Hamburg

  1. 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 ...

  2. Warner Snags Ministry Of Sound In Germany

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Central Europe in Hamburg will commence with the distribution for the dance label Ministry of Sound in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with immediate effect. The contract includes future releases and back catalog, which will be trans ...

  3. Scooter Scores Official Ice Hockey Anthem

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The German euro-dance act Scooter will present the official song for the Ice Hockey World Championship 2010, which takes place from May 7-27 in Germany. The band will present the song "Stuck On The Replay" live at the opening ceremony of ...

  4. Lady Gaga, Ke$ha Rule Euro Charts

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Gaga maintains pole position on Billboard's European Albums chart with "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal), but loses out to a new female frontrunner on European Hot 100 Singles, as her "Bad Romance" is replaced at No. ...

  5. Edel Sells Playground Music Stake

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Hamburg-based Edel AG has sold its 51% stake in the Scandinavian independent label and distribution company Playground Music to Playground's CEO Jonas Sjöström. Edel CEO Michael Haentjes said the sale is representative of the company's n ...

  6. @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 ...

  7. Full Coverage of MIDEM 2010

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Full coverage of the 2010 MIDEM global trade fair and conference in Cannes, France, which runs Saturday, Jan. 23 - Wednesday, Jan. 27. *** CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF KEY MOMENTS AT MIDEM 2010 *** @MIDEM: Attendance Down 10% January 27, 2010 As the M ...

  8. .Biz Exclusive: How Global Deals Get Done At MIDEM

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST MIDEM, the international music industry convention, and its digitally focused MidemNet Forum will open shop Jan. 23-27 in Cannes. The events will draw some 10,000 executives from nearly 100 countries, representing the recording, publishing, live, ...

  9. AOL Shutting German Operation

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Internet group AOL is leaving Germany, closing offices in Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich. About 140 employees will lose their jobs. The closures were confirmed on Tuesday (Jan. 12) by AOL spokesman Thomas Knorpp in Hamburg. No comment c ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. GEMA Agrees New Concert Licensing Rates

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The German concert promoters associations Bundesverband der Veranstaltungswirtschaft (idkv) in Hamburg and the Verband der Konzertdirektionen (VDKD) in Munich and the German collection society GEMA in Munich have reached an agreement about the lic ...

  12. GEMA To Shutter 3 Regional Offices

    December 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST A decrease of income totaling more than €50 million ($71.6 million) during the last two years has forced the German collecting society GEMA to close three of its 10 regional offices, in Augsburg, Munich and Hanover. Regional offices in Stuttgart, ...

  13. German Police In ‘Million-dollar’ Piracy Raid

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Police in the German city of Gelsenkirchen Essen, have seized 50,000 professionally pirated CDs and more than 200,000 inlay booklets, following a recent raid. A complete workshop comprising several computers, CD burners and four professional high- ...

  14. German Live Entertainment Declines 7 Per Cent

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST The German live entertainment market experienced a 7% drop in revenue in 2008, according to research commissioned by the German Federal Association of the live entertainment industry. The decline was even sharper - 9% - in live music. The total tu ...

  15. GEMA 'Vindicated' At Concert Rate Tribunal Ruling

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The arbitration tribunal of the German Patent and Brand Office in Munich today (Nov. 20) announced that it had ruled to allow collecting society GEMA to increase concert license rates. After a breakdown in negotiations between both sides, the two ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. CISAC Backs Action Against YouTube

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The International Council of Creators of Music (CIAM), part of the global authors' rights body CISAC, has backed legal moves against YouTube/Google in Germany. Legal proceedings are due to take place at the district court of civil law in Hamb ...

  18. CTS Eventim, iTunes Partner On Ticket Offers

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST German ticketing company CTS Eventim has partnered with Apple's iTunes store to provide exclusive concert offers. The Hamburg-based European ticketing company will use its Internet portal, www.eventim.de, to provide concert promoters with mar ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Lala Deal Extends Believe’s International Presence

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST European digital distribution service Believe Digital has partnered with music website www.Lala.com to provide its repertoire to Google's recently unveiled music service. The deal will also see Believe Digital provide its repertoire through L ...

  21. German Indies, Artists, File Against YouTube/Google

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A group of German independent labels, publishers and artists has filed complaints against YouTube and its parent company Google alleging persistent commercial breach of copyright. The announcement was made today (Oct. 26) by attorney Jens Schippma ...

  22. Finetunes Strikes Didiom Deal

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hamburg-based digital service provider Finetunes has signed a distribution deal with U.S. mobile media service Didiom. The deal, which takes immediate effect, will enable Didiom users to purchase songs from the Finetunes catalog, which includes ma ...

  23. European Dance Label Launched In U.S.

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German companies Kontor Records, Hamburg and Kontor New Media, Hamburg have joined with the Dutch online store Cloud 9 Music, the Dutch Label Armada Music and the U.S. agency Asseri Music Business Solutions, owned by the lawyer Kurosh Nasseri, ...

  24. 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. ...

