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  1. Augie March Wins Aus Music Prize

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG pop-rock band Augie March's "Moo You Bloody Choir" won the A$25,000 ($19,250) Australian Music Prize today for the most creative Australian album released in 2006. The winner is determined by a group of 72 industry professi ...

  2. Mushroom Grows Aussie Interactive Division

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australia's Mushroom Group today launched an interactive division, to produce PS3 and Xbox 360 games for the global market. Mushroom Interactive is 50/50 owned by Mushroom chairman Michael Gudinski and Vincent Donato, who also runs and co-own ...

  3. Aussie Rocker Billy Thorpe Dies

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australian rock icon Billy Thorpe died earlier today at Sydney's Vincent Hospital, after suffering a heart attack. He was 60. In the early '70s, Thorpe and his blues/rock band The Aztecs were the biggest, meanest and loudest drawcard in ...

  4. Wheatley To Plead Guilty To Aus Tax Charges

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Glenn Wheatley, CEO and founder of Melbourne-based talent management and concert/sports promotions company Talentworks, indicated in court today (Feb. 1) that he will plead guilty to tax evasion. Wheatley, best known for his role as manager of vet ...

  5. Indies Up In Arms Over YouTube

    January 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Key players in the independent label community are preparing for a legal skirmish with YouTube over content being used on the video-sharing site. Sources tell Billboard.biz that the independents are aggrieved with terms proposed by the giant socia ...

  6. Crowded House Confirm Reunion

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Crowded House has confirmed newspaper speculation over the past week that it will reunite for a 12-month world tour this year. Although tour dates are yet to be finalized, the act will appear at April's Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Ca ...

  7. Big Day Out Flag Controversy

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australia's festival Big Day Out has become embroiled in a controversy over the Australian flag. Its Sydney show is traditionally held on Australia Day (Jan. 26). During the public holiday, citizens usually wave large flags during the all-day ...

  8. Murdoch's News Ltd Buys Into Moshtix

    January 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Rupert Murdoch's News Ltd. has entered the Australian entertainment ticketing sector. The media conglomerate has bought Moshtix, the country's third largest ticketing group, through its News Digital Media (NDM) affiliate for an unspecifi ...

  9. Pearl Jam Goes Covers Crazy For Holiday Single

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Pearl Jam's annual holiday single for members of its Ten Club fan organization will feature a pair of classic rock covers: the Who's "Love Reign O'er Me" and Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World," th ...

  10. Dave Matthews Band Unveils 2007 Tour Plans

    December 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Dave Matthews Band will kick-off their 2007 tour two-night stand at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on March 23 and March 24, with The Fray set to open. The band will then head down under on March 31 for a two-week jaunt through Australia, fo ...

  11. Big Day Out, eBay In Aussie Legal Stoush

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Australian music festival Big Day Out and online auction house eBay are heading for the Federal Court in Sydney on Dec. 23. eBay is taking legal action against BDO over its new anti-scalping ticket policy, in which it now states tickets sold-on &q ...

  12. APRA Awards Moving To Melbourne

    December 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Australasian Performing Right Assn. (APRA) awards will move from Sydney to the south-eastern city of Melbourne next year, to mark its 25th year. Sally Howland, Sydney-based director of member services tells Billboard.biz, "Melbourne is su ...

  13. V Festival Heads Down Under

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sir Richard Branson's V Festival arrives in Australia early 2007 -- six months after it launched in the United States and Canada. The Australian version is a 50:50 partnership between the U.K.-based Virgin Group and Melbourne-based promoter M ...

  14. V Festival Arrives Down Under

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sir Richard Branson's V Festival arrives in Australia early 2007 -- six months after it launched in the United States and Canada. Sir Richard Branson's V Festival arrives in Australia early 2007 -- six months after it launched in the Uni ...

  15. V Festival Arrives Down Under

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sir Richard Branson's V Festival arrives in Australia early 2007 -- six months after it launched in the United States and Canada. Sir Richard Branson's V Festival arrives in Australia early 2007 -- six months after it launched in the Uni ...

  16. Hilltop Hoods Win At Inaugural AIR Awards

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hip hop trio Hilltop Hoods won two awards at the inaugural Australian Independent Record Labels Assn. chart awards, held Wednesday (Nov. 29) at the Blacket Hotel in Sydney. The South Australia act took out independent artist of the year while its ...

  17. Hilltop Hoods Win At Inaugural AIR Awards

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hip hop trio Hilltop Hoods won two awards at the inaugural Australian Independent Record Labels Assn. chart awards, held Wednesday (Nov. 29) at the Blacket Hotel in Sydney. Hip hop trio Hilltop Hoods won two awards at the inaugural Australian Inde ...

