Musikmarkt was a magazine of the music industry in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, which is based in Munich.[1] Die Welt, a German newspaper, described the magazine as the music industry’s thermometer.[2]

History and profileEdit

Musikmarkt was established by publisher Josef Keller Verlag in 1959.[3][4][5] Uwe Lencher served as the editor-in-chief of the magazine for twenty-three years from 1973 to his death in April 1996.[6] The magazine had its headquarters in Munich.[1] The magazine was started as a bi-monthly publication.[5] Then it was published weekly until 2014 when its frequency was switched to monthly.[2]

Musikmarkt determined the official German charts from its start in 1959 to the 1970s when Media Control assumed the responsibility.[7] The magazine also contained the weekly Top 100 charts for singles and albums when it was published on a weekly basis.[4][8] The magazine and its website were both closed down in July 2016.[2][4] Stefan Zarges was the last editor of the magazine.[2]


Under the editorship of Uwe Lencher the circulation of Musikmarkt was nearly 12,000 copies, making it a significant publication for German entertainment industry.[6] It was 4,370 copies when it was shut down in 2016.[7]


  1. ^ a b "musikmarkt GmbH & Co. KG is new member of the SOMM" (Press Release). SOMM. Berlin. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Phillip Sommerich (20 July 2016). "'Music industry's thermometer' shuts down". Rhinegold Publishing. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  3. ^ Alex Cosper (28 January 2013). "The History of German Pop Music". Playlist Research. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Jon Chapple (22 June 2016). "Musikmarkt to Shut Down". IQ Mag. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b Frank Hoffmann (12 November 2004). Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound. Routledge. p. 2023. ISBN 978-1-135-94950-1. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  6. ^ a b Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 27 April 1996. pp. 59–. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  7. ^ a b Jens Schröder. "Traditionsreiches Fachmagazin Musikmarkt wird nach 57 Jahren eingestellt". Meedia (in German). Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  8. ^ Mediadaten des Musikmarktes (PDF, 12/07)[permanent dead link].

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