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  1. Reeperbahn Festival: GEMA Under Attack

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A democratic structure, fair distribution of earnings to members and greater transparency of their activities: all of this was called for by the conservative CDU member of the German parliament, Dr. Gitta Connemann in a panel discussion on GEMA. S ...

  2. German Promoters, GEMA Clash Over Sponsorship

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German concert promoters categorically refuse to accept that the collecting society GEMA should also profit from the sponsorship funds acquired by the promoters, in addition to benefiting from charges on admission tickets and the sale of merchandi ...

  3. The Legacy of John Lennon

    September 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Lennon Legacy BY THOM DUFFY There are places we remember, all our lives, though some have changed. The Billboard Q&A: Yoko Ono BY GARY GRAFF Time has been good to Yoko Ono. Once derided by fans as a divisive force in the Beatles universe, ...

  4. German Culture Minister Backs Live Biz

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Concert promoters are the mainstays of cultural life in Germany, particularly regarding new talent in club venues, according to Germany's minister of state for culture Bernd Neumann. He was speaking at event today (Sept. 23) to celebrate the ...

  5. BACKBEAT: Universal Music Germany Reception @ Popkomm, Copyright Discussion On The Menu

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Popkomm, the international music industry conference and trade show which took a year off in 2009, resumed this year on September 8-10 and hosted visitors from over 55 countries who flooded Berlin to discuss the most important issues facing the mu ...

  6. Katy Perry Holds Off Eminem On Euro Album Chart

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Katy Perry 's "Teenage Dream" (Capitol/EMI) may have had its Billboard 200 reign limited to one week, but it’s beginning a second week atop European Albums, as "We Speak No Americano" (Sweat It Out/All Around The World/UMT ...

  7. Popkomm 2010 Draws 7,500 Trade Visitors

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After disappearing from the international music industry calendar in 2009, Popkomm returned to Berlin this month and organizers are encouraged by the attendance figures. Popkomm was staged Sept. 8-10 in the now decommissioned airport Berlin Tempel ...

  8. Katy Perry's 'Dream' Goes On In Europe

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Katy Perry lands her first No. 1 on Billboard's European Albums, debuting at the top with "Teenage Dream" (Capitol/EMI). The new leader on European Hot 100 Singles is "We Speak No Americano" (Sweat It Out/All Around The Wo ...

  9. Popkomm: Supporting German Music At Home And Abroad

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Attention turned to domestic repertoire during a panel at the Popkomm music industry conference and trade fair in Berlin. Mike Heisel, member of the Supervisory Board of Initiative Musik, an organization to supporting artists from tax revenues, ca ...

  10. New Models Dominate Popkomm Day 1

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Popkomm has a new venue, a new setting as part of Berlin Music Week, and much of the first day of the 2010 edition was spent discussing new business models. During a low-key first day of panels at the revamped conference, held for the first time s ...

  11. Popkomm: German Govt To Act On Internet Piracy

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German music industry generated sales of over €5.5 billion ($7.01 billion) in 2009 in all categories including recorded music, publishing and live entertainment. The sector has 11,000 companies employing a total of 36,300 people. Those impress ...

  12. DJs Unite For Charity Love Parade Track

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Paul Oakenfold, Armin van Buuren and Paul van Dyk have collaborated on a new track, "Remember Love," in response to the tragedy at the German dance festival Love Parade in July. Twenty-one people died and more than 500 were injured durin ...

  13. Germany's Ministry Becomes Embassy

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Berlin-based label Ministry of Sound has changed its name to Embassy of Music. The new name is intended to be a signal of independence from the former parent company, the U.K.'s dance music giant Ministry of Sound. Von Löhneysen staged a ...

  14. 2011 ECHO Awards Date Set

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German Phonographic Academy, the cultural institute of the German Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI), has confirmed that the 2011 ECHO Music Awards will take place March 24 at the Berlin Fairground. In line with this year's ceremon ...

  15. Here's What The Smartphone Market Will Look Like In 2013

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Are mobile app stores the wave of the future or just another passing digital fad? Berlin-based research group Research2guidance sees a bright future in the market, predicting that the worldwide smartphone application market will reach $15 billion ...

  16. DEAG, Sony Germany Launch AC Promoter

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Berlin-based promoter and music company DEAG Entertainment has partnered with Sony Music Entertainment Germany on Gold Entertainment, a new music promoter that will focus on folk and adult contemporary acts. Gold Entertainment is a 50-50 partnersh ...

  17. Katy Perry, Deutsche Telekom To Launch 'Firework'

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Katy Perry has entered into a marketing partnership that will see Europe's biggest telecommunications group Deutsche Telekom promote her next single and album, while she supports the company's consumer-brand message. The campaign centers ...

