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  1. Zubin Metha Cecilia Bartoli, Rolando Villazon Among Germany's Echo Classical Music Award Winners

    September 02, 2011 7:45 AM EDT The final winners of Germany's 18th annual Echo Classical Music Awards Echo have been announced. Among the 58 award-winners in 21 categories are Italian soprano Cecilia Bartoli, Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón, British pianist Murray Perahia a ...

  2. Popkomm & Reeperbahn Festivals May Help Invigorate Germany's Declining Music Markets

    August 26, 2011 5:25 PM EDT The Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany. Two music trade festivals coming to Germany in September may help invigorate the country's declining music market: Popkomm in Berlin and the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg. Both fairs are being sup ...

  3. Philip Ginthor Named CEO of Sony Music GSA

    August 09, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Philip Ginthör, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment GSA. Philip Ginthör has been named CEO of Sony Music Entertainment GSA (Germany, Switzerland and Austria), succeeding Edgar Berger, who was officially named CEO and Chairman of Sony Music Internation ...

  4. Audi Settles Copyright Lawsuit With Eminem Over 'Lose Yourself' Ad

    August 05, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Audi, the German carmaker based in Ingolstadt, has settled a lawsuit with rapper Eminem. Audi admitted using a composition that sounded remarkably similar to Eminem's song "Lose Yourself" in an online promotional video for its new A ...

  5. Love Parade A Year Later: Memorialized But No Prosecutions, Concert Industry Reforms

    July 28, 2011 11:19 AM EDT BERLIN - Over 2.200 witnesses may have been questioned by the police, but the question of responsibility a year after the Love Parade tragedy in Germany's Duisburg (North Rhine-Westphalia) on July 24th 2010 in which 21 died and over 500 were ...

  6. U2 Doc 'From The Sky Down' To Open Toronto Film Fest

    July 26, 2011 3:33 PM EDT Davis Guggenheim's U2 documentary "From The Sky Down" will have its world premiere at the opening night Gala for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Sept. 8, it was announced today. TIFF's lineup has always included ...

  7. Germany's Digital Music Revenues Increased 25% In First Half of 2011

    July 26, 2011 12:10 PM EDT BERLIN - In the first half of 2011 digital music download revenue in Germany increased 25%. This according to the market research institutes Media Control in Baden Baden and GfK in Nuremberg on behalf of the German music industry association (BVMI ...

  8. Beatport's Revamped Website Empowers DJs

    July 19, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Beatport , a global online digital music store catering to DJs and electronic dance music fans based in Denver and Berlin, has just announced the launch of an upgraded version of their site in HTML5. The HTML5 version allows for improved access an ...

  9. Sony BMG Germany Found Guilty of Sex Discrimination: Report

    June 28, 2011 11:14 AM EDT On Tuesday, a labor court in Berlin found Sony BMG in Germany guilty of sexual discrimination after promoting a man over a woman who was expecting a child, according to a report on Expatica.com . At the time of the suit, the woman worked for Sony ...

  10. GEMA Under Fire For Royalties Dispute With YouTube

    June 24, 2011 11:20 AM EDT BERLIN - GEMA, the German collection society, has come under fire in recent days from the music industry as it attempts to settle a two-year long dispute over royalties with Google by preventing access to music videos on YouTube. The issue is set ...

  11. Germany's Simfy Claims Apple Is Delaying iPad App Approval

    June 16, 2011 2:06 PM EDT BERLIN - Simfy, the German music streaming company based in Cologne, is claiming Apple has delayed approval of its iPad app for over three months and has filed a formal complaint at the German cartel-office in Bonn. Simfy says Apple is misusing it ...

  12. SoundCloud Receives Investment from Ashton Kutcher's A-Grade Fund, Passes 5 Million Users

    June 15, 2011 3:01 PM EDT Sound-sharing site SoundCloud has received an undisclosed amount from A-Grade Fund, the venture capital fund led by actor Ashton Kutcher, artist manager/entrepreneur Guy Oseary and billionaire investor Ron Burkle. At the same time, the company ann ...

