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  1. Black Eyed Peas' Tour Heads Down Under

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas will be heading down under for a six-date tour in support of their chart-topping latest album "The E.N.D." (Interscope). Michael Gudinski's Frontier Touring Company will promote the Australasian leg of The E.N.D. Wor ...

  2. AC/DC's 'Black Ice' Tour Breaks Records Down Under

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC's homecoming "Black Ice" Australian tour has busted box office records by selling more than half a million tickets in the first day on sale, Billboard.biz has learned. The tour's co-promoters Garry Van Egmond Enterprises ...

  3. AC/DC Tour Heads Home

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC are on a highway to home. The veteran Anglo-Australian rockers will return to their roots early next year when their sweeping "Black Ice World Tour" visits a raft of stadiums down under. The Australasian tour is tipped to begin wit ...

  4. Sony Music Launches Touring Division Down Under

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While the live return of Simon and Garfunkel rightly hogged the headlines in recent days, Sony Music Entertainment's Australian affiliate quietly launched one of the engines that will drive the tour. Sony Music Entertainment Australia has unv ...

  5. Simon and Garfunkel Reunites, Confirms Australasian Tour

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Simon and Garfunkel have crossed their personal bridge over troubled water and will reunite for a rare concert tour, kicking off in New Zealand and Australia. Veteran Australian promoter Michael Chugg has confirmed the music industry's worst ...

  6. NZ Retailer Real Groovy Back In Business

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Iconic New Zealand music retailer Real Groovy has been rescued from receivership - but some record companies will be left out of pocket. Directors Chris Hart and Martin O'Donnell last week bought back the assets of the flagship Auckland store ...

  7. Universal Publishing Teams With Dawn Raid

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group Australia has inked an exclusive, world-wide sub-publishing deal with Dawn Raid Music Publishing, whose roster includes Kiwi hip-hop phenomenon Savage. The new pact is a continuation of a long-term -- and fruitful ...

  8. Neil Finn Announces Star-Studded Charity Album

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST New Zealand singer-songwriter Neil Finn, best known as a member of melodic rock act Crowded House, has assembled a star line-up of special guests for the release of an album in aid of international development organization Oxfam. Returning from th ...

  9. NZ Retailer Real Groovy Goes Into Receivership

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Iconic New Zealand music retailer Real Groovy has gone into receivership, just months after insisting it was not in trouble. The company, which operates four stores in the main metropolitan centres, announced that it had gone into receivership Oct ...

  10. Conchords, Opshop Dominate NZ's Tuis

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The public almost outnumbered the music industry for the first time at this year's New Zealand Music Awards -- and the organizers couldn't be happier. The Vodafone-sponsored "Tuis" were held at the Vector Arena in Auckland on W ...

  11. Bigger Venue, 3-Year Sponsor For NZ Music Awards

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT This year's New Zealand Music Awards will be the biggest yet, with the event to be staged at Auckland's largest indoor entertainment venue the Vector Arena. The move -- which comes at the same time as the signing of a new sponsorship pac ...

  12. Aus Cops Bust Alleged Piracy Ring

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has arrested and charged a 36-year-old Sydney man with copyright infringement following a major anti-piracy sting. The man was bailed and will appear before the Central Local Court on May 13. Criminal penalties ...

  13. NZ Singer Tocker Dies

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand singer-songwriter, poet and gay activist Mahinarangi Tocker died Tuesday (April 15) in an Auckland hospital after an asthma attack. She was 52. Tocker, one of the best known of Maori musicians and performers, recorded her first album & ...

  14. High Times For Australia's JB Hi-Fi

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Powered along by another record set of financials, Australasian home entertainment retailer JB Hi-Fi aims to continue expanding its share of the music market. The group, which operates the JB Hi-Fi, Clive Anthony and Hill & Stewart brands in A ...

  15. Dods AWOL As NZ's Sounds Goes Into Liquidation

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST As expected, the company behind New Zealand's largest specialist music chain was formally placed in liquidation today (Jan. 31), with the majority of creditors unlikely to see any of NZ$25 million ($19 million)-plus owed. At a watershed meeti ...

  16. Strong Kiwi Performance In NZ Full-Year Sales

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Three Kiwi divas dominated local music sales in 2007, according to charts data published by the Recording Industry Assn. of New Zealand. Although the complete year-end figures won't be available until January, the No. 1 artist of the year is ...

  17. NZ Music Takes To The Air

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Air travellers in New Zealand will get a dose of New Zealand music before they fly from this week. The country's national carrier Air New Zealand has adopted a policy of playing only New Zealand music videos on its fleet of 14 domestic 737 ai ...

