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  1. MTV Confirms Second Oz VMAs

    October 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST MTV Australia will host its second Video Music Awards on April 12 at the Sydney SuperDome. The show will be broadcast live on the Foxtel, Austar and Optus pay-TV platforms, and on the Austereo radio n MTV Australia will host its second Video Music ...

  2. iTunes Goes Live In Australia

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG holds out on Aussie service. Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store finally opened for business today (Oct. 25) in Australia. The digital download store at www.apple.com.au began operation this morning at 3AM Australian EST. According t ...

  3. iTunes Goes Live In Australia

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store finally opened for business today (Oct. 25) in Australia. However, as reported here yesterday, the Australian store does not include Sony BMG content. Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store finally opened ...

  4. Aussie Music Biz Settles Swiftel Case

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Six Australian record companies have settled out of court with its case against Internet service provider Swiftel. SYDNEY -- Six Australian record companies have settled out of court with its case against Internet service provider Swiftel. The lab ...

  5. Australia's APRA Tweaks Management Team

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Australasian Performing Right Assn. has tweaked its senior management team, with immediate effect. The Australasian Performing Right Assn. has tweaked its senior management team, with immediate effect. Dean Ormston, previously director general ...

  6. Warner Music Buys Aussie Indie FMR

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sources: Deal worth up to $7.6M. Warner Music Australia today (Oct. 20) acquired Australian independent label Festival Mushroom Records from Rupert Murdoch's media giant News Corp. The integration of the two companies will take place through ...

  7. Warner Music Buys Aussie Indie FMR

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Australia today (Oct. 20) acquired Australian independent label Festival Mushroom Records from Rupert Murdoch's media giant News Corp. The integration of the two companies will take place Warner Music Australia today (Oct. 20) ac ...

  8. Aussie Music Biz Settles Swiftel Case

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Six Australian record companies have settled out of court with its case against Internet service provider Swiftel. Six Australian record companies have settled out of court with its case against Internet service provider Swiftel. The labels, which ...

  9. Aussie Music Biz Settles Swiftel Case

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Six Australian record companies have settled out of court with its case against Internet service provider Swiftel. Six Australian record companies have settled out of court with its case against Internet service provider Swiftel. The labels, which ...

  10. Judge Rejects Requests To Close Kazaa

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Court in Sydney turned down record companies' request for seeking the immediate and permanent closure of the peer-to-peer file-sharing system Kazaa. SYDNEY -- The Federal Court in Sydney turned down record companies' request ...

  11. ARIA Celebrates Fine Arts

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Oz awards for classical, jazz and world music. The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's "Sanctuary" album (ABC Classics/Universal) nabbed the Best Classical Album at the second ARIA Fine Arts Awards, held Oct. 11 at the Sydney's ...

  12. Aussie Court: PlayStation 'Mod Chips' Are Legal

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Australia's High Court ruled unanimously Oct. 6 that modifying Sony PlayStation consoles so that they can play cheaper overseas versions of the company's games does not violate Australian copyright la SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia's High ...

  13. HMV Sells Australian Stores To Brazin

    September 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Deal valued at $3 million. Sydney-based entertainment and lingerie company Brazin Ltd. has bought HMV Australia Ltd. from its U.K. parent for $4 million Australian ($3.08 million). The deal is effective Oct. 2. HMV has 32 stores in Australia. Acco ...

  14. Aussie Biz Creates New Prize

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Award inspired by U.K.'s Mercury Prize. The Australian music business has united for the Australian Music Prize (AMP), an honor designed to promote domestic acts. It plans to recognize the most creative Australian album of a calendar year. Wi ...

  15. Screen Music Awards Move To Melbourne

    September 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Australian event promotes screen composers. In its fourth year, Australia's APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards ceremony is moving from Sydney to the BMW Edge Theatre in Melbourne. The awards will be held on Nov. 7. They honor film and television s ...

  16. Missy Higgins Leads ARIA Nominations

    September 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With seven nods, Missy Higgins leads the nominations for this year's Australian Record Industry Assn. Awards, to be held Oct. 23 at the Sydney SuperDome. With seven nods, Missy Higgins leads the nominations for this year's Australian Rec ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Oz Gov't Outlines Media Reform Plan

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Australian government on Aug. 31 outlined major potential changes to media ownership rules that would unbuckle many restrictions that broadcasters and publishers currently face for cross-media exp SYDNEY (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Austral ...

