Universal Music Germany

  1. Universal’s Briegmann Adds Central Europe Role

    February 19, 2013 3:27 AM EST Universal Music stalwart Frank Briegmann is to preside over the company’s Central European operations. Briegmann, who is based in Berlin, continues to serve as chairman and CEO of Universal Music Germany and will now also manage the affiliates ...

  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. 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. Zubin Metha Wins Lifetime Achievement Award at Germany's 2011 ECHO Klassik Awards

    October 05, 2011 7:35 AM EDT In a unique moment last Sunday night (Oct 2), conductors Zubin Metha and Daniel Barenboim performed segments of one of Tschaikowsky's polonaises together on stage during the 18th-annual German Classical ECHO awards. 75-year-old Mehta, who was ...

  5. German Digital Music Market Up Nearly 20% In First Half of 2011

    September 13, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Streaming services are experiencing the greatest sales growth in Germany's current digital market while the overall digital market expanded by 19.3 percent from the beginning of January to the end of June 2011, according to the German Federal ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. German Culture Minister Announces Copyright Reform

    May 27, 2011 2:10 PM EDT Frank Briegmann, Left, of Universal Germany and BVMI with German Chancellor Angela Merkel who held informal discussions on German copyright law (Photo: Michael Kucharski, Universal Music) BERLIN - Bernd Neumann the German minister of culture and m ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. How Germany Overtook The U.K. To Become Europe's Largest Music Market

    April 11, 2011 2:58 PM EDT Having long played second fiddle to the United Kingdom, Germany now ranks as the largest music market in Europe, according to international music trade body IFPI. The reversal was announced last week with the publication of IFPI's annual &quo ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Daniel Barenboim Signs With Universal Labels

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim agreed a wide-ranging recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics . Barenboim is music director of Berlin's Staatsoper and Staatskapelle and maestro scaligero at Milan's Teatro a ...

  12. Deutsche Grammophon Moving To Berlin

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal's classical label Deutsche Grammophon will move its headquarters from Hamburg to Berlin in summer 2011. The relocation to Berlin - the home of the parent company since 2002 - was announced today (Oct. 14) by Frank Briegmann, preside ...

  13. BACKBEAT: Grammy Museum Celebrates 'Soul Train'

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Grammy Museum paid tribute to the 40th anniversary of "Soul Train" with a special multi-media panel discussion on September 8. "Soul Train," which became an American music institution, was a national launch pad for urban mu ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Rammstein Album Ban Reversed

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The original version of "Liebe ist Für Alle Da" ("Love is For All") by the German hard rock group Rammstein is no longer banned from public display in German stores. The 11-track Universal album may again be advertised and sold ...

  17. Eurovision Winner To Defend Title

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lena Meyer-Landrut, the 19-year-old German winner of the 55th Eurovision Song Contest, is to defend her title at next year's event - the first winner to do so since the Netherlands' Corry Brokken in 1957/1958. The surprise decision was a ...

  18. Rammstein Set To Be Reissued Minus Controversial Track

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Germany confirmed in Berlin today (Nov. 11) that in the near future it will be re-releasing Rammstein's new album "Liebe ist Für Alle Da," having removed the track and artwork that got the set banned from public disp ...

  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. 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 ...

  21. Universal Acquires Joint Venture X-Cell

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST X-Cell Records, a joint venture co-launched at the beginning of 2007 by Universal Music Germany in Berlin and producer George Glueck, is to be integrated into Universal Music. "Glueck will continue to be in charge of all of X-Cell's crea ...

  22. Unterholzner Out At Sony BMG Austria

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Horst Unterholzner, who has served as managing director of Sony BMG Austria for more than five years, will exit the company May 1. Stefan Klimek will take the helm of the Vienna-based affiliate. Klimek joined Sony Music in 2002 from Universal Musi ...

  23. Supply Chain, IT Exec Kessler Upped At UMGI

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International has elevated Jens Kessler to VP, IT, supply chain and sourcing. Kessler has served as VP, IT, at Universal Music Germany since 2001. In future, Kessler will be tasked with helping identify and reinforce supply c ...

  24. New Domestic Repertoire Role For Universal's Bohne

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Germany in Berlin is tweaking the management structures for its national artist activities. Tom Bohne, previously managing director of the Universal Domestic Division (UDD), has been appointed to senior VP, with responsibilities fo ...

  25. UMG Buys Into Deutschrock Merchandise

    November 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Germany is taking a majority stake in Berlin-based merchandising enterprise Deutschrock Merchandise. Financial terms were not disclosed. Deutschrock, which was established 10 years ago, will continue to operate independently from U ...

  26. Universal Germany Teams With Aggro Berlin

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Germany has signed a cooperative agreement with German hip hop label Aggro Berlin. Through the new arrangement, UMG will partner for marketing, promotion and the distribution of Aggro Berlin recordings. Neither party disclosed furt ...

  27. Gorny Takes Charge At German Music Industry Assn.

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dieter Gorny has been elected chairman of the new German music industry body Bundesverband Musikindustrie (Music Industry Association), formed from the merger of the German labels body BPW, and the German IFPI group. Gorny succeeds Michael Haentje ...

  28. Universal Germany Establishes Artist Agency

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Germany has launched an artist agency. The new unit -- Universal Music Artist Agency -- enables brand-name firms and event organizers direct access to Universal-signed artists, explains says Frank Briegmann, president and CEO of Be ...

  29. Wenzel Rises, Masuch Out At Universal Pub Germany

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Markus Wenzel has been appointed managing director of Universal Music Publishing Group Germany, the new company formed after Universal acquired BMG Publishing. At the same time, Hartwig Masuch, managing director of BMG Music Publishing Germany sin ...

