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  1. Depeche Mode Tops Hot Tours With $29.7 Million Gross

    March 27, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Depeche Mode’s international Delta Machine tour is now on the books with the final box office stats reported from the tour's closing European leg of 40 cities over a four-month span. The legendary electronic music group tops this week’s bevy ...

  2. The Orchard Acquires BalconyTV (Exclusive)

    March 06, 2014 12:45 PM EST The Orchard today announced it has acquired BalconyTV, a global music channel featuring artists playing on balconies from across the globe. Past performers on BalconyTV include such artists as Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J ...

  3. SFX Acquires Australian Promoter and Dance Festival House Totem OneLove

    October 30, 2013 12:04 PM EDT SFX Entertainment, which b egan with the acquisition of Disco Donnie Productions back in June, 2012 along with the assertion that Disco Donnie was only the beginning, has stuck to its word in the meantime, snapping up well-known properties such ...

  4. Ross On Radio: First Listen - Australia's Elf Radio

    December 12, 2012 7:00 AM EST What if, six years ago, the major group broadcasters that participated in the HD Radio Alliance had decided that holiday music was going to be the exclusive province of digital radio? When I went to Radio Shack to buy my $99 Accurian radio, what i ...

  5. Pandora Expands Beyond U.S. for First Time, Launches in Australia, New Zealand

    December 10, 2012 8:01 PM EST Pandora Media on Monday officially expanded outside of its home territory in the United States, bringing its streaming radio service to Australia and New Zealand. The Oakland, Calif.-based Internet radio company announced in a filing with the Secu ...

  6. Gotye, Kimbra, Temper Trap Win Big at ARIA Awards

    November 30, 2012 3:47 PM EST From left: Richard Wilkins and Taylor Swift presenting Gotye with one of his four ARIA Awards Gotye, Kimbra and The Temper Trap took the glory Thursday night at the ARIA Awards, between them collecting most of the big honors. The Australian record ...

  7. Tame Impala Takes Home Australia's J Award; Mushroom Group's Michael Gudinski Hosts Birthday Bash

    November 26, 2012 12:29 PM EST Billboard's Australia correspondent Lars Brandle (left) partied on Monday night with Mushroom Group chairman Michael Gudinski, Tina Brandle and Mushroom Music Publishing managing director Ian James. Psychedelic revivalists Tame Impala on Frid ...

  8. Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Coldplay, Kenny Chesney Among 2012 Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 30, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Finalists for the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards boast a diverse mix of genres, touring strategies, venue types, and positions on the career arc and their broad geographic footprint points to the increasingly global nature of the touring industry. ...

  9. Aussie Bits: P!nk's Colossal Tour, Allans Billy Hyde Closes, Aria Awards Makeover

    October 24, 2012 4:05 PM EDT Allans Billy Hyde's flagship store on Melbrourne's Bourke Street is one of 25 instrument retail chain stores going out of business. (Photo: Lars Brandle) ALLANS BILLY HYDE CLOSING DOWN It's curtains for Australia's leading inde ...

  10. Chet Faker Wins Big at Australia's Independent Music Awards

    October 17, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Rising soul-tinged singer Chet Faker was the big winner Tuesday (Oct. 16) night at the Australian Independent Music Awards in Melbourne, where he converted two of his five nominations. On a night when "true independence" was challenged f ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Universal Music-EMI Deal Approved By Australian Regulators With No Divestments

    September 19, 2012 6:18 AM EDT Australia's competition and consumer commission t he ACCC has given the thumbs-up to Universal Music's planned purchase of EMI Music. With its green-light in this region, Universal Music's tie-up with EMI strides one step closer to ...

  13. Ahead of Summer Olympics, London's O2 Leads Midyear Recaps

    July 18, 2012 7:05 PM EDT As the live entertainment business continues to gain its footing, arenas across the world experienced a successful first half of the year with top-grossing tours by Roger Waters, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Pri ...

  14. Madonna Scraps Plans to Tour Australia

    July 18, 2012 9:53 AM EDT Madonna has scrapped plans to tour Australia for the first time in 20 years. Live Nation confirmed late Tuesday that the "MDNA" tour will wrap in South America in December. "That's all we can say," a spokesperson said, acc ...

  15. Chili Peppers, Killers, YYYs, Kaskade Announced For Australia's Big Day Out In Make Or Break Year

    July 16, 2012 1:11 PM EDT The Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend are among the acts confirmed to play Australia's festival giant, the Big Day Out, which will next its 21st birthday in six months' time. Others announced today i ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Prince To Play Rare Australian Dates

    April 12, 2012 11:01 AM EDT Prince will make a rare, royal visit Down Under this May. After months of rumor and chatter, it was confirmed today that Prince will play three arena dates in Australia, for what will be the pop legend's third tour of this country and his fir ...

  21. Business Matters: U2's Bono, the Edge Invest in Dropbox

    April 02, 2012 7:58 PM EDT U2's Bono, the Edge Invest in Dropbox -- U2's Bono and the Edge are investors in file-hosting service Dropbox, the company announced via Twitter. A picture included with the tweet shows the two musicians with Dropbox co-founders Drew Hou ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Jet Announces Break-Up

    March 27, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Australian rock 'n' roll group Jet has taken its last flight. One of the biggest breakthrough bands to emerge from these shores in the past decade, Jet confirmed their split by way of a statement issued Monday on its Website, and the fol ...

  24. Radiohead Returns to Australia After 8 Years, Gaga Adds Dates Down Under

    February 27, 2012 11:21 AM EST Radiohead Return To Australia After 8 Years Radiohead will make the long haul to Australia this November for the band's first shows here in eight years, tour promoters Chugg Entertainment announced today. The band's trek will also includ ...

