Oceania

  1. Album Reviews: The Smashing Pumpkins, The dB's, Metric, Brian Culbertson

    June 20, 2012 1:10 PM EDT ROCK The Smashing Pumpkins Oceania Producers: Billy Corgan, Bjorn Thorsrud Martha's Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution Release Date: June 19 When Billy Corgan sings he's "wasted along the way to reach you," one can& ...

  2. Smashing Pumpkins Sign With EMI To Distribute New Album 'Oceania'

    March 27, 2012 11:43 AM EDT The Smashing Pumpkins have found a distribution partner for their upcoming album Oceania , signing a worldwide deal with EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution that only excludes Canada, Brazil and Australia. Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, who ...

  3. Billy Corgan Talks -- and Talks -- About 'The Source' Film, Ya Ho Wha 13 and How a Drum Circle Changed His Thinking

    March 19, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Captured within Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos's documentary "The Source" is the story of a rock band that worked in a way that no rock band had before -- pure improvisation with no commercial intent, hitting the recording studio w ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Sony Australia's Triple-CD Flood Relief Album Is No. 1

    February 01, 2011 11:25 AM EST The all-star "Flood Relief: Artists For The Flood Appeal" album was the best-selling album Down Under last week, and has shipped platinum (70,000) in less than seven days since it was rush-released on Jan. 24. The current leader on the A ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Music Sales Slump At New Zealand's Warehouse

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand's home entertainment market leader the Warehouse has been hit by a slump in music and DVD sales. The mass merchant revealed 2.3% decline in full year-earnings to $83.2 million New Zealand ($68 million) for the year ending Aug. 2. ...

  8. Lawrence Arabia Win Inaugural Taite Music Prize

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Alternative folk band Lawrence Arabia has been crowned the first winner of the Taite Music Prize, New Zealand’s equivalent of the annual U.K. Mercury Prize. The artist’s second album "Chant Darling" (Honorary Bedouin) was named the best ...

  9. NZ Acts Line Up For Tsunami Victims

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Some of the biggest names in New Zealand music are banding together for a benefit concert for the Tsunami-ravaged Samoan Islands in the South Pacific. Hip-hop stars Savage and Scribe, plus Neil and Tim Finn, Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn are among the ...

  10. Big Sound: Glenn Wheatley Speaks On Jail Term

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Veteran artist manager and entertainment entrepreneur Glenn Wheatley used the platform of Australia's Big Sound conference to clear the air on the circumstances which led to his incarceration. During his open and candid keynote speech last Fr ...

  11. Australian Radio Service Stripe Shuts Down

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's curtains for Stripe, the Australian subscription-based radio service launched nine months ago by entertainment entrepreneur Glenn Wheatley. For a monthly fee of $7.95 Australian ($6.30), subscribers could tune in to Stripe's 30 chan ...

  12. Helpmann Awards Honor For Michael Gudinski

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian impresario Michael Gudinski will receive one of the top honors at the annual Helpmann Awards ceremony, to be held July 27 at the Sydney Opera House. Gudinski, chairman of the powerhouse independent Mushroom Group of Companies and managi ...

  13. Exports Boost For Queensland Biz

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Australian state of Queensland has given a shot in the arm for the local music sector with the launch of two complementary export initiatives. State minister for trade John Mickel has unveiled the first strategy, entitled Queensland Contempora ...

  14. Kingston, Katchafire To Perform At Digicel Fiji Launch

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jamaica-based Miami-born reggae singer/rapper Sean Kingston (Koch) and New Zealand reggae band Katchafire (EMI NZ) are expected to draw 60,000 to a free concert to launch Carribbean-based mobile company Digicel in Fiji. The four-hour show at Suva& ...

  15. Bigger Venue, 3-Year Sponsor For NZ Music Awards

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT This year's New Zealand Music Awards will be the biggest yet, with the event to be staged at Auckland's largest indoor entertainment venue the Vector Arena. The move -- which comes at the same time as the signing of a new sponsorship pac ...

