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German music industry goes more native

The Local · 19 Mar 2012, 09:09

Published: 19 Mar 2012 09:09 GMT+01:00

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New industry figures show sales of German music at the highest levels for 20 years. “It is obviously in again to discuss certain things in our own language,” said Florian Drücke, manager of the Federal Association of the Music Industry.

“It hits a nerve at the moment, although we do not want to call it a renewed German Wave,” he said. The latest figures from Media Control show that 55 percent of the 100 top-selling albums were produced in Germany.

The most successful national album of 2011 was Lindenberg with “MTV Unplugged – Live from the Hotel Atlantic,” which came second overall to “21” from Adele.

Thursday sees the Echo awards in Berlin, where alongside established artists such as Peter Maffay, Udo Lindenberg and Herbert Grönemeyer, newcomers such as Tim Bendzko are in the running for a prize.

It was announced on Monday that the German band Rammstein will play with Marilyn Manson at the Echo awards, playing Manson's 1990s hit "The Beautiful People". Rammstein is nominated in four categories including most successful German act overseas.

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14:22 March 19, 2012 by Michael R
Rammstein are brilliant. Even with most of the texts performed in German, they are huge in the USA and the UK.

Lets not forget the Dark Wave /Industrial genre is mostly all German and can be found in any larger city across the world . German music is doing well but its mostly alternative, not boring mainstream.
14:34 March 19, 2012 by Herr Rentz
I'm a 30 year fan of Nena (aka, Gabriele Susanne Kerner). I'd like to see her win an award. It's about time I think.

My son likes Rammstein, and though great music, I don't care much for the vocals.
17:35 March 19, 2012 by Michael R
The vocal style reminds me of a Berthold Brecht play. Very inventive guitar riffs as well.Saw Einstuerzende Neubauten live..an amazing experience. Also love Project Pitchfork and KMFDM. I'm well over 50 and still a music maniac.
08:50 March 20, 2012 by Sastry.M
In my opinion German to the central continental Europeans as a common medium of human communication what Hindi is to the vast central Indian states.

Also German is a straight phonetic language, which was highly conducive to the fertile imaginations of Albert Einstein who always depended on it in all of his written works as his mother tongue. Although forced to extract and exchange information AE never felt at home with English and used to 'gloss over treacherous spellings and incoherent pronunciation'.

And Music? Speak only about the Spirit and Soul of Western Music as an artistic expression of the Europeans in general and contribution of those born in Germany in particular. We in India consider music as the "Queen of all human fine arts" because it is directly related to sound whose waves of energy are propagated along the direction of travel in all voluminous angles which lead to and dissolve in the original sound of Pranav known as OM. Hence it is the only artistic expression directly inspiring both soul and spirit of all highly evolved living beings and enjoyed by humans,animals and plants alike.

I think the poetic rhymes of German blend more harmoniously with music and wish all the artists good going into greater horizons,
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