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  1. Sarah Blasko Signs With Dramatico In Europe

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian songstress Sarah Blasko's critical and commercial hit album "As Day Follows Night" is slated for a pan-European release in partnership with U.K. indie Dramatico next March. The ARIA Award-winner's third album will re ...

  2. Drones Win 2 At AIR Awards

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Melbourne alternative rock act the Drones took out two main categories at the Jagermeister AIR Awards in their hometown Sunday night (Nov. 22), winning the independent artist of the year and best independent album honors. The fourth annual awards ...

  3. Australasian Borders Owner Plans New Store Concept

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Australasian owner of Borders' Asia Pacific operations is looking at a new store concept that will bring together music and DVD with books and stationery. REDgroup Retail - which also owns book chain Australian book chain Angus & Robe ...

  4. Keith Urban Snags 4 CMAA Nominations

    November 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST International Australian country singer Keith Urban plays second fiddle to New South Wales-based part indigenous singer songwriter Troy Cassar-Daley in the finalists of the 38th CMAA Country Music Awards. When the nominees were announced in Sydney ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Promoter Exits V Fest Down Under

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The future of Australia's V Festival is unclear after Australian promoter Michael Coppel Presents (MCP) severed its ties with the annual music event. MCP had worked with Virgin Group on the previous three editions. However, the Melbourne-base ...

  7. User-Based Web Radio Firm Jelli Makes National Push

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jelli, a company that merges crowdcasting with traditional radio, is hoping to take its user-controlled radio system national through a deal announced late Monday (Oct. 19) with Triton Media Group. As part of the agreement, Triton will syndicate t ...

  8. Australian Live Biz Building Asia, Africa Touring Circuit

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A touring circuit bridging Australia with Asia and Southern Africa is under construction and should be in full working order within the next decade. That was the defining message of One Movement For Music, a new three-day music industry conference ...

  9. Madonna, U2, AC/DC Among '09 Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Madonna, U2 and AC/DC are among the top tours, venues and companies recognized as finalists for the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards , which will be handed out at a special reception in New York on Nov. 5. The finalists for the Top Tour and Top Draw ...

  10. 'Amazing' Royalties Claim Withdrawn Down Under

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Alex Lloyd has won a copyright case over his hit 2001 song "Amazing" when the plaintiff withdrew his action. Mark Edward O'Keefe, a truck driver, sued Lloyd in the Federal Court for royalti ...

  11. Taylor Swift Announces Second Leg Of 'Fearless' Tour

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift's Fearless tour -- one of the year's most successful treks and another boost to the teen country star's rising profile -- will be extended through spring 2010, the singer announced today (Oct. 8). The new leg will take ...

  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. Muse, Lily Allen In Australasia's Big Day Out Line-Up

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British alternative rock trio Muse, pop artist Lily Allen and returning local heroes Powderfinger are booked to play the 2010 Big Day Out festival tour of Australasia. Others confirmed by organizers today (Sept. 29) for the line-up include British ...

  14. Australia's Sanity In Management Buyout

    September 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sanity Entertainment, one of Australia's biggest music and DVD specialists, has changed hands in a management buyout, Billboard.biz can reveal. A consortium led by the Sydney-based entertainment specialist's CEO Ray Itaoui has acquired t ...

  15. AC/DC Double-Booking Resolved Down Under

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC's opening homecoming "Black Ice" tour dates next February at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium will go ahead after a double-booking dispute was resolved between the Australian Football League and the venue's operators. The ...

  16. Virgin Mobile Sponsors Sydney Metro Theatre

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Mobile is bolstering its brand within Australia's live space through a headline sponsorship agreement for the Sydney Metro Theatre. The central Sydney venue will now become the Virgin Mobile Metro, its owners Century Venues revealed to ...

