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  1. MTV Networks Germany Cuts Jobs

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks Germany in Berlin has laid off 20 employees and adopted a strict cost-cutting course. Shows previously produced in Germany for MTV and VIVA are now being externally sourced from Berlin-based production company Strandgutmedia, which is ...

  2. Universal, German Savings Banks Partner On Downloads

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has launched a partnership with the German Savings Bank Association (DSGV) on the Soundaccount credit card package. For an annual subscription of between €12 ($16) and €20 ($26.70) - different banks can decide on the amount they ch ...

  3. Paul Kuhn To Receive ECHO Jazz Honor

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The pianist and band leader Paul Kuhn will receive the ECHO Jazz award for lifetime achievement. Kuhn will receive the award on May 5 at the inaugural awards ceremony at the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum. The German Phono-Academy, the cultural instit ...

  4. BMG Rights Management To Acquire Cherry Lane

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management has made an agreement to acquire Cherry Lane Music Publishing. The deal was confirmed by BMG Rights Management today (March 26). Billboard.biz first reported talk of a deal on Tuesday (March 23). The Cherry Lane roster of cli ...

  5. Court Rules Bushido Plagiarized French Act

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German rapper Bushido stole parts of songs from the French band Dark Sanctuary and must now pay a sum of €63,000 ($84,000) in damages to the original composers, a court has ruled. This concerns 13 Dark Sanctuary songs, parts of which Bushido u ...

  6. German Biz Eyes Growth In 2011, Hopes To Top U.K.

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German record industry estimates that in 2011 it will come out of its sales decline, after more than 10 years, and be able to report sales increases again for the market. There is even hope in Germany that with the figures for 2009 the British ...

  7. BMG Rights Plans Acquisitions, Would Look At EMI

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Thomas Rabe, CFO Bertelsmann, gave his reaction during a press conference in Berlin to a question by Billboard.biz on whether reports were correct that Bertelsmann is interested in a purchasing of parts of EMI via its BMG Rights Management operati ...

  8. Wolfgang Wagner, Longtime Bayreuth Director, Dies

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wolfgang Wagner, the grandson of composer Richard Wagner and the leader of the Bayreuth opera festival for more than half a century, has died, the festival said. He was 90. Wagner died on Sunday (March 21), the festival said in a brief statement o ...

  9. Court Ruling Forces GEMA Vote On Ad Licensing

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT At an extraordinary meeting of GEMA members in Berlin, the German collecting society's members voted in favor of a new version of GEMA's deed of assignment, which its CEO says restores "legal certainty" in relation to synchs an ...

  10. Diana Krall Snags 2 ECHO Jazz Awards

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Diana Krall has won two awards in the inaugural German ECHO Jazz awards. The ceremony has 31 categories and will be staged on May 8. The German Phono Academy, the cultural institution of BVMI, announced the winners, revealing that Krall has won fo ...

  11. Madrid To Host MTV EMAs 2010

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks International has unveiled Madrid as the host country for the annual MTV Europe Music Awards in 2010. The ceremony, televised live across Europe and also broadcast internationally, will be held on Nov. 7, 2010. It is the second time t ...

  12. Classical Music Sales Soar In Germany

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Classical music was the big winner at retail in 2009 according to a statement issued by the German Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI). Double-digit growth was achieved in both volumes and revenues. Numerous releases to mark the births or de ...

  13. Oscar Winners On The Hot 100

    March 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Crazy Heart" emerged victorious at Sunday's (March 7) 82nd Annual Academy Awards. While lead character Jeff Bridges was anointed Best Actor, the film's theme likewise produced a coveted Oscar statue, as Ryan Bingham's "The ...

  14. BMG Rights Management Signs Leona Lewis

    March 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST BMG Rights Management has signed an exclusive publishing agreement with Leona Lewis. The worldwide deal - arguably the biggest international artist-songwriter signing for the 18-month-old company - was announced today (March 9) by the company in B ...

  15. German Biz Heads To SXSW

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Seventy-nine German music companies will have a presence at SXSW from March 17 to March 21. The German government is financing the trip by the music companies, which will also include 16 artists. Seven artists participating are financially promote ...

  16. Spotify Debuts Live Set From Amy Macdonald

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST European streaming service Spotify has moved into live concert footage, launching Amy Macdonald's sophomore album with a live set from the Scottish singer songwriter. Spotify last month premiered a promo video for Jimi Hendrix's "Bl ...

  17. Lady Gaga Wins Big At ECHO Awards

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Gaga was the main winner of the ECHO German music awards, held in front of an audience of 4,000 in Berlin. Lady Gaga - who did not attend - got the awards in the categories female artist rock/pop international, best newcomer of the year inter ...

