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  1. Update: Spice Girls Get Ready For World Tour

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Spice Girls today confirmed one of the pop world's worst-kept secrets when the girl group announced they would reunite for a world tour. At a press conference in the O2, London -- formerly the Millennium Dome -- the five-piece group annou ...

  2. Powderfinger, Silverchair, Team Up For Tour

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Australia's two biggest bands, Powderfinger and Silverchair have teamed up for a national concert tour. The "Across The Great Divide" tour begins at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on August 29 and winds up 21 shows later on Octo ...

  3. Oz Retailer JB Hi-Fi Sets Up Shop In NZ

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Leading Australian home entertainment chain JB Hi-Fi has opened its first New Zealand outlet and says it is already reporting good sales. The first JB Hi-Fi store is located on central Auckland's main shopping thoroughfare, Queen Street, and ...

  4. Fanning Leads APRA Nominations

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Powderfinger's singer Bernard Fanning notched up five mentions when nominations for the 25th Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) awards were announced at Sydney's Civic Hotel. Fanning, who is signed to BMG Music Publishing, ...

  5. Aussie Live Earth Gig Revealed

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The line-up for the Australian leg of the July 7 Live Earth concerts has been unveiled. Sydney's Aussie Stadium will feature performances from Crowded House, who reformed this year for a world tour; hard rock trio Wolfmother; Missy Higgins, w ...

  6. Callaghan To Head AMPAL

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sydney-based singer songwriter Mark Callaghan has been appointed GM of the Australian Music Publishers Assn. Limited (AMPAL). He takes over from Nick Hampton, who retired this year. Callaghan was previously GM at Shock Music Publishing. Prior to t ...

  7. Australian Gov't Blocks Snoop Dogg Visit

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Snoop Dogg and MTV are working on a solution after the rapper was slapped with a ban preventing him from entering Australia. Snoop Dogg was to be a presenter at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards, to be held at Sydney's Accer Stadium this S ...

  8. Aussie Biz Grows In 2006

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Surging digital sales and a banner year for local repertoire underpinned massive volume growth in the Australian record market in 2006. The Australian wholesale music market grew in volume by 27.12% to more than 80 million units last year compared ...

  9. Silverchair On Hot Streak In Oz

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Silverchair is on a record-breaking streak at home. Four weeks after becoming the first Australian band in 40 years to achieve three No. 1 singles in the national chart, Silverchair this week scored another chart milestone as their "Young Mod ...

  10. Aussie Rocker Billy Thorpe Dies

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australian rock icon Billy Thorpe died earlier today at Sydney's Vincent Hospital, after suffering a heart attack. He was 60. In the early '70s, Thorpe and his blues/rock band The Aztecs were the biggest, meanest and loudest drawcard in ...

  11. Two Arrested In Aussie Piracy Raid

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Two people were charged with copyright infringement offences after a raid this morning on a video rental store in Sydney. Police seized 5,000 pirated music and movie DVDs imported from China. The illicit product was selling for between A$7 ($5.40) ...

  12. Aussie Biz Celebrates Domestic Chart Toppers

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST The chart-topping success of 15 Australian acts was celebrated yesterday (Feb. 22) at the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) No. 1 Chart Awards at Doltone House in Sydney. The Living End (EMI), Something For Kate (Sony BMG), Eskimo J ...

  13. 'Live Earth' Global Concert Plans Revealed

    February 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Former United States vice president Al Gore and a host of celebrities gathered today (Feb. 15) in Los Angeles to reveal plans for "Live Earth -- The Concert For A Climate In Crisis," a series of seven concerts set to take place across th ...

  14. Handlin Back In ARIA Chair

    February 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Denis Handlin, chairman and CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand, was re-elected today as chairman of the Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA) for a record ninth year. The elections took place at ARIA's offices ...

  15. Aussie Piracy Seller Fined

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST A Sydney outdoor market trader caught selling 200 pirated CDs and DVDs has been fined A$22,000 ($16,940). Simeona Nise Tuaopepe was convicted Tuesday (Feb. 13) of eleven criminal copyright offences in the New South Wales Local Court. His fine was ...

  16. AMP Shortlist 8 Becomes 9

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST Organizers of the Australian Music Prize (AMP) sprung a surprise today (Jan. 31) when the final nomination Short List 8 carried an extra album title. The reason was simple, explains Scott Murphy, AMP founder and prize director: there were more tha ...

  17. Kernaghan, Cole Shine At Oz Country Awards

    January 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST ABC Music/Warner signings Lee Kernaghan and Beccy Cole were the big winners at the 35th Country Music Awards in Australia's "country capital" of Tamworth, in New South Wales. Organized by the Country Music Assn. of Australia (CMAA), ...