  17. Paoliello Relocates To Sydney In Mercury, M.Net Merger

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian mobile content and marketing expert Mercury Mobility has struck an agreement to merge with m.Net Corporation to combine what both companies boast will become the market's leading marketing and content business for handsets. M.Net C ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Sydney Entertainment Centre To Relaunch

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The new operators of the Sydney Entertainment Centre have spoken for the first time about their determination to return the venue as a top concerts destination. "We're going to rebrand and relaunch the SEC," the venue's GM Stev ...

  20. BandIt.fm Goes 'Live' Down Under

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Australia's BandIt.fm online music offering is going "live." A new function launched today (Aug. 26) on the digital portal which permits artists to upload and sell their recordings straight from the mixing desk, with roya ...

  21. AMBC Divides Opinions Down Under

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The music business Down Under has a bright future. But none of the AustralAsian Music Business Conference's speakers could quite agree what that might be. That was the lingering impression from the 2009 AMBC event, which took place Aug. 20-22 ...

  22. 'Slumdog' Composer To Perform Free Sydney Show

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A.R. Rahman, the Oscar-winning Indian composer, will perform a free concert in Australian as a goodwill gesture to sooth tensions following a spate of local assaults and study scams targeting Indian students. Rahman, who won Academy Awards for bes ...

  23. Sydney Entertainment Centre Faces Uncertain Future

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The future of the Sydney Entertainment Centre appears to hang in the balance after a spiralling chain of events climaxed with the eviction of the venue's tenants. At least 20 staff involved in running the arena lost their jobs yesterday (Aug. ...

  24. Australia's Arena Management In Receivership

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian venues group Arena Management, operator of the troubled Sydney Entertainment Centre, has been placed into receivership. The news comes just weeks after AEG Ogden, managers of the largest network of venues in the Asia Pacific region, sai ...

  25. Bravado Secures Rolling Stones Merch Deal

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Global music merchandising company Bravado is to manufacture and distribute merchandise for the Rolling Stones. Bravado is a unit of Universal Music Group (UMG); the Stones moved to Universal from EMI last summer. This exclusive agreement - announ ...

  26. Men At Work Loses First Stage In Copyright Dispute

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Aussie pop-rock act Men At Work has lost the first round of a legal battle over the copyright in its iconic 1980s hit "Down Under." Sydney-based Larrikin Music Publishing launched compensation proceedings last year against Men at Work� ...

  27. Beyonce Cancels Australian Dates

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Beyonce has canceled two arena dates and pushed back the start of her upcoming Australian tour citing an "unforeseen change in her international schedule." The American pop singer's "I Am" Australian tour was slated to sta ...

  28. Kazaa Returns As Legal Subscription Service

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kazaa, the one-time rogue file-sharing application, is relaunched to the U.S. market today (July 20). Only this time it returns as an all-you-can eat legal subscription service, carrying a monthly rate of $20. It will initially offer one million m ...

  29. Conductor Downes, Wife Die In Swiss Suicide Clinic

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British conductor Edward Downes, a longtime stalwart at the Royal Opera and maestro of the first-ever performance at Sydney's iconic Opera House, has died with his wife at an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland. He was 85. The couple' ...

  30. ARIA Partners With Nine Network

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Nine Network has cemented a new partnership with labels body ARIA, which will see the free-to-air station beam this year's ARIA Awards, the ARIA Hall of Fame gala and a new chart countdown show. Nine succeeds Channel 10 as br ...

  31. AEG Ogden, Arena Management Clash Over Sydney Entertainment Center

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG Ogden still harbors ambitions of adding the Sydney Entertainment Center to its portfolio. But a war of words has ignited after the Australian venue management firm openly questioned the venue's financial situation. Sydney-based Arena Mana ...

  32. AEG Ogden Deal For Sydney Entertainment Centre Nixed

    July 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Arena Management, operator of the Sydney Entertainment Centre, has admitted competitor AEG Ogden had been circling the venue's operating lease, but said any such deal has since been nixed. Reports had emerged in recent days that AEG Ogden was ...

  33. Black Eyed Peas' Tour Heads Down Under

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas will be heading down under for a six-date tour in support of their chart-topping latest album "The E.N.D." (Interscope). Michael Gudinski's Frontier Touring Company will promote the Australasian leg of The E.N.D. Wor ...