  18. Violinist David Garrett Invests In Promoter, Label

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT David Garrett, the violinist and long-standing DEAG Entertainment partner, has acquired 371,670 shares in the German music company. Deutsche Entertainment AG, based in Berlin, is a concert promoter and it also has a recorded music arm. It releases ...

  19. Love Parade Death Toll Rises To 20

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The number of people who died at the German Love Parade festival has risen to 20, police have confirmed. The latest victim, a 21-year-old German woman, died as a result of her injuries in hospital late yesterday (July 26). Authorities confirmed th ...

  20. Shock, Blame After Deaths At German Festival

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Throngs of techno fans followed the floats, the dancers and the throbbing music to the festival venue: an old freight railway station that local media estimated could handle 300,000 people. German media reported that as many as 1.4 million people ...

  21. Web Trends: Nicki Minaj, Walter Hawkins, Bruno Mars and more

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 3:45pm) 7. Nicki Minaj - "Your Love" video Young Money's Nicki Minaj premiered the samurai-themed video for her new single "Your Love" today. 12. Walter Hawkins Funeral The Gospel Legend's funeral ...

  22. BMG Acquires Publisher Stage Three

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management (BMG) has agreed to acquire Stage Three Music , a leading independent, international music publisher based in London, from its shareholders Apax Partners, Ingenious Ventures and the management. Stage Three was founded in 2003 ...

  23. Bertelsmann Turns 175

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The international media group Bertelsmann is celebrating its 175 anniversary. On July 1, 1835 the printer and bookbinder Carl Bertelsmann founded the C. Bertelsmann Verlag publishing company in Guttersloh, a town in the Westphalia region of German ...

  24. GEMA CEO Reaches Out To YouTube

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT At GEMA's annual general meeting held in Berlin, GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker appealed to YouTube to commence serious negotiations once and for all and to sign a license contract guaranteeing the providers of content reasonable and appropriate r ...

  25. Tokio Hotel Writers Sign With Kobalt

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The songwriters and producers of the internationally successful German pop group Tokio Hotel have signed an exclusive publishing contract with the Kobalt Music Group in Berlin. David Jost, Dave Roth and Pat Benzner have agreed a deal that provides ...

  26. DEAG Classics Ups Stake In U.K. Promoter

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT DEAG Classics, a subsidiary of Deutsche Entertainment in Berlin and Sony Music Classical in Munich, has increased its shareholding in the British classical music promoter Raymond Gubbay Ltd (RGL). The Berlin-based classical promoter now has 100% o ...

  27. BMG Snags Scorpions

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German rock veterans the Scorpions has signed an exclusive publishing deal with BMG Rights Management in Berlin. This agreement includes the rights to the current album "Sting in the Tail" (Columbia/Sony) which has already gone gold in s ...

  28. Berlin Stakes Claim As Major Music Capital

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Berlin plans to highlight its status as one of the world's major music capitals with a large-scale week-long campaign. Berlin's political and business institutions, associations, groups and companies have joined forces to present the cul ...

  29. Rammstein Album Ban Reversed

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The original version of "Liebe ist Für Alle Da" ("Love is For All") by the German hard rock group Rammstein is no longer banned from public display in German stores. The 11-track Universal album may again be advertised and sold ...

  30. Pink's Tour Bus Catches Fire

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Police say a tour bus being used by the pop singer Pink caught fire on its way from Munich to Berlin, but there were no injuries. Bavarian police say a particle filter in the exhaust system caught fire at about 5 a.m. Monday (June 7) due to a tech ...

  31. Katie Melua Sets Up ‘House’ Atop European Chart

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Katie Melua's "The House" (Dramatico) makes a No. 1 debut on Billboard's European Albums survey to end the five-week reign of AC/DC's "Iron Man 2" soundtrack (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). On Hot 100 Single ...

  32. Crowds Turn Out For European iPad Launch

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Huge crowds have turned out to purchase an iPad in European territories. The Apple device went on sale today (May 28) in nine countries, following its U.S. launch on April 3. The international launch in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, J ...

  33. GEMA Reports Fraud To Authorities, Fires Employees

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ten members and two employees have been accused of involvement in the heavy case of fraud that has affected the German collection society GEMA in Berlin. This was confirmed today in Munich by GEMA's CEO Dr. Harald Heker at a press conference. ...

  34. AC/DC Holds Off Stones On Euro Chart

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC 's "Iron Man 2" soundtrack (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) withstands the challenge of the Rolling Stones to start a fifth week atop Billboard's European Albums chart. Stromae moves into a ninth non-consecutive week a ...