  18. Brit Broadcaster 'Fluff' Freeman Dies

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fluff known for unique use of classical music. Alan Freeman, who died Nov. 27 at the age of 79, was one of the most genuinely and universally admired broadcasters in British radio history. Known among professionals and listeners as "Fluff,&qu ...

  19. Brit Broadcaster 'Fluff' Freeman Dies

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Alan Freeman, who died Nov. 27 at the age of 79, was one of the most genuinely and universally admired broadcasters in British radio history. Known among professionals and listeners as "Fluff," his vo Alan Freeman, who died Nov. 27 at th ...

  20. Brit Broadcaster 'Fluff' Freeman Dies

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Alan Freeman, who died Nov. 27 at the age of 79, was one of the most genuinely and universally admired broadcasters in British radio history. Known among professionals and listeners as "Fluff," his vo Alan Freeman, who died Nov. 27 at th ...

  21. Australia's Destra To Buy Central Station, MRA

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Australian music and digital media Destra Corporation said today (Nov. 27) it is entering into an agreement to acquire Central Station Records (CSR) and MRA Entertainment from Home Leisure Ltd for A$14 million ($10.6 million). Sydney-based CSR is ...

  22. Australia's Destra To Buy Central Station, MRA

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Australian music and digital media Destra Corporation said today (Nov. 27) it is entering into an agreement to acquire Central Station Records (CSR) and MRA Entertainment from Home Leisure Ltd for A$1 Australian music and digital media Destra Corp ...

  23. U2, Pearl Jam Team Up At Aussie Anti-Poverty Show

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST U2's Bono and the Edge teamed with Pearl Jam to join Aussie acts Jet, Paul Kelly, Eskimo Joe, Evermore and the John Butler Trio at a Make Poverty History concert in Melbourne Nov. 17. The event drew 14,000 to the Myer Music Bowl, and was broa ...

  24. U2, Pearl Jam Team Up At Aussie Anti-Poverty Show

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST U2's Bono and the Edge teamed with Pearl Jam to join Aussie acts Jet, Paul Kelly, Eskimo Joe, Evermore and the John Butler Trio at a Make Poverty History concert in Melbourne tonight (Nov. 17). The ev U2's Bono and the Edge teamed with P ...

  25. Aussie Managers Form New Trade Body

    November 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Twenty-three Australian music managers have established a trade body to address issues facing colleagues and their artists. Twenty-three Australian music managers have established a trade body to address issues facing colleagues and their artists. ...

  26. Survey: More Aussies Seeing Live Entertainment

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Australians are heading out in droves to see live entertainment, according to new figures issued by Melbourne-based Live Performance Australia. Australians are heading out in droves to see live entertainment, according to new figures issued by Mel ...

  27. Survey: More Aussies Seeing Live Entertainment

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Australians are heading out in droves to see live entertainment, according to new figures issued by Melbourne-based Live Performance Australia. Australians are heading out in droves to see live entertainment, according to new figures issued by Mel ...

  28. Aussie Rocker Rilen Dies

    October 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ian Rilen, a founding member and bassist of some of Australia's loudest and most uncompromising bands -- Rose Tattoo, X, Sardine V, Hell To Pay, and Love Addicts -- died yesterday (Oct. 30) after a le Ian Rilen, a founding member and bassist ...

  29. Wolfmother's Cell Phone Show A First For Oz

    October 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sydney power trio Wolfmother yesterday (Oct. 24) became the first act in Australia to stream a live concert in "real time" to mobile phones. Sydney power trio Wolfmother yesterday (Oct. 24) became the first act in Australia to stream a l ...

  30. Wolfmother's Cell Phone Show A First For Oz

    October 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sydney power trio Wolfmother yesterday (Oct. 24) became the first act in Australia to stream a live concert in "real time" to mobile phones. Sydney power trio Wolfmother yesterday (Oct. 24) became the first act in Australia to stream a l ...

  31. Jet Postpones Part Of Euro Tour

    October 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Jet, the Australian rock group from Melbourne, has had to postpone a significant section of its current European tour after lead singer Nic Cester was diagnosed with nodules on his vocal chords, follo Jet, the Australian rock group from Melbourne, ...

  32. Midnight Oil Inducted In Oz Hall of Fame

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gala to be held Oct. 29. Midnight Oil will be inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Assn.'s Hall of Fame during the ARIA Awards ceremony in Sydney on Oct. 29. ARIA awards committee chairman Ed St. John described the veteran act as & ...

  33. Carole King Label Shifts To Ryko

    October 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Artist's Australia, New Zealand trek begins Nov. 17. Carole King's Rockingale Records has shifted its distribution from Concord to Ryko, which will begin working the artist's 2005 double-disc set "The Living Room Tour." Th ...

