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  1. German Publishing Association Names Dr. Rolf Budde President

    June 26, 2014 2:32 PM EDT At the annual meeting of the German Association of Music Publishers (Deutscher Musikverleger-Verband, or DMV) in Osnabrück on Wednesday, music publisher and professor Dr. Rolf Budde of Berlin, owner of independent publishing company Budde Musikver ...

  2. Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 Takes Stake in Music Streaming Service Deezer

    June 10, 2014 1:51 PM EDT ProSieben will merge its own music streaming company Ampya with French-based Deezer, which will have access to editorial content from the German media giant. German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 continues its Internet shopping spree, taking a strateg ...

  3. Bertelsmann Profits Soar to $1.2B, BMG Stake Cited

    March 26, 2014 8:50 AM EDT The owner of 'American Idol' Producer FremantleMedia, music group BMG and broadcaster RTL Group posts net profits of $1.2 billion for 2013. Record operating profits at its European broadcasting division RTL Group lifted results for Germa ...

  4. Meet Ryan Tedder, the Secret King of Pop Who Doesn't Look at Royalty Checks (Cover Story)

    March 18, 2014 2:31 PM EDT The Undercover King of Pop: He made more than $2.5 million writing songs last year, but doesn't know it. Now OneRepublic's lead singer, who claims to never check his money, is music's most prolific writer/producer. Minutes after get ...

  5. Germany's Growing CD, Vinyl Market Bolstered by Digital Sales

    March 06, 2014 12:05 PM EST According to the Federal Association of Music Industry (BVMI) in Berlin, Germans are still buying more CDs than other Europeans. Last year, CD purchases accounted for two-thirds of Germany's total music sales, which overall amounted to EUR 1. ...

  6. Giorgio Moroder On His Daft-Punk-Fueled Re-Emergence, DJ Gigs, Vegas Hotel Show

    February 09, 2014 5:36 PM EST This story originally appeard in the new issue of Billboard. Pick-up this issue here. Subsribe to Billboard here. Producer Giorgio Moroder, who helped invent disco in the 1970s with Donna Summer (“I Feel Love,” “Love to Love You Baby”) before conj ...

  7. German Music Revenues Up in 2013, Physical Sales See Modest Decrease

    January 21, 2014 11:55 AM EST After 5 years of contraction, the German market for music sales has seen a small increase in revenue in 2013, as reported today by BVMI (Bundesverband Musikindustrie, Germany's music industry association) in Berlin and the market research c ...

  8. Streaming Tally Joins Germany's Official Charts

    January 07, 2014 11:32 AM EST Streaming is now being included in the official German singles charts published by market research institute Media Control GfK, in Baden-Baden, for the German Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI) in Berlin. In addition to the single, long-pla ...

  9. !K7 Label Services Signs Up Friends of Friends in Europe, Acid Jazz Worldwide

    September 27, 2013 1:50 PM EDT !K7 Label Services, a division of the Berlin-borne, London-based label and one-stop music biz shop , has announced another round of label partnerships, this time with the fast-on-the-rise L.A. label Friends of Friends (Shlohmo, Groundislava) and ...

  10. Microsoft's Nokia Deal Adds Pre-Show Momentum to Berlin Consumer Electronics Fair

    September 03, 2013 10:30 AM EDT Microsoft’s deal to pay more than $7 billion for Nokia’s devices and services business is amping up the buzz ahead of IFA, the world’s largest consumer electronics fair, which kicks off Friday in Berlin. Microsoft announced the mega-deal Monday ...

  11. BMG Rights Management to Acquire Bulk of Primary Wave's Publishing Assets (Exclusive)

    September 02, 2013 2:05 PM EDT Updated 11:13 AM -- BMG Rights Management, a subsidiary of German media conglomerate Bertelsmann, has agreed to acquire the bulk of publishing assets owned by the U.S.-based independent music publishing and management company Primary Wave, the ...

  12. Inside David Bowie's Stealth Comeback: Q&A With Producer Tony Visconti

    January 13, 2013 5:20 PM EST During much of the past two years, Tony Visconti has been "walking around the streets of New York with my headphones," listening to the music that became "The Next Day," David Bowie's first new album in 10 years . Viscon ...

