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  1. Pam Sheyne Inks Publishing Deal With BMG

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand songwriter/producer Pam Sheyne has signed a global sub-publishing deal with BMG Rights Management. The company will represent and administer Sheyne's AppleTreeSongs Ltd catalog, which contains such hits as Christina Aguilera' ...

  2. U2 To Play Free Concert For MTV Europe Awards

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 will play a free concert in front of Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate as part of a star-studded bill for the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards. Other acts confirmed to perform at the EMAs include Jay-Z, Green Day, Robbie Williams, Tokio Hotel, ...

  3. European Dance Label Launched In U.S.

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German companies Kontor Records, Hamburg and Kontor New Media, Hamburg have joined with the Dutch online store Cloud 9 Music, the Dutch Label Armada Music and the U.S. agency Asseri Music Business Solutions, owned by the lawyer Kurosh Nasseri, ...

  4. Paul McCartney Announces European Tour

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney will return to Hamburg, where the Beatles honed their craft, to launch his first European tour in five years. McCartney announced Thursday he will play the German city on Dec. 2 to kick off the "Good Evening Europe" tour. ...

  5. ECHO Klassik Awards Broadcast Attracts 1.8 Million

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Viewing figures show that 1.8 million people watched the 15th ECHO Klassik awards at a major gala event in the packed Semperoper in Dresden last night (Oct 18). The ZDF TV station achieved a market share of 8.2% with its "ECHO der Stars," ...

  6. Jackson's 'This Is It' Rules U.K. Airplay

    October 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's posthumous radio single "This Is It" (Sony Music Entertainment) is currently No. 1 on the U.K. Radio Airplay Chart (week to date) and given its performance to date is likely to top the final Airplay Chart on Sunday ...

  7. BMG Rights Management Signs David Garrett

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management has signed a publishing contract with violin star David Garrett. As part of the deal, the company will represent the publishing rights of his previous releases "Virtuoso" and "Encore" - they have combined ...

  8. German Comedian's Chart Challenge Fails

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Germany's most successful comedian Mario Barth has failed in his attempts to have his latest Sony Music release "Männer Sind Peinlich, Frauen Manchmal Auch" ("Men are embarrassing but so are women sometimes") moved from th ...

  9. Katy Perry To Return As MTV EMAs Host

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Katy Perry will host the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) in Berlin next month. Perry is the first to be asked to host two successive shows in the 15-year history of the awards. She presented the 2008 event in Liverpool. The 2009 awards ceremon ...

  10. Germany's BVMI Re-elects Board Members

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The members of the board of the German music industry association Bundesverband Musikindistrie (BVMI) were re-elected at their Oct. 1 annual meeting in Berlin. Prof. Dieter Gorny remains CEO of the BVMI. On the board are Edgar Berger, CEO Sony Mus ...

  11. Madonna's 'Celebration' Tops Euro Chart

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Madonna's "Celebration" (Warner Bros.) overtakes Muse's "The Resistance" (Helium 3/Warner Music) to debut at the top of Billboard's European Top 100 Albums survey. There's a fourth week as the European Hot 1 ...

  12. Tokio Hotel Checks In To Virtual Tour

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German pop-rock act Tokio Hotel is launching a 3D holographic tour - a "virtual" performance to be shown in 12 cities across seven countries. The promotion, which uses ground-breaking new technology, launches tomorrow (Oct. 2) in Berlin. ...

  13. Frenchkiss, !K7 Partner Outside North America

    September 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Frenchkiss Records has partnered with Berlin-based !K7 for priority releases outside North America. The first release will be the Antlers' debut set "The Hospice," on Oct. 23. "It's great for Frenchkiss to have access to s ...

  14. Jackson Movie To Get Mass Worldwide Premiere

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Michael Jackson movie "This Is It" -- based on footage from concert rehearsals before his death in June -- will have simultaneous premieres in more than 15 cities around the world next month, the studio behind the film said. "Th ...

  15. THE BILLBOARD Q&A: PAUL MCGUINNESS

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As U2 wraps the 2009 dates of its groundbreaking 360 world stadium tour, the band is expected to gross about $300 million and sell about 3 million tickets to fewer than 50 shows. Rather than a massive, high-end ticket price, the big numbers are mo ...

  16. Green Day, Leona Lewis To Perform At MTV EMAs

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks International has unveiled the nominations for the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) and the first three confirmed performers at the Berlin ceremony - Green Day, Leona Lewis and Tokio Hotel. The EMAs take place at the O2 World, Berlin on ...

