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  1. Kyte Scoops Popkomm-IMEA Award

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Digital media platform Kyte has won the 2008 Popkomm Innovation in Music Entertainment Award (IMEA) in Berlin. The San Francisco-based service -- which allows artists to produce live and on-demand content and simultaneously distribute it to multip ...

  2. Mufin Enters Crowded Music Recommendation Field

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mufin, a new music recommendation service, began a private beta today. Mufin - which is short for Music Finder - bases its recommendations on 40 different characteristics in a song such as tempo, rhythm and mood. It then searches its database for ...

  3. Popkomm Day 1: Delegates Debate Rights

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rights issues were at the top of the agenda at the first day of Popkomm in Berlin. A total of 15,000 exhibitors and trade visitors are expected, according to managing director Ralf Kleinhenz, although the opening day was a fairly relaxed start to ...

  4. Gibb Raps EC In Popkomm Keynote

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bee Gee member Robin Gibb has opened Popkomm 2008 in Berlin with a keynote speech in his role as president of CISAC, the umbrella group which represents 222 authors' societies in 118 countries. He accused the European Commission of behaving i ...

  5. IODA Adds European Distros

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Independent digital distributor IODA announced partnerships with several European distributors in advance of the Popkomm Conference in Berlin. Discograph, Forte Music Distribution, Harmonia Mundi Distribution, Cobayn, and the Music Information Cen ...

  6. Depeche Mode Announces Euro Tour

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. synth-pop act Depeche Mode presented its plans for the “Tour of the Universe 2009" during an announcement at the Olympiastadion in Berlin. In front of over 350 media representatives from all over Europe and about 1,000 fans today (Oct. 6 ...

  7. Five Buzz Topics At Popkomm 2008

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of Popkomm, the younger of Europe's two big music biz confabs, are kicking off the 2008 edition of the conference with a commitment to explore the "three C's" of the music business: creativity, communication and comm ...

  8. EMI Music Publishing Launches Songwriting Camp

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing has launched its second European Songwriting Camp, bringing together songwriters from 11 countries for the event, which will be held in Gibson Guitar's Berlin showroom from Oct. 2-8. Writers attending the event include Li ...

  9. EMI Classics Renews Berliner Philharmoniker Deal

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Classics has extended its recording deal with the Berliner Philharmoniker. EMI has signed a new five-year contract with the orchestra, in addition to its relationshio with music director Sir Simon Rattle. One of the first releases under the de ...

  10. 2008 Popkomm IMEA Finalists Announced

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Berlin-based international music trade show Popkomm has announced the six finalists for its annual Innovation in Music and Entertainment Award (IMEA). All the finalists have already won a mentoring session with one of the three prize judges for si ...

  11. Gibb, Wim Wenders Confirmed As Popkomm Keynoters

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bee Gee member Robin Gibb is among the first three keynote speakers confirmed for this year's Popkomm, the international music and entertainment trade show in Berlin. The other two are iconic German movie director Wim Wenders; and Petri Lunde ...

  12. Metallica To Launch Berlin O2 World

    August 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Metallica is to play two budget-priced shows in London and Berlin to launch its album "Death Magnetic," including the opening show at the new 17,000-capacity O2 World arena in Berlin. Tickets will be available to registered users of the ...

  13. Lordi To Launch Album At Popkomm

    August 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Monster rock band Lordi will launch its new album at this year's Popkomm. The Finnish act releases "Deadache" (Sony BMG) internationally on Oct. 27. The international music and entertainment business trade show takes place in Berlin ...

  14. Billboard Partners With Popkomm

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Billboard is a media partner for this year's Popkomm, which takes place in Berlin from Oct. 8 to 11. The program at the 2008 international music and entertainment business trade show includes panel discussions about the role of the recorded m ...

  15. Touring Briefs: AEG Live, McCartney, Honda Center

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- AEG Live has partnered with global presenter ThemeSTAR to develop and secure intellectual property rights to produce and present family entertainment events in arenas around the world. Financial terms of the new venture, dubbed AEG ThemeSTAR, w ...

  16. Dublin's Point Venue Becomes The O2

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dublin's refurbished Point Theatre will reopen this December under a new name, "The O2," and is set to reopen this December. The naming rights deal is part of a strategic brand alliance forged between the venue's owners Live Na ...

  17. Duffy Reigns Supreme On Euro Charts

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A&M/Universal's Duffy continues her reign on Billboard's pan-European sales charts, as "Rockferry" starts a third consecutive and sixth aggregate week atop European Top 100 Albums and "Mercy" leads Eurochart Hot 1 ...