  34. Cave, Ellis Up For Aussie Screen Awards

    October 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Contemporary alternative rock musicians Nick Cave (Mushroom Music), his collaborator Warren Ellis of the Dirty Three (Mute Song) and David Bridie of Not Drowning Waving (Mushroom Music) are among the Contemporary alternative rock musicians Nick Ca ...

  35. MySpace Hosting Concerts For Sudan Relief

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Site will organize 20 concerts. The online hangout MySpace.com will organize 20 concerts featuring bands promoted on its site as part of a campaign to raise awareness and money for humanitarian relief in Sudan. The site, which grew in popularity t ...

  36. Aussie Biz Up 5.8% In H1

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Australian recorded music market generated sales of A$224 million ($170.2 million) in the six months to June 2006, up 5.8% compared to the corresponding period last year, according to figures rele The Australian recorded music market generated ...

  37. Aria Inducts Six Acts Into Hall Of Fame

    August 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Australian-raised, international success stories Helen Reddy, Icehouse, the Divinyls and Rose Tattoo were inducted Aug. 16 into the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Assn.) Hall of Fame. The ceremon Australian-raised, international success stori ...

  38. Myspace Launches Aussie Site

    August 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Internet lifestyle portal Myspace.com today (Aug. 14) pressed the button on an Australian site, its first in the Asia Pacific region. It follows localized branches in the United Kingdom, Ireland and F Internet lifestyle portal Myspace.com today (A ...

  39. Myspace Launches Aussie Site

    August 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Internet lifestyle portal Myspace.com today (Aug. 14) pressed the button on an Australian site, its first in the Asia Pacific region. It follows localized branches in the United Kingdom, Ireland and F Internet lifestyle portal Myspace.com today (A ...

  40. Reddy, Rose Tattoo For Aria Hall Of Fame

    July 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Helen Reddy and hard rock band Rose Tattoo are the final two acts to be inducted into the Australasian Recording Industry Assn.'s Hall Of Fame. Singer/songwriter Helen Reddy and hard rock band Rose Tattoo are the final two a ...

  41. Something For Kate Leads Strong Aus Chart Presence

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Despite a three-year break between albums, Australian trio Something For Kate's "Desert Light" debuted at No. 1 on the Motorola Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA) chart this week. Despite a three-year break between albums, A ...

  42. Cosmic Psychos Guitarist Watts Dies

    July 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Robbie "Rocket" Watts, guitarist for Australian rock act the Cosmic Psychos, died in Melbourne on Saturday morning (July 1), aged 47. The cause of death was not immediately known. Robbie "Rocket" Watts, guitarist for Australian ...

  43. Aussie Destra Buys Payless

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Australian digital media company Destra Corporation has acquired Payless Entertainment, the budget audio and video content publisher and distribution company, for A$8.7 million ($6.5 million). Australian digital media company Destra Corporation ha ...

  44. ARIA Hall Of Fame Honors For Divinyls, Icehouse

    June 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gala held Aug. 16 in Melbourne. Gala held Aug. 16 in Melbourne. News ...

  45. ARIA Hall Of Fame Honors For Divinyls, Icehouse

    June 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gala held Aug. 16 in Melbourne. The Divinyls, Icehouse and Daddy Cool will be among the bands inducted this year into the Australian Recording Industry Assn. Hall Of Fame, the trade body said today (June 26). ARIA will announce two more inductees ...

  46. Kylie To Resume Tour After Cancer

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Kylie Minogue will resume the 20-date Australian leg of her "Showgirl" tour in November, her promoter Frontier Touring Company said today (June 22). Kylie Minogue will resume the 20-date Australian leg of her "Showgirl" tour in ...

  47. Kylie To Resume Tour After Cancer

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Kylie Minogue will resume the 20-date Australian leg of her "Showgirl" tour in November, her promoter Frontier Touring Company said today (June 22). Kylie Minogue will resume the 20-date Australian leg of her "Showgirl" tour in ...

  48. Australia's Goodrem Signs With Modest! Ent.

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Singer was previously managed by her mother. Australian singer songwriter Delta Goodrem has signed a worldwide management deal with London-based Modest! Entertainment. Modest! is run by Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee, who also manage former Wes ...

  49. Aussie Impresario Clifford Hocking Dies

    June 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT He was 74. Australian impresario and festival director Clifford Hocking died Monday night (June 12) in a Melbourne hospital after suffering a stroke. He was 74. Hocking is best remembered as launching the career of satirist Barry Humphries (who is ...

  50. APRA Awards For Ben Lee, Fanning

    June 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT BMG Music Publishing-signed artists Ben Lee and Bernard Fanning were the big winners at the 15th annual Australasian Performing Right Assn. awards, held today (June 5) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Syd BMG Music Publishing-signed artists Ben Lee an ...

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