Aussie Shorts

 After 15 years, multi-platinum R&B vocal act Human Nature and manager David Caplice have parted ways.

The Sony act will focus on breaking the U.S. market after their lengthy Las Vegas residency and mentorship with Motown great Smokey Robinson.

Caplice continues representing his other acts in Australia and the U.S., with offices in Sydney and Los Angeles.

Fifa Riccobono, one-time Managing Director of Albert Productions – the Australian home of AC/DC – has teamed with her longtime UK colleagues James Cassidy of Alberts UK and London-based manager and promoter Barry Campbell to form JABA Management. It will represent their artists in Australia. The first to be represented here is Cosmo Jarvis, whose video for his single “Gay Pirates” has become a viral hit.

The City of Fremantle, WA, wants to slug nightclub owners with a “vomit tax” to cover its costs of clearing up after clubbers. It would charge 0.139 in the dollar – double the general rate – for the city’s three nightclubs that open past 2 a.m. The tax would make council an extra $100,000.

It looks as though Warner Music Australia and the Australian army have decided to resuscitate the “Diggers” album. The project, featuring soldiers singing war-oriented songs to raise money for military charity Legacy, ran into a last-minute hitch over the use of the word “diggers,” the popular slang term for Australian and New Zealand soldiers.

Bradley Resonates With Jazz Win

Wellington drummer and composer Reuben Bradley’s eclectic Resonator album received the “tui” (New Zealand Music award) for best jazz album of 2010-11.

He received the tui at the National Jazz Festival in Tauranga, and his win acknowledged at the NZ Music Awards in November.

Bradley wrote Resonator after a life-changing stint in New York studying under master jazz drummer Barry Altschul. It was released in September on Rattle Records.