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  1. Bravado Inks Several New Artist Merch Deals

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Merchandising company Bravado has signed new deals with Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Whitney Houston to create merchandise for the artists’ recent album releases and upcoming tours. The company says in a news release that all four acts w ...

  2. Australian Music Market Up 4.8% In 2009

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST The record business down under is on the ascent. Full-year 2009 trade figures issued today (Feb. 3) by labels body ARIA show a 4.8% gain in wholesale revenue to $446.1 million Australian ($395 million), powered by a booming digital music sector an ...

  3. Abba Members Attend Abbaworld London Premiere

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Björn Ulvaeus, one half of the legendary Swedish pop group ABBA, made a rare joint appearance last night (Jan. 27) to mark the official opening of Abbaworld - a grandiose interactive exhibition staged at London's Earl&# ...

  4. Pink Still Most Popular Artist On Australian Radio

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST American pop superstar Pink was the most popular artist on the Australian airwaves in 2009, the third successive year she has achieved the feat, according to "most played" data published by Phonographic Performance Company of Australia. ...

  5. Songwriter Bobby Charles Dies At 71

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Bobby Charles, the Louisiana singer-songwriter who penned such hits as Fats Domino's "Walking to New Orleans" and "See You Later Alligator" by Bill Haley and the Comets, has died. He was 71. His longtime publicist Karen Jo ...

  6. U.S. Songwriter Bobby Charles Dies At 71

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Bobby Charles, the Louisiana singer-songwriter who penned such hits as Fats Domino's "Walking to New Orleans" and "See You Later Alligator" by Bill Haley and the Comets, has died. He was 71. His longtime publicist Karen Jo ...

  7. Sarah Blasko Triumphs At Triple J Awards

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sarah Blasko's third album "As Day Follows Night” (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia) has won the Triple J Australian album of the year accolade. The prestigious award caps a fortnight to remember for the singer. Just last week, Blas ...

  8. Empire Of The Sun Wins 4 ARIAs

    November 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Empire of the Sun shone brightest at the ARIA Awards in Sydney, where the psychedelic newcomers picked up four awards including best group and the coveted album of the year gong. New Zealand-born pop artist Ladyhawke and veteran rockers AC/DC each ...

  9. Ninja Tune, Cinematic Orchestra Form Label

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Jason Swinscoe of the U.K. jazz/electronica act the Cinematic Orchestra has formed a new label, Motion Audio, in partnership with the group's Ninja Tune label. Swinscoe has joined forces with Dominic Smith, the long-term A&R for the Cinem ...

  10. Empire Of The Sun Wins Three ARIA Artisan Awards

    November 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Empire Of The Sun had three wins at the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Artisan and Fine Arts awards in Sydney today (Nov. 10). Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore, who make up the Capitol/EMI Music Australia dance act, took best prod ...

  11. Aussie Artist Manager Gary Rabin Dies, Aged 57

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Artist manager Gary Rabin, who played a guiding role in the careers of celebrated Australian artist Ross Wilson and rock act the Angels from the 1970s onwards, died of a suspected heart attack in New York City on Saturday (Oct. 31), aged 57. In a ...

  12. Australian Idol Star Leads ARIA Nominations

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Chart-topping "Australian Idol" alumni Jessica Mauboy, New Zealand-born rising star Ladyhawke and psychedelic electro-pop outfit Empire of the Sun shine bright on the list of contenders for this year's ARIA Awards, organizers reveal ...

  13. XL Re-Shapes Its U.K. A&R

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie XL Recordings has restructured its A&R operations, with the label's senior A&R manager Hannah Overton and A&R consultant Imran Ahmed both elevated to newly-created positions as A&R directors. At the same time, XL A& ...

  14. Kiss, Chili Peppers, LL Cool J Nominated For Hall

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kiss, LL Cool J and the Red Hot Chili Peppers could be among next year's inductees at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are part of an eclectic group of 12 acts in contention for the 2010 class. Other first-time nominees include Genesis, J ...

  15. Digital Sales Offer Hope Down Under

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australia's recorded music market has begun to show signs of recovery. New analysis of wholesale figures from labels body ARIA reveals the recorded music business grew slightly in the first half of 2009, its booming digital market outpacing t ...

  16. ARIA Hall of Fame Inducts Five More

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Recording Industry Association added five more names into its Hall of Fame Thursday (Aug. 27) night. The artists ranged from '70s pop singer John Paul Young, whose hits "Love Is In The Air" and "Yesterday's ...

