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  1. German Pirate Party Scores Third Election Win

    May 07, 2012 7:00 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Germany's Pirate Party, which calls for copyright law to be radically reformed or abolished, has won a third victory in state elections. The Pirates took 6 seats with 8.2 per cent of the popular vote in state elections in t ...

  2. Business Matters: Deezer Opens API, Welcomes Developers to Make Really Cool Apps

    May 03, 2012 7:15 PM EDT Deezer Welcomes App Developers Deezer has opened its API and launched "Open Deezer" roughly five months after Spotify did the same. Open Deezer will allow developers to create applications and services that integrate Deezer's on-dem ...

  3. German Court Rules Against YouTube In GEMA Copyright Case

    April 20, 2012 1:04 PM EDT BERLIN (AP) -- A German court has ruled that online video platform YouTube must install filters to prevent users from uploading some music videos whose rights are held by a music-royalties collecting body. German news agency dapd reported that the ...

  4. Madonna's 2012 Tour 'On Track' To Be Among 'Top 10 of All Time': Live Nation's Arthur Fogel

    April 19, 2012 4:41 PM EDT Ongoing chatter that the Madonna tour, and by extension her multi-rights deal with Live Nation , are underperforming is "baseless," according to sales figures provided by tour producer Arthur Fogel, chairman of Live Nation Global Touring ...

  5. Germany's ECHO Jazz Award Winners Announced

    April 18, 2012 12:57 PM EDT The 81 year-old German composer, orchestra chief and conductor Claus Ogermann will be awarded with the German ECHO Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award 2012. He worked with Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Diana Krall. Further internationally no ...

  6. Joey Ramone Posthumous Solo Album To Be Released by BMG

    April 18, 2012 8:04 AM EDT Joey Ramone in 1977 (Phot: BMG / Janet Macoska) BERLIN - BMG today announced the worldwide release of a posthumous solo album from former Ramones frontman Joey Ramone, who died 11 years ago at age 49. The 15-track album …Ya Know? will roll-out wit ...

  7. Germany's 2012 Jazzahead! Fest Attracting Record Numbers

    April 17, 2012 11:30 AM EDT BERLIN - 500 exhibitors from 31 nations will participate in the seventh annual jazzahead!, a Jazz trade fair in Bremen, Germany at the Exhibition Center Bremen from April 19-22. The exhibitors' figures represent a 35% increase over last year, ...

  8. Mando Diao Sign Publishing Deal With BMG Germany

    April 10, 2012 7:30 AM EDT BERLIN - The Swedish rock band Mando Diao signed an exclusive publishing deal with BMG Germany. Led by singer-songwriters Björn Dixgård and Gustaf Norén, the band has released five studio albums, a Best Of and an MTV Unplugged set over the past ni ...

  9. Germany Up, Switzerland Down, Austria Mixed in 2011 BVMI Revenue Numbers

    April 06, 2012 7:00 AM EDT In the three countries of the German language music market, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, the economic turnover from 2010 to 2011 was full of contrasts. While the official figures will be reported on April 19 in Berlin, Dr. Florian Drücke, man ...

  10. German Collection Society GEMA Adjusts Tariffs for Outdoor Music Events

    April 04, 2012 1:57 PM EDT MUNICH - German collection society GEMA has adjusted tariffs for outdoor music concerts starting in 2013. Smaller events will benefit from the adjustment while larger events will have to pay more. GEMA introduced its new tariff structure at a pres ...

  11. Business Matters: U2's Bono, the Edge Invest in Dropbox

    April 02, 2012 7:58 PM EDT U2's Bono, the Edge Invest in Dropbox -- U2's Bono and the Edge are investors in file-hosting service Dropbox, the company announced via Twitter. A picture included with the tweet shows the two musicians with Dropbox co-founders Drew Hou ...

  12. Bertlesmann Announces Expansion In 2012

    March 30, 2012 9:58 AM EDT BERLIN- The Bertelsmann Media Group is planning further investments in the global music market in the coming year, according to Bertlesmann CEO Thomas Rabe who spoke at the company's annual press conference in Berlin on Wednesday. "Our p ...

