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  1. Nokia To Launch Aussie Online Store

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Finnish mobile phone company Nokia will launch the Australian version of its online music store next Tuesday (April 22), offering 2.5 million tracks. Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia, Universal Music Australia and EMI Music Australia have si ...

  2. NZ Singer Tocker Dies

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand singer-songwriter, poet and gay activist Mahinarangi Tocker died Tuesday (April 15) in an Auckland hospital after an asthma attack. She was 52. Tocker, one of the best known of Maori musicians and performers, recorded her first album & ...

  3. Sony BMG Australia Taps Radio Exec Tothill

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia has hired broadcasting executive Grant Tothill to take over as senior director of Australian artist marketing. Tothill, who joins the label in May, reports to chairman and CEO Denis Handlin. "I recently ...

  4. St. John Replaces Handlin As ARIA Chair

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Denis Handlin is stepping down as chairman of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) board after an unprecedented ten consecutive years. Sydney-based Handlin, chairman and CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand ...

  5. RoyaltyShare Signs With Australia's Destra

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fast growing Australian independent music company and artist development firm DestraMusic has tapped San Diego-based RoyaltyShare Inc. to manage the digital sales processing and royalties for its array of indie labels. These include labels DestraM ...

  6. O'Donnell Returns For Fourth Term As PPCA Chair

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Australia's CEO John O'Donnell has been re-elected for a fourth year as chairman of the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) board. Also joining the board as licensor representative is Sebastian Chase, founder a ...

  7. Rinaldi Joins Albert Music

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Damian Rinaldi will join iconic Aussie indie Albert Music next week as head of legal and business affairs. Rinaldi recently returned to Australia after a stint in London as VP of legal and business affairs at Sony BMG Music Entertainment. In 2000 ...

  8. The Mess Hall Clean Up AMP Prize

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sydney blues-rock duo the Mess Hall's second album "Devil's Elbow" (Ivy League) has won the Australian Music Prize (AMP) for 2007, during a ceremony Thursday at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art. The Mess Hall -- compris ...

  9. ARIA Lauds Aussie Chart-toppers

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) has honored 13 domestic acts at its ARIA Number One Chart Awards for reaching the top spot between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 2007 on ARIA's weekly singles, album or music DVD charts. Australian ar ...

  10. ARIA, MTV Aus Bolster Alliance

    February 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Australian Recording Industry Association and MTV Networks Australia have strengthened their alliance through a number of joint initiatives, unveiled today. The first is a new one-hour magazine-style show that bows tomorrow on MTV and will foc ...

  11. Aussie Country Star Smoky Dawson Dies

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Smoky Dawson, the first of the Australian cowboy crooners, died yesterday (Wed 13) in Hornsby Hospital in Sydney, aged 94. He had been ill for six days. Dawson became a household name in Australia with his U.S. western-style radio show "The A ...

  12. AMP Short List Expands To Ten

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST The short list for the 2007 Australian Music Prize (AMP) has rounded-up from nine to ten releases. The 22-strong judging panel said today there were too many quality Australian albums released last year to limit nominations to nine. The 2006 short ...

  13. Universal Pub Aus Restructures Licensing Dep't

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group Australia (UMPG) has restructured its licensing department. Departmental head Denise Sharp has been promoted to director of licensing, as the department expands from three to five. Licensing makes up about 10 to 15 ...

  14. Aussie Band Leader Orszaczky Dies

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jackie Orszaczky, a prominent Sydney-based jazz-funk bass player, producer and arranger, died Feb. 3 after a two-year battle with leukemia. He was 59. The artist played his last show at the Macquarie Hotel on Jan. 24, and was admitted to hospital ...

  15. Country Singer Kernaghan Named Australian Of The Year

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Multi-platinum country singer Lee Kernaghan was named Australian of the Year in a presentation Jan. 26 during the country's national day of celebrations. The 43-year-old Kernaghan was recognized for his work with drought-ravaged farming commu ...

  16. Aussie TV Network SBS, Universal Pair On Label

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Australia and multicultural free-to-air radio and TV network SBS have teamed up to create a music label, SBS Music. The deal, initially for three years, will see Universal manufacture, market and distribute SBS-associated concept a ...

  17. EMI Classics Sign Teen Marvelly

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Classics has signed New Zealand soprano Elizabeth Marvelly to an exclusive recording deal. The 18-year-old's self-titled debut EMI Classics CD opened at No. 8 on the New Zealand albums chart earlier this month, and went gold in five days ...