  17. German Market Set To Return To Growth In 2013

    September 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German music market is set to grow again as of 2013 when digital revenues are expected to compensate for the losses made in physical sales, according to Stefan Michalk, CEO of the Federal Association of the Music Industry (BVMI) in Berlin. The ...

  18. Berlin To Stage Inaugural Music Week In 2010

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The city of Berlin has announced that it will be launching Berlin Music Week in September 2010, incorporating the existing Popkomm trade fair and conference. In June 2009, the October edition of Popkomm in Berlin was canceled due to a lack of inte ...

  19. Strong Global Demand For Beatles Reissues

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Beatles are set to dominate the charts at home in Britain and globally, based on strong first-day sales of the remastered CDs - although supplies of the box sets may be an issue in some territories. "The Beatles Rock Band" game for v ...

  20. Snow Patrol Launches Publishing Venture

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Members of U.K. melodic rock outfit Snow Patrol have formed a new publishing venture, Polar Music. The venture is independent of their deal with Universal Music Publishing and will be administered by Kobalt Music in London. The company aims to hel ...

  21. MTV Reveals Best U.K. New Act Nominations

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alt-rock band Florence and the Machine, rapper Tinchy Stryder and pop act La Roux have been named nominees in the 2009 best U.K. and Ireland new act category for the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs). Girl group the Saturdays and pop act Pixie Lott a ...

  22. BMG Rights Management Signs Aviv Geffen

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Israeli singer songwriter Aviv Geffen has signed a publishing deal with BMG Rights Management in Berlin for his first English language album. The album "Aviv Geffen" (Mars Records/Rough Trade) was produced by award-winning Trevor Horn, w ...

  23. Germany's GVL Signs Up Guido Evers

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Media attorney Guido Evers has been appointed joint managing director of the performing rights collection agency Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten (GVL) in Berlin, effective Sept. 1. He replaces Peter Zombik, who will continue ...

  24. C/O Pop Claims 20% Rise In Delegates

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cologne's c/o pop convention recorded a 20% increase in delegate attendance, according to figures released by the organisers. The number of music industry representatives attending the event grew from 1,000 in 2008 to 1,200 for this year' ...

  25. Classical Sales Surge In Germany

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT During the first half of 2009, unit sales of classical CDs in Germany were 23% above the previous year according to new industry figures. Classical turnover increased by 7.1%, according to the association of the German music industry (BVMI) in Ber ...

  26. Bravado Secures Rolling Stones Merch Deal

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Global music merchandising company Bravado is to manufacture and distribute merchandise for the Rolling Stones. Bravado is a unit of Universal Music Group (UMG); the Stones moved to Universal from EMI last summer. This exclusive agreement - announ ...

  27. 100,000-Plus Online Protests Lodged Against GEMA

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT An uprising against GEMA on account of its business practices is being organized on the official Web site of the German Lower House of Parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin. A petition against the German collection society has already attracted over ...

  28. Survey Shows German Live Biz Is Shrinking

    July 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The live entertainment business is contracting in Germany according to the results of a survey conducted by market research company GfK of Nuremberg on behalf of the German Federal Live Entertainment Association (idkv) in Hamburg, which is to be p ...

  29. BMG Acquires Crosstown Songs America

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management has acquired the music publishing assets of Crosstown Songs America, covering 8,000 songs. Financial terms were not disclosed. It is the first acquisition for the new global music rights management joint venture of Bertelsman ...

  30. Publicist: Britney Spears' Warsaw Stop Canceled

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Britney Spears' "Circus" won't be coming to Warsaw. The singer, whose hits include "...Baby One More Time" and "I'm a Slave 4 U," has been playing a series of shows this summer in Europe, including in B ...

  31. Sony, DEAG Confirms Classical Tie-Up

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment has concluded its acquisition of a 49 per cent stake in the German concert organizer DEAG Classics in Berlin. DEAG launched its DEAG Classics subsidiary in 2004. The company achieved double-digit growth rates in 2008 with ...

  32. Bertelsmann Forms New Rights Management JV

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After weeks of negotiations, the German media group Bertelsmann in Gütersloh has signed a deal with the investment company Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR) in London to invest in and grow the BMG Rights Management operation, which was ...

  33. Sony To Acquire Stake In DEAG Classics

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment is to acquire a stake in the European classical music business of DEAG Deutsche Entertainment AG. Effective July 7, Sony will acquire 49% of the capital of DEAG Classics AG (Berlin) for an undisclosed eight-figure euro amo ...

