Geography of Europe

  1. Backbeat: Faroe Islands' G! Festival Takes A Local Approach In Showcasing Indie Artists

    July 30, 2012 11:11 AM EDT Local star Eivor on stage at this year's G! Festival. (Photo: Kristfríð Tyril) In the North Atlantic, half-way between Norway and Iceland, the Faroe Islands don't immediately spring to mind as a focal point for music business delegates f ...

  2. Danish Music Industry Hosts SPOT Festival, Looks to Invade Germany

    May 10, 2012 1:25 PM EDT (Photo: Kieron Tyler) The Viking invasions of over 1,000 years ago changed the map of Europe. In their long boats, the Norse men even reached America. Now, in 2012, a different sort of invasion has been launched from Denmark. This year's annu ...

  3. Sony U.S. Latin Partners with Volvo Ocean Race

    November 07, 2011 5:00 PM EST Volvo Ocean Race, an extreme global sailing race that takes contestants around the world, will partner with Sony Music Entertainment U.S. Latin for its only U.S. stop. It's planned to take place in Miami in May. Sony will produce four major e ...

  4. Iceland Airwaves Festival Draws With Big Indie Names but Keeps the Focus Local

    October 19, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Over the past week, Iceland's capital city of Reykjavík was taken over for five days by the 13th annual Iceland Airwaves festival, with Americans like Beach House, John Grant, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and Tuneyards playing alongsid ...

  5. Universal Music Acquires Denmark's MBO Group

    September 06, 2011 10:48 AM EDT Danish labels and publishing consortium MBO Group has been acquired by Universal Music Group (UMG), strengthening the major's hold of European domestic talent The terms of the deal, which was announced by MBO co-founder Michael Ritto; Max Hol ...

  6. Pukkelpop Music Festival Fatalities Lowered To Four From Five Then Raised Again (Updated)

    August 24, 2011 8:17 AM EDT The Mayor and public prosecutor for the Belgian town of Hasselt yesterday announced that four people instead of five died as a result of severe storm that hit the Pukkelpop music festival on Aug. 18. ( Billboard.Biz ). Today (Aug. 24), however, it ...

  7. Pukkelpop Death Toll Rises to Five, Organizers Cancel Festival

    August 19, 2011 3:30 PM EDT BRUSSELS - The death toll rose to five and 75 injuries as a result of a fierce storm that hit the Pukkelpop music festival in Belgium yesterday causing three stage tents to collapse. At 5.00 a.m. this morning, the organizers decided to cancel the ...

  8. Woman Dies in Accident at Roskilde Festival

    July 03, 2011 11:13 PM EDT ROSKILDE, Denmark (AP) -- A young woman died Sunday and another person was injured after they fell from a tower at the Roskilde music festival in Denmark, police said. Police spokesman Carsten Andersen said the woman, aged between 25 and 30, died ...

  9. BACKBEAT: The Nobel Peace Prize Concert

    February 15, 2011 1:47 PM EST Click through for a roundup of photos from The Nobel Peace Prize Concert The Nobel Peace Prize Concert paid tribute to 2010 laureate Liu Xiaobo on Dec. 11 at Norway's Oslo Spektrum and played host to an array of entertainers and peacemakers a ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Buma Rotterdam Beats Launches

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST The inaugural urban music festival and conference Buma Rotterdam Beats attracted 500 professionals from record labels, touring agencies, management and publishing. The Nov. 26-27 event was organized by Rotterdam's youth culture development pr ...

  12. Madrid Promotes Its Musical Nightlife

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Madrid Cool Night will be staged between Nov. 22-28 in order to promote the city's nightlife with dozens of gigs taking place under the Cool Night banner. Madrid Cool Night (MCN) will include 104 concerts in 55 venues with more than 300 artis ...

  13. Calle 13 Performs At 500,000-Strong Spanish Procession

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An estimated 500,000 people filled a one-mile-long central Madrid avenue to accompany a mobile live performance by Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Calle 13, reported Spanish public television service RTVE. The forecast rain failed to appear, and La Mar ...

  14. Irish Govt To Hold P2P Talks

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eamon Ryan, the Irish Minister For Communications, has pledged to hold roundtable talks on the issue of illegal file-sharing. The discussion will involve representatives from government, the Internet service providers and the music industry. Speak ...

  15. EMI Spain Prez Backs New Talent Search

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Around 350,000 young people have been invited to enter a project to find new music talent in a bid to alleviate the deep crisis afflicting the Spanish biz. The Mad Sound Project was presented Oct. 5 in Madrid by EMI Music Spain president Simone Bo ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Popkomm 2010 Draws 7,500 Trade Visitors

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After disappearing from the international music industry calendar in 2009, Popkomm returned to Berlin this month and organizers are encouraged by the attendance figures. Popkomm was staged Sept. 8-10 in the now decommissioned airport Berlin Tempel ...

  18. Popkomm: Supporting German Music At Home And Abroad

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Attention turned to domestic repertoire during a panel at the Popkomm music industry conference and trade fair in Berlin. Mike Heisel, member of the Supervisory Board of Initiative Musik, an organization to supporting artists from tax revenues, ca ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Shock, Blame After Deaths At German Festival

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Throngs of techno fans followed the floats, the dancers and the throbbing music to the festival venue: an old freight railway station that local media estimated could handle 300,000 people. German media reported that as many as 1.4 million people ...

  21. Benicassim Fest Attendance Slumps

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spain's highest-profile summer music festival, the international Benicassim festival (FIB) on the eastern Mediterranean coast, suffered an alarming slump in attendance this year. The total attendance of 127,000 over the July 15-18 four-day fe ...