  18. First ECHO Winners Revealed, Ke$ha To Perform

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST The German Phono Academy has announced the winners of the first five categories of the ECHO Awards, with Ke$ha added to the line-up of performers at the ceremony in Berlin. The producers of the year honor went to Andreas Herbig, Peter "Jem&qu ...

  19. German Biz Welcomes Telecoms Data Storage Ruling

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST In Germany it is no longer legal for mass telephone and Internet data to be stored in the absence of any specific suspicion of criminal activity. The German Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe has rejected a law providing for data to be stor ...

  20. German Download Revenue Up 40%

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Songs and bundles worth €112 million ($152 million) were downloaded onto computers in Germany in 2009, an increase of 40% over the previous year. The data is from a survey conducted by market research institute GfK in Nuremberg on behalf of the Ge ...

  21. Peter Fox Snags 5 ECHO Nominations

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST The German hip-hop singer Peter Fox leads the nominees for ECHO German music awards on March 4, 2010 at the Berlin fair ground. Fox is nominated for five awards, including the artist/group national/international hip-hop/urban category in which Fox ...

  22. Peter Maffay To Be Honored At ECHO Awards

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Veteran German singer Peter Maffay will be awarded with the ECHO lifetime achievement award at the ECHO awards ceremony on March 4 in Berlin. The singer celebrated his 40th anniversary on stage in January this year. "Maffay will accept the aw ...

  23. BMG Rights Management Snags Germany's Ich + Ich

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST The composers and producers of the German language duo Ich + Ich, Adel Tawil and Florian Fischer, have signed an exclusive worldwide publishing contract with BMG Rights Management for their publishing company Trackworks in Berlin. Adel Tawil is al ...

  24. German Rules Prevent 'Hope For Haiti Now' Chart Entry

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST The charity set "Hope For Haiti Now" (MTV Networks), a worldwide hit album featuring Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys, is not listed in the German top 100 albums chart. Media Control in Baden-Baden and the association of the G ...

  25. Universal's Deutschrock Partners With Arvato

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Arvato Digital Services, which is owned by the German media group Bertelsmann, is to partner with Universal Music's Berlin-based merchandising company Deutschrock. Deutschrock was founded in the early '90s by the German band "Die Är ...

  26. Sade To Perform At 2010 ECHO Awards

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sade has confirmed a March 4 TV performance at Germany's ECHO Music Awards. The R&B act, led by singer Sade Adu, will perform the title track of its new studio set "Soldier of Love" (RCA/Sony Music) in front of an expected audie ...

  27. @MIDEM: SoundCloud, Hype Machine Distribute To Blogs

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital platform SoundCloud and blog aggregator the Hype Machine has announced a new partnership during the MIDEM conference in Cannes. Berlin-based SoundCloud is an online service which allows artists and industry professionals to distribute and ...

  28. @ MIDEM: Artists Center Stage At MidemNet

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital music conference MidemNet has kicked off in Cannes, with the artists taking center stage at the Debussy auditorium. The hall was busy this morning (Jan. 23) for the opening session of MidemNet, the curtain raiser to the main MIDEM conferen ...

  29. Eurosonic Attendance Up, Lefsetz Cancels

    January 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST The 24th annual Eurosonic music conference and festival concluded over the weekend with Noorderslag, an evening (Jan. 16) of showcases by some of the most promising new Dutch acts. It followed the final day of the conference, which was hampered by ...

  30. Music Fairs Muscle In On German Computer, Book Events

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Germany will host three music fairs in March 2010, taking place in Leipzig, Hannover and Frankfurt. The concentration of German events is partly explained by organizers of book and computer trade shows opening up their events to make up the declin ...

  31. ECHO Klassik Awards Date Confirmed

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The 17th German ECHO Klassik awards will be presented on Oct. 17, 2010 in the Essen (North Rhine-Westphalia) Philharmonic hall. The presentation of the awards will take place as part of the events in the Ruhr district surrounding the European cult ...

  32. GEMA To Shutter 3 Regional Offices

    December 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST A decrease of income totaling more than €50 million ($71.6 million) during the last two years has forced the German collecting society GEMA to close three of its 10 regional offices, in Augsburg, Munich and Hanover. Regional offices in Stuttgart, ...

  33. BMG Rights Management Enters U.S.

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Germany's BMG Rights Management has started a U.S. operation with the opening of offices in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville. Laurent Hubert has been appointed COO, North America. He will work from the company's New York office. Huber ...