  18. Evermore Tops Aussie Charts

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Through 2006, nine domestic albums and three singles reached No. 1 on the Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA) charts. The trend for Australasian sales trend has continued into the New Year with Sire/Warner act Evermore's single "L ...

  19. Big Day Out Flag Controversy

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australia's festival Big Day Out has become embroiled in a controversy over the Australian flag. Its Sydney show is traditionally held on Australia Day (Jan. 26). During the public holiday, citizens usually wave large flags during the all-day ...

  20. Cherry Lane Picks Up Wolfmother

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Cherry Lane Music Publishing has signed award-winning Australian rock trio Wolfmother to a publishing deal covering north America. The three-piece took out a trio of trophies at the Oct. 29 Australian Record Industry Assn. Awards in Sydney, winnin ...

  21. Dave Matthews Band Unveils 2007 Tour Plans

    December 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Dave Matthews Band will kick-off their 2007 tour two-night stand at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on March 23 and March 24, with The Fray set to open. The band will then head down under on March 31 for a two-week jaunt through Australia, fo ...

  22. Brazin Data Returns To Aus Charts

    December 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST After a five-month absence, Sydney-based retailer Brazin Ltd has resumed contributing its sales data to the weekly Motorola Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA) charts, it was revealed today (Dec. 11). Sources tell Billboard.biz that the cou ...

  23. Big Day Out, eBay In Aussie Legal Stoush

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Australian music festival Big Day Out and online auction house eBay are heading for the Federal Court in Sydney on Dec. 23. eBay is taking legal action against BDO over its new anti-scalping ticket policy, in which it now states tickets sold-on &q ...

  24. APRA Awards Moving To Melbourne

    December 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Australasian Performing Right Assn. (APRA) awards will move from Sydney to the south-eastern city of Melbourne next year, to mark its 25th year. Sally Howland, Sydney-based director of member services tells Billboard.biz, "Melbourne is su ...

  25. V Festival Heads Down Under

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sir Richard Branson's V Festival arrives in Australia early 2007 -- six months after it launched in the United States and Canada. The Australian version is a 50:50 partnership between the U.K.-based Virgin Group and Melbourne-based promoter M ...

  26. V Festival Arrives Down Under

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sir Richard Branson's V Festival arrives in Australia early 2007 -- six months after it launched in the United States and Canada. Sir Richard Branson's V Festival arrives in Australia early 2007 -- six months after it launched in the Uni ...

  27. V Festival Arrives Down Under

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sir Richard Branson's V Festival arrives in Australia early 2007 -- six months after it launched in the United States and Canada. Sir Richard Branson's V Festival arrives in Australia early 2007 -- six months after it launched in the Uni ...

  28. Hilltop Hoods Win At Inaugural AIR Awards

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hip hop trio Hilltop Hoods won two awards at the inaugural Australian Independent Record Labels Assn. chart awards, held Wednesday (Nov. 29) at the Blacket Hotel in Sydney. The South Australia act took out independent artist of the year while its ...

  29. Hilltop Hoods Win At Inaugural AIR Awards

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST Gala held Nov. 29 in Sydney. Gala held Nov. 29 in Sydney. News ...

  30. Hilltop Hoods Win At Inaugural AIR Awards

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hip hop trio Hilltop Hoods won two awards at the inaugural Australian Independent Record Labels Assn. chart awards, held Wednesday (Nov. 29) at the Blacket Hotel in Sydney. Hip hop trio Hilltop Hoods won two awards at the inaugural Australian Inde ...

  31. "Australian Idol" Final Pulls 2.2m Viewers

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST The grand final of the fourth series of "Australian Idol" on Sunday night (Nov. 26) drew 2.2 million viewers, according to official figures released today (Nov. 28). The program gave free-to-air Ten Network a 32.4% share of viewers for t ...

  32. "Australian Idol" Final Pulls 2.2m Viewers

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST The grand final of the fourth series of "Australian Idol" on Sunday night (Nov. 26) drew 2.2 million viewers, according to official figures released today (Nov. 28). The program gave free-to-air Ten N The grand final of the fourth series ...

  33. Australia's Destra To Buy Central Station, MRA

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Australian music and digital media Destra Corporation said today (Nov. 27) it is entering into an agreement to acquire Central Station Records (CSR) and MRA Entertainment from Home Leisure Ltd for A$14 million ($10.6 million). Sydney-based CSR is ...

  34. Australia's Destra To Buy Central Station, MRA

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Australian music and digital media Destra Corporation said today (Nov. 27) it is entering into an agreement to acquire Central Station Records (CSR) and MRA Entertainment from Home Leisure Ltd for A$1 Australian music and digital media Destra Corp ...

