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  1. Billy Joel, Duran Duran Support Rockin' Relief

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian animal welfare organization the RSPCA is almost $40,000 Australian ($28,616) better off thanks to the online music memorabilia auction Rockin' Relief, which closed April 22. Rockin' Relief raised a total of $39,661 Australian ...

  2. Bushfire Benefit CD Sells Over 100,000

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Australia's bushfire-aid CD release has raised more than $1.6 million Australian ($1.15 million) after selling more than 100,000 units in the two months since its release, Billboard.biz has learned. Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, M ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Sound Relief Results Revealed

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The twin Sound Relief concerts last month raised more than $8 million Australian ($5.75 million) for communities devastated by bushfires and flooding, according to audited financial results. The historic March 14 stadium concerts, held simultaneou ...

  5. Specials Set For Australian Debut

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Reunited British band the Specials will bring their trailblazing brand of ska to Australian stages this July for the first time. The Coventry band, which split in 1981 after a string of U.K. hits, features Terry Hall (vocals), Lynval Golding (rhyt ...

  6. Artists Donate Memorabilia For Bushfire Benefit Auction

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Gudinski's Frontier Touring Company is throwing its support behind another music-led project to raises funds the Victorian bushfires, only this time it's in aid of animals harmed by the disaster. Frontier Touring has teamed with ...

  7. Missy Higgins Backs Environmental Campaign With EP

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Missy Higgins, the Australian singer, songwriter and devout environmentalist, is raising funds to help thwart government plans to industrialize a pristine area of the country's north west. Ahead of a visit to her homeland, Higgins and her Aus ...

  8. AIR Revamps Charts Web Site

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian independent music companies' trade association AIR has relaunched its charts Web site off the back of its new sponsorship arrangement with drinks brand Jagermeister. The Jagermeister AIR charts Web site at www.aircharts.com.au intr ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Eddy Current Suppression Ring Gets AMP'ed Up

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Melbourne-based garage rock band Eddy Current Suppression Ring is $30,000 Australian ($21,000) richer after winning the Australian Music Prize for its 2008 album "Primary Colours" (Aarght Records/Shock). The announcement was made in Sydn ...

  11. Sound Relief Concerts Lift Sales Down Under

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Kings of Leon were among the acts to enjoy major sales spikes following their appearance at Australia's Sound Relief charity concerts, held simultaneously March 14 in Sydney and Melbourne. More than 30 acts performe ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Soggy Sound Relief Sydney Concert A Success

    March 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Heavy rain fell on the Sound Relief artist parade in Sydney today, but it wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of the tens of thousands who came. The biggest highlights of the day came thanks to first act Coldplay, and the Presets who delivered a s ...

  14. Midnight Oil Triumph At Wet Melbourne Bushfire Gig

    March 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Unexpected rain and chilly temperatures were no deterrent for the 81,000 fans who turned out today for the Sound Relief bushfire benefit concert at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Thousands of ticketholders in the open-air section sheltered un ...

  15. Australia Set For Sound Relief Concerts

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The stages are set for Saturday's Sound Relief bushfire benefit concerts in Sydney and Melbourne. Developments behind the scenes continue apace for the historic live events taking place in Australia's two biggest cities. National youth r ...

  16. Sound Relief Show Sets New Aussie Record

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Melbourne leg of the March 14 Sound Relief bushfire benefit concerts has become the biggest live music show in Australia’s history after selling out its capacity of 78,000-plus tickets, organizers said today. The box-office feat for the Melbou ...

  17. Huge Demand For Sound Relief Tickets

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australia's Sound Relief concerts sold more than 100,000 tickets after going on sale today (March 4), raising upwards of $7.5 million Australian ($4.8 million) for the country's main bushfire and flood appeals. The March 14 concerts will ...

  18. Cut Copy Preps Third Album

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian electro-pop outfit Cut Copy is itching to get back into the studio to record tracks for a new album. The Melbourne-based band's exhaustive stretch of international dates over the past year in support of their critically-acclaimed s ...

