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  1. John Williamson Up For Six Golden Guitars

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran John Williamson and the ARIA-winning husband and wife team Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson are among the best-placed nominees leading in to the 37th CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia, details for which were revealed today (Nov. 12) ...

  2. Aussie AMP Prize Turns Up The Volume

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST The announcement of the Australian Music Prize (AMP) shortlist will be a much grander affair than in previous years, and will be revealed before a festival audience of 10,000. In the first three years of the contest, the acts chosen by the 23 medi ...

  3. Universal Aus Goes Play MPE Route For Pre-Releases

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Australian affiliate of Universal Music has reached an exclusive arrangement that enables all its pre-release music to be digitally serviced to media and press outlets via the Play MPE software. It's the second major coup in a week for th ...

  4. APRA-AGSC Screen Awards Handed Out

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Composers Michael Yezerski and Burkhard Dallwitz were among the big winners at the APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards at Sydney's City Recital Hall, where they grabbed two trophies each. Yezerski won best soundtrack album for the Australian featur ...

  5. Pink's 'Funhouse' Burns Aussie Chart, Tickets Fly

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Pink's "Funhouse" album debuted at No. 1 on the Motorola Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart on Sunday, and she is set to break her own box office record with the "Funhouse" tour next year amid difficult ...

  6. Exhibition To Celebrate Aussie Hall Of Famers

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Inductees into the Australian Record Industry Association's Hall Of Fame will now have somewhere to show off their legacy. Through an initiative between labels body ARIA and Melbourne's Arts Centre, Australia's all-time-great musici ...

  7. Michael In Studio; Won’t Reunite With Jackson 5

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson has issued a statement saying he will not participate in a Jackson 5 reunion in 2009. “My brothers and sisters have my full love and support, and we’ve certainly shared many great experiences, but at this time I have no plans to re ...

  8. ARIA Awards Keep On Giving

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The recent ARIA Awards has contributed to knock-on sales spikes for a whole raft of performers and winners. Albums by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, the Presets and Gabriella Cilmi are among the chief beneficiaries of the televised Oct. 19 industry ...

  9. Australia's Central Station Changes Hands In MBO

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian digital company Destra Corp. has sold Central Station Records (CSR) to the dance label's Sydney-based GM Jamie Raeburn. The new ownership is effective immediately. CRS's 11-strong staff team is expected to remain intact. Raebu ...

  10. APRA, AMCOS Revenues Hit All-Time High

    October 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Annual revenue at the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and sister society the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners' Society (AMCOS) has surpassed the A$200 million ($123 million) figure for the first time. Solid gains in b ...

  11. Cilmi Hits ARIAs For Six

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There was much that was sweet about Gabriella Cilmi during the 2008 ARIA Awards in Sydney, where the Aussie newcomer won all six categories for which she was nominated. Cilmi collected trophies for best female artist, while her debut "Lessons ...

  12. Operator Please Wins Export Award

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Teenage alternative pop outfit Operator Please won the "special Premier's award" at the Premier of Queensland's Export Awards in Brisbane tonight (Oct. 16), held annually to recognize achievements in trade export for businesses ...

  13. Ben Lee Signs With Dew

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Critically feted Australian singer/songwriter Ben Lee has joined the roster of indie label Dew Process Recordings. Paul Piticco's Brisbane-based Dew Process has inked a three-album deal with Lee covering Australia and New Zealand; New West is ...

  14. Copyright Battle Over Eighties Hit 'Down Under'

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Men At Work's iconic Eighties hit "Down Under" is at center stage of a copyright row in Australia. Sydney-based music publishing firm Larrikin Music has lodged a statement of claim, noting that the international smash carries an unl ...

  15. Poston Restructures EMI Aus

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Australasia has completed a restructure of its A&R, marketing and new channel, synchronization & licensing departments. Its new chairman Mark Poston, who took over from John O'Donnell on Sept. 11, last month upped head of A& ...

  16. ARIA Awards Broadcaster Censured For 'Subliminal' Ads

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT National Australian TV broadcaster Network Ten has been censured for beaming subliminal advertising banners during the telecast of last year's record industry gala, the ARIA Awards. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) fou ...

  17. Aussie Byron Bay Fest Canceled

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The plug has been pulled on plans to revive Australia’s Byron Bay Arts and Music Festival, with organizers citing “regulatory hurdles.” The festival, due to take place Jan. 7 and 8 in the east coast seaside town, had a line-up featuring Franz Ferd ...

