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  1. Keith Urban's Aussie Homeland Dates Top Hot Tours Chart

    April 12, 2013 2:20 PM EDT Keith Urban owns this week's No. 1 Hot Tours ranking with $5.6 million in box office grosses from two venues on his seven-date tour through Australia which occurred earlier this year.  The award-winning country star played multiple shows in ...

  2. Justin Bieber Nabs Third Hot Tours No. 1, Phish at No. 2

    November 07, 2012 6:14 PM EST Pop star Justin Bieber makes his third appearance at No. 1 on the weekly Hot Tours recap since launching the North American leg of the Believe Tour in late-September. This week's chart-topping performance is based on $11.8 million in reported ...

  3. Road Work

    September 13, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Wizards of Oz: After three consecutive sold-out tours in Australia, Boyz II Men ­return to the land of Oz for a nine-date run Âbeginning in Adelaide at the Barton Theatre (Nov. 16) and ending in Sydney at the State Theatre (Nov. 30). Other stops i ...

  4. Carrie Underwood's Album Gets 'Blown Away' Using New Aurasma Video App

    June 27, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Carrie Underwood is no stranger to the word "reality." After all, as the winner of the 2005 season of "American Idol," she won the hearts of millions of viewers across the world. Now, the singer has entered into a promotion tha ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Aussies Limp Home In Year-End Charts, Foreign Artists Reign

    January 04, 2012 11:02 AM EST Australia's appreciation for the homegrown is renowned, but judging by year-end sales and airplay data, Australian domestic music lost its appeal in a big way in 2011. No Australian artist appeared in the top-ten airplay charts, according to ...

  8. Aussie Bits: Live and TV Briefs From Down Under

    November 21, 2011 5:00 PM EST Australia's Hi-Fi live music brand has finally landed a venue in Sydney, the group's third on the east coast. After closing for business in March, Sydney venue the Forum has changed hands and will be re-branded the Hi-Fi Sydney from next ...

  9. Australia's Triple J Radio Launches Unearthed Digital Station

    October 05, 2011 11:30 AM EDT In what has been described as an "historic moment" for Australian music, the influential Triple J radio network flipped the switch yesterday on a second digital station, Triple J Unearthed. The new 24/7 station is dedicated solely to new ...

  10. Australia's Bigsound Conference: Alan McGee Provokes; Robbie Williams' Hefty EMI Deal; Chugg Lambasts McGee

    September 13, 2011 7:00 AM EDT The 10th anniversary Bigsound conference took place last week in Brisbane, Australia. Billboard's Australia correspondent Lars Brandle was there to take in all the sounds and soundbites. "The Australian" newspaper music editor Iain ...

  11. Aussie Touring Bits: Eminem Playing Down Under, First Time in Ten Years; Lil Wayne Opening

    September 07, 2011 1:58 PM EDT Eminem Going Down Under For The First Time in Ten Years Slim Shady is returning Down Under for the first time in 10 years to play a handful of stadium shows. Eminem, who last played in these parts in 2001, will play Melbourne Etihad Stadium on Dec ...

  12. Denis Handlin, Sony Music Australia CEO, To Also Oversee China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Middle East

    September 01, 2011 6:31 PM EDT Sony Music Australia's longtime chief Denis Handlin is adding more responsibilities to an already busy domestic and international brief, Billboard.biz can reveal. In addition to Handlin's current duties as chairman and CEO of Sony Music& ...

  13. Australia's Soundwave Revolution Tour Canceled After Unnamed Headliner Pulls Out

    August 10, 2011 2:20 PM EDT Australia's inaugural Soundwave Revolution tour, featuring Van Halen, Alice Cooper and Bad Religion, was abruptly canceled this week. The brainchild of promoter AJ Maddah, the five-city tour was intended to kick off next month. However, news ...

  14. Can Australia's Overheated Festival Market Continue?

    August 02, 2011 11:23 AM EDT Maybe, just maybe, there is some growth left in the Australian festivals market. It's a theory being tested by the team behind the resoundingly successful Soundwave event, a hard rock and metal event which has grown into a five-date national ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Foo Fighters Raise $1 Million For Charity; Justin Bieber Egged: Australia Touring Bits

    May 03, 2011 8:05 AM EDT The Foo Fighters rocked out for a good cause when they recently played fundraisers for victims of the Australian floods and New Zealand earthquakes. Now, the concert promoters have announced those two March shows raised upwards of $1 million Micha ...

  17. Aussie.Biz: EMI Australia's She Can DJ Search

    April 07, 2011 10:50 AM EDT EMI Seeking Female DJs - EMI Australia has a new spin on talent-searching. The music company has launched She Can DJ, an A&R project to scout a hot, new female dance artist from these parts. On offer is a plethora of prizes, including a global ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Sony Releases Australian Flood-Relief CD, Powderfinger To Release Single

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Australia has responded to the country's disastrous recent floods with the release of a three-disc fund-raising compilation CD. "Flood Relief: Artists for the Flood Appeal" features 59 tracks, including recordings from Pi ...

  22. Katy Perry Towel, Autographed Coldplay Merch: EMI Australia Launches Online Auction To Benefit Flood Victims

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Australia has launched a "money can't buy" online auction of rarities, memorabilia and signed merchandise to raise funds for the flood-stricken state of Queensland. Some of the items posted on eBay site include signed bloc ...

  23. Australia Floods Take Toll on Brisbane Venues, Music Scene

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST The extraordinary floods that have swamped Brisbane have caused untold damage to some key live music venues and forced the cancellation of several shows. In recent weeks, U2, Jay-Z and Bon Jovi have performed to big crowds at the Suncorp Stadium. ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Powderfinger Bowing Out On A High

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Powderfinger is going out on a high, quite literally. The Australian rock group has raised more than $150,000 Australian ($148,000) for charity in a unique high-flying stunt just days before wrapping-up their towering career. The veteran five-piec ...

