 2012 1:11 PM EDT The Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend are among the acts confirmed to play Australia's festival giant, the Big Day Out, which will next its 21st birthday in six months' time. Others announced today i ...

  5. Kim Dotcom Responds to Extradition Hearing Delay: U.S. 'Doesn't Have a Case'

    July 10, 2012 8:42 AM EDT A New Zealand court has delayed the extradition hearing for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom until March because of the manner in which the search of Dotcom's countryside residence and the seizure of his assets were handled by authorities. The d ...

  6. Lady Gaga Hit In The Head During New Zealand Show

    June 11, 2012 7:44 AM EDT AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) -- Lady Gaga has been struck on the head by a pole while performing a concert in New Zealand. The singer was hit Sunday during the third of three shows in Auckland. Lady Gaga Cancels Indonesian Show Citing Security Threa ...

  7. Kim Dotcom Doc Co-Produced by Donovan Leitch, Biography By Neil Strauss In the Works

    May 09, 2012 11:53 AM EDT Kim Dotcom, the indicted founder of shuttered file-sharing service Megaupload, is to be the subject of a documentary and biography, according to friends and business associates of the colorful ex-hacker. Actor-producer Donovan Leitch and Alex Mard ...

  8. Dotcom Allowed Back Online

    April 03, 2012 8:10 AM EDT AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) -- The founder of file-sharing website Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, is being allowed back online. Watch: Kim Dotcom Defend Legality of Megaupload Dotcom was previously denied Internet access under bail conditions imposed by N ...

  9. Hot Tours: Taylor Swift, George Strait, Cirque Du Soleil

    March 29, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Taylor Swift is at a familiar perch atop Hot Tours with box office grosses reported from the last leg of her Speak Now World Tour that wrapped on March 18 in Auckland, New Zealand. The tour's final leg, a six-city trek through Australia and ...

  10. Australia's Good Vibrations Festival Yanks 2012 Edition

    March 23, 2012 11:21 AM EDT Australia's Good Vibrations is the latest festival swept-away by the country's saturated market. In a statement, Good Vibrations' promoters Jam Music says the show will be "rested" for 2012, citing competitive demand for a ...

  11. US Prosecutors File for Extradition of Kim Dotcom

    March 05, 2012 5:30 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Federal prosecutors in the United States have filed papers in New Zealand seeking the extradition of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues, whom they accuse of making a fortune by helping Internet ...

  12. Radiohead Returns to Australia After 8 Years, Gaga Adds Dates Down Under

    February 27, 2012 11:21 AM EST Radiohead Return To Australia After 8 Years Radiohead will make the long haul to Australia this November for the band's first shows here in eight years, tour promoters Chugg Entertainment announced today. The band's trek will also includ ...

  13. Exclusive Info: Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way Ball' Tour to Hit Asia, Europe, Latin America This Year; North America in 2013

    February 08, 2012 1:47 PM EST Lady Gaga unveiled dates for her "Born This Way Ball" tour in Asia and Australia today, and those shows will be followed by dates in the rest of the world, Billboard.biz has learned. Gaga will tour Europe and Latin American later this ye ...

  14. Megaupload Founder Dotcom Joked About Hacker Past

    January 25, 2012 12:41 PM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Two years ago, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom joked in emails with his new neighbors in New Zealand about his bad-boy reputation before telling them his criminal past was behind him and he was coming to the country w ...

  15. Megaupload's Pirated Content Hosted on U.S. Servers; Guns, Artwork, Cash Seized

    January 20, 2012 7:52 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - With 150 million registered users, about 50 million hits daily and endorsements from music superstars, Megaupload.com was among the world's biggest file-sharing sites. Big enough, according to a U.S. indictment, ...

  16. Big Day Out To Scrap New Zealand Show

    January 17, 2012 3:45 PM EST When the Big Day Out starts this Friday, it'll push off from New Zealand for the very last time Organizers of the touring festival confirmed today via Twitter that the Auckland leg is to be ditched, the end result of a lengthy list of line-up ...

  17. C3 Presents Forms Partnership With Big Day Out

    January 04, 2012 9:38 AM EST Austin, Texas-based C3 Presents has formed a partnership with the Big Day Out festivals in Australia and New Zealand, C3 partner Charlie Walker told Billboard.biz early this morning. The deal marks a new phase for the venerable Australian festival ...

  18. Australian Booking Firm Artist Voice Expanding Into Asia

    December 01, 2011 8:02 PM EST Australian booking agency Artist Voice is expanding into Asia through a joint venture with live events firm Untitled Entertainment, Bilboard.biz has learned. Artist Voice will extend its presence in this part of the world with offices in Hong Kong ...