  13. David Bowie Drops First Single In A Decade, Album To Follow

    January 10, 2013 1:55 PM EST igggy Stardust drops a new song like a metorite on the globe The video for David Bowie's new single "Where Are We Now" directed by Tony Oursler David Bowie is back. The legendary British singer celebrated his 66th birthday today by ...

  14. Classical Music Goes Clubbing In London

    December 11, 2012 1:44 PM EST The familiar mood at a classical music concert is, if you're a fan, quiet and atmospheric; and if you're not a fan a stuffy, awkward ambience where you aren't allowed to breathe, eat or whisper for fear of upsetting the establishmen ...

  15. Morning Fix: Live Nation Going to Russia; Pandora Stocks Plummet; UMG/EMI Outline Germany Plans

    December 05, 2012 8:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters LIVE NATION EXPANDING TO RUSSIA: Like Apple iTunes , Live Nation Entertainment has announced it plans to expand operations to the Russian li ...

  16. How Direct Management Group Helped Katy Perry Reach Her Goals

    November 28, 2012 11:54 AM EST When Katy Perry first visited the Los Angeles offices of Direct Management Group in early 2004, she did cartwheels. "And then the splits," manager Bradford Cobb recalls. "She didn't stop for the receptionist. Read All Our 2012 ...

  17. Barbra Streisand Tops Hot Tours Chart Followed by Andre Rieu, Jennifer Lopez

    November 20, 2012 4:04 PM EST Barbra Streisand reigns atop the weekly Hot Tours ranking with ticket revenue reported from arena performances on her trek through North American markets during October and November. The Live Nation-produced concerts generated more than $31.3 mill ...

  18. Morning Fix: Black Friday Music Discounts; Myspace Plans Analyzed; Bon Jovi Tour

    November 20, 2012 9:00 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters BLACK FRIDAY PREVIEW: BRAND-NEW RELEASES FROM P!NK, CLARKSON, ALDEAN, PITBULL, MORE AVAILABLE FOR $5 & $7: It's beginning to look a lot ...

  19. Backbeat: Journalists Aboard Rihanna's Weeklong '777' Tour Spiral Into Madness...

    November 19, 2012 4:25 PM EST Billboard.com's Erika Ramirez is on a continent-hopping seven-day trip with Rihanna and 250 journalists and fans that is taking in concert stops in Mexico City, Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London, and (finally) NYC, where the trip will ...

  20. Billboard Touring Conference Lessons: Focus on Fans First

    November 19, 2012 12:51 PM EST The ninth annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards were held Nov. 7-8 at the Roosevelt Hotel in a weather-flogged Manhattan still recovering from Hurricane Sandy and its associated power outages, not to mention a nor'easter that ble ...

  21. Backbeat: Nero, Junkie XL, Andy Grammer, KCRW's Jason Bentley Rock American Music Awards Kickoff EDM Party

    November 17, 2012 10:58 AM EST Josh Mayer (The Glitch Mob) and PennyBirdRabbit. (Photo: Nicole Pajer) The electronic dance music community flocked to Club Nokia 's swanky VIP lounge last night to kick off AMA weekend. The party was thrown in honor of the genre's recen ...

  22. Alex Wilhelm, Crazed Hits Blogger, Named Warner Bros. Director Of A&R

    November 13, 2012 11:05 AM EST In an update to the story below, which was published on Billboard.biz in September, Alex Wilhelm finally revealed the company he's joined: "I've joined Warner Bros. Records as Director of A&R. A big thank you to Mike Caren, Jeff ...

  23. Neil Diamond, Kenny Chesney, Sandra Bernhard Light Up Billboard Touring Awards With Humility, Humor

    November 09, 2012 11:35 AM EST Humility is a quality that becomes a legend most, and Neil Diamond showed it in spades while accepting the Legend of Live award at Billboard's Touring Awards Thursday night, honoring his more than 45 years as a performer. Roger Waters, Bruc ...

  24. Psy To Be Honored By South Korean Culture Ministry

    November 08, 2012 4:50 PM EST "Gangnam Style" sensation Psy will receive the prestigious state orders of cultural merit this year, along with eight other laureates, according to South Korea's culture ministry. How PSY Went From Viral Video To American Pop Sensat ...