  13. Adele Wins, Katy Perry Performs at 2012 German ECHO Awards in Berlin

    March 23, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Berlin - At the 21st German ECHO award show Thursday night in Berlin, UK singer Adele, who did not attend the award show, was honored with two ECHO awards in the best international Rock/Pop artist and for album of the year for 21 . Further interna ...

  14. Casper, Tim Bendzko, Gotye: Germany's Echo Awards Dominated by Newcomers

    March 08, 2012 6:30 AM EST BERLIN - The final list of nominees for Germany's 2012 ECHO music award were announced earlier this week in Berlin. This year's slate is dominated by newcomers: German rapper Casper was nominated in four categories, while rising star Tim ...

  15. German Music Industry Plots SXSW Events

    March 06, 2012 11:44 AM EST A boat-trip, a lunch with German cuisine under the motto "Wunderbar," and performances by ten German bands are part of the campaign of the German delegation at SXSW to attract attention to the German music market. The German ministry for ...

  16. Erwin Frankel, Early World Music Promoter, Dies At 76

    March 05, 2012 11:43 AM EST Erwin Frankel, whose penchant for the Andean pan flute, traditional Turkish music, and the art of belly dancing allowed the radio host and concert promoter's influence to spread from the WABC-FM radio airwaves to the stage at Carnegie Hall, d ...

  17. BMG Rights Management Purchases R2M Music Lux SARL Catalog

    March 02, 2012 7:00 AM EST BERLIN -- BMG Rights Management (BMG) announced it has purchased the catalogue of R2M Music Lux S.a.r.l with 12,000 copyrights including 35 Top 10 hits and many top songs the 1960s-1990's. R2M was founded by former Sony/ATV Music Publishing e ...

  18. 60,000 Germans Protest ACTA Anti-Piracy Legislation

    February 14, 2012 7:16 AM EST BERLIN - An estimated 60,000 people demonstrated over the weekend in more than 50 German cities against the international anti-piracy treaty ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement). In Berlin alone there were more than 10,000 protestors and an6 ...

  19. Adele, Lady Gaga Nominated For Germany's ECHO Awards: Lana Del Rey, Gotye To Perform

    February 02, 2012 7:40 AM EST International acts Lady Gaga, Adele, Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Amy Winehouse are among the nominees for the 2012 German ECHO music awards to be held on March 22 at the Berlin fair ground. The nominees were announced yesterday (Feb. 1) by the German ...

  20. German Politicians @MIDEM Weigh in on Music Biz; GEMA Signs With Deezer

    January 31, 2012 7:45 AM EST "The German delegations are a mainstay of MIDEM and thus form part of its core," said MIDEM CEO Paul Zilk at the opening ceremony of the German joint stand on Sunday afternoon at MIDEM in Cannes. Numerous politicians flew from Germany in ...

  21. Mute Launches Liberation Technologies Label

    January 26, 2012 4:52 PM EST Mute records today announced the launch of Liberation Technologies, a new label focused on electronic music. The label will be headed by Patrick O'Neill and distributed worldwide by S T Holdings. The label's first release is 'Spring ...

  22. German ECHO Classical Music Awards Set For October 14

    January 26, 2012 10:47 AM EST The German ECHO classical music award ceremony will take place on Oct. 14 2012 at the Konzerthaus in Berlin. This was announced by the Deutsche Phonoakademie, the cultural institute of the German music Industry Association (BVMI). It will be the t ...

  23. Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band 'Wrecking Ball' U.S. Tour Dates Announced

    January 24, 2012 10:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band launch the first US leg of the 2012 'Wrecking Ball' World Tour on March 18 in Atlanta, the singer announced today. Springsteen's 17th studio album, "Wrecking Ball," will be released ...

  24. German Music Sales Stabilized in 2011

    January 18, 2012 11:34 AM EST CDs still are the backbone of the German music business, with only a slight sales decrease of 2.2 percent in 2011. National productions showed a drop of 0.6 percent, while international productions fell 5.3 percent. This was reported today by the ...

  25. Germany's 2011 Music Sales: Adele, Udo Lindenberg, Shakira Top Charts

    January 13, 2012 8:55 AM EST Adele, was the most successful international act in the German album charts in 2011. The British singer's album "21" (Indigo) spent 49 weeks in the top 100 rankings and 39 weeks in the top five, going five times platinum after reach ...

