States and territories of Australia

  1. Tame Impala Takes Home Australia's J Award; Mushroom Group's Michael Gudinski Hosts Birthday Bash

    November 26, 2012 12:29 PM EST Billboard's Australia correspondent Lars Brandle (left) partied on Monday night with Mushroom Group chairman Michael Gudinski, Tina Brandle and Mushroom Music Publishing managing director Ian James. Psychedelic revivalists Tame Impala on Frid ...

  2. Australian Rapper 360 Leads Gotye, The Jezabels In 2012 ARIA Awards Nominations

    October 04, 2012 10:46 AM EDT Australian rapper 360 With six nominations, Australian rapper 360 has his rivals in a spin ahead of the ARIA Awards, to be held Nov. 29 in Sydney. Gotye and Jezabels are a touch behind with five nominations apiece. The Melbourne-born 360 -- otherw ...

  3. David Humphreys, General Manager of Perth Arena, Dead At 57

    September 05, 2012 10:31 AM EDT The Directors of AEG Ogden, Harvey Lister and Rod Pilbeam, confirmed the passing of David Humphreys, the General Manager of the soon-to-be-opened Perth Arena, on Sept. 4. He was 57. Humphreys had recently been admitted to a Perth hospital after be ...

  4. Neil Finn, Missy Higgins, Simon Crean Deliver Speeches During APRA Song Summit

    May 29, 2012 10:06 AM EDT Australian musicians Missy Higgins. Inspiration, perspiration and the damned writer's block were key themes explored over the three-day APRA Song Summit, which wrapped Monday in central Sydney. Australia's federal arts minister Simon Cre ...

  5. Vince Lovegrove, Australian Musician, Journalist and Divinyls Manager, Dead at 64

    March 26, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Vince Lovegrove, the Australian musician, journalist and long-time manager of the Divinyls, died in the early hours of Saturday morning when his car left the road near his home in Federal, in the northern New South Wales hinterland. He was 64. Tho ...

  6. Australian Live Music Industry Worth More Than $1.2 Billion

    September 21, 2011 8:05 AM EDT Australians love a drink and a show. In fact, the live music culture has become so ingrained in Australian society it's worth more than a billion dollars to the country's economy, a new study reveals. Collecting society APRA on Monday is ...

  7. Powderfinger Tops Triple J Hottest Australian Albums Poll

    July 12, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Australian rules, especially the new stuff. That's the broad message which comes from a new survey conducted by Australia's Triple J network to find the country's all-time favorite homegrown albums. Recently retired Brisbane-based r ...

  8. Kasey Chambers Dominates Australia's Jayco Country Music Awards; Graeme Connors' Win Tainted By Error

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST With four trophies, Australian alt-country star Kasey Chambers was the big winner Saturday night at the 39th annual Jayco Country Music Awards, held at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre. Chambers won female artist of the year, her song &q ...

  9. Australia Floods Take Toll on Brisbane Venues, Music Scene

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST The extraordinary floods that have swamped Brisbane have caused untold damage to some key live music venues and forced the cancellation of several shows. In recent weeks, U2, Jay-Z and Bon Jovi have performed to big crowds at the Suncorp Stadium. ...

  10. Powerderfinger to Reunite for Australian All-Star Flood-Relief Concert?

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Australia's music industry is playing its part in local flood-relief efforts, with an all-star concert said to be taking shape. A major benefit concert will be announced shortly, funds from which will support the flood-stricken state of Queen ...

  11. Models Bassist James Freud Dies

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Just days after the Models were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, the Australian electro-rock band has had to bury its frontman and bass player, James Freud. Freud, whose struggles with alcoholism has been explored in two autobiographies, was f ...

  12. John Williamson To Enter ARIA Hall Of Fame

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country veteran John Williamson, alternative rockers the Church, pop star-turned TV talent scout Johnny Young, post-punk group the Models and '60s pop band the Loved Ones are this years inductees into the ARIA Hall of Fame. The five acts will ...

  13. Opera Australia Heading To Cinema Screens

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital broadcast facilitator CinemaLive has struck a multi-year arrangement to tape Opera Australia performances at the Sydney Opera House for cinematic releases locally and abroad. Sydney-based CinemaLive, a subsidiary of the Shooting Star Pictu ...

  14. AC/DC, Temper Trap Win APRA Awards

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Breakthrough Australian acts the Temper Trap and Empire of the Sun joined veteran rockers AC/DC on the winners' podium at the APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) Awards in Sydney. AC/DC's "Rock 'N Roll Train" ...

  15. Australian Winery Touring Circuit Expands

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian promoter Dainty Consolidated Entertainment and Sandalford Wines are toasting a new partnership which should add dozens of concert dates to the country's maturing winery circuit. DCE, Zaccaria Events Present, Ticketek and Sandalford ...

  16. Australian Music Body Secures State Funding

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST For Melbourne's live music fans, the Tote Hotel remains dead. But its passing has not been in vain. The state government today committed $250,000 Australian ($223,000) in funding for the newly-created music lobby body Music Victoria. The gove ...

  17. Shannon Noll Departs Sony Down Under

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Australian multi-platinum, chart-topping regular Shannon Noll has parted ways with Sony Music Australia, drawing curtains on a six-year association which yielded an estimated 1.2 million album sales. Noll's star rose when he contested the 200 ...

  18. Guitarist Mick Cocks Dies

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mick Cocks, rhythm guitarist and founding member of seminal Australian hard rock band Rose Tattoo, has lost his battle with liver cancer. He died Dec. 22 at a Sydney hospital. Cocks becomes the fourth member of a Rose Tattoo line-up to pass away i ...