  34. New GEMA Chairman

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After 18 years as chairman of German collecting society GEMA, Prof. Christian Bruhn stepped down. His successor is composer Jörg Evers. A new supervisory board was elected at the annual meeting of the members of the German collection society GEMA ...

  35. UPDATED: Michael Jackson Mourned By Friends, Fans, Fellow Musicians

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson died June 25 after reportedly being found unconscious in his Bel Air, Calif., home. Paramedics rushed the 50-year-old icon to UCLA Medical Center, where he was declared dead. Below, a round-up of the music industry's reaction ...

  36. Report: Bertelsmann Targets EMI Masters

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German media group Bertelsmann wants to become a major player in the music business once again, according to a report in Hamburg's Manager Magazin. U.S. private equity firm KKR and several banks are said to be ready to act as co-investors for ...

  37. MySpace To Cut 300 International Positions

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Social-networking site MySpace said Tuesday that it will cut 300 international positions and close at least four offices outside the U.S. as it looks to cut costs and narrow its territory coverage. The move comes a week after the company said it w ...

  38. Popkomm Was Facing 50 Per Cent Attendance Fall

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the Popkomm music fair and conference in Berlin have admitted that an anticipated 50 per cent fall in attendance meant the 2009 event, due to take place Sept. 16 to 18, was no longer viable this year. Failure by the German government ...

  39. Popkomm 2009 Canceled

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German music fair and conference Popkomm will not be taking place this year, it has been confirmed. Popkomm was originally to take place on September 16 to 18 at a new venue - Station Berlin - with substantially lower prices. "Amid contin ...

  40. Five Million 'Dirty Dancing' In Theaters Worldwide

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The musical "Dirty Dancing - the Classic Story on Stage" has now surpassed five million ticket sales around the world, according to the producers. Since opening in Sydney in 2004, the show has toured 13 cities across three continents, in ...

  41. Mika Unveils New Songs In London

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop artist Mika unveiled new material at an intimate, acoustic gig at London's Sadler's Wells theater last night (June 8). The singer, whose "Life in Cartoon Motion" (Island) debut album has sold 1.6 million copies in the ...

  42. German Minister Criticizes Govt On Web Piracy

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German state minister of culture Bernd Neumann has levelled harsh criticism at his counterparts in the ministry of justice, because no constructive proposals have been put forward for combating Internet piracy. His remarks against his own governme ...

  43. Boosey & Hawkes Expands Synch Operations

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Classical and jazz music publisher Boosey & Hawkes has launched a specialist music supervision service to assist film production companies source music and navigate the copyright clearance process. The company, which has offices in London, New ...

  44. German Lifetime Honor For Peter Thomas

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German composer Peter Thomas will receive the lifetime achievement award at the inaugural German Music Authors' Awards, presented by the collecting society GEMA on May 28 in Berlin. GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker announced the honor for 83-yea ...

  45. U2, Lady GaGa Dominate European Charts

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2's "No Line on the Horizon" (Mercury/Universal) moves into a sixth week at the summit of Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart, while it's now eight weeks at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for Lady Gaga's &q ...

  46. Business Briefs: Live Nation-Ticketmaster, Passalong, WMG

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The proposed Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger was sharply criticized in a report by the American Antitrust Institute, a not-for-profit advocacy group. The report was written by a retiree of the Federal Trade Commission. An excerpt: "If the ...

  47. Bertelsmann Execs Waive Bonuses

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann recorded a solid business performance in 2008, according to chairman and CEO Hartmut Ostrowski, who announced the results in Berlin. At the press conference today (March 24), Ostrowski said that as the German media company expects the ...

  48. Strong Ticket Sales For U2

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 have sold over 215,000 tickets in under 24 hours for the U.K. and Ireland leg of their global "360°" tour, according to Live Nation. Tickets for U2's dates, which include performances at London's Wembley Stadium (Aug. 14) an ...

  49. Woodstock Co-founder Seeking Sponsors For 2009 Festival

    March 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Lang said plans for a 40th anniversary Woodstock concert are "all speculative ideas" for now, but he hopes to bring them to reality this summer. The Woodstock co-founder told Billboard.biz that his vision is "a free event... ...

  50. Strong International Presence At SXSW

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Artists, record labels and other music companies from across Europe and from Australasia are attending this year's SXSW in Austin Texas. While the U.K., Mexico and Canada are the three-biggest countries outside the U.S. in the terms of the nu ...

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