Australia

  1. Kylie Minogue To Receive Prestigious Australian Live Entertainment Award

    June 28, 2013 6:23 AM EDT Australia’s “pop princess” Kylie Minogue is to receive the highest honor in her country’s live entertainment industry – the JC Williamson Award. The artist will be feted at the Helpmann Awards ceremony July 29 at the Sydney Opera House. She join ...

  2. Australian Collection Society PPCA Has Another Record Year

    January 22, 2013 3:38 PM EST Australia's PPCA has enjoyed another record year, again reporting double-digital growth. The neighboring rights collecting society for labels and recording artists said it had distributed more than Australian $29 million ($30 million) to memb ...

  3. Australian Rapper 360 Leads Gotye, The Jezabels In 2012 ARIA Awards Nominations

    October 04, 2012 10:46 AM EDT Australian rapper 360 With six nominations, Australian rapper 360 has his rivals in a spin ahead of the ARIA Awards, to be held Nov. 29 in Sydney. Gotye and Jezabels are a touch behind with five nominations apiece. The Melbourne-born 360 -- otherw ...

  4. Breaking: Purple, Red, Yellow Wiggles Leaving Multi-Platinum Aussie Band

    May 17, 2012 7:00 AM EDT SYDNEY (AP) -- Three members of the children's music quartet The Wiggles will be hanging up their colorful outfits and leaving the Australian band this year, with the Blue Wiggle the lone original member left dancing. Jeff Fatt (Purple Wiggle ...

  5. Australia Cuts Funding For Radio Broadcasters

    May 11, 2012 7:12 AM EDT Australia's independent music community is poring over a federal budget which contains some real surprises, not the least a particularly sour note for the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project. There's a financial boost for music indust ...

  6. Australian High Court Rules ISP Not Liable For Users' Copyright Theft

    April 20, 2012 3:33 PM EDT Australia's High Court on Friday dismissed the movie studios' last-ditch attempt to hold the iiNet Internet service provider accountable for copyright theft on its network. Trade association the Australian Federation Against Copyright Th ...

  7. Jimmy Little, Iconic Indigenous Australian Singer, Dead at 75

    April 03, 2012 7:25 AM EDT Jimmy Little, one of the first indigenous musicians to enjoy mainstream success in Australia, passed away yesterday, April 2, after a long battle with health problems. He was 75. Little, who suffered with type 2 diabetes and underwent a kidney tra ...

  8. Charlotte Church Gets Nearly $1 Mil. in Murdoch Phone Hacking Settlement

    February 27, 2012 7:45 AM EST LONDON -- Charlotte Church, who testified about being hounded by Rupert Murdoch's journalists when she was a teen singing sensation, received 600,000 pounds ($951,000) Monday in a settlement from News International. Despite her legal victory, ...

  9. Goyte, Boy & Bear, Drapht Lead Australia's ARIA Award Nominations

    October 12, 2011 12:05 PM EDT With a whopping seven nominations each, Gotye, Boy & Bear, and Drapht are the frontrunners heading up to the Nov. 27 ARIA Awards in Sydney. Despite his smash hit album "Making Mirrors" (Eleven) missing the eligibility timeframe this ...

  10. Australian Live Music Industry Worth More Than $1.2 Billion

    September 21, 2011 8:05 AM EDT Australians love a drink and a show. In fact, the live music culture has become so ingrained in Australian society it's worth more than a billion dollars to the country's economy, a new study reveals. Collecting society APRA on Monday is ...

  11. WikiLeaks Doc Reveals Australia's Piracy Concerns With National Broadband Network

    August 31, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Piracy is a problem Down Under. But it's a problem that might become a whole lot bigger thanks to the Australian's government roll-out of its broadband super-infrastructure. That's the warning wrapped-up in a 2010 cable from the Can ...

  12. Powderfinger Tops Triple J Hottest Australian Albums Poll

    July 12, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Australian rules, especially the new stuff. That's the broad message which comes from a new survey conducted by Australia's Triple J network to find the country's all-time favorite homegrown albums. Recently retired Brisbane-based r ...

  13. Australia Live Bits: Danger Mouse's 'Rome' With Jack White, Norah Jones; Elton John; The Cure

    May 11, 2011 11:30 AM EDT EMI Australia is hoping the lure of free coffee will heat up this week's promo launch for the new Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi collaboration, "Rome," featuring Jack White and Norah Jones. The music major will be pouring it on when ...

  14. Australian Music Biz Closely Following Copyright Infringement Case

    March 24, 2011 3:25 PM EDT A landmark Australian copyright case pitting the movie industry against iiNet Internet service provider took another twist as the case moves to the country's High Court, the final court of appeal. Today, the Australian Federation Against Copy ...

