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  1. CD Album Sales Hold Steady In Germany

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German recorded music market has reported a decline in overall revenue for the 10th year in succession, but CD albums have not seen the double-digit year-on-year decline of other territories. In Berlin today (March 19), the German music indust ...

  2. U2 Unveils 18 Stadium Shows

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 and Live Nation have confirmed the first tranche of stadium dates on the band's global "360°" tour. As first revealed on Billboard.biz on Friday (March 6), the tour, produced by Live Nation Global Touring and sponsored by "s ...

  3. 33 Berlin Venues Take Part In European Club Night

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Acts from 27 EU countries will be taking part in the third European Club Night on April 19 in 33 Berlin clubs. Performers include Blood Red Shoes from the U.K., Swedish band Shout Out Louds, Buraka Som Sistema from Portugal and the brass band Fanf ...

  4. Double Win For Lieberberg At Germany's LEAs

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Frankfurt-based concert promoter Marek Lieberberg was the big winner at this year's Live Entertainment Awards (LEAs) in Hamburg. Marek Lieberberg received two of the 17 LEAs. He was named concert promoter of the year and also got the LEA ...

  5. Numbers Up At Scandinavian Conference by:Larm

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The 12th edition of by:Larm, Scandinavia's largest music conference, increased its attendance by 33%. While other music business events such as MIDEM in Cannes and Popkomm in Berlin suffered a downturn in attendance, by:Larm organizers report ...

  6. Fox, Winehouse Win German Echo Awards

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST German hip hop newcomer Peter Fox was the big winner at the Echo awards, collecting three awards at the O2 World Arena in front of 10,000 guests in Berlin. He received the awards in the categories best national/international hip hop/urban artist, ...

  7. International Music Summit Confirms Speakers

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Techno artist Richie Hawtin and Marc Marot, head of SEG Entertainment U.K., have been revealed as keynote speakers at the second annual International Music Summit (IMS). The event takes place on the Spanish island of Ibiza May 27 to 29, with the c ...

  8. Richie Set For Echo Awards Honor

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST During the Feb. 21 Echo Awards at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Lionel Richie will be receiving a special award in recognition of the entire achievements of the legendary Motown label as well as his own lifetime achievements. Richie will also be p ...

  9. AEG CEO Leiweke Discusses LN/TM Merger

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sounding every bit like a man girding for a protracted legal battle, Tim Leiweke, CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), says his company is "very concerned about the proposed Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger, and in particular very nervou ...

  10. Potts To Perform At Echo Awards

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST British tenor Paul Potts and U.K. rock act Razorlight are the latest acts to join the line-up for this year's Echo Awards, to be held at Berlin's O2 World on Feb. 21. Potts, the 2007 winner of TV talent show "Britain's Got Tale ...

  11. Germany Rejects Three-Strikes Piracy Plan

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST The German federal government has decided against embracing the Olivennes Agreement - the French model for combating illegal file-sharing activities. The French three-strikes scheme would cut off the ISP connections of repeat offenders who violate ...

  12. Germany Chooses Eurovision Act

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Alex Swings Oscar Sings is the act representing Germany at the 54th Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow on May 16, with the song "Miss Kiss Kiss Bang." The duo features Alex Christensen from Hamburg, and singer and dancer Oscar Loya, who c ...

  13. 2009 Grammy Award Winners

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Below, the full list of winners from the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in L.A. For full coverage of this year's Grammys click here . The winners: Record Of The Year - "Please Read The Letter" Robert Pla ...

  14. Germany's GUN Records Shut Down

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Germany has closed GUN Records in Bochum with immediate effect. The rock label GUN (Great Unlimited Noises) was founded in 1992 as a joint venture by Wolfgang Funk and BMG. Funk, who left his role as president of the company in December ...

  15. Depeche Mode To Debut 'Wrong' At Echo Awards

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Depeche Mode will debut their new single "Wrong" at the 18th Echo German Music Awards at Berlin's O2 World on Feb. 21. The appearance by the U.K. synth-pop veterans, which is televised live on German TV, is billed as a "worldwi ...

  16. Bowie Denies Coachella Reports

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST A statement at David Bowie's official Web site denies media reports that the U.K. rock veteran has been booked to play the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April. There had been reports that Bowie would perform his 1972 concept alb ...