  22. Spain Celebrates European Music Day

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the Spanish music industry is in the economic doldrums, music events remain popular - especially if they are free, of course. Spain is one of a handful of European countries that celebrates European Music Day every June 21, but this year the ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Former Stereophonics Drummer Found Dead

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable was found dead at his home in Wales on Monday (June 7). Cable was a founding member of the Welsh rock band, which rose to fame in the 1990s, but left in 2003 and pursued a career in media, presenting a wee ...

  25. Rock In Rio Madrid Sales Up, Says Organizer

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With two weeks to go before the start of Madrid's five-day Rock in Rio festival on June 4, the organization said it has sold 10% more tickets than at this stage before the city's first Rock in Rio in 2008. Organizers expect the total aud ...

  26. North Sea Jazz Fest Heads To Curacao

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The North Sea Jazz festival in Holland is expanding. A new edition of the long-running jazz and blues festival is to launch in Curaçao, off the Venezuelan coast, on September 3-4. Curaçao is one the islands that is part of the Netherlands Antilles ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Madrid To Host MTV EMAs 2010

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks International has unveiled Madrid as the host country for the annual MTV Europe Music Awards in 2010. The ceremony, televised live across Europe and also broadcast internationally, will be held on Nov. 7, 2010. It is the second time t ...

  29. Spanish Musician, Industry Veteran Tato Luzardo Dies

    March 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Tato Luzardo, the director of Spain's Academy of Music Arts and Sciences, died the day after the 14th Premios de la Musica gala award organized each year by the academy. He died on March 5, it has been announced, after a long battle against c ...

  30. Tokio Hotel Pulls Russian Show

    March 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST A show by the German pop-rock act Tokio Hotel at St. Petersburg's 12,000-seat Ice Palace was canceled at the last minute, allegedly due to a dispute between the artist and the promoter. "Due to a very material contractual breach and viol ...

  31. Pledge Music Backs 3 Duke Special Releases

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pledge Music, the London-based fan-funded online investment platform, today launches its campaign backing the simultaneous release of three new records by Duke Special on March 1, 2010. The Belfast-based singer songwriter, previously signed to V2 ...

  32. Live Nation Expands French Team

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has made a number of new appointments at its French operation, headed by the arrival of SVP promotions Angelo Goppe, formerly with Paris-based Nous Productions. Reporting to Live Nation France managing director Isabelle Gamsohn, Goppe ...

  33. Berlin Senator Defends Popkomm Plan

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST The controversy about the comeback of the German music fair Popkomm in Berlin in 2010 has entered the next round. The Berlin senator of economics, Harald Wolf, unexpectedly commented on the reproaches of the music industry regarding the return of ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Whitney Houston To Play Russian Shows

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Whitney Houston will headline two concerts in Russia, at Moscow Olympisky Stadium on Dec. 9 and at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg on Dec. 12. The promoter for the two shows is Andrey Agapov, general director, Russian Entertainment Academy. " ...

  36. South Korea, Japan Lead In Broadband Quality Study

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT South Korea surpassed Japan and Sweden to take the top spot in an annual ranking of broadband quality, helped by its government's efforts to boost it as an IT world leader, a study showed on Thursday. The annual study, conducted by the univer ...

  37. Berlin To Stage Inaugural Music Week In 2010

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The city of Berlin has announced that it will be launching Berlin Music Week in September 2010, incorporating the existing Popkomm trade fair and conference. In June 2009, the October edition of Popkomm in Berlin was canceled due to a lack of inte ...

  38. Tom Jones, Kooks Join Guinness Anniversary Line-Up

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sir Tom Jones, the Kooks and Calvin Harris are among a host of newly announced acts to take part in brewery business Guinness' 250th Anniversary celebrations. Set to take place Sept. 24 in various cities around the world including New York, L ...

  39. Spain Embraces European Day Of Music

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Spanish music industry celebrated the European Day of Music with unprecedented enthusiasm and participation, with lines of fans forming at 9am for concerts beginning at noon and lasting until midnight in four cities - Madrid, Barcelona, Valenc ...

  40. Popkomm Was Facing 50 Per Cent Attendance Fall

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the Popkomm music fair and conference in Berlin have admitted that an anticipated 50 per cent fall in attendance meant the 2009 event, due to take place Sept. 16 to 18, was no longer viable this year. Failure by the German government ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Youssou N'Dour To Close Africa Vive Series

    May 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour will play the last of a series of concerts across Spain as part of the month-long Africa Vive festival to celebrate Africa Day on May 25. N'Dour's closing concert is on May 29 in Santa Cruz de Tene ...

  43. AC/DC Warning On Romanian Festival

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC has issued a statement denying that the band is appearing at a Romanian festival in May, as advertised by organizers in Bucharest. The Anglo-Australian rock act opened the U.K. leg of its "Black Ice" tour last night (April 14) at t ...

  44. Online Concert Service Fabchannel To Close

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fabchannel, the Amsterdam-based company that films rock concerts from the Dutch capital's Paradiso and Melkweg (Milky Way) clubs and broadcasts them through its Web site, will cease doing so as of March 13. The site also had partnerships to f ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Sugarland Heads To Europe

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Grammy-winning duo Sugarland will embark on their first European tour throughout the month of March. Traveling to seven different countries they will perform in 11 different European cities. The dates are a mix of appearances at U.S. military inst ...

  47. 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. ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Concerns Over Live Biz In Madrid

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live music in small venues is in danger of extinction in the Spanish capital of Madrid, and urgent measures are necessary to save the sector. This is the message of the city's 45-venue La Noche En Vivo (Live Music At Night) campaign in an ope ...

  50. Boost For Spanish Live Biz

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Two live music initiatives for small venues have kicked off to help new talent and strengthen a live music circuit, in both the Spanish capital Madrid and the country as a whole. The moves come amid the general financial crisis, an anti-live venue ...

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