  35. GEMA Hit By Fraud Case

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German collection society GEMA has apparently been affected by a heavy case of fraud. The Munich-based society confirmed the fraud inquiry to Billboard.biz today (May 27). Two of its employees have already been suspended pending an investigati ...

  36. Roger Waters Taking 'The Wall' Across Europe

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Roger Waters is taking a new production of "The Wall" on the road in 2011, with 28 European dates confirmed. U.S. arena dates, running September to December 2010, were confirmed last month and sold out within hours according to a stateme ...

  37. 88TC88 Inks New Deals

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Berlin-based 88TC88 was one of the music-based startups which launched at the SXSW Interactive Conference earlier this year. The Web-based service is designed to help artists translate their names, songs and album titles into Chinese to better rea ...

  38. Stones' 'Exile On Main St' Back At No. 1

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For the first time in 16 years, the Rolling Stones top the U.K. album chart, after their reissued 1972 album "Exile On Main St" (Polydor/Universal) hit No. 1. U.S. hip-hop artist B.O.B. debuted at the singles summit with "Nothing On ...

  39. Claudio Abbado's Illness Cancels La Scala Return

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT La Scala says illness has forced the cancellation of two highly anticipated concerts that were to mark Claudio Abbado's return to the Milan opera house after 25 years. La Scala announced that concerts on June 4 and June 6 will not take place ...

  40. Parliamentarians Ask GEMA: Where's The Money Going?

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The members of the petitions committee of the German Lower House of Parliament, the Bundestag, in Berlin have called for greater transparency and an improved information culture in GEMA's relations with its more than 60,000 members. The commi ...

  41. Ninja Tunes Marks 20th Anniversary

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie Ninja Tune celebrates its 20th anniversary with the release of the Ninja Tune "XX" box set. It includes original artwork from Ninja designer Openmind and three hardcover cases filled with new material and an exclusive hardcove ...

  42. German Biz Welcomes Wi-Fi Ruling

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The ruling by the German federal high court of justice in Karlsruhe on protecting wi-fi Internet connections has been welcomed by the music industry. The Frankfurt-based label 3P, owned by the musician Moses Pelham, sued a WLAN (Wireless Local Are ...

  43. Singing Artist Nominated For Britain's Turner Prize

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Berlin-based Susan Philipsz, whose artworks center around recordings of her voice singing folk songs in public spaces, is one of the four nominees for Britain's top art award. The Turner Prize, awarded to British artists under the age of 50 f ...

  44. Tokio Hotel Songwriters Snag German Authors' Award

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German pop-rock band Tokio Hotel's songwriters David Jost, Dave Roth and Pat Benzner received a German Music Authors' Award from collection society GEMA in front of 250 guests in Berlin. The German Music Authors' Awards jury honored ...

  45. BMG Rights Nashville Launches With Dann Huff, Darrell Franklin

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management has formed BMG Rights Nashville, a full service publishing company in partnership with producer Dann Huff and publishing executive Darrell Franklin. The initial BMG Rights Nashville stable of writers includes Busbee, Jonathan ...

  46. Marek Lieberberg Honored In Hamburg

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Frankfurt-based Marek Lieberberg (MLK) was awarded with the German Live Entertainment Award (LEA) as tour promoter of the year. MLK presented shows by Depeche Mode, Coldplay, Linkin Park, Green Day, Xavier Naidooo and U2 last year. DEAG Classics i ...

  47. Volcanic Ash Grounds Artists, Disrupts Biz

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Flight restrictions have been extended in the U.K. and Europe because of the volcanic ash cloud, leaving tour plans and promotional campaigns in tatters. Several U.K. acts missed the Coachella festival at the weekend, including Gary Numan, the Cri ...

  48. GEMA TO Honor Michael Kunze

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German lyricist and librettist Michael Kunze will receive the lifetime achievement award at the annual German Music Authors' Awards, presented by the German collection society GEMA on April 22 in the Axica building in Berlin. The 66-year- ...

  49. Business Matters: Trans World, Ning, Universal Music Group, Google and More

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Entertainment retailer Trans World has received a commitment from Bank of America and other lenders to provide a $100 million revolving credit facility. This new credit agreement amends the previous agreement from January 2006. ( SEC filing ) - ...

  50. Roger Waters Takes 'The Wall' On The Road

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As rumored in recent months, Roger Waters is taking Pink Floyd's "The Wall" on the road this fall for a 36-date North American tour starting Sept. 15 in Toronto and wrapping Dec. 13 in Anaheim. Prior to this, the 1979 concept album ...

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