  18. Cave Curates All Tomorrow’s Parties Aus Fest

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australia’s busy festivals circuit has a new player on the scene. The All Tomorrow’s Parties brand will debut in three Australian regions for the upcoming southern summer season, organizers said today. Home-grown alternative rock act Nick Cave the ...

  19. ARIA Names ‘Fine Arts’ Album Winners

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) has handed out its four “fine arts” awards for best albums in the world music, jazz, classical and soundtrack genres. The fine arts categories, spun off from the main ARIA awards five years ago, ...

  20. For Sale Destra Slashes Asset Values

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Troubled Australian digital marketing and media company Destra Corporation has cut another $2.56 million Australian ($2.141 million) from the value of its entertainment assets which it has put on the market. Destra announced $69.5 million Australi ...

  21. Live Earth Returns In India

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi will join Bollywood stars for a one-off Live Earth concert in Mumbai, India, on Dec. 7. Live Earth India will take place at the 20,000-capacity Andheri Sports Complex. Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan is also on the bill. The event will be ...

  22. Snoop Dogg Granted Australian Visa

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Australian government has granted a full visa to Snoop Dogg, allowing the Long Beach-based rapper to go ahead with his Australian tour. The five-city "The West Coast Originals" arena tour also stars Ice Cube and Bone Thugs n Harmony ...

  23. Debut Acts Dominate ARIA Noms

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Debut acts Gabriella Cilmi (Mushroom/Warner) and Sam Sparro (Island/Universal) lead the nominations for the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards, to be held in Sydney Oct. 19. The 16-year-old Cilmi has six nominations, and Sparr ...

  24. Universal Australia Scores Classical Chart Record

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Australia has set a chart record on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Classical album listing by taking every place in the Top 20 with its own labels or distributed product. Dutch violin player Andre Rieu occupie ...

  25. Universal Australia Adds Gudinksi's Liberation

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Australia (UMA) has signed a three-year distribution deal with Michael Gudinski's Liberation Music, part of his Mushroom Group of Companies. The move, effective Oct. 1, essentially gives Universal the largest domestic roster o ...

  26. Australia Prepares For AC/DC Set

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC fans in Australia seem to be overly impatient about waiting seven weeks for the Australian band's first set in eight years. The 15-track "Black Ice" is out Oct. 18 in Australia through Albert Productions/SonyBMG followed by an ...

  27. Sneaky Sound System Tops Aussie Chart

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian electro-pop trio Sneaky Sound System's sophomore set "2" (Whack/MGM) has debuted at No. 1 on the Motorola Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA) chart. It is the sixth domestic album to top the chart out of 17 chart t ...

  28. Retailer Sanity Launches Aussie Subscription Service

    August 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Market leading CD and DVD retailer Sanity Entertainment has launched what it claims is Australia's first online music subscription service. The company has licensed the digital catalog of all the major labels. The LoadIt music store is built ...

  29. Opinion: Rates Should Reflect Music's True Value

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT How successful would a nightclub be if it didn't play music? That was one of the questions facing Australia's Copyright Tribunal last year when it had to decide on setting a new royalty rate for nightclubs to pay for using recorded music ...

  30. Australia’s Great Escape Festival Cancelled

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Great Escape Festival, due to be staged Oct. 4 and 5 outside Sydney, has been cancelled. The festival's promoter Mi5 cited "unexpectedly low ticket sales" in a statement issued today (Aug. 8). Tickets priced $180 Au ...

  31. Aussie Country Pioneer Reg Lindsay Dies

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One of the founding fathers of Australian country music, Reg Lindsay, has died aged 79 after a long illness in Newcastle, in New South Wales. Lindsay died yesterday (Aug. 5) after a long period of ill health. He had been hospitalised since 2003 af ...

  32. Sony BMG Aus Signs Katie Noonan

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Entertainment Australia has signed singer Katie Noonan. A jazz-flavored album will be recorded in New York for release this year, according to Sydney-based chairman and CEO Denis Handlin. He says, "Joining Katie for the album recordi ...

  33. Australia's Eleven Switches To Universal

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One of Australia's most successful independent labels, Eleven A Music Company, has found a new home -- and a 50% partnership - with Universal Music, with effect from Sept. 1. Set up by Sydney-based act managers John Watson and Melissa Chenery ...

