Midnight Oil

  1. Drama In Aussie Politics Sees Peter Garrett Quit, New Communications Minister Appointed

    July 01, 2013 1:21 AM EDT In a wild and dramatic five days of politics Down Under, Australia has a new minister for communications, its culture minister has added another portfolio and Peter Garrett – the former frontman of Midnight Oil who became a prominent Labor Party ...

  2. Mandawuy Yunupingu, Leader of Yothu Yindi, Dies at 56

    June 02, 2013 9:49 PM EDT Mandawuy Yunupingu, an artist, mentor and ambassador who galvanized Australia’s indigenous and non-indigenous people and brought contemporary Aboriginal music to the world through his group Yothu Yindi, has died at the age of 56. The former Aust ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Sony Releases Australian Flood-Relief CD, Powderfinger To Release Single

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Australia has responded to the country's disastrous recent floods with the release of a three-disc fund-raising compilation CD. "Flood Relief: Artists for the Flood Appeal" features 59 tracks, including recordings from Pi ...

  5. Australian Govt Pledges To Back Songwriters

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Artists, get to work on your songs. Everything else is window-dressing. That was the overriding theme of the second bi-annual APRA Song Summit, held in Sydney. Peter Garrett , the rock star-turned politician, gave the three-day creative, business ...

  6. Royal Honor For Tommy Emmanuel

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel has been feted with the Member of the Order of Australia medal, one of 400 Australians recognized in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. Emmanuel received the award Monday (June 14) for his accomplishments in mus ...

  7. Lisa Mitchell Wins Australian Music Prize

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lisa Mitchell has completed an extraordinary transition from TV talent show contestant to critics' favorite with her victory Friday (March 12) in the prestigious Australian Music Prize. The folk-tinged singer's debut album "Wonder&q ...

  8. The Hours Label Launches Climate Change Download

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The French independent label the Hours has targeted 50 million downloads as part of a new climate change initiative, which aims to gather global support by distributing a free track. The 'tck tck tck' campaign, designed by French adverti ...

  9. MySpace Music Launches Down Under

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Music has arrived down under. News Corp has flicked the switch on its digital music platform in Australia and New Zealand, in what the media giant anticipates will be a global roll out. The social music service is a music-lover's one- ...

  10. Oz Touring Awards Honor Sound Relief, Gudinski's Frontier

    July 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian impresario Michael Gudinski was among the big winners at Monday night’s Helpmann Awards ceremony, taking out a string of major category wins and receiving the Australian live entertainment sector’s most coveted trophy, the JC Williamson ...

  11. Denis Handlin Set For APRA Honor

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Australasia chairman and CEO Denis Handlin is this year's recipient of the coveted Ted Albert award for outstanding services to Australian music. The accolade, decided by the APRA board of writer and publisher directors, will be pr ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Sound Relief Concerts Raise $3.3 Million

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The historic twin Australian Sound Relief concerts at the weekend were a mighty success, organizers and onlookers have declared. The bushfire benefit event, held simultaneously at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Sydney Cricket Ground on Satur ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Bee Gee Joins Sound Relief Concert Bill

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Barry Gibb, the singer, songwriter and eldest brother in the Bee Gees, is returning to Australia to perform on the Sydney stage for this Saturday's Sound Relief concert, organizers said today (March 11). Gibb's headline performance for t ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Garrett Adds Voice To Aussie Song Summit

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Peter Garrett, Australia's federal minister for the environment, heritage and the arts, will deliver the keynote speech at the inaugural Song Summit Sydney on Thursday. The former Midnight Oil singer will discuss "the politics of art&quo ...

  22. Garrett Unveils New Aussie Arts Policy

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST The first arts policy drawn up by Australia's new Labor government includes initiatives for the contemporary music sector. The arts minister is Peter Garrett, former singer with the political Sony BMG-signed veteran rock band Midnight Oil. Th ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Crowded House Stars As Live Earth Begins In Sydney

    July 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The first of the Live Earth climate change concerts kicked off in Sydney today with an emotional welcome by a traditional Aboriginal troupe painted in white and waving eucalyptus leaves, and ended 10 hours later, equally as emotional, when a reuni ...

  25. Warumpi Band Founder Rrurrumba Dies

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Australian "indigenous rock" pioneer George Rrurrumba passed away June 10 in the Northern Territory after a battle with bone cancer. He was 50. Rrurrumba popularised the incorporation of such indigenous instruments as didgeridoo and clap ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Debut Winners Dominate ARIA Awards

    October 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Newcomers Wolfmother, Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning and rock band Eskimo Joe were among the big winners Sunday night (Oct. 29) at the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) awards, h Newcomers Wolfmother, Powderfinger frontman Be ...

  28. 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 & ...

  29. Kasey Debuts At No. 1 In Oz

    August 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Australian country singer Kasey Chambers gained her third chart-topping album this week with her fourth album, "Carnival" (EMI Music Australia). The set on Sunday (Aug. 27) entered the Motorola ARIA Australian country singer Kasey Chambe ...

  30. Indies Dominate Aussie Music Prize Shortlist

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Indie label-signed artists dominated the shortlist of the inaugural Australian Music Prize, details for which were unveiled today (Feb. 6) in Sydney. Indie label-signed artists dominated the shortlist of the inaugural Australian Music Prize, detai ...

  31. Indies Dominate Aussie Music Prize Shortlist

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Indie label-signed artists dominated the shortlist of the inaugural Australian Music Prize, details for which were unveiled today (Feb. 6) in Sydney. Indie label-signed artists dominated the shortlist of the inaugural Australian Music Prize, detai ...

  32. Oz Veteran Harding To Retire

    November 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Ken Harding, Sydney-based CEO of disc manufacturing company Summit Technology, will retire Dec. 23 after almost 45 years in the Australian music industry. Ken Harding, Sydney-based CEO of disc manufacturing company Summit Technology, will retire D ...

  33. Handlin Handed Australia Award

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music industry executives made a strong showing yesterday (Jan. 26) in the annual Australia Day Honours list. Music industry executives made a strong showing on the annual Australia Day Honours list. Denis Handlin, chairman/CEO of Sony BMG Enterta ...

  34. Handlin Handed Australia Award

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music industry executives made a strong showing yesterday (Jan. 26) in the annual Australia Day Honours list. Music industry executives made a strong showing on the annual Australia Day Honours list. Denis Handlin, chairman/CEO of Sony BMG Enterta ...