  15. Australian Copyright Federation Loses Case Against ISP iiNet

    February 25, 2011 1:53 PM EST The Federal Court of Australia today rejected an appeal by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) in its claim that Perth-based Internet service provider iiNet had committed copyright violations. Music companies have been follow ...

  16. Sony Australia's Triple-CD Flood Relief Album Is No. 1

    February 01, 2011 11:25 AM EST The all-star "Flood Relief: Artists For The Flood Appeal" album was the best-selling album Down Under last week, and has shipped platinum (70,000) in less than seven days since it was rush-released on Jan. 24. The current leader on the A ...

  17. Powerderfinger to Reunite for Australian All-Star Flood-Relief Concert?

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Australia's music industry is playing its part in local flood-relief efforts, with an all-star concert said to be taking shape. A major benefit concert will be announced shortly, funds from which will support the flood-stricken state of Queen ...

  18. Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban Set For Oprah's Oz Show

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban have been confirmed as the first two Aussie stars to appear on the Sydney editions of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" being taped here on Dec. 14. Hugh Jackman and wife Deborah Lee Furness, Baz Luhrmann and ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Mixed Results For Live Biz Down Under

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's live entertainment circuit made more money in 2009, but sold fewer tickets. And the cost of going to concerts continues to rise. That's the low-down of Live Performance Australia's latest "Ticket Attendance and Reve ...

  21. Appeal Commences In Australian ISP Copyright Case

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) has commenced appeal proceedings against a February court decision that found Australian ISP iiNet not guilty of infringing copyright laws. In 2008, a group of 34 TV/film studios and broadc ...

  22. Australian Digital Radio Exempted From Domestic Quota

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's digital-only radio stations won't be obligated to spin home-grown tunes for the next three years after the broadcast authority granted controversial exemption from the country's domestic content quota system. Despite the ...

  23. Australian Live Revenue Tops $1.6 Billion

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's live music industry employs more than 13,800 full-time staffers and contributes in excess of $1.1 billion Australian ($944 million) to the national economy, according to a new study. The $1.1. billion Australian figure is total pr ...

  24. Michael Parisi Launches New Label

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Australian record biz executive Michael Parisi has returned to the label scene with a new imprint, Wunderkind Music. The former Warner Music Australia president of A&R has made teenage pop artist Owl Eyes -- real name Brooke Addamo -- ...

  25. Aussie Authors Body Amends Licensing Procedures

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has granted the Australasian Performing Right Assn (APRA) "re-authorization" after the authors' society agreed to simplify its rules for direct dealing between composers and ...

  26. Australian Band Gyroscope Protests At Warner Hits Set

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian alternative rock outfit Gyroscope has fired a broadside at their former label Warner Music for readying a hits compilation apparently without their consent. In a statement issued today (April 22) and posted on their official Web site, t ...

  27. Protests At Venue Curfews Down Under

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Hundreds gathered in central Brisbane today (March 11) to protest proposed new laws that would enforce a tough state-wide curfew on nightclubs and live music venues. Under controversial new measures aimed at tackling alcohol-related violence, the ...

  28. AFACT To Appeal iiNet File-Sharing Ruling

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Australian court tussle between the movie studios and the iiNet Internet service provider is back on again. The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, an umbrella organization for the country's film and TV industries, earlier this ...

  29. Australian ISP iiNet Wins Copyright Case

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Australia's film and TV industries have failed in their landmark attempt to hold an Internet service provider liable for illegal file-sharing. The Federal Court in Sydney on Thursday (Feb. 4) ruled in favor of iiNet, which had been accused of ...

  30. Big Sound: Glenn Wheatley Speaks On Jail Term

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Veteran artist manager and entertainment entrepreneur Glenn Wheatley used the platform of Australia's Big Sound conference to clear the air on the circumstances which led to his incarceration. During his open and candid keynote speech last Fr ...

  31. Australia's Swish Group Enters Administration

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian digital media firm Swish Group has entered into voluntary administration after being unable to raise essential funds in the current "continuing difficult economic environment." Melbourne-based Swish has appointed Richard Cauch ...

  32. Sound Relief Concerts Up For Helpmann Award

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The twin Australian Sound Relief concerts raised more than $8 million Australian ($6.4 million) in support of bushfire and flood victims. Now organizers of the historic concerts might finally be called upon to take a bow. The Frontier Touring Comp ...