  16. Mayor Suffers Heart Attack During NZ Awards

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Len Brown, mayor of Manukau City in New Zealand, is recovering after collapsing with a heart attack at the Pacific Music Awards on Saturday night. The 51-year old Brown was midway through a speech onstage at the May 31 awards in Manukau City' ...

  17. NZ Gov't Pledges Cash For Music Projects

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The New Zealand government's support for the local music industry is continuing, with more funds being allocated in its latest budget to international promotional programs. As previously reported, the Labour Coalition Government has already i ...

  18. NZ Music Takes To The Air

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Air travellers in New Zealand will get a dose of New Zealand music before they fly from this week. The country's national carrier Air New Zealand has adopted a policy of playing only New Zealand music videos on its fleet of 14 domestic 737 ai ...

  19. Whitcoulls Plans Borders Swoop Down Under

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The company behind some of Australasia's biggest book chains has confirmed that it is in the market for the Borders Group's assets in the region. A and R Whitcoulls, which is based in Auckland and listed on the New Zealand stock exchange ...

  20. PNG Songwriters To Receive Royalty Payments

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Songwriters from Papua New Guinea will receive their first local royalty payments thanks to a new license deal struck between the Sydney-based Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and Port Moresby-based radio station PNG FM. APRA' ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. NZ Industry Bodies Ring Changes

    June 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New appointments have been confirmed today (June 12) for the boards of Phonographic Performances NZ (PPNZ) and the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ). Phil Howling, the newly appointed GM of Warner Music New Zealand, succeeds hi ...

  23. Spacifix, Topp Twins Triumph At Kiwi Awards Galas

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand artists grabbed the spotlight at local awards ceremonies held on consecutive nights last week. Reality TV pop act Spacifix won a string of awards, including best album, at the Pacific Music Awards on March 31. The following night, the ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. McGlashan Wins APRA Silver Scroll

    September 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Award given for songwriting excellence. New Zealand singer-songwriter Don McGlashan won the Australasian Performing Right Association's (APRA) Silver Scroll last night (Sept. 20) at the Auckland Town Hall. McGlashan, who is published by Nativ ...

  26. Commonwealth Games Showcases Oz Music Talent

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST John Farnham, Paul Kelly, Ben Lee, Grinspoon are among the Australian artists tapped to perform during the two-and-a-half-hour closing ceremony for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, to be held March 26 at John Farnham, Paul Kelly, Ben Lee, Grinspoon ar ...

  27. Reach Global Goes Down Under

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST New York-based independent music publisher Reach Global is opening a new affiliate to cover the territories of Australia and New Zealand. New York-based independent music publisher Reach Global is opening a new affiliate to cover the territories o ...

  28. Reach Global Goes Down Under

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST New York-based independent music publisher Reach Global is opening a new affiliate to cover the territories of Australia and New Zealand. New York-based independent music publisher Reach Global is opening a new affiliate to cover the territories o ...

  29. Global Pulse

    January 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST After spending two months in Australian clubs fronting his new band the Ordinary Fear of God, Academy Award-winning actor Russell Crowe will face a much larger audience on Jan. 25. Read Tom Ferguson's After spending two months in Australian c ...

  30. Australia's Telstra Dome Rights For Sale

    December 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Australia's free-to-air Seven Network today (Dec. 23) said it is looking at the possibility of selling its stake in the 52,000-seat Telstra Dome in Melbourne's Docklands. Australia's free-to-air Seven Network today (Dec. 23) said it ...

  31. Australia's Telstra Dome Rights For Sale

    December 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Australia's free-to-air Seven Network today (Dec. 23) said it is looking at the possibility of selling its stake in the 52,000-seat Telstra Dome in Melbourne's Docklands. Australia's free-to-air Seven Network today (Dec. 23) said it ...

