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  1. Kim Dotcom Extradition Judge Steps Down After Joking US Is 'Enemy'

    July 18, 2012 7:30 AM EDT WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A New Zealand judge has stepped down from overseeing the extradition case of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom after jokingly referring to the United States as "the enemy." New Zealand High Court Declares Kim ...

  2. US Prosecutors File for Extradition of Kim Dotcom

    March 05, 2012 5:30 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Federal prosecutors in the United States have filed papers in New Zealand seeking the extradition of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues, whom they accuse of making a fortune by helping Internet ...

  3. Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom Released on Bail

    February 22, 2012 7:46 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - The founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload was released on bail Wednesday after a New Zealand judge decided Kim Dotcom lacked means to flee because his funds had been seized. "I am relieved to go home to ...

  4. Megaupload's Kim Dotcom Denied Bail Appeal

    February 03, 2012 8:38 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - A New Zealand court denied an appeal for bail Friday by the jailed founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload. The denial means that Kim Dotcom must remain in jail until his first hearing in a U.S. extradition re ...

  5. Electronic Frontier Foundation To Help Megaupload Users Retrieve Data

    February 01, 2012 8:13 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Users of the file-sharing website Megaupload who feared their data could be deleted as early as Thursday have a reprieve after a nonprofit group stepped in at the eleventh hour. Megaupload Shut Down by U.S. Prosecuto ...

  6. Megaupload Founder Dotcom Joked About Hacker Past

    January 25, 2012 12:41 PM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Two years ago, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom joked in emails with his new neighbors in New Zealand about his bad-boy reputation before telling them his criminal past was behind him and he was coming to the country w ...

  7. Megaupload's Pirated Content Hosted on U.S. Servers; Guns, Artwork, Cash Seized

    January 20, 2012 7:52 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - With 150 million registered users, about 50 million hits daily and endorsements from music superstars, Megaupload.com was among the world's biggest file-sharing sites. Big enough, according to a U.S. indictment, ...

  8. Eminem Adds Third Date, Janet Jackson Cancels More Dates, Odd Future Dropped: Aussie, New Zealand Touring Bits

    November 07, 2011 4:14 PM EST Australia's summer season should be another hot one for concert goers, if recent artist announcements is anything to go by. Eminem has added a third date to his brief stadium tour this December. Lil Wayne will join Slim Shady on stage and pla ...

  9. Business Matters: RootMusic, ReverbNation, Vevo Are Top Music Apps on Facebook

    September 02, 2011 3:41 PM EDT RootMusic, ReverbNation, Vevo Are Top Music Apps on Facebook -- RootMusic's BandPage is the top music app on Facebook, according to the AppData. With 32.5 million monthly average users (MAU) as of September 2, BandPage is far and away the mos ...

  10. Queens of the Stone Age Cancel New Zealand Concerts Following Earthquake

    February 22, 2011 10:48 AM EST Queens of the Stone Age have postponed one date and canceled another following Tuesday's deadly earthquake which struck the New Zealand city of Christchurch. The American alternative rock group played in Auckland on Monday night and were slat ...

  11. Gin Wigmore, Stan Walker Clean Up At NZ Music Awards

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Gin Wigmore and R&B/pop vocalist Stan Walker took away four awards apiece at this year's New Zealand Music Awards. Wigmore's folky Universal Music debut "Holy Smoke" (Island) won the album of the year awar ...

  12. New Zealand Retailer Expands Into Digital

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST New Zealand's biggest specialist music chain will early next year launch a digital download store as part of a wide-ranging revamp of the business. Formerly known as the CD and DVD Store group, the 35-strong chain has been rebranded Marbecks ...

  13. Ladyhawke Label Boss Defends ARIA Nominations

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mounting controversy surrounding the multiple ARIA Award nominations for New Zealand artist Ladyhawke is a beat-up, says the executive who signed the rising global star. In an interview with Billboard.biz, Modular Recordings managing director Stev ...

  14. NZ Acts Line Up For Tsunami Victims

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Some of the biggest names in New Zealand music are banding together for a benefit concert for the Tsunami-ravaged Samoan Islands in the South Pacific. Hip-hop stars Savage and Scribe, plus Neil and Tim Finn, Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn are among the ...

  15. AC/DC's 'Black Ice' Tour Breaks Records Down Under

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC's homecoming "Black Ice" Australian tour has busted box office records by selling more than half a million tickets in the first day on sale, Billboard.biz has learned. The tour's co-promoters Garry Van Egmond Enterprises ...

