1. Germany’s Recorded Music Biz Reports Rare Growth In First Half

    August 19, 2013 6:58 AM EDT It’s been a long, painful slide but Germany’s record business is finally showing signs of growth. First-half revenue from physical and digital music formats rose to a total value of €660 million ($881 million), up 1.5% compared to the first-half ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Germany Finally Embracing the Digital Era

    August 24, 2012 1:07 PM EDT BERLIN - The German music market, the world's third largest in 2011 according to the IFPI, is finally catching up to the digital era, according to a new study presented by the German music association BVMI (Bundesverband Musikindustrie) toget ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Michel Telo Shatters German Download Record as Digital Market Heats Up

    April 02, 2012 8:40 AM EDT Michel Telós "Ai Se Eu Te Pego!" is the best-selling digital single download in Germany ever. Another current hit single is number three of the all-time download ranking showing that the German digital market is starting to fulfill its p ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Mark Wilkinson Appointed New President Of Deutsche Grammophon

    March 13, 2012 2:32 PM EDT 0 0 Mark Wilkinson will take over as president of Deutsche Grammophon as of April 9th. The appointment was announced today by Frank Briegmann, President, Universal Music Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Deutsche Grammophon. Wilkinson will report directly ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  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: 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 ...

  14. Briegmann Upped To Int'l Role At Universal

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 Frank Briegmann, president and CEO of Universal Music Germany in Berlin, has been appointed president of Universal Music Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the classical label Deutsche Grammophon. The promotion was announced by Lucian Grainge, chair ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Universal Music Germany Appoints CFO

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Germany has appointed Tonio Bogdanski as CFO, effective May 16. Based in Berlin, he reports to the company's president and CEO Frank Briegmann. Universal Music Germany has appointed Tonio Bogdanski as CFO, effective May 16. Ba ...

  21. Universal Germany To Close Popfile

    December 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Germany has confirmed that it will close its download portal Popfile by the end of the year. Universal Music Germany has confirmed that it will close its download portal Popfile by the end of the year. The retail site was launched ...

  22. Universal Germany To Close Popfile

    December 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Germany has confirmed that it will close its download portal Popfile by the end of the year. Universal Music Germany has confirmed that it will close its download portal Popfile by the end of the year. The retail site was launched ...

  23. Sources: Briegmann Named Uni Germany CEO

    March 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Frank Briegmann, senior VP of international at BMG Germany, will leave the company to join Universal Music Germany as CEO, Billboard.biz has learned. Frank Briegmann, senior VP of international at BMG Germany, will leave the company to join Univer ...