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  1. 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 ...

  2. Australia's Homebake Fest Off In 2010

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One of Australia's best-recognized festival brands Homebake will skip a year, the apparent victim of a headliner shortage. Australia's super-competitive festivals market is experiencing a dearth of top-shelf international and domestic ta ...

  3. Live Nation Launching In Australia With U2, Jay-Z

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation Australia's hugely anticipated first assignment will feature the biggest band in the world and the No. 1 hip-hop artist on the planet, Billboard.biz can reveal. The promoter giant's newly formed Australian affiliate is behind ...

  4. Sarah McLachlan Taking Lilith Fair Down Under

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Despite a stuttering run in North America, the Lilith Fair tour is heading to Australia. Lilith co-founder Sarah McLachlan will headline the all-female lineup, which will visit these shores in October for a five-date tour. Multiple-ARIA Award nomi ...

  5. Katy Perry's Ice Cream Treat Down Under

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Australia and Baskin Robbins are teaming for a tasty tie-in to support the launch down under of Katy Perry's upcoming album, "Teenage Dream." On its Aug. 27 release date, anyone who strolls into one of Baskin Robbins' 17 ic ...

  6. Australian Agent Launches JV With Mushroom

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Top Australian booking agent Brett Murrihy has set up his own business, Artist Voice. Murrihy, who is currently senior booking agent with Premier Harbour Agency, will continue working with his stable of artists on the new full-service agency. His ...

  7. Regency Media Acquires Aussie Music Group Shock

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian independent music company Shock has a new owner. Regency Media, one of the country's largest independent manufacturers and distributors of CDs and DVDs, has acquired the assets of Shock. Financial details were not disclosed. Melbou ...

  8. Capper Rises At Warner/Chappell Down Under

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Australia GM Matthew Capper has been promoted to managing director of the Sydney-based music publisher. Capper, who joined the company in 2003, will be responsible for bolstering the affiliate's A&R activities and has made ...

  9. Australia's ARIA Awards To Get Makeover

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's flagship industry gala, the ARIA Awards, will take center-stage on Nov. 7 as part of a revamped formula designed to win the public over. For the first time in its 24-year history, the gala will be hosted at the Sydney Opera House, ...

  10. EMI Pub Australia MD John Anderson To Depart

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing Australia’s long-time managing director John Anderson is leaving the company, Billboard.biz can reveal. Anderson, a 34-year stalwart with the music publisher, will leave the company this August. His successor is EMI Music Publ ...

  11. Classical Conductor Mackerras Dies At 84

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Charles Mackerras, a gifted musician who conducted some of the world's leading orchestras, has died at the age of 84 after suffering from cancer, his agent said on Thursday (July 15). Born in New York state to Australian parents, Mackerras wa ...

  12. Ruling On Men At Work Plagiarism Compensation

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Men At Work have been ordered to pay just 5% of royalties from their iconic '80s hit "Down Under" following an earlier ruling they had plagiarized another song. With the copyright damages ruling, handed down today ( ...

  13. Australian Govt Pledges To Back Songwriters

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Artists, get to work on your songs. Everything else is window-dressing. That was the overriding theme of the second bi-annual APRA Song Summit, held in Sydney. Peter Garrett , the rock star-turned politician, gave the three-day creative, business ...

  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. We Love Sounds Fest's Perth Leg Nixed

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of Australia's We Love Sounds festival trek have dumped the Perth leg from the program due to slack ticket sales. Perth's Supreme Court Gardens was due to host the traveling dance and electronica-oriented show on June 6. But t ...

  16. Buyers Flock As Apple's iPad Hits Asia

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's iPad launched in overseas store shelves on Friday (May 28), with buyers storming Japanese and Australian shops to be among the first outside the United States to snap up the long awaited tablet PC. The device, which has a 9.7-inch ...

  17. Temper Trap, Empire Of The Sun Up For 2 APRA Awards

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Temper Trap, Empire Of The Sun, Sarah Blasko, Kate Miller-Heidke and Troy Cassar-Daley are in the hunt for the prestigious APRA song of the year honor, which will be announced June 21 during the annual APRA Music Awards in Sydney. APRA's ...

  18. Metallica Sells Out Australian Dates

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Metallica's tour of Australia has sold-out in brisk fashion. Tickets to the American metal veterans' 13-date Australian arena visit went on general sale at 9am this morning. A little more than an hour later, more than 215,000 tickets had ...

  19. Metallica Extends Australian Arena Tour

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Metallica's Australian tour is shaping up as some kind of monster. Four arena concerts have been added to the Australian leg of Metallica's World Magnet Tour in a response to "overwhelming demand" for tickets, promoter Michael ...

  20. Powderfinger Extends Farewell Tour

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian rockers Powderfinger will extend their curtain-call tour after 175,000 tickets sold out in rapid-fire time. Within hours of going on sale last week (April 30), 17 dates were sell-outs on Powderfinger's "Sunsets - The Farewell ...

  21. Justin Bieber Urges Fans To Calm Down

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Justin Bieber appealed to his fans on Wednesday (April 28) to calm down after his hat was stolen and his mother knocked over by a crowd of about 500 waiting to greet him as he arrived in New Zealand. The frenzy came after Australian police on Mond ...

  22. Australian Police Pull Plug on Justin Bieber

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bieber Fever has spread down under. Justin Bieber's brief promotional visit has become big news across Australia after several fans were crushed while jostling for a view of the teenage pop superstar. Bieber was meant to sing three songs for ...

  23. Australia Set For Rival Events On Record Store Day

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian music retailers are again taking sides on what should be the sector's annual celebration of unity, Record Store Day. The April 17 Record Store Day initiative is uniting independent retailers around the globe on an unprecedented sca ...

