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  1. Snoop Dogg Granted Australian Visa

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Australian government has granted a full visa to Snoop Dogg, allowing the Long Beach-based rapper to go ahead with his Australian tour. The five-city "The West Coast Originals" arena tour also stars Ice Cube and Bone Thugs n Harmony ...

  2. Universal Australia Adds Gudinksi's Liberation

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Australia (UMA) has signed a three-year distribution deal with Michael Gudinski's Liberation Music, part of his Mushroom Group of Companies. The move, effective Oct. 1, essentially gives Universal the largest domestic roster o ...

  3. Aussie Pop Vocalist Christie Allen Dies

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One of Australia's biggest names in the late Seventies pop-disco boom, Christie Allen, has died in Western Australia after a five month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 54. U.K.-born Allen was the first female pop singer signed to Micha ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Aussie Hall Of Famers Inducted

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alt-rockers the Triffids and veteran performer Rolf Harris were among six acts inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame on Tuesday night. The Triffids, who split in 1990, have been rediscovered by a new generation. ...

  6. Australia's Helpmann Nominations Unveiled

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Three of Australia's biggest festivals will go up against each other at the Helpmann Awards, nominations for which were announced Monday night at events held simultaneously in Sydney and Melbourne. The awards, held July 28 at Sydney's Ly ...

  7. Batties Heads Home To MTV

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks International and Discovery Channels veteran Rebecca Batties takes over as GM of music brands at MTV Networks Australia and New Zealand, effective Aug. 25. MTV says she will lead the programming, production, creative marketing, commun ...

  8. Cops Spoil Apple Store's Sydney Opening

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Apple Computer has opened an Apple Store in Sydney, its first in the southern hemisphere. More than 1,000 people braved the winter rain to attend the opening on Thursday night at the store's premises in the city's George Street. Some had ...

  9. Triffids To Lead Hall Of Fame Inductees

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Triffids are among the acts set to be inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame next month. They join the New Zealand-formed rock bands Dragon and Max Merritt and the Meteors, and Melbourne-based singer so ...

  10. APRA Award Nominees Unveiled

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The song "1,2,3,4", a global hit for Canadian artist Feist, is counting out the numbers for its Australian co-writer Sally Seltmann. It has been nominated for song of the year at the 26th Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) ...

  11. Australia's Shock Restructures

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Shock Entertainment, one of Australia's largest independent music and DVD companies, has merged its promo, marketing and online/digital departments. The 12 staffers in these divisions are now part of a new entity called the Media Department. ...

  12. Aussie Budget Helps New Music Acts

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australia's wider arts community has welcomed the national government's new budget, which contains a handful of measures intended to reap financial benefits for the creative sector. Artist managers, specifically, have greeted the governm ...

  13. Noise Pollution Fine For Big Day Out

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australia's annual Big Day Out festival has been fined for excessive noise levels. The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) fined Creative Festival Entertainment A$5,500 ($5,186.47) after the festival organizers twice allowed the volume to ...

  14. Jet Takes Off With Manager Kovac

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian rock band Jet has parted ways with its Sydney-based management company Winterman and Goldstein after six years. The band will now be handled by veteran U.S. manager Allen Kovac, whose clients include Buckcherry, Meatloaf, Hanson and Pap ...

  15. French Cultural Accolade For Kylie

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kylie Minogue is to be presented with one of France's highest cultural awards. The Australian singer will receive the prestigious "Chevalier dans L'ordre des Arts et Lettres" (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters) at a cerem ...

  16. Aussie Promoter Dainty Expands Executive Team

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian concert and theatrical producer Dainty Consolidated Entertainment (DCE) has signalled plans for growth to come over the next five years with the addition of two executives. Harley Evans takes over as executive director of touring from J ...

  17. Australian Court Fines Music License Dodger

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Magistrates Court has fined two venues and their common director damages of A$355,000 ($331,000) for playing recorded music without obtaining a license from the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). APRA took action after t ...

  18. Fatboy's Southern Fried Gets New Oz Deal

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. DJ and producer Norman Cook's label Southern Fried Records has found a new home Down Under. Liberator Music will distribute the label in Australia and New Zealand after striking a deal with Cook -- who records under various guises, the b ...

