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  1. Keith Urban's Aussie Homeland Dates Top Hot Tours Chart

    April 12, 2013 2:20 PM EDT Keith Urban owns this week's No. 1 Hot Tours ranking with $5.6 million in box office grosses from two venues on his seven-date tour through Australia which occurred earlier this year.  The award-winning country star played multiple shows in ...

  2. Van Halen European Tour Not Happening: Irving Azoff

    March 12, 2013 6:10 PM EDT Comments by Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth that the band will tour Europe beginning late this year are incorrect, according to Irving Azoff, manager for group founders Alex and Eddie Van Halen and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. In comments picke ...

  3. Aussie Bits: ARIA's Streaming Chart, Awards Bump; AC/DC Re-Ups With Albert Music

    December 11, 2012 12:44 PM EST Australian Recording Industry Association Launches Streaming Chart Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have made chart history Down Under, their alternative radio hit "Thrift Shop" bowing as the first No. 1 on Australia's new weekly officia ...

  4. Tiesto, Diplo, Execs From Ultra, Ministry of Sound, EMI, Modular Hit Australia's First Electronic Music Conference

    December 04, 2012 3:08 PM EST Australian artist and Neon Records owner Grant Smillie (left) chats with DJ Tiesto during the day one opening of Australia's EMC keynote Q&A. Adapt or die was the killer theme which spilled from the Nov. 27-28 Electronic Music Conference ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Chet Faker Wins Big at Australia's Independent Music Awards

    October 17, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Rising soul-tinged singer Chet Faker was the big winner Tuesday (Oct. 16) night at the Australian Independent Music Awards in Melbourne, where he converted two of his five nominations. On a night when "true independence" was challenged f ...

  7. Justin Bieber's 'Believe' Tour Shoots To No. 1 on Hot Tours Chart

    October 15, 2012 8:19 AM EDT Hanging Out: Justin Bieber performing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena aon Sept. 30, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images) With the launch of the Believe Tour, Justin Bieber earns the No. 1 ranking on this week's slate of ...

  8. Road Work: Death Grips, Two Door Cinema Club, Alabama Shakes, Trey Songz

    October 15, 2012 7:19 AM EDT Trouble makers: Sacramento, Calif.-based rock group Death Grips will take controversial new album "NO LOVE DEEP WEB" on an international swing booked by Robert Frazer of William Morris Endeavor. Starting with a headlining gig for Pitch ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Road Work: Kreayshawn, PVT, Frankie Rose and Lower Dens

    September 19, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Dream big: Indie electro-rockers Lower Dens just expanded their European and U.S. tours. The group kicks things off at Cincinnati's Midpoint Music Festival supporting Dirty Projectors (Sept. 27) before joining Grizzly Bear for dates in Chicag ...

  11. Road Work

    September 13, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Wizards of Oz: After three consecutive sold-out tours in Australia, Boyz II Men ­return to the land of Oz for a nine-date run Âbeginning in Adelaide at the Barton Theatre (Nov. 16) and ending in Sydney at the State Theatre (Nov. 30). Other stops i ...

  12. Of Monsters and Men to Play Billboard Party in Chicago, Aug. 5

    July 27, 2012 3:51 PM EDT Billboard will rock Chicago on Sunday, Aug. 5 with a little help from critical darlings Of Monsters and Men and The Jezabels. The groups will help close out Lollapalooza weekend when they perform at the Billboard Post Party, presented by Starbucks ...

  13. Ahead of Summer Olympics, London's O2 Leads Midyear Recaps

    July 18, 2012 7:05 PM EDT As the live entertainment business continues to gain its footing, arenas across the world experienced a successful first half of the year with top-grossing tours by Roger Waters, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Pri ...

  14. Madonna Scraps Plans to Tour Australia

    July 18, 2012 9:53 AM EDT Madonna has scrapped plans to tour Australia for the first time in 20 years. Live Nation confirmed late Tuesday that the "MDNA" tour will wrap in South America in December. "That's all we can say," a spokesperson said, acc ...

  15. Chili Peppers, Killers, YYYs, Kaskade Announced For Australia's Big Day Out In Make Or Break Year

    July 16, 2012 1:11 PM EDT The Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend are among the acts confirmed to play Australia's festival giant, the Big Day Out, which will next its 21st birthday in six months' time. Others announced today i ...

  16. Carrie Underwood's Album Gets 'Blown Away' Using New Aurasma Video App

    June 27, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Carrie Underwood is no stranger to the word "reality." After all, as the winner of the 2005 season of "American Idol," she won the hearts of millions of viewers across the world. Now, the singer has entered into a promotion tha ...

  17. Backbeat: CMA Week Kicks Off With Party at AristoMedia's Jeff Walker's House

    June 04, 2012 12:30 PM EDT (L-R): CMA Close Up editor Bob Doerschuk, Australian artist Craig Morrison, host/AristoMedia CEO Jeff Walker and publicist Judy Mayes at party at Walker's home in Nashville welcoming international artists and executives. (Photo: Deborah Evans ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Gotye Sweeps APRA Awards

    May 29, 2012 7:43 AM EDT Gotye was the big winner Monday night at the 30th annual Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Awards in Sydney, where he collected a hat-trick of awards including the night's top prize, for song of the year. Gotye, Kimbra in the H ...