  25. Jackson's 'This Is It' Rules U.K. Airplay

    October 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's posthumous radio single "This Is It" (Sony Music Entertainment) is currently No. 1 on the U.K. Radio Airplay Chart (week to date) and given its performance to date is likely to top the final Airplay Chart on Sunday ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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. ...

  29. Inaugural Hamburg Prize To Be Awarded

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The industry association Music City Hamburg will award the inaugural Hans - the Hamburg Music Prize on Sept. 24. With this new award, musicians who live in Hamburg will be honored in the category artist of the year, while there are additional awar ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Germany Set For Record Store Week

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German association of record retailers AMM (Aktiv Musik Marketing GmbH) in Hamburg has announced a Record Store Week to run from Oct. 30 to Nov. 6. The event follows the international Record Store Day, which will return on April 17, 2010, and ...

  32. Survey Shows German Live Biz Is Shrinking

    July 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The live entertainment business is contracting in Germany according to the results of a survey conducted by market research company GfK of Nuremberg on behalf of the German Federal Live Entertainment Association (idkv) in Hamburg, which is to be p ...

  33. Music Industry Remembers Michael Jackson

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "[A specific memory?] I've got a big one. Thursday morning, 12:30 a.m. He finishes the three-hour rehearsal [at Los Angeles' Staples Center], he goes over and does a group hug with Frank Dileo and Kenny Ortega, then he comes over to ...

  34. New GEMA Chairman

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After 18 years as chairman of German collecting society GEMA, Prof. Christian Bruhn stepped down. His successor is composer Jörg Evers. A new supervisory board was elected at the annual meeting of the members of the German collection society GEMA ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Report: Bertelsmann Targets EMI Masters

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German media group Bertelsmann wants to become a major player in the music business once again, according to a report in Hamburg's Manager Magazin. U.S. private equity firm KKR and several banks are said to be ready to act as co-investors for ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Five Million 'Dirty Dancing' In Theaters Worldwide

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The musical "Dirty Dancing - the Classic Story on Stage" has now surpassed five million ticket sales around the world, according to the producers. Since opening in Sydney in 2004, the show has toured 13 cities across three continents, in ...

  39. Edel Launches earMUSIC Label

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Hamburg indie edel AG has launched the earMUSIC label for rock and pop releases, with its launch roster including artists ranging from Deep Purple, Status Quo and Chris Rea to UB40, Swing Out Sister and former Suede singer Brett Anderson. The ...

  40. Depeche Mode Pulls O2 Date After Singer's Surgery

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Depeche Mode is to reschedule its London O2 Arena show and cancel some European appearances after the full extent of singer Dave Gahan's illness was revealed. The singer suffered a severe bout of gastroenteritis on May 12, leading to his hosp ...

  41. German Lifetime Honor For Peter Thomas

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German composer Peter Thomas will receive the lifetime achievement award at the inaugural German Music Authors' Awards, presented by the collecting society GEMA on May 28 in Berlin. GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker announced the honor for 83-yea ...

  42. Business Briefs: Nokia, Decca, Imeem, NAB

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Nokia's Comes With Music is estimated to have 23,000 subscribers in the UK (population 61 million). ( Music Ally ) - Decca Records is merging back-office, marketing and promotion with Deutsche Grammophon, also part of Universal Music Classi ...

  43. German Composer Sues Google/YouTube

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German composer Frank Peterson has filed a lawsuit at the Higher District Court in Hamburg against Google/YouTube, claiming that his music videos and other audiovisual repertoire were used illegally. Peterson produces British soprano Sarah Brightm ...

  44. YouTube Blocks Music Videos In Germany

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Negotiations between Google subsidiary YouTube and the German collection society GEMA about the extension of their licensing agreement have broken down, according to a statement from GEMA's Munich-based CEO Dr. Harald Heker. GEMA reported tha ...

  45. Warner Expands European Live, Merch Activities

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST International acts Estelle and Biffy Clyro are among the first beneficiaries of the activities of two new units recently launched -- with no fanfare -- by Warner Music Central Europe (WMCE) to expand its capabilities in the live and merchandising ...

  46. Double Win For Lieberberg At Germany's LEAs

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Frankfurt-based concert promoter Marek Lieberberg was the big winner at this year's Live Entertainment Awards (LEAs) in Hamburg. Marek Lieberberg received two of the 17 LEAs. He was named concert promoter of the year and also got the LEA ...

  47. Germany Chooses Eurovision Act

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Alex Swings Oscar Sings is the act representing Germany at the 54th Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow on May 16, with the song "Miss Kiss Kiss Bang." The duo features Alex Christensen from Hamburg, and singer and dancer Oscar Loya, who c ...

  48. 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. ...

  49. Roscic Heads Up Sony Classical

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bogdan Roscic has been appointed president, Sony Music Classical by Sony CEO Rolf Scmidt-Holtz. Effective April 6, the newly created role gives Roscic responsibility for all of Sony's Classical operations. He will report directly to Schmidt-H ...

  50. Peermusic Signs Hitmaker Hoffmann

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Hamburg-based music publisher Peermusic has signed one of Germany's most successful composers and producers, Peter Hoffmann and his publishing company Capellmeister Musikverlag. Hoffmann is credited with discovering and producing German band ...

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