  19. Australia's Central Station Relaunched

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian dance label Central Station Records has been revived within the Universal Music fold. The specialist dance firm will be guided by GM Jamie Raeburn and founders/former owners Morgan Williams and Giuseppe Palumbo, along with Ministry of S ...

  20. Shock Secures Placebo Set Down Under

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian independent Shock has scored the rights to release alternative rock act Placebo's forthcoming album in Australia and New Zealand. Belgian independent PIAS Entertainment Group announced during the MIDEM conference last month in Cann ...

  21. Coldplay, Kings Of Leon For Bushfire Benefit

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Jack Johnson and a reunited Midnight Oil lead the star-studded line-up for Australia's March 14 bushfire and flood benefit concerts, to be held simultaneously in Sydney and Melbourne under the Sound Relief tag-line. A ...

  22. Pink Donates To Aus Bushfire Relief Program

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pink has pledged $250,000 Australian ($160,000) to Australia's bushfire relief program. The donation will assist the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal, which has worked at the frontline of support efforts for the thousands affected by rampant bushfir ...

  23. Fundraising Efforts For Aus Bushfire Tragedy Victims

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Andre Rieu, Midnight Oil and Delta Goodrem are among dozens of high profile artists who have thrown their support behind fundraising efforts for victims of Australia's destructive bushfires. American superstars ...

  24. Retailer JB Hi-Fi Reports Gains

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australasian home entertainment retail giant JB Hi-Fi continues to defy the economic meltdown, posting another strong set of financial results. The Melbourne-based company - which currently operates just over 100 JB stores in Australia and New Zea ...

  25. Cohen Supports Australian Bushfire Relief

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Veteran Canadian songsmith Leonard Cohen and his Australian touring party have thrown their support behind victims of the deadly bushfires currently raging through the Victorian state of Australia. Cohen and his touring support act Paul Kelly, tog ...

  26. Cut Copy, Presets Make AMP Shortlist

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Cut Copy's breakthrough sophomore album "In Ghost Colours" and labelmates Presets' rampaging album "Apocalypso" have both landed on the shortlist for the 2008 Australian Music Prize, due to be presented March 13. The ...

  27. Collective Licensing Breakthrough For Aussie Indies

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australia's independent labels are celebrating a decision down under that allows indies to jointly offer licenses to broadcasters who air their artists' music clips. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said earlier ...

  28. New Deal, Buzz Surrounds Something For Kate

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Australia has high hopes of delivering a smash hit with its new signing Paul Dempsey, and the frontman's multi-platinum selling alternative rock group Something for Kate. EMI recently snapped up Something for Kate, a hugely popular ...

  29. Bad Seeds Founder Exits

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mick Harvey is splitting with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds after a quarter of a century. Multi-instrumental Harvey, one of the founders of the Australian alternative rock ensemble, says he is leaving for a "variety of personal and professional ...

  30. Seal Elevated At Aussie Indie Shock

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian independent music company Shock is reshuffling the deck with the promotion of Marcus Seal to a group-wide leadership role. Seal, until now CEO of the Melbourne-based company's records division Shock Records, assumes the new role as ...

  31. Warner Aus Tries New Flavor With Peppermintblue Deal

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Australia has taken a majority stake in artist services firm Peppermintblue Entertainment, a company active in the recorded music, artist management and touring fields. With immediate effect, Peppermintblue becomes integrated as a div ...

  32. Uproar In Australia Over Plan To Block Web Sites

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST A proposed Internet filter dubbed the "Great Aussie Firewall" is promising to make Australia one of the strictest Internet regulators among democratic countries. Consumers, civil-rights activists, engineers, Internet providers and politi ...

  33. Sony, Albert Re-Up Licensing Arrangement

    December 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Albert Music, the Aussie label home to AC/DC, has renewed its exclusive licensing deal with Sony Music Entertainment Australia. The new long-term arrangement covers all Albert Music catalog, digital content and future CD and DVD releases in Austra ...