  26. The Year In International Music Biz: Our New (Interconnected) World Order

    January 10, 2012 2:00 PM EST Perhaps nothing speaks more to our increasingly interconnected globe then a look back at the year in international music business news. Here, flash mobs in Rio sing K-Pop songs; a spirited debate at a music conference in Singapore is re-tweeted in ...

  27. Facebook Agrees To Improve Transparency...In Europe

    December 22, 2011 7:59 AM EST BERLIN (AP) - Facebook Inc. has agreed to make several changes to its services to improve transparency and better protect the personal data of its millions of users outside of the U.S., following an in-depth audit of its international headquarters ...

  28. iTunes Match Launches In Germany, Reaches Agreement With GEMA

    December 21, 2011 8:00 AM EST BERLIN - iTunes Match was launched in Germany last week after the German collectiion society GEMA approved an agreement in Munich. The will service costs €24.99 (about $32.50) per year in Germany and is limited to 25,000 tracks. Business Matters: ...

  29. Business Matters: SOPA Delayed, Not Dead, After House Judiciary Committee Session Ends

    December 16, 2011 4:37 PM EST SOPA: Not Dead Yet -- A House Judiciary Committee ended two days of markup on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) on Friday with plans to reconvene on Wednesday. Most of the amendments introduced to the committee were voted down, but the bill's ...

  30. BITKOM, GEMA Reach Licensing Agreement For Online Music Platforms

    December 16, 2011 1:58 PM EST After nearly ten years of negotiations, a licensing agreement for Internet music platforms was reached last week between Munich-based German performance rights organization GEMA and IT industry association BITKOM, in Berlin. Internet portals now a ...

  31. Germany Increasingly Buying Music By German Artists

    December 06, 2011 3:15 PM EST Haus Music: From lef: Top selling German artist Unheilig's Der Graf ("The Count:) with Frank Briegmann, CEO of Universal GSA (Photo: Michael Kucharski, Universal) Germans are apparently rediscovering their language--at least in music. Fo ...

  32. Independents' Day

    December 01, 2011 3:18 AM EST A Complete List of indEpendent nominEES By Category The nominees listed here are independent releases as defined by the American Assn. of Independent Music-that is, master recordings not owned by the four major label groups. Each entry lists the t ...

  33. Ting Tings To Preview Album at Inaugural Midem Concert

    November 30, 2011 8:53 AM EST More than three years after scoring an international hit with "That's Not My Name," U.K. alt.pop duo The Ting Tings are to preview their long-awaited sophomore set "Sounds From Nowheresville" at the inaugural Midem Festiva ...

  34. Aurotone Network Launches in UK, Connects Music Licensing Dots

    November 28, 2011 1:29 PM EST The Aurotone Network , a new global initiative that aims to revolutionize the way that music is sourced for advertisements, film and computer games, has launched in the United Kingdom. The organization comprises of over 40 music experts and indust ...

  35. Business Matters: Digital Executives Excited, Optimistic About Google Music

    November 16, 2011 9:13 PM EST Digital Executives Excited, Optimistic About Google Music -- It's official: Google is in the digital music business. At an event in Los Angeles on Wednesday the company unveiled a new MP3 store that is integrated with its existing cloud stora ...

  36. Acquiring EMI Music Was 'Not Urgently Necessary' for BMG, CEO Says

    November 15, 2011 2:39 PM EST "The acquisition of EMI Music Publishing would have been an interesting deal for us," Hartwig Masuch, CEO of BMG Rights Management in Berlin, told Billboard.biz following the company's sale to a Sony-led group of investors last week ...

  37. Backbeat: Madonna Teases Leaked Single, Announces New Dancer At Smirnoff Event

    November 14, 2011 2:35 PM EST There was a moment during Smirnoff's Nightlife Exchange Project Saturday night, at New York's Roseland Ballroom, where it looked as if Madonna just might officially premiere her new single. Since the leak of "Give Me All Your Love&q ...

