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  1. Germany's BPW Promotes Drucke

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST German labels body BPW in Berlin has appointed Dr. Florian Drucke as the new head of legal and politics with immediate effect. Drucke was previously legal adviser of the association after joining in 2006. He succeeds Nora Braun who has moved to Be ...

  2. Popkomm Moves To Later Date

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Popkomm music fair will be taking place later than usual this year, on Oct. 8-10 in Berlin. Last year, the international music and entertainment business trade show -- organized by Messe Berlin -- boasted 886 exhibitors from 57 countries and a ...

  3. British Music Week Returns In '08

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST The BPI today unveiled plans for the return of British Music Week with a new structure which, for the first time, will be handled by a German management team. The 2008 event, dates for which have yet to be announced, will be driven by a newly form ...

  4. Madonna Directorial Debut Set For Berlin Festival

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Madonna's film directorial debut, "Filth and Wisdom," will make its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, organizers announced Thursday. The film stars Eugene Hutz, the lead singer of Gogol Bordello, alongside St ...

  5. Global Bertelsmann Execs Gather For Berlin Summit

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST The possible sale of Bertelsmann Direct North America, and a revamped music publishing house for Sony BMG are just some of the likely topics on the agenda at the upcoming world meeting of the Bertelsmann media group. The summit in Berlin on Wednes ...

  6. UMG Buys Into Deutschrock Merchandise

    November 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Germany is taking a majority stake in Berlin-based merchandising enterprise Deutschrock Merchandise. Financial terms were not disclosed. Deutschrock, which was established 10 years ago, will continue to operate independently from U ...

  7. Universal Germany Teams With Aggro Berlin

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Germany has signed a cooperative agreement with German hip hop label Aggro Berlin. Through the new arrangement, UMG will partner for marketing, promotion and the distribution of Aggro Berlin recordings. Neither party disclosed furt ...

  8. Eagles Land On European Chart Summit

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Seven days after being trumped by Britney Spears' "Blackout" (Jive/Zomba), the Eagles' "Long Road Out Of Eden" (Polydor) takes control of European Top 100 Albums, moving 2-1 as Spears crashes to No. 8. The Eagles' ...

  9. Names Added To MTV EMA Bill

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Nov. 1 MTV Europe Music Awards' artist line-up is taking shape. Will.i.am and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger will perform together on Munich's OlympiaHalle stage for the music TV broadcaster's flagship European awards event, o ...

  10. Jamba MD Berger-de León Exits

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Markus Berger-de León, co-managing director and chief sales officer of Berlin-based mobile phone content provider Jamba, is to leave the company after five years. Jamba co-managing director and chief operating officer Lee Fenton will take the helm ...

  11. New Venue For Echo Awards In 2008

    October 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The 17th edition of the German Music industry's annual Echo awards show will take place in Berlin at the International Congress Center on Feb 18 2008. The 24-category awards gala is organized annually by labels body the German Phonographic Ac ...

  12. Blunt Scores European Chart Triple

    September 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT James Blunt completes a notable triple on Billboard's pan-European charts, debuting atop European Top 100 Albums with his sophomore Atlantic set "All the Lost Souls." He also starts a second week at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Single ...

  13. Popkomm Attendance Stable

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Attendance at this year's Sept. 19-21 Popkomm trade fair in Berlin was stable, pulling in more than 15,000 trade visitors, according to preliminary figures. Organizer Messe Berlin claims 886 exhibitors from 57 countries took part in the confa ...

  14. Popkomm Debates On Indies, Internet

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mike Batt, founder and managing director of Dramatico Entertainment, used his Popkomm keynote speech this afternoon to call for a truce between independent and major music companies. "A lot of us who run indie labels tend to think of the majo ...

  15. Gorny Appointed Initiative Musik Chairman

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dieter Gorny, deputy chairman of the German Recording Industry Association (BPW) and former CEO of the music-TV channel VIVA, has been appointed chairman of the supervisory board for the newly launched Initiative Musik. Initiative Musik is the bra ...

  16. DT To Market iPhone In Germany

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT German telecommunication company Deutsche Telekom (DT) will be marketing Apple's iPhone exclusively in Germany where it launches Nov. 9. As well as the connection to T-Mobile, DT's wireless service subsidiary, the iPhone costs €399 ($556 ...

  17. German Downloads Set To Soar

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Revenues from music downloads are expected to jump 25% to €60 million ($83.7 million) in 2007, according to data disclosed by Berlin-based economics, telecommunications and new-media research firm BITKOM at the Popkomm trade fair. This would repre ...

