Americans grab top 3 prizes at Popkomm event.

The United States clinched the top three prizes at the second Popkomm IMEA (Innovation in Music & Entertainment Awards), which took place on Sept. 14 in Berlin, Germany, where 14 international finalists submitted entries.

KSolo, the New York-based Internet-distributed karaoke service, nabbed the first prize for what the judges agreed was a groundbreaking concept.

Boston-based online talent developer Sonic Bids, and digital-entertainment technology group Gracenote, San Francisco, collected the second and third prizes respectively.

"The quality of the finalists was excellent," says Gerd Leonhard, CEO of American-Swiss digital media agency ThankAndLink, which co-developed IMEA with organizers of international trade show Popkomm. "Initially, there were over 1,000 inquiries from around the world. In the end, 300 companies from 20 countries submitted their applications."

Next year's Popkomm takes place Sept. 13-15.