The label BESTE!UNTERHALTUNG was founded in October 2008 by Christian Pliefke. His Mission: To publish exciting new music from all around the globe. Christian also runs a second label called Nordic Notes, which has its focus exclusively on music from Scandinavia. www.nordic-notes.de
The first releases were bands from Germany (Sutcliffe and Grand Paradiso). They falls under the category singer-songwriter, folk and americana. But the label also publishes many musicians from Northern Europe, such as Árstíðir and Svavar Knútur from Iceland and Gudrid Hansdottir from the Faroe Islands. Plus many interesting newcomers like highly talented Finnish chanteuse Aino Venna. The label has released over 50 recordings so far.
In 2009, Christian acquired the Booking Agency and Publishing Knockout Music Service.
In 2011 the brand Knockout Music Service was renamed Beste! Unterhaltung (Best! Entertainment).
The focus of the label remains on singer-songwriter, folk and worldmusic.