  13. Eminem's Publisher Files Lawsuit Against Audi's Chrysler-Like Ad (Watch)

    June 03, 2011 6:15 AM EDT Eight Mile Style LLC, the Detroit-based publisher of Eminem's copyrights, is seeking a cease-and-desist order against Audi AG, alleging that a new European commercial makes unauthorized use of the rapper's song "Lose Yourself" ...

  14. Business Matters: Simfy Launches Facebook Music Player Before Spotify Does

    June 01, 2011 7:45 PM EDT Simfy Launches Facebook Music Player Before Spotify Does --With relatively little fanfare, German music streaming service Simfy has launched a music player for Facebook. This comes just a week after news broke that Spotify is working on some kind ...

  15. German Culture Minister Announces Copyright Reform

    May 27, 2011 2:10 PM EDT Frank Briegmann, Left, of Universal Germany and BVMI with German Chancellor Angela Merkel who held informal discussions on German copyright law (Photo: Michael Kucharski, Universal Music) BERLIN - Bernd Neumann the German minister of culture and m ...

  16. U.K.'s Indie Label Heads to Sell Music at Inaugural Independent Label Market

    May 20, 2011 3:45 PM EDT Independent Label Market - vol.1 Mix by Independent Label Market Mingled amongst the fresh fruits, vegetables and general goods filling the merchant stalls tomorrrow (May 21) at London's Berwick Market will be the owners of such storied U.K. ...

  17. This Week in Apps: Supersonic, TuneWiki and Wahwah.fm

    May 20, 2011 2:46 PM EDT Supersonic The third music discovery app from developer We Are Hunted is pretty straightforward. Using APIs from the Echo Nest and 7digital, it simply suggests other artists users might like based on any given song in their existing music library. ...

  18. Azerbaijan's Ell & Nikki Win 2011 Eurovision Song Contest

    May 16, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Dusseldorf - Ell and Nikki from Azerbaijan won the 56th Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf on Saturday evening in a show watched by over 130 million TV viewers in 55 countries. With their song "Running Scared", the duo comprised of vo ...

  19. Fleet Foxes Debut at No. 2 on U.K. Charts; Ellie Goulding Climbs Following Royal Wedding

    May 09, 2011 7:59 AM EDT For the 14th time in the 15 weeks since its release, Adele's "21" (XL Recordings) tops the U.K. album chart, outselling Fleet Foxes' new entry at No. 2, "Helplessness Blues" (Bella Union) by 70%, according to the Offi ...

  20. Jason Moran, Brad Mehldau Trio, Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock Win ECHO 2011 Jazz Awards

    May 05, 2011 10:00 AM EDT BERLIN - Nine US-jazz acts will receive the German ECHO 2011 Jazz Award . Among the winners are Jason Moran, the Brad Mehldau Trio, Bobby McFerrin, Lee Ritenour and Herbie Hancock. The award ceremony in 27 categories will be held on June 17, 2011 ...

  21. Business Matters: China, Canada Among 40-Plus Countries Make U.S. Trade Representative's Watch List

    May 02, 2011 8:04 PM EDT Forty-Plus Countries Make U.S. Trade Representative's Watch List -- The U.S. Trade Representative's Ron Kirk released the annual "Special 301" report, a list of countries whose I.P. rights protections do not meet its approval. ...

  22. Beatles, Keith Urban, Katy Perry Among EMI Acts Supporting Charity Auction For Japan

    April 05, 2011 4:15 PM EDT From the Beatles to Katy Perry to Keith Urban, artists signed to the EMI label group are doing their part to support the Red Cross by donating memorabilia for worldwide auction to benefit victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. There will ...

  23. Veteran Sound Mixer Dennis Maitland Dies

    April 01, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Dennis L. Maitland -- the veteran production sound mixer whose has worked with filmmakers such as Paul Mazursky and Norman Jewison and performers such as Frank Sinatra and the Beatles -- passed away March 31 in New York. He was 79. A veteran of ov ...