  19. Honorary Degree For Rocker Cave

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The correct title is now Dr. Cave. Alternative-rock icon Nick Cave has been presented with an honorary degree of doctor of laws from Monash University in his longtime hometown of Melbourne. The U.K.-based, Australian-bred musician, novelist, actor ...

  20. O'Donnell Returns For Fourth Term As PPCA Chair

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Australia's CEO John O'Donnell has been re-elected for a fourth year as chairman of the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) board. Also joining the board as licensor representative is Sebastian Chase, founder a ...

  21. Ralph To Head Roadrunner Australia

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Roadrunner Records has appointed Ben Ralph as GM for Australia, effective immediately. Ralph, who will be based in Melbourne, joins Roadrunner from an eight-year stint with Stomp Entertainment, most recently as audio and A&R manager. Ralph rep ...

  22. Australia's Gyroscope Grabs Top Chart Slot

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Australia-signing Gyroscope's third album "Breed Obsession" debuted at the top spot in this week's Motorola Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart. The last Australian group to hit No. 1 on the ARIA ...

  23. The Billboard Q&A: Electronic Arts' Steve Schnur

    March 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Let's roll through the numbers: In third-quarter 2007, the most recent financial data published, videogame company Electronic Arts set a record by making $1.5 billion in revenue. That's a heck of a lot of videogames sold, and it results ...

  24. Aussie Country Star Smoky Dawson Dies

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Smoky Dawson, the first of the Australian cowboy crooners, died yesterday (Wed 13) in Hornsby Hospital in Sydney, aged 94. He had been ill for six days. Dawson became a household name in Australia with his U.S. western-style radio show "The A ...

  25. Sneaky Sound System Win AIR Awards Double

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australia's Sneaky Sound System took out two honors at the second annual Jagermeister AIR independent music awards, held in Melbourne tonight. The Sydney-based electro/dance trio, who led the nominations tally with six, took off with the best ...

  26. Midnight Oil's Garrett Named Aussie Arts Minister

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST The newly-elected Australian Labor government today appointed former Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett as environment, heritage and arts minister. Garrett, who initially ran as a candidate for the Nuclear Disarmament Party in the 1980s, joined the ...

  27. Sneaky Sound System Heads AIR Awards Nominations

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sydney-based dance trio Sneaky Sound System has gained six nominations for the Australian independent sector's second AIR awards, due to be held Dec. 10 in Melbourne. The event is organized by the Australian Independent Record Labels Associat ...

  28. Aus Retailer JB Hi-Fi Forecasts Record Sales

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Australasian home entertainment retail powerhouse JB Hi-Fi in on course for another strong financial year. Chief executive Richard Uechtritz told the company's annual general meeting in Melbourne, Australia, yesterday that he expects sales ac ...

  29. Aussie Band Crash In US Claims Two Lives

    October 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT An Australian band on its first tour of the United States lost its guitarist and his wife, after losing control of their SUV on the Ohio Turnpike near Cleveland Oct. 18. Hayden Sweeney, 23, from Melbourne band Electric Jellyfish and his California ...

  30. ARIA To Induct Cave Into Hall Of Fame

    October 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Alternative rock veteran Nick Cave will be inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame at this year's Motorola ARIA awards, set for Oct. 28 at Acer Stadium in Sydney. Melbourne-born Cave emerged in the punk ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. ReelTime.tv Switches On To Music Sales Down Under

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Melbourne, Australia-based internet-based Video On Demand operator ReelTime.tv is turning back the clock to an earlier form of online retailing with the launch of a virtual music store. The company has launched its new music business at www.reelti ...

  33. Roadrunner Oz Chief Satterley Heads North

    September 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Roadrunner Records Australia managing director Jon Satterley is leaving his post in Melbourne to take a newly-created global role in the Warner Music Group-owned company's New York offices. Satterley will become Roadrunner's senior VP of ...