  34. Australia's Golden Stave Raises $362,000

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Australian music and entertainment industries' Golden Stave foundation luncheon in Sydney raised more than $450,000 Australian ($362,000) for children's charities. The '80s-themed lunchtime event at the Hordern Pavilion on June ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. MySpace To Cut 300 International Positions

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Social-networking site MySpace said Tuesday that it will cut 300 international positions and close at least four offices outside the U.S. as it looks to cut costs and narrow its territory coverage. The move comes a week after the company said it w ...

  37. Katy Perry Vs Katie Perry

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Katy Perry is attempting to block an Australian fashion designer from trade-marking her clothing range with the brand name Katie Perry. The designer, who started her high-end Katie Perry loungewear label two years ago, apparently launched a tradem ...

  38. Five Million 'Dirty Dancing' In Theaters Worldwide

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The musical "Dirty Dancing - the Classic Story on Stage" has now surpassed five million ticket sales around the world, according to the producers. Since opening in Sydney in 2004, the show has toured 13 cities across three continents, in ...

  39. NKOTB Cancels Aussie Tour

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Revived U.S. boy band New Kids On The Block has cancelled its August tour of Australia, pinning the blame on the worldwide recession. On a statement on the official NKOTB Web site, band member Donnie Wahlberg posted: "Despite warnings that th ...

  40. Australia's AIR CEO To Exit

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Stu Watters, CEO of Australia's independent music companies' trade association AIR, will exit next month after five years in the post, Billboard.biz understands. Watters is believed to be pursing a new career outside the music industry. ...

  41. Australasian Societies Sign With RightsFlow

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australasian Performing Right Association and sister organization the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society has struck a digital royalty collecting accord with RightsFlow, the N.Y.-based bulk mechanical licensing, royalty services and a ...

  42. John Farnham Confirms Comeback Tour

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jack is back. Veteran Australian entertainer John Farnham - whose 1986 release "Whispering Jack" is regarded as the best-selling domestic album in this country's history - is hitting the road for another tour. The iconic singer, who ...

  43. Nick Cave, Living End Up For APRA Awards

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Newcomers make a fine showing in the shortlist for this year's APRA Music Awards, nominees for which were announced today (May 27). A record 45 songwriters are tapped for first-time nominations across 21 artists, led by Sydney-based dance cro ...

  44. Guilty Verdict Against Australian CD Pirate

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT An Australian man who imported and sold thousands of illegal CDs and DVDs has landed 15 convictions for copyright offenses. Yong Hong Lin was found guilty in the Sydney District Court on May 21, following a three-week trial and more than 12 hours ...

  45. AC/DC's 'Black Ice' Tour Breaks Records Down Under

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC's homecoming "Black Ice" Australian tour has busted box office records by selling more than half a million tickets in the first day on sale, Billboard.biz has learned. The tour's co-promoters Garry Van Egmond Enterprises ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Bentley, Brooks & Dunn Honored For Overseas Work

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Country artists Brooks & Dunn and Dierks Bentley have been honored by the Country Music Association for promoting the genre overseas. Brooks & Dunn (Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn) and Bentley won the CMA international artist achievement award ...

  48. Universal Partners With eBay Down Under

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Australia has launched a new music portal on the Australian version of online auction giant eBay. The new music platform at http://play.ebay.com.au/ allows users to click through to buy or stream digital tracks via Universal Austra ...

  49. Fans Drive Ticket Sales On New Australian Service

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian Web site Posse.com launched this week, offering fans the chance to sell tickets for their favorite acts and to make a 5% commission on each sale. Posse.com was set up by alt-rock trio Evermore's manager Rebekah Campbell, managing d ...

  50. Pirate Jailed Down Under

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Sydney magistrate has sentenced a man to nine months jail for piracy offenses, the longest custodial sentence ever handed down for copyright infringement in Australia. Magistrate Pearce in the Burwood Local Court today sentenced 45-year-old Qing ...

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