  18. Woody Allen Drafts Little-Known Band For 'Barcelona'

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Like Woody Allen's new film, "Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona," the song "Barcelona" by the band Giulia y los Tellarini is about what comes of chance meetings and subsequent love affairs, including one with the city itself. &qu ...

  19. Duffy Doubles Up On Euro Charts

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For the second time, A&M/Universal's Duffy completes the pan-European "double," holding at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums with "Rockferry" and climbing back 2-1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "Mercy." Th ...

  20. Madonna's Upcoming Tour Garners Strong On-Sales

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On-sales for Madonna's upcoming Sticky & Sweet tour continue to sizzle in many markets. In Europe, high demand for tickets in Paris for Madonna's scheduled Sept. 20 performance led to a second show added the following night. The Zuri ...

  21. Madonna's 'Candy' Sticks At No. 1 In Europe

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's another triumphant chart week in Europe for Madonna, who retains leadership of both European Top 100 Albums with "Hard Candy" (Warner Bros.), for a third week, and Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "4 Minutes" featuring ...

  22. EAA Names New Board

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The European Arenas Association has voted-in a new board. Jos van der Vegt, managing director of the Ahoy venue in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, continues as president of the trade body. Vice presidents elected during the association's May 15 m ...

  23. 24-7 Boasts Big Numbers

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Digital music service provider 24-7 Entertainment today reported that it distributed 10 million full-length audio tracks and music videos in Europe during April. The figure, up 732% from the same period in 2007, was given a huge boost by the recen ...

  24. Madonna Plots Upcoming 'Sticky & Sweet' Tour

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna is set to embark on a world tour beginning Aug. 23 in Cardiff, Wales with dates through the end of the year. Billed as the Sticky & Sweet tour, the trek will span three continents and include between 50-60 shows total, Billboard.com ha ...

  25. Chinese Orchestra To Make Landmark Vatican Performance

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The conductor leading the China Philharmonic Orchestra in a landmark concert Wednesday at the Vatican said he feels honored to perform for the pope, saying music breaks down cultural barriers. Ties between the Vatican and China's communist go ...

  26. Merlin Membership Reaches Milestone

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the independent label community's digital rights agency, has accumulated more than 12,000 members to-date, Billboard.biz has learned. The London-based association, which opened for business in January during the Midem trade fair in Ca ...

  27. !K7 Strikes Gold Dust With Urban Label

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Berlin-based indie !K7 Records has added a fifth label to its group, with the urban-oriented Gold Dust Media. In a statement issued today, !K7 says Gold Dust "offers a new family of dynamic American artists a global platform to release their ...

  28. Unterholzner Out At Sony BMG Austria

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Horst Unterholzner, who has served as managing director of Sony BMG Austria for more than five years, will exit the company May 1. Stefan Klimek will take the helm of the Vienna-based affiliate. Klimek joined Sony Music in 2002 from Universal Musi ...

  29. GEMA Records Massive Revenue Drop

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German authors rights society GEMA has reported a €24.8 million ($39.67 million) shortfall in 2007 revenue. The Berlin-based organization collected €849.6 million ($1.35 billion) for its 60,000 author/publisher members during the year, down 2.83% ...

  30. German Exec Meisel Dies

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Irmtrud "Trudy" Meisel, a leading German label and publishing executive, has died at the age of 71. Meisel, who had been suffering with pancreatic cancer, died in Berlin on Feb. 20, but her passing was not announced until last Friday. Me ...

  31. CP Masters Grows With Boosey & Hawkes

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Classical music publisher Boosey & Hawkes has been sold for about £126 million ($248.3 million) to Imagem Music, the music publishing fund of CP Masters and Dutch pension fund Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP. Private equity investor HgCapital, the ...

  32. German Artists Add Voice To Political CD

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pop group Silbermond, hip hoppers Seeed, rock band Sportfreunde Stiller and veterans Die Toten Hosen are among the 18 German artists who have contributed songs to a CD project aimed at drawing youths away from extreme right-wing politics. The song ...

  33. DEAG Acquires 75.1% Of Raymond Gubbay Ltd

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT DEAG Classics AG in Berlin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of German promoter Deutsche Entertainment AG, is extending its reach in the international classical music business through a deal to buy 75.1% in British classical music concert promoter Raymon ...

  34. Honorary Degree For Rocker Cave

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The correct title is now Dr. Cave. Alternative-rock icon Nick Cave has been presented with an honorary degree of doctor of laws from Monash University in his longtime hometown of Melbourne. The U.K.-based, Australian-bred musician, novelist, actor ...

