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  1. Magic Dirt's Dean Turner Dead At 37

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dean Turner, bass player and founding member of Australian alternative rock band Magic Dirt, died Aug. 21 after losing his battle with a rare form of tissue cancer. He was just 37. "As a founding member of Magic Dirt, Dean was the linchpin, t ...

  2. AMBC Divides Opinions Down Under

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The music business Down Under has a bright future. But none of the AustralAsian Music Business Conference's speakers could quite agree what that might be. That was the lingering impression from the 2009 AMBC event, which took place Aug. 20-22 ...

  3. Australia's Arena Management In Receivership

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian venues group Arena Management, operator of the troubled Sydney Entertainment Centre, has been placed into receivership. The news comes just weeks after AEG Ogden, managers of the largest network of venues in the Asia Pacific region, sai ...

  4. Beyonce Cancels Australian Dates

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Beyonce has canceled two arena dates and pushed back the start of her upcoming Australian tour citing an "unforeseen change in her international schedule." The American pop singer's "I Am" Australian tour was slated to sta ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Violent Soho Wrapping New Set

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Aussie buzz band Violent Soho is currently camped in the Welsh countryside putting the finishing touches to their awaited new record for Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label, Billboard.biz can reveal. Gil Norton (The Pixies, Echo and the Bun ...

  8. Katy Perry Vs Katie Perry

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Katy Perry is attempting to block an Australian fashion designer from trade-marking her clothing range with the brand name Katie Perry. The designer, who started her high-end Katie Perry loungewear label two years ago, apparently launched a tradem ...

  9. NKOTB Cancels Aussie Tour

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Revived U.S. boy band New Kids On The Block has cancelled its August tour of Australia, pinning the blame on the worldwide recession. On a statement on the official NKOTB Web site, band member Donnie Wahlberg posted: "Despite warnings that th ...

  10. Denis Handlin Set For APRA Honor

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Australasia chairman and CEO Denis Handlin is this year's recipient of the coveted Ted Albert award for outstanding services to Australian music. The accolade, decided by the APRA board of writer and publisher directors, will be pr ...

  11. Australia's AIR CEO To Exit

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Stu Watters, CEO of Australia's independent music companies' trade association AIR, will exit next month after five years in the post, Billboard.biz understands. Watters is believed to be pursing a new career outside the music industry. ...

  12. Empire Of The Sun Goes Live

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian psychedelic pop duo Empire of the Sun will make their awaited debut live appearance at this years Parklife Festival, which will span the country for five dates beginning Sept. 26 at Brisbane's Botanical Gardens. With little fanfare ...

  13. Hunting Down Top Twitter Tunes

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT We Are Hunted has launched a new daily music chart (http://wearehunted.com/twitter/) which it says tracks the tunes people on Twitter are listening to and tweeting about. The online buzz aggregator samples Twitter through the day looking for tweet ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Aggregation Platform Hunts Down Users

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian-based online music-tracking chart We Are Hunted claims it has drawn almost 100,000 users in its first week of operation. The service, which launched in beta form on April 17 at wearehunted.com, aggregates music listening trends from blo ...

  17. Publishing Briefs: Cherry Lane, International Songwriting Competition

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT --Cherry Lane Music Publishing has signed Allan Pineda Lindo, (also known as Apl.de.Ap., a founding member of the Black Eyed Peas) to a long-term, worldwide publishing agreement. Cherry Lane has represented the publishing of The Black Eyed Peas si ...

  18. The Hi-Fi Venue Brand Expanding Down Under

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Melbourne's the Hi-Fi live music venue is poised to expand its brand north into Brisbane with a new 1,000-plus capacity venue. A free show this Wednesday (April 29) featuring alternative Melbourne rock act the Drones will launch the new site ...

  19. Digital Radio Services Revealed Down Under

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With the digital radio revolution just around the corner, commercial media group DMG Radio Australia has unveiled a flavor of some new music channels to come. The broadcaster, which operates the Nova and Vega networks, has added two new digital br ...