  32. Aussie Kids' Act Wiggles Win Export Award

    December 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Children's act the Wiggles have become the first entertainers to win the Australian government's Exporter Of the Year award. The band won from a shortlist of 75 corporations. Children's act the Wiggles have become the first entertai ...

  33. Evermore Take Out Top NZ Song Award

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Evermore won song of the year for their track "It's Too Late" at the Australasian Performing Right Assn.'s Silver Scroll awards, held last night (Sept. 12) at Auckland Town Hall in New Zealand. The so Evermore won song of the y ...

  34. N.Z. Gov't Ups Funding For Music

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand has earmarked an extra NZ$5.4 million ($3.9 million) in its annual budget to help export domestic acts over the next three years, the government announced April 20 in Auckland. SYDNEY -- New Zealand has earmarked an extra NZ$5.4 millio ...

  35. N.Z. Gov't Ups Funding For Music

    April 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Initiative aims to boost exports. New Zealand has earmarked an extra NZ$5.4 million ($3.9 million) in its annual budget to help export domestic acts over the next three years, the government announced today (April 20) in Auckland. The initiative i ...

  36. Oz Radio Meets With Gov't On Digital Services

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The CEOs of Australia's eleven major metropolitan and regional radio networks met in the capital of Canberra to urge legislators not to delay the rollout of digital radio. SYDNEY -- The CEOs of Australia's eleven major metropolitan and r ...

  37. Oz Radio Meets With Gov't On Digital Services

    March 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST The CEOs of Australia's eleven major metropolitan and regional networks met in the capital of Canberra this week to urge legislators not to delay any further the roll-out of digital radio. The CEOs of Australia's eleven major metropolita ...

  38. NZ Festivals Draw Record Crowds

    March 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Two leading New Zealand festivals drew record crowds over the weekend. Two New Zealand festivals drew record crowds over the weekend. The March 11-13 World of Music, Arts and Dance festival gathered 30,000 visitors to New Plymouth's Bowl and ...

  39. NZ Festivals Draw Record Crowds

    March 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Two leading New Zealand festivals drew record crowds over the weekend. Two New Zealand festivals drew record crowds over the weekend. The March 11-13 World of Music, Arts and Dance festival gathered 30,000 visitors to New Plymouth's Bowl and ...

  40. NZ Label Chief Fuemana Dies

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Phil Fuemana, founder of New Zealand record company Urban Pasifika Records, died at his home in South Auckland on Feb. 28 after a heart attack. He was 41. Phil Fuemana, founder of New Zealand record company Urban Pasifika Records, died at his home ...

  41. NZ Label Chief Phil Fuemana Dies

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Phil Fuemana, founder of New Zealand record company Urban Pasifika Records, died Feb. 28 at his home in South Auckland after a heart attack. He was 41. Phil Fuemana, founder of New Zealand record company Urban Pasifika Records, died Feb. 28 at his ...

  42. NZ Radio Backing Local Music

    February 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST New Zealand radio stations are showing growing support for domestic repertoire, with close to one record played out of five by local artists. New Zealand radio stations are showing increasing support for domestic repertoire, with nearly one in fiv ...

  43. Kiwi Station Goes 100% NZ Content

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a response to the high rate of domestic acts charting in New Zealand, Auckland-based modern rock station Channel Z is changing its format to 100% local content. In a response to the high rate of domestic acts charting in New Zealand, Auckland-b ...

  44. Local Acts Top N.Z. Year-End Charts

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST New Zealand artists top the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand's (RIANZ) end-of-year album and singles charts, released today (Dec. 21). New Zealand artists top the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand's (RIANZ) end-o ...

  45. Aus Jazz Festival Appoints Pagnotta Director

    July 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Melbourne International Jazz Festival has appointed Carlo Pagnotta as international artistic director for its next event, in May 2005. The Melbourne International Jazz Festival has appointed Carlo Pagnotta as international artistic director fo ...