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Christie Eliezer's Music Business News
Posted: 4:05PM, Tuesday 29th July, 2008. Updated: 4:07PM, Tuesday 29th July, 2008.

 

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Eight Days a Week

Aussie promoters, venues, score on Billboard international boxscore

The buoyancy of the Australian touring market has seen promoters Michael Coppel Presents, Frontier Touring and Dainty Consolidated Entertainment listed in Billboard Top 25 list of best performing global promoters for the first half of 2008.

Michael Coppel Presents was listed at #4 with a listed gross of US $57.5 million from 112 shows, Michael Gudinski’s Frontier at #5 with $38.4 million from 24 shows and Paul Dainty’s company at #17 with $11.5 million from six shows.

Of the world’s Top 10 venues with a capacity between 10,001 to 15,000, Brisbane Entertainment Centre was listed at #8 with a total gross of $6.9 million after drawing 81, 422 fans to 13 shows. Of the other venues in the Top 10 of this category, six were from the US, one from Ontario, Canada, and two from England.

Of the world’s Top 10 venues with a capacity over 15,000, the Acer Arena in Sydney ranked at #3 with a total gross in this period of $27.9 million drawing 312, 790 fans over 36 shows. The Acer Arena was beaten in this category by London’s 02 Arena and Madison Square Gardens in New York. In the Top 10 in this division, there were five venues from the U.S., two from Canada and two from England.

The top grossing tours in the world are listed in the magazine’s July 26 edition.

O’Donnell quits EMI, Poston steps up

John O’Donnell, CEO of EMI Music Australasia is leaving the company at the end of September after five years. As part of EMI’s worldwide restructure, he is believed to have been offered an alternate position but refused. O’Donnell will continue in an advisory capacity for the following six months to March 2009.

Mark Poston has been named Senior Vice President of Marketing – Australasia and Chairman - Australasia, effective 11 August. Poston’s eight years at EMI included five years in Australia with roles driving the Capitol and Virgin labels. In 2005 he moved to London to take up the position of Director, Global Marketing, and then moved on to be Director of frontline UK label Charisma/Angel Music Group. His new marketing role, Mark reports to Sam van der Feltz President, EMI Music Global Marketing, and in his role as Chairman he reports to Adrian Cheesley President - Asia Pacific/Latin America.

According to a statement from EMI’s London headquarters, “John has made a major contribution to EMI, overseeing the development of the number one local roster in the Australian market and taking EMI Music Australia to record levels of market share and profit. Under his leadership, the company has developed a creative and talented team.”

O’Donnell, who started out as a music journalist, joined Sony Music as director and founder of the Murmur label. He established himself in the first weeks of his new role when he and John Watson discovered Silverchair. He also signed Something For Kate and Jebediah. He joined EMI, in January 2002 and took the head post that June. His biggest achievements were selling 10 x platinum each of debut albums by Missy Higgins and Jet, and the 3 x platinum sales of “She Will Have Her Way - The Songs of Tim and Neil Finn”, and the domination of Silverchair at last year’s ARIA awards. He also played a major role on the ARIA board, and as Chairman of the PPCA board.

Womadelaide, Crowded House, win at Helpmanns

The Womadelaide Foundation’s Womadelaide was named best contemporary music festival, while Crowded House took out the honours for best Australian contemporary concert after touring for Frontier Touring Company. Bjork's Sydney Opera House performance in January, presented by Sydney Festival, was voted the best international concert. The Helpmanns, held at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney, cover theatre, dance, musicals, opera, classical and contemporary music, and comedy. They are organised by the Live Performance Australia. The big winner for the night was the musical adaptation of “Billy Elliot” which took seven of the 11 categories it was nominated for.

Pickering added to South By Southwest seminar

Singer songwriter Chris Pickering has been added to the Brisbane panel on the free seminar on Monday Aug 11 at the Troubadour for those musicians, managers, agents, promoters and music entrepreneurs wanting to showcase or attend South by Southwest in Texas on March 18 to 22. It starts at 6 pm, and includes tips on how to make the event work for you. Also speaking are Simon Horner of Plus One Records, Nick Crocker of Musicadium, Leigh Treweek of the SxSW guide, and Oz rep Phil Tripp. Pre-register with Qmusic at roxy@qmusic.com.au 07 3257 0013.

The seminars are also being held in two other cities:

Monday August 4 at the University of Sydney's Manning Bar with Tony George (Austrade Music Office Los Angeles), Glenn Dickie (EMI Music, producer of Aussie BBQ at SxSW for six years), Craig Treweek (Street Press Aust. Publisher of Australian Music Guide at SxSW), Millie Millgate (MusicNSW, artist manager and Australian Stand manageress), Phil Tripp (IMMEDIA! SxSW representative and six-time delegate) and Brad Thomas (Travel Managers and official SxSW travel agent 5 years).

Tuesday August 5 at the Corner Hotel Band Room in Melbourne.

Panel includes: Mary Mihelakos (Stagemothers, producer of Aussie BBQ at SxSW for six years), Leigh Treweek (Street Press Aust. Publisher of Australian Music Guide at SxSW), Jonathan Williamson (Program Manager Victoria Rocks, former artist manager) and Phil Tripp.

For further info go to http://www.themusic.com.au/sxsw

Gudinski to keynote at Big Sound

Michael Gudinski, chairman of the Mushroom Group of Companies, will deliver a keynote speech at QMusic’s seventh Big Sound Music Industry Summit and Showcase (September 10 -12). More speakers announced this week are Jordan Berliant (The Collective Music Group LA), Luke Bevans (Universal Music Australia), Ted Gardner (Larrikin Management and co-founder of Lollapolooza), Paul Brown (Red Hat 22 Radio Plugging, US) and Joan Warner (Commercial Radio Australia).

Q Music program director Stephen Green says 30 more will be announced, adding, “This year we have a diverse range of national and international music figures presenting at the event with a real focus on new developments in the industry and real business. Big Sound is about inspiration and learning, but where it comes into its own is its importance in the business calendar for meeting the players and doing deals. It’s a true industry event, not just a gab-fest.”

AEG Ogden bids for Perth Arena

Brisbane-based international venue management company AEG Ogden has confirmed its interest in operating the new $335 million Perth Arena. Construction has already started on the venue, which will have a 14,000-capacity for concerts and 12,000 for indoor sporting events. It is due to be open by 2010. On the weekend Western Australian premier Alan Carpenter that the Government is seeking private sector expertise to manage the venue.

Chairman and CEO, Harvey Lister said AEG Ogden was “definitely interested” in adding the Perth venue to its already impressive stable of arenas worldwide. “When it comes to experience in entertainment and sports management, AEG Ogden is more than qualified to work in partnership with the State Government to deliver benefits, both financial and quality events, to the people of Western Australia.”

AEG Ogden already operates 17 arenas, convention centres, stadia and theatres in the Asia Pacific region including four on behalf of the Perth Theatre Trust (Perth Concert Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre, Playhouse Theatre and Subiaco Arts Centre).

Arenas under AEG Ogden management include the 21,000 seat Acer Arena in Sydney; the 13,500 seat Brisbane Entertainment Centre; the 6,500 seat Newcastle Entertainment Centre and the 4,000 seat Great Hall at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Lister added, “Since the closure of the Perth Entertainment Centre, Western Australia has been somewhat hamstrung in terms of being able to attract major tours. We look forward to re-linking Perth to the international touring schedule of acts that we secure for our other venues throughout Australia.”

He said AEG Ogden envisaged the Perth Arena being used for the broadest range of events possible. “Central to this event schedule is the Hopman Cup, supplemented by the other sporting events as well as w orld concert blockbusters, family events and major arena spectaculars.”

Lister contacted the Western Australian Sports Commission on Monday to gain a better understanding of the precise operational needs and requirements to ensure a successful partnership with the State Government.

The entertainment and indoor sports venue is being built near the site of the old Entertainment Centre. There’ll be 500 corporate seats, an upmarket club lounge, a retractable roof and 680-bay underground car park.

Queensland government acclaims Musexpo’s deal making power…

The Queensland government’s funding of its music acts abroad continues to pay off, minister of trade John Mickel and minister for the arts Rod Welford announced . The government’s strategy has focused on Musexpo in Los Angeles as main entry point to the U.S. market. It spent an annual $113,163 between 2005 and 2008, to get delegates and showcasing acts to the event. These are jointly supported by Trade Queensland and Arts Queensland.

The three acts which showcased at this year’s Musexpo, April 27 to 30, have all signed deals, reports Mickel. Small Mercies secured U.S management with Alan Wolmark of New-York based CEC Management, and booking representation with Joe Berman of Los Angeles based Sumo Music. Their track “Innocent” was included in the DVD for hit TV show “Las Vegas”. The band firmed a Japanese release through SonyBMG and “close to finalizing a U.S. deal with a major label.” Small Mercies return to play the U.S. late 2008.

The Red Paintings are working with California-based tour coordinator Lippman Entertainment on a U.S. tour late 2008.

Gin Club are negotiating a U.S. distribution deal and discussions are underway to tour the U.K. and Europe this year.

Plus One Records secured representation for Los-Angeles-based publishing company pigFACTORY in Australia and is in discussions with Fontana Distribution for US and Canada distribution for its acts the Gin Club, Mary Trembles and Intercooler.

Other delegates are negotiating US management, podcasting and film/TV placement deals, Mickel says.

…and announces closer ties with UK’s Great Escape

The Boat People’s appearance at the May 15 to 17 Great Escape festival in England resulted in the act being signed to Live Nation for UK touring. It will release a vinyl single in the U.K. through dance label Club Fandango to coincide with a tour of the U.K. and U.S. in October and November.f

QMusic was represented at The Great Escape, and identified a number of U.K. music executives to be panelists at its Big Sound Music Industry Summit, 10-12 Sept in Brisbane.

Says minister for the arts Rod Welford, “Following this initial success, we are planning to build an ongoing collaborative relationship with The Great Escape Festival as an entry point for Queensland artists into the U.K. music industry."

Of the $209 million that the Queensland government spent on the arts sector in 2007/08, $1.3 million was on contemporary music.

New Troy Barrott contacts

With Troy Barrott’s new management company Hub Artists Services fully operational (www.hubartistservices.com), his new office phone is (02) 9904 0160 and email tbarrott@hubartistservices.com. Hub looks after Dappled Cities Fly, Old Man River, The Seabellies, Shelley Harland and The Curse Of Company.

