Pop from Germany

Concert Crowd; Copyright: FrederConcert Crowd; Foto: Freder

After the US, Japan and Great Britain, Germany is the world’s fourth-largest music market. Whereas pop exports were limited in the 1970s to krautrock, in the 1980s to hard rock and in the 1990s to dance music, “pop from Germany” nowadays appears to function across all kinds of genres and boundaries. Thanks to the Internet, it is becoming increasingly easy to share music internationally, which is also benefiting less well-known and as yet unsigned bands/projects/DJs.

“Pop from Germany” provides information about the latest trends in the pop/rock, hip-hop/soul and global pop/reggae genres and offers further links.

    Introduction

     
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    Love in a void

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    Concert Crowd; Foto: Freder

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