  18. Bragg Opens Up On Popkomm Day Two

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Artists took center-stage today as the three-day Popkomm convention in Berlin reached the mid-way mark. Politically-charged veteran British singer-songwriter Billy Bragg used the platform of his keynote address to call upon artists to rise up and ...

  19. German Tech Firm Trivid Takes Popkomm Innovation Award

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT German technology company Trivid has won Popkomm 2007's Innovation in Music and Entertainment Award (IMEA) on day one of the confab in Berlin. The firm triumphed with its Clipgenerator service, which allows online users to generate private mu ...

  20. Popkomm Panelists: Music, Auto Industries Must Align

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vehicles will drive a viable revenue stream for record labels in the coming years, panelists said at the "Auto Mobile Music: The Dashboard Jukebox" session today, on day one of Popkomm , the international music and entertainment conferen ...

  21. German Indie !K7 Moves Into Live Biz

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Berlin-based independent label !K7 has set up a dedicated agency to book concerts for its acts under the name of !K7 Bookings. The agency is to be managed by Paul Fowler, who previously worked as booker for the Littlebig Agency in Berlin. "Th ...

  22. Germany Promises State Aid To Music Start-ups

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The German government says it is prepared give financial support to small-and-medium sized start-ups in the German music market. The move was announced by German minister of economics Michael Glos at the Popkomm trade fair in Berlin today (Sept. 1 ...

  23. Universal Germany Establishes Artist Agency

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Germany has launched an artist agency. The new unit -- Universal Music Artist Agency -- enables brand-name firms and event organizers direct access to Universal-signed artists, explains says Frank Briegmann, president and CEO of Be ...

  24. Snoop Dogg In The House For MTV EMAs

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Snoop Dogg will take the mic as host of the MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held Nov. 1 at Munich's OlympiaHalle. Organizers are keeping quiet on the line-up, apart from today confirming performances from American rock staple Foo Fighters and ...

  25. Popkomm IMEA Shortlist Unveiled

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Four European companies, two U.S. ventures, plus one each from Australia and Israel comprise the eights finalists at this year's Popkomm Innovation in Music and Entertainment Awards (IMEA) on Sept 19 in Berlin. Between them, the short-listed ...

  26. Wenzel Rises, Masuch Out At Universal Pub Germany

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Markus Wenzel has been appointed managing director of Universal Music Publishing Group Germany, the new company formed after Universal acquired BMG Publishing. At the same time, Hartwig Masuch, managing director of BMG Music Publishing Germany sin ...

  27. Zombik Splits With Germany's BPW, IFPI

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Peter Zombik, managing director of BPW and the German IFPI, will exit the Berlin-based industry bodies with effect from Sept. 15. Zombik joined labels body BPW in 1977, and has served as its managing director since 1982. He added duties as IFPI Ge ...

  28. Braum Splits With Four Music

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fitz Braum, managing director and founder of the Berlin label Four Music, will exit at the end of the month. Braum intends to start new activities, details for which he declined to discuss. Going forward, Philip Ginthör, label head of Sony BMG ...

  29. Hopfgartner Joins MTV Germany

    August 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks (MTVN) Germany in Berlin has appointed Jurgen Hopfgartner as director digital media G/S/A (Germany, Switzerland and Austria) with immediate effect. In the newly-created role, Hopfgartner will be responsible for the business and produc ...

  30. Jack White Productions Founder Ousted After Row

    August 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jack White Productions (JWP) AG, the German label and publishing group, and its founder, composer and producer Jack White have gone their separate ways following a dispute. The 66-year-old White has been dismissed from his job as managing director ...

  31. MySpace Backs U.K. Concert

    August 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Social-networking Web site MySpace is throwing its support behind a new free London music festival. The Aug. 5 1234Shoreditch concert is being launched as part of the Aug. 4-18 Shoreditch Festival, an annual music, lifestyle and culture event in N ...

  32. Popkomm Searches For Online Music Innovators

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Popkomm is seeking out the "MySpaces of tomorrow" to enter its fourth annual Innovation In Music And Entertainment Award (IMEA), taking place on the opening day of the Sept. 19-21 music trade conference in Berlin. Jurors for this year� ...

  33. Hockman Joins Boosey & Hawkes Board

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT David Hockman, former chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV Music, has joined classical music publisher Boosey & Hawkes as a non-executive director. Boosey & Hawkes owns rights in major 20th Century composers such as Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofief ...