  27. BACKBEAT: Michael Gudinski, Chairman of Australia's Mushroom Group @ Bigsound Summit

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Billboard's Australia correspondent Lars Brandle (left) quizzes Michael Gudinski (right), chairman of Mushroom Group during his keynote Q&A on day 1 of the Bigsound summit, held in Sept. 8-10 in Brisbane. Mushroom Group is the largest ind ...

  28. Six ARIA Nominations For Sia, Angus & Julia Stone

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With six nominations each, sibling duo Angus and Julia Stone, quirky pop artist Sia, alternative rockers Birds Of Tokyo, pop-soul singer Guy Sebastian and rising singer songwriter Megan Washington are the best-placed artists leading up to the 2010 ...

  29. Five Things We Learned At Bigsound

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The ninth annual Bigsound summit made many of the right noises last week. The three-day confab gathered more than 560 delegates (up 100 from last year) for an intensive round of panels, networking and band-spotting. Billboard.biz has selected some ...

  30. Pledge Music To Launch In Australia

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pledge Music, the London-based fan-funded online investment platform, is to launch in Australia on Sept. 8. The launch date coincides with a visit to Australia by Benji Rogers, founder and CEO of the funding service, which enables artists to set a ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Bon Jovi To Play Stadiums Down Under

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi will play stadiums across Australia this December when "The Circle" world tour visits these parts. Dainty Consolidated Entertainment will promote the Australian tour, which begins Dec. 8 at Perth's Subiaco Oval, then moves ...

  33. Eagles To Play Australian Arenas

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Eagles are swooping in for an Australian arena tour this December. Frontier Touring Company has secured the services of the giant American band for a series of shows beginning Dec. 2 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, and visits Perth, Brisba ...

  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. Powderfinger Extends Farewell Tour

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian rockers Powderfinger will extend their curtain-call tour after 175,000 tickets sold out in rapid-fire time. Within hours of going on sale last week (April 30), 17 dates were sell-outs on Powderfinger's "Sunsets - The Farewell ...

  36. Wolfmother On Drummer No. 3

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Losing a drummer is a wrench. But waving goodbye to your drummer second time 'round isn't such a drama. That's the way Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale sees it. Wolfmother is once again a different beast after the group this past ...

  37. Hoodoo Gurus Frontman Among Big Sound 2010 Speakers

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hoodoo Gurus frontman Dave Faulkner, Australian music industry veteran John O'Donnell and American music writer Michael Azerrad are in the first batch of speakers confirmed for the Big Sound 2010 conference, to be held Sept. 8-10 in Brisbane. ...

  38. Australian State Could Make Venues Close Earlier

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The nightlife in the Australian state of Queensland could become a quieter, more sober affair after a parliament committee recommended curbing trading hours. The committee has proposed that clubs and bars in designated "entertainment zones&qu ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Australia's Lost Weekend Disappears

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Australia's Lost Weekend festival has lived up to its name: the inaugural event, due to take place this weekend in Brisbane, has been cancelled. The festival promoter is Parkridge, Queensland-based AAA Entertainment. The event was scheduled f ...

  41. Whitney Houston Dismisses Critics, Says Tour Going Well

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Whitney Houston says her tour of Australia is going great, despite the swathes of fans and critics who have panned her performance. Houston has faced a barrage of complaints since embarking on a six-date tour of Australia in Brisbane on Monday, wi ...

  42. .Biz Exclusive: How Global Deals Get Done At MIDEM

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST MIDEM, the international music industry convention, and its digitally focused MidemNet Forum will open shop Jan. 23-27 in Cannes. The events will draw some 10,000 executives from nearly 100 countries, representing the recording, publishing, live, ...

  43. ARIA Awards Boost On Australian Charts

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Last Thursday night's (Dec. 3) ARIA Awards in Sydney might have drawn tepid TV ratings, but the show's impact has panned out on this week's Australian sales charts. More than 20 releases from the evening's performers and winner ...

  44. Sarah Blasko Signs With Dramatico In Europe

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian songstress Sarah Blasko's critical and commercial hit album "As Day Follows Night" is slated for a pan-European release in partnership with U.K. indie Dramatico next March. The ARIA Award-winner's third album will re ...

  45. User-Based Web Radio Firm Jelli Makes National Push

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jelli, a company that merges crowdcasting with traditional radio, is hoping to take its user-controlled radio system national through a deal announced late Monday (Oct. 19) with Triton Media Group. As part of the agreement, Triton will syndicate t ...

  46. Taylor Swift Announces Second Leg Of 'Fearless' Tour

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift's Fearless tour -- one of the year's most successful treks and another boost to the teen country star's rising profile -- will be extended through spring 2010, the singer announced today (Oct. 8). The new leg will take ...

  47. Lady Sovereign Fined In Australia For Spitting At Doorman

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British rapper Lady Sovereign has spent the first night of her current Australia visit in a cell for her part in a drunken assault on a bouncer. The singer, whose real name is Louise Amanda Harman, was charged with assault on the weekend after spi ...

  48. AC/DC Double-Booking Resolved Down Under

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC's opening homecoming "Black Ice" tour dates next February at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium will go ahead after a double-booking dispute was resolved between the Australian Football League and the venue's operators. The ...

  49. Paoliello Relocates To Sydney In Mercury, M.Net Merger

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian mobile content and marketing expert Mercury Mobility has struck an agreement to merge with m.Net Corporation to combine what both companies boast will become the market's leading marketing and content business for handsets. M.Net C ...

  50. 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 ...

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