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Snoop Dogg granted Australian visa

MELBOURNE, Australia -- The Australian government has granted a full visa to Snoop Dogg, allowing the rapper to go ahead with his Australian tour.

Destra Corp. shedding entertainment unit

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Australian digital media company Destra Corp. plans to shed its entertainment division, Destra Entertainment, during the 2008-09 financial year.

Australia gets first music subscription service

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Market leading CD and DVD retailer Sanity Entertainment has launched what it says is Australia's first online music subscription service.

Australia’s Great Escape Festival canceled

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Australia's Great Escape Festival, due to be staged Oct. 4 and 5 outside Sydney, has been canceled.

Australian country musician Reg Lindsay dies

MELBOURNE, Australia -- One of the founding fathers of Australian country music, Reg Lindsay, died Tuesday in Newcastle, in New South Wales, after a long illness. He was 79.

MTV Networks taps GM of music brands

SYDNEY -- MTV Networks International and Discovery Channels veteran Rebecca Batties takes over as GM of music brands at MTV Networks Australia and New Zealand, effective Aug. 25.

Silverchair’s Daniel Johns pulls APRA hat trick

SYDNEY -- Silverchair's guitarist-singer Daniel Johns made APRA awards history by winning songwriter of the year for the third time.

Australian gov’t eyes ‘three strikes’ download law

The Australian government has signalled it is looking at a "three strikes" legislation that would see constant illegal files downloaders lose their Internet access.

Roadrunner Oz chief heads to N.Y.

Roadrunner Records Australia managing director Jon Satterley is leaving his post in Melbourne to take a newly-created global role in the Warner Music Group-owned company's New York offices.

Indie acts dominate ARIA noms

Independent label acts dominate the nominations for the annual Australian Recording Industry Assn. awards, announced Wednesday at the Sydney State Theatre.