Germany

  1. Bertelsmann Welcomes BMG EU Approval

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann has welcomed the EU Commission's decision to approve the music rights joint venture between Bertelsmann and KKR, BMG Rights Management. "We pursue the joint goal of turning BMG into a global music services provider," sai ...

  2. D.Telekom, France Telecom to join forces in U.K.

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom have launched exclusive talks to merge their British mobile units in a joint venture that would grab the top spot in the cut-throat U.K. market. The partners plan to reach an agreement by the end of October, Deu ...

  3. BMG Rights Management's Revenue Target Revealed

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management will be generating revenues of around €10 million ($14.3 million) in the first year in business, according to Thomas Rabe, CFO at Bertelsmann AG, in an interview with Billboard.biz. "As there is an accounting cycle of be ...

  4. New German Alliance of Music Authors Launches

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A new music body representing an alliance of German music authors' associations has launched. A.D.A.M (Allianz Deutscher Autoren der Musik) combines the associations of the German composers, lyricists and arrangers and will represent the inte ...

  5. 100,000-Plus Online Protests Lodged Against GEMA

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT An uprising against GEMA on account of its business practices is being organized on the official Web site of the German Lower House of Parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin. A petition against the German collection society has already attracted over ...

  6. Report: AEG Live In Negotiations For Michael Jackson Documentary

    July 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live, the company behind Michael Jackson's planned comeback in London, is negotiating with several Hollywood studios seeking a deal to release in movie theaters a documentary about the final days of the pop singer, the Wall Street journal ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. German Minister Criticizes Govt On Web Piracy

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German state minister of culture Bernd Neumann has levelled harsh criticism at his counterparts in the ministry of justice, because no constructive proposals have been put forward for combating Internet piracy. His remarks against his own governme ...

  10. JPC-Schallplatten Purchases WOM Brand

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German music retail company JPC-Schallplatten Ersandhandelsgesellschaft has bought the "WOM-World of Music" brand from department store chain operator Karstadt Quelle AG, Europe's largest department store & mail order group. WOM ...

  11. Echo Klassik Awards Back In Dresden

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German Echo Klassik awards will move from Munich to Dresden this year. The ceremony takes place on Oct. 18 at the Semperoper venue. The awards show is returning to Dresden for the first time since 1996. The previous five ceremonies have taken ...

  12. Richie Set For Echo Awards Honor

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST During the Feb. 21 Echo Awards at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Lionel Richie will be receiving a special award in recognition of the entire achievements of the legendary Motown label as well as his own lifetime achievements. Richie will also be p ...

  13. Echo Awards Honor For Scorpions

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The veteran German hard rock band the Scorpions will get the German Echo lifetime achievement award at the televised ceremony at Berlin O2 World on Feb. 21. The band, which started in 1965 and claims sales of 75 million records worldwide, will per ...

  14. AEG Live CEO Refutes Exit Speculation

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips refutes media speculation that he might be leaving his post to focus more on artist management. "I just completed the first year of a new five-year contract," Phillips tells Billboard.biz. "I am not going ...

  15. BMG Rights Management Gathers New Signings

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST BMG Rights Management (BRM), Bertelsmann's new music rights arm, has exclusively signed German artists Peter Fox and 2Raumwohnung, British singer-songwriter Andrew Roachford and Austria's Christina Stürmer. These artists join several new ...

  16. Echo Award Reveals 2009 Noms

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Coldplay, Duffy and Jack Johnson are among the first nominees for the Echo 2009, an award given each year in recognition of German record sales achievements. The news arrived with the announcement of eight out of the 24 categories, made today (Jan ...

  17. Berliner Philharmoniker Launches Online Concerts

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Berliner Philharmoniker has launched it own Digital Concert Hall. The video platform will be accessible to the public at www.berliner-philharmoniker.de. In the first live broadcast on Jan. 6, the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle ...

  18. 'Breaking Bad' Taps Los Cuates De Sinaloa

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony duo Los Cuates de Sinaloa will appear on an upcoming episode of AMC's "Breaking Bad." The cable drama stars Emmy winner Bryan Cranston as a high school chemistry teacher who makes and sells crystal meth to support his family. T ...