Albert Hammond Jr. cancels, learns to whisper

Albert Hammond Jr, who was to have kicked off his solo tour this Wednesday in Melbourne, has cancelled. According to tour promoter Frontier Touring Company, “Albert is suffering a severe throat infection that has resulted in him losing his voice. He has been advised against performing by his doctor.”

The New York-based Strokes member was also supposed to play clubs in Sydney, Brisbane and at Byron Bay’s Splendour In The Grass. Splendour says they will not replace his slot. Frontier Touring’s statement added, “Frontier will be looking toward rescheduling the shows later in the year.”

Barnes article leads to summit action

Talk about John Lennon’s “revolution in your mind” coming to life. An interview with Jimmy Barnes in Adelaide’s “Sunday Mail” (April 27) to do something about the struggling folks in the city’s north where he was born has led to direct action. University of SA Pro Vice-Chancellor Hilary Winchester read the article and decided to do something about it. The result was a summit to tackle the hardship, with 300 politicians, church, sports, business, resident and welfare representatives to meet for a day on Friday at the Playford Civic Centre. But more than that, the SA government has been inspired as a result of the summit to appoint Jennifer Rankine as Northern Suburbs Minister, responsible for the area.

Higgins on Dennen album

Missy Higgins appears on Californian folk-rock sensation Brett Dennen’s next album. She saw Dennen play at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles, and, she says, “He just blew me away. His guitar playing is just effortless and his words so insightful.” They toured America together. Missy joins John Mayer and Michael Franti in singing Dennen’s praises. He tours here in September for Civil Society.

Geldof speaks in Melbourne

Sir Bob Geldof is a keynote speaker and presenter at the 8th annual Diversity@Work Awards to be held in Melbourne in November. The awards celebrate and promote achievements in diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Geldof said, “It is important for individuals and businesses of all sizes to recognise that they are all equally accountable in the challenge of improving workplace cohesion,” he said in a statement. “Inclusion and fair treatment are not privileges, but a collective organisational right. The moment for embracing workplace diversity is now and it is everyone`s responsibility”.

Three from Stephen Cummings….

Stephen Cummings has three projects on the go. There’s his album “Happiest Man Alive” which he recorded live in two days and which he says “is my best record yet” (why don’t these music chappies ever say “my latest record is a pile of steaming poo”) to be released through Head Records. He launches it at the George Fairfax Theatre at The Arts Centre on Saturday 16 August @ 8pm.

Cummings has finished his third book, “Mister Transistor”, a memoir, containing fifteen 5000-word essays about music and his life, for Hardie-Grant. The book pulls no punches and will be released early next year. He has also composed the music for the feature documentary, “Not Quite Hollywood”, which opens the Melbourne Film Festival soon and has commercial release in late August, as well as distribution in America and Europe.

…and two from Nessa Morgan

Sydney soul sistah Nessa Morgan’s set at the Basement in Sydney on the weekend previewed material from two projects. One is her sophomore album “NesKa” (which is her nickname), a soul, R&B and hip hop effort out in late August through Probono/MGM. The second is the “Writing Sessions” album due end of the year.

“Phantom” hits the 200,000 mark in Sydney

Ticket sales for the Sydney season of “The Phantom Of The Opera” has hit the 200,000 mark. Co-producers Tim McFarlane and John Frost last week released 65,000 new seats. The Sydney run, at the Lyric Theatre, ends on September 14.

The Klippel and Klippel show

“Klippel/Klippel: Opus 2008” is an audio-visual exhibition opening at the National Gallery of Victoria on 7 August. It puts music producer and composer Andrew Klippel with his father Robert Klippel, a leading sculptor of the post-war period. The exhibition will feature a group of almost 200 miniature sculptures produced by Robert Klippel from the 1970s to the 90s, mostly never before exhibited. Andrew has composed the music and sounds to accompany it.

Through The Past Darkly #1: Simon Baeyertz

“Rolling Stone” USA recently hunted down 10 former power music execs who had found new careers outside music. One of these was Simon Baeyertz, one time New York-based Head of International at V2 Records. Baeyertz started out his music career in New Zealand as a club dj, and then moved to Australia in 1987. He was offered the job of Creative Director at Mushroom Records. He established White Records and signed Frente! (whom he later managed) Christine Anu, Archie Roach, Grant McLennan, Paul Kelly and Hunters & Collectors. He also oversaw the merger of Mushroom and New Zealand's Flying Nun. He later moved to New York as Frente!’s career took off Stateside. These days, he and his wife are building a 22-room hotel called El Blok on Vieques, an island off Puerto Rico where they vacationed a lot. He told “Rolling Stone” the hotel should be opened by December 2009 and that “I am learning permitting, environmental assessment, contracting and designing a building — none of which I've ever done before.”

Through The Past Darkly #2: Musicadium unearths Oz treasures

Brisbane-based digital distributor Musicadium is handling back catalogue distribution for pub band Choirboys, folk singer Judy Small and country hero Ted Egan. Musicadium says it sets itself apart from other distributors by returning 100% of royalties to artists, offers a non-exclusive agreement, facilitates online marketing assistance and allows details track sale reporting. See www.musicadium.com

Through The Past Darkly #3: Aztec uncovers Shud, Kong

Melbourne-based retro label Aztec Music is re-releasing two more classic Australian albums. Both are remastered by Aztec boss Gil Matthews with liner notes by author Ian McFarlane.

Tamam Shud’s “Goolutionites and the Real People” was one of the first Australian psychedelic albums, released in 1970. The band was formed by singer and songwriter Lindsay Bjerre who was interested in acid-rock (Tamam Shud means "the very end" which was taken from the closing words of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam) and features a 15-year old guitar prodigy Tim Gaze. The band came from the surf community, and included tracks on the soundtracks of two Australian groundbreaking surf movies Paul Witzig's “Evolution” (1968) and Alby Falzon's “Morning of the Earth” (1972). The tracks are included on Aztec’s reissue, as are their 1972 non-LP single "I Got A Feeling" / "My Father Told Me" and four previously unreleased live tracks from Melbourne's Regent Theatre in 1971.

Mighty Kong was formed by Ross Wilson and Ross Hannaford after the massive success of Daddy Cool, set up to experiment with a heavier sound of their earlier bands Sons Of The Vegetal Mother and The Party Machine. Mighty Kong only lasted a year, as both Ross’s battled to overcome the spectre of Daddy Cool. That Kong’s label Wizard put out a live DC album just before Mighty Kong’s sole album “All I Wanna Do Is Rock” didn’t help. In fact, because there was so much DC stuff on the market, DC reformed for some shows — and went down such a storm that Kong was disbanded and DC stayed on. The re-released CD includes the single version of “Callin’ All Cats’ and previously unreleased studio jam of “All I Wanna Do Is Rock”.

Tina Arena performs with Bocelli

Tina Arena will performs with Andrea Bocelli on his August 22 to 30 arena tour — after she performs with him in Lithuania. According to promoter Craig McMahon Bocelli invited the French—based singer after hearing her album. “I think Tina`s voice is exceptional, and that she is the right singer to perform the duets with Andrea.”

Arena enthused, “I’ve been an Andrea Bocelli fan for a long time so having the opportunity to work with a man with such an amazing voice is just sublime.”

Timbaland coming to Oz, not Finland

The chaos surrounding the Timbaland tour — he was initially booked for shows in Finland at the same time as the Australian run — has been sorted out. Sort of. The Finland promoter has pulled out, leaving him free to play Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth between August 15 to 20. However the Melbourne date, Aug 23, sees him also advertised at the Coke Live Festival in Poland the same day. The day after that he’s supposed to be playing Auckland.

DMC dj championships: state results

The first two state winners of the DMC World Dj Championships have been decided.

In NSW reigning champion DJ Skoob took out the NSW state final for the unprecedented third time. DJ Typhonic and DJ What? cut and juggled their way to second and third respectively.

In Melbourne, DJ B.2wo went down a storm, and is generally seen as current Australian champion DJ Perplex’s greatest threat to the title. DJ Osyris finished in second place. DJ Elev8 and DJ Crusador tied for third place.

The ACT finals is on Friday Aug 1 at the Green Room in Phillip with Mexi, Nathan, Maggot Mouf, Dazed & Flawless and Roshambo.

The Western Australian final is also on Aug 1 at Funk Club at The Rosemount Hotel in North Perth, with DJ Dexter (4-time Australian DMC Champion, runner-up 2000 World finals) in attendance.

The Qld final is on Thursday 21st August at The Met in Fortitude Valley with Reason, Ciecmate and Fraksha plus Pure Product.

The grand final is on Saturday 6th September at the Hi Fi Bar in Melbourne.

Acid Eyeliner shift to the future

Sydney rock trio Acid Eyeliner have changed their name to My Future Lies (MFL). Taking their cue from how mid-80s hit band Flowers changed their name to Icehouse after their own album track, My Future Lies is the title track of their debut album. Singer Lukey Lukess said the old name gave people the wrong idea of where the band had developed musically. “The name has a double meaning and a nice twist to it. It also reflects something that has come from us and something we’ve grown into.” Lukess says they’ve tried the new monicker out on their fans on MySpace to positive results: te act in two years racked up a massive 500,000 song plays on their site.

Ahnaid wants to KIC

Nimbin-based Diana Anaid will perform at the Kids In Community Awards night at the Lismore Workers Club on August 5. The awards recognise those teenages who are positive role models for their peers, and among making appearances on the night are actress Rachel Ward and Triple J breakfast announcer Robbie Buck. Ahnaid told the “Lismore Northern Star” that she had run the organisers and asked to perform.

"I'm a local girl myself, and this is something that is pretty close to my heart," she told the newspaper. "I've come from an impoverished background and donated part of the profits from my last CD, Live At The Bush Theatre, to an organisation called Youth Off The Streets.

I'm also planning a future project where I'll be recording with some homeless kids from Sydney. The youth are the future."

Horsnell supporting Mraz

Sydney singer Melanie Horsnell and her band will open for San Diego songman Jason Mraz’s August dates. Mraz declared the opening slot open to Aussie acts and apparently selected them personally.

The Models hear motion

The Models — with James Freud and Sean Kelly — play two shows to coincide with their 30th anniversary. They’ll be joined by The Reels. Aside from an appearance at the Countdown Spectacular in 2006, this will be the first time that Kelly and Freud have toured as Models in eight years. “We might go into hibernation occasionally – actually, quite a lot,” Kelly says, “but we have never broken up.” The shows are at The Prince Bandroom, Melbourne (Thursday, September 25) and The Gaelic Club, Sydney (Saturday, September 27).