  19. Kanye West Playing Fewer Dates as Australia's Big Day Out Downscales

    November 14, 2011 1:40 PM EST It's almost three months until the Big Day Out rolls on for another season, but the famous Australasian festival brand has already had an action-packed week. Ken West, newly confirmed as BDO's sole-promoter, has announced that Kanye West ...

  20. Eminem Adds Third Date, Janet Jackson Cancels More Dates, Odd Future Dropped: Aussie, New Zealand Touring Bits

    November 07, 2011 4:14 PM EST Australia's summer season should be another hot one for concert goers, if recent artist announcements is anything to go by. Eminem has added a third date to his brief stadium tour this December. Lil Wayne will join Slim Shady on stage and pla ...

  21. Odd Future Dumped From Festival Over 'Homophobic' Lyrics

    November 04, 2011 8:10 PM EDT Hip-hop collective Odd Future has been dropped from the lineup of the Big Day Out's Auckland, New Zealand date after promoters faced pressure from local activists over the group's homophobic lyrics. The Auckland City Council, which owns ...

  22. Big Day Out's Long-Time Promoters Ken West and Vivian Lees Split

    November 01, 2011 8:42 AM EDT The two promoters behind Australia's colossal Big Day Out festival tour are going their separate ways. Ken West and Vivian Lees are calling time on a partnership which spans 20 years, and more than 100 BDO shows. West, who is based in Sydney, ...

  23. Mobile Ticketing Catching On In Australia

    September 19, 2011 3:25 PM EDT Mobile ticketing is starting to gain traction Down Under. That's the word from one of Australia's big-two ticketing firms Ticketek , which this week revealed it was seeing a "strong shift" toward mobile. That's no surprise ...

  24. Was Pearl Jam's Soundtrack Scavenger Hunt Successful? 5.9 Million Twitter Mentions Say Yes

    August 22, 2011 4:30 PM EDT "I don't think we all realized what an undertaking this was until we got into the nitty-gritty of it," Columbia Records Senior Vice President of Marketing Scott Greer told Billboard.biz of Pearl Jam's Aug. 17 worldwide scavenge ...

  25. Foo Fighters To Play Benefit Gigs For Australian Floods, New Zealand Earthquake

    March 16, 2011 12:55 PM EDT The Foo Fighters are putting their shoulders into the cleanup efforts in the wake of the two major natural disasters that have hit Australia and New Zealand in recent months. On Wednesday the group confirmed they will play a pair of shows to raise ...

  26. Queens of the Stone Age Cancel New Zealand Concerts Following Earthquake

    February 22, 2011 10:48 AM EST Queens of the Stone Age have postponed one date and canceled another following Tuesday's deadly earthquake which struck the New Zealand city of Christchurch. The American alternative rock group played in Auckland on Monday night and were slat ...

  27. Billboard Bits: System of a Down Announce Reunion, Kelly Osbourne Dresses Up Like Miley Cyrus

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. System of a Down Announce 2011 Reunion After being defunct for over three years, hard rockers System of a Down has announced that they will return with new tour dates i ...

  28. Metallica Breaks Arena Record Down Under

    November 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Metallica's 20-date Australasian tour is now history, and the record books prove it. The American metal veterans smashed the ticket sales record at Sydney's Acer Arena, shifting 74,244 tickets over four sell-out dates in September and No ...

  29. Laneway Fest Heads To Singapore

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Australia's Laneway Festival will debut in Asia next year with a date in Singapore. The city-state's historic Fort Canning Park will host the inaugural Laneway Singapore on January 29. Laneway then heads Down Under for a six-date run. Fi ...

  30. Gin Wigmore, Stan Walker Clean Up At NZ Music Awards

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Gin Wigmore and R&B/pop vocalist Stan Walker took away four awards apiece at this year's New Zealand Music Awards. Wigmore's folky Universal Music debut "Holy Smoke" (Island) won the album of the year awar ...

  31. Big Day Out Touring Fest's Line-Up Unveiled

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tool, Rammstein, Iggy and the Stooges, M.I.A and LCD Soundsystem lead a formidable line-up for the 2011 Australasian Big Day Out touring festival, details for which were announced today (Sept. 28). Among the big-name domestic contingent will be Gr ...

  32. The Naked And Famous Take Silver Scroll

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The chart-topping single "Young Blood" from the Naked and Famous has won the top prize at the New Zealand Silver Scroll Awards. Alisa Xayalith, Thom Powers and Aaron Short from the electronic/alt-rock act won the Silver Scroll, the main ...

  33. Live Nation Launching In Australia With U2, Jay-Z

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation Australia's hugely anticipated first assignment will feature the biggest band in the world and the No. 1 hip-hop artist on the planet, Billboard.biz can reveal. The promoter giant's newly formed Australian affiliate is behind ...

