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  1. German DJs Protest GEMA's Proposed Tax on Digital Music Collections

    April 09, 2013 2:20 PM EDT Hundreds of German DJs demonstrated last week in front of the local offices of the German collection society GEMA in Dortmund and Munich against what they consider new and unfair DJ licensing fees. In Dortmund, the demonstration was spontaneous ...

  2. Morning Fix: Live Nation Going to Russia; Pandora Stocks Plummet; UMG/EMI Outline Germany Plans

    December 05, 2012 8:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters LIVE NATION EXPANDING TO RUSSIA: Like Apple iTunes , Live Nation Entertainment has announced it plans to expand operations to the Russian li ...

  3. Morning Fix: Billboard Women In Music Honorees; HMV Sells Mama Group; Zep Honored by Obama; iTunes Coming to Russia?

    December 03, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters BILLBOARD ANNOUNCES 2012 WOMEN IN MUSIC HONOREES: Billboard announced its Women in Music honorees, which recognizes achievement, talent and ...

  4. Road Work: Death Grips, Two Door Cinema Club, Alabama Shakes, Trey Songz

    October 15, 2012 7:19 AM EDT Trouble makers: Sacramento, Calif.-based rock group Death Grips will take controversial new album "NO LOVE DEEP WEB" on an international swing booked by Robert Frazer of William Morris Endeavor. Starting with a headlining gig for Pitch ...

  5. Road Work: Kreayshawn, PVT, Frankie Rose and Lower Dens

    September 19, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Dream big: Indie electro-rockers Lower Dens just expanded their European and U.S. tours. The group kicks things off at Cincinnati's Midpoint Music Festival supporting Dirty Projectors (Sept. 27) before joining Grizzly Bear for dates in Chicag ...

  6. The Wondrous World of Lagers

    August 16, 2012 1:59 PM EDT Lager Lager Lager styles are a relatively recent on the global beer scene, when one considers the centuries of ale brewing that predated the production of lagers. The simple difference between a lager and an ale is that the yeast employed for ferm ...

  7. German High Court Rules ISPs Must Disclose Identities of Illegal Filesharers To Copyright Holders

    August 14, 2012 2:14 PM EDT The German indie distributor Tonpool filed a case against a German ISP to release the name and information about a filesharer who illegally distributed the song "Bitte Hör Nicht Auf Su Träumen" by Zavier Naidoo (above). MUNICH - Germany& ...

  8. Frank Ocean Pulls Out of Coldplay Stadium Tour, European Festival Dates

    August 13, 2012 7:14 AM EDT Frank Ocean put an end to his European tour on Saturday, abruptly pulling out of various summer festivals, including Way Out West in Sweden, and a Coldplay stadium tour that would have taken the Channel Orange singer to ten major cities starting l ...

  9. German Live Music Market Recovering, Revenue Up 24 Percent

    July 26, 2012 10:31 AM EDT The German live entertainment market has recovered from the dramatic drop in sales of 2008 and 2009 and reports a revenue boost of 24 percent for 2011. The total revenue volume of €3.94 billion is €2.76 billion for music events and €1.18 billion f ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. CTS Eventim, German Football Association Offices Raided For Second Time in World Cup Ticketing Investigation

    June 27, 2012 7:37 AM EDT Eventim CEO Klaus Peter Schulenberg The offices of one of the Europe's biggest concert promoters and ticket companies, CTS Eventim in Bremen, as well as the private house of CTS Eventim's CEO, Klaus Peter Schulenberg, and the offices of ...

  12. Pitbull, Ester Dean, Benny Blanco Share Writer Honor At BMI Pop Awards

    May 16, 2012 12:24 PM EDT (L-R): Vice President and General Manager, Writer/Publisher Relations Los Angeles Barbara Cane, BMI Pop Icon Award recipient Carole King, and BMI President and CEO Del Bryant attend the 60th annual BMI Pop Awards. (Photo: Lester Cohen/Wire Image) ...

  13. Sizzla Returns to Roots On New Album as Protests, Show Cancellations Continue Over Past Anti-Gay Lyrics

    April 24, 2012 7:15 AM EDT How Jamaica's Sizzla Kalongi can sing righteous lyrics decrying social and political injustice on his new album The Chan" (out on Afro jam, a subsidiary of the Munich-based Kosmo Music), while violently and unjustly denouncing homosexual ...