Aussie tribute to “Zorba The Greek” composer

A documentary on the life of Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, who wrote Zorba the Greek, was made in Australia. It premiered at the Luna Cinema in Leederville last Thursday. It was made by Perth City councillor Eleni Evangel and TV producer Russell Goodrick. Evangel initiated the project after she met daughter Margarita when she visited Perth with the Mikis Theodorakis Orchestra. The duo spent three years on the doco, visiting the 82-year old at his home in Greece and speaking to friends and family, hunting down rare footage of his performances, and sifting through his personal photo collection.

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New Signings

Mercury grooves with reunited CDB

Universal Music imprint Mercury Records Australia has signed reunited R&B vocal group CDB. The Melbourne-based act was with Sony in the early ‘90s, and had a series of hits. Their biggest was their cover of Earth Wind & Fire’s “Let’s Groove” which went to #2 and was highest selling Australian single of 1995. Their debut album “Glide With Me” went platinum. The band broke up after its second album “Lifted”, a more pop groove, failed.

This year, original members Gary Pinto, Andrew De Silva, Brad Pinto and Danny Williams reunited to record “The Funk Sessions”. Featuring hits by Kool & The Gang, Michael Jackson, Prince, The Isley Brothers, Commodores and Stevie Wonder, it’s out in October. They play at the The Palms, Crown Casino on September 13.

Peter Karpin, General Manager A&R Mercury Records, said about signing CDB, “I’m very excited by CDB’s reformation and signing to Mercury. Having worked with them before, I know just how good they are – their voices and harmonies are the bedrock of a vocal act up there with the very best. The upcoming ‘Funk Sessions’ project is a perfect vehicle for CDB to shine and enthral audiences once again.”

As solo acts, Andrew De Silva co-wrote/produced for Ricki Lee, Jessica Mauboy and Natalie Bassingthwaight. Brad Pinto co-wrote "I Am Tha One" with Mr Timothy. Gary Pinto co-wrote for Guy Sebastian, Anthony Callea and Mr Timothy including the theme song for World Youth Day 2008 “Receive The Power” which he performed live with Guy Sebastian & Paulini at the closing mass in front of half a million pilgrims.

Andrew De Silva, band member and producer of The Funk Sessions speaks about reforming CDB. “We have rediscovered the reasons why we first formed the band. The chemistry between us and the combined skills just amaze me.”

Mushroom Music adds Cut Copy, Winnie Cooper

Mushroom Music has signed synth pop/futuristic housers Cut Copy. They’ve had a heavy year, with “Ghost Colours” debuting the ARIA chart at #1, and touring the US with The Presets after European tour.

The publisher also inked Gold Coast based BBQ hip hop outfit The Winnie Coopers. The five piece incorporate soul, reggae and crackly beats with political messages and consists of The Educator (MC), Eloquence (vocals/guitar), Fingers Malone (drums), Young Tubs (Bass) and Bigbad (DJ/percussion).

ABC Music expands roster

ABC Music Publishing has announced a number of new signings.

Casey Laforet, Mark Sasso and Steve Pitkin are writers with Canadian blackgrass/ death country band Elliott Brood, who recently toured here behind their “Ambassador” album.

The Wilson Pickers are a contemporary bluegrass act made up of songwriters Danny Widdicombe, Ben Salter, Sime Nugent, John Bedggood and Andrew Morris. Their debut album “Land of the Powerful Owl” is out this year.

Adam Lopez, a Latino-influenced writer with a flair popera, gospel and dance- floor, is in the Guinness Book of Records for his 8-octave vocal range. His new album is titled “Till the End of Time”.

Dawes swings opens for Fogsongs

Fogsongs Music Publishing has added Sydney writer and performer Daniel Dawes. The signing took place during a break while he was recording his debut solo album “English Breakfast Tea” at Damien Gerard Studios for Foghorn Records. His psych-rock outfit The Winters, which he founded, is currently taking a break.

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In Through the Out Door

SonyBMG changes

At SonyBMG's Sydney headquarters, product manager Jen Carmody has left. Rebecca Gregg departed as PA for director of sales Chris May to become executive assistant for the Lifestyle head at XYZ Neworks. Cindy James moved over from Universal to join as national accounts coordinator looking after Big W and LEM.

Qld radio changes

The Gold Coast's 102.9 Hot Tomato announced Paul Holmes and Sean Flanagan as the new breakfast team. Their new drive duo is Luke Badnam and Mal Lees, the latter former half of radio legends Club Veg who were a smash on triple j and then on Triple M.

Anthony Frangi will be Program Director at 612 ABC Brisbane for the next 6 months.

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Things We Hear

* Europe's Sensation club ended months of speculation about its arrival by announcing its Melbourne date on New Years Eve. The announcement was made at Telstra Stadium where the room, carpet, waiters and food were all white!

* Has Sam Sparro signed on for Good Vibrations?

* Boundary Sounds is to unveil a weekly Saturday night at the newly refurbished Kings Cross Hotel.

* Sharon Osbourne says her dream headliner for Ozzfest is AC/DC.

* When it bought exclusive photos of Britney smoking with her kids scattered around her for a very high price, PBL Media sent a lawyer's letter saying there'd be legal hell to pay if any media ran them in this country. "The Australian" retaliated by running the address of a website where its readers could see them for free!

* Austereo's radio awards celebrations bash at the Oriental Hotel in Adelaide got so boisterous that management threw some djs out.

* Former Rogue Traders singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte who was holidaying in Spain when the news of her departure broke, is now in London writing her first solo album. Boyfriend Cameron McGlinchey (who's also left the Rogues) will fly out from Australia to meet her in London. Recording of the album will take place in LA.

* Actor Rohan Watts must have been convincing performing in the Adelaide run of the musical "The Wedding Singer" — a member of the audience asked him to sing at a real life wedding.

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Lifelines

Carr baby

Melbourne based manager Ralph Carr (Vanessa Amorosi, Kate Ceberano, Carl Risley) and his wife Emma took delivery of new daughter Jada Elizabeth Carr on Monday afternoon.

Vale Jesse Younan

One of Sydney's most original story tellers, singer songwriter Jesse Younan, passed away on July 22 at Westmead Hospital from acute myeloid leukemia aged 35. Self-taught, Younan started playing the guitar at six years old, and had a style compared to UK folkies Bert Jansch and John Martyn. He said of his music "I don't sound like Robert Johnson, but the way I approach music is similar to the blues. Both have honesty and rawness at the root of them. It's about making the soul audible." He finished his fourth album "A Good Day for a Migraine" weeks before he was diagnosed in February (it was released through Vitamin Records). He is survived by his mother Nadia, father Tony, brother Emad and eight-year old daughter Ella.

Vale Jan Wawrzynczak

Canberra arts administrator and theatre personality Jan Wawrzynczak died last Friday in hospital aged 52. He had been recovering in hospital from a motorcycle accident several weeks ago. UK-born Wawrzynczak arrived in Australia in 1967. With a background in theatre (he was an actor and artistic director of seven theatre companies and worked as a stage manager, lighting designer and operator), financial and management background and eager to promote multicultural arts, he served on numerous arts and cultural boards and committees, including Australia Council, Arts Tasmania, Carnivale, Creative Cultures, Multicultural Arts Alliance, Artswest, and NSW Youth Theatres Alliance. He was also chair of the Multicultural Arts Alliance.

Moving to Canberra in 2001, he was also involved in the ACT Cultural Council, became the general manager of Canberra Youth, and later multicultural arts officer with ArtsACT and served on the Arts ACT Arts Funding Advisory Committee. At the time of his death, he was Arts and Cultural Development Officer at Belconnen Community Centre (and involved in the building of the Belconnen Arts Centre), a board member of Canberra Arts Marketing Inc., a member of the Australia Council's community partnerships committee and a member of the Kultour touring network.

A statement from the Australia Council said, "Jan's commitment to promoting cultural diversity, and making the arts and culture central to Australia's everyday life, will be sadly missed by all those who had the privilege to know him. His legacy will live on wherever communities across Australia are involved in defining their own cultural development."

Jan Wawrzynczak is survived by his wife Anni Doyle, his son Tristan and stepson Callum Doyle-Scott.

Chugg becomes grandfather

Promoter Michael Chugg became a grandfather after his son Nick and partner Donna had a son, Harley Victor Chugg.

Lisa, Dean, hit Split City

The Veronicas Lisa Origliasso and "Australian Idol" winner Dean Geyer have split up "due to personal and professional commitments." They got engaged last year.

Sandiland, Jaber, fix date

Wedding invitations have apparently gone out for radio/TV person Kyle Sandiland and singer Tamara Jaber for an October wedding.

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Aussies Abroad

Delta makes friends in America

Delta Goodrem's move into the U.S. market has been fraught with the problems, including the perception that she was like a hundred other American singers, and her former label Columbia leaking to the Australian media of problems with her manager mum. But this time around, armed with a new label (Mercury/Decca) things seem to be moving past the starting point.

Her first American album "Delta" is #1 at the Billboard's coveted Top New Artist/Heatseekers Chart. She appeared on the top-rated morning show The View. There have been features in People Magazine, OK! Magazine and Billboard. At VH-1, her video for first single, "In This Life," climbed to #11 on the Top 20 Video Countdown. "In This Life," also continues to move up the Hot AC airplay chart.

Goodrem also has some powerful media supporters. After seeing her perform at the Jorge Posada Foundation's "Hero's 4 Hope" benefit, Kelly Ripa raved on-air on Live With Regis & Kelly, "she was phenomenal. She's gorgeous and really quite a talent...She's very big around the world and now she's going to conquer America."

Industry buzz-maker Roger Friedman with Fox News 411 commented "Attention talent bookers at all the TV shows: Delta Goodrem is about to arrive in the U.S. from Australia. The 23-year-old's debut album on Mercury is sensational and should establish her in the Celine Dion/Faith Hill mode. The girl can sing, she's beautiful and she has a story: At 18, she overcame Hodgkin's lymphoma. I'm told she's already booked with "The View." Regis, Matt and Meredith, Jay Leno, take heed: Here comes a Grammy Best New Artist nominee." Perez Hilton has posted several items on Delta, again raving about "In This Life," "We LOVE this song! This is power pop! Deeeelish."