  35. Finns Cross Borders With Berlin Fest

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In an effort to crack the giant German music market's capital city, a delegation of almost 50 Finnish artists will take to Berlin next month for a music festival. Disco Ensemble (Fullstream Records), Jori Hulkkonen (F Communication), Lovex (E ...

  36. Supply Chain, IT Exec Kessler Upped At UMGI

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International has elevated Jens Kessler to VP, IT, supply chain and sourcing. Kessler has served as VP, IT, at Universal Music Germany since 2001. In future, Kessler will be tasked with helping identify and reinforce supply c ...

  37. Bertelsmann Execs Undecided On Sony BMG Fate

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "There are no specific plans to sell our share in Sony BMG." That was the response given by Bertelsmann CFO Thomas Rabe who, together with his colleague Hartmuth Ostrowski, the German media giant's CEO, spoke with Billboard.biz toda ...

  38. SXSW Keynote: Lou Reed On Technology, New Bands

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lou Reed lashed out at new modes of audio technology, saying that "people have got to demand a higher standard" than current MP3s during his keynote session today (March 13) at the South By Southwest Music Festival + Conference in Austin ...

  39. German Biz Contracts Slightly In 2007

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The German recorded music market is showing signs of bottoming out. Total sales of CDs, music videos, downloads and mobile music shrank by 3.2% in 2007, for a value of €1.652 billion ($2.57 billion). The corresponding result in 2006 was €1.706 bil ...

  40. Lieberberg Wins Big At Germany's LEA Event

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Marek Lieberberg has been awarded tour promoter of the year 2007 at the third annual Live Entertainment Awards (LEA), which took place Tuesday in Hamburg's Color Line Arena. Frankfurt-based Lieberberg, who promoted concerts during the year by ...

  41. Spain All Set For SxSW

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Spanish indie Armada is sailing into South By South West for the first time this week, with music biz and government backing. Until this year, Spain was the world's only major market without a stand at SxSW in Austin, Texas, but the Sound ...

  42. Bertelsmann Shopping Sony BMG Stake, Reports Claim

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bertelsmann has declined to comment on reports which claim the media giant is sounding out buyers for its stake in the Sony BMG joint venture. The German firm's chief financial officer Thomas Rabe has met with at least two private equity comp ...

  43. Jamba, EMI Team For DRM-Free Mobile Downloads

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile entertainment provider Jamba has partnered with EMI Music on a deal that will offer DRM-free downloads on mobiles. The announcement was made today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Launching the service in Europe first, Jamba says ...

  44. AMP Short List Expands To Ten

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST The short list for the 2007 Australian Music Prize (AMP) has rounded-up from nine to ten releases. The 22-strong judging panel said today there were too many quality Australian albums released last year to limit nominations to nine. The 2006 short ...

  45. Radiohead Reveals North American Tour Dates

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Radiohead will embark on its first North American tour in two years May 5 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Eight shows have been confirmed for the first leg, which wraps May 18 in Dallas. Afterward, Radiohead will visit Europe for a month's worth of ...

  46. AEG's Leiweke: We Won't Go 360

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST AEG president/CEO Tim Leiweke made it clear that the Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment presenter doesn't intend to adopt the same business model as competitor Live Nation, during his keynote address at the Grammy Foundation's 10 ...

  47. Jamba Names Montanaro CEO

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mauro Montanaro has been appointed chief executive of Jamba, the mobile content division of NewsCorp. With effect from Feb. 4, Montanaro succeeds COO Lee Fenton, who has served as interim CEO since Lucy Hood resigned last October. Berlin-based Mon ...

  48. New Domestic Repertoire Role For Universal's Bohne

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Germany in Berlin is tweaking the management structures for its national artist activities. Tom Bohne, previously managing director of the Universal Domestic Division (UDD), has been appointed to senior VP, with responsibilities fo ...

  49. Touring, Indies Rule Midem

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live music and independent labels held sway on the third day of Midem panels. Laurence Bell, founder of Domino Records - home to Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand -- was the big draw as he opened-up on some of his guiding business and creative ph ...

  50. Triple Echo Nods For Furtado, Gronemeyer

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Nelly Furtado, German rock singer Herbert Gronemeyer and Berlin pop duo Ich+Ich have each received three nominations for the German record industry's 17th Echo Awards, which will be presented Feb. 15 in Berlin. Furtado is nominated in the int ...

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