New study explores changing music-consumption habits in Germany
A group of German music-industry bodies, including BVMI and GEMA, have published research into music habits in Germany commissioned from the University of Hamburg. Billboard has the details: including the finding that 26%...
October 24, 2019
Spotify launches its ‘Daily Drive’ playlist in Germany
Spotify launched its ‘Daily Drive’ playlist in the US in June. Aimed at commuters, it was the company’s first algo-personalised playlist to combine music and ‘short-form podcast news updates’, with the aim of offering...
October 9, 2019
UMG’s schlager YouTube channel is doing 30m views a month
This story has been written to the soundtrack of gravelly-voiced German artist Ben Zucker, as well as the ‘Ultimatver Party Hitmix’ of his compatriot Sonia Liebing. It’s been quite the listen. Why? Because we’ve...
September 6, 2019
The streaming effect is finally kicking in for Germany
Germany, like Japan, has retained its position as one of the world’s top recorded-music markets more because of robust physical music sales than because of any digital revolution, although that also arguably held industries...
July 12, 2019
German PRO Gema paid out €859.5m to its members in 2018
Germany’s collecting society Gema has reported its latest financials, revealing that it generated revenues of €1.02bn in 2018 (around $1.15bn) while paying out €859.5m to its 74,000 members that year. The revenues were...
April 17, 2019
Germany has 9m music subscribers. BVMI boss: ‘Let’s double it’
We wrote about the latest figures from Germany earlier this month: recorded-music revenues fell slightly in 2018, according to industry body BVMI, but it described this as a “steady plateau” as the industry there transitions...
March 15, 2019
Country Profile – Germany 2019
2018 results show a clear drop in previously strong physical sales, as well as the continuing collapse of downloads; but the overall market remained stable, redeemed by healthy audio streaming income
March 14, 2019
German recorded-music revenues fell slightly in 2018
In lots of countries around the world, the recorded-music industry has bounced back to growth. Last week, for example, the RIAA announced that US revenues grew by 12% in 2018. In the UK, the growth last year was 8.9% according...
March 7, 2019
German court makes key ruling on secondary-ticketing prices
Attention in the debate about secondary ticketing and touting has shifted to Germany this week, where the Hanover regional court has made an important ruling. According to the court, it is officially anti-competitive to sell...
January 31, 2019
Germany saw 40% growth in music streams in 2018
Streams up, sales down. Music-consumption trends in Germany last year matched those in many other mature markets, according to figures published by industry body BVMI. Germans streamed 79.5bn songs in 2018, up more than 40%...
January 21, 2019
Sandbox Issue 214: Radio Ahead. Pitching to the non-traditional radio giants
Lead: In the good old days, you could just employ a plugger to get your songs played on radio (or, if you had deep pockets and shallow morals, you could engage in some light payola). Today what “radio” actually is has...
October 17, 2018
German music revenues down 2% despite streaming tipping poin
German industry body BVMI has published its latest market stats, covering the first half of 2018. They reveal a 2% year-on-year decline in recorded-music revenues: €727m (around $845m) for the first six months of 2018...
July 19, 2018