Next up for Goodrem is an appearance on Olivia Newton-John & Friends: A Celebration In Song, a benefit CD to be released on July 29th, with proceeds to benefit the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, as well as confirmed appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman (September), Fox & Friends, Access Hollywood and Extra. See www.us-deltagoodrem.com.

AC/DC shooting a video

According to New York radio, AC/DC head to London in early August to shoot a video for their next single — either "Runaway Train" or "Rock & Roll Train". The album is apparently due late October and a world tour should be announced "in the coming weeks."

8 Ball rolls back from first world tour

Brisbane blues performer 8 Ball Aitken has returned from his first world tour, playing in Singapore, England, Poland, Finland and Japan. In Singapore, he nearly sold out his entire tour stock of his new album on the first night — and a heated bargaining session over the price of the local durian fruit ended up abruptly when the large made fruit seller showed his knife.

In England he got a lot of BBC coverage and posed on Penny Lane (of the Beatles song fame) for a photo shoot. The Polish dates ranged from hip clubs in Warsaw and Lodz to rustic rural venues like a century-old hall decorated with deer antlers and iron agricultural implements, playing to hundreds of vodka-drinking, dancing and cheering farmers, some of whom had arrived via horse-drawn carts. In Finland, he dined on elk meat, wild boar and cloudberries while meeting with promoters. And in Japan (gigging in that nation for the fourth time), appearing at the Rokko Sun Music Festival. This year he completed his third tour of Fiji, where he worked with the Australian government as a cultural ambassador for the "See Australia In A Different Light" promotion last month. He performed at the Australian High Commission and the Oceania Centre for the Arts, as well as gigs all around the island of Viti Levu, where he was featured in a full-page story in the national newspaper, and in prime-time airplay on Fiji's most popular radio station. 8 Ball's most recent USA tour included gigs in Nashville, Los Angeles and New York City. "The Americans just loved my Aussie accent," 8 Ball notes. "They couldn't get enough of it. But some of them thought I was from England!"

Now back on Oz soil, Aitken will release his new album "Rebel With A Cause" on his favourite day – 08.08.08. The CD will be launched on Friday, 8 August at 8 pm at the Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley with Jackie Marshall and the Black Alles Band, The Reversals, and the Long Green Beans. The single "Cyclone Country" is #1 on Brisbane's 98.9 FM, receiving airplay in over 16 countries, and a featured song on Japan's Radio Coccolo. The video depicts 8 Ball's experience of working through a cyclone during his early teens on a banana plantation. Produced by Queensland's Jason Millhouse, it broadcast on the ABC-TV's "Rage" the Country Music Channel and the CAAMA network. An animated Japanese 'anime' video clip of the song is currently being filmed in Japan for release later this year.

Kate Miller-Heidke films LA sessions

Brisbane based Kate Miller-Heidke is currently in LA with band members Keir, Steve & Ben, working on the follow up to "Little Eve" - out in October. She is working with the producer Mickey Petralia (Beck, Ladytron, Flight of the Conchords). The singer has been filming BTS footage and has just uploaded a video blog onto her website http://www.katemillerheidke.com/.

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Opportunity Knocks

Win a slot on Sounds Of Spring festival

Sounds of Spring, Timeoff Magazine and Newcity Entertainment have teamed up to give a Brisbane act a chance to join the bill for the Sounds of Spring Festival to be held at the RNA Showgrounds on Saturday October 11. Email bandcomp@soundsofspring.com.au to receive entry details. On the bill are Cog, Spiderbait, The Herd, British India, Parkway Drive, Resin Dogs and others.

Deadline for Darebin Music Feast Songwriters' Award

Entries for the Darebin Music Feast Songwriters' Award have to be in by Friday 8 August. There are four prizes:

APRA Open Award (all ages) (Entry fee: $10) Prizes: $1200 APRA Award; 8 hours recording time with engineer at Jam Hut studios; 4 hours of studio mastering time at Indie Masters; an interview, membership and CD pack from PBS 106.7 FM; $100 Guitar World Voucher; $600 paid gig at the Darebin Community and Kite Festival 2009; $75 paid gig at 2009 Songwriters' Award launch as the 'featured artist'; $50 paid gig at the Darebin Songwriters' Guild as a 'featured artist'.

Above Love Award (all ages) (Entry fee: $10). Prizes: $600 APRA Award; interview, membership and CD pack from PBS 106.7FM; $100 Guitar World Voucher; $600 paid gig at the Darebin Community and Kite Festival 2009; $75 paid gig at the 2009 Songwriters' Award launch as 'featured artist'.

Decibels Youth Award (12-18*) (Entry fee: $5). Prizes: $150 APRA Award; 6 hours recording time with engineer at Decibels Youth Music Centre; invitation to feature as a 'guest' at Decibels Acoustic Night; membership and CD pack from PBS 106.7FM; $50 Guitar World voucher.

Junior Award (5-11*) (Entry fee: Free) Prizes: $50 APRA Award; 4 hours recording time with engineer at Decibels Youth Music Centre; invitation to feature as a 'guest artist' at Decibels Acoustic Night; CD pack from PBS 106.7FM, $50 Guitar World Voucher.

Schools for cats

Nova 106.9's "Rock School" attempts to find a band from a Brisbane primary and second school to put under the spotlight. Winner gets $5,000 cash and the chance to play on Nova's Live & Loud concert on August 16 with Faker and Intercooler. Entries must be at Nova 106.9 by 5pm, Wednesday July 30 via mp3 or CD. A judging panel will choose 10 finalists (5 Original and 5 Covers). All finalists will be announced on-air Friday 1 August. The public votes for their fave. Judges includes Powderfinger's Darren Middleton, Nova 106.9 Music Director Kate Casey, Courier Mail entertainment writer Matt Connors and Ekka entertainment manager Denis Sheahan.

Get community funding

The third and final round of the Q150 Community Funding Program closes on 5 September. The Qld government has grants of between $2000 and $10,000 for community projects and community-managed events that celebrate Qld's 150th year. By end of 2008, $4 million in grants will be allocated. If you are a local council, school, tertiary institution (including TAFE), incorporated organisation or community group, you can apply for funding. See www.q150.qld.gov.au

Student composer awards

The Sibelius Composer Awards invite secondary and tertiary students to submit an original composition to compete with other student composers across Australia. All entrants will receive considered feedback from A panel of judges, including James Morrison, Paul Grabowsky, Matthew Hindson, Graeme Koehne, Andrea Keller and others. Winners and finalists receive prizes of cash, music technology products from Avid Audio brands Sibelius, Digidesign and M-Audio, and the invaluable opportunity to workshop their pieces with Ensemble Offspring and conductor Roland Peelman in preparation for the Sibelius Composer Awards Concert at the Sydney Conservatorium and broadcast on ABC Classic FM. More information www.sibelius.com/competition/composer/2008/index.html - entries close Monday 15 September.

WA Country Music Awards call out

The 24th WA Country Music Awards will be held in conjunction with the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival, 12-15 February 2009. The top three in each category will perform at a Gala Awards Presentation on Friday the 13th. Competitors will be judged by a panel of industry members and talent scouts. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Boyup Brook Country Music web site www.countrymusicwa.com.au - or contact Rhonda Parker (08) 9765 3079. Entries for 2009 WA Country Music Awards close Tuesday 30 September.

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Listen to the Brand

Tooheys competition finds winner

Tooheys Extra Dry's Uncharted competition ended with a grand final at Oxford Art Factory. Here Come The Birds were announced as winners over Pressure Radio. The Grates headlined, the supply of Toohey's Extra Dry through the night seemed ever-ending ... and we'll never know how the 1300 who RSVP'd squeezed into the 500-capacity venue!

Boost Mobile's trek on TV

Boost Mobile's "Rock The Schools" workshops/performances tour was filmed for a half hour documentary. It will be shown on Channel 9 nationally at 11.30am on 16 August. Arts minister Peter Garrett called it a "fantastic initiative" because it gave young fans the chance to see how the music biz works "and they get to understand all the facets of the industry which they might want to take up as a career."

Iriver on search to find video directors, musicians

Following the success of Dukes of Windsor's smash hit 'The Others' in 2007 (a venture funded and supported by iriver) iriver and talent scouts are at Taboo want discover the next batch of budding video music directors and musicians.

"The brand's priority has always been to give something back to the audiences who have supported us," enthused Malcolm Kennedy, Managing Director of CR Kennedy the official Australian distributors of iriver. "That's why iriver are keen to get their hunting caps on and begin the search for the next breed of creative genius."

The competition is based around a monster named 'Harold'. As iriver say, Harold wasn't always a monster, but became one by trying so hard to fit in that he stopped being himself and became just like everyone else. He is the poster boy for an initiative that encourages participants to think outside of the box and submit entries with a difference.

The website www.ivemadeit.com.au launches on August 1st. Entries close on November 5, and a monster party will be held on November 12 to announce the winners in both the music and video clip category that will then be produced and used in a national advertising campaign for the new iriver E100 unit. The iriver E100 is now available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB at JB Hi Fi stores from $99.

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Associations

Tasmanian Regional Arts hosts arts event

Tasmanian Regional Arts will host the 2010 Regional Arts Australia national conference in Launceston — in a first for Tasmania.

It will draw hundreds of artists and artsworkers from all over Australia and overseas. The host city will be the hub of cultural activity, performance, exhibitions, discussion and debate August 27 to 29.

The conference will focus on the theme of island inspiration, and Tasmanian creativity will be showcased in a comprehensive artistic program as part of the conference.

Regional Arts Australia is the key national body representing arts organisations and artists working in regional Australia. It promotes the development of the arts and access to arts and culture for Australians living in regional, rural and remote parts of the country.

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Court in the Act

Bouncer jailed

Daniel Murphy, 22, sold drugs while working at the Pulse and Doors nightclubs in Mackay. Last week he was jailed for three years, to be released on parole on January 7 next year, requiring him to serve six months before being released. Murphy admitted he liked selling drugs because he "enjoyed the lifestyle" that making close to $90,000 a year from dealing. When caught, he named 18 of his "clients".

Thug fined for punching bouncer over 3 am lockout

29 year old electrician Dane Jensen punched a bouncer who wouldn't let him into the Platinum Lounge on June 1 because it was after the 3 am lockout. Jensen told arresting cops he'd just broken up with his girlfriend and "having a blow-out." It was an expensive one. He had to pay the bouncer's $3500 denture repairs, and last week was fined $1500 when he pleaded guilty in the Mackay Magistrate's Court.