  35. APRA, AMCOS Earnings Hit New High

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Australasian Performing Right Assn. (APRA) has declared total revenue of A$127.2 million ($96. 6 million) for the 2005-06 financial year. The Australasian Performing Right Assn. (APRA) has declared total revenue of A$127.2 million ($96. 6 mill ...

  36. Aussie Managers Form New Trade Body

    November 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Twenty-three Australian music managers have established a trade body to address issues facing colleagues and their artists. Twenty-three Australian music managers have established a trade body to address issues facing colleagues and their artists. ...

  37. Survey: More Aussies Seeing Live Entertainment

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Australians are heading out in droves to see live entertainment, according to new figures issued by Melbourne-based Live Performance Australia. Australians are heading out in droves to see live entertainment, according to new figures issued by Mel ...

  38. Survey: More Aussies Seeing Live Entertainment

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Australians are heading out in droves to see live entertainment, according to new figures issued by Melbourne-based Live Performance Australia. Australians are heading out in droves to see live entertainment, according to new figures issued by Mel ...

  39. ARIA Awards Triggers Aussie Chart Action

    November 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Australian Recording Industry Assn. awards, held Oct. 29 in Sydney, has proved both a ratings winner and a catalyst for album sales. Ten acts featured at the gala -- including significant winners The Australian Recording Industry Assn. awards, ...

  40. Rock Musicians Win At Aussie Screen Awards

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Alternative rock musicians Iva Davies of Icehouse, David Bridie of Not Drowning Waving and former Models keyboard player Roger Mason were among the winners at the APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards, held N Alternative rock musicians Iva Davies of Iceho ...

  41. Debut Winners Dominate ARIA Awards

    October 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Newcomers Wolfmother, Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning and rock band Eskimo Joe were among the big winners Sunday night (Oct. 29) at the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) awards, h Newcomers Wolfmother, Powderfinger frontman Be ...

  42. New Startxt Mobile Service Shines For Indie Labels

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Service allows indies to handle mobile services. Startxt Label, a new Web-based technology designed for helping small independent labels launch direct-to-consumer mobile-music services, goes live today (Oct. 26). It is an offshoot of a generic pla ...

  43. New Startxt Mobile Service Shines For Indie Labels

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Startxt Label, a new Web-based technology designed for helping small independent labels launch direct-to-consumer mobile-music services, goes live today (Oct. 26). Startxt Label, a new Web-based technology designed for helping small independent la ...

  44. Human Nature Hot Down Under

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Human Nature's nod to its Motown roots has been a goldmine for the Sydney-based Aussie R&B male vocal band. Its first Motown collection "Reach Out" from 2005 has sold 400,000 units (5 times platin Human Nature's nod to ...

  45. NA2R Event Bolsters Unsigned Australian Act

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT winner is Celebrity Drug Disasters. In a first for Australian commercial radio, the country's four major networks are jointly working to break an unsigned Australian act. The initiative, involving radio networks Austereo, Nova, Australia ...

  46. Midnight Oil Inducted In Oz Hall of Fame

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gala to be held Oct. 29. Midnight Oil will be inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Assn.'s Hall of Fame during the ARIA Awards ceremony in Sydney on Oct. 29. ARIA awards committee chairman Ed St. John described the veteran act as & ...

  47. Malaysian Officials Raid Suspected Pirate Operations

    October 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Three arrests made. Following a two-week surveillance operation, Malaysian officials on Oct. 12 raided two premises in Penang that were linked to four pirate Web sites, arresting three suspects. Motion Picture Assn. specialists in Kuala Lumpur, Lo ...

  48. GLOBAL PULSE: POWDERFINGER SINGER TAKES A MELLOW HOLIDAY

    October 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT According to Powderfinger vocalist Bernard Fanning, his debut solo album "Tea and Sympathy" (Dew Process/Universal Music) "was just supposed to be my holiday project." It may have been a diversion fro According to Powderfinger ...

  49. Cave, Ellis Up For Aussie Screen Awards

    October 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Contemporary alternative rock musicians Nick Cave (Mushroom Music), his collaborator Warren Ellis of the Dirty Three (Mute Song) and David Bridie of Not Drowning Waving (Mushroom Music) are among the Contemporary alternative rock musicians Nick Ca ...

  50. Australia's AIR Launches Inaugural Awards

    October 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Independent Record Labels Assn. (AIR) will hold its inaugural AIR Charts Awards on Nov. 29 in Sydney. The debut event, details for which were announced today (Oct. 11), will have only f The Australian Independent Record Labels Assn. ...

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