Australia

  1. Garrett Unveils New Aussie Arts Policy

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST The first arts policy drawn up by Australia's new Labor government includes initiatives for the contemporary music sector. The arts minister is Peter Garrett, former singer with the political Sony BMG-signed veteran rock band Midnight Oil. Th ...

  2. Concord Records Merges With Village Roadshow

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Concord Records has been merged into the Village Roadshow Pictures Group -- a unit of Australian publicly traded Village Roadshow Ltd. -- to form a new company called Village Roadshow Entertainment Group. The new company will be 39.9% owned by Vil ...

  3. Country Singer Kernaghan Named Australian Of The Year

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Multi-platinum country singer Lee Kernaghan was named Australian of the Year in a presentation Jan. 26 during the country's national day of celebrations. The 43-year-old Kernaghan was recognized for his work with drought-ravaged farming commu ...

  4. Live Performance Australia Launches Virtual Hall Of Fame

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Live Performance Australia, the peak body for Australia's live entertainment and the performing arts industry, has launched a virtual Hall of Fame to celebrate its 90th anniversary. Inducted into the Hall of Fame are 100 people considered to ...

  5. Midnight Oil's Garrett Named Aussie Arts Minister

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST The newly-elected Australian Labor government today appointed former Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett as environment, heritage and arts minister. Garrett, who initially ran as a candidate for the Nuclear Disarmament Party in the 1980s, joined the ...

  6. French-Australian Biz Talks Yield Instant Results

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST The inaugural French-Australian Music Business Meetings, held in Sydney this week, have yielded immediate deals. The meetings, held Nov. 20 to 22, were organized by the Paris-based French Music Export Australia, the French Embassy in Australia, an ...

  7. Aus Manager Wheatley Jailed

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Australian talent manager Glenn Wheatley was today jailed for two and a half years on charges of tax evasion. He has to serve a minimum of 15 months. The Melbourne-based manager of John Farnham, who also guided the careers of international ...

  8. Pink, Kylie Nominated For Oz Helpmann Awards

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Pink and Kylie Minogue are among the nominees for the annual Australian Helpmann Awards. Winners will be announced at the ceremony on Aug. 6 at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, and broadcast live on pay-TV channel Foxtel. Pink and Minogue's pro ...

  9. Crowded House Stars As Live Earth Begins In Sydney

    July 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The first of the Live Earth climate change concerts kicked off in Sydney today with an emotional welcome by a traditional Aboriginal troupe painted in white and waving eucalyptus leaves, and ended 10 hours later, equally as emotional, when a reuni ...

  10. Ministry Of Sound Opening In Australia

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT International dance club brand Ministry Of Sound is to open its first venue in Australia. The venue will be part of an A$300 million ($246 million) makeover of the "Golden Triangle" of Melbourne's historic beachfront area of St. Kil ...

  11. Wheatley To Plead Guilty To Aus Tax Charges

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Glenn Wheatley, CEO and founder of Melbourne-based talent management and concert/sports promotions company Talentworks, indicated in court today (Feb. 1) that he will plead guilty to tax evasion. Wheatley, best known for his role as manager of vet ...

  12. Review: The Shins' 'Wincing The Night Away'

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Shins: "Wincing the Night Away Producers: James Mercer, Joe Chiccarelli Sup Pop Release Date: Jan. 23 The Shins' third album probably won't change your life, despite what Natalie Portman insists. But "Wincing the Night Away ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Strong Showing For Local Acts In 2006 Oz Sales

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australia's biggest-selling singles and albums of 2006 were both from overseas artists - but local acts were still heavily represented in the overall top 100 charts. According to local trade body the Australian Recording Industry Assn., Sandi ...

  15. Aussie Debutants Light Up ARIA Nominations

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Heavy metal trio Wolfmother, rock band Powderfinger's singer Bernard Fanning, alternative rockers Eskimo Joe and crossover hip hop posse Hilltop Hoods notched up five nominations each for the Australi Heavy metal trio Wolfmother, rock band Po ...

  16. Hot Start For Mushroom's Oz Act Eskimo Joe

    June 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Australia's six-month-old domestic artist imprint Mushroom Records achieved its first album chart-topper this week. The imprint's guitar band Eskimo Joe debuted at the top spot on the Jun Warner Music Australia's six-mo ...

  17. Queen Honors EMI's Nicoli, Harris

    June 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT EMI Group chairman Eric Nicoli was recognized in Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honours list, published Saturday (June 17). Nicoli was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for ser EMI Group chairman Eric Nicoli was recogn ...