  19. Kazaa Operators Liable For Authorizing Infringement

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Thirty record companies won the largest copyright infringement case in Australian history Sept. 5 against Sydney-based Sharman Networks and others directly involved with the Kazaa peer-to-peer network NEW YORK -- Thirty record companies won the la ...

  20. Kazaa Operators Liable For Authorizing Infringement

    September 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Thirty record companies have won the largest copyright infringement case in Australian history today (Sept. 5) against Sydney-based Sharman Networks and others directly involved with the Kazaa peer-to Thirty record companies have won the largest c ...

  21. Kazaa Ops Liable For Authorizing Infringement

    September 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Aussie court orders Sharman, Altnet to filter. Thirty record companies have won the largest copyright infringement case in Australian history today (Sept. 5) against Sydney-based Sharman Networks and others directly involved with the Kazaa peer-to ...

  22. Varasso Splits FMR For Sony BMG

    September 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Exec replaces Flynn at promotions head. Australian independent Festival Mushroom Records has lost another high-ranked executive this week. Frank Varasso, FMR's GM of promotions for the past six years, is leaving the company, Billboard.biz has ...

  23. Varasso Splits FMR For Sony BMG

    September 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Australian independent Festival Mushroom Records has lost another high-ranked executive this week. Frank Varasso, FMR's GM of promotions for the past six years, is leaving the company, Billboard.biz h Australian independent Festival Mushroom ...

  24. Australia's FMR Head Parisi Returns To Warner

    August 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Michael Parisi is rejoining Warner Music Australia after a seven-year tenure as managing director of Australian independent Festival Mushroom Records. Michael Parisi is rejoining Warner Music Australia after a seven-year tenure as managing directo ...

  25. Australia's FMR Head Parisi Returns To Warner

    August 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Michael Parisi is rejoining Warner Music Australia after a seven-year tenure as managing director of Australian independent Festival Mushroom Records. Michael Parisi is rejoining Warner Music Australia after a seven-year tenure as managing directo ...

  26. Tully Splits With Aussie Promoter Chugg

    August 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Caroline Tully, GM at Sydney-based promoter Michael Chugg Entertainment, exited the company this week. Caroline Tully, GM at Sydney-based promoter Michael Chugg Entertainment, exited the company this week. Tully teamed with Chugg in 1999 at Michae ...

  27. Tully Splits With Aussie Promoter Chugg

    August 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Caroline Tully, GM at Sydney-based promoter Michael Chugg Entertainment, exited the company this week. Caroline Tully, GM at Sydney-based promoter Michael Chugg Entertainment, exited the company this week. Tully teamed with Chugg in 1999 at Michae ...

  28. Aussie Confab Eyes North American Festivals

    August 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Australian acts should target North American festivals, delegates were told at Sydney's recent AustralAsian Music Business Conference. Australian acts should target North American festivals, delegates were told at Sydney's recent Austral ...

  29. Aussie Confab Eyes North American Festivals

    August 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Australian acts should target North American festivals, delegates were told at Sydney's recent AustralAsian Music Business Conference. Australian acts should target North American festivals, delegates were told at Sydney's recent Austral ...

  30. Grainge Unveils New UMGI Management Team

    August 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A new management structure has been put in place at the newly-renamed Universal Music Group International, Billboard.biz has learned. The company's chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge, who took over from Jorg A new management structure has been put i ...

  31. Oz Confab To Discuss Biz Issues

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT More than 750 delegates are expected to attend the 7th AustralAsian Music Business Conference, to be held August 11-13 at the Sydney SuperDome. More than 750 delegates are expected to attend the 7th AustralAsian Music Business Conference, to be he ...

  32. Disco Montego's Darren Dowlet Dies At 26

    August 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Darren Dowlut, one half of Australian urban writing and production team Disco Montego, died last Friday (Aug. 5) after a month-long battle with chest cancer. He was 26. Darren Dowlut, one half of Australian urban writing and production team Disco ...

  33. FMR NZ Chief Ashbridge Heads For Warner Oz

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Mark Ashbridge, managing director of Festival Mushroom Records in New Zealand, is to join Warner Music Australasia in the role as VP, marketing and promotions. MELBOURNE, Australia -- Mark Ashbridge, managing director of Festival Mushroom Records ...

  34. FMR NZ Chief Ashbridge Heads For Warner Oz

    July 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Mark Ashbridge, managing director of Festival Mushroom Records in New Zealand, is to join Warner Music Australasia in the role as VP, marketing and promotions. Mark Ashbridge, managing director of Festival Mushroom Records in New Zealand, is to jo ...