  17. Society of Singers Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In celebration of its 25th anniversary this year, the Society of Singers is hosting a benefit concert featuring Manhattan Transfer. The Sept. 11 concert will be staged at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, Calif. The nonprofit organization— ...

  18. GMM Grammy Thais Knot With Swish

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Leading Thai entertainment conglomerate GMM Grammy has struck a multi-faceted deal with Australian digital distributor Swish AmpHead which will see GMM Grammy catalog being made available in physical and digital form Down Under. The new deal repre ...

  19. ARIA To Honor Dingoes, Mental As Anything

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alternative Australian rock acts Mental As Anything and the Dingoes, indigenous troubadour Kev Carmody, and pop singers Little Pattie and John Paul Young are to inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame during an Aug. 27 ceremony at Melbourne's For ...

  20. Sony Revives Deconstruction Label

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment U.K. has joined with Three Six Zero Group to re-launch dance imprint Deconstruction Records, eight years after it was closed. A series of back catalog releases are planned ahead of signing new acts later in the year. Heade ...

  21. Next Move For Marshall Chess

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Marshall Chess has joined with industry figures Eddie Piller and Fredrik Ekander to form Tri-Sound, a new label specializing in contemporary soul. The label's first release will be the Third Degree's northern soul reworking of Duffy' ...

  22. Living End's Chris Cheney Takes APRA Honor

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Living End's frontman Chris Cheney took out song of the year at the APRA Music Awards in Melbourne, scoring the coveted title for his Australian alternative rock band's 2008 hit "White Noise." Cheney was as surprised as any ...

  23. Peter Fox Named Star Of Comet Awards

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop and reggae artist Peter Fox was the big winner at Germany’s VIVA Comet awards, which were presented for the 14th time in front of nearly 8,000 guests in the sold-out König-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen. Fox received prizes in the categories ...

  24. Asher Roth, Kid Cudi Team For Summer Tour

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Newcomers Asher Roth and Kid Cudi are setting off on their first headlining tour this summer. The two Universal Motown artists will hit 19 cities around the U.S. as part of "the Great Hangover Tour" with support from B.O.B., an Atlanta-b ...

  25. A Bittersweet Adios For WNUA

    May 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After several days of rumors, change has indeed come to Clear Channel's WNUA/Chicago, which dropped smooth jazz after 22 years and flipped to what is being billed as "Spanish Hot AC" as "Mega 95.5." The news broke late Thu ...

  26. Chapman, Heath, Casting Crowns Net Doves

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nashville veteran Steven Curtis Chapman, newcomer Brandon Heath and perennial favorites Casting Crowns topped the list of artists taking home honors at the Gospel Music Association's 40th annual GMA Dove Awards last night (April 23) at the Gr ...

  27. Kanye West To Launch Energy Drink, Fragrances

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Kanye West is expanding into branded beverages and fragrances with two new partnerships. West will have his own energy drink through a collaboration with GURU Beverages Inc., a maker and distributor of organic and natural drinks. The rapper ...

  28. Chapman, Grant Among Dove Award Songwriter Finalists

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Gospel Music Association (GMA) has announced that Steven Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant, Brandon Heath, Jason Ingram and Tony Wood are the final nominees for the Dove Award for songwriter of the year. The winner will be announced at the 39th An ...

  29. Topman Backs Emerging Talent

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s young menswear brand Topman has developed a platform that gives emerging musical talent the chance to connect with consumers. Entitled Topman CTRL, the platform will assign one act per month to curate live events in U.K. cities and ...

  30. EMI Signs Distribution Deal With Secret City

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Canada has inked a distribution deal with indie label Secret City Records, home to acts such as Patrick Watson and Miracle Fortress, the label announced today. Secret City was founded in 2006 by Justin West and Andrew Rose, but ran into ...

  31. Slow Ticket Sales Sink Langerado Festival

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Langerado Music Festival in Miami is the first large-scale U.S. festival to fall victim to a poor economy in 2009. The seventh annual event, which was set for March 6-8 at Bicentennial Park, has been cancelled "due to sluggish ticket sale ...

  32. Lily Allen, Bruce Springsteen Crown U.K. Charts

    February 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Lily Allen and Bruce Springsteen were the new champions on the U.K. singles and album charts yesterday (Feb. 1). Allen's "The Fear" (Regal/Parlophone/EMI) debuted atop the singles chart, while Springsteen's "Working on a D ...

