CD sales, piracy hot topics at Popkomm

2.5 mil attend Euro music biz confab in Germany

BERLIN — At Cologne’s 11th annual Popkomm, Europe’s biggest music biz gathering, the focus was on the growing piracy of CDs and dropping sales in Germany.

Industry bigwigs got words of support from leading politicians such as Peer Steinbrueck, finance minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, who reassured attendees that Germany’s music industry could rely on the government.

Steinbrueck said continued dialogue between the industry and politicians would secure a competent political lobby for the music business.

International offensive

Christian Bruhn, head of the performing rights organization GEMA, called for an international offensive against the growing wave of digital bootleggers and called on the European Union and the U.S. to do more to protect copyrights on the Internet.

Echoing the sentiment, Thomas Stein, head of Germany’s phonographic business association (Bundesverband der Phonographischen Wirtschaft) demanded modern legislation that would fit today’s technological innovations.

While German consumers bought nearly 115 million CDs in the first half of the year, sales figures dropped 10% to DM 2 billion ($1.08 million) compared to the same period last year, which puts the blame on the growing number of home pirates.

Around 800 companies from 25 countries in addition to about 2.5 million visitors attended the four-day music fair.

Presentations and attractions at Popkomm ranged from up and coming acts and modern musical trends and styles to radio formats, the increasing role of multimedia and the latest in technological innovation. Some 300 bands also took the opportunity to play gigs around the city over the weekend.

More Music

  • American Idol Review

    'American Idol' Recap: Top 10 Revealed

    BERLIN — At Cologne’s 11th annual Popkomm, Europe’s biggest music biz gathering, the focus was on the growing piracy of CDs and dropping sales in Germany. Industry bigwigs got words of support from leading politicians such as Peer Steinbrueck, finance minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, who reassured attendees that Germany’s music industry could rely on the […]

  • Jody Gerson arrives at the March

    UMPG Is Publisher of the Year; Desmond Child, Lana Del Rey Honored at ASCAP Pop Awards

    BERLIN — At Cologne’s 11th annual Popkomm, Europe’s biggest music biz gathering, the focus was on the growing piracy of CDs and dropping sales in Germany. Industry bigwigs got words of support from leading politicians such as Peer Steinbrueck, finance minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, who reassured attendees that Germany’s music industry could rely on the […]

  • Record Store Day

    As Vinyl Surges, a Boutique Pressing Plant Helps Smaller Indies Get an In

    BERLIN — At Cologne’s 11th annual Popkomm, Europe’s biggest music biz gathering, the focus was on the growing piracy of CDs and dropping sales in Germany. Industry bigwigs got words of support from leading politicians such as Peer Steinbrueck, finance minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, who reassured attendees that Germany’s music industry could rely on the […]

  • Kris Wu, Chinese Superstar Singer-Actor, Signs

    Kris Wu, Chinese Superstar Singer-Actor, Signs With Universal Music Group

    BERLIN — At Cologne’s 11th annual Popkomm, Europe’s biggest music biz gathering, the focus was on the growing piracy of CDs and dropping sales in Germany. Industry bigwigs got words of support from leading politicians such as Peer Steinbrueck, finance minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, who reassured attendees that Germany’s music industry could rely on the […]

  • Avicii Remembered by Co-Writer Mike Einziger

    Avicii Remembered by 'Wake Me Up' Co-Writer Mike Einziger: ‘He Changed My Life’

    BERLIN — At Cologne’s 11th annual Popkomm, Europe’s biggest music biz gathering, the focus was on the growing piracy of CDs and dropping sales in Germany. Industry bigwigs got words of support from leading politicians such as Peer Steinbrueck, finance minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, who reassured attendees that Germany’s music industry could rely on the […]

  • Prince Album of Previously Unreleased Material

    Prince Album of Previously Unreleased Material Coming in September (EXCLUSIVE)

    BERLIN — At Cologne’s 11th annual Popkomm, Europe’s biggest music biz gathering, the focus was on the growing piracy of CDs and dropping sales in Germany. Industry bigwigs got words of support from leading politicians such as Peer Steinbrueck, finance minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, who reassured attendees that Germany’s music industry could rely on the […]

  • Avicii

    Avicii's Family Releases Statement Three Days After DJ's Death

    BERLIN — At Cologne’s 11th annual Popkomm, Europe’s biggest music biz gathering, the focus was on the growing piracy of CDs and dropping sales in Germany. Industry bigwigs got words of support from leading politicians such as Peer Steinbrueck, finance minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, who reassured attendees that Germany’s music industry could rely on the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content