  34. Jagermeister Sponsors AIR Charts

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) has forged a two-year deal with Jagermeister, which sees the drinks brand partner on the trade body's weekly and monthly sales charts. Through the new agreement, the Suntory-distribut ...

  35. Andre Rieu's 'Live In Australia' DVD Outsells Pink

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST First it was Aussie stadium operators. Now it's the turn of Aussie retailers to enjoy some pre-Christmas cheer from Dutch violinist Andre Rieu. Universal Music Australia is boasting record-busting first week scans for a music DVD, after the c ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Ad-funded Models Scrutinized At Dot Bleep Conference

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ad-supported digital music models won't save the day for indie labels. But ratcheting-up the dialog with ISPs and carriers may be just the tonic to ensure better rates for content, attendees at AIR's inaugural Dot Bleep digital and mobil ...

  38. Yunupingu Wins AIR Awards Triple

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was the big winner at the 2008 Jagermeister AIR Awards held at Melbourne's Corner Hotel, where the Aboriginal singer and multi-instrumentalist grabbed three awards. Yunupingu, who hails from Elcho Island in Austral ...

  39. 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. & ...

  40. Aussie AMP Prize Turns Up The Volume

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST The announcement of the Australian Music Prize (AMP) shortlist will be a much grander affair than in previous years, and will be revealed before a festival audience of 10,000. In the first three years of the contest, the acts chosen by the 23 medi ...

  41. Performers Line-Up For AIR Awards

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rising star Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, alternative rock act the Drones and folk-rock singer/songwriter Martha Wainwright are among the artists confirmed to perform at the 2008 AIR Awards, to be held Nov. 24 at Melbourne's Corner Hotel. Othe ...

  42. APRA-AGSC Screen Awards Handed Out

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Composers Michael Yezerski and Burkhard Dallwitz were among the big winners at the APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards at Sydney's City Recital Hall, where they grabbed two trophies each. Yezerski won best soundtrack album for the Australian featur ...

  43. Pink's 'Funhouse' Burns Aussie Chart, Tickets Fly

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Pink's "Funhouse" album debuted at No. 1 on the Motorola Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart on Sunday, and she is set to break her own box office record with the "Funhouse" tour next year amid difficult ...

  44. Exhibition To Celebrate Aussie Hall Of Famers

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Inductees into the Australian Record Industry Association's Hall Of Fame will now have somewhere to show off their legacy. Through an initiative between labels body ARIA and Melbourne's Arts Centre, Australia's all-time-great musici ...

  45. AIR Nominations Revealed

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, one of Australia's hottest music properties, should add to his bulging trophy cabinet with victory at the upcoming AIR Awards, at which he has three nominations. Yunupingu is up for best independent album for &quo ...

  46. Cilmi Hits ARIAs For Six

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There was much that was sweet about Gabriella Cilmi during the 2008 ARIA Awards in Sydney, where the Aussie newcomer won all six categories for which she was nominated. Cilmi collected trophies for best female artist, while her debut "Lessons ...

  47. Aus Retailer JB Hi-Fi Eyes Growth

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australasian chain JB Hi-Fi is in the midst of its biggest ever store opening program, as it continues to defy the retail slump. At the home entertainment retailing group's annual general meeting in Melbourne on Oct. 14, chief executive Richa ...

  48. New Aus Online Radio Firm Gets Stripes

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While the introduction of digital radio in Australia has been further delayed, the country's first mobile radio subscription service has just been launched. For a fee of $7.95 Australian ($6.30) per month, subscribers to the service are enabl ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. ARIA Names ‘Fine Arts’ Album Winners

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) has handed out its four “fine arts” awards for best albums in the world music, jazz, classical and soundtrack genres. The fine arts categories, spun off from the main ARIA awards five years ago, ...

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