Down Under

  1. Police Rule Out Foul Play in Death of Men At Work's Greg Ham

    April 20, 2012 12:16 PM EDT Australian police have ruled out foul play in the death of Men At Work's Greg Ham, whose body was found Thursday at his Melbourne home. He was 58. Ham's body was discovered by friends who checked in on him. The state of Victoria's H ...

  2. Greg Ham's Death Being Investigated By Police

    April 20, 2012 6:45 AM EDT Australian homicide detectives are investigating the death of Men At Work's Greg Ham. His body was found Thursday outside Ham's Melbourne home. He was 58. Men at Work's Greg Ham Found Dead Ham played flute, saxophone and keyboards i ...

  3. Men at Work's Greg Ham Found Dead

    April 19, 2012 6:42 AM EDT SYDNEY (AP) -- Greg Ham, a musician with the iconic Australian band Men at Work, was found dead in his Melbourne home on Thursday, Australian reports said. Victoria state police confirmed that the deceased was the 58-year-old resident of the house ...

  4. EMI Loses Men At Work 'Down Under' Plagiarism Appeal to 'Kookaburra'

    March 31, 2011 11:03 AM EDT EMI has lost its appeal in an Australian court ruling that found Men at Work's 1980s hit "Down Under" was lifted from a campfire folk song. Last year, Australia's Federal Court found that Men At Work's hit had reproduced a ...

  5. All You Need Is Love: A Former Psych Student Deconstructs the Hot 100's 1,000 No. 1s

    February 23, 2011 1:11 PM EST How did I spend my long weekend, plus a(n unhealthy) portion of yesterday? "Analyzing the subject matter of all 1,000 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s , of course!¨I wondered if by dissecting the content of each leading song since the Hot 100's ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Ruling On Men At Work Plagiarism Compensation

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Men At Work have been ordered to pay just 5% of royalties from their iconic '80s hit "Down Under" following an earlier ruling they had plagiarized another song. With the copyright damages ruling, handed down today ( ...

  8. EMI Appeals Men At Work Plagiarism Ruling

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST EMI has appealed against a court ruling that found Men at Work had plagiarized a children's song in their '80s hit "Down Under." A Federal Court judge earlier this month found that Men At Work's popular tune had reproduced ...

  9. Men At Work's Hay Accuses Publisher Of 'Opportunistic Greed'

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Colin Hay, the frontman of Men at Work, has hit out at Thursday's (Feb. 4) Federal Court of Australia ruling which saw the songwriter lose a high-profile copyright case over the band's '80s hit "Down Under." Scottish-born ...

  10. Court Rules Men At Work's 'Down Under' Lifted Riff

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Men At Work will have to dig a little deeper after the Federal Court ruled Thursday (Feb. 4) that the Australian pop giants had lifted a riff in "Down Under" from another song. A Federal Court judge found that Men At Work's memorabl ...

  11. Sales Spikes For Big Day Out, Triple J Acts

    February 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST The influence of Australia's giant Big Day Out festival and the Triple J radio network's Hottest 100 countdown has sparked several spikes on the country's sales charts. British acts Muse and Mumford & Sons are among the key bene ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Men At Work Loses First Stage In Copyright Dispute

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Aussie pop-rock act Men At Work has lost the first round of a legal battle over the copyright in its iconic 1980s hit "Down Under." Sydney-based Larrikin Music Publishing launched compensation proceedings last year against Men at Work� ...

  14. Men At Work Accused Of Plagiarizing Kids' Song

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian rock band Men at Work are fighting accusations that the melody of their 1980s international hit, "Down Under," was stolen from a popular children's song about a bird. Publisher Larrikin Music is suing for compensation fro ...

  15. Andre Rieu Goes To The Cinema Down Under

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dutch classical crossover superstar Andre Rieu will take the cinecasting route to set up his "You'll Never Walk Alone" CD release Down Under, due May 1. Hoyts' cinema in Moore Park, Sydney, will host a red carpet premiere of Ri ...

  16. Nokia Launches Comes With Music Down Under

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia's Comes With Music is coming to Australia on March 20. The Finnish mobile handset giant said today (Feb. 25) it will launch its all-you-can-eat mobile music service Down Under with its 5800 XpressMusic touchscreen cell phone, which has ...

  17. 'Down Under' Copyright Dispute Still Heading To Court

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST An Australian copyright case involving Men At Work's anthem "Down Under" is still heading for the Federal Court, despite a confidential agreement struck between two of the parties, Billboard.biz has learned. Sydney-based Larrikin Mu ...

  18. Copyright Battle Over Eighties Hit 'Down Under'

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Men At Work's iconic Eighties hit "Down Under" is at center stage of a copyright row in Australia. Sydney-based music publishing firm Larrikin Music has lodged a statement of claim, noting that the international smash carries an unl ...

  19. Universal Australia Scores Classical Chart Record

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Australia has set a chart record on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Classical album listing by taking every place in the Top 20 with its own labels or distributed product. Dutch violin player Andre Rieu occupie ...

  20. City Showcase Fest Spotlights Global Artists

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Billboard will host three nights of live music at this year's City Showcase new music and arts festival in London, under its "Global Pulse" banner. The annual festival will take place June 2-6 across numerous sites in the capital, o ...

  21. Kylie Debuts At No. 1 In Oz

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kylie Minogue's tenth studio album "X" opened at the top of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart this week. The set, her first in four years, shipped platinum (70,000 units), according to her Australian label M ...

  22. Fanning Leads APRA Nominations

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Powderfinger's singer Bernard Fanning notched up five mentions when nominations for the 25th Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) awards were announced at Sydney's Civic Hotel. Fanning, who is signed to BMG Music Publishing, ...

  23. VH1 Classic To Spotlight Rock Fantasy Camp

    March 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Daltrey, Lofgren on board for special. VH1 Classic will go behind the scenes of Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp with a two-hour special airing April 2. The event finds such rock veterans as the Who's Roger Daltrey, the E Street Band's Nils Lo ...