  20. Breaking: Purple, Red, Yellow Wiggles Leaving Multi-Platinum Aussie Band

    May 17, 2012 7:00 AM EDT SYDNEY (AP) -- Three members of the children's music quartet The Wiggles will be hanging up their colorful outfits and leaving the Australian band this year, with the Blue Wiggle the lone original member left dancing. Jeff Fatt (Purple Wiggle ...

  21. Rdio Hosts Hack Day For In-House Team, Produces RSS, Shazam Apps

    May 08, 2012 12:47 PM EDT At its San Francisco headquarters, Rdio recently held its first-ever hack day -- a marathon event where coders build stuff that works, fast. Most hack days , including the one our editor just attended in Sydney , are open to the public and consist ...

  22. Adam 'MCA' Yauch of Beastie Boys Dead at 47

    May 04, 2012 1:06 PM EDT Beastie Boys rapper, musician and video director Adam Yauch, known as MCA in the groundbreaking hip hop trio, died early today (May 4) after a lengthy illness. He was 47. An obituary provided by the group's representatives follows: It is with ...

  23. Fandalism Gives Musicians Their Own Social Network

    April 30, 2012 4:06 PM EDT Fandalism homepage features performance videos from musicians in such disparate places as New Zealand, Sweden and Connecticut. (screen shot) If you're a musician, or you want to keep track of up-and-coming and unknown musicians, you should re ...

  24. Australian High Court Rules ISP Not Liable For Users' Copyright Theft

    April 20, 2012 3:33 PM EDT Australia's High Court on Friday dismissed the movie studios' last-ditch attempt to hold the iiNet Internet service provider accountable for copyright theft on its network. Trade association the Australian Federation Against Copyright Th ...

  25. Greg Ham's Death Being Investigated By Police

    April 20, 2012 6:45 AM EDT Australian homicide detectives are investigating the death of Men At Work's Greg Ham. His body was found Thursday outside Ham's Melbourne home. He was 58. Men at Work's Greg Ham Found Dead Ham played flute, saxophone and keyboards i ...

  26. Men at Work's Greg Ham Found Dead

    April 19, 2012 6:42 AM EDT SYDNEY (AP) -- Greg Ham, a musician with the iconic Australian band Men at Work, was found dead in his Melbourne home on Thursday, Australian reports said. Victoria state police confirmed that the deceased was the 58-year-old resident of the house ...

  27. Sydney Entertainment Centre To Be Demolished

    April 18, 2012 1:22 PM EDT The Sydney Entertainment Centre, for many years the biggest arena in Australia's largest market, is facing the wrecking ball. The New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell today confirmed the site would be demolished in late 2013 as part o ...

  28. Prince To Play Rare Australian Dates

    April 12, 2012 11:01 AM EDT Prince will make a rare, royal visit Down Under this May. After months of rumor and chatter, it was confirmed today that Prince will play three arena dates in Australia, for what will be the pop legend's third tour of this country and his fir ...

  29. Jimmy Little, Iconic Indigenous Australian Singer, Dead at 75

    April 03, 2012 7:25 AM EDT Jimmy Little, one of the first indigenous musicians to enjoy mainstream success in Australia, passed away yesterday, April 2, after a long battle with health problems. He was 75. Little, who suffered with type 2 diabetes and underwent a kidney tra ...

  30. Hot Tours: Taylor Swift, George Strait, Cirque Du Soleil

    March 29, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Taylor Swift is at a familiar perch atop Hot Tours with box office grosses reported from the last leg of her Speak Now World Tour that wrapped on March 18 in Auckland, New Zealand. The tour's final leg, a six-city trek through Australia and ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Australia's Good Vibrations Festival Yanks 2012 Edition

    March 23, 2012 11:21 AM EDT Australia's Good Vibrations is the latest festival swept-away by the country's saturated market. In a statement, Good Vibrations' promoters Jam Music says the show will be "rested" for 2012, citing competitive demand for a ...

  33. Jezabels Win the Australian Music Prize

    March 09, 2012 6:00 AM EST Four-piece indie pop-rock group the Jezabels on Thursday won the Australian Music Prize for their debut album, "Prisoner" (MGM Distribution), during a ceremony held at the Basement venue in central Sydney. The AMP caps a stunning six mon ...

  34. Radiohead Returns to Australia After 8 Years, Gaga Adds Dates Down Under

    February 27, 2012 11:21 AM EST Radiohead Return To Australia After 8 Years Radiohead will make the long haul to Australia this November for the band's first shows here in eight years, tour promoters Chugg Entertainment announced today. The band's trek will also includ ...

  35. Cooperative Music Lures Spunk Records From EMI

    February 21, 2012 12:41 PM EST Australian hipster label Spunk has left the EMI stable to strike a worldwide deal with Cooperative Music. Through a global licensing arrangement unveiled this week, Sydney-based Spunk will be worked through Cooperative's label management and ...