  18. NZ's Sounds Music Enters Into Administration

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST The owner of New Zealand's biggest specialist chain Sounds Music has gone into voluntary administration. After months of industry speculation about the fate of the group, BDO Spicers have today been appointed administrator of Icon Digital Ent ...

  19. Aussie Regulators Investigate Borders Bids

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Australian competition regulator is calling for submissions on rival bids for the Borders Group's assets in the region. As previously reported, A & R Whitcoulls (ARW), the Auckland-based company behind some of Australasia's bigge ...

  20. Whitcoulls Plans Borders Swoop Down Under

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The company behind some of Australasia's biggest book chains has confirmed that it is in the market for the Borders Group's assets in the region. A and R Whitcoulls, which is based in Auckland and listed on the New Zealand stock exchange ...

  21. Fraser Takes NZ's Silver Scroll Award

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rising New Zealand star Brooke Fraser and 1980s rocker Jordan Luck were the big winners at the Australasian Performing Right Association's annual Silver Scroll award ceremony in Auckland last night. The event at Auckland Town Hall last night ...

  22. Evermore, Opshop Grab 5 NZ Music Award Nominations

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Evermore and Opshop top the list of nominations for October's New Zealand Music Awards, followed closely by local pop divas Hollie Smith and Brooke Fraser. Australian-based Warner Music act Evermore and the Siren-signed Opshop each receive fi ...

  23. Australia's Arena Management Taps Cunningham

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Australian venue operator Arena Management has hired veteran venue manager Ross Cunningham to fill its newly-created role of managing director. He starts in December, reporting to Sydney-based CEO and executive chairman Michael Jacobsen. Arena Man ...

  24. JB Hi-Fi Upbeat On Future After Retailer's Banner Year

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Australasian home entertainment giant JB Hi-Fi is continuing to back bricks-over-clicks in the wake of another record-breaking financial year. The listed company, which operates the JB Hi-Fi, Clive Anthony and Hill & Stewart brands in Australi ...

  25. Oz Retailer JB Hi-Fi Sets Up Shop In NZ

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Leading Australian home entertainment chain JB Hi-Fi has opened its first New Zealand outlet and says it is already reporting good sales. The first JB Hi-Fi store is located on central Auckland's main shopping thoroughfare, Queen Street, and ...

  26. Crowded House Confirm Reunion

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Crowded House has confirmed newspaper speculation over the past week that it will reunite for a 12-month world tour this year. Although tour dates are yet to be finalized, the act will appear at April's Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Ca ...

  27. Big Day Out Flag Controversy

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australia's festival Big Day Out has become embroiled in a controversy over the Australian flag. Its Sydney show is traditionally held on Australia Day (Jan. 26). During the public holiday, citizens usually wave large flags during the all-day ...

  28. iTunes Launches In New Zealand

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Apple Computer today (Dec. 6) launched iTunes Music Store in New Zealand. The new service becomes the 22nd iTunes Music Store in the world, and arrives as the tenth legitimate download site in New Zealand. Single tracks cost NZ$1.79 (US$1.21) each ...

  29. Runga, Elemeno P Lead NZ Nominations

    September 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Singer songwriter Bic Runga and rock band Elemeno P lead this year's New Zealand Music Awards with four nominations each. Singer songwriter Bic Runga and rock band Elemeno P lead this year's New Zealand Music Awards with four nominations ...

  30. Druery To Head SEC

    August 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sydney-based venue operator Arena Management today (Aug. 11) promoted its operations manager David Druery to GM of the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Sydney-based venue operator Arena Management today (Aug. 11) promoted its operations manager David ...

  31. Druery To Head SEC

    August 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sydney-based venue operator Arena Management today (Aug. 11) promoted its operations manager David Druery to GM of the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Sydney-based venue operator Arena Management today (Aug. 11) promoted its operations manager David ...

  32. U2 Roars Back With Help From Pearl Jam, Kanye

    July 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Reschedule dates previously postponed. U2 has rescheduled a host of dates in Australia, New Zealand and Japan that were postponed this spring due to an unidentified serious illness within the immediate family of a band member. Pearl Jam and Kanye ...

  33. MTV To Launch In New Zealand

    May 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT MTV is to launch a customized, 24-hour music network in New Zealand from Aug. 19. MTV is to launch a customized, 24-hour music network in New Zealand from Aug. 19. MTV New Zealand will be wholly-owned and operated by MTV Networks Asia Pacific. The ...

  34. Universal Motown Names Senior Int'l VP

    March 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Kirk Harding moves to role from SRC Records. Universal Motown Records Group has promoted Kirk Harding to senior VP of international. He reports to Andrew Kronfeld, GM of Universal Motown and is based in New York. Harding was most recently executiv ...