  18. Australian Queens Birthday Honors Revealed

    June 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Mushroom founder among those recognized. Michael Gudinski, founder of Mushroom Records, and singer Olivia Newton-John were among 67 recognized in Australia with Queen’s Birthday Honors today (June 12). The awards—a system established by Queen Eliz ...

  19. Murray Returns To Mushroom Music

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Michael Gudinski's Mushroom Music Publishing has appointed Adrian Murray as GM, effective immediately. He reports to the Melbourne-based company's managing director Ian James. Michael Gudinski's Mushroom Music Publishing has appoint ...

  20. Commonwealth Games Showcases Oz Music Talent

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST John Farnham, Paul Kelly, Ben Lee, Grinspoon are among the Australian artists tapped to perform during the two-and-a-half-hour closing ceremony for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, to be held March 26 at John Farnham, Paul Kelly, Ben Lee, Grinspoon ar ...

  21. Gudinski Sets Up Liberator To Tap Global Acts

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Mushroom Group chairman Michael Gudinski has launched Liberator, a Melbourne-based imprint to sign and develop acts and labels from territories outside Australia. Mushroom Group chairman Michael Gudinski has launched Liberator, a Melbourne-based i ...

  22. Madonna Leads MTV Oz Award Nominations

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST With five nominations, Madonna is the frontrunner leading up to the second MTV Australia Video Music Awards, to be held at the Sydney SuperDome on April 12. With five nominations, Madonna is the frontrunner leading up to the second MTV Australia V ...

  23. U.K. Indies Embark On Mission Down Under

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST A delegation of independent British music firms will embark this week on an inaugural trade mission to Australia. The initiative will involve nine U.K. music companies visiting Sydney and Melbourne fo A delegation of independent British music firm ...

  24. Aussie Country Songwriter Joe Daly Dies

    December 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Australian singer songwriter, poet and author Joe Daly died Dec. 22 in Broken Hill, New South Wales, after a battle with cancer. He was 78. Australian singer songwriter, poet and author Joe Daly died Dec. 22 in Broken Hill, New South Wales, after ...

  25. Aussie Kids' Act Wiggles Win Export Award

    December 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Children's act the Wiggles have become the first entertainers to win the Australian government's Exporter Of the Year award. The band won from a shortlist of 75 corporations. Children's act the Wiggles have become the first entertai ...

  26. Australia's Mushroom Music Buys Festival Pub

    November 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Michael Gudinski's Mushroom Music has purchased Australia's Festival Music Publishing from News Corp. The acquisition formally took place Nov. 22 and is retroactive to Oct. 31. Michael Gudinski's Mushroom Music has purchased Austral ...

  27. Australia's Mushroom Music Buys Festival Pub

    November 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Michael Gudinski's Mushroom Music has purchased Australia's Festival Music Publishing from News Corp. The acquisition formally took place Nov. 22 and is retroactive to Oct. 31. Michael Gudinski's Mushroom Music has purchased Austral ...

  28. Warner's FMR Deal Given Green Light

    November 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Corporate regulator the Australian Competition Consumer Commission today (Nov. 16) approved Warner Music Australia's acquisition of leading Aussie indie label Festival Mushroom Records. Corporate regulator the Australian Competition Consumer ...

  29. Warner's FMR Deal Given Green Light

    November 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Corporate regulator the Australian Competition Consumer Commission today (Nov. 16) approved Warner Music Australia's acquisition of leading Aussie indie label Festival Mushroom Records. Corporate regulator the Australian Competition Consumer ...

  30. Australia's FMR Head Parisi Returns To Warner

    August 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Michael Parisi is rejoining Warner Music Australia after a seven-year tenure as managing director of Australian independent Festival Mushroom Records. Michael Parisi is rejoining Warner Music Australia after a seven-year tenure as managing directo ...

  31. Australia's FMR Head Parisi Returns To Warner

    August 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Michael Parisi is rejoining Warner Music Australia after a seven-year tenure as managing director of Australian independent Festival Mushroom Records. Michael Parisi is rejoining Warner Music Australia after a seven-year tenure as managing directo ...

  32. Global Pulse

    August 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Australian rock artist Jimmy Barnes scored his first chart-topper Down Under in nine years with album "Double Happiness." Read Tom Ferguson's column. Veteran Australian rock artist Jimmy Barnes scored his first chart-topper ...