Tasmanian teen charged with assault

Tasmanian police arrested and charged a 19-year old man with wounding. This followed an incident on Monday night when police were called to the Isobar nightclub in Hobart at 2.30 am after a disturbance, which saw a 22-year old man taken to hospital with facial cuts.

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Venue Vibes

Adelaide's Gov Hindmarsh wins award

Three Adelaide venues associated with live music got gongs at the South Australian Hotels' Association awards at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The Governor Hindmarsh got best entertainment venue while the Arkaba got best sporting entertainment venue. Largs Pier Hotel won a number including best bar presentation.

Latest on Byron centre

Despite the sit-ins and rallies, the Byron Youth Activities Centre still remains closed to live music after 18 months. Byron Shire Council closed it as an entertainment venue because it didn't have a Place of Public Entertainment licence and didn't want any hassles from the inevitable whining residents. But we hear council is calling for tenders to do some physical work on the building to make it eligible for a licence. It hopes it'll open doors to bands by December.

Loft in love

The Loft Bar, UTS, made a claim on becoming a hot Sydney undergrond venue with the launch in August of a new program featuring eight different nights spread across a monthly roster.

The Thursdays have "Reggae On A School Night", a roots and reggae night presented by Firehouse and Basslines (FBi).

"Flunked" is a new free night covering funk and soul, indie, hip hop, and electronica.

"Beatfigher" / "Feed Timing" is a bi-monthly nights designed to support new talent with cash prizes. "Feeding Time" is an MC comp and "Beatfighter" is a producer based night with live demos of everything from scratching, beatmaking, Ableton and live drums.

"Wax'ed" is a free DnB, grimme, dub step and hip hop night featuring live acts and DJ's as Inna Riddim, Kobra Kai, Dazed & Fawless, D

Tech, Garage Pressure, Lincoln, Vertigo, Mode, Aggrovator, Reload and Gotham.

Fridays has hip hop night "Proper", while "Juiced" has Hiphop, Funk, Breaks, Baltimore, Bassline, Garage, Fidget, Booty Bass, Ghetto Tech with resident DJs Hugga Thugg, Shamozzle, Max Billionaire, Wax Motiff, Temnien and Jarrad Bleechmore.

Simon Caldwell and Harry Sounds present "Hang Up Your Hang Ups", a monthly Friday evening foray into boogie down beats and left of centre dance. From modern soul to afro beat, from latin funk to cosmic disco.

Under the Sea goes gold

Subiaco's Under The Sea nightclub in Rokeby Road relaunched as a glamour nightspot called Gold, opening on Fridays and Saturdays. Opening night saw guests delving into oysters, sushi and French champagne while listening to Melbourne DJs Pauli Cutin and Gianni V who played deep house with Latin overtones.

La Bomba creates Mango night

Latino events company La Bomba launches new Friday Latino night "Mango" at the Savvy Bar in Light Square in Adelaide (149 Waymouth Street) on August 1. Clubbers are promised salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton, samba, Latin Pop, Cumbia, zouk, boogaloo, timba, descarga, pachanga and Latin Dance. La Bomba will also stage shows " from salsa to reggaeton, samba and beyond." Playing on the opening night are Dj Pato (Melbourne/ Chile), Dj Rumbero

(Adelaide/ Colombia), Dj Raza (Adelaide/ El Salvador), Dj Mamut

(Adelaide/ Venezuela) and Sj Senorita (Adelaide/ Chile).

Hobart clubs to take law into their hands?

Hobart's Video City caused a ruckus recently when it started to post images from its surveillance cameras of alleged shoplifters on its front cover. Police and civil libertarians were concerned, if not angry. But stealing was down. Now the "Hobart Mercury" reports that live music venues and other businesses on the city's waterfront are talking about doing the same thing with troublemakers on their premises. They also want to distribute the pictures to local bars and restaurants. They say that the new closed-circuit television cameras in the area installed to deter such troublemakers are not working, that violence is getting worse, and that more police presence is needed.

Idle Hands at Laundry

The Sounds crew, behind Minimal Fuss and the We Love Sounds festival, will start a new monthly residency at Chinese Laundry called Idle Hands. It launches Friday August 8th, with the first party featuring Sweat It Out's electro duo Act Yo Age, with James Taylor, Jeff Drake and Subskii in the main room, and techheads Pete Nouveau, Telefunken and Baz in the Cave.

Brisbane's Mercury closes in controversy

Brisbane's Mercury nightclub, which is set for the wrecking ball, had planned a farewell with a underage teen disco where, according to owner Lou Manetti, "the kids could come and have fun." Only soft drinks and bottled water were served. However, police and emergency services were peeved that safety requirements they had demanded were not adhered to. News of the night went like wildfire through MySpace, Bebo and SMS and by 7 pm the club was jam-packed with 1700 people. Authorities closed it down three hours later. Four clubbers were arrested, and a 15-year old was so drunk he had to be carted off to hospital.

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Take This Job and Love It

Membership Co-ordinator for Fresh FM

Adelaide's Fresh 92.7, which has 220,000 regular weekly listeners, is looking for a self-driven Membership Co-ordinator to grow its membership and subscriber numbers. You need Certificate IV Training minimum, database management, proven ability to manage and prioritise a varied workload, proven experience in a not-for-profit, or similar organization, and experience of training or managing people. Hey would also prefer someone with experience in writing reports, advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and appreciation of the role of community radio. Email admin@freshfm.com.au for further info. Applications can be emailed to stacey.pallaras@freshfm.com.au by Friday August 8 at 5pm.

Raise funds for Greenpeace

Greenpeace is looking for committed types to join their door fundraising team. Earn $14 - 28 per hour. Sales experience an advantage, but not essential if you are a good communicator and have a keen interest in environmental issues. For more information call 0418 291 931 or email eltan.mestan@au.greenpeace.org

WAM looking for all ages program manager

WAM (West Australian Music) will require the services of a Program Manager for their all ages RAMMPAAGE Program. RAMMPAAGE (Regional And Metropolitan Music Program for all ages) supports all ages local original contemporary music events through funding and skills training opportunities. They are looking for an experienced person who can:

* Manage all aspects of the delivery of funding to qualified applicants, including recruiting and evaluating applicants, and evaluating the success of sponsored events.
* Manage the delivery of training to successful applicants
* Identify and manage opportunities for the growth of the program, including working with other team members in sourcing resources required.
* Work internally to develop synergies across WAM's range of activities.
* Carry out other duties as may be required from time to time.

Download the job application pack from www.wam.asn.au or contact WAM's Business Manager Mike Jeffrey - mike@wam.asn.au or (08) 9227 7962 if you would like the pack sent to you. Applications for the position close 5pm Wednesday 6 August.

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Awards and Honours

Halfway to paradise

John Busby and Chris Dale, of Brisbane alt-country band Halfway are the second recipients of the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship. They'll use the $20,000 prize to go to London in November to write their next album. Recipients choose between London, New York and Berlin — three cties that McLennan found inspirational.

Project Mayhem crowned WA's The Next Big Thing

The eyes are looking at the Perth music scene after Billboard ran a major piece on the growing international presence of the city. So it's good timing that Western Australia's Next Big Thing competition has announced its winners.

Punk-pop act Project Mayhem were declared the winners. They were knocked out of the heats a few years ago, but organizers say they return more confident and cheeky, and with greater vengeance this year.

Jazz hip-hop act The Typhoons came second, and infectious popsters Boys Boys Boys! Were third. The $1,000 APRA Song Writing Award went to The Words from the South West regional semi final. See www.nextbigthing.net.au

Singer songwriter night finds winner

The winner of the Tempo Lifestyle singer songwriter night was Kate Costello — whose prize was to record with US producer Supe (Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson). We hear Supe almost didn't make it down. He had an issue with organizers flying him through Iraq and Afghanistan where, like, they don't like Americans or something.

Finalists announced for 2008 Radio Awards

The battle for Best On-Air Team will be fiercely contested this year between The Hamish and Andy Show (Fox FM 101.9), The Kyle and Jackie O Show (2Day FM), Merrick and Rosso and Kate Ritchie (Nova 969) and Michelle and Smallzy in Brisbane (Nova 106.9) – all announced as finalists for the 2008 Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs). 2DayFM's Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O have won this award for the past two years and Nova's Merrick and Rosso are also past winners.

The well-known on-air teams will join many radio personalities and talking heads from across metropolitan, regional and country stations as finalists in the 20th annual ACRAs, with the winners to be announced at Conrad Jupiters on the Gold Coast on October 11.

Organised by Commercial Radio Australia, on behalf of the commercial radio industry, the awards include 32 categories, which cover all areas of radio broadcasting including news, talk, sport, music and entertainment. The ACRAs are peer judged with judging panels comprised of industry members. Winners in each category are from metropolitan, provincial and country stations. This year there is one new category – Best Multimedia Execution, to recognise innovative multimedia campaigns which involve listeners, using a website and podcasts, mobile phones or other multimedia applications. The list is also on our website: www.commercialradioaustralia.com.au.

