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  1. Sony Music Snags Hoodoo Gurus For New Album, Catalog

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Australian alternative rockers the Hoodoo Gurus has struck a new recording deal, which brings the band's entire catalog into the Sony Music Entertainment Australia fold. As part of the new contract, unveiled today (April 22), the grou ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Digital Radio Services Revealed Down Under

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With the digital radio revolution just around the corner, commercial media group DMG Radio Australia has unveiled a flavor of some new music channels to come. The broadcaster, which operates the Nova and Vega networks, has added two new digital br ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Record Store Day Row Down Under

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Two rival Record Store Day campaigns will roll out simultaneously in Australia next Saturday (April 18), the splintering a reaction to concerns about the inclusion of the big retail chains. The trade body AMRA, which counts more than 500 members, ...

  6. Specials Set For Australian Debut

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Reunited British band the Specials will bring their trailblazing brand of ska to Australian stages this July for the first time. The Coventry band, which split in 1981 after a string of U.K. hits, features Terry Hall (vocals), Lynval Golding (rhyt ...

  7. Sony Music Launches Touring Division Down Under

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While the live return of Simon and Garfunkel rightly hogged the headlines in recent days, Sony Music Entertainment's Australian affiliate quietly launched one of the engines that will drive the tour. Sony Music Entertainment Australia has unv ...

  8. Simon and Garfunkel Reunites, Confirms Australasian Tour

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Simon and Garfunkel have crossed their personal bridge over troubled water and will reunite for a rare concert tour, kicking off in New Zealand and Australia. Veteran Australian promoter Michael Chugg has confirmed the music industry's worst ...

  9. Lord Lloyd Webber Leads Copyright Debate

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Andrew Lloyd Webber, owner of the Really Useful Group, has led a debate in the House of Lord on the issue of online piracy. The debate today (April 2) comes ahead of the U.K. government's Digital Britain report, which is due in early summer. ...

  10. Andre Rieu Goes To The Cinema Down Under

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dutch classical crossover superstar Andre Rieu will take the cinecasting route to set up his "You'll Never Walk Alone" CD release Down Under, due May 1. Hoyts' cinema in Moore Park, Sydney, will host a red carpet premiere of Ri ...

  11. Pink, Katy Perry, Britney Win At Aussie MTV Awards

    March 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. pop artists took out a clutch of trophies at the Vodafone MTV Australia Awards 2009 on Friday night in Sydney, where Pink, Katy Perry and Britney Spears were among the main winners. For the three categories which recognize viewers' favor ...

  12. Sony/ATV Acquires Savage Garden Catalog

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Australia has acquired the worldwide publishing rights to the Rough Cut Music catalog, including all of Savage Garden's hit songs. Financial terms were not disclosed. The Sydney-based music publisher's catalog also includes succ ...

  13. Eddy Current Suppression Ring Gets AMP'ed Up

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Melbourne-based garage rock band Eddy Current Suppression Ring is $30,000 Australian ($21,000) richer after winning the Australian Music Prize for its 2008 album "Primary Colours" (Aarght Records/Shock). The announcement was made in Sydn ...

  14. Sound Relief Concerts Lift Sales Down Under

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Kings of Leon were among the acts to enjoy major sales spikes following their appearance at Australia's Sound Relief charity concerts, held simultaneously March 14 in Sydney and Melbourne. More than 30 acts performe ...

  15. Coldplay Breaks Record Down Under

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's just-wrapped Australian tour has broken a record at one venue and created a halo effect for half-a-dozen recordings. With their fourth and final concert at Sydney's Acer Arena on Sunday, the group clocked-up nearly 59,000 tick ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Soggy Sound Relief Sydney Concert A Success

    March 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Heavy rain fell on the Sound Relief artist parade in Sydney today, but it wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of the tens of thousands who came. The biggest highlights of the day came thanks to first act Coldplay, and the Presets who delivered a s ...

  18. MTV Australia Awards Show Goes Global

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MTV Australia's flagship awards night will score a global audience after it was selected to premiere on the music TV network's new World Stage platform. The March 27 Vodafone MTV Australia Awards 2009 will be fed into the international W ...