  33. Oz Radio Meets With Gov't On Digital Services

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The CEOs of Australia's eleven major metropolitan and regional radio networks met in the capital of Canberra to urge legislators not to delay the rollout of digital radio. SYDNEY -- The CEOs of Australia's eleven major metropolitan and r ...

  34. Oz Radio Meets With Gov't On Digital Services

    March 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST The CEOs of Australia's eleven major metropolitan and regional networks met in the capital of Canberra this week to urge legislators not to delay any further the roll-out of digital radio. The CEOs of Australia's eleven major metropolita ...

  35. FMR Chairman Grierson To Exit

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Roger Grierson, chairman of leading Australian independent Festival Mushroom Records, will depart at the end of the month after seven years at the company. Roger Grierson, chairman of leading Australian independent Festival Mushroom Records, will ...

  36. Local Acts Triumph At MTV Oz Awards

    March 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Goodrem, Green Day, Peas take a pair. Goodrem, Green Day, Peas take a pair. News ...

  37. Kylie Tour Sells Out Down Under

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST With a swift sell-out of her home-market tour, Kylie Minogue has reaffirmed her position as Australia's biggest female box office draw. The Australian leg of the "Show Girl -- Greatest Hits" tour shif With a swift sell-out of her ho ...

  38. Oz Writers Group Becomes Union

    November 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Australian Writers' Guild has registered as an industrial organization under the Workplace Relations Act 1996, meaning it is now officially a union. SYDNEY (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Australian Writers' Guild has registered as a ...

  39. Fraser Departs HMV Australia, SE Asia

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST HMV Australia and Southeast Asia managing director Stuart Fraser has exited the company, with immediate effect. HMV Australia and Southeast Asia managing director Stuart Fraser has exited the company, with immediate effect. Fraser has served for t ...

  40. Fraser Departs HMV Australia, SE Asia

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST HMV Australia and Southeast Asia managing director Stuart Fraser has exited the company, with immediate effect. HMV Australia and Southeast Asia managing director Stuart Fraser has exited the company, with immediate effect. Fraser has served for t ...

  41. Elton John Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    September 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Joan Sutherland, John Williams also awarded. Joan Sutherland, John Williams also awarded. News Joan Sutherland , John Williams ...

  42. ARIA Planning Download, Truetone Chart

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Record Industry Assn. (ARIA) is planning to launch a download chart by the end of the year. ARIA is also aiming to introduce a truetone chart "in the next 12 to 18 months." The Australian Record Industry Assn. (ARIA) is pl ...

  43. ARIA Planning Download, Truetone Chart

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Record Industry Assn. (ARIA) is planning to launch a download chart by the end of the year. ARIA is also aiming to introduce a truetone chart "in the next 12 to 18 months." The Australian Record Industry Assn. (ARIA) is pl ...

  44. Kerry Packer's PBL Buys Into Sydney SuperDome

    September 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Australian media mogul Kerry Packer has added the Sydney SuperDome entertainment complex to his portfolio of interests in a deal reported to be worth A$12 million ($8.4 million). Packer's company Pub Australian media mogul Kerry Packer has ad ...

  45. Kerry Packer's PBL Buys Into Sydney SuperDome

    September 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Australian media mogul Kerry Packer has added the Sydney SuperDome entertainment complex to his portfolio of interests in a deal reported to be worth A$12 million ($8.4 million). Packer's company Pub Australian media mogul Kerry Packer has ad ...

  46. The Orchard Taps Into Australia's BigPond

    August 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Australia's largest online music site BigPond Music has struck an agreement to digitally distribute content from the Orchard, the New York-based digital and physical distributor of non-major-label mus Australia's largest online music sit ...

  47. The Orchard Taps Into Australia's BigPond

    August 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Australia's largest online music site BigPond Music has struck an agreement to digitally distribute content from the Orchard, the New York-based digital and physical distributor of non-major-label mus Australia's largest online music sit ...

  48. Aus Jazz Festival Appoints Pagnotta Director

    July 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Melbourne International Jazz Festival has appointed Carlo Pagnotta as international artistic director for its next event, in May 2005. The Melbourne International Jazz Festival has appointed Carlo Pagnotta as international artistic director fo ...

  49. Australian Country Music Exec Rex Barry Dies

    June 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Australian veteran country music label executive Rex Barry died in Sydney on March 31, following a six-month battle with cancer. He was aged in his mid-50s. Australian veteran country music label executive Rex Barry died in Sydney on March 31, fol ...

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