Empire’s Dates Building

Published in Billboard Magazine

The members of Melbourne sextet the Cat Empire are playing to their strengths on the new double-CD “Live on Earth,” which collects live recordings from concerts across the globe.

Formed in 1999, the act has a reputation for putting on memorable shows. “A live album is what everyone has asked us for since the beginning,” says Correne Wilkie, who manages and books the Cat Empire for Australia and New Zealand. “The challenge on all of the studio records we’ve made is to capture the energy and essence of the live show.”

EMI Music Australia says the Cat Empire’s three studio albums have sold 500,000 units domestically, but Wilkie figures the band has played to 4.5 million people across 680-plus gigs, including the 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Melbourne. The new set opened at No. 17 on the Australian Recording Industry Assn. albums chart following its Feb. 20 release.

Of the band’s two main writers, EMI Music Publishing represents Felix Riebl, while the Melbourne-based Gaga publishes Harry James Angus. The Agency Group books the act internationally; European audiences can catch the band on tour July 1-24, with North American dates following in November.