  35. U2 Postpones Last Ten Dates Of Vertigo Tour

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Family illness cited. U2 has postponed the final 10 dates of its Vertigo '06 tour in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Hawaii. In a statement, promoters the Next Adventure and Michael Coppel Presents jointly blamed it on the illness of an imm ...

  36. Stones Roll On For China Concert

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Rolling Stones will play their first-ever concert in China with a gig in Shanghai on April 8. The Rolling Stones will play their first-ever concert in China with a gig in Shanghai on April 8. Local promoter Emma Entertainment today (Feb. 28) c ...

  37. Stones Roll On For China Concert

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Rolling Stones will play their first-ever concert in China with a gig in Shanghai on April 8. The show will be held at the indoor Shanghai Grand Stage, which has a capacity of 8,000 to 10,000. Tic The Rolling Stones will play their first-ever ...

  38. Hansen Appointed Sydney Entertainment Centre GM

    January 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST U.S. venue management manager Chris Hansen has been appointed GM of the 12,400-capacity Sydney Entertainment Centre, with immediate effect. U.S. venue management manager Chris Hansen has been appointed GM of the 12,400-capacity Sydney Entertainmen ...

  39. Hansen Appointed Sydney Entertainment Centre GM

    January 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST U.S. venue management manager Chris Hansen has been appointed GM of the 12,400-capacity Sydney Entertainment Centre, with immediate effect. U.S. venue management manager Chris Hansen has been appointed GM of the 12,400-capacity Sydney Entertainmen ...

  40. MacTaggart To Head Sydney Entertainment Centre

    December 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Arena Management has appointed Bruce MacTaggart as GM of the Sydney Entertainment Centre, with effect from Friday (Dec 9). Arena Management has appointed Bruce MacTaggart as GM of the Sydney Entertainment Centre, with effect from Friday (Dec 9). A ...

  41. MacTaggart To Head Sydney Entertainment Centre

    December 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Arena Management has appointed Bruce MacTaggart as GM of the Sydney Entertainment Centre, with effect from Friday (Dec 9). Arena Management has appointed Bruce MacTaggart as GM of the Sydney Entertainment Centre, with effect from Friday (Dec 9). A ...

  42. U2's 'Vertigo' Continues To Sell Out

    December 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST The initial dates for the fourth leg of U2's Vertigo tour went on sale over the weekend and the results were predictably successful. U2 sold out stadiums in Sydney (March 31), Melbourne (March 24), Br The initial dates for the fourth leg of U ...

  43. Vai Voted Second 'NZ Idol'

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG NZ release single, album. Auckland, New Zealand-based debt collector Rosita Vai, 24, was yesterday (Oct. 17) voted as the second "NZ Idol." As part her win, Vai will come under the management of NZ Idol judge Paul Ellis. Her deb ...

  44. Grainge Unveils New UMGI Management Team

    August 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A new management structure has been put in place at the newly-renamed Universal Music Group International, Billboard.biz has learned. The company's chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge, who took over from Jorg A new management structure has been put i ...

  45. FMR NZ Chief Ashbridge Heads For Warner Oz

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Mark Ashbridge, managing director of Festival Mushroom Records in New Zealand, is to join Warner Music Australasia in the role as VP, marketing and promotions. MELBOURNE, Australia -- Mark Ashbridge, managing director of Festival Mushroom Records ...

  46. FMR NZ Chief Ashbridge Heads For Warner Oz

    July 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Mark Ashbridge, managing director of Festival Mushroom Records in New Zealand, is to join Warner Music Australasia in the role as VP, marketing and promotions. Mark Ashbridge, managing director of Festival Mushroom Records in New Zealand, is to jo ...

  47. N.Z. Gov't Ups Funding For Music

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand has earmarked an extra NZ$5.4 million ($3.9 million) in its annual budget to help export domestic acts over the next three years, the government announced April 20 in Auckland. SYDNEY -- New Zealand has earmarked an extra NZ$5.4 millio ...

  48. N.Z. Gov't Ups Funding For Music

    April 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Initiative aims to boost exports. New Zealand has earmarked an extra NZ$5.4 million ($3.9 million) in its annual budget to help export domestic acts over the next three years, the government announced today (April 20) in Auckland. The initiative i ...

  49. NZ Label Chief Fuemana Dies

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Phil Fuemana, founder of New Zealand record company Urban Pasifika Records, died at his home in South Auckland on Feb. 28 after a heart attack. He was 41. Phil Fuemana, founder of New Zealand record company Urban Pasifika Records, died at his home ...

  50. NZ Label Chief Phil Fuemana Dies

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Phil Fuemana, founder of New Zealand record company Urban Pasifika Records, died Feb. 28 at his home in South Auckland after a heart attack. He was 41. Phil Fuemana, founder of New Zealand record company Urban Pasifika Records, died Feb. 28 at his ...

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