  20. Record Store Day Row Down Under

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Two rival Record Store Day campaigns will roll out simultaneously in Australia next Saturday (April 18), the splintering a reaction to concerns about the inclusion of the big retail chains. The trade body AMRA, which counts more than 500 members, ...

  21. Van Dyke Parks Signs Up To Big Sound

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Veteran U.S. producer and songwriter Van Dyke Parks is one of the guest speakers confirmed for the Australian Big Sound music industry summit and showcase event this September, organizers said today. Now in its eighth year, the Brisbane, Queenslan ...

  22. Coldplay Breaks Record Down Under

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's just-wrapped Australian tour has broken a record at one venue and created a halo effect for half-a-dozen recordings. With their fourth and final concert at Sydney's Acer Arena on Sunday, the group clocked-up nearly 59,000 tick ...

  23. Bee Gee Joins Sound Relief Concert Bill

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Barry Gibb, the singer, songwriter and eldest brother in the Bee Gees, is returning to Australia to perform on the Sydney stage for this Saturday's Sound Relief concert, organizers said today (March 11). Gibb's headline performance for t ...

  24. UMPG Australia In JV With Indie Publisher Dew Process

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group Australia has entered into an exclusive, long-term, worldwide joint venture with Brisbane-based independent music publisher Dew Process Publishing. Under the deal, Universal Music Publishing Group will handle all c ...

  25. More Domestic Acts On Australian Radio

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST An "unprecedented" number of homegrown Australian acts have made an impression in an annual national airplay report. But it was American artists who ultimately were the biggest winners. U.S. artists dominated the top five spots of the Ph ...

  26. Exports Boost For Queensland Biz

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Australian state of Queensland has given a shot in the arm for the local music sector with the launch of two complementary export initiatives. State minister for trade John Mickel has unveiled the first strategy, entitled Queensland Contempora ...

  27. Miller-Heidke Teams With One Louder

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Australian alternative pop singer Kate Miller-Heidke has parted ways with her manager Leanne de Souza and joined Bill Cullen's camp at One Louder Entertainment. De Souza, who helms Brisbane-based artist management and artist support service B ...

  28. Dutch Dance Promoter ID&T Opens Up Down Under

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amsterdam-based dance promoter ID&T is setting up offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this month, its managing director Duncan Stutterheim tells Billboard.biz. "The dance scene in Australia is very healthy," says Stutterheim. & ...

  29. Operator Please Wins Export Award

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Teenage alternative pop outfit Operator Please won the "special Premier's award" at the Premier of Queensland's Export Awards in Brisbane tonight (Oct. 16), held annually to recognize achievements in trade export for businesses ...

  30. Ben Lee Signs With Dew

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Critically feted Australian singer/songwriter Ben Lee has joined the roster of indie label Dew Process Recordings. Paul Piticco's Brisbane-based Dew Process has inked a three-album deal with Lee covering Australia and New Zealand; New West is ...

  31. Aus Idol Singer Dies In Fall

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The family of an Australian Idol contestant who fell to his death on the weekend are denying the incident was a suicide. Levi Kereama died in Brisbane on Saturday night just hours after performing at the Parklife Festival, in the city's Botan ...

  32. Aussie Byron Bay Fest Canceled

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The plug has been pulled on plans to revive Australia’s Byron Bay Arts and Music Festival, with organizers citing “regulatory hurdles.” The festival, due to take place Jan. 7 and 8 in the east coast seaside town, had a line-up featuring Franz Ferd ...

  33. Cave Curates All Tomorrow’s Parties Aus Fest

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australia’s busy festivals circuit has a new player on the scene. The All Tomorrow’s Parties brand will debut in three Australian regions for the upcoming southern summer season, organizers said today. Home-grown alternative rock act Nick Cave the ...

  34. Sony BMG Aus Signs Katie Noonan

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Entertainment Australia has signed singer Katie Noonan. A jazz-flavored album will be recorded in New York for release this year, according to Sydney-based chairman and CEO Denis Handlin. He says, "Joining Katie for the album recordi ...