  19. German Biz Launches China Mission

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The German government and music industry are launching a joint effort via funding agency Initiative Musik to showcase German repertoire in China. Under the motto "The changing music market -- the music market of the future," German music ...

  20. Gibb, Wim Wenders Confirmed As Popkomm Keynoters

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bee Gee member Robin Gibb is among the first three keynote speakers confirmed for this year's Popkomm, the international music and entertainment trade show in Berlin. The other two are iconic German movie director Wim Wenders; and Petri Lunde ...

  21. Bertelsmann Sells Music Club Unit

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Even as Bertelsmann A.G. considers selling its stake in Sony BMG Music Entertainment, the media giant has agreed to sell its Direct Group North America unit to Najafi Cos., a Phoenix-based private equity firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, ...

  22. Kenny Chesney Inks Tour Deal With TMG/AEG Live

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT TMG/AEG Live has nailed down a multiyear tour deal with stadium-level country artist Kenny Chesney that could stretch into 2013, Billboard has learned. Through the agreement, which begins in 2009, TMG/AEG Live snares one of the industry's mos ...

  23. Chinese Orchestra To Make Landmark Vatican Performance

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The conductor leading the China Philharmonic Orchestra in a landmark concert Wednesday at the Vatican said he feels honored to perform for the pope, saying music breaks down cultural barriers. Ties between the Vatican and China's communist go ...

  24. German Artists Team For IP Campaign

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German artists Herbert Grönemeyer, Peter Maffay, Udo Jürgens, Rosenstolz and Tokio Hotel are among the 200-plus signatories for a national campaign calling on greater government support for intellectual property. Prominent German artists, authors ...

  25. Grönemeyer, Ötzi Double-Up At Germany's Echo Awards

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran German rock star Herbert Grönemeyer and Austrian singer DJ Ötzi each grabbed a brace of trophies tonight at the 17th annual German record industry's Echo Awards, held at Berlin's International Congress Center. Grönemeyer won for ...

  26. MBO at U.K. Distributor Pinnacle

    January 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Senior management at leading U.K. independent distributor/exporter Windsong/Pinnacle has completed a buyout from its parent company Arvato Services, a subsidiary of German media giant Bertelsmann. The management buyout (MBO) of the company -- base ...

  27. Thielen Upped At Bertelsmann

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Gunter Thielen has been confirmed as the new chairman of the Supervisory Board of media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG. The former Bertelsmann AG chairman and CEO has sat on the supervisory body since Jan. 1 and has now been elected its new chairman ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Mohn Joins Bertelsmann Supervisory Board

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST Brigitte Mohn has been elected to the supervisory board of Bertelsmann, joint partner in the Sony BMG group, with effect from Jan. 1, 2008. Mohn, who was appointed last week during an extraordinary general meeting of the German media giant, repres ...

  30. Billboard, AEG Align For 2008 Awards Show

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Billboard will unveil a new music awards show in 2008, produced in collaboration with AEG Live, the live entertainment division of Los Angeles-based promotion giant AEG. The partnership is a result of the recently formed exclusive strategic allian ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Popkomm 2007 Opens Its Doors

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The annual Popkomm music trade fair has kicked off in Berlin. A panel of German political heavyweights inaugurated the Oct. 19-21 conference, which this year carries the strap-line "plug into success." One of the buzz topics currently do ...

  33. AEG Names Messick Exec VP

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AEG has named Andrew Messick executive VP of marketing and international. He will be based in the company's Los Angeles headquarters and report to AEG president/CEO Tim Leiweke. In his new role, Messick will manage a number of specific busine ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. German Biz Names Echo Klassiks Winners

    June 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The German record industry has announced the winners of its annual classical awards, Echo Klassik, to be presented during a gala at the Philharmonie venue in Gasteig, near Munich, Oct. 21. The Echo Klassik award for the best-selling classical work ...

