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  1. German Echo Music Awards: Avicii, Eminem, Depeche Mode Win Big

    March 27, 2014 9:14 PM EDT Experience trumped novelty at the 2014 Echo Music Awards, Germany's equivalent of the Grammys, with veteran rockers, some of which had their hey-day 30 years ago, beating up more up-and-coming artists. 80s synth-rockers Depeche Mode, 13-time ...

  2. AEG Live, Royal Parks Ink Summer Concert Deal in London's Hyde Park

    November 05, 2012 5:12 PM EST AEG Live and the Royal Parks have announced a five-year deal to produce six summer concerts each year at London's Hyde Park, beginning in 2013. Further details about the events are forthcoming. Register today for the Billboard Touring Confere ...

  3. Unheilig, Universal's Chart-Topping, Platinum-Selling German Success Story

    May 31, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Two years ago a former record shop assistant became a sensation in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, selling more than a million albums seemingly overnight. Bernd Graf, just called "Der Graf" (The Earl) by his fans, sold over 2 million a ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Bertlesmann Announces Expansion In 2012

    March 30, 2012 9:58 AM EDT BERLIN- The Bertelsmann Media Group is planning further investments in the global music market in the coming year, according to Bertlesmann CEO Thomas Rabe who spoke at the company's annual press conference in Berlin on Wednesday. "Our p ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. BMG Rights Management Purchases R2M Music Lux SARL Catalog

    March 02, 2012 7:00 AM EST BERLIN -- BMG Rights Management (BMG) announced it has purchased the catalogue of R2M Music Lux S.a.r.l with 12,000 copyrights including 35 Top 10 hits and many top songs the 1960s-1990's. R2M was founded by former Sony/ATV Music Publishing e ...

  8. Billboard Power 100: Randy Phillips

    January 26, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 15 Randy Phillips President/CEO AEG Live Twitter: @aeglive "Look, There's Randy!" As coverage of Michael Jackson's 2009 death deluged TVs across the world, most were thinking, "I can't believe Jackson died." ...

  9. Bertlesmann Appoints Thomas Rabe New Chairman & CEO; Hartmut Ostrowski Stepping Down

    October 10, 2011 12:21 PM EDT The Bertelsmann AG Supervisory Board today (Oct. 10) appointed Thomas Rabe 46, currently Chief Financial Officer of the Group, its future Chairman & CEO. He will succeed the current Chairman & CEO Hartmut Ostrowski, 53, on January 1, 2012. ...

  10. Love Parade A Year Later: Memorialized But No Prosecutions, Concert Industry Reforms

    July 28, 2011 11:19 AM EDT BERLIN - Over 2.200 witnesses may have been questioned by the police, but the question of responsibility a year after the Love Parade tragedy in Germany's Duisburg (North Rhine-Westphalia) on July 24th 2010 in which 21 died and over 500 were ...

  11. Cody Lauzier: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Cody Lauzier Touring Assistant, Concerts West/AEG Live Fredrick "Cody" Lauzier, 23, is a touring assistant for Concerts West/AEG Live, but a more apt title would be right-hand man for Doug Clouse, senior VP of touring in the company' ...

  12. Eminem, Linkin Park, 'IZ' Win German ECHO Awards, Bruno Mars Performs (Watch)

    March 25, 2011 12:31 PM EDT Is there an Echo in here? Frank Briegmann (second from left) President of Universal Music Germany and Deutsche Grammophon, was the first to congratulate Best New Artist winner Lena (third from right) and the reunited British "boy" band T ...

  13. Adele, Bruno Mars, Black Eyed Peas Among Nominees for Germany's Echo Awards

    March 10, 2011 6:00 PM EST The late-Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole who is nominated for a Hit Song of the Year ECHO award for his version of "Over the Rainbow." The contrast among the nominees for Germany's 20th annual ECHO awards is rather impress ...

  14. Will.i.am, Irving Azoff Entertain And Intrigue At Grammy Week Lawyers Event

    February 11, 2011 9:58 PM EST Lawyers gathering Friday at the 13th annual Recording Academy Entertainment Law Initiative at the Beverly Hills Hotel got a taste of what Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and Live Nation head Irving Azoff might be doing if they changed careers. (P ...