  24. Eminem, Linkin Park, 'IZ' Win German ECHO Awards, Bruno Mars Performs (Watch)

    March 25, 2011 12:31 PM EDT Is there an Echo in here? Frank Briegmann (second from left) President of Universal Music Germany and Deutsche Grammophon, was the first to congratulate Best New Artist winner Lena (third from right) and the reunited British "boy" band T ...

  25. Love Parade Follow-Up: Why Little Has Changed in German Concert Industry

    March 21, 2011 11:41 AM EDT 's Love Parade: Many German concert promoters believe the industry is sufficiently regulated. (Photo: Getty Images) Very little has changed in Germany's concert industry since the tragic events of July 24, 2010 when 21 people died an ...

  26. Circus Mashimus Tent @SXSW 2011: A Playground For Music Apps

    March 14, 2011 5:03 PM EDT Two of the biggest obsessions for many people at South by Southwest are a) finding cool spots to network and b) a nice wireless connection, and the Circus Mashimus tent, presented by Mashery in partnership with AppCircus, provided a beautiful plac ...

  27. Adele, Bruno Mars, Black Eyed Peas Among Nominees for Germany's Echo Awards

    March 10, 2011 6:00 PM EST The late-Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole who is nominated for a Hit Song of the Year ECHO award for his version of "Over the Rainbow." The contrast among the nominees for Germany's 20th annual ECHO awards is rather impress ...

  28. Arcade Fire-Spike Jonze Short Film Influenced by Sci-Fi, Terry Gilliam (Berlin)

    February 16, 2011 6:15 PM EST BERLIN -- The decline of the music video in modern times was the impetus for Arcade Fire's Spike Jonze-directed short film "Scenes from the Suburbs," appearing in the shorts section of the Berlin Film Festival. The band, which is co ...

  29. Bruno Mars And Janelle Monae Announce Joint Tour

    February 16, 2011 7:48 AM EST Following their show-stopping performance at the Grammy Awards, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae will team up for a North American co-headlining tour. The retro-pop singer and R&B songstress will embark on the joint trek, dubbed Hooligans in Wonda ...

  30. EMI Signs International Licensing Deal With Beatport

    February 09, 2011 9:54 AM EST Dance music download site Beatport has struck an international licensing deal with EMI that covers the label's dance and electronic music and mixes. The deal covers North America, Europe and Australia. The first release through the partnershi ...

  31. Uncharted Territory: News and Notes on Billboard's New Chart of Emerging Artists

    February 04, 2011 9:11 PM EST For the third week in a row, Southern California rapper Traphik tops Billboard Uncharted , our weekly ranking of emerging artists who have yet to appear on a major Billboard chart but are mapping new territory in online fan engagement. During the ...

  32. SoundCloud Opening San Francisco Office

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST SoundCloud , the audio platform that allows people to record and share music, today announced that it is extending its operations into North America with the opening of a presence in San Francisco and several planned new hires in the city within t ...

  33. Billboard Bits: Dylan Roadie Impersonator Orders 178 Gourmet Pizzas, Madonna's Philanthropy, Michelle Branch's Return To Pop

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Bob Dylan Mistakenly Involved in Pizza Prank, Perpetrator Found There's no denying Bob Dylan is a legend, and until recently, some Amherst, Mass. folks thought he was a pizza prankster as well. Dylan's name was used in a cruel joke invol ...

  34. New R.E.M. Album, 'Collapse Into Now,' Out March 8

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST R.E.M. has announced a March 8, 2011 release date for "Collapse Into Now," their 15th studio album and follow-up to 2008's "Accelerate." The 12-track album was produced by Jacknife Lee, who recorded with the band in New Or ...

  35. Music Export Norway To Open Berlin Office

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music Export Norway (MEN), the Norwegian music industry's international advocacy group, will open an office in Berlin on January 27, 2011 for the German speaking countries of Austria, Switzerland and Germany. "In Germany there is already ...