  36. Captains Of Industry Meet With German Chancellor

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A roll call of Europe's leading recorded music industry executives grabbed a rare opportunity yesterday to meet with the German chancellor and raise the issue of the alarming downturn of the national market. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is a ...

  37. Echos Handed Out In Berlin

    March 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With two awards each, Canadian group Billy Talent, and German-language acts Silbermond and La Fee were the big winners tonight at the 16th annual Echo Awards, held at Berlin's Palais am Funkturm. Atlantic/Warner-signed Billy Talent won for ne ...

  38. Waits Settles Opel Ads Dispute

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Gravel-voiced singer-songwriter Tom Waits has settled his lawsuit against German carmaker Adam Opel AG and its advertising agency McCann for using a sound-alike in a series of TV commercials. Waits will donate his net settlement proceeds to an unn ...

  39. Mohn Joins Bertelsmann Supervisory Board

    November 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Christoph Mohn, CEO of Internet portal and online marketing services provider Lycos Europe, was elected today (Nov. 15) as a member of the supervisory board of Bertelsmann AG, with immediate effect. Christoph Mohn, CEO of Internet portal and onlin ...

  40. Echos 2007 Date Revealed

    October 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The German record industry's 16th annual Echo Awards will be held March 25, 2007 in Berlin. A total of 25 categories will be handed out on the night. The German record industry's 16th annual Echo Awards will be held March 25, 2007 in Ber ...

  41. Universal Germany Preps Vybemobile Launch

    September 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Germany and E-Plus, the German mobile arm of Dutch telecoms group KPN, will on Oct. 2 launch Vybemobile, described as Germany's first combined "phone and music" brand targeted at mobil Universal Music Germany and E-P ...

  42. Sprint's Reddick To Open Billboard MECCA Fall 2006

    July 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Event to take place Sept. 11 in Los Angeles. Billboard revealed today (July 24) that Paul Reddick, Sprint’s VP of business development and product innovation, will be the opening keynote speaker for the Billboard MECCA Fall 2006 conference. The mo ...

  43. AEG, DEAG Forge JV For Germany

    July 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT AEG: Deal essentially a joint-venture. AEG: Deal essentially a joint-venture. News ...

  44. On The Road

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT It appears that Randy Phillips is about to re-up as CEO of international promoter/producer AEG Live. Read Ray Waddell's column. It appears that Randy Phillips is about to re-up as CEO of international promoter/producer AEG Live. Read Ray Wadd ...

  45. Bertelsmann To Sell BMG Music Publishing

    May 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann has decided to sell its BMG Music Publishing division to help prevent a minority shareholder from taking its shares public. Bertelsmann has decided to sell its BMG Music Publishing division to help prevent a minority shareholder from t ...

  46. Bertelsmann To Sell BMG Music Publishing

    May 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann has decided to sell its BMG Music Publishing division to help prevent a minority shareholder from taking its shares public. Bertelsmann has decided to sell its BMG Music Publishing division to help prevent a minority shareholder from t ...

  47. Wir Sind Helden Win Echos Double

    March 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST German-language act Wir Sind Helden won the group national rock/pop category at the 15th annual Echo Awards, held last night (March 12) at Berlin's Estrel Convention Center. German-language act Wir Sind Helden won the group national rock/pop ...

  48. Bertelsmann 'Prepared For IPO'

    January 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Bertelsmann AG, Europe's biggest media company, may become publicly traded for the first time as Belgium's Groupe Bruxelles Lambert SA prepares to sell its 25% stake. Sony BMG parent Bertelsmann AG said today (Jan. 27) that it was prepar ...

  49. Bertelsmann 'Prepared For IPO'

    January 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG parent Bertelsmann AG said today (Jan. 27) that it was prepared for a possible share offering after a minority shareholder said it would exercise its right to request an initial public offeri Sony BMG parent Bertelsmann AG said today (Jan ...

  50. Popkomm 2006 Moves Back One Week

    October 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST The 2006 edition of German music trade fair Popkomm will take place from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22 in Berlin. The 2006 edition of German music trade fair Popkomm will take place from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22 in Berlin. Organizers have decided to push forwa ...

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