  25. Morning Fix: Taylor Swift's Million-Selling 'Red'; UMG Settles Digital Royalties Suit; iTunes 11 Delay

    October 31, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters TAYLOR SWIFT'S 'RED' SELLS 1.21 MILLION -- BIGGEST SALES WEEK FOR AN ALBUM SINCE 2002: It's official: Taylor Swift's "Re ...

  26. Spotify Planning Launches in Italy, Poland and (Reportedly) Japan: What Are the Challenges?

    October 12, 2012 1:31 PM EDT Spotify is planning launches in Italy and Poland, judging from job postings at its web site, and according to a report Friday it's considering a launch in Japan in early 2013. The company has recently posted job openings for growth managers i ...

  27. AEG Sale Likely to Attract L.A. Consortium Bid

    September 19, 2012 2:40 PM EDT AEG, which owns the global No.2 concert promoter in AEG Live, has been put on the block and is expected to bring in around $7 billion to $8 billion . The Los Angeles-based firm is likely to attract a bid from a local consortium, according to peopl ...

  28. Road Work

    September 13, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Wizards of Oz: After three consecutive sold-out tours in Australia, Boyz II Men ­return to the land of Oz for a nine-date run Âbeginning in Adelaide at the Barton Theatre (Nov. 16) and ending in Sydney at the State Theatre (Nov. 30). Other stops i ...

  29. Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe on BMG Rights Mgm't, EMI Acquisitions, Getting Back Into the Record Biz

    August 31, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Thomas Rabe, CEO of Bertelsmann, doesn't discount the idea of his company getting back into the record business. BERLIN - Bertelsmann, Europe's largest media group, which controls European broadcaster RTL Group and production powerhouse ...

  30. Germany Finally Embracing the Digital Era

    August 24, 2012 1:07 PM EDT BERLIN - The German music market, the world's third largest in 2011 according to the IFPI, is finally catching up to the digital era, according to a new study presented by the German music association BVMI (Bundesverband Musikindustrie) toget ...

  31. Exclusive: Six Flags Great Adventure Partnering With Area Event On 'Electric Adventure' EDM Fest

    August 20, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Look out, Electric Daisy Carnival: There's another immersive EDM experience featuring DJs, costumed freaks, and amusement park rides -- and not the temporary, rentable kind. Six Flags is partnering with New York-based Area Event to present El ...

  32. 40 Under 40: Alexander Ljung

    August 02, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Alexander Ljung Music Sponsorship Agent, Creative Artists Agency Website: Soundcloud.com Twitter: @Alexanderljung Forecasting Music's Future SoundCloud has grown into a near-ubiquitous platform for sound on the Internet. If you've stream ...

  33. German Live Music Market Recovering, Revenue Up 24 Percent

    July 26, 2012 10:31 AM EDT The German live entertainment market has recovered from the dramatic drop in sales of 2008 and 2009 and reports a revenue boost of 24 percent for 2011. The total revenue volume of €3.94 billion is €2.76 billion for music events and €1.18 billion f ...

  34. Popkomm Shuts Down; Berlin Music Week, Reeperbahn Fest, Musikmesse, and Other German Fests Rise

    July 24, 2012 4:13 PM EDT After 23 years, Popkomm, Berlin's annual music fair has closed its doors. But now, with the city of Berlin launching Berlin Music Week this Sept. and the success of Hamburg's Reeperbahn Festival in the same month, many in the industry ma ...

  35. Roger Waters Talks Chart-Topping 'The Wall' Tour in Billboard Cover Story

    July 24, 2012 11:06 AM EDT Ed. Note: This is an excerpt from the Billboard cover story interview with Pink Floyd's Roger Waters. To read the full interview, purchase this week's issue of Billboard magazine by clicking above. In stark contrast to the wildly success ...

  36. Roger Waters, The 'Wall' Tour: The Billboard Cover Story

    July 18, 2012 7:35 PM EDT In stark contrast to the wildly successful tour he began in September 2010, Roger Waters today is a man who has transcended walls, or boundaries of any type. Calling on a travel day before the June 19 Nashville show of The Wall Live, Waters is, as ...

  37. Chart Moves: 'Magic Mike' Spurs Sales Gain for Ginuwine's 'Pony,' 'Top Gun' Soundtrack Returns

    July 13, 2012 4:50 PM EDT On the Billboard 200 this past week, Chris Brown claimed his second No. 1 album , as "Fortune" opened atop the list with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. In other news, Amazon MP3 stirred up some crazy moves, thanks to sale p ...