  36. Roger Daltrey Cancels Australian Tour, Sherbert's Clive Shakespeare Dies

    February 16, 2012 3:00 PM EST Sherbet Guitarist Clive Shakespeare Dies Clive Shakespeare, lead guitarist and founding member of Australian '70s glam-rockers Sherbet, has lost his battle with cancer. Shakespeare passed away Feb. 15, aged 62. Shakespeare originally formed t ...

  37. Kobalt Music Group Signs Gotye To Publishing Deal

    February 08, 2012 7:33 PM EST Kobalt Music Group has added another marquee name to its roster with the signing of smoking-hot Australian artist Gotye to a worldwide music publishing deal. The Billboard Cover Story: How Kobalt is Changing the Future of Music Publishing The new ...

  38. Exclusive Info: Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way Ball' Tour to Hit Asia, Europe, Latin America This Year; North America in 2013

    February 08, 2012 1:47 PM EST Lady Gaga unveiled dates for her "Born This Way Ball" tour in Asia and Australia today, and those shows will be followed by dates in the rest of the world, Billboard.biz has learned. Gaga will tour Europe and Latin American later this ye ...

  39. Music Apps To Look Forward To @ SXSW Accelerator

    February 06, 2012 10:35 AM EST With MIDEM out of the way, we're looking forward to the next big conference on Evolver.fm's docket: SXSW, where we'll represent at Music Apps Gone Wild and Social Music Strategies: Viral & the Power of Free alongside executives ...

  40. Megaupload Co-Founder Kim Dotcom Remanded in Custody After Dramatic New Zealand Arrest

    January 23, 2012 10:12 AM EST SYDNEY - The co-founder of internet filesharing service Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, was remanded in custody for four days by a New Zealand judge on Monday after his arrest in a dramatic FBI-led sting on Friday, during his 38th birthday party being cel ...

  41. Big Day Out To Scrap New Zealand Show

    January 17, 2012 3:45 PM EST When the Big Day Out starts this Friday, it'll push off from New Zealand for the very last time Organizers of the touring festival confirmed today via Twitter that the Auckland leg is to be ditched, the end result of a lengthy list of line-up ...

  42. Jay-Z and Kanye West, Dolly Parton, Britney Spears Top 2012 Hot Tours

    January 10, 2012 7:37 AM EST Jay-Z and Kanye West top the first Hot Tours ranking of 2012 with box office grosses reported from their Watch the Throne Tour that played North American markets from October through December. This week's tally includes ticket revenue from ve ...

  43. Aussies Limp Home In Year-End Charts, Foreign Artists Reign

    January 04, 2012 11:02 AM EST Australia's appreciation for the homegrown is renowned, but judging by year-end sales and airplay data, Australian domestic music lost its appeal in a big way in 2011. No Australian artist appeared in the top-ten airplay charts, according to ...

  44. C3 Presents Forms Partnership With Big Day Out

    January 04, 2012 9:38 AM EST Austin, Texas-based C3 Presents has formed a partnership with the Big Day Out festivals in Australia and New Zealand, C3 partner Charlie Walker told Billboard.biz early this morning. The deal marks a new phase for the venerable Australian festival ...

  45. Aurotone Network Launches in UK, Connects Music Licensing Dots

    November 28, 2011 1:29 PM EST The Aurotone Network , a new global initiative that aims to revolutionize the way that music is sourced for advertisements, film and computer games, has launched in the United Kingdom. The organization comprises of over 40 music experts and indust ...

  46. Boy & Bear Surprise Big Winners at ARIA Awards

    November 28, 2011 12:14 PM EST On a night which saw Kylie Minogue and the Wiggles inducted into Australia's hall of fame, it was newcomers Boy & Bear who proved the surprise big winners Sunday at the 25th annual ARIA Awards. The Sydney folk outfit collected five trophi ...

  47. Kanye West Playing Fewer Dates as Australia's Big Day Out Downscales

    November 14, 2011 1:40 PM EST It's almost three months until the Big Day Out rolls on for another season, but the famous Australasian festival brand has already had an action-packed week. Ken West, newly confirmed as BDO's sole-promoter, has announced that Kanye West ...

  48. Eminem Adds Third Date, Janet Jackson Cancels More Dates, Odd Future Dropped: Aussie, New Zealand Touring Bits

    November 07, 2011 4:14 PM EST Australia's summer season should be another hot one for concert goers, if recent artist announcements is anything to go by. Eminem has added a third date to his brief stadium tour this December. Lil Wayne will join Slim Shady on stage and pla ...

  49. Bon Jovi, Take That, U2, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Usher Finalists For Billboard Touring Awards

    November 02, 2011 4:06 PM EDT six-time winner Kenny Chesney for his Goin' Coastal tour; http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  50. Big Day Out's Long-Time Promoters Ken West and Vivian Lees Split

    November 01, 2011 8:42 AM EDT The two promoters behind Australia's colossal Big Day Out festival tour are going their separate ways. Ken West and Vivian Lees are calling time on a partnership which spans 20 years, and more than 100 BDO shows. West, who is based in Sydney, ...

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