  34. Shakira, Yusuf Power Live Earth Hamburg

    July 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Hamburg edition of the Live Earth climate change concerts featured a lineup of international stars, including Shakira, Snoop Dogg and Enrique Iglesias, and major domestic acts, ending nine hours later with a performance by surprise guest Yusuf ...

  35. German Chart Revamp Abandons Unit Sales For Value Rating

    June 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Germany is set to become the first major world music market to rank its music charts based on revenues generated, rather than unit sales. From July 23, the singles and albums sales chart systems are to be replaced by a revenue-based model, to acco ...

  36. Kobalt Picks Up Peiken

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-nominated songwriter Shelly Peiken has signed a publishing administration deal for the world, excluding Australia and New Zealand, with international publisher Kobalt Music. As part of the agreement, Kobalt will represent Peiken -- who has ...

  37. Loveparade Dances Away From Berlin

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Loveparade -- which claims to be the biggest dance music event in the world -- is waltzing off from Berlin after 18 years in the city. Event organisers claim local authorities were unwilling to pick up the tab for rubbish disposal and were also ke ...

  38. Multi-platinum Melua Heads Impala Honors

    June 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K.-based singer-songwriter Katie Melua's sophomore album "Piece By Piece" album leads off a new batch of European sales awards from Brussels-based pan-European independent labels body Impala. "Piece by Piece," released S ...

  39. Popkomm Chooses Germany As Partner Country

    June 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Germany has been chosen as the partner country for the 19th annual music trade fair Popkomm, which will be held in Berlin from Sept. 19-21. "Young bands know that Popkomm is a useful platform for getting known outside their own countries and ...

  40. London's City Showcase Kicks Off

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Australian rock legend Chris Bailey is throwing his clout behind a Billboard-sponsored gig devoted to bands from Down Under as part of the five-day City Showcase festival of events, which begins today in central London. Bailey, who has performed a ...

  41. Silver Cleft Award For Weller

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paul Weller is to be feted during the O2 Silver Clef Luncheon in London on June 29. The songwriter and guitarist who formed the Jam, Style Council and is now a successful solo artist, will be the recipient of the prestigious Silver Clef Award. Sev ...

  42. FameCast Adds Armed Forces Stage

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In honor of Memorial Day, music talent competition Web site FameCast will add an Armed Forces stage to its existing 12 genre platforms. U.S. military personnel will now have their own digital stage to upload video music performances to the FameCas ...

  43. Elton Axes Red Piano Dates

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Elton John has pulled the plug on a host of upcoming European Red Piano dates. Shows have been cancelled in Venice, Italy on June 5 and 6; Berlin, Germany on June 22; Moscow, Russia on July 3; Paris, France on Sept. 9 and Seville, Spain on Sept. 1 ...

  44. Blue Man Group Enters Orlando

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Blue Man Group opens June 6 at Universal City Walk's Sharp AQUOS Theatre in Orlando, Fla. The 1,000-seat venue is accessible from Universal City Walk and Universal Studios theme park. The Blue Man Group's permanent stand at Universal Cit ...

  45. Universal, V2 Join Forces For German Independent Network

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Germany and indie label V2 Records have teamed-up to form a joint-sales and distribution unit, with effect from July 1. Both parties have agreed to forge an independent sales and distribution unit for indie labels, dubbed the Unive ...

  46. Groenemeyer, Kobalt Sign Exclusive Admin Deal

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT German superstar Herbert Groenemeyer and Kobalt Music Group have struck an exclusive deal which will enable the independent music publisher to administer his entire catalog. Through the agreement, Kobalt will administer all of his Groenland Musikv ...

  47. Live Nation Adds Support To Live Earth Event

    April 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has confirmed it will promote the July 7 Live Earth concerts in London and New York. The line-ups were announced this week , with Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters among the acts playing London's Wembley Stadium, and ...

  48. Berlin's Finest: Six Acts To Watch From The German Capital

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT One mark of a great international city is the variety and vitality of the music it produces. By that measure, Berlin has reason to be proud. This sample of just six Berlin acts, chosen by Billboard correspondent Wolfgang Spahr, highlights the dive ...

  49. Popkomm Busts Out

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Despite a decline in record sales in recent years, the German music industry can boast one significant success story-the development of the Popkomm music fair since it moved to Berlin in 2004. According to the IFPI, retail sales of all recorded mu ...

  50. Berlin: Music City

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT When David Bowie moved to the divided city of Berlin in 1976, he joined 2 million inhabitants of what was effectively an island surrounded by the communist German Democratic Republic. This particular contrast between east and west left such an imp ...

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