  36. Interscope, OneRepublic and Ralph Lauren Team for Global Ad Campaign

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST "Secrets," the latest Top 40 hit from OneRepublic, will be used in a global ad campaign for Ralph Lauren's new men's fragrance launch, The Big Pony Collection. A two-minute clip shot by photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber, w ...

  37. U.K. Turner Prize Goes To Sound Artist For 1st Time

    December 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Susan Philipsz became the first sound artist to win Britain's coveted Turner Prize on Monday (Dec. 6), but her acceptance speech at the Tate Britain gallery was drowned out by noisy protesters opposing cuts to arts funding. The 45-year-old Sc ...

  38. Mute Moves Into Management

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Mute label, relaunched as an independent by original founder Daniel Miller albeit with an elaborate arrangement with EMI , has revealed plans to enter the artist/producer management business. The new version of Mute was unveiled in September a ...

  39. Madrid Promotes Its Musical Nightlife

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Madrid Cool Night will be staged between Nov. 22-28 in order to promote the city's nightlife with dozens of gigs taking place under the Cool Night banner. Madrid Cool Night (MCN) will include 104 concerts in 55 venues with more than 300 artis ...

  40. Rihanna, Kings Of Leon Top Euro Charts

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kings of Leon 's "Come Around Sundown" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment) starts a second week atop Billboard's European Albums chart, while European Hot 100 Singles has a new No. 1 in the form of Rihanna 's "Onl ...

  41. Report: BMG, Warner Eyeing Chrysalis

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management and Warner Music Group are among the potential bidders for the Chrysalis Group, according to the New York Post. Chrysalis, which has a 100,000-strong catalog in its publishing division, confirmed this week that is having earl ...

  42. Barenboim Seeks Classical Music Revival

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, who signed a new recording deal with classical labels Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics this week, said he had found partners who shared his musical vision. Barenboim said he was pleased the two ...

  43. Daniel Barenboim Signs With Universal Labels

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim agreed a wide-ranging recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics . Barenboim is music director of Berlin's Staatsoper and Staatskapelle and maestro scaligero at Milan's Teatro a ...

  44. BMG Rights Management To Launch In Australia

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management's rapid expansion continues: the Berlin-based company will launch an Australian operation in early 2011. Tim Prescott, former CEO of Albert Music and a long-time BMG executive, is assisting BMG Rights Management with fur ...

  45. Ting Tings Stick To DIY Roots For 'Weird' Sophomore Set

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Ting Tings' sophomore album will be an eclectic, genre-spanning affair that shuns big name collaborations in favor of the band's trademark DIY sound, the U.K. group has told Billboard.biz. The Columbia-signed band's debut record ...

  46. Deutsche Grammophon Moving To Berlin

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal's classical label Deutsche Grammophon will move its headquarters from Hamburg to Berlin in summer 2011. The relocation to Berlin - the home of the parent company since 2002 - was announced today (Oct. 14) by Frank Briegmann, preside ...

  47. Dusseldorf To Host Eurovision 2011

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 2011 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 14, 2011 in Düsseldorf at the Esprit Arena football stadium. The location was confirmed today (Oct. 12) by German broadcasting organization ARD. The venue has a 50,000-capacity. German entran ...

  48. German Industry Veteran Peter Meisel Dies

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Peter Meisel, German music publisher and producer, died at the age of 75 on Oct. 5 in Pinkhurst, North Carolina. Together with his brother Thomas, he led the Berlin-based music publisher Meisel Musikverlage since 1960. In 1964, the Meisel brothers ...

  49. BMG Signs Deal With Danish Publisher

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT TG Publishing in Copenhagen has signed a worldwide partnership with BMG Rights Management in Berlin. The agreement covers TG's catalog of 1,500 songs. As part of the deal, BMG acquired 50% of the catalog and will sub-publish the remaining 50% ...

  50. German Live Biz Down Again

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT According to a study by the Nuremberg-based research institute GFK, the German live entertainment market's turnover for 2009 totaled €3.17 billion ($4.38 billion) - a 12% decline on 2008's €3.6 billion ($4.97 billion). There had already ...

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