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  1. 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 ...

  2. Publishing Briefs: Bicycle Music, BMG Chrysalis, Pennywise, Harry Fox, LyricFind, Richard Stumpf

    July 18, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Bicycle Music Partners With Rolf Budde The Bicycle Music Company and its affiliates have partnered with Rolf Budde Muskverlag GmbH to acquire a catalog of songs that includes "The Letter," Always On My Mind," and "Pata Pata.&qu ...

  3. Michel Telo Shatters German Download Record as Digital Market Heats Up

    April 02, 2012 8:40 AM EDT Michel Telós "Ai Se Eu Te Pego!" is the best-selling digital single download in Germany ever. Another current hit single is number three of the all-time download ranking showing that the German digital market is starting to fulfill its p ...

  4. Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert Reaches 70 Countries, Goes Double Platinum in Austria

    February 24, 2012 8:00 AM EST In Vienna from left: Oliver Wazola (Senior Product Manager Classics & Jazz Sony Music Entertainment Austria), Prof. Dieter Flury (flutist Vienna Philharmonic), Dr. Alexander Wrabetz (theater director ORF), Barbara Rett (ORF, presenter of the c ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Sony Music Germany Focuses on Domestic Talent, Catching Up To Universal at 'Laut in Munchen'

    October 27, 2011 8:30 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment highlighted its development of new domestic artists as the key to catching up with market leader Universal Music at Germany's annual "Laut in München" ("Loud in Munich") presentation October 20. Ni ...

  7. Popkomm & Reeperbahn Festivals May Help Invigorate Germany's Declining Music Markets

    August 26, 2011 5:25 PM EDT The Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany. Two music trade festivals coming to Germany in September may help invigorate the country's declining music market: Popkomm in Berlin and the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg. Both fairs are being sup ...

  8. Philip Ginthor Named CEO of Sony Music GSA

    August 09, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Philip Ginthör, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment GSA. Philip Ginthör has been named CEO of Sony Music Entertainment GSA (Germany, Switzerland and Austria), succeeding Edgar Berger, who was officially named CEO and Chairman of Sony Music Internation ...

  9. Edgar Berger Named Sony Music's Head of International

    August 09, 2011 9:44 AM EDT Edgar Berger (right) with singer Sade. Photo copyright: Sebastian Hornik, Director Corporate Communications GSA As expected , Edgar Berger has been named President and CEO of International at Sony Music Entertainment, Sony CEO Doug Morris announce ...

  10. U.K. Indies Get German Invite

    July 29, 2011 11:43 AM EDT U.K. labels association the BPI is teaming up with funding body UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in an attempt to ease British independents' access to the German recorded music market, which earlier this year was confirmed as Europe's la ...

  11. GEMA Under Fire For Royalties Dispute With YouTube

    June 24, 2011 11:20 AM EDT BERLIN - GEMA, the German collection society, has come under fire in recent days from the music industry as it attempts to settle a two-year long dispute over royalties with Google by preventing access to music videos on YouTube. The issue is set ...

  12. How Germany Overtook The U.K. To Become Europe's Largest Music Market

    April 11, 2011 2:58 PM EDT Having long played second fiddle to the United Kingdom, Germany now ranks as the largest music market in Europe, according to international music trade body IFPI. The reversal was announced last week with the publication of IFPI's annual &quo ...

  13. Peter Maffay Signs 12-Year Label Deal

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST The German singer songwriter Peter Maffay has signed a 12-year contract with the Sony Music label Ariola until 2022. "Out of the long lasting and successful cooperation with Sony Music, a lot of real friendships have developed that are based ...

  14. Rihanna, Kings Of Leon Top Euro Charts

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kings of Leon 's "Come Around Sundown" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment) starts a second week atop Billboard's European Albums chart, while European Hot 100 Singles has a new No. 1 in the form of Rihanna 's "Onl ...

  15. DEAG, Sony Germany Launch AC Promoter

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Berlin-based promoter and music company DEAG Entertainment has partnered with Sony Music Entertainment Germany on Gold Entertainment, a new music promoter that will focus on folk and adult contemporary acts. Gold Entertainment is a 50-50 partnersh ...

  16. AC/DC Bites Bullet On Euro Chart

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC 's "Iron Man 2" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) starts a second week atop Billboard's European Albums chart, as "Alors On Danse" (Mosaert/Vertigo) by Belgian singer-songwriter Stromae moves into a sixth non- ...

  17. Amy Macdonald Holds On To Euro Chart No. 1

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Billboard's new European Albums listing shows a third week at No. 1 for Amy Macdonald 's "A Curious Thing" (Mercury/Universal), and there's a third consecutive, and fourth aggregate, week atop European Hot 100 Singles for ...

  18. Music Fairs Muscle In On German Computer, Book Events

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Germany will host three music fairs in March 2010, taking place in Leipzig, Hannover and Frankfurt. The concentration of German events is partly explained by organizers of book and computer trade shows opening up their events to make up the declin ...

  19. Robbie Williams' Second Week Atop Euro Chart

    November 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Robbie Williams secures a second week at Billboard's European Albums summit with "Reality Killed The Video Star" (Virgin/EMI), while Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" (Interscope/Universal), in its 21st chart week, a ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Germany's Rock Label SPV Back In Business

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Six months after its insolvency on May 27, Hannover-based hard rock record label SPV GmbH is back, in partnership with Sony Music. The trustee of insolvency, lawyer Manuel Sack confirmed that SPV started a new future with its remaining assets. Acc ...

