German study offers optimism for Covid-safe music concerts
Artists, the music industry and fans alike are keen for news on how and when concerts can return safely, at scale. There's news of an encouraging experiment in Germany to report this morning. Pollstar has the story: about...
October 30, 2020
Gema warns of ‘even more difficult’ 2021 for many musicians
Germany collecting society Gema held its annual general meeting last week – online, of course, with around 1,000 of its songwriter, composer and publisher members taking part. The event included some blunt words from...
October 5, 2020
Radio station SWR uses AI to let users to “Shuffle” live songs
Music radio persists in an era of hyper-personalised playlists, possibly because it offers a contrasting linear, set-and-forget experience. One of Germany’s most popular radio stations, Südwestrundfunk (SWR), has...
September 2, 2020
IFPI takes aim at more ‘music streaming manipulation’ sites
Global music body the IFPI is continuing its battle against 'streaming manipulation' services. Together with German body BVMI, it has secured court injunctions against the operators of five websites promising to inflate...
August 25, 2020
Despite Covid-19 German recorded music revenues are up 4.8%
Germany is the fourth biggest recorded music market in the world, behind only the US, Japan and the UK. Physical sales are still an important part of its market (like Japan) too, so the Covid-19 pandemic has been a worrying...
August 21, 2020
Live concerts are opening up again in Japan and Germany
It’s important that the industry (us included) starts to move away from talking about the ‘live concerts shutdown’ as a global trend, now that a growing number of countries are tentatively opening up their...
July 15, 2020
Mike Singer single promoted with stream-to-unlock campaign
Warner Music Central Europe has created a stream-to-unlock initiative to push ‘100Tausend’ (‘100 Thousand’), the new single from German artist Mike Singer which is released on 17 July. Users going to a page on...
July 13, 2020
Hamburg’s Music WorX accelerator seeks four music/tech startups
We've written regularly about music/tech accelerators and incubators like Techstars Music, Abbey Road Red and Marathon Artists Labs. Another one that's well regarded is Music WorX in Hamburg, run by the publicly-funded Hamburg...
June 23, 2020
Australia and Germany’s plans to rebuild live music business
The easing of lockdown restrictions on music concerts has begun in some countries, but others are still looking ahead and making plans for what’s needed when this happens in the future. Australian live-industry body...
June 8, 2020
GEMA’s 2019 revenue growth of 4.9% is a ‘crisis airbag’
German collecting society GEMA has published its numbers for 2019, reporting revenues of just under €1.07bn ($1.18bn), which was 4.9% more than 2018. Of that total, €905.6m was distributed to members and rightsholders,...
May 28, 2020
Germany now has around 11m music streaming subscribers
Some 11m people now subscribe to a premium music streaming service in Germany, a leap of 2m in a year, as the country slowly starts to shed its image as a digital music slow starter. Dr. Florian Drücke, CEO of German recorded...
March 27, 2020