  17. Germany's Optimal Expands

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST The German CD manufacturer Optimal Media Production, based in Röbel in east Germany, continues to expand in Scandinavia. The company, which has service centers in Berlin, Hamburg, Stockholm and London, has now launched Optimal Media in Copenhagen. ...

  18. German Biz Welcomes Bob Dylan Ruling

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The German Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI) in Berlin has welcomed a ruling issued by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, which confirmed that older recordings are also protected by copyright law throughout Europe if protection i ...

  19. New Venue, Dates For Popkomm 2009

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Berlin-based music trade exhibition and conference, Popkomm will move locations in 2009 to Station-Berlin. The event will also be held earlier than the previous year's event, Sept. 16 to 18. The change of date forced organizers to reconsider ...

  20. BMG Rights Management Gathers New Signings

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST BMG Rights Management (BRM), Bertelsmann's new music rights arm, has exclusively signed German artists Peter Fox and 2Raumwohnung, British singer-songwriter Andrew Roachford and Austria's Christina Stürmer. These artists join several new ...

  21. Echo Award Reveals 2009 Noms

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Coldplay, Duffy and Jack Johnson are among the first nominees for the Echo 2009, an award given each year in recognition of German record sales achievements. The news arrived with the announcement of eight out of the 24 categories, made today (Jan ...

  22. German Publisher Rolf Budde Expands Into U.K.

    January 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Berlin-based music publishing company Rolf Budde Musikverlag has launched a U.K. subsidiary, which began operations on Jan. 2. Budde Music U.K. is based in London and will partner with Chelsea Music Publishing, former sub-publisher of Budde Ge ...

  23. Arab-Israeli Orchestra Stops Shows in Qatar, Egypt

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim and his orchestra of Arab and Israeli musicians say they are canceling performances in the Middle East this weekend because of fighting between Israel and Hamas. Instead, they will play in the German capital. Bar ...

  24. Prince To Roll Out Three Albums This Year

    January 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Prince is planning to release three new albums in 2009 without the assistance of a record label, according to an interview with the Los Angeles Times. A "major retailer" is in talks with the artist to release the music physically, while ...

  25. Universal Acquires Joint Venture X-Cell

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST X-Cell Records, a joint venture co-launched at the beginning of 2007 by Universal Music Germany in Berlin and producer George Glueck, is to be integrated into Universal Music. "Glueck will continue to be in charge of all of X-Cell's crea ...

  26. Miller-Heidke Teams With One Louder

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Australian alternative pop singer Kate Miller-Heidke has parted ways with her manager Leanne de Souza and joined Bill Cullen's camp at One Louder Entertainment. De Souza, who helms Brisbane-based artist management and artist support service B ...

  27. MTV EMAs Web Traffic Revealed

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks International has unveiled its figures for Web traffic, online voting and mobile downloads for last month's MTV Europe Music Awards. The event was staged in Liverpool on Nov. 6 and performers included Pink, The Killers, Beyonce a ...

  28. Berlin To Host 2009 MTV EMAs

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks International has unveiled Berlin as the city that will host the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) on Nov. 5. It will be the fourth time that the awards ceremony, which is broadcast on MTV across Europe and screened in the U.S., has ...

  29. Boosey & Hawkes Secures Indie Synch Deal

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST London-based music publisher Boosey & Hawkes has built on its contemporary music roster by signing on to represent global synch rights for two leading U.K. independent record labels, One Little Indian Records and Fat Cat Records. The deal cove ...

  30. New Broadcast Partner For Echo Awards

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST The 18th Echo German Record Awards ceremony will tale place on Feb. 21 in Berlin. Organized by the German Phonographic Academy, an institution of the German Federal Music Industry Association, the show will be broadcast by public TV station ARD ra ...

  31. Giglinger Departs MTV Networks

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Elmar Giglinger, senior VP music channels, will be leaving MTV Networks in Berlin on Dec. 31. Details of his replacement are to be announced shortly. "The almost nine years at MTV Networks were an extraordinary and exciting time for me in eve ...

  32. AC/DC Scores Third Week Atop Euro Albums Chart

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Billboard's new pan-European charts reveal a third week at the Top 100 Albums summit for AC/DC's "Black Ice" (Columbia/Sony BMG) and a second atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for Guru Josh Project's "Infinity 2008" ...

  33. Bertelsmann Triples Profit

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bertelsmann AG, the Germany media company, has reported figures for the first nine months of 2008 including a tripling of its net profits to €387 million ($493 million). The figure to the end of September was up 193% from €132 million ($168 millio ...