  34. We Love Sounds Fest's Perth Leg Nixed

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of Australia's We Love Sounds festival trek have dumped the Perth leg from the program due to slack ticket sales. Perth's Supreme Court Gardens was due to host the traveling dance and electronica-oriented show on June 6. But t ...

  35. Metallica Sells Out Australian Dates

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Metallica's tour of Australia has sold-out in brisk fashion. Tickets to the American metal veterans' 13-date Australian arena visit went on general sale at 9am this morning. A little more than an hour later, more than 215,000 tickets had ...

  36. New Zealand Music Fans Urged To Inform On Pirates

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new Web site encouraging consumers to report instances of music piracy has just been launched by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. The site www.reportmusicpiracy.co.nz allows users to lodge a complaint with RIANZ about illegal m ...

  37. Lawrence Arabia Win Inaugural Taite Music Prize

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Alternative folk band Lawrence Arabia has been crowned the first winner of the Taite Music Prize, New Zealand’s equivalent of the annual U.K. Mercury Prize. The artist’s second album "Chant Darling" (Honorary Bedouin) was named the best ...

  38. Crowded House Leaves EMI For Universal

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Crowded House has a new label home, and a new album on the way. The celebrated antipodean melodic rock act - comprising Neil Finn, Mark Hart, Nick Seymour and Matt Sherrod - will release the new studio album "Intriguer" this June through ...

  39. 'How Bizarre' Singer Pauly Fuemana Dies Aged 40

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST OMC frontman Pauly Fuemana, the man behind what is likely to be the most successful New Zealand single of all time, died in Auckland on Sunday (Jan. 31) after a short period of illness. He was 40. The South Auckland rapper's 1995 single " ...

  40. Flying Nun Founder Regains Control Of Label

    December 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Iconic New Zealand label Flying Nun Records has landed back where it started. The pioneering label's founder Roger Shepherd has taken ownership of Flying Nun from long-time parent Warner Music New Zealand, both parties confirmed today (Dec. 2 ...

  41. New Zealand Retailer Expands Into Digital

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST New Zealand's biggest specialist music chain will early next year launch a digital download store as part of a wide-ranging revamp of the business. Formerly known as the CD and DVD Store group, the 35-strong chain has been rebranded Marbecks ...

  42. Promoter Exits V Fest Down Under

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The future of Australia's V Festival is unclear after Australian promoter Michael Coppel Presents (MCP) severed its ties with the annual music event. MCP had worked with Virgin Group on the previous three editions. However, the Melbourne-base ...

  43. Ladyhawke Label Boss Defends ARIA Nominations

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mounting controversy surrounding the multiple ARIA Award nominations for New Zealand artist Ladyhawke is a beat-up, says the executive who signed the rising global star. In an interview with Billboard.biz, Modular Recordings managing director Stev ...

  44. Ladyhawke Wins 6 NZ Music Awards

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ladyhawke was the big winner at the New Zealand Music Awards, taking home six of the awards - known as 'Tuis' - in Auckland. The U.K.-based artist, whose real name is Pip Brown, won the album of the year for "Ladyhawke" (Modula ...

  45. NZ Acts Line Up For Tsunami Victims

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Some of the biggest names in New Zealand music are banding together for a benefit concert for the Tsunami-ravaged Samoan Islands in the South Pacific. Hip-hop stars Savage and Scribe, plus Neil and Tim Finn, Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn are among the ...

  46. Muse, Lily Allen In Australasia's Big Day Out Line-Up

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British alternative rock trio Muse, pop artist Lily Allen and returning local heroes Powderfinger are booked to play the 2010 Big Day Out festival tour of Australasia. Others confirmed by organizers today (Sept. 29) for the line-up include British ...

  47. Ladyhawke, Midnight Youth Up For 6 NZ Music Awards

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ladyhawke and Midnight Youth head the list of nominations for this year's New Zealand Music Awards. Vodafone is once again sponsoring the country's premier music industry event the Tuis, which will be held at the Vector Arena in Auckland ...

  48. Pearl Jam Heads South

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam is heading Down Under for its first Australasian tour in three years. Chugg Entertainment is promoting the American rock act's trek, which will encompass five Australian stadium shows beginning Nov. 14 November at Perth's Membe ...

  49. AEG Ogden, Arena Management Clash Over Sydney Entertainment Center

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG Ogden still harbors ambitions of adding the Sydney Entertainment Center to its portfolio. But a war of words has ignited after the Australian venue management firm openly questioned the venue's financial situation. Sydney-based Arena Mana ...

  50. AEG Ogden Deal For Sydney Entertainment Centre Nixed

    July 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Arena Management, operator of the Sydney Entertainment Centre, has admitted competitor AEG Ogden had been circling the venue's operating lease, but said any such deal has since been nixed. Reports had emerged in recent days that AEG Ogden was ...

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