  35. Aussie Web Operator Liable For Linking

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Federal Court on July 14 found a Web site operator liable for copyright infringement for posting hyperlinks to other sites offering illegal MP3 downloads. The decision also found the si SYDNEY -- The Australian Federal Court on July ...

  36. Top Sony BMG Exec To Depart

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment COO Michael Smellie is exiting the company at the end of the year, citing personal reasons, <i>Billboard</i> has learned. Sony BMG Music Entertainment COO Michael Smellie is exiting the company at the end o ...

  37. Aussie Web Site Guilty In Landmark C'Right Case

    July 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Federal Court yesterday (July 14) found a Web site guilty of copyright infringement for posting hyperlinks to other sites offering illegal MP3 downloads. The decision also found the sit The Australian Federal Court yesterday (July 1 ...

  38. Aussie Web Site Guilty In Landmark C'Right Case

    July 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Industry describes hyperlink ruling 'significant.' The Australian Federal Court yesterday (July 14) found a Web site guilty of copyright infringement for posting hyperlinks to other sites offering illegal MP3 downloads. The decision also ...

  39. Top Sony BMG Exec To Depart

    July 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Michael Smellie to exit company end of year. Sony BMG Music Entertainment COO Michael Smellie is exiting the company at the end of the year, citing personal reasons, Billboard has learned. Smellie is the highest-ranking former BMG executive involv ...

  40. Missy, Wave Aid Up For Aussie Helpmann Awards

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Australian newcomer Missy Higgins and the all-star Wave Aid concert each received a pair of nominations for this year's Helpmann Awards, to be held August 8 at Star City in Sydney. Australian newcomer Missy Higgins and the all-star Wave Aid c ...

  41. INXS Debuts Reality Show, Signs New Record Deal

    July 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Series to choose new lead singer. Veteran rock group INXS has emerged from the land down under with a new record deal and a very public search for a new singer. The band will use a reality show, 'Rock Star: INXS,' to replace late frontma ...

  42. Aussie Live 8 Concert Fails

    June 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Plans for an Australian link to Bob Geldof's Live 8 concert event have fallen through. Plans for an Australian link to Bob Geldof's Live 8 concert event have fallen through. According to Sydney-based promoter Michael Chugg, managing dire ...

  43. Higgins, Jet Fly High At APRA Awards

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Singer songwriter Missy Higgins and rock band Jet each won a brace of trophies Monday (May 31) at the Australasian Performing Right Assn. awards in Sydney. Singer songwriter Missy Higgins and rock band Jet each won a brace of trophies Monday (May ...

  44. NZ Gov't Boosts Funds For Broadcasting

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The New Zealand government has allocated an extra NZ$17.8 million ($12.6 million) over the next four years to its radio and television funding agency, NZ On Air. SYDNEY -- The New Zealand government has allocated an extra NZ$17.8 million ($12.6 mi ...

  45. MIPI Appoints New Chief

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Music Industry Piracy Investigations unit has appointed Michael Kerin as its new GM, effective May 23. Australia's Music Industry Piracy Investigations unit has appointed Michael Kerin as its new GM, effective May 23. For the ...

  46. Aria, Ten Extend Awards Deal

    May 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Record Industry Assn. and free-to-air national broadcaster Ten Network have renewed their partnership on the ARIA awards for a further three years. The Australian Record Industry Assn. and free-to-air national broadcaster Ten Networ ...

  47. Minogue Cancer Scare Sparks Aussie Sales

    May 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT While Kylie Minogue recovers in Melbourne this week after successful surgery for breast cancer, the pop singer's Australian fans have been buying her CDs and DVDs in a show of support. While Kylie Minogue recovers in Melbourne this week after ...

  48. Goodrem, Chambers To Perform At APRAs

    May 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Two of Australia's best-selling female singers Delta Goodrem and Kasey Chambers will perform at the Australasian Performing Right Assn. awards, held May 30 at Sydney's Four Seasons Hotel. Two of Australia's best-selling female singe ...

  49. Kerin Appointed MIPI Chief

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Music Industry Piracy Investigations unit has appointed Michael Kerin as its new GM, with effect from May 23. He succeeds Michael Speck, who departed as GM of the anti-piracy body in Apri Australia's Music Industry Piracy Inv ...

  50. Kerin Appointed MIPI Chief

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Music Industry Piracy Investigations unit has appointed Michael Kerin as its new GM, with effect from May 23. He succeeds Michael Speck, who departed as GM of the anti-piracy body in Apri Australia's Music Industry Piracy Inv ...

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