Category Archives: Biz News

27. October 2014

Biz News, Events

Echo Klassik 2014 :: And the winner is…



The Echo Klassik Award Show was yesterday and we are proud to see two musicians from the finetunes catalogue going home with an award.


dogmaThe Symphonic Recording of the Year (20th/21st century music)
goes to the dogma chamber orchestra/ Mikhail Gurewitsch for The Shostakovich Album released on                   download_itunes_button-75



french tromboneThe award for the Concert Recording of the Year (20th/21th centurymusic)/Piano duo goes to Fabrice Millischer for French Trombone Concertos on BERTHOLD RECORDS.                         download_itunes_button-75                      





Congratulations from the whole finetunes crew!!


01. September 2014

Biz News, Events, finetunes News

Meet finetunes at BERLIN MUSIC WEEK 2014

Meet the whole finetunes team at Berlin Music Week 2014! finetunes has a lot of love for our hometown of Hamburg, but this week, all roads lead to Berlin.

Berlin_Music_Week_-_Logo300rechteck.jpgBerlin Music Week will be a great opportunity to meet our beloved labels, artists and other partners. If you’re going to be in Berlin, please come meet the team and put a face to a name. See below for a range of events which we’ll be attending throughout the week.


Join finetunes at Berlin Music Week: 

– Opening BBQ: We’ll be at the launch on Wednesday 3 September from 6:00pm at the Postbahnhof

– Product Market – finetunes staff will be present on the first floor of the Postbahnhof from 10am to 6pm on Thursday and Friday – come and find us.

– Panel Discussion: We are proud to have finetunes’ speakers in the following panels:

Digital Music Trends Podcast (Janine Wülker) Location: Fritz 1
Revolution Girl Style Now! (Bikini Kill) – How To Achieve Diversity in The Music        Business (Janine Wülker) Location: C2
Streaming, Plays, Views, Klicks – Wer bezahlt die Musikproduktionen der Zukunft? (David Balfour, Johannes Fürst) Location: WS2


– VIA! VUT Indie Awards

RTEmagicC_Logo_artikel150The VIA! VUT Indie Awards take place on Friday, September 5, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM at Postbahnhof, Straße der Pariser Kommune 8, 10243 Berlin. We’re proud and delighted to see so many of our labels, artists and friends in the running for the awards. So we wish the very best of luck to: This Charming Man, Audiolith Records, Denovali Records, Ira May and The Notwist  – you all rule!


See you in Berlin!



07. July 2014

Artist News, Biz News


VIA! VUT Indie Awards 2014

Nun stehen sie fest, die Nominierten für die VIA! VUT Indie Awards 2014! Wir von finetunes sind stolz verkünden zu können, dass in allen fünf Kategorien verschiedene Partner von uns vetreten sind.

Die fünf Kategorien zeichnen den Besten Newcomer, das Beste Album, den Besten Act, das beste Label und das beste Experiment im Indie-Bereich aus. Die Verleihung bildet den Abschluss der VUT Indie Days, die im Rahmen der Berlin Music Week stattfinden.

In der Kategorie “Beste/r Newcomer/in” ist die bei Peripherique Records unter Vertrag stehende schweizer Soulsängerin Ira May gewählt worden. Ihre Nominierung als Beste Newcomerin zeigt, dass Peripherique Records ein gutes Gespür für exzellente Soulmusik hat.

In der Kategorie “Bestes Album” gehen The Notwist mit ihrem Album “Close To The Glass” ins Rennen. Somit hat unser Partner City Slang einen heißen Anwärter für den Award “Bestes Album” bei den VIA! VUT Indie Awards 2014.

Als “Bestes Experiment” ist das Denovali Swingfest nominiert, welches von Denovali Records 2007 zum ersten Mal ins Leben gerufen wurde. Mit dieser Nominierung wird die großartige Arbeit des Denovali Records Teams gewürdigt.

Die beiden Labels Audiolith und This Charming Man Records sind im Rennen um den Award als “Bestes Label”. Dementsprechend stolz sind wir von finetunes über die Tatsache, dass es gleich zwei Partner von uns in diese Kategorie geschafft haben.

Das finetunes Team drückt allen Nominierten die Daumen.

Good luck!

Nominiert als “Beste Newcomerin”:

iramayIra May – The Spell

(Peripherique records)



Nominiert als “Bestes Album” / “Bester Act”:

Notwist150The Notwist – Close To The Glass



Nominiert als “Bestes Experiment”:

BinaryCachereadyBersarin Quartett – Bersarin Quartett
(Denovali Records)
Heavy Metal / Rock



Nominiert als “Bestes Label”:

Trouble Orchestra – Heiter
Alternative Hip Hop / Indie Rock



DienervenThis Charming Man Records

Die Nerven – Fun
Indie Rock / New Wave / Punk



17. December 2013

Biz News, finetunes News


News from our Network: Big streaming moves for: Spotify, Rdio, Google Play, Qobuz

As we approach the Christmas break, we’re happy to deliver you with news about a whole bunch of exciting recent developments to our distribution network. The last few weeks has seen particularly frenzied development amongst music streaming services which our labels and partners should know about:

Spotify last week announced that it is now making a range of services available on mobile devices for free. These services include free mobile radio, plus the ability to listen to the playlists that you create or follow on your mobile device. Additionally, Spotify users will be able to play shuffled artist stations featuring just music from their chosen artist.

These new features make Spotify’s free mobile offering some way more advanced that offered by similar services – though it’s important to note that whilst access to these features will be free to access available, the radio and playlist functions will still be supported by advertising. Those seeking real on-demand listening without ads will still have to pay for a Spotify Premium subscription. As if that was not enough, Spotify has also announced 20 new country launches, meaning that it’s service is not available for the first time in  Hungary, Czech Republic, Malta, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Cyprus, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, El Salvador, Paraguay, Honduras, and Panama.

US-based music streaming service Rdio is meanwhile also making its own international expansions and last week also announced launches in a bunch of new territories. Rdio will now be available in: Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Google Play‘s Music All Access service has also made its long-awaited launch in Germany. Having launched in most major European markets some time ago, the subscription streaming service Germany had been notably absent in Germany. Not any more, and music fans in Germany might do well to take advantage of Google’s introductory offer promising subscriptions at €7.99 per month for anyone who signs up before January 15th, rather than the usual €9.99.

Another welcome development in the streaming space is the news that Paris-based streaming service Qobuz is making a major expansion of its service into several new territories. Qobuz, which offers both standard and hi-res FLAC audio streaming tiers, as well as studio-quality 24 bit downloads, has always been available outside of its native France. It is now getting more serious about its ambitions for expansion however and is launching local language platforms and editorial selections in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Customers additionally have the option to pay for a classical-only tier, meaning that the service is highly likely to find interested customers in its new territories.

We’re delighted to see so much development taking place in the streaming space. Whilst the streaming model may have its critics, we believe that streaming should be regarded as an absolutely essential part of the future music landscape – and therefore much more of an opportunity than a threat. finetunes labels who want to talk more about what streaming services offer them are, as always, invited to contact their Key Accounter.

18. October 2013

Biz News, Events, finetunes News


finetunes around the world: ADE Amsterdam, MaMA Paris & Music Media Finland

Home is where the music is. And this week Amsterdam, Paris and Tampere (FI) host some great music events. The finetunes team is following the music being present at all 3 events.

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