  19. Oakenfold Confirmed For Wireless Fest

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT London's Wireless festival has announced further acts for its July 4 instalment, including U.K. dance stalwart Paul Oakenfold. Emerging London acts Frankmusik and Tommy Sparks, New York duo Fischerspooner, Sydney-based Sneaky Sound System and ...

  20. Bee Gee Joins Sound Relief Concert Bill

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Barry Gibb, the singer, songwriter and eldest brother in the Bee Gees, is returning to Australia to perform on the Sydney stage for this Saturday's Sound Relief concert, organizers said today (March 11). Gibb's headline performance for t ...

  21. Sound Relief Show Sets New Aussie Record

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Melbourne leg of the March 14 Sound Relief bushfire benefit concerts has become the biggest live music show in Australia’s history after selling out its capacity of 78,000-plus tickets, organizers said today. The box-office feat for the Melbou ...

  22. Huge Demand For Sound Relief Tickets

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australia's Sound Relief concerts sold more than 100,000 tickets after going on sale today (March 4), raising upwards of $7.5 million Australian ($4.8 million) for the country's main bushfire and flood appeals. The March 14 concerts will ...

  23. Cut Copy Preps Third Album

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian electro-pop outfit Cut Copy is itching to get back into the studio to record tracks for a new album. The Melbourne-based band's exhaustive stretch of international dates over the past year in support of their critically-acclaimed s ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. INXS Singer Says Broke, Homeless After Fired From Band

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The lead singer of Australian rock band INXS, J.D. Fortune, who was picked to replace the late Michael Hutchence in a contest on a reality TV show, said he has been fired without warning from the band. Fortune, 35, a Canadian rock singer, was livi ...

  26. Cut Copy, Presets Make AMP Shortlist

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Cut Copy's breakthrough sophomore album "In Ghost Colours" and labelmates Presets' rampaging album "Apocalypso" have both landed on the shortlist for the 2008 Australian Music Prize, due to be presented March 13. The ...

  27. Teen Dies At Australia's Big Day Out

    February 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST A teenage girl has died from a suspected drugs overdose after being rushed to hospital from the Perth leg of Australia's Big Day Out festival. The unidentified 17-year-old died overnight after apparently swallowing three ecstasy tablets outsi ...

  28. 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&# ...

  29. New Deal, Buzz Surrounds Something For Kate

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Australia has high hopes of delivering a smash hit with its new signing Paul Dempsey, and the frontman's multi-platinum selling alternative rock group Something for Kate. EMI recently snapped up Something for Kate, a hugely popular ...

  30. Bad Seeds Founder Exits

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mick Harvey is splitting with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds after a quarter of a century. Multi-instrumental Harvey, one of the founders of the Australian alternative rock ensemble, says he is leaving for a "variety of personal and professional ...

  31. Billboard Hosts MIDEM Masters Breakfast

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Day two of MIDEM began early for those attending Billboard's MIDEM Masters Breakfast at the InterContinental Carlton hotel in Cannes. Dozens of delegates at the MIDEM international music market and conference attended the invite-only breakfas ...

  32. More Domestic Acts On Australian Radio

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST An "unprecedented" number of homegrown Australian acts have made an impression in an annual national airplay report. But it was American artists who ultimately were the biggest winners. U.S. artists dominated the top five spots of the Ph ...

  33. Uproar In Australia Over Plan To Block Web Sites

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST A proposed Internet filter dubbed the "Great Aussie Firewall" is promising to make Australia one of the strictest Internet regulators among democratic countries. Consumers, civil-rights activists, engineers, Internet providers and politi ...

  34. Sony, Albert Re-Up Licensing Arrangement

    December 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Albert Music, the Aussie label home to AC/DC, has renewed its exclusive licensing deal with Sony Music Entertainment Australia. The new long-term arrangement covers all Albert Music catalog, digital content and future CD and DVD releases in Austra ...

  35. Australian Retailer EzyDVD Goes Into Receivership

    December 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Specialist Australian DVD and entertainment retailer EzyDVD has been placed in receivership after floundering under a pile of debt. The move is roughly equivalent to Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Adelaide, South Australia-based company gen ...