  14. Germany's ECHO Jazz Award Winners Announced

    April 18, 2012 12:57 PM EDT The 81 year-old German composer, orchestra chief and conductor Claus Ogermann will be awarded with the German ECHO Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award 2012. He worked with Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Diana Krall. Further internationally no ...

  15. German Collection Society GEMA Adjusts Tariffs for Outdoor Music Events

    April 04, 2012 1:57 PM EDT MUNICH - German collection society GEMA has adjusted tariffs for outdoor music concerts starting in 2013. Smaller events will benefit from the adjustment while larger events will have to pay more. GEMA introduced its new tariff structure at a pres ...

  16. GEMA's 2011 Earnings Drop

    March 14, 2012 7:30 AM EDT The German collection society GEMA in 2011 saw a decrease in its income of 4.3 percent and an increase in operating costs of 14.9 percent. The yearly report was announced today by GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker in Munich. In 2011, the rights organizati ...

  17. Frank Ocean To Open For Coldplay On European Dates

    March 05, 2012 2:59 PM EST A little over a year after releasing his Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape, which included a creative cover of Coldplay's "Strawberry Swing," Frank Ocean will be galavanting around Europe with the U.K. arena rockers later this summer. Warner ...

  18. 60,000 Germans Protest ACTA Anti-Piracy Legislation

    February 14, 2012 7:16 AM EST BERLIN - An estimated 60,000 people demonstrated over the weekend in more than 50 German cities against the international anti-piracy treaty ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement). In Berlin alone there were more than 10,000 protestors and an6 ...

  19. Germany's 2011 Music Sales: Adele, Udo Lindenberg, Shakira Top Charts

    January 13, 2012 8:55 AM EST Adele, was the most successful international act in the German album charts in 2011. The British singer's album "21" (Indigo) spent 49 weeks in the top 100 rankings and 39 weeks in the top five, going five times platinum after reach ...

  20. The Year In International Music Biz: Our New (Interconnected) World Order

    January 10, 2012 2:00 PM EST Perhaps nothing speaks more to our increasingly interconnected globe then a look back at the year in international music business news. Here, flash mobs in Rio sing K-Pop songs; a spirited debate at a music conference in Singapore is re-tweeted in ...

  21. iTunes Match Launches In Germany, Reaches Agreement With GEMA

    December 21, 2011 8:00 AM EST BERLIN - iTunes Match was launched in Germany last week after the German collectiion society GEMA approved an agreement in Munich. The will service costs €24.99 (about $32.50) per year in Germany and is limited to 25,000 tracks. Business Matters: ...

  22. BITKOM, GEMA Reach Licensing Agreement For Online Music Platforms

    December 16, 2011 1:58 PM EST After nearly ten years of negotiations, a licensing agreement for Internet music platforms was reached last week between Munich-based German performance rights organization GEMA and IT industry association BITKOM, in Berlin. Internet portals now a ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Azerbaijan's Ell & Nikki Win 2011 Eurovision Song Contest

    May 16, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Dusseldorf - Ell and Nikki from Azerbaijan won the 56th Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf on Saturday evening in a show watched by over 130 million TV viewers in 55 countries. With their song "Running Scared", the duo comprised of vo ...

  29. Jason Moran, Brad Mehldau Trio, Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock Win ECHO 2011 Jazz Awards

    May 05, 2011 10:00 AM EDT BERLIN - Nine US-jazz acts will receive the German ECHO 2011 Jazz Award . Among the winners are Jason Moran, the Brad Mehldau Trio, Bobby McFerrin, Lee Ritenour and Herbie Hancock. The award ceremony in 27 categories will be held on June 17, 2011 ...

  30. Germany's GEMA Royalty Collection Society Announces Increase for 2010

    March 28, 2011 1:30 PM EDT Somthing to Smile About: Gemma board member Georg Oeller (left) and CEO Dr. Harald Heker. (Photo: Bettina Muller/GMA Munchen ) For the 2010 fiscal year, the German collection society GEMA today announced it will distribute more than €736 million t ...

  31. BMG Rights Management To Launch In Australia

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management's rapid expansion continues: the Berlin-based company will launch an Australian operation in early 2011. Tim Prescott, former CEO of Albert Music and a long-time BMG executive, is assisting BMG Rights Management with fur ...

