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  1. Morning Fix: Live Nation Going to Russia; Pandora Stocks Plummet; UMG/EMI Outline Germany Plans

    December 05, 2012 8:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters LIVE NATION EXPANDING TO RUSSIA: Like Apple iTunes , Live Nation Entertainment has announced it plans to expand operations to the Russian li ...

  2. Bertelsmann Completes Legal Change to Open up Investor Option

    August 21, 2012 7:56 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany -- Bertelsmann has completed a legal change that could have a major impact on the German media giant, which controls European broadcaster RTL Group and production powerhouse FremantleMedia, maker of "American Idol" and & ...

  3. Popkomm Shuts Down; Berlin Music Week, Reeperbahn Fest, Musikmesse, and Other German Fests Rise

    July 24, 2012 4:13 PM EDT After 23 years, Popkomm, Berlin's annual music fair has closed its doors. But now, with the city of Berlin launching Berlin Music Week this Sept. and the success of Hamburg's Reeperbahn Festival in the same month, many in the industry ma ...

  4. German Clubs Shut Down in Protest of New GEMA Tariffs

    July 02, 2012 11:21 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Bars, clubs and discoteques across Germany shut down in protest shortly before midnight Saturday to demonstrate their opposition to plans by the country's music rights collection agency to change the way they calculate fees ...

  5. European Union to Reject ACTA Treaty

    June 22, 2012 10:59 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - European lawmakers put another nail in ACTA's coffin Thursday, insuring that the controversial anti-counterfeiting treaty will most likely be fail to pass the European Parliament. The Parliament's powerful Internationa ...

  6. ACTA, European Copyright Legislation, Is Dead, Says Politician

    June 19, 2012 12:59 PM EDT COLOGNE, Germany -- ACTA is dead in the water, at least in Europe. That's the opinion of Alexander Alvaro, a member of the European Parliament who has been active in defending civil liberties in the European debate over the controversial pan- ...

  7. Backbeat: Bill Cosby Helms His Last Playboy Jazz Festival

    June 18, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Hugh Hefner, who just celebrated his 86th birthday, answers questions backstage. (Photo: Gail Mitchell) Wearing a white shirt emblazoned with the phrases "30 ½ years" on the back and "thank you" on the sleeves, comedian Bill Co ...

  8. German Gangsta Rapper Bushido To Launch Political Party

    June 14, 2012 6:02 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Bushido, a German gangsta rapper whose sometimes homophobic lyrics and comments about women have sparked controversy and condemnation here, has unveiled plans to form his own political party. The rapper announced his political a ...

  9. Cost of German Music Piracy at $660 Million: Study

    June 12, 2012 9:34 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Piracy cost the German film industry nearly $200 million (€196 million) last year and resulted in $660 million (€524 million) in lost revenue for the country's music industry, according to a recent study backed by the Berli ...

  10. Bertelsmann Names Marcel Reichart Executive VP of Digital Development

    June 04, 2012 7:00 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Media giant Bertelsmann has appointed Marcel Reichart to the newly-created position of executive VP in charge of digital development and partnerships. Reichart joins Bertelsmann from German publishing group Hubert Burda, where h ...

  11. German Pirate Party Wins Fourth State Election

    May 14, 2012 7:00 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - The Pirate Party, once portrayed as a radical fringe group of Internet hackers and copyright thieves, on Sunday proved beyond doubt there are a political force to be reckoned with, claiming their fourth-straight victory in Germa ...

  12. German Pirate Party Scores Third Election Win

    May 07, 2012 7:00 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Germany's Pirate Party, which calls for copyright law to be radically reformed or abolished, has won a third victory in state elections. The Pirates took 6 seats with 8.2 per cent of the popular vote in state elections in t ...

  13. RapidShare Case to Go to German Supreme Court

    March 28, 2012 8:24 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - In a case that could have wide-ranging implications for copyright law, a long-running legal battle between music rights association GEMA and Swiss-based file-sharing site RapidShare is heading to the German Supreme Court. GEMA a ...