  16. AC/DC Tour Heads Home

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC are on a highway to home. The veteran Anglo-Australian rockers will return to their roots early next year when their sweeping "Black Ice World Tour" visits a raft of stadiums down under. The Australasian tour is tipped to begin wit ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Eavis Honored At MIDEM For Green Glastonbury

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Eavis was presented with the MIDEM Green World award in Cannes, in recognition of the environmental achievements at the annual music festival. Eavis has organized Glastonbury since its launch in 1970 on his 500-acres dairy farm in Somerset ...

  19. NZ Retailer Real Groovy Back In Business

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Iconic New Zealand music retailer Real Groovy has been rescued from receivership - but some record companies will be left out of pocket. Directors Chris Hart and Martin O'Donnell last week bought back the assets of the flagship Auckland store ...

  20. Finlayson Takes NZ Arts Portfolio

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST An expert in copyright law has been appointed as the new minister responsible for the New Zealand music industry. National Party MP Chris Finlayson was named minister of arts, culture and heritage in the new administration, in addition to other du ...

  21. NZ Music Month Kicks Off

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand Music Month, the annual industry shindig which turns the spotlight on Kiwi music, is shaping up to be one of the biggest yet. Now in its eighth year, the event was officially launched today (May 1) in Wellington by associate arts, cult ...

  22. NZ Music Takes To The Air

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Air travellers in New Zealand will get a dose of New Zealand music before they fly from this week. The country's national carrier Air New Zealand has adopted a policy of playing only New Zealand music videos on its fleet of 14 domestic 737 ai ...

  23. Stones Roll On For China Concert

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Rolling Stones will play their first-ever concert in China with a gig in Shanghai on April 8. The Rolling Stones will play their first-ever concert in China with a gig in Shanghai on April 8. Local promoter Emma Entertainment today (Feb. 28) c ...

  24. Stones Roll On For China Concert

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Rolling Stones will play their first-ever concert in China with a gig in Shanghai on April 8. The show will be held at the indoor Shanghai Grand Stage, which has a capacity of 8,000 to 10,000. Tic The Rolling Stones will play their first-ever ...

  25. Fat Freddy's Drop Wins Four NZ Awards

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Wellington band Fat Freddy's Drop emerged as the main winner of the 2005 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, known as the "Tuis" after the trophy that is presented to winners. The Finn Brothers, Scribe Wellington band Fat Freddy' ...

  26. Fat Freddy's Drop Wins Four NZ Awards

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Finn Brothers, Scribe and Evermore get Int'l Award. Wellington band Fat Freddy's Drop emerged as the main winner of the 2005 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, known as the "Tuis" after the trophy that is presented to winners. ...

  27. Kiwi Station Goes 100% NZ Content

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a response to the high rate of domestic acts charting in New Zealand, Auckland-based modern rock station Channel Z is changing its format to 100% local content. In a response to the high rate of domestic acts charting in New Zealand, Auckland-b ...

  28. Scribe, P-Money, Win NZ's Silver Scroll

    October 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rapper MC Scribe and hip-hop musician P-Money jointly collected the Australasian Performing Right Assn. (APRA) Silver Scroll, New Zealand's top songwriting prize, at a ceremony in Wellington yesterday Rapper MC Scribe and hip-hop musician P-M ...

  29. Scribe, P-Money, Win NZ's Silver Scroll

    October 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rapper MC Scribe and hip-hop musician P-Money jointly collected the Australasian Performing Right Assn. (APRA) Silver Scroll, New Zealand's top songwriting prize, at a ceremony in Wellington yesterday Rapper MC Scribe and hip-hop musician P-M ...

  30. Nominees Tapped For N.Z. Awards

    October 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Six songs have been nominated for New Zealand's Silver Scroll Awards, to be held Oct. 26 at the Wellington Town Hall. The awards have been held since 1965, usually in Auckland. This is the first time Six songs have been nominated for New Zeal ...

  31. NZ Seen Authorizing CD-Copying

    March 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST The New Zealand government plans to change the country's copyright laws to authorize private copying. MELBOURNE--The New Zealand government plans to change the country's copyright laws to authorize private copying. If introduced, the ame ...

  32. Jackson's Contract Suit Vs. UMG Advances

    March 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST NEW YORK--A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has cleared the way for Michael Jackson to pursue a lawsuit against Universal Music Group for breach of contract. Jackson can now conduct an audit of UMG's BMI Licenses Songs To Digital Jukebox Fir ...

  33. NZ Industry Objects To CD Copying Plan

    March 24, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Record Industry Assn. of New Zealand (RIANZ) is objecting to government plans to change the country's Copyright Law. The disputed changes would allow consumers to duplicate audio files for persona The Record Industry Assn. of New Zealand ...