  32. German Live Biz Down Again

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT According to a study by the Nuremberg-based research institute GFK, the German live entertainment market's turnover for 2009 totaled €3.17 billion ($4.38 billion) - a 12% decline on 2008's €3.6 billion ($4.97 billion). There had already ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Met Opera Adds 300 Theaters To Its HD Broadcasts

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The close-ups were so tight you could see a tear slowly trickling down the tenor's face - and that the soprano's fingernail polish didn't match the color on her toes, though she did nail the high C. It was a live performance of the ...

  35. BMG Acquires Publisher Stage Three

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management (BMG) has agreed to acquire Stage Three Music , a leading independent, international music publisher based in London, from its shareholders Apax Partners, Ingenious Ventures and the management. Stage Three was founded in 2003 ...

  36. Mid-Year Investments Wrap: Download, Streaming Services Lead the Way

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT There wasn't exactly a windfall of investments flowing to music-related startups in the first half of 2010, but they are still attracting investors' interest. There were 30 investment deals in the first half of 2010, according to Billboa ...

  37. CELAS Partners With Croatia's IDM Music

    July 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT CELAS, which represents EMI Music Publishing for online/mobile across Europe, has concluded an administration agreement with music publisher Intelligent Digital Media and Music (IDM Music) in Zagreb. IDM Music, located in Croatia, will administer ...

  38. DEAG Classics Ups Stake In U.K. Promoter

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT DEAG Classics, a subsidiary of Deutsche Entertainment in Berlin and Sony Music Classical in Munich, has increased its shareholding in the British classical music promoter Raymond Gubbay Ltd (RGL). The Berlin-based classical promoter now has 100% o ...

  39. Pink's Tour Bus Catches Fire

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Police say a tour bus being used by the pop singer Pink caught fire on its way from Munich to Berlin, but there were no injuries. Bavarian police say a particle filter in the exhaust system caught fire at about 5 a.m. Monday (June 7) due to a tech ...

  40. Crowds Turn Out For European iPad Launch

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Huge crowds have turned out to purchase an iPad in European territories. The Apple device went on sale today (May 28) in nine countries, following its U.S. launch on April 3. The international launch in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, J ...

  41. GEMA Reports Fraud To Authorities, Fires Employees

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ten members and two employees have been accused of involvement in the heavy case of fraud that has affected the German collection society GEMA in Berlin. This was confirmed today in Munich by GEMA's CEO Dr. Harald Heker at a press conference. ...

  42. GEMA Hit By Fraud Case

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German collection society GEMA has apparently been affected by a heavy case of fraud. The Munich-based society confirmed the fraud inquiry to Billboard.biz today (May 27). Two of its employees have already been suspended pending an investigati ...

  43. U2 Pulls Out Of Glastonbury, Reschedules U.S. Tour

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U2 has been forced to withdraw from its headline slot at Glastonbury festival in the U.K., following medical advice for frontman Bono . He will be out of action for at least eight weeks. The band had been booked to play its first ever Glastonbury ...

  44. CTS Eventim Acquires Italy's TicketOne

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German concert promoter and ticket company CTS Eventim has completed its strategic acquisition of TicketOne in Milan, the leader of the Italian ticketing market. It is part of the Munich-based company's European expansion strategy. Last m ...

  45. Sony Music CEO Invests In Start-Up Fund

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment in New York, is one of four investors of the newly founded company Hanse Ventures based in Hamburg. His partners are Dr. Bernd Kundrun, former CEO of the publishing company Gruner+ Jahr, Jochen M ...

  46. German Collection Societies Agree USB Levy

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German collection societies united in the ZPÜ (Central Organization for Private Copying Rights) have reached an agreement with the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM) on the levy for USB-st ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Volcanic Ash Grounds Artists, Disrupts Biz

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Flight restrictions have been extended in the U.K. and Europe because of the volcanic ash cloud, leaving tour plans and promotional campaigns in tatters. Several U.K. acts missed the Coachella festival at the weekend, including Gary Numan, the Cri ...

  49. Court Challenge To German PC Levy

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Regional Appeal Court in Munich has issued an injunction against the central organization for private recording rights, ZPÜ, in Munich to refrain from fixing and publishing a tariff for the remuneration for private copying for PCs. It follows ...

  50. 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 ...

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