BEST ON-AIR TEAM

Brett Thomas and Craig Huth, 107.3 MAX FM, Taree, NSW, Super Network C
Ali and Dazza, 93.5 Star FM, Dubbo, NSW, Macquarie Southern Cross Media C
The Juice with Jase & Josh, Jason Scheidl & Josh Torney, 96.1 Star FM, Mount Gambier, SA, Macquarie Southern Cross Media C
Power and Pete, Sammy Power and Pete Timbs, 91.1 Hot FM, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Prime Radio P
CFM Morning Crew, Lizzy and Hamish, CFM 100.7, Toowoomba, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Minnie and Phil Breakfast Show, Minnie Cummins & Phil Brandel, Hot FM, Cairns, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Sea FM Morning Crew, Brad and Mak, Sea FM, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Scotty and Nige for Breakfast, Scott Masters and Nigel Johnson, FM 104.7, Canberra, ACT, ARN/ Austereo P
The Hamish and Andy Show, Fox FM 101.9, Melbourne, VIC, Austereo M
The Kyle and Jackie O Show, 2Day FM, Sydney, NSW, Austereo M
Merrick and Rosso and Kate Ritchie, Merrick Watts, Tim Ross and Kate Ritchie, Nova 969, Sydney, NSW, DMG Radio Australia M
Michelle and Smallzy, Nova 106.9, Brisbane, QLD, DMG Radio Australia M

BEST MUSIC PERSONALITY

Cameron Williams, 97.7 Snow FM, Cooma, NSW, Capital Radio C
Karina Singer, Sea FM, Maryborough, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media C
Justin Coombes-Pearce, B-Rock FM 99.3, Bathurst, NSW, Bathurst Broadcasters C
Annwen Hughes, 93.5 Star FM, Dubbo, NSW, Macquarie Southern Cross Media C
Brad Pottinger (Potts), Hot FM, Cairns, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Michael Etheridge (Mike E), The Edge 96.1, Western Sydney, NSW, Australian Radio Network P
Michael Batty, NX FM, Newcastle, NSW, Austereo P
Peter 'Scooter' Carter, Sea FM, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Dave Williams, Triple M, Melbourne, VIC, Austereo M
Mike Fitzpatrick, Triple M, Melbourne, VIC, Austereo M
Rod Maldon (The Irod), Fox FM 101.9, Melbourne, VIC, Austereo M
Emily Jade O'Keefe, Nova 106.9, Brisbane, QLD, DMG Radio Australia M
Jamie Row, Nova 969, Sydney, NSW, DMG Radio Australia M
Jabba, Nova 969, Sydney, NSW, DMG Radio Australia M

BRIAN WHITE MEMORIAL AWARD

Paul Bentley, 3AW, Melbourne, VIC, Fairfax Radio Network
Laura Tunstall, 2GB, Sydney, NSW, Macquarie Radio Network
Matthew Pantelis, 5AA, Adelaide, SA, DMG Radio Australia

BEST PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Louise Poole, 2NM/ Power FM, Muswellbrook, NSW, Grant Broadcasting C
Cameron Williams, 2XL, Cooma, NSW, Capital Radio C
Damien 'Will' Willoughby, 93.5 Star FM, Dubbo, NSW, Macquarie Southern Cross Media C
Andrew Very, KO FM/ NX FM, Newcastle, NSW, Austereo P
Ross Turner, 92.7 Mix FM/ Sea FM, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Jason Matthews, 92.5 Gold FM/ Sea FM 90.9, Gold Coast, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Steve Mummery, Mix 94.5 FM, Perth, WA, Austereo M
Jamie Angel, 2Day FM, Sydney, NSW, Austereo M
Dave Cameron, Fox FM 101.9, Melbourne, VIC, Austereo M
Nic Nolan, 5AA, Adelaide, SA, DMG Radio Australia M

BEST MUSIC DIRECTOR

George Mihalos, 2XL, Cooma, NSW, Capital Radio C
Karina Singer, Sea FM, Maryborough, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media C
Cam Kleinschmidt, FM 104.7, Grafton, NSW, Super Network C
Annwen Hughes, 93.5 Star FM, Dubbo, NSW, Macquarie Southern Cross Media C
Dan Cole, WA FM, WA, Redwave Media P
Johnno Keetels, KO FM, Newcastle, NSW, Austereo P
Matt Sutton, Sea FM, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Olivia Belvedere, Sea FM 90.9, Gold Coast, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Dion Clewett, Star 104.4, Central Coast, NSW, DMG Radio Australia P
Russell Clarke, Mix 94.5 FM, Perth, WA, Austereo M
Scott Baker-Smith, Fox FM 101.9, Melbourne, VIC, Austereo M
Jamie Chaux, 2Day FM, Sydney, NSW, Austereo M
Kate Casey, Nova106.9, Brisbane, QLD, DMG Radio Australia M

BEST SHOW PRODUCER – ENTERTAINMENT & MUSIC

Chae Rogan, The Bigger Breakfast, 96.5 Wave FM, Wollongong, NSW, Grant Broadcasting NM
George Mihalos, Vinyl Revival, 2XL, Cooma, NSW, Capital Radio NM
Joseph Gleeson, Mark and Lisa in the Morning, Mix 106.3 FM, Canberra, ACT, ARN/ Austereo NM
Vicki Poupounaki, Grubby and Dee Dee Breakfast Show, Gold 104.3 FM, Melbourne, VIC, Australian Radio Network M
Donna Puechmarin, B105 Breakfast Show with Labrat, Camilla and Stav, B105, Brisbane, QLD, Austereo M
Sam Cavanagh, The Hamish and Andy Show, Fox FM 101.9, Melbourne, VIC, Austereo M
Sacha French, Hughesy and Kate, Nova 100, Melbourne, VIC, DMG Radio Australia M

BEST MUSIC SPECIAL

Under the Covers, David Bauche and Louise Poole, 2NM, Muswellbrook, NSW, Grant Broadcasting C
The Life & Times of Michael Hutchence, The Sea FM Morning Crew, Sea FM, Bundaberg, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media C
Blue Suede Cadillac - 51 Years of Elvis, Rob Sharples and Lachlan Kitchen, i98, Wollongong, NSW, Win Corporation P
7LA's Salute to Elton John, Marc McCreadie, 7LA, Launceston, TAS, Grant Broadcasting P
Concert in the Kombi, Ross Turner and Matt Sutton, 91.9 Sea FM, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Remembering Michael Hutchence - 10 Years On, MCM Entertainment, Melbourne, VIC M
Elton John, Nigel Haines and John Peters, Gold 104.3 FM, Melbourne, VIC, Australian Radio Network M
Thank You for the Music, Epic Marketing Team, Classic Hits Network, Australian Radio Network M
When Love Changed the Music, Gold 104 Promotions & The Epic Marketing Team, Classic Hits Network, Australian Radio Network M
Ten Things I Hate About You, Kyle and Jackie O, 2Day FM, Sydney, NSW, Austereo M
Jabba and Foo Fighters, Stefan Mitchell and Daniel Pearson, Nova 969, Sydney, NSW, DMG Radio Australia M

BEST PROMOTIONS DIRECTOR

Tania Kimmins, i98, Wollongong, NSW, Win Corporation NM
Maree Phelan, 92.7 Mix FM/ 91.9 Sea FM, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media NM
Kristie Pain, 92.5 Gold FM/ 90.9 Sea FM, Gold Coast, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media NM
Sarah Ferman, 101.3 Sea FM / 107.7 2GO FM, Gosford, NSW, Macquarie Southern Cross Media NM
Kate Edwards, 2GB/ 2CH, Sydney, NSW, Macquarie Radio Network M
Claudine Hall, Mix FM/ Classic Hits Networks, Australian Radio Network M
Tim Dwyer, Nova 969, Sydney, NSW, DMG Radio Australia M
Leanne Glamuzina, Nova 106.9, Brisbane, QLD, DMG Radio Australia M

BEST NETWORKED PROGRAM

Access All Areas, Danni McCallum, Macquarie Southern Cross Media C
The Dirty 30, Trent McCurdy, ACE Radio Broadcasters C
Charles Wooley Across Australia, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Classic Vinyl, Trevor Smith, Peter Bilston and Simon Baker, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
The List with Matty and Renee, Matt Acton and Renee Peterson, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
The Benchwarmers, Ant and Becks, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
The Hamish and Andy Show, Today Network, Austereo M
Hot 30 Countdown, Today Network, Austereo M
Kyle and Jackie O's Hour of Power, Today Network, Austereo M
3AW Football, Fairfax Radio Network M
Steve Price, Fairfax Radio Network M

BEST COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT

Plasma For A Plasma, Liana Lambert and Stephany Winter, Sea FM, Bundaberg, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media C
2BS School Chat, Kerry Peck and Andrea Moore, 1503 2BS Gold, Bathurst, NSW, Bathurst Broadcasters C
2GN Community Calendar, Steve Swadling, 2GN, Goulburn, NSW, Capital Radio C
Hamish's Big Bike Ride, Lizzy and Hamish, CFM Morning Crew, CFM 100.7, Toowoomba, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Marty and Erica's Camp Quality Convoy for Kids, Marty Haynes, Erica Hodge and Tania Kimmins, i98, Wollongong, NSW, Win Corporation P
Kids Alive, Peter Maden, 90.9 Sea FM, Gold Coast, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
50 Hours Non-Stop, 90.9 Sea FM Morning Crew, 90.9 Sea FM, Gold Coast, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Youngcare, Triple M, Brisbane, QLD, Austereo M
B105 Christmas Appeal, B105, Brisbane, QLD, Austereo M
The Gotcha Call CD 3, The Matt and Jo Show, Fox FM 101.9, Melbourne, VIC, Austereo M
Girls Bike Convoy, Merrick Watts, Tim Ross, Kate Ritchie, Tim Dwyer & Emily Murch, Nova 969, Sydney, NSW, DMG Radio Australia M
Kick in 4 Kids Radiothon, 5AA, Adelaide, SA, DMG Radio Australia M

BEST MULTIMEDIA EXECUTION

Becky's Big Day, Katie Shriner, SA FM 107.1, Adelaide, SA, Austereo
Seat Yourself, Kate Edwards, 2GB, Sydney, NSW, Macquarie Radio Network
Bruno Bouchet, Mix 106.5 FM, Sydney, NSW, Australian Radio Network
The Thank You Project, Eric Stephens and Claudine Hall, Mix FM Network, Australian Radio Network
Matt and Jo's Nude Wedding, Fox FM 101.9, Melbourne, VIC, Austereo
Matt and Jo Live Together, Fox FM 101.9, Melbourne, VIC, Austereo
Hamish and Andy's Caravan of Courage, Fox FM 101.9, Melbourne, VIC, Austereo

MOST POPULAR STATION MANAGER

Jason McCarthy, Spirit/WA FM, Geraldton, WA, Redwave Media C
Paul Gadsen, 3SH/Mixx FM, Swan Hill, VIC, ACE Radio Broadcasters C
Paul O'Connor, Hot FM/ Sea FM, Mackay, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Ashley Myatt, Hot FM/ 6TZ RadioWest, Bunbury, WA, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
John Williams, Sea FM/92.7 Mix FM, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Eoghan O'Byrne, Mix 106.3 FM/FM104.7, Canberra, ACT, ARN/Austereo P
Andy Mathers, Star 1045, Central Coast, NSW, DMG Radio Australia P
Gary Roberts, Nova 937, Perth, WA, DMG Radio Australia M
Richard Barker, B105/Triple M, Brisbane, QLD, Austereo M
Declan Kelly, 6PR/96 FM, Perth, WA, Fairfax Radio Network M
Helen Davies, 2Day FM/ Triple M, Sydney, NSW, Austereo M
Sean Ryan, Nova 106.9, Brisbane, QLD, DMG Radio Australia M