  36. MTV Networks, Vodafone Partner on MTV Australia Awards

    December 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks Australia and Vodafone Australia have forged a partnership which sees the mobile network operator take on naming rights for the 2009 Vodafone MTV Australia Awards. No date has been confirmed yet for the 2009 edition of MTV's annu ...

  37. Miller-Heidke Teams With One Louder

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Australian alternative pop singer Kate Miller-Heidke has parted ways with her manager Leanne de Souza and joined Bill Cullen's camp at One Louder Entertainment. De Souza, who helms Brisbane-based artist management and artist support service B ...

  38. Presets Win Triple J Award

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Australian electronic duo the Presets' all-conquering sophomore set "Apocalypso" (Modular/Universal Music Australia) has capped off the awards season with another pair of gongs, taking out top honors over the weekend at the 2008 J A ...

  39. Aus Cops Seize 1 Million Pirate Asian Discs

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Police in the Australian state of New South Wales have confiscated an estimated one million illegally-manufactured Asian music and movie discs, in what is understood to be a record seizure of its kind in the country. Authorities made the find duri ...

  40. Creative Vibes To Shut Down

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Australian label and distributor Creative Vibes is calling it a day after nearly 15 years in the business. Founders Gordon Henderson, Peter Pasqual and Heidi Pasqual launched the independent firm in Sydney back in January 1994 with a vision statem ...

  41. New Boards For APRA, AMCOS

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Composer Nigel Westlake and J. Albert & Son CEO Tim Prescott have been elected to the respective boards of the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and sister society the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners' Society (AMCO ...

  42. Aussie Internet Cafe Fined For Copyright Infringement

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST An Australian court has handed down a large fine to an Internet café which charged customers an hourly rate to download illegal music and movie files. The Interville Technology café on central Sydney's Pitt Street was fined $82,000 Australian ...

  43. Leading Conductor Richard Hickox Dies

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Richard Hickox, one of the world's leading conductors, has died from a suspected heart attack, age 60. He died on Sunday, Nov. 23, after a recording session in Wales. He had been due to conduct the new English National Opera production of Ral ...

  44. Yunupingu Wins AIR Awards Triple

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was the big winner at the 2008 Jagermeister AIR Awards held at Melbourne's Corner Hotel, where the Aboriginal singer and multi-instrumentalist grabbed three awards. Yunupingu, who hails from Elcho Island in Austral ...

  45. Warner Vet Ikin Dies

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Peter Ikin, a former high-ranking Warner Music International executive who was one of the chief architects of the major's Australian business, has died at the age of 62 from a suspected heart attack. The Warner stalwart's passing has sen ...

  46. Dutch Dance Promoter ID&T Opens Up Down Under

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amsterdam-based dance promoter ID&T is setting up offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this month, its managing director Duncan Stutterheim tells Billboard.biz. "The dance scene in Australia is very healthy," says Stutterheim. & ...

  47. ABKCO Taps Firm For Digital Print Deal

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST ABKCO Music, Inc., a leading independent music publisher based in New York, has tapped Alfred Publishing to be exclusive licensing agent for its physical and digital print rights for the ABKCO catalog. ABKCO's catalog includes songs composed ...

  48. 'Down Under' Copyright Dispute Still Heading To Court

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST An Australian copyright case involving Men At Work's anthem "Down Under" is still heading for the Federal Court, despite a confidential agreement struck between two of the parties, Billboard.biz has learned. Sydney-based Larrikin Mu ...

  49. Sick Singer Forces Vines To Cancel Dates

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Australian alternative rock band the Vines has canceled all live appearances for the coming months after frontman Craig Nicholls apparently suffered a mental health relapse. Nicholls, who has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, had a sev ...

  50. Australia's Destra Enters Into Administration

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Destra Corporation, the Australian digital media and entertainment firm, has been placed in voluntary administration. Destra today (Nov. 13) appointed PPB as administrators after its largest shareholder Prime Media Group withdrew financial support ...

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