  24. Powderfinger To Quit After Final Tour

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian rock group Powderfinger, the country's biggest band of the 2000s, is calling it quits. But not before an extensive farewell tour. The five members -- Bernard Fanning, Jon Coghill, John Collins, Ian Haug and Darren Middleton -- used ...

  25. EMI Christian To Represent Hillsong Masters, Publishing

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Christian Music Group has entered into a multi-faceted deal to represent the master rights and music publishing of Hillsong Music, an arm of Hillsong Church, a growing evangical ministry based in Sydney, Australia. The deal covers North Americ ...

  26. Australian Indie Rubber Halts CD Releases

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian indie label Rubber Records is shelving its CDs for good. The Melbourne-based label, which in the past has released albums by the likes of Jet, 1200 Techniques, Underground Lovers and the Casanovas, will no longer sell CDs in traditional ...

  27. CEO Geoff Jones Exits Oz Ticketing Company Ticketek

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ticketek CEO Geoff Jones has left the Australian ticketing company after more than two years in the role. Jones, who took the reins at Ticketek in June 2007, has joined sports management group Sports and Entertainment Ltd (SEL) in a director capac ...

  28. Australian State Could Make Venues Close Earlier

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The nightlife in the Australian state of Queensland could become a quieter, more sober affair after a parliament committee recommended curbing trading hours. The committee has proposed that clubs and bars in designated "entertainment zones&qu ...

  29. Traffic Cops Catch CD Pirate Down Under

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST An Australian court has fined a man $12,000 Australian ($10,950) for copyright infringements after traffic police spotted illegally copied CDs and DVDs in his car. The Wagga Wagga Local Court, 450km south-west of Sydney, found Sasha Dimititijevic ...

  30. Whitney Houston Dismisses Critics, Says Tour Going Well

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Whitney Houston says her tour of Australia is going great, despite the swathes of fans and critics who have panned her performance. Houston has faced a barrage of complaints since embarking on a six-date tour of Australia in Brisbane on Monday, wi ...

  31. EMI Appeals Men At Work Plagiarism Ruling

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST EMI has appealed against a court ruling that found Men at Work had plagiarized a children's song in their '80s hit "Down Under." A Federal Court judge earlier this month found that Men At Work's popular tune had reproduced ...

  32. Promoter Defends Whitney Houston's Australian Comeback

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Australian promoter of Whitney Houston's comeback tour down under has come out in full support of the diva whose opening date was savaged by fans and local critics. Following her Monday (Feb. 22) night Australian tour curtain-raiser at th ...

  33. Chart Beat: Going For The Gold (and Platinum)

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST As the Olympics reclaim the sporting world's spotlight, Chart Beat looks back at how the Games have impacted Billboard's charts. (We'll leave out any songs by the R&B band known as the Olympics, "Snow (Hey Oh)" by Red ...

  34. Pink Named Face Of V8 Supercars Australia

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Pink has been unveiled as the ambassador of motor sport V8 Supercars Australia. As part of the new arrangement, Pink fronts a new nationwide multi-million dollar TV campaign, which features the stars of the sport and sees her singing the hit " ...

  35. Killers Pulls Out Of Australian Dates

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.S. alternative rock outfit the Killers has called off three Australian dates -- including festival performances in Sydney and on the West coast -- due to a family illness. The band has pulled the plug on tomorrow (Feb. 12) night's sold-out ...

  36. Men At Work's Hay Accuses Publisher Of 'Opportunistic Greed'

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Colin Hay, the frontman of Men at Work, has hit out at Thursday's (Feb. 4) Federal Court of Australia ruling which saw the songwriter lose a high-profile copyright case over the band's '80s hit "Down Under." Scottish-born ...

  37. Court Rules Men At Work's 'Down Under' Lifted Riff

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Men At Work will have to dig a little deeper after the Federal Court ruled Thursday (Feb. 4) that the Australian pop giants had lifted a riff in "Down Under" from another song. A Federal Court judge found that Men At Work's memorabl ...

  38. Albert Music Revamps International Publishing Network

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Albert Music, the Australian music publisher that represents the catalog of AC/DC, among others, has realigned its international sub-publishing network, including a new deal with Universal. The Sydney-based music firm has established a raft of new ...

  39. Heatwave Hits Sydney's Big Day Out

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Paramedics treated approximately 1,900 festival-goers during the Sydney leg of Big Day Out festival this weekend as a heatwave blasted Australia's biggest city. Temperatures tipped 40-degrees Celsius on both days of the festival, which took p ...

  40. 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. ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Guitarist Rowland S. Howard Dies

    December 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rowland S. Howard, an important figure in Australia’s underground rock scene who played guitar for the Boys Next Door and the Birthday Party, has lost his battle with liver cancer. He passed away this morning (Dec. 30) at the age of 50. Howard is ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. ARIA Awards Boost On Australian Charts

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Last Thursday night's (Dec. 3) ARIA Awards in Sydney might have drawn tepid TV ratings, but the show's impact has panned out on this week's Australian sales charts. More than 20 releases from the evening's performers and winner ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Australian Copyright Tribunal Ponders Download Rate

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australia's Copyright Tribunal has begun its deliberations over the country's digital download royalty rate for authors rights. The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the society's sister organization AMCOS (Austra ...

  48. ARIA Awards TV Ratings Drop

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST The TV broadcast of Australia's 2009 ARIA Awards drew lower-than-expected ratings for its first outing with new broadcast partner Channel Nine. While psychedelic alt-rock act Empire of the Sun revelled in the occasion with four awards on the ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Australian Composer Richard Meale Dies

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Dr Richard Meale, one of Australia's finest composers and a leading light in the country's classical music scene, passed away on Monday (Nov. 23) in his hometown, Sydney. He was 77. Born in 1932, Meale forged successful careers as a cond ...

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