BEST NEWCOMER ON-AIR

Jacqueline Pfeffer, 2NM/ Power FM, Muswellbrook, NSW, Grant Broadcasting C
Simone Jade Kelly, FM 104.7, Grafton, NSW, Super Network C
Matt Davies, 106.9 Hill FM, Broken Hill, NSW, Super Network C
Ashley Keenan, Zoo FM, Dubbo, NSW, Super Network C
Jade Papesch, 96.5 Wave FM, The Bigger Breakfast, Wollongong, NSW, Grant Broadcasting P
Emma Chow, The Edge 96.1, Western Sydney, NSW, Australian Radio Network P
Brad Blissett, Sea FM, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Fyona Smith, 92.7 Mix FM, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Wil Anderson, Triple M Network, Austereo M
Charlie Pickering, Triple M, Melbourne, VIC, Austereo M
Cal Wilson, Nova 100, Melbourne, VIC, DMG Radio Australia M
Ian 'Dicko' Dickson, Vega 91.5, Melbourne, VIC, DMG Radio Australia M

BEST NEWCOMER OFF-AIR

Ned Tepper, 3WM/ Mixx FM, Horsham, VIC, ACE Radio Broadcasters C
Katrina Brown, 1503 2BS Gold/ B-Rock FM 99.3, Bathurst, NSW, Bathurst Broadcasters C
Josie Hand, 93.5 Star FM, Dubbo, NSW, Macquarie Southern Cross Media C
Courtney Doyle, Hot FM/ 4TO FM, Townsville, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Rebecca Bell, 92.7 Mix FM, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Ashleigh Hudson, Mix 106.3 FM/ FM 104.7, Canberra, ACT, ARN/ Austereo P
Elle Madden, Sea FM 101.3/ 2GO FM 107.7, Gosford, NSW, Macquarie Southern Cross Media P
Kate Stevenson, 3AW, Melbourne, VIC, Fairfax Radio Network M
Jacqueline Levett, 2UE, Sydney, NSW, Fairfax Radio Network M
Brooke Powell, Triple M, Brisbane, QLD, Austereo M
Andrew Peterson, 2Day FM, Sydney, NSW, Austereo M

Triple j's Atkins a winner

Michael Atkin of triple j's "Hack" program won the Radio category at the Young Australian Journalist of the Year awards ceremony in Sydney. More than 120 journalists aged 26 and under submitted entries for the Young Australian Journalist of the Year awards of which 15 nominees, across print, radio, television, photography and online media, were short-listed for judging by members of the Walkley Advisory Board.

Michael's story of the humane slaughter of a goat was a controversial choice of subject but stood out to the judges for its high level research which made for "compelling, challenging and highly informative radio".

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Festivals

Crowded House, Sneakys, Vines, Cilmi for Homebake

Crowded House, Sneaky Sound System, The Vines, Cut Copy and Gabriella Cilmi are among those playing this year's Homebake festival. It is held on Saturday December 6 at the Domain, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Cit. See www.homebake.com.au or www.myspace.com/homebake

Others on the bill are Pnau, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, Died Pretty, The Potbelleez, Bliss'n'Esso, Karnivool, You Am I, a reformation by NZ's Headless Chickens, British India, The Getaway Plan, Infusion, Sparkadia, Bluejuice, Eddie Current Suppression Ring, Drapht, Little Red, Bag Raiders, Snob Scrilla, Pegz, Dash & Wills and more to be announced.

Dance acts for Foreshore

Friction and Lexington Music have firmed the first round of acts for Canberra's second Foreshore dance party in November. The Presets will headline, with Britain's house DJ, Nick Warren and Skool Of Thought, Dutch duo 16 Bit Lolitas, Japanese techno veteran Kazu Kimura, The Galvatrons, Bass Kleph and Canberra rapper Axe Aklins. It is held at Commonwealth Place on November 29. Last year's inaugural event drew a capacity 7,000 crowd but relentless rain turned it into a mudbath. This year there are three stages (not one) and capacity is increased to 10,000.

Second artists round for the Great Escape

Second round of acts for the Great Escape (4 & 5 October, at Sydney's Newington Armory) are new Perth buzz band Tame Impala, UK's Futureheads, USA's Mount Eerie (real name singer/songwriter Phil Elverum, did a sell-out Australian tour as The Microphones), Brisbane's I Heart Hiroshima, psych-guitared jam band Mission Control, teen duo Dash & Will, hard rocking Young & Restless, punk grungers Violent Soho from Brisbane, the Ned Collette Band, Sophie Koh, Temper Trap, Cloud Control from the Blue Mountains, Machine Translations, Trial Kennedy, Teeagersintokyo just back from Euroopean dates, Laura Imbruglia, alt-country-folk-rocker George Byrne, Emily Ulman and bespectacled balladeer Guy Blackman. See www.thegreatescape.net.au

Falls Festival Tas helps its community

On Thursday evening, The Falls Community Fund recipients in Tasmania were announced at a ceremony at The Copping Hall. Guests from local community groups, businesses, media, Sorell Council, and individuals enjoyed Moorilla wine and Moo Brew and listened to the sounds of local troubadour Linc Le Fevre.

Applications for this year's Community Fund were wide and varied, and the successful applicants will add great value to the community and its local residents.

Recipients of the Falls Community fund were:

* Bob Bird for International Artist/s at The Copping Community Hall ($5000)
* Dunalley Neighbourhood House for Two Dances at The Copping Community Hall ($1720)
* Dunalley Community Boat Club for "on the water training' with kayaks for children and adults ($5500)
* Guy Turnbull for Circus Skills Workshop Weekend ($2464)

Each year The Falls Festival sponsors the local community surrounding the Marion Bay event through a combination of both financial and in kind donations. The Falls Community Fund has a 5 year history of supporting the community, and to date has donated a total of $44,934 plus in-kind support of $107,694 in local and discounted tickets.

Triple j broadcasts Splendour In The Grass

Triple J will broadcast live from this weekend's Splendour in the Grass. There are live sets from TheMusic, the Grates, The Fratellis and British India, interviews with Vampire Weekend, The Wombats, The Presets and Devo, as well as gossip, blogs, live photos and videos via triplej.net.au and on your radio.

Latest on Flip Out

Aarght Records and Stained Circles present Flip Out, a music festival taking over the entire Corner Hotel from 2pm Saturday 6th September. There are 13 bands, the Primitive and Gimme Shelter DJ's turn the public bar into a wild club scene, a BBQ (with Vegan options) sizzling on the rooftops and a mini record fair/markets in the av. See www.myspace.com/flipoutfestival

Inaugural Homegrown In The Valley a success, back next year

The inaugural Gold Coast baby boomers festival "Homegrown In The Valley" on the weekend was considered enough of a success for work to begin this week for the 2009 event, according to organisers. The greenie event was held in Olsen Bird Gardens in Currumbin Valley and drew 5,000 people. The acts like Phil Emmanuel, Richard Clapton and Ian Moss rose to the occasion, but it was generally agreed that a stunning 80-minute set from Diesel was the highlight.

Noosa Jazz announces diverse bill

Noosa Jazz Festival has been shifting the goal posts in recent times, bringing in The Cat's Empire to widen its appeal. This year's (Thur Sept 4 to Sun Sep 7) will include Jackson Jackson, Afro-Cuban soul ensemble Los Delincuente All-Stars, percussive Watussi, deep funksters The Bamboos, USA's Bob Malon and swing'n'Dixie outfit 10th Avenue Jazz Band, singer, songwriter and actor, Catherine Lambert who plays the jazz singer in the Oscar winning movie "Lost in Translation", Becky Fox, Anita Spring, Margie Lou Dyer, Rebecca Barnard, Judy Jacques, Alan Brown, George Washingmachine, Society Syncopators, Matt Baker, Carol Ralph, Jan Preston, Dan Barnett, Wildrice George Golla & Bruce Mathiske, Bob Barnard, Geoff Bull, Geoff Power and the Ed Wilson Big Band. "We've taken Noosa Jazz to a new level," says USM Events Managing Director Garth Prowd. See www.noosajazz.com.au

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New Grooves and Initiatives

Stripe to launch 30+ radio stations over 3G Networks

In a move which is expected to increase the take-up of 3G mobile services in Australia, Stripe will launch over 30 new radio stations, Australia wide. It will have 40 stations by Christmas and 100 by the end of 2009, via the internet and their 3G mobile phones for under $10 per month. These will be ad-free.

Stripe stations will include Hit Launcher, Aus Top 50, Psychedelic 60s, Superstar 70s, Absolute 80s, Totally 90s, The Noughties, Pop Hits, Hot Mix, Hip Hop Culture, J-Pop Jam (Japanese Pop), Love n Light, Solid Gold, 20/Twenty, Modern Rock, Classic Rock, Deep Cuts, Urban Beat, Club Hits, Work Out, Real Country, Naked, Rhythm n Soul, Symphony Hall, Tranceonica, Disco Fever, Soft Jazz, Party Hits, Chill Out and Metal.

Over the next 12 months, the full station roll out will deliver news, sport, traffic, weather, entertainment, ethnic, lifestyle and comedy.

It is generally seen as Glenn Wheatley’s project, and set up after two rounds of raising private venture capital. Iain Bartram is Managing Director and Jarrod Graetz, Head of Programming.

Bartram says, "We’re pleased to be launching this great radio service to the Australian marketplace, giving radio listeners a major benefit from owning a 3G handset. People can now choose to pay less than $10 per month to experience great ad-free radio with huge variety."

Graetz adds, “A great advantage of our service is that you don't need a new device or gadget to hear us. If you've got 3G coverage, you can access your favourite music and programs from your (3G) mobile phone, and of course on broadband internet. No ad breaks, less interruptions, more music. We position ourselves as "What you want on radio" because we believe Stripe delivers what Australia wants."

See www.stripe.com and m.stripe.com.

Whitlams set up YouTube channel

To coincide with the release of their "Best of" collection - "Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You", The Whitlams have set up a single destination, http://www.youtube.com/user/TheWhitlams

where fans can view film clips, live performances and to watch Tim Freedman talk about the inspiration and stories behind their greatest hits in candid detail. The site will be updated regularly and new content uploaded every couple of days in the lead up to the release of the album on Saturday August 2, 2008.

A premium edition of the album will include a DVD with documentaries on the making of the "Love This City" and "Torch the Moon", and footage of their concerts at the Sydney Opera House last year with the Sydney Symphony.