  14. How German Reggae Star Gentleman Found Success By Keeping It Real

    March 27, 2012 12:18 PM EDT Richie Stephens (left) and Gentleman perform at New York City's Le Poisson Rouge March 13. (Photo: Marjorie Flash) In 1998, German sing-jay Gentleman flew to Kingston, Jamaica to further his career in reggae. Seeking recording opportunities, ...

  15. Adele Wins, Katy Perry Performs at 2012 German ECHO Awards in Berlin

    March 23, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Berlin - At the 21st German ECHO award show Thursday night in Berlin, UK singer Adele, who did not attend the award show, was honored with two ECHO awards in the best international Rock/Pop artist and for album of the year for 21 . Further interna ...

  16. Spotify Launching In Germany Tuesday

    March 12, 2012 5:14 PM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Swedish online music service Spotify will launch in Germany, the world's third-largest music market, just after midnight on Monday. The launch is Spotify's biggest since its U.S. bow last year and key for the company, ...

  17. German Music Industry Plots SXSW Events

    March 06, 2012 11:44 AM EST A boat-trip, a lunch with German cuisine under the motto "Wunderbar," and performances by ten German bands are part of the campaign of the German delegation at SXSW to attract attention to the German music market. The German ministry for ...

  18. Frank Ocean To Open For Coldplay On European Dates

    March 05, 2012 2:59 PM EST A little over a year after releasing his Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape, which included a creative cover of Coldplay's "Strawberry Swing," Frank Ocean will be galavanting around Europe with the U.K. arena rockers later this summer. Warner ...

  19. Adele, Lady Gaga Nominated For Germany's ECHO Awards: Lana Del Rey, Gotye To Perform

    February 02, 2012 7:40 AM EST International acts Lady Gaga, Adele, Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Amy Winehouse are among the nominees for the 2012 German ECHO music awards to be held on March 22 at the Berlin fair ground. The nominees were announced yesterday (Feb. 1) by the German ...

  20. Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band 'Wrecking Ball' U.S. Tour Dates Announced

    January 24, 2012 10:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band launch the first US leg of the 2012 'Wrecking Ball' World Tour on March 18 in Atlanta, the singer announced today. Springsteen's 17th studio album, "Wrecking Ball," will be released ...

  21. Patricia Glafcke Named Director of Publishing at Peermusic Classical GmBH

    January 20, 2012 8:00 AM EST Hamburg - Patricia Gläfcke (MA, MBA) is the new director of publishing at Peermusic Classical GmbH in Hamburg. She comes to this position after four years of freelance activity as a cultural manager and six years as managing director of the Hambur ...

  22. Thomas Hesse, Ex-Sony Music Exec, Joins RTL Group Board

    December 13, 2011 9:27 AM EST COLOGNE, Germany - More executive shuffling on the board of directors of European broadcasting giant RTL Group, as Thomas Hesse, formerly of Sony Music, takes the spot on RTL's board left vacant by Hartmut Ostrowski, the outgoing CEO of RTL p ...

  23. Germany Increasingly Buying Music By German Artists

    December 06, 2011 3:15 PM EST Haus Music: From lef: Top selling German artist Unheilig's Der Graf ("The Count:) with Frank Briegmann, CEO of Universal GSA (Photo: Michael Kucharski, Universal) Germans are apparently rediscovering their language--at least in music. Fo ...

  24. Juke Music Streaming Service Launches In Germany

    September 15, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Wanna See My Music Collection? Juke, a new music streaming service, launched in Germany this month with 13 million licensed tracks. BERLIN - On Sept. 1, a new cloud-streaming music service called Juke launched in Germany. The new service offers ac ...

  25. Germany's Simfy Claims Apple Is Delaying iPad App Approval

    June 16, 2011 2:06 PM EDT BERLIN - Simfy, the German music streaming company based in Cologne, is claiming Apple has delayed approval of its iPad app for over three months and has filed a formal complaint at the German cartel-office in Bonn. Simfy says Apple is misusing it ...