  34. Academy Venues Rebrand With O2 Partnership

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Academy Music Group (AMG), one of the U.K.'s leading chains of live-music venues and clubs, is renaming and rebranding its 11 facilities from Jan. 1 when they will each be called the O2 Academy. The move ends the AMG outlets' long-establ ...

  35. Virgin Classics Marks Two Decades With Gala Concert

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paris-based classical label Virgin Classics is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with a unique French concert this weekend in Nice. The star-studded birthday party takes place on Nov. 1 as part of the C'est pas Classique Festival in Nice. ...

  36. Randy Newman Postpones European Tour

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Randy Newman is postponing his 18-date European tour. The 64-year-old "I Love L.A" and "I Love to See You Smile" singer-songwriter cited "physical limitations and severe pain caused by stenosis in the lower back and neck,& ...

  37. Take That Comeback At MTV Europe Music Awards

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop act Take That has joined the line-up for the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held on Nov. 6 at Liverpool's Echo Arena. It will be a return to the MTV Awards stage for the boy band, which performed at the very first MTV EMAs, stag ...

  38. RightsFlow Signs Up Zebralution, X5

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A couple of European digital aggregators have signed up to use RightsFlow for digital phonorecord delivery licensing and royalty services for the U.S. marketplace. Berlin-based Zebralution, which serves as a digital distributor for independent lab ...

  39. UMG, Qtrax Strike International Deal

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International and ad-funded legal P2P service Qtrax today announced a licensing deal covering Europe, Asia/Pacific, South America and Africa. Previously, Universal Music Group had a North American deal with Qtrax in place. Qt ...

  40. Bertelsmann Unveils BMG Rights Management

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German media group Bertelsmann is investing in the music business again: BMG Rights Management will be opening its head office in Berlin as of Jan. 2009. In the coming months offices are also to be opened in Amsterdam, Paris, London, Madrid and Mi ...

  41. AEG Partners With NBA China On Arena Development

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AEG, the leading entertainment and sports presenter with over 90 facilities worldwide, has formed a joint venture with NBA China to design, market, program and operate multi-purpose, NBA-style sports and entertainment arenas in Greater China. The ...

  42. Popkomm Day 3: The Second Coming Of Qtrax

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eight months after its abortive launch at the MidemNet conference in Cannes, Qtrax is back on course according to New York-based CEO and chairman Allan Klepfisz. During the demonstration of Qtrax - a free, ad-funded "legal" hybrid P2P se ...

  43. Popkomm Numbers Down

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Popkomm will revert to a September timeslot in 2009 after attendance at this year's trade fair fell. Preliminary figures show that around 14,000 trade delegates attended this year's confab, down around 9% on the 15,420 who went through t ...

  44. EMI Music Publishing Partners With Global Music Project

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Global One, a worldwide music project featuring acts from five continents on one album, has signed a worldwide deal with EMI Music Publishing. The deal was announced at the Popkomm music conference and entertainment business trade fair in Berlin. ...

  45. GEMA Appeals EC Competition Ruling

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German collecting society GEMA has submitted an appeal to the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg to have a prohibition order issued by the European Commission overturned. GEMA has also applied for suspension of the execution of the Com ...

  46. Popkomm Day 2: Digital Drives Forward

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The development of digital music was the major topic of debate at day two of Popkomm in Berlin, with delegates discussing the need for users to be able to synchronize their music collections between their computers, phones and even automobiles. Th ...

  47. Director Wenders Recruits Lou Reed For Berlin Concert

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German film director Wim Wenders has given a keynote address at day two of Popkomm in Berlin, where he also unveiled plans for "The Music of Wim Wenders - Live" featuring Lou Reed. Reed will be the guest star at the concert at Berlin Tem ...

  48. IODA Launches Nordic Arm

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Independent digital distributor IODA has announced the launch of IODA Nordic through a partnership with Bonnier Amigo Music Group, the music arm of Nordic media company Bonnier AB. Under the terms of the strategic partnership, IODA will distribute ...

  49. German Govt. Restates Copyright Commitment

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bernd Neumann, the German federal government's minister for culture and the media, says he's committed to ensuring European countries receive the best possible legal basis for protecting copyrights. Speaking at the Popkomm music conferen ...

  50. German Biz Launches China Mission

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The German government and music industry are launching a joint effort via funding agency Initiative Musik to showcase German repertoire in China. Under the motto "The changing music market -- the music market of the future," German music ...

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