  22. Jackson Reign Continues On Euro Chart

    November 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson continues his reign on Billboard's European Albums with "This Is It" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), while there's an eighth aggregate week atop European Hot 100 Singles for "Sexy Chick" (Gum/Positiva ...

  23. Beyonce Wins Big At MTV EMAs In Berlin

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Beyonce won a hat-trick of awards at the 16th MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) at Berlin's O2 World Arena, which also marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The ceremony was also notable for a third MTV EMAs honor for Germa ...

  24. Madonna, Robbie Williams Rule In Europe

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Billboard’s new pan-European sales charts show Madonna starting a fourth week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, while Robbie Williams makes a triumphant return, topping European Hot 100 Singles with “Bodies” (Virgin/EMI). “Celebration” loses it ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Sony Music Secures Future Of Germany's SPV

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment Germany in Munich and Hannover-based independent music company SPV Schallplatten, Produktion und Vertrieb GmbH have forged a comprehensive partnership. Subject to anti-trust clearance in Germany and Brussels, Sony Music wi ...

  28. Black Eyed Peas Ends Jackson's Euro Chart Reign

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For the first time since his death, Michael Jackson surrenders the top spot on European Top 100 Albums, replaced by Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)" (Interscope/Universal). That hits No. 1 for the first time in ...

  29. Michael Jackson Still Dominates Euro Chart

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson continues to hold down the top four titles on European Top 100 Albums, as European Hot 100 Singles welcomes a new bestseller in Pitbull's former Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 hit "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" (Ultra/B1 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. German Biz Mourns Egmont Lüftner

    May 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Egmont "Monti" Lüftner, formerly chairman of Arista Records, RCA Ariola and co-chairman of the Bertelsmann Music Group who worked with artists including Whitney Houston, has died at the age of 77 after he was hit by a truck at a recyclin ...

  33. Depeche Mode Soars To European Albums Summit

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Depeche Mode races 67-1 on European Top 100 Albums with its new, 12th studio set "Sounds of the Universe" (Mute/EMI), while Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal) moves into a tenth week atop European Hot 100 Sing ...

  34. Amazon Launches German MP3 Store

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.de is the latest Amazon online retail platform to offer digital downloads. The German service launched today (April 1) with a catalog of 5 million DRM-free tracks. Like the U.K. Amazon MP3 store, which launched in December, prices are compe ...

  35. Springsteen Holds Off Morrissey On Euro Albums Chart

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart gives Bruce Springsteen a fourth week at No. 1 with "Working On A Dream" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), while the new leader on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles is Lady Gaga's "Poke ...

  36. Pink, Perry Top Euro Charts

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST American female vocalists have a winning week on Billboard's pan-European charts. Pink's "Funhouse" (LaFace/Sony Music Entertainment) reaches the Top 100 Albums summit for the first time in its tenth week, while Katy Perry begi ...

  37. Mucke To Helm EMI GSA Marketing

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Uli Mucke, general manager marketing EMI Music Germany, has been promoted to VP Marketing EMI Music GSA with immediate effect. In his newly created role he will be responsible for the frontline marketing and promotion across Germany, Austria and S ...

  38. Coldplay's 'Viva' Continues Euro Chart Hot Streak

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI) gives Coldplay a fourth week atop European Top 100 Albums, but there's a new leader on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles. Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" (Topdog/Atlan ...

  39. EMI Appoints Hanebrink To Chairman

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Wolfgang Hanebrink, head of commercial development EMI Music GSA, has been appointed chairman EMI Music GSA in Cologne. In his new role, which is effective immediately, Hanebrink also takes on the responsibility for EMI Music Germany, Switzerland ...

  40. Led Zeppelin Tops European Albums Chart

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Led Zeppelin's "Mothership" compilation (Rhino/Atlantic) surges 6-1 in its fifth week on European Top 100 Albums to top the survey for the first time. Meanwhile, Europe's "Christmas No. 1" single is "Apologize&qu ...

  41. Gorny Takes Charge At German Music Industry Assn.

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dieter Gorny has been elected chairman of the new German music industry body Bundesverband Musikindustrie (Music Industry Association), formed from the merger of the German labels body BPW, and the German IFPI group. Gorny succeeds Michael Haentje ...

  42. EMI Pub Germany Names Weller MD

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Long-time Sony/ATV exec takes GSA duties. Long-time Sony/ATV exec takes GSA duties. News ...

  43. WMI Restructures Marketing, Business Development

    May 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The reorganization of Warner Music International (WMI) continues with the elevation of executives John Reid and Jay Durgan. The latest moves see Reid -- who was managing director of WEA London Records The reorganization of Warner Music Internation ...

  44. Hellwig Returns To German Record Biz With BMG

    May 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Germany industry executive Jörg Hellwig has been appointed senior VP Music Division at the Munich headquarters of the newly-established BMG unit. Veteran Germany industry executive Jörg Hellwig has been appointed senior VP Music D ...

  45. Dopp Takes Reins At Warner Music GSA

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Lappe named COO of WMI GSA. Lappe named COO of WMI GSA. News ...

  46. Dopp Takes Reins At Warner Music GSA

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music International (WMI) is creating a new European structure, which regroups the major's operations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GSA). Warner Music International (WMI) is creating a new European structure, which regroups the ...