  26. Azerbaijan's Ell & Nikki Win 2011 Eurovision Song Contest

    May 16, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Dusseldorf - Ell and Nikki from Azerbaijan won the 56th Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf on Saturday evening in a show watched by over 130 million TV viewers in 55 countries. With their song "Running Scared", the duo comprised of vo ...

  27. simfy, German Music Streaming Service, Signs Licensing Deal For EMI's Music

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST After nine months of negotiations, the Cologne-based online music service simfy has signed a licensing contract with CELAS. The contract allows simfy until the end of 2011 to offer its German, Austrian and Swiss users EMI Music Publishing's A ...

  28. Air Berlin To Sell Music, Tickets On Flights

    December 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST The German airline Air Berlin and the international media company Kick Media in Cologne have started a joint venture, Follow Me entertainment, based in Cologne. Follow Me plans to sell music - including repertoire it has developed - and concert ti ...

  29. Rolf Schmidt-Holtz Joins German Publisher's Board

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, CEO Sony Music in New York, will become a member of the supervisory board of the Hamburg-based publishing company Gruner + Jahr in March 2011. Schmidt Holtz was also appointed to the board of trustees of the Bertelsmann Stiftun ...

  30. German Live Biz Down Again

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT According to a study by the Nuremberg-based research institute GFK, the German live entertainment market's turnover for 2009 totaled €3.17 billion ($4.38 billion) - a 12% decline on 2008's €3.6 billion ($4.97 billion). There had already ...

  31. Popkomm: The Industry Reaction

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Popkomm received mixed reviews from the biz after drawing to a close on Friday (Sept. 10) evening. The organizers put out some attendance figures and said it had been a success, following the year off in 2009. The majors were only represented with ...

  32. Popkomm: German Govt To Act On Internet Piracy

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German music industry generated sales of over €5.5 billion ($7.01 billion) in 2009 in all categories including recorded music, publishing and live entertainment. The sector has 11,000 companies employing a total of 36,300 people. Those impress ...

  33. Berlin Stakes Claim As Major Music Capital

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Berlin plans to highlight its status as one of the world's major music capitals with a large-scale week-long campaign. Berlin's political and business institutions, associations, groups and companies have joined forces to present the cul ...

  34. Rammstein Album Ban Reversed

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The original version of "Liebe ist Für Alle Da" ("Love is For All") by the German hard rock group Rammstein is no longer banned from public display in German stores. The 11-track Universal album may again be advertised and sold ...

  35. Warner Licenses To Germany's Simfy

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simfy, a German subscription music streaming service based in Cologne, and Warner Music Germany announced a deal that will make Warner Music's audio and video repertoire available via simfy.de. "Simfy's subscription offer is easy to ...

  36. Marek Lieberberg Honored In Hamburg

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Frankfurt-based Marek Lieberberg (MLK) was awarded with the German Live Entertainment Award (LEA) as tour promoter of the year. MLK presented shows by Depeche Mode, Coldplay, Linkin Park, Green Day, Xavier Naidooo and U2 last year. DEAG Classics i ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. German Jazz Player Peter Herbolzheimer Dies At 74

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Peter Herbolzheimer, a musician and big band leader who helped promote jazz in Germany, has died at 74. The head of the German Music Council, Peter Ortmann, told the ddp news agency that Herbolzheimer died Saturday in Cologne following a long illn ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. '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 ...

  43. German Publisher Bavaria Sonor Launches Label

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST German music publisher Bavaria Sonor has launched a record label specialising in film and TV soundtracks. The first release on the Bavaria Sonor label will be a soundtrack album from the cult 1960s German TV science fiction series "Raumpatrou ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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. ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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' ...

  50. Sony Rolling Out New, Cheaper PlayStation 3

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp will launch a slimmer, cheaper version of its PlayStation 3 game console next month, hoping to jumpstart sales and win back market share from rivals Microsoft and Nintendo. Starting in September, the latest, less bulky version of the PS3 ...

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