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  1. Cooperative Music Launches in Australia

    June 14, 2011 10:07 AM EDT Cooperative Music, the international music marketing network, has launched an affiliate in Australia. Based in Melbourne, Cooperative Music Australia and its network of labels will be distributed by parent company Universal Music in Australia and ...

  2. Australia Live Bits: Danger Mouse's 'Rome' With Jack White, Norah Jones; Elton John; The Cure

    May 11, 2011 11:30 AM EDT EMI Australia is hoping the lure of free coffee will heat up this week's promo launch for the new Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi collaboration, "Rome," featuring Jack White and Norah Jones. The music major will be pouring it on when ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Cloud Control Win Australian Music Prize

    March 04, 2011 3:03 PM EST Pop-rock quartet Cloud Control has taken out the Australian Music Prize, and with it the $30,000 Australian winner's check. The four-piece from the Blue Mountains took the title for their debut 2010 album, "Bliss Release" (Ivy Leagu ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Harvey James, Guitarist For Sherbet, R.I.P.

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST Harvey James, former guitarist with chart-topping Australian '70s pop group Sherbet, has lost his battle with lung cancer less than a month before a benefit concert was to be held in his honor. The 58-year-old James passed away in Melbourne o ...

  7. Powerderfinger to Reunite for Australian All-Star Flood-Relief Concert?

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Australia's music industry is playing its part in local flood-relief efforts, with an all-star concert said to be taking shape. A major benefit concert will be announced shortly, funds from which will support the flood-stricken state of Queen ...

  8. Tame Impala Snags J Award

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Psychedelic rock trio Tame Impala has won Australian youth-oriented radio network Triple J's highest honor, taking out the J Award for their debut album "InnerSpeaker" (Modular/Universal). Tonight's (Nov. 29) big win in Melbour ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. ARIA Awards Gets Revamp But Ratings Dip

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST The rain stayed away, but that didn't save the 2010 ARIA Awards from turning into a damp squib. The likes of Angus and Julia Stone, Dan Sultan and Megan Washington were the big winners, but the flagship Australian industry awards gala endured ...

  12. Models Bassist James Freud Dies

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Just days after the Models were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, the Australian electro-rock band has had to bury its frontman and bass player, James Freud. Freud, whose struggles with alcoholism has been explored in two autobiographies, was f ...

  13. Bon Jovi, U2, Lady GaGa, Brad Paisley Among Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi, U2, AC/DC, Lady GaGa, Brad Paisley, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are among the top finalists for the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards, which will be handed out in New York on Nov. 4. The awards - which honor artists, tours, venues, and li ...

  14. Rising Stars Win Big At Australian Indie Awards

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rising stars dominated the fifth annual Australian Independent Music Awards, held Oct. 1 at Melbourne's Forum Theatre, while more established names like Sia went home empty handed. Prior to the awards ceremony taking place, Adelaide-born sing ...

  15. Big Day Out Touring Fest's Line-Up Unveiled

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tool, Rammstein, Iggy and the Stooges, M.I.A and LCD Soundsystem lead a formidable line-up for the 2011 Australasian Big Day Out touring festival, details for which were announced today (Sept. 28). Among the big-name domestic contingent will be Gr ...

  16. John Williamson To Enter ARIA Hall Of Fame

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country veteran John Williamson, alternative rockers the Church, pop star-turned TV talent scout Johnny Young, post-punk group the Models and '60s pop band the Loved Ones are this years inductees into the ARIA Hall of Fame. The five acts will ...

  17. Business Matters: Smartphone Forecast For 2014, Google, IODA and more

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WHAT THE SMARTPHONE MARKET WILL LOOK LIKE IN 2014 -- Apple is making a few moves to help app developers. First, it has decided to lift restrictions that prevented developers from using third-party tools to rewrite the code from another platform. T ...

  18. Metallica's New Zealand Shows Set To Go Ahead

    September 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Metallica's two sold-out shows next month in Christchurch should go ahead despite the earthquakes which struck New Zealand's second-biggest city over the weekend. The American heavy rock outfit is booked to play Sept. 21 and 22 at Christ ...

  19. Sia Leads Australian Indie Awards Nominations

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With four nominations, Sia leads the pack heading into Australia's fifth annual Jagermeister Independent Music Awards, to be held Oct. 1 at Melbourne's Forum Theatre. The Adelaide-born artist is up for best independent artist, her third ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Sarah McLachlan Taking Lilith Fair Down Under

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Despite a stuttering run in North America, the Lilith Fair tour is heading to Australia. Lilith co-founder Sarah McLachlan will headline the all-female lineup, which will visit these shores in October for a five-date tour. Multiple-ARIA Award nomi ...

  22. Katy Perry's Ice Cream Treat Down Under

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Australia and Baskin Robbins are teaming for a tasty tie-in to support the launch down under of Katy Perry's upcoming album, "Teenage Dream." On its Aug. 27 release date, anyone who strolls into one of Baskin Robbins' 17 ic ...

  23. JB Hi-Fi Full-Year Profit Surges

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian home entertainment, technology and market-leading CD merchant JB Hi-Fi today revealed a 26% rise in full-year net profit to a record $118.7 million Australian ($109 million), driven by surges in sales for its computers, telecommunicatio ...