  38. Germany's Collection Societies Filing Lawsuits For Mobile Phone Tax, Win Christmas Market Litigation

    November 14, 2011 6:48 AM EST BERLIN - The eight German collection societies and the producers of mobile phones are likely on the verge of protracted lawsuits, with outcomes that could potentially change the price consumers pay for mobile phones while filling the coffers of th ...

  39. Retail Briefs: NARM Sets 2012 Confab Dates, Redeye Adds !K7 and Mylene Sheath

    October 31, 2011 7:13 PM EDT NARM Confab Set For May 7-10 In L.A. -- The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) will hold its next annual convention May 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, and took advantage of the scheduling announcement t ...

  40. Berlin Promoter Deutsche Entertainment AG Expanding To Switzerland With Starclick

    October 28, 2011 2:32 PM EDT BERLIN - The German concert promoter Deutsche Entertainment AG (DEAG) in Berlin has joined forces with the Swiss media company Ringier AG to form the concert agency Starclick Entertainment AG, in Zurich The new company will work independently in S ...

  41. Sony Music Germany Focuses on Domestic Talent, Catching Up To Universal at 'Laut in Munchen'

    October 27, 2011 8:30 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment highlighted its development of new domestic artists as the key to catching up with market leader Universal Music at Germany's annual "Laut in München" ("Loud in Munich") presentation October 20. Ni ...

  42. Bertlesmann Appoints Thomas Rabe New Chairman & CEO; Hartmut Ostrowski Stepping Down

    October 10, 2011 12:21 PM EDT The Bertelsmann AG Supervisory Board today (Oct. 10) appointed Thomas Rabe 46, currently Chief Financial Officer of the Group, its future Chairman & CEO. He will succeed the current Chairman & CEO Hartmut Ostrowski, 53, on January 1, 2012. ...

  43. U.K. Independent Label Market Comes To Brooklyn

    October 07, 2011 11:17 AM EDT Independent Label Market - Vol.2 by Independent Label Market This Saturday (Oct. 8), heads of 20 or so independent music labels will gather at the Brooklyn Flea's Smorgasburg on the Williamsburg waterfront in New York City. Among them will be ...

  44. Zubin Metha Wins Lifetime Achievement Award at Germany's 2011 ECHO Klassik Awards

    October 05, 2011 7:35 AM EDT In a unique moment last Sunday night (Oct 2), conductors Zubin Metha and Daniel Barenboim performed segments of one of Tschaikowsky's polonaises together on stage during the 18th-annual German Classical ECHO awards. 75-year-old Mehta, who was ...

  45. Placido Domingo Signs With Sony Classical

    September 22, 2011 12:10 PM EDT Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo has signed an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical, the label has announced. Domingo, one of the most influential singing actors in opera, recorded music for CBS (which was purchased by Sony in the late 19 ...

  46. Lady Gaga Tops MTV European Music Awards Nominees

    September 19, 2011 2:27 PM EDT After taking home multiple MTV Video Music Awards last month -- in drag, no less -- Lady Gaga continues a banner year with six nominations for the MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held Nov. 6 at Belfast's Odyssey Arena. Behind the widespread ac ...

  47. Juke Music Streaming Service Launches In Germany

    September 15, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Wanna See My Music Collection? Juke, a new music streaming service, launched in Germany this month with 13 million licensed tracks. BERLIN - On Sept. 1, a new cloud-streaming music service called Juke launched in Germany. The new service offers ac ...

  48. German Digital Music Market Up Nearly 20% In First Half of 2011

    September 13, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Streaming services are experiencing the greatest sales growth in Germany's current digital market while the overall digital market expanded by 19.3 percent from the beginning of January to the end of June 2011, according to the German Federal ...

  49. Backbeat: The Man Who Makes Aloe Blacc's Train Run On Time

    September 09, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Newsboy Cap Soul: Aloe Blacc brings the soul and habadashery to NYC's Highline Ballroom Sometimes it's the little guy behind the scenes -- or in this case the not so little guy running between the soundboard, the dressing room and the ba ...

  50. David Guetta Designs DJ-Friendly Headphones for Beats By Dre

    September 08, 2011 9:21 PM EDT Beats, the electronics company founded by rapper-producer Dr. Dre and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, has partnered with Grammy winning artist David Guetta to launch "Mixr," a line of headphones designed specifically for ...

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