Universal Music Australia

  1. Australia's Songl Streaming Service To Shut Down

    August 26, 2014 5:38 AM EDT Australia’s crowded digital music market has one less player after Songl announced it would stop its subscription service next month. The major-label backed Songl informed its users with the announcement , "Unfortunately, we are not continuin ...

  2. Universal Launches Sinfini Music in Australia

    August 13, 2014 4:42 AM EDT Universal Music has pressed the button on its classical portal Sinfini Music in Australia -- marking the service’s first expansion step outside the U.K. Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s launch, Universal Music Australia Classics & Jazz GM  Cyrus ...

  3. Sony Australia Appoints Tim Kelly To Asia Pacific Marketing Role

    April 29, 2014 4:10 AM EDT Universal Music Australia GM marketing Tim Kelly will join Sony Music Australia as GM marketing Asia Pacific, with effect from June 2. Based at Sony’s East Sydney offices, Kelly will be responsible for directing the marketing of Sony Music's ...

  4. Harrison Craig Wins Australia’s 'The Voice,' Finale Ratings Solid

    June 18, 2013 2:48 AM EDT Australia’s finale of “The Voice” was the most-watched show Monday night Down Under. But its ratings were well-down on last year’s massive grand final viewing figures. Some 2.307 million viewers in the five metro cities tuned-in to watch teenage ...

  5. Universal Music Australia Launches Label Services Arm

    May 21, 2013 6:05 AM EDT Universal Music Australia has launched a label services division. The new operation, Caroline Label Services, is based is Melbourne under its GM Tim Janes and label manager George Dalziel, both former executives at Shock. Meanwhile, Caroline/Spu ...

  6. Universal's Ash Adds Asia Pacific Duties

    February 25, 2013 8:33 AM EST The restructuring at Universal Music Australia continues with the news that the company’s leader, George Ash, has added new stripes for the Asia Pacific region. Ash rises to president of Universal Music Asia Pacific, a new position that sees the e ...

  7. Australia's 'The Voice' Has A 'Beatles' Effect On Sales Chart

    June 25, 2012 10:22 AM EDT Universal Music Australia has a beast on its hands with "The Voice." Just a week after the first season wrapped with a massive three-million viewer finale, the winner Karise Eden has locked-up the opening three songs on the ARIA Singles ...

  8. Australian Pop-Punk Chart-Toppers Short Stack Break Up

    March 30, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Australian pop-punk phenomenon Short Stack have called it quits, leaving behind a career which includes a chart-topping platinum album and countless broken hearts. The teen idols from Budgewoi on the New South Wales Central Coast broke the news to ...

  9. Boy & Bear Surprise Big Winners at ARIA Awards

    November 28, 2011 12:14 PM EST On a night which saw Kylie Minogue and the Wiggles inducted into Australia's hall of fame, it was newcomers Boy & Bear who proved the surprise big winners Sunday at the 25th annual ARIA Awards. The Sydney folk outfit collected five trophi ...

  10. Aussie.Biz: EMI Australia's She Can DJ Search

    April 07, 2011 10:50 AM EDT EMI Seeking Female DJs - EMI Australia has a new spin on talent-searching. The music company has launched She Can DJ, an A&R project to scout a hot, new female dance artist from these parts. On offer is a plethora of prizes, including a global ...

  11. Steven Tyler's AppSoLewdly: the Week in Apps

    March 03, 2011 1:56 PM EST -- Steven Tyler's AppSoLewdly Aerosmith front man and American Idol judge Steven Tyler has added app entrepreneur to his resume with the release of the iPhone app "Steven Tyler's AppSoLewdly," available now on iTunes. The $3 ap ...

  12. Sony Releases Australian Flood-Relief CD, Powderfinger To Release Single

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Australia has responded to the country's disastrous recent floods with the release of a three-disc fund-raising compilation CD. "Flood Relief: Artists for the Flood Appeal" features 59 tracks, including recordings from Pi ...

  13. Powderfinger Bowing Out On A High

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Powderfinger is going out on a high, quite literally. The Australian rock group has raised more than $150,000 Australian ($148,000) for charity in a unique high-flying stunt just days before wrapping-up their towering career. The veteran five-piec ...

  14. Five Things We Learned At Bigsound

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The ninth annual Bigsound summit made many of the right noises last week. The three-day confab gathered more than 560 delegates (up 100 from last year) for an intensive round of panels, networking and band-spotting. Billboard.biz has selected some ...

  15. Australian Police Pull Plug on Justin Bieber

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bieber Fever has spread down under. Justin Bieber's brief promotional visit has become big news across Australia after several fans were crushed while jostling for a view of the teenage pop superstar. Bieber was meant to sing three songs for ...

