The second edition of French music trade show MaMA (Marché des Musiques Actuelles, which means Pop Music Market) took place in Paris on October 21 and 22. It proved successful, with 1,183 companies registered (against 724 in 2010) and 2,448 visitors, 30% of which coming from outside of France.
Organizers of the tenth annual Constantin Prize, France's equivalent of the U.K.'s Mercury Music Prize, unveiled their shortlist, which is to be held at Paris Olympia on Oct. 17. The nominees are Alex Beaupain, Brigitte, Cyril Mokaiesh, Lisa Portelli, Sly Johnson, Bertrand Belin, Cascadeur, L, Selah Sue and the Shoes.
The French recorded music market dropped 5.7% for the first half of 2011 labels body SNEP revealed at a Paris press conference last week. While physicial sales dropped 12%, digital rose 22.7% and now accounts for nearly a quarter of all of France's recorded music sales.
HADOPI, the independent authority created by French law to handle copyright infringement and encourage legal online usage, is entering the third and final warning phase whereby infringers are interviewed and sent before a magistrate. But with only ten or so notices sent out, many are questioning HADOPI's effectiveness.
Sacem