  25. Cooperative Music Lures Spunk Records From EMI

    February 21, 2012 12:41 PM EST Australian hipster label Spunk has left the EMI stable to strike a worldwide deal with Cooperative Music. Through a global licensing arrangement unveiled this week, Sydney-based Spunk will be worked through Cooperative's label management and ...

  26. Roger Daltrey Cancels Australian Tour, Sherbert's Clive Shakespeare Dies

    February 16, 2012 3:00 PM EST Sherbet Guitarist Clive Shakespeare Dies Clive Shakespeare, lead guitarist and founding member of Australian '70s glam-rockers Sherbet, has lost his battle with cancer. Shakespeare passed away Feb. 15, aged 62. Shakespeare originally formed t ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Cover Drive, Ed Sheeran Top U.K. Charts

    January 30, 2012 8:54 AM EST Bajan quartet Cover Drive went straight to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Jan. 29) with "Twilight" (Global Talent/Universal). Ed Sheeran's hit debut album "+" (Asylum/Warner Music) moved back 2-1 for its third ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. C3 Presents Forms Partnership With Big Day Out

    January 04, 2012 9:38 AM EST Austin, Texas-based C3 Presents has formed a partnership with the Big Day Out festivals in Australia and New Zealand, C3 partner Charlie Walker told Billboard.biz early this morning. The deal marks a new phase for the venerable Australian festival ...

  31. Australian Retailer JB Hi-Fi Launches Beta Version of 'Now' Streaming Service

    December 15, 2011 11:09 AM EST Australia's leading music retailer JB Hi-Fi has taken a leap into digital music with the beta launch of its Now streaming music service . The month-long trial started this week and means JB has almost certainly beaten Spotify to the punch. Mo ...

  32. Australian Booking Firm Artist Voice Expanding Into Asia

    December 01, 2011 8:02 PM EST Australian booking agency Artist Voice is expanding into Asia through a joint venture with live events firm Untitled Entertainment, Bilboard.biz has learned. Artist Voice will extend its presence in this part of the world with offices in Hong Kong ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Kanye West Playing Fewer Dates as Australia's Big Day Out Downscales

    November 14, 2011 1:40 PM EST It's almost three months until the Big Day Out rolls on for another season, but the famous Australasian festival brand has already had an action-packed week. Ken West, newly confirmed as BDO's sole-promoter, has announced that Kanye West ...

  35. Eminem Adds Third Date, Janet Jackson Cancels More Dates, Odd Future Dropped: Aussie, New Zealand Touring Bits

    November 07, 2011 4:14 PM EST Australia's summer season should be another hot one for concert goers, if recent artist announcements is anything to go by. Eminem has added a third date to his brief stadium tour this December. Lil Wayne will join Slim Shady on stage and pla ...

  36. Bon Jovi, Take That, U2, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Usher Finalists For Billboard Touring Awards

    November 02, 2011 4:06 PM EDT six-time winner Kenny Chesney for his Goin' Coastal tour; http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  37. Big Day Out's Long-Time Promoters Ken West and Vivian Lees Split

    November 01, 2011 8:42 AM EDT The two promoters behind Australia's colossal Big Day Out festival tour are going their separate ways. Ken West and Vivian Lees are calling time on a partnership which spans 20 years, and more than 100 BDO shows. West, who is based in Sydney, ...

  38. John Legend Headlining Australia's 'End of Polio Concert'

    October 28, 2011 3:11 PM EDT Superstar American soul singer John Legend is heading Down Under to show his support for a global campaign that hopes to help wipe-out polio for good. Legend and chart-topping Australian hip hoppers Bliss N Eso will headline this Friday's &qu ...

  39. Janet Jackson Cancels Shows To Be With Family During Conrad Murray Trial

    October 24, 2011 7:25 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Janet Jackson is rescheduling part of her Australian tour so she can support her family during the trial of the doctor accused of involuntary manslaughter in her brother Michael's death. Dr. Conrad Murray is on trial in Los A ...

  40. Jezebels Big Winners At Australia's Independent Music Awards

    October 13, 2011 10:13 AM EDT Fast rising alternative-rock act The Jezabels were the big winners Wednesday night at Australia's Independent Music Awards in Melbourne, where they rang up two victories. The four-piece received gongs for best independent artist and best inde ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Australia's AIR, ARIA In Bust-Up Over Date Clash

    October 04, 2011 11:53 AM EDT An unfortunate date-clash could spark a war-of-words between organizers of Australia's flagship ARIA awards and its counterpart, the independent labels association AIR. Today, labels body ARIA announced the nominations event for its 25th annu ...

  44. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Cara Lewis

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 14 Cara Lewis Agent/VP, William Morris Endeavor Website: Wmeentertainment.com Cara Lewis commands a major market share of the R&B/hip-hop booking business, according to Billboard Boxscore data for her clients. Kanye West closed out Coachel ...

  45. Mobile Ticketing Catching On In Australia

    September 19, 2011 3:25 PM EDT Mobile ticketing is starting to gain traction Down Under. That's the word from one of Australia's big-two ticketing firms Ticketek , which this week revealed it was seeing a "strong shift" toward mobile. That's no surprise ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. LMFAO: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 08, 2011 6:04 AM EDT The video plot: After a few weeks in a coma, a duo, wearing pristine bedazzled jackets and Dalmatian-print leggings, emerges to find the world in chaos. Zombies. In this case, though, the afflicted aren't compelled by a virus to devour huma ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Angus & Julia Stone, Jet Big Winners At Australia's APRA Awards

    June 22, 2011 12:42 PM EDT With two major prizes, Angus and Julia Stone were the big winners at the Australasian Performing Right Association(APRA) Awards Sydney Tuesday night (June 21). The awards celebrate composers and songwriters across 12 categories that have achieved ...

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