  30. Universal, V2 Join Forces For German Independent Network

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Germany and indie label V2 Records have teamed-up to form a joint-sales and distribution unit, with effect from July 1. Both parties have agreed to forge an independent sales and distribution unit for indie labels, dubbed the Unive ...

  31. Popkomm Busts Out

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Despite a decline in record sales in recent years, the German music industry can boast one significant success story-the development of the Popkomm music fair since it moved to Berlin in 2004. According to the IFPI, retail sales of all recorded mu ...

  32. Berlin: Music City

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT When David Bowie moved to the divided city of Berlin in 1976, he joined 2 million inhabitants of what was effectively an island surrounded by the communist German Democratic Republic. This particular contrast between east and west left such an imp ...

  33. Indies Dominate MIDEM Day Three

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST The A&R and independent music communities took center stage for the Midem panel program today (Jan. 23), as the 41st annual event entered its third day. Speaking on an afternoon Q&A panel discussion on the short and medium term plans for t ...

  34. Universal Germany Enters X-Cell JV

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Germany in Berlin has agreed to enter into a 50:50 joint venture with leading independent label X-Cell, ending a tug-of-war among majors in recent months. Universal came to the table with the best price, insiders say, after Sony BM ...

  35. Germany's BPW, IFPI To Merge

    December 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST German labels body the BPW and the national IFPI group will merge from spring 2007. The move was decided Monday (Dec. 11) at the respective general meetings of the associations in Berlin. With the unification of the two trade bodies, "we reac ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Changes At UMGI's Int'l Marketing Unit

    June 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Frahm, Ballin, Hole take new roles. The U.S. repertoire division of Universal Music Group International’s marketing department in London is undergoing a revamp. Andrea Frahm has been appointed international marketing manager for Island Def Jam, wi ...

  38. Finland's Apocalyptica Signs With 20-20

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Finnish "cello rock" group Apocalyptica has signed a worldwide, multi-album recording deal with 20-20 Entertainment, Martin Dodd's New York-based joint venture with Sony BMG International. Finnish "cello rock" group Apocal ...

  39. Finland's Apocalyptica Signs With 20-20

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Finnish "cello rock" group Apocalyptica has signed a worldwide, multi-album recording deal with 20-20 Entertainment, Martin Dodd's New York-based joint venture with Sony BMG International. Finnish "cello rock" group Apocal ...

  40. Universal Launches Apollo In Europe

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Venture will target one-off tracks. Universal Music today (Jan. 23) unveiled the launch of Apollo, a new multi-territory label which intends to capitalize on one-off hits from across Europe. The venture comprises two distinct units, Apollo Recordi ...

  41. Universal Launches Apollo In Europe

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Venture will target one-off tracks. Universal Music today (Jan. 23) unveiled the launch of Apollo, a new multi-territory label which intends to capitalize on one-off hits from across Europe. The venture comprises two distinct units, Apollo Recordi ...

  42. Universal Germany Buys Stake In Net Mobile

    December 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Berlin-based Universal Music Germany has acquired a 10% stake in German mobile telecommunications firm Net Mobile. Berlin-based Universal Music Germany has acquired a 10% stake in German mobile telecommunications firm Net Mobile. In a statement, F ...

  43. Universal Germany Buys Stake In Net Mobile

    December 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Berlin-based Universal Music Germany has acquired a 10% stake in German mobile telecommunications firm Net Mobile. Berlin-based Universal Music Germany has acquired a 10% stake in German mobile telecommunications firm Net Mobile. In a statement, F ...

  44. Sources: Gebhardt To Step Down From BPW, IFPI

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After four years helming the German labels body BPW and the German IFPI, Gerd Gebhardt has decided not to run again for their respective boards, sources say. BERLIN -- After four years helming the German labels body BPW and the German IFPI, Gerd G ...

  45. Sources: Gebhardt To Step Aside From BPW, IFPI

    September 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After four years helming the German labels body BPW and the German IFPI, Gerd Gebhardt has decided not to run again for their respective boards, sources say. After four years helming the German labels body BPW and the German IFPI, Gerd Gebhardt ha ...

  46. Universal Germany Re-Signs National Acts

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Germany has signed long-term contract renewals with national acts Rammstein, Sportfreunde Stiller, Jeanette, Schiller and Paul van Dyk. Universal Music Germany has signed long-term contract renewals with national acts Rammstein, Sp ...

  47. Sony BMG Strikes Four Music Distribution Deal

    August 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Having acquiring a 50% stake in Four Music earlier this month, Sony BMG has additionally reached an agreement to handle distribution for the Berlin label. Having acquiring a 50% stake in Four Music earlier this month, Sony BMG has additionally rea ...

  48. Hohenboeken Elevated At Universal Germany

    August 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Germany has appointed Frank Hohenboeken as head of sales. Universal Music Germany has appointed Frank Hohenboeken as head of sales. Previously senior director sales, Hohenboeken replaces Peter Mucha, who is leaving the company on O ...

  49. Erler Joins Sony/ATV Germany

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Axel Erler has been appointed director A&R and creative at Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Germany), with effect from August 1. Axel Erler has been appointed director A&R and creative at Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Germany), with effect from ...

  50. Springsteen Bedevils European Chart Rivals

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen's "Devils & Dust" (Columbia) starts its third week at the helm of European Top 100 Albums. It's sliding gently down several European charts, but is still No. 1 in both Ireland an Bruce Springsteen' ...

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