  15. Report: AEG To Rival Ticketmaster With New Ticketing Joint Venture

    February 02, 2011 7:55 PM EST AEG has partnered with start-up technology company Outbox Technology Inc. to sell tickets to events at 105 arenas and theaters, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The move would directly rival live entertainment giant Live Nation Entertai ...

  16. Proposed L.A. Stadium to Be Named Farmers Field

    February 01, 2011 2:00 PM EST A proposed NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles would be called Farmers Field under a 30-year naming-rights deal between developer AEG and Farmers Insurance Exchange. The companies announced the agreement in a joint statement Tuesday in advance of ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. AEG President Pursuing NFL Stadium Deal In L.A.

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The head of AEG says he is pursuing a deal for the company to manage the Los Angeles Convention Center as part of a plan to bring an NFL team to downtown. AEG President Tim Leiweke said Tuesday that he and City Councilwoman Jan Perry have discusse ...

  19. ECHO Klassik Honor For Kurt Masur

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German conductor Kurt Masur will receive the German ECHO Klassik award 2010 for lifetime achievement. The 83-year-old will accept the price at the ECHO Klassik gala on Oct. 17 at the Philharmonic Theatre in Essen. German TV channel ZDF will br ...

  20. Reeperbahn Festival: GEMA Under Attack

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A democratic structure, fair distribution of earnings to members and greater transparency of their activities: all of this was called for by the conservative CDU member of the German parliament, Dr. Gitta Connemann in a panel discussion on GEMA. S ...

  21. German Culture Minister Backs Live Biz

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Concert promoters are the mainstays of cultural life in Germany, particularly regarding new talent in club venues, according to Germany's minister of state for culture Bernd Neumann. He was speaking at event today (Sept. 23) to celebrate the ...

  22. BMG To Buy Evergreen Copyrights

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management has agreed a deal to acquire Evergreen Copyrights. The Evergreen catalog has more 65,000 titles including songs recorded by MC Hammer, Eric Clapton, Teddy Riley, Nick Drake, Bill Monroe and 2Pac. Its has interests in songs in ...

  23. BACKBEAT: Universal Music Germany Reception @ Popkomm, Copyright Discussion On The Menu

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Popkomm, the international music industry conference and trade show which took a year off in 2009, resumed this year on September 8-10 and hosted visitors from over 55 countries who flooded Berlin to discuss the most important issues facing the mu ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. BMG Has $500 Million To Spend

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Over the next three years, BMG Rights Management will be receiving equity injections of €200 million ($254 million) from each of its shareholders - investment group KKR and media group Bertelsmann - to be used for further acquisitions. It means th ...

  27. Death Threats For Mayor After Love Parade Disaster

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following the Love Parade disaster on July 24 in Duisburg, mayor Adolf Sauerland said that he has received multiple death threats. The crowd stampede at the free dance event in Duisburg caused the death of 21 people and left 500 injured. A memoria ...

  28. Germany Holds Love Parade Memorial

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hundreds of mourners attended an emotional memorial service in the German town of Duisburg this weekend for victims of the Love Parade festival. German President Christian Wulff and Chancellor Angela Merkel were among the dignitaries who attended ...

  29. Love Parade Death Toll Rises To 20

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The number of people who died at the German Love Parade festival has risen to 20, police have confirmed. The latest victim, a 21-year-old German woman, died as a result of her injuries in hospital late yesterday (July 26). Authorities confirmed th ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. AEG Live Shutters Middle East Office

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live has shuttered its Middle East office in Dubai. It will now partner with local event management company and promoter Done Events, part of Arab Media Group (AMG). In a change to AEG's strategy in the region, AEG Middle East managing di ...

  32. Bertelsmann Turns 175

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The international media group Bertelsmann is celebrating its 175 anniversary. On July 1, 1835 the printer and bookbinder Carl Bertelsmann founded the C. Bertelsmann Verlag publishing company in Guttersloh, a town in the Westphalia region of German ...