  38. Green Day: How the Year's Most Ambitious Project Came Together

    July 11, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Two hundred fifty people packed into the Tiki Bar in the Orange County city of Costa Mesa, Calif., on Aug. 11, 2011, paying $20 a head the day before to see one of the world's biggest rock bands after an eight-month hiatus. That audience - al ...

  39. German ECHO Classical Award Winners Announced, To Be Honored October 14

    July 10, 2012 11:03 AM EDT International stars of the world-wide classical music stage are among the 60 winners in 21 categories of the German ECHO Classic awards that will be awarded on October 14 in the Konzerthaus in Berlin. The German TV station ZDF will broadcast the a ...

  40. ACTA Shot Down By EU; German, Austrian Music Industries Disappointed

    July 05, 2012 10:29 AM EDT The European Parliament voted on Wednesday in Strasbourg by a majority of 478-39 (with 146 abstentions) against ACTA, the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement. ACTA was signed by the European Commission along with ten nations including the U.S., Ca ...

  41. Art Rocker Twin Shadow Gets a Different Kind of Billboard Hit

    June 27, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Twin Shadow premiered the video for "Five Seconds," the first single off second album "Confess," in the biggest way possible - on a billboard in the middle of Times Square. On June 20, art promotion company Artists Wanted took ...

  42. The End of German Discos? New GEMA Tariffs Ignite Nightclub Protests

    June 26, 2012 8:46 AM EDT A note on Berlin's Berghain nightclub's website against GEMA's new fees encourages supporters to sign a petition. BERLIN - More than 2,000 German discotheque owners are protesting against a new tariff structure implemented by the Ge ...

  43. German Gangsta Rapper Bushido To Launch Political Party

    June 14, 2012 6:02 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Bushido, a German gangsta rapper whose sometimes homophobic lyrics and comments about women have sparked controversy and condemnation here, has unveiled plans to form his own political party. The rapper announced his political a ...

  44. Amanda Palmer Changes the Way Albums are Funded Through Kickstarter

    June 13, 2012 7:20 PM EDT You may have missed it, but music business history was made May 30 when singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer raised $1 million in less than a month for an album no one has heard. She did this on Kickstarter, an online platform that has helped thousands ...

  45. Cost of German Music Piracy at $660 Million: Study

    June 12, 2012 9:34 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Piracy cost the German film industry nearly $200 million (€196 million) last year and resulted in $660 million (€524 million) in lost revenue for the country's music industry, according to a recent study backed by the Berli ...

  46. Bertelsmann Names Marcel Reichart Executive VP of Digital Development

    June 04, 2012 7:00 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Media giant Bertelsmann has appointed Marcel Reichart to the newly-created position of executive VP in charge of digital development and partnerships. Reichart joins Bertelsmann from German publishing group Hubert Burda, where h ...

  47. Amanda Palmer Hits $1 Million Mark on Kickstarter Campaign

    May 29, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Amanda Palmer has been burning through milestones since launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her new album May 1, and today she hit another, surpassing $1 million raised with more than two days to go . Moments after reaching the milestone ...

  48. BMG Rights Management and Germany's GEMA Sign 'One-Stop' European Digital Licensing Deal

    May 24, 2012 3:34 PM EDT BERLIN - BMG Rights Management and the German collection society GEMA reached an agreement that will simplify the licensing and administration of online rights for BMG's Anglo-American repertoire across Europe. The partnership will begin July ...

  49. SoundCloud Gets A Redesign: We Take the Beta Version for a Test-Drive

    May 10, 2012 4:36 PM EDT Faster, better-looking, and with an indispensable set of new features, the next version of SoundCloud's web app debuted online Wednesday at 10 a.m. PST to 10,000 invited beta testers. Phased rollouts to the community will occur over the comin ...

  50. Exclusive: The Orchard Acquires IRIS Distribution

    May 09, 2012 11:30 PM EDT The Orchard has acquired fellow digital distributor IRIS Distribution, bringing further consolidation to the digital distribution marketplace, according to an email apparently addressed to IRIS-distributed labels from that company's co-founde ...

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