  33. Latin Briefs: Molotov, Movistar, Hyphy

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Mexican rock group Molotov will play their legendary album, "¿Dónde Jugarán las Niñas?" in its entirety during their upcoming U.S. tour. Molotov's 19-city club and theater trek starts Jan. 16 at Chicago's Metro and wraps Feb. ...

  34. Abba Museum Plans World Tour

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Abba Museum, originally scheduled to open in Stockholm in 2008, will instead go on a world tour in 2009, organizers said. The museum, a compendium of the Swedish group's music, memorabilia, and history modeled on the Beatle's museum ...

  35. Industry Veteran Al Bell Launches Web Venture

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran music industry executive Al Bell has established a new company, Al Bell Presents. Bell is the former owner of Stax Records and president of Motown. The cornerstones of Al Bell Presents are a full-service Web site and "Al Bell Presents ...

  36. Bankruptcy Protection For Canada’s Fusion III

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Montreal-based Fusion Distribution III has been placed into bankruptcy protection and slashed its staffing levels as the company, which distributes several hundred labels, fights to survive. Founded almost three decades ago by Jim West, Fusion dis ...

  37. Specials Reform For Tour

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. act the Specials are reforming for a spring 2009 eight-date U.K. tour. The Coventry band split in 1981, following two albums and eight top ten singles for their ‘2-tone’ sound, which combined punk and ska. They scored two number one singles w ...

  38. Unger-Hamilton Heads Up Polydor

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Former Virgin U.K. boss Ferdy Unger-Hamilton has been appointed president of Polydor Records. He will report to Universal Music U.K. chairman and CEO David Joseph. Unger-Hamilton is returning to Universal Music, where he spent a decade up until 20 ...

  39. John Williamson Up For Six Golden Guitars

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran John Williamson and the ARIA-winning husband and wife team Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson are among the best-placed nominees leading in to the 37th CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia, details for which were revealed today (Nov. 12) ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Koch Lines Up New Label Deals

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Koch Entertainment Distribution announced new deals with three very diverse labels. The first is an exclusive physical and digital distribution deal with Rising Force Records and its flagship artist, guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. Rising Force Record ...

  42. Downtown Links With Fontana, Interscope

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Downtown Records has inked an exclusive distribution deal with Fontana and has also entered a strategic relationship with Interscope Records, Billboard has learned. Under the agreement, Interscope will provide strategic marketing and promotion for ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. EMI Recruits Melrose To Senior A&R Role

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran music manager and A&R consultant Steven Melrose has been appointed VP, A&R labels for North America, U.K. and Ireland. Nick Gatfield, EMI's president of A&R labels, recruited Melrose, who will be based in Los Angeles. Melr ...

  45. R&B Briefs: Sammie, DMC, LaBelle, Cole

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -Singer Sammie has parted ways with Dallas Austin’s Rowdy Records. Now with independent imprint Empire Entertainment, Sammie is working on a new album. A first single from that yet-untitled project, “One Way Street,” was released this week. Manage ...

  46. 'Mamma Mia' Makes Its Move

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "Honey, Honey," let's talk about a "Super Trouper" of an album. The "Mamma Mia!" soundtrack has been "On And On And On" the Billboard 200 for a month already and this week, "The Winner Takes It All ...

  47. 'Mamma Mia!' Leaps To No. 1 On The Billboard 200

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It took five weeks, but the ABBA-led soundtrack to "Mamma Mia!" has ascended to the summit of The Billboard 200 for the first time. Moving 130,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, the Decca effort climbs 3-1 and beco ...

  48. A&R Vet Jones Joins Big Machine, Valory

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Allison Jones, a veteran A&R presence on Music Row, has joined Big Machine Records and Valory Music as VP of A&R for both labels. She most recently served in a similar position with Toby Keith's Show Dog Nashville. The move marks a re ...

  49. Merriweather Promoted To VP At Zomba

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tice Merriweather has been promoted to VP of publicity for Zomba Label Group. Merriweather began his career at Arista Records in 1999, where he rose to associate director of publicity in 2003. A year later, he moved over to Jive Records and was pr ...

  50. Former Bosstones Guitarist Named VP at Uni Republic

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nate Albert will step up to the position of VP of A&R for Universal Republic Records. In his new position, he will be based in New York and report to senior VP of A&R Tom Mackay. Albert - who was a founding member, guitarist and songwriter ...

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