  18. Sony BMG Oz Buys Caplice Stake

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia has become the first major label Down Under to invest in artist management and touring. The firm has taken a 50% share in Sydney-based Caplice Management and is negotiating with a second artist management fir ...

  19. AEG, Australia's Ogden IFC Pair On JV

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment presenter AEG has acquired an interest in Australian venue operator Ogden IFC, and created a new 50:50 joint venture called AEG Ogden. The partnership will operate arenas, theaters, stadiums, convention a ...

  20. Sneaky Sound System Win AIR Awards Double

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australia's Sneaky Sound System took out two honors at the second annual Jagermeister AIR independent music awards, held in Melbourne tonight. The Sydney-based electro/dance trio, who led the nominations tally with six, took off with the best ...

  21. Aussie EMI Vet East Dies

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI veteran Ken East, a key figure in the Australian and U.K. record industries in the 1970s and 1980s, died Nov. 25 at his home in Elizabeth Bay in Sydney. East, who had been battling cancer for some months, was 83. Elton John dedicated his show ...

  22. Midnight Oil's Garrett Named Aussie Arts Minister

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST The newly-elected Australian Labor government today appointed former Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett as environment, heritage and arts minister. Garrett, who initially ran as a candidate for the Nuclear Disarmament Party in the 1980s, joined the ...

  23. French-Australian Biz Talks Yield Instant Results

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST The inaugural French-Australian Music Business Meetings, held in Sydney this week, have yielded immediate deals. The meetings, held Nov. 20 to 22, were organized by the Paris-based French Music Export Australia, the French Embassy in Australia, an ...

  24. APRA, AMCOS Post Revenue Rise

    November 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Australasian Performing Right Society (APRA) and the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners' Society (AMCOS) jointly posted a combined revenue of A$189.7 million ($169 million) in the 2006/07 financial year, up 12.8% on the 2005/06 peri ...

  25. Jack Daniel's Toasts New Aussie Concert Series

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey has teamed with Sydney-based tour promoter Michael Chugg Entertainment (MCE) to launch a series of metropolitan and regional concerts, entitled The JD Sets. Logistics are still being worked out. But Jack Daniel ...

  26. Destra Chairman Evans Retiring

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australian industry veteran John Evans today announced his resignation as chairman of Destra Entertainment, with effect from Feb. 8, 2008. Destra Entertainment - which houses the music and DVD companies of digital content company Destra Corporatio ...

  27. Sneaky Sound System Heads AIR Awards Nominations

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sydney-based dance trio Sneaky Sound System has gained six nominations for the Australian independent sector's second AIR awards, due to be held Dec. 10 in Melbourne. The event is organized by the Australian Independent Record Labels Associat ...

  28. ARIAs Run Gold For Silverchair

    October 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With five trophies, Silverchair dominated the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards, held Sunday at the Acer Stadium in Sydney. The rock band claimed most of the major categories, including best group. Their latest set "Youn ...

  29. ARIA To Induct Cave Into Hall Of Fame

    October 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Alternative rock veteran Nick Cave will be inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame at this year's Motorola ARIA awards, set for Oct. 28 at Acer Stadium in Sydney. Melbourne-born Cave emerged in the punk ...

  30. IODA Unveils Aussie Office During Indie Summit

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT San Francisco-based digital distribution, marketing and technology company Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) will open an office in Sydney on Oct. 15. Its managing director will be Nathan McLay, head of digital at Inertia Distributio ...

  31. Aussie Firm Albert Acquires Origin

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sydney-based Albert Music, best-known as the Australian home of AC/DC and the Harry Vanda-George Young writing team, has bought two divisions of publisher ORiGiN. These include the ten-year-old Sydney firm's copyright administration company O ...

  32. Indie Acts Dominate ARIA Nominations

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Independent label acts dominate the nominations for the annual Australian Recording Industry Association awards, announced today (Sept. 19) at the Sydney State Theatre. Topping the list with six nominations was Sydney dance act Sneaky Sound System ...

  33. Fraser Takes NZ's Silver Scroll Award

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rising New Zealand star Brooke Fraser and 1980s rocker Jordan Luck were the big winners at the Australasian Performing Right Association's annual Silver Scroll award ceremony in Auckland last night. The event at Auckland Town Hall last night ...