  33. Australian Radio Service Stripe Shuts Down

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's curtains for Stripe, the Australian subscription-based radio service launched nine months ago by entertainment entrepreneur Glenn Wheatley. For a monthly fee of $7.95 Australian ($6.30), subscribers could tune in to Stripe's 30 chan ...

  34. John Farnham Confirms Comeback Tour

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jack is back. Veteran Australian entertainer John Farnham - whose 1986 release "Whispering Jack" is regarded as the best-selling domestic album in this country's history - is hitting the road for another tour. The iconic singer, who ...

  35. Helpmann Awards Honor For Michael Gudinski

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian impresario Michael Gudinski will receive one of the top honors at the annual Helpmann Awards ceremony, to be held July 27 at the Sydney Opera House. Gudinski, chairman of the powerhouse independent Mushroom Group of Companies and managi ...

  36. Billy Joel, Duran Duran Support Rockin' Relief

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian animal welfare organization the RSPCA is almost $40,000 Australian ($28,616) better off thanks to the online music memorabilia auction Rockin' Relief, which closed April 22. Rockin' Relief raised a total of $39,661 Australian ...

  37. Bushfire Benefit CD Sells Over 100,000

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Australia's bushfire-aid CD release has raised more than $1.6 million Australian ($1.15 million) after selling more than 100,000 units in the two months since its release, Billboard.biz has learned. Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, M ...

  38. Artists Donate Memorabilia For Bushfire Benefit Auction

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Gudinski's Frontier Touring Company is throwing its support behind another music-led project to raises funds the Victorian bushfires, only this time it's in aid of animals harmed by the disaster. Frontier Touring has teamed with ...

  39. Australia To Build $31 Billion Broadband Network

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australia's government will build a $43 billion Australian ($31 billion) high-speed broadband network, leading a new private-public company, after rejecting bids by companies that it said failed to offer value for money. In a surprise move, p ...

  40. Pink, Katy Perry, Britney Win At Aussie MTV Awards

    March 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. pop artists took out a clutch of trophies at the Vodafone MTV Australia Awards 2009 on Friday night in Sydney, where Pink, Katy Perry and Britney Spears were among the main winners. For the three categories which recognize viewers' favor ...

  41. Australia Set For Sound Relief Concerts

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The stages are set for Saturday's Sound Relief bushfire benefit concerts in Sydney and Melbourne. Developments behind the scenes continue apace for the historic live events taking place in Australia's two biggest cities. National youth r ...

  42. Barnes Responds To Aussie Bushfire Crisis

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes is releasing an album exclusively through the iTunes Music Store to raise funds for victims of Australia's devastating bushfires. The album, "Live At The Enmore," contains a mix of current materia ...

  43. Aus ISP iiNet To File Copyright Case Defense

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Australian music industry will keenly watch developments this week as Internet service provider iiNet's copyright infringement trial enters another phase at the Federal Court. Perth-based iiNet will on Thursday (Feb. 5) file its Federal C ...

  44. Teen Dies At Australia's Big Day Out

    February 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST A teenage girl has died from a suspected drugs overdose after being rushed to hospital from the Perth leg of Australia's Big Day Out festival. The unidentified 17-year-old died overnight after apparently swallowing three ecstasy tablets outsi ...

  45. Collective Licensing Breakthrough For Aussie Indies

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australia's independent labels are celebrating a decision down under that allows indies to jointly offer licenses to broadcasters who air their artists' music clips. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said earlier ...

  46. Australia's Central Station Changes Hands In MBO

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian digital company Destra Corp. has sold Central Station Records (CSR) to the dance label's Sydney-based GM Jamie Raeburn. The new ownership is effective immediately. CRS's 11-strong staff team is expected to remain intact. Raebu ...

  47. ARIA Awards Broadcaster Censured For 'Subliminal' Ads

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT National Australian TV broadcaster Network Ten has been censured for beaming subliminal advertising banners during the telecast of last year's record industry gala, the ARIA Awards. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) fou ...

  48. Australian Wins Global Award From CMA

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian country artist Troy Cassar-Daley was honored with the 2008 Country Music Associations Global Country Artist Award during the CMA Music Festival, which runs June 5-8 in Nashville. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by an artist ...

  49. Honorary Degree For Rocker Cave

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The correct title is now Dr. Cave. Alternative-rock icon Nick Cave has been presented with an honorary degree of doctor of laws from Monash University in his longtime hometown of Melbourne. The U.K.-based, Australian-bred musician, novelist, actor ...

  50. Australia's Gyroscope Grabs Top Chart Slot

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Australia-signing Gyroscope's third album "Breed Obsession" debuted at the top spot in this week's Motorola Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart. The last Australian group to hit No. 1 on the ARIA ...

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