  34. 'Sluggish' Start For German Biz This Christmas

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business has started slowly for the recorded music market in Germany this Christmas, according to retailers contacted by Billboard.biz. "Business has started [at a] very sluggish rate. We expected more. But that was the same in 2008 and then ...

  35. Popkomm 2010 Dates Confirmed

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST The German music trade fair Popkomm will take place in Berlin next year from Sept. 8 to 10, in the former airport Berlin Tempelhof. The plan from organizers Messe Berlin surprised the music business today (Dec. 7) because the association of the mu ...

  36. Kennedy Center Honors Bruce Springsteen, Dave Brubeck

    December 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST With a little help from Carol Burnett, a new star from the hit TV show "Glee" and other top entertainers, political Washington is saluting five of the nation's top artists with the Kennedy Center Honors this weekend. A surprise list ...

  37. Alan Parsons Project Band Co-founder Woolfson Dies

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST An agent says Eric Woolfson, co-founder of the 1970s British progressive rock group Alan Parsons Project, known for the hits “Eye in the Sky” and “Don’t Answer Me,” has died of cancer. He was 64. Gallissas Theaterverlag, a company that represented ...

  38. Andre Selleneit Appointed SVP At Ariola

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Berlin-based DEAG Music managing director Andre Selleneit has been appointed senior VP of the Sony Music Entertainment-owned German language label Ariola G/S/A (Germany, Switzerland, Austria). Reporting to Sony Music Entertainment G/S/A SVP domest ...

  39. German Police In ‘Million-dollar’ Piracy Raid

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Police in the German city of Gelsenkirchen Essen, have seized 50,000 professionally pirated CDs and more than 200,000 inlay booklets, following a recent raid. A complete workshop comprising several computers, CD burners and four professional high- ...

  40. German Live Entertainment Declines 7 Per Cent

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST The German live entertainment market experienced a 7% drop in revenue in 2008, according to research commissioned by the German Federal Association of the live entertainment industry. The decline was even sharper - 9% - in live music. The total tu ...

  41. Berlin Senator Defends Popkomm Plan

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST The controversy about the comeback of the German music fair Popkomm in Berlin in 2010 has entered the next round. The Berlin senator of economics, Harald Wolf, unexpectedly commented on the reproaches of the music industry regarding the return of ...

  42. ECHO Awards Returns To Berlin Fair Ground

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Germany's ECHO Music Awards will be taking place on March 4, 2010 at the Berlin Fairground. This was announced today (Nov. 19) in Berlin by the German Phonographic Academy, the cultural institute of the German Federal Music Industry Associati ...

  43. Disagreement Over Popkomm Revival

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST The attempts for a revival of the German music fair Popkomm under the "Berlin Music Week" banner next year are being hindered by a conflict between the city of Berlin and the music industry. In June 2009, the October edition of Popkomm i ...

  44. Rammstein Set To Be Reissued Minus Controversial Track

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Germany confirmed in Berlin today (Nov. 11) that in the near future it will be re-releasing Rammstein's new album "Liebe ist Für Alle Da," having removed the track and artwork that got the set banned from public disp ...

  45. Germany's ECHO Awards Adds Jazz Ceremony

    November 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Jazz music in Germany is to get its own ECHO Awards ceremony. As the German Recording Academy - the cultural institution of trade body Bundesverband Musikindustrie e. V. (BVMI) - announced in Berlin today (Nov. 10), the ECHO Jazz Awards will be aw ...

  46. 'Violent' Rammstein Set Banned In Germany

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST The album "Liebe ist Für Alle Da" ("Love is For All") by German hard rock group Rammstein - currently at No. 2 on Billboard's European Albums Chart - has been banned from public display in German stores with effect from No ...

  47. Beyonce Wins Big At MTV EMAs In Berlin

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Beyonce won a hat-trick of awards at the 16th MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) at Berlin's O2 World Arena, which also marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The ceremony was also notable for a third MTV EMAs honor for Germa ...

  48. Outrage Over Wall Blocking Free U2 Berlin Concert

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fans hoping to catch a glimpse Thursday of U2's free concert celebrating 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall will have to "scale these city walls" after organizers threw up a barrier to block the view for those without ticket ...

  49. MTV EMAs Host Katy Perry Brings 'Cabaret' To Berlin

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST The MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) will be marking 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall when it takes place on Thursday evening (Nov. 5) at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, before an audience of over 17,000. At a press conference today (Nov. 4) ...

  50. Robbie Williams Pulls MTV EMAs Appearance

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams has pulled out of a scheduled appearance at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards. According to a statement issued today (Oct. 30) by the U.K. singer’s spokesperson, the cancellation was “due to a scheduling conflict.” The statement wen ...

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