  34. TM Names Huxley COO For Australia, New Zealand

    September 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Los Angeles-based Ticketmaster has appointed Matt Huxley to COO for Australia and New Zealand. He will be based in the company's Australia headquarters in Melbourne, reporting directly to Ticketmaster president and CEO, Sean Moriarty. In his ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Australian Industry Legend Hely Dies

    July 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Allan Hely, one of the architects of the Australian music industry, died in the early hours of Thursday morning (July 26) from motor neurone disease. He was 80. Hely, one-time financial adviser to Rupert Murdoch, ran the media magnate's Festi ...

  37. Aus Manager Wheatley Jailed

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Australian talent manager Glenn Wheatley was today jailed for two and a half years on charges of tax evasion. He has to serve a minimum of 15 months. The Melbourne-based manager of John Farnham, who also guided the careers of international ...

  38. Melbourne's Palace Club Razed

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Arson squad detectives are investigating a fire yesterday (July 11) which caused A$1 million ($860,000) worth of damage to Melbourne live-music venue the Palace. Detective senior sergeant Phil Hubbard said police suspect that at least three people ...

  39. Roadrunner Signs Aussie Band Airbourne

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Roadrunner Records has signed Australian hard rock band Airbourne, and will release its debut album "Runnin' Wild" early 2008 in the United State and Europe. The album, released in its home territory through EMI Music Australia, ent ...

  40. Aussie Artist Randell Dies

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Australian performer Lynne Randell, who at 15 became known for her mod looks and recorded four hits for EMI and CBS in the mid-60s, died June 8 of an apparent suicide. The 57-year-old had been battling an addiction to diet pills. Randell was heard ...

  41. APRA Wins For Augie March, Wolfmother

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Augie March's guitarist Glenn Richards had a double win at the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) awards, held today at the Melbourne Town Hall. APRA's 33,000 voting members chose Richards' "One Crowded Hour" ...

  42. Ministry Of Sound Opening In Australia

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT International dance club brand Ministry Of Sound is to open its first venue in Australia. The venue will be part of an A$300 million ($246 million) makeover of the "Golden Triangle" of Melbourne's historic beachfront area of St. Kil ...

  43. Oz Retailer JB Hi-Fi Sets Up Shop In NZ

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Leading Australian home entertainment chain JB Hi-Fi has opened its first New Zealand outlet and says it is already reporting good sales. The first JB Hi-Fi store is located on central Auckland's main shopping thoroughfare, Queen Street, and ...

  44. Aussie Live Earth Gig Revealed

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The line-up for the Australian leg of the July 7 Live Earth concerts has been unveiled. Sydney's Aussie Stadium will feature performances from Crowded House, who reformed this year for a world tour; hard rock trio Wolfmother; Missy Higgins, w ...

  45. Aussie Guitarist Lobby Loyde Dies

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Australian guitar hero Lobby Loyde died April 21 in a Melbourne hospital after a two-year battle with lung and brain cancer. The 66-year-old is acknowledged as creating the blueprint of the aggressive "pub rock" guitar style that AC/DC a ...

  46. Managers, Producers Lauded At MMF Gala

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Hot record producer Mark Ronson and former Pink Floyd managers Peter and Sumi Jenner were among the executives feted last night during the Music Managers Forum Roll of Honour gala, held at London's Hilton Hotel. A New York City-based Brit, Ro ...

  47. Furtado Doubles Up On European Charts

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nelly Furtado scores a European double on Billboard's new weekly composite charts. Her "Loose" (Mosley/Geffen) starts a sixth consecutive week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, and eighth in total, while "Give It To Me" ...

  48. Indie Rights Agency Merlin Names Interim Board

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global new-media rights licensing agency for the independent record sector, has appointed an interim board. Merlin's CEO Charles Caldas has unveiled the team, which will be tasked with fast-tracking the new operation by establishi ...

  49. PIAS Heads Down Under

    April 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Brussels-based label and distributor Play It Again Sam is setting up an Australian and New Zealand base. It has signed a 50:50 joint-venture deal with Liberator Music, part of Michael Gudinski's Melbourne-based Mushroom Group of companies, to ...

  50. O'Connell Returns As PPCA Chair

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Australia's managing director John O'Donnell has been unanimously re-elected as chair of the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) for the fourth consecutive period. The appointment, made at a board meeting today ...

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