  16. ARIA, PPCA Re-elect Ed St John, George Ash

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ed St John and George Ash have been re-elected as chairman of Australian labels body ARIA and collecting society PPCA, respectively. For the next 12 months, St. John will lead an ARIA board comprising Sony Music Australasia chairman and CEO Denis ...

  17. Empire Of The Sun Wins 4 ARIAs

    November 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Empire of the Sun shone brightest at the ARIA Awards in Sydney, where the psychedelic newcomers picked up four awards including best group and the coveted album of the year gong. New Zealand-born pop artist Ladyhawke and veteran rockers AC/DC each ...

  18. eBay To Launch Spanish MP3 Store

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Trading Web portal eBay is poised to launch an a-la-carte MP3 download store in Spain, Billboard.biz has learned. It will be powered by French firm Starzik, which operates its own MP3 download platform as well as providing white label services to ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Ash Takes Helm At PPCA

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT George Ash, managing director of Universal Music Australia, has been elected chairman of the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) board of directors. The New Zealand-born executive succeeds long-serving chair John O'Donnell in ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. UMG To Distribute Disney Down Under

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Disney Music Group has reached a licensing agreement that will see Universal Music Group market and distribute its recordings in Australia. With effect from April 1, Universal in Australia will handle digital and physical releases for Disney&# ...

  25. U2 Release Blunder Down Under

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST There won't be any cigars for the staffers at Universal Music Australia who inadvertently made U2's anticipated new album "No Line On the Horizon" available digitally more than a week before release. According to reports, high- ...

  26. Andre Rieu's 'Live In Australia' DVD Outsells Pink

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST First it was Aussie stadium operators. Now it's the turn of Aussie retailers to enjoy some pre-Christmas cheer from Dutch violinist Andre Rieu. Universal Music Australia is boasting record-busting first week scans for a music DVD, after the c ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Kaiser Chiefs Find New Home Down Under

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie-rock band Kaiser Chiefs, signed or licensed to Universal affiliates domestically and in the U.S., has broken ranks down under. The act has signed with Michael Gudinski's Liberator Music for Australia and New Zealand, distributed th ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Cut Copy Debuts At No. 1 Down Under

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A second homegrown act has debuted at the top spot of the Motorola Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart in the month of March. Following Perth band Gyroscope's high debut with "Breed Obsession" (Mushroom/ Warner), ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Rihanna Makes Aus Chart History

    February 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rihanna's single "Don't Stop The Music" has created a chart first Down Under. It becomes the first digital-only single to go to No. 1 on the official Motorola ARIA Singles Chart, published on Sunday night (Feb. 17). The Austral ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Wolfmother's Cell Phone Show A First For Oz

    October 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sydney power trio Wolfmother yesterday (Oct. 24) became the first act in Australia to stream a live concert in "real time" to mobile phones. Sydney power trio Wolfmother yesterday (Oct. 24) became the first act in Australia to stream a l ...

  44. Wolfmother's Cell Phone Show A First For Oz

    October 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sydney power trio Wolfmother yesterday (Oct. 24) became the first act in Australia to stream a live concert in "real time" to mobile phones. Sydney power trio Wolfmother yesterday (Oct. 24) became the first act in Australia to stream a l ...

  45. Aussie Debutants Light Up ARIA Nominations

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Heavy metal trio Wolfmother, rock band Powderfinger's singer Bernard Fanning, alternative rockers Eskimo Joe and crossover hip hop posse Hilltop Hoods notched up five nominations each for the Australi Heavy metal trio Wolfmother, rock band Po ...

  46. Altnet Launches Anti-Piracy Global File Registry

    August 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Special filtering software launched Aug. 2. Less than a week after Kazaa's agreement to pay a $115 million piracy settlement to the global music and movie industries, Kazaa business partner Altnet has announced a new anti-piracy software call ...

  47. Altnet Launches Anti-Piracy Global File Registry

    August 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Special filtering software launched Aug. 2. Less than a week after Kazaa's agreement to pay a $115 million piracy settlement to the global music and movie industries, Kazaa business partner Altnet has announced a new anti-piracy software call ...

  48. Pallister To Head Sony BMG Oz's TV/Film Division

    July 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Appointment will boost music TV programming. Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia has tapped television veteran Glenn Pallister as GM of its TV and film production division. The appointment, revealed today (July 25), takes effect Aug. 21. He wil ...

  49. Kazaa Faces New Court Battle

    March 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST The full bench of the Australian Federal Court today (March 23) gave 32 record companies the green light for contempt of court proceedings against the operators of the Kazaa file sharing software. The full bench of the Australian Federal Court tod ...

  50. Kazaa Faces New Court Battle

    March 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Federal Court paves way for contempt proceedings. The full bench of the Australian Federal Court today (March 23) gave 32 record companies the green light for contempt of court proceedings against the operators of the Kazaa file sharing software. ...

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