  34. O'Donnell Splits EMI Australia, Poston Rises

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT John O'Donnell, Sydney-based CEO of EMI Music Australasia is leaving the company at the end of September. He continues in an advisory capacity until March 2009. Meanwhile, Mark Poston has been elevated to the dual roles of senior VP of market ...

  35. 'Mamma Mia!' Sparks Aussie ABBA Revival

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Abba are in the money money money on Australia's sales charts. In the wake of the Australian theatrical release of "Mamma Mia!", no less than ten Abba titles have made impressions on this week's Motorola Australian Record Indus ...

  36. Aussie Hall Of Famers Inducted

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alt-rockers the Triffids and veteran performer Rolf Harris were among six acts inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame on Tuesday night. The Triffids, who split in 1990, have been rediscovered by a new generation. ...

  37. Australia's Helpmann Nominations Unveiled

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Three of Australia's biggest festivals will go up against each other at the Helpmann Awards, nominations for which were announced Monday night at events held simultaneously in Sydney and Melbourne. The awards, held July 28 at Sydney's Ly ...

  38. Sony BMG Oz Revives Music Pub Arm

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SonyBMG Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand has re-entered the music publishing business after four years. Sydney-based senior A&R manager Courtney Hard will take on the additional duties as senior manager of Sony BMG Publishing, rep ...

  39. Batties Heads Home To MTV

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks International and Discovery Channels veteran Rebecca Batties takes over as GM of music brands at MTV Networks Australia and New Zealand, effective Aug. 25. MTV says she will lead the programming, production, creative marketing, commun ...

  40. Smellie Moots Aussie Music Day

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Australian music industry suffers from "an appalling lack of leadership" and needs to work with government and the business sector to revive its fortunes, according to Aussie veteran record label executive Michael Smellie. Smellie� ...

  41. Cops Spoil Apple Store's Sydney Opening

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Apple Computer has opened an Apple Store in Sydney, its first in the southern hemisphere. More than 1,000 people braved the winter rain to attend the opening on Thursday night at the store's premises in the city's George Street. Some had ...

  42. UMG, WPP Plug BrandAmp Into Australia

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BrandAmp, the 50/50 European joint venture comprising Universal Music Group and global communications agency WPP, is expanding internationally with the launch of an office July 8 in Sydney. The Australian deal is forged between Universal Music Aus ...

  43. APRA Lauds Aussie Manager Davies

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran talent manager Roger Davies will be the recipient of this year's Ted Albert award for outstanding services to music at the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) awards next month in Sydney. The 56-year old Australian born D ...

  44. Local Murray Scores Third Aussie No. 1

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian singer songwriter Pete Murray joined some esteemed company this week when he scored his third No. 1 on the Motorola Australian Recording Industry Association chart. With his latest album, "Summer At Eureka" (Sony BMG), Murray ...

  45. APRA Award Nominees Unveiled

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The song "1,2,3,4", a global hit for Canadian artist Feist, is counting out the numbers for its Australian co-writer Sally Seltmann. It has been nominated for song of the year at the 26th Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) ...

  46. Aussie Budget Helps New Music Acts

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australia's wider arts community has welcomed the national government's new budget, which contains a handful of measures intended to reap financial benefits for the creative sector. Artist managers, specifically, have greeted the governm ...

  47. Elton Enters History Books In Sydney

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Rocket Man, Elton John, has been officially recognized for blasting his way into the record books Down Under. Michael Jacobsen, chairman of Arena Management, presented the veteran singer with a plaque Monday night at the Sydney Entertainment C ...

  48. Jet Takes Off With Manager Kovac

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian rock band Jet has parted ways with its Sydney-based management company Winterman and Goldstein after six years. The band will now be handled by veteran U.S. manager Allen Kovac, whose clients include Buckcherry, Meatloaf, Hanson and Pap ...

  49. BMW Drives Aussie Campaign With Presets Tune

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Car-maker BMW Group Australia has teamed with electro-dance duo the Presets to market its new 1 Series coupe and convertible models to a younger first-time BMW buyer. The Sydney-based act, signed to Modular/Universal, debuted at No. 1 on the Austr ...

  50. Aus Cops Bust Alleged Piracy Ring

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has arrested and charged a 36-year-old Sydney man with copyright infringement following a major anti-piracy sting. The man was bailed and will appear before the Central Local Court on May 13. Criminal penalties ...

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