  24. Australian Agent Launches JV With Mushroom

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Top Australian booking agent Brett Murrihy has set up his own business, Artist Voice. Murrihy, who is currently senior booking agent with Premier Harbour Agency, will continue working with his stable of artists on the new full-service agency. His ...

  25. Regency Media Acquires Aussie Music Group Shock

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian independent music company Shock has a new owner. Regency Media, one of the country's largest independent manufacturers and distributors of CDs and DVDs, has acquired the assets of Shock. Financial details were not disclosed. Melbou ...

  26. Capper Rises At Warner/Chappell Down Under

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Australia GM Matthew Capper has been promoted to managing director of the Sydney-based music publisher. Capper, who joined the company in 2003, will be responsible for bolstering the affiliate's A&R activities and has made ...

  27. Australia's ARIA Awards To Get Makeover

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's flagship industry gala, the ARIA Awards, will take center-stage on Nov. 7 as part of a revamped formula designed to win the public over. For the first time in its 24-year history, the gala will be hosted at the Sydney Opera House, ...

  28. Australian Music Retailer Geoff Brash Dies

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian music retail pioneer Geoff Brash passed away last Tuesday (July 13). He was 80. The celebrated executive led the music chain which bore his name and became synonymous down under with the sale of recorded music, musical instruments and s ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Melbourne's Tote Venue Re-Opens

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Melbourne's Tote Hotel is alive and rocking once again. The iconic venue has new owners, a new alcohol license and its doors have swung open for business again. Earlier this year, the famous rock 'n' roll pub became the highest-prof ...

  32. Australia's Shock Shutters Publishing Arm

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Powerhouse Australian independent music group Shock has closed three of its companies, including its music publishing arm. Citing the global financial crisis, prolonged tough trading conditions and ever-changing consumer behavior, the Melbourne-ba ...

  33. Michael Parisi Launches New Label

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Australian record biz executive Michael Parisi has returned to the label scene with a new imprint, Wunderkind Music. The former Warner Music Australia president of A&R has made teenage pop artist Owl Eyes -- real name Brooke Addamo -- ...

  34. Guvera Inks Oz Deal With Liberation

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian ad-supported digital music service Guvera has struck a content partnership deal with indie Liberation Music Group, part of the Melbourne-based Mushroom Group of Companies. The Australia-only licensing deal is the first news from the Gol ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. MTV, Indies Forge New Aus Partnership

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks Australia and independent labels association AIR have finally struck a licensing arrangement that will see the broadcaster pay to play indie videos, Billboard.biz can reveal. Through the new deal, MTV will service the Australian trade ...

  37. Metallica Sells Out Australian Dates

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Metallica's tour of Australia has sold-out in brisk fashion. Tickets to the American metal veterans' 13-date Australian arena visit went on general sale at 9am this morning. A little more than an hour later, more than 215,000 tickets had ...

  38. Metallica Extends Australian Arena Tour

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Metallica's Australian tour is shaping up as some kind of monster. Four arena concerts have been added to the Australian leg of Metallica's World Magnet Tour in a response to "overwhelming demand" for tickets, promoter Michael ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Huey Lewis Pulls Australian Tour

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Huey Lewis and the News has canceled its scheduled Australian tour. Promoter Andrew McManus Presents had secured the services of the American pop-rock band for what would have been their first tour of these shores in more than 20 years. The init ...

  41. Slash Helps Launch MTV Classic Down Under

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT There was a bit of the old and a lot of the new when Slash led celebrations for the launch of the MTV Classic channel down under. The Guns 'N Roses great and his new band thrilled the Palace Theatre audience with a set which previewed works f ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Live Nation Launches Concert Business In Australia

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment Inc. is launching a concert promotion business in Australia, the seventh largest music market in the world. The company, formed by the combination of concert promoter Live Nation and Ticketmaster, said Monday it named Luk ...

  44. Australia Set For Rival Events On Record Store Day

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian music retailers are again taking sides on what should be the sector's annual celebration of unity, Record Store Day. The April 17 Record Store Day initiative is uniting independent retailers around the globe on an unprecedented sca ...

  45. Australian Indie Rubber Halts CD Releases

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian indie label Rubber Records is shelving its CDs for good. The Melbourne-based label, which in the past has released albums by the likes of Jet, 1200 Techniques, Underground Lovers and the Casanovas, will no longer sell CDs in traditional ...

  46. Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard To Tour Together

    April 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, the two contestants who battled for the "American Idol" title in 2003, will co-headline a summer tour. Studdard, who was voted the winner, and Aiken, the close runner up, will play dates on the East Coast a ...

  47. Slash Set For MTV Classic’s Oz Launch

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Slash is set to turn up the volume for MTV Australia as the first confirmed performer for the April 28 launch party of its new retro-themed channel MTV Classic. MTV Classic replaces the retired VH1 brand, and begins transmission May 1 on the Foxte ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Promoter Defends Whitney Houston's Australian Comeback

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Australian promoter of Whitney Houston's comeback tour down under has come out in full support of the diva whose opening date was savaged by fans and local critics. Following her Monday (Feb. 22) night Australian tour curtain-raiser at th ...

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