  34. Reznor To Fans: Steal Music

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In response to high CD prices, Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor offered advice to his Australian fans while performing at a Sydney concert in this YouTube video . "Steal it. Steal away. Give it to your friends," said Reznor. The s ...

  35. ARIA, MTV, Cut Pay-TV Deal

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) has granted MTV Networks Australia exclusive pay-TV rights to its key events and properties. MTV will immediately start building programs and competitions around the weekly Motorola ARIA Chart, ...

  36. Australia's Arena Management Taps Cunningham

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Australian venue operator Arena Management has hired veteran venue manager Ross Cunningham to fill its newly-created role of managing director. He starts in December, reporting to Sydney-based CEO and executive chairman Michael Jacobsen. Arena Man ...

  37. Australian H1 Biz Value Slumps Despite Digital Boost

    September 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Australian music industry fell 13.64% in value in the first half of 2007, despite continuing strong sales of domestic repertoire and digital music. According to Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA) figures released today (Monday), total ...

  38. Universal Relaunches Australian A&R With Karpin, Taylor

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Australia is expanding its domestic A&R activities under its managing director George Ash. His strategy is to relaunch two iconic labels -- Island and Mercury -- into the Australian market as full-service, Sydney-based A&R ...

  39. PNG Songwriters To Receive Royalty Payments

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Songwriters from Papua New Guinea will receive their first local royalty payments thanks to a new license deal struck between the Sydney-based Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and Port Moresby-based radio station PNG FM. APRA' ...

  40. Australian Industry Legend Hely Dies

    July 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Allan Hely, one of the architects of the Australian music industry, died in the early hours of Thursday morning (July 26) from motor neurone disease. He was 80. Hely, one-time financial adviser to Rupert Murdoch, ran the media magnate's Festi ...

  41. More Acts Inducted Into Aussie Hall Of Fame

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Retro-rockers Hoodoo Gurus and punk pioneers Radio Birdman were among a raft of veteran acts inducted last night into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame. The other inductees were R&B diva Marcia Hines, singer/son ...

  42. Melbourne's Palace Club Razed

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Arson squad detectives are investigating a fire yesterday (July 11) which caused A$1 million ($860,000) worth of damage to Melbourne live-music venue the Palace. Detective senior sergeant Phil Hubbard said police suspect that at least three people ...

  43. Pink, Kylie Nominated For Oz Helpmann Awards

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Pink and Kylie Minogue are among the nominees for the annual Australian Helpmann Awards. Winners will be announced at the ceremony on Aug. 6 at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, and broadcast live on pay-TV channel Foxtel. Pink and Minogue's pro ...

  44. Crowded House Stars As Live Earth Begins In Sydney

    July 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The first of the Live Earth climate change concerts kicked off in Sydney today with an emotional welcome by a traditional Aboriginal troupe painted in white and waving eucalyptus leaves, and ended 10 hours later, equally as emotional, when a reuni ...

  45. Live Earth Goes D.C.

    July 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Initially rebuffed by Washington, former Vice President Al Gore's Live Earth concerts found a last-minute home in the U.S. capital on Friday after Native Americans offered their museum for the worldwide event. A few blocks from the U.S. Capit ...

  46. Live Earth Show In Rio To Go On After Ban Revoked

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A Brazilian judge revoked on Thursday her own injunction blocking the Rio de Janeiro leg of the Live Earth global series of concerts after organizers secured approval from the police and met security concerns. "The show is on again. The prose ...

  47. Roadrunner Signs Aussie Band Airbourne

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Roadrunner Records has signed Australian hard rock band Airbourne, and will release its debut album "Runnin' Wild" early 2008 in the United State and Europe. The album, released in its home territory through EMI Music Australia, ent ...

  48. Judge Cancels Rio Live Earth Concert

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A judge has canceled a Live Earth concert planned for Saturday in Rio because police said they did not have enough officers to guarantee crowd safety. Organizers of the free show on Rio's Copacabana Beach said Wednesday they were trying to ov ...

  49. AEG Live To Produce Spice Girls Dates

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live will produce arena shows by the reunited Spice Girls in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and London. The ‘90s pop sensation announced the reunion at the O2 Arena in London yesterday. The five-piece group will perform shows in 11 cities i ...

  50. Prescott Named CEO Of Australia's Albert Music

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Industry veteran Tim Prescott has appointed chief executive officer of Sydney-based independent Albert Music. He takes over his newly-created role mid-July, overseeing the company's recording, publishing, studio and overseas operations. Alber ...

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