  33. AEG Live Boss Fears U.K. Sales Tax Hike

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rob Hallett, AEG Live president of international touring , has voiced his concerns about the potential impact that a rise in V.A.T. (sales tax) in the U.K. will have on the live music business. V.A.T. (Value Added Tax), applied to goods and servic ...

  34. BMG Acquires Adage IV Catalog

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management is once again expanding its international reach, with the acquisition of the catalog of U.S. publisher Adage IV. The catalog contains songs recorded by artists including John Mayer, Ray Charles, Rob Thomas, Joni Mitchell, Fai ...

  35. Bertelsmann Revenue Inches Up

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German media group Bertelsmann reports an operating EBIT that rose to €284 million ($360.9 million) in Q1 2010, more than twice the figure for Q1 2009, which totaled €115 million ($146.1 million). First-quarter revenues were up slightly year-o ...

  36. BMG Mulls Bidding For U.K. Rivals

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management, the music venture owned by Bertelsmann and KKR, is eyeing a number of potential U.K. investment projects, the Financial Times reported. BMG was looking at "something like 50 deals," including two or three large acq ...

  37. First ECHO Winners Revealed, Ke$ha To Perform

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST The German Phono Academy has announced the winners of the first five categories of the ECHO Awards, with Ke$ha added to the line-up of performers at the ceremony in Berlin. The producers of the year honor went to Andreas Herbig, Peter "Jem&qu ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Peter Maffay To Be Honored At ECHO Awards

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Veteran German singer Peter Maffay will be awarded with the ECHO lifetime achievement award at the ECHO awards ceremony on March 4 in Berlin. The singer celebrated his 40th anniversary on stage in January this year. "Maffay will accept the aw ...

  40. BMG Rights Management Expands Into Sweden

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST BMG Rights Management has reached an agreement to acquire the music publishing rights of Scandinavian Songs AB as well as the master rights of Hawk Records. Following the deal, BMG Rights Management also decided to establish an office in Sweden to ...

  41. @MIDEM: Peermusic, Tokio Hotel Producer Hoffmann Launch JV

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Publisher Peermusic Hamburg and Peter Hoffmann, the composer/producer of internationally successful German group Tokio Hotel, have formed a new joint venture production house "Hopla Reloaded." The new company will aim to sign and develop ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. ECHO Klassik Awards Date Confirmed

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The 17th German ECHO Klassik awards will be presented on Oct. 17, 2010 in the Essen (North Rhine-Westphalia) Philharmonic hall. The presentation of the awards will take place as part of the events in the Ruhr district surrounding the European cult ...

  44. BMG Rights Management Enters U.S.

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Germany's BMG Rights Management has started a U.S. operation with the opening of offices in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville. Laurent Hubert has been appointed COO, North America. He will work from the company's New York office. Huber ...

  45. Popkomm 2010 Dates Confirmed

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST The German music trade fair Popkomm will take place in Berlin next year from Sept. 8 to 10, in the former airport Berlin Tempelhof. The plan from organizers Messe Berlin surprised the music business today (Dec. 7) because the association of the mu ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Outrage Over Wall Blocking Free U2 Berlin Concert

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fans hoping to catch a glimpse Thursday of U2's free concert celebrating 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall will have to "scale these city walls" after organizers threw up a barrier to block the view for those without ticket ...

  48. ECHO Klassik Awards Broadcast Attracts 1.8 Million

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Viewing figures show that 1.8 million people watched the 15th ECHO Klassik awards at a major gala event in the packed Semperoper in Dresden last night (Oct 18). The ZDF TV station achieved a market share of 8.2% with its "ECHO der Stars," ...

  49. Bertelsmann's Architect Reinhard Mohn Dies

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Reinhard Mohn, the former chief executive of BMG parent company Bertelsmann, has died, aged 88. Mohn, who died on Saturday (Oct. 3) in Gütersloh, was the great-great-grandson of the German media group's founder Carl Bertelsmann. Although he r ...

  50. Tokio Hotel Checks In To Virtual Tour

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German pop-rock act Tokio Hotel is launching a 3D holographic tour - a "virtual" performance to be shown in 12 cities across seven countries. The promotion, which uses ground-breaking new technology, launches tomorrow (Oct. 2) in Berlin. ...

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