  35. Queensland's Music Export Strategy Paying Off

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Queensland government's strategy of funding local music acts abroad is continuing to pay off, according to a statement from the state's minister of trade John Mickel and minister for the arts Rod Welford. The state government has foc ...

  36. Aussie Digital Distributor Musicadium Launches

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST New Australian-based digital distributor Musicadium launched in its hometown Brisbane Feb. 13 with a showcase of three of its signings at the Zoo club. One of these, Ranger, is made up of past members of Brisbane bands the Go-Betweens and Regurgit ...

  37. Aussie Venue Operator To Manage Beijing Arena

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Australian venue operator AEG Ogden has reached an agreement to manage the Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena (BOBA) - the first NBA-style venue of its type in Asia. AEG Ogden has formed a strategic partnership with the Beijing Wukesong Culture & ...

  38. AEG, Australia's Ogden IFC Pair On JV

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment presenter AEG has acquired an interest in Australian venue operator Ogden IFC, and created a new 50:50 joint venture called AEG Ogden. The partnership will operate arenas, theaters, stadiums, convention a ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Velvet Revolver Silenced By Japanese Authorities

    November 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Japanese immigration authorities have denied Velvet Revolver's request for visas, forcing the band to cancel shows it had scheduled in four Japanese cities later this month, according to representatives for the rock band. In a statement, Sher ...

  41. IODA Unveils Aussie Office During Indie Summit

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT San Francisco-based digital distribution, marketing and technology company Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) will open an office in Sydney on Oct. 15. Its managing director will be Nathan McLay, head of digital at Inertia Distributio ...

  42. PNG Songwriters To Receive Royalty Payments

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Songwriters from Papua New Guinea will receive their first local royalty payments thanks to a new license deal struck between the Sydney-based Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and Port Moresby-based radio station PNG FM. APRA' ...

  43. Aussie AIR Travels South

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Independent Record Labels Association is relocating its Brisbane headquarters of three years to Melbourne, effective Sept. 3. "It's a strategic decision by the board to be where the indie power brokers are," AIR chief ...

  44. 6 QUESTIONS WITH CHRIS BAILEY

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The list of superstar bands planning to reunite and hit the road this year has been nothing short of remarkable. The Police, Van Halen, Genesis, Crowded House and the Spice Girls are among the former powers in pop and rock who have decided to push ...

  45. Powderfinger, Silverchair, Team Up For Tour

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Australia's two biggest bands, Powderfinger and Silverchair have teamed up for a national concert tour. The "Across The Great Divide" tour begins at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on August 29 and winds up 21 shows later on Octo ...

  46. Silverchair Seated At Aussie Chart Peak

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Silverchair's first single in four years, "Straight Lines," bowed at No. 1 on this week's Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Top 100 this week, published yesterday. The track also tops the ARIA digital chart for i ...

  47. Aussie Rocker Billy Thorpe Dies

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australian rock icon Billy Thorpe died earlier today at Sydney's Vincent Hospital, after suffering a heart attack. He was 60. In the early '70s, Thorpe and his blues/rock band The Aztecs were the biggest, meanest and loudest drawcard in ...

  48. Dave Matthews Band Unveils 2007 Tour Plans

    December 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Dave Matthews Band will kick-off their 2007 tour two-night stand at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on March 23 and March 24, with The Fray set to open. The band will then head down under on March 31 for a two-week jaunt through Australia, fo ...

  49. Big Day Out, eBay In Aussie Legal Stoush

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Australian music festival Big Day Out and online auction house eBay are heading for the Federal Court in Sydney on Dec. 23. eBay is taking legal action against BDO over its new anti-scalping ticket policy, in which it now states tickets sold-on &q ...

  50. U2, Pearl Jam Team Up At Aussie Anti-Poverty Show

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST U2's Bono and the Edge teamed with Pearl Jam to join Aussie acts Jet, Paul Kelly, Eskimo Joe, Evermore and the John Butler Trio at a Make Poverty History concert in Melbourne Nov. 17. The event drew 14,000 to the Myer Music Bowl, and was broa ...

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