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Media Wash

NX, KO, dominate Newcastle

NX and KO continued to dominate in the second Newcastle radio ratings of the year. NX has 23% of the market with 188,000 listeners, and KO FM has 18.3% with 161,000. Both are co-owned by Austereo and Macquarie Media, and together control 80% of the city's advertising dollars.

Caralis Supernetwork stations had a slight rise, although certainly not enough to justify the "ratings success" they've put a spin on it.

Its 2HD is third with 16.3% share (95,000 listeners) while its NEWFM is second last with 5.9% and 87,000 who tune in. It is beaten by ABC1233 which has 11.1% share with 91,000 listeners. Triple j is bottom of the Newcastle ladder with 5.8% share (or 53,000 listeners).

But the second ratings are a glimmer of hope for NEWFM. After its lowest ever ratings in the first survey with 5.6%, it's climbed ever so slightly this time around, with a 2.9% rise in its target 25-39 audience. In April, Guy Ashford was brought in to change its fortunes around, to put a focus on the music and programming, and presumably stoop the stem of staff exits. In a media release from Supernetwork, Ashford commented"it's very early days for NEW 1053 but these results indicate that the station is already offering Newcastle listeners a real alternative."

However his comments in the Newcastle Herald — "NEWFM did lose its way but it's back on track, and it's going to offer NXFM some serious competition. Within 24 months we'll be on an even playing field with NX" — led to some sniggering in media circles. It is very doubtful that'll happen, especially with the sort of lower marketing dollars that NEWFM has, and given the dominance that NX has."

ABC's iView launches

ABC viewers/listeners have certainly shown a curiosity about ABC-TV's new internet TV service. According to the broadcaster, in the first 24 hours the iView homepage had recorded 58,000 visits and 130,000 views. More than 2.3 Terabytes of files were transferred from the ABC secure server for the iView service. The service allows people to watch ABC TV programs on their computer with a high speed broadband connection (ADSL2). See abc.net.au/iView.

ABC Director of Television, Kim Dalton, said, "ABC iView is the next stage in giving people more control over their tv programming. "The way Australians watch television is changing. People want to enjoy their favourite shows at a time and place convenient to them. The enormous success ABC TV has had in providing our content online through vodcasting, clearly shows that Australians love to watch television this way."

The five channels include:

ABC CatchUp – showcasing weekly programs from ABC1 and ABC2.
ABC News – the latest news and weekly current affairs programs.
ABC Kazam! – kids channel offering action, adventure and animation.
ABC Docs –natural history programs, social documentaries and factual series.
ABC Arts –the arts in Australia and beyond

There is also a sixth channel - ABC Shop – which plays previews for programs which can be rented or purchased as high-quality downloads from ABC Shop Downloads.

Canberra radio changes

Mason Edwards moves back from NXFM Newcastle to take over the role of morning announcer and AMD at 104.7. Cam Sullings moves from mornings to co-host breakfast at sister station MIX 106.3.

Access going digital

Perth community TV service Access 31 Perth is going digital after funding lifelines from various sources. The station opened on 18 June 1999 and claims a viewing audience in excess of 715,000 per month. Its shows include Wake Up WA, Sweet & Sour, The Couch, and The Young Talent Show. See www.accesstvwa.com or call the station on (08) 9333 3731.

Kerley to host Ten's "Taken Out"

Nova Sydney presenter and former Channel [V] face James Kerley will host Ten Network's new daily entertainment show "Taken Out". Produced by Fremantle Media, it launches in September.

2HOT cools down

Cobar-based 2HOT FM closed after 15 years on air. The Australian Communications and Media Authority decided not to renew its licence as it did not meet the 20 hours requirements for local programming.

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Good Works

Crowe, Parade at ACMF ball

Sydney band Stone Parade played at the Australian Children's Music Foundation Ball, as did Tim Freedman, among a host of acts. The event was to raise money to continue and expand its music programs to disadvantaged and Indigenous children and youth throughout Australia, as well as to juveniles in jail. Also lending a hand were Russell Crowe (here with Stone Parade singer Greg Byrne), Danielle Spencer, Jane Flemming, Jack Thompson, Glenn Wheeler, Dicko, Cameron McGlinchey, The Wiggles, Leah Purcell, Shane Lee and Maria Venuti. Corporations offering support included Australis Music, APRA, Payton & Sons, Morrison Motors and St George Bank.

This is not Stone Parade’s first brush with charitable deeds. They recently offered themselves for auction for a corporate performance at the Golden Stave Luncheon and raised $5500. The profits from their first single “My Generation” are going to help save Brookie Oval - the Manly Sea Eagles home ground which is in dire need of funding. The single came in on the ARIA physical singles chart at #17: their debut album “Chase The Setting Sun” and next single “Somebody Will Miss You” are out on August 16 through MGM.

PEA teams with MySpace, helps Asian musos

Aussie charity Planet Earth Artist (PEA) was formed in January 2007 to provide equipment for under-privileged musicians and communities throughout Australasia. It was founded by Nev Johnston who worked in Sydney instrument stores for ten years. During a holiday in Bali, he came across a talented band called Joni Agung & the Double T who had no gear. He told the drummer Wayan he’d get him a drum kit. He used his contacts with suppliers to get a kit; to his astonishment they gave him 40 guitars as well. He has been persuading Australian suppliers to donate new instruments while artists as Lior have also thrown their support behind it. A team-up with MySpace Australia saw them get 3,000 MySpace friends in three months. Last week, Johnston was in Indonesia for the first delivery of instruments from Planet Earth Artist, which acts like Joni Agung & the Double T and Superman is Dead celebrated with the “Come Together” concert in Kuda. Johnston plans to collect more instruments, not only for Asian musicians but for indigenous Australian players as well. See www.myspace.com/planetearthartist

Sydney Improvised Music Association Inc fund raiser

The Sydney Improvised Music Association Inc holds a fund raiser on Wed 30 July @ The Sound Lounge, Seymour Theatre, from 7.30pm . There are solo piano performances by Mark Isaacs, Chris Abrahams , Judy Bailey, Matt McMahon , Mike Nock and Rai Thistlethwayte.

Up for auction is a 12-month double membership of the Basement club worth $2,000, six piano lessons with Matt McMahon, private function with a performance by Mark Isaacs, as well as tickets for opera, jazz and musicals events, plus premium wines. More info wwwsima.org.au.

Canteen benefit

The Spring Carnival canteen benefit gig is held on 6th September at the Newport hotel Perth from 11 am to 6 pm. Performing are Flyte, The Vans, Anthony Nieves, The Damien Cripps Band, The Bronze, Battlecat, Prjoect Mayhem and Emerald City.

Be MMAD

Win $2000 by entering the MMAD competition and making a positive difference through music. Entries close 1st August. See www.mmad.org.au.

Million dollar lunch

The Million Dollar Lunch for the children with cancer charity Koala Foundation at Crown in Melbourne has always gone beyond the target. This year, the movers and shakers hit the $1.2 million mark in the first three hours.

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Skills and Thrills

Bondi Wave's freeze frame

Bondi Wave's course on rock photography covers live/stills publicity shots, dealing with photo agencies and who owns copyright. It runs 14, 15,16 August and students can shoot the Bondi Wave concert.

Call Bondi Pavilion on 8362 3400 or www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/wave.

Getting AMEB credits

During 2006-7 the WA Curriculum Council endorsed a list of The Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) music, speech and theory exams, meaning students in senior secondary school from Year 10 up can now credit AMEB grades towards their high school graduation certificate (WACE). Along with the classical syllabus, AMEB also offer a Contemporary Popular Music (CPM) assessment program in vocal, keyboard, guitar, bass and drums - check out the syllabus at www.ameb.edu.au Applications for the next round of WA CPM exams (held September 8-13) close 4.30PM Friday 1 August. For more on WA music exams, call AMEB WA (08) 6488 3059 or visit www.ameb.uwa.edu.au

XML Melbourne sold out

The Melbourne "Do It Yourself Television" Keynote Conference Day held THIS Friday August 1st is sold out — for the third year in a row. the Conference Day has been Sold Out more than a week prior. The Conference Day has top digital media practitioners sharing ideas and examples to help companies succeed with new creative ideas, business models, and technology innovations in Video, UGC, Mobile TV, and/or IP TV content and services.

The Keynote speakers include: Stewart Butterfield, the Founder of Flickr; Nick DeMartino, Amercian Film Institute Director; Dan Fill, the Head of Multi-platform at the ABC; industry visionary Robert Tercek; the Director of Cisco's Internet Business Group in China, Herb Wang; Mohamed Nanabhay, Head of Digital Media at Al Jazeera; Chris Adams, a co-Founder of Participant Productions, "the coolest production house in the world"; and many others.

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Sheer Chart Attack

Living End, British India, crash in with guitars turned up

The Living End crash in at #2 with their fifth studio album "White Noise" while the title track jumps up from #21 to #12. The album's performance continues the band's success story. All their albums have entered the Top 10. "The Living End" (1998) and "State of Emergency" (2006) both topped the charts. Of the others, "Roll On" (2000) peaked at #8, "Modern Artillery" (2003) at #3, and "From Here On In - The Singles 19970-2004" (2004) at #10.

Melbourne band British India's second album "Thieves" entered at #5 — not bad considering their first "Guillotine" (July 2007) didn't make it into the Top 50.

Both these acts beat debut entries by John Mellencamp, Nine Inch Nails and Dandy Warhols.

On the singles side, other entries this week were by Gabriella Cilmi (#31), Something With Numbers (#52), Jet & Iggy Pop doing Johnny O'Keefe's "The Wild One" (#66) and Sam Sparro (#87).

On the album side, hip hoppers Morph & Plutonic arrive at #46.

Abba fever continues

Abba fever continues on this week's ARIA chart. The "Mamma Mia!" soundtrack holds at one for a further week and "ABBA Gold" maintains its #4 position, whilst new releases "Number Ones" and "More ABBA Gold" debut at #36 and #38 respectively while "The Definitive Collection has re-entered the chart at #40.

Girls just wanna have fun

Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl" again dominates number one position on both the singles and digital track charts. Chart historian Gavin Ryan makes the point that 25 of the past 30 weeks of 2008 have had female solo artists at the No.1 position. This week is no different.

The last year to have so many of its weeks held by female acts was 1999, when 27 of the first 30 weeks of the year were held by female led acts which consisted of Cher, Britney Spears, TLC, Sixpence None the Richer (female lead singer) and Jennifer Lopez. The rest of that year had all male singers at No.1.

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