Lichtmond goes China!

February 9, 2012

At this year’s MIDEM we agreed on an extensive cooperation with blu phase media and will distribute LICHTMOND exclusively in China. For the signing of the contract 88tc88’s Co-Founder Christoph Martius met with Martin and Gabi Koppehele (LICHTMOND).
From their website: “The project of the brothers Martin and Giorgio Koppehele is an artistic synthesis” – commends dpa, “A fabulous entertainment package” – says the DVD Magazine, “The sound is overwhelming” – rates Stereoplay. The ambient pop project LICHTMOND was released last year on Blu-Ray, DVD and CD. LICHTMOND also performed live at the Night Of The Proms Tour Germany, won high praise from the press, reached # 3 of the German music Blu-Ray- and DVD charts and was already awarded with the international Impala silver award.”

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MIDEM 2012

February 7, 2012

Below you’ll find some impressions from this year’s MIDEM. Though some of the pictures are more on the party side of things we actually had a lot of fruitful meetings and will add some fantastic catalogs to our store. We also agreed on a collaboration with 2 very large partners – the details will be announced soon. It was quite noticeable that the attendance shrunk again, but for us the MIDEM is still the place to go to meet a lot of our partners and business contacts.
One thing though: Next year, it must not rain. Plain and simple. 🙂

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China Hit 513 Million Net Users in 2011

January 16, 2012

The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) just released a paper which claims that in 2011, China hit 513 Million Internet users, thats 38,3% of China’s entire population. They are still behind Japan and Taiwan, but the rates are rising exponentially. Read the full story at Penn-Olson.

(picture by gruntzooki)

A happy new year to all!

January 5, 2012

Dear all,

we hope that you had a great holiday and are off to a good start in the new year. We celebrated the end of 2011 at our good friend Robert Strasser’s restaurant ‘Bebe Rebozo’, Berlin’s best place for ceviche and steaks and had a great time.

Here’s to 2012!

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Baidu has crossed over to the “Bright” Side – and we support that!

December 21, 2011

If there is one company that has been synonimous for “piracy in China” it has been Baidu. For us it has been no surprise that recent news tells us that Baidu’s efforts to become a legit service have been acknowledged and the site is not “evil” anymore. We applaud Catherine and Kaiser for their efforts and are looking forward to our cooperation on legal lyric search with them (yes, you writers, you will earn money off lyric search on Baidu with 88 soon!). Here is to more developments like that! Merry Christmas everyone!


Things are developing fast!

December 12, 2011

Jonathan Smith tells it like it is. Having been a resident in China for the past 7 years and having established a very successful ecosystem around the import of Western acts on the live side of things he talks about the Chinese music scene in this interview. If you are aiming at this market this is a must read to improve your preparations. As alien as Chinese culture seems to appear to you, it actually is not much different from others. Market dynamics are market dynamics – be it in America, Europe or Asia! Relieved? Good.

Read the interview

(Picture by Keso)

How one US company is changing China…

November 18, 2011

…by producing great products and offering services that everybody wants. The youth in China really wants to be part of the Apple ecosystem and today that has become a lot easier for them. Apple now accepts payments in RMB rather than in US Dollars only. Which will let their app sales skyrocket. Why is this important to you again? Because it “educates” / “forces” / “convinces” Chinese consumers to “pay” for digital goods and get used to doing so! Which means they will pay for whatever YOU have to offer as well. We love it!
(Photo: SimonQ錫濛譙)


Bye-bye cheap, Chinese labor (and we love it)

November 11, 2011

Gobalpost featured an interesting article yesterday about a minimum wage rise in the province of Guangdong and the tectonic shift in the landscape of cheap labor:

“Factories in China’s manufacturing heartland are feeling the squeeze again, with minimum wages in Guangdong province set to rise by as much as 20 percent on Jan. 1 for the second time in less than a year. And while one Chinese province’s minimum wage might seem like a local issue, the salary question underlines a continuing momentum in China toward building higher-end business and better jobs.”

Read the article

(Photo: dcmaster)


Party in Beijing

November 10, 2011

We threw a little party for our translators on Nov. 1st. at ” The Bed” in Beijing to thank them for their support during the past two years. Most of them are language students from the Communication University China (CUC)  and University of Science and Technology (USTB). We had a great time with them. Great atmosphere, good food, lots of fun! We are looking forward to hosting a bigger party next time in our Beijing office.


The Ministry of Culture and the topics that are not welcome

October 31, 2011

Last week some documents leaked that give you a perfect insight into how censorship is handled in China. Please read about the topics that the authorities don’t want to have discussed in the online space and beyond. As you can see it is all China centric and aims at controlling the “unexpected”. Do you see any relation to your own lyrics? Let us know.


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