  19. Aussie Rocker Cocks Dies

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mick Cocks, rhythm guitarist and founding member of seminal Australian hard rock band Rose Tattoo, has lost his battle with liver cancer. He died Dec. 22 at a Sydney hospital. Cocks becomes the fourth member of a Rose Tattoo line-up to pass away i ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Robbie Williams' ARIA Performance Confirmed

    September 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British pop giant Robbie Williams will make his long-awaited return to Australia when he performs at the 2009 ARIA Awards in Sydney on Nov. 26. Williams will perform new single "Bodies" on the night, lifted from his forthcoming EMI Music ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Empire Of The Sun Goes Live

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian psychedelic pop duo Empire of the Sun will make their awaited debut live appearance at this years Parklife Festival, which will span the country for five dates beginning Sept. 26 at Brisbane's Botanical Gardens. With little fanfare ...

  25. ARIA Honors No. 1 Acts Down Under

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The new brigade of Aussie artists were on song today (May 13), when labels body ARIA presented its seventh annual No. 1 Chart Awards at Doltone House in Sydney. ARIA's ceremony celebrated those domestic acts who topped the national singles, a ...

  26. AC/DC Tour Heads Home

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC are on a highway to home. The veteran Anglo-Australian rockers will return to their roots early next year when their sweeping "Black Ice World Tour" visits a raft of stadiums down under. The Australasian tour is tipped to begin wit ...

  27. Bushfire Benefit CD Sells Over 100,000

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Australia's bushfire-aid CD release has raised more than $1.6 million Australian ($1.15 million) after selling more than 100,000 units in the two months since its release, Billboard.biz has learned. Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, M ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Coldplay, Foo Fighters Tipped For Bushfire Benefit Shows

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Speculation is mounting down under that veteran Aussie promoters Michael Gudinski and Michael Chugg are co-ordinating simultaneous stadium concerts in support of the country's bushfire and flood appeals. Word is that the 100,000-capacity Melb ...

  33. Fundraising Efforts For Aus Bushfire Tragedy Victims

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Andre Rieu, Midnight Oil and Delta Goodrem are among dozens of high profile artists who have thrown their support behind fundraising efforts for victims of Australia's destructive bushfires. American superstars ...

  34. Yunupingu, Hines Take Australia Day Honors

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and Marcia Hines are among a handful of musicians and singers recognized in the government's official Australia Day awards. Yunupingu, the ARIA Award-winning, blind indigenous artist from Elcho Island, near Darwin, ...

  35. Chambers, Nicholson Sweep CMAA Awards

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Husband-and-wife team Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson were the big winners at Saturday night's Country Music Awards of Australia (CMAA), where they converted all five of their nominations. The duo's chart-topping album "Rattlin&# ...

  36. AIR Nominations Revealed

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, one of Australia's hottest music properties, should add to his bulging trophy cabinet with victory at the upcoming AIR Awards, at which he has three nominations. Yunupingu is up for best independent album for &quo ...

  37. Aussie Byron Bay Fest Canceled

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The plug has been pulled on plans to revive Australia’s Byron Bay Arts and Music Festival, with organizers citing “regulatory hurdles.” The festival, due to take place Jan. 7 and 8 in the east coast seaside town, had a line-up featuring Franz Ferd ...

  38. Australia Prepares For AC/DC Set

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC fans in Australia seem to be overly impatient about waiting seven weeks for the Australian band's first set in eight years. The 15-track "Black Ice" is out Oct. 18 in Australia through Albert Productions/SonyBMG followed by an ...

  39. Australia’s Great Escape Festival Cancelled

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Great Escape Festival, due to be staged Oct. 4 and 5 outside Sydney, has been cancelled. The festival's promoter Mi5 cited "unexpectedly low ticket sales" in a statement issued today (Aug. 8). Tickets priced $180 Au ...

  40. 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. ...

  41. Silverchair's Johns Makes APRA History

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Silverchair's guitarist/singer Daniel Johns (Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia) made APRA awards history tonight (Monday) by winning songwriter of the year for the third time. Johns won it in 2003 for his work on Silverchair's epic &qu ...

  42. 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) ...

  43. ARIAs Run Gold For Silverchair

    October 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With five trophies, Silverchair dominated the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards, held Sunday at the Acer Stadium in Sydney. The rock band claimed most of the major categories, including best group. Their latest set "Youn ...

  44. Music, DVD Concerns Hinder Aussie Woolworths/Kmart Deal

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Australian competition watchdog has blocked a bid by Australian retail giant Woolworths to acquire mass merchant Kmart, in part because of concerns about the impact on the home entertainment retail market. The listed retail company was seeking ...

  45. Indie Acts Dominate ARIA Nominations

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Independent label acts dominate the nominations for the annual Australian Recording Industry Association awards, announced today (Sept. 19) at the Sydney State Theatre. Topping the list with six nominations was Sydney dance act Sneaky Sound System ...

  46. Kernaghan, Cole Shine At Oz Country Awards

    January 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST ABC Music/Warner signings Lee Kernaghan and Beccy Cole were the big winners at the 35th Country Music Awards in Australia's "country capital" of Tamworth, in New South Wales. Organized by the Country Music Assn. of Australia (CMAA), ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Rock Musicians Win At Aussie Screen Awards

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Alternative rock musicians Iva Davies of Icehouse, David Bridie of Not Drowning Waving and former Models keyboard player Roger Mason were among the winners at the APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards, held N Alternative rock musicians Iva Davies of Iceho ...

  50. Sudden 'Switch': INXS Parts Ways With Epic

    September 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Last album sold 375,000 copies in the United States. The reconstituted INXS has parted ways with Epic Records in North America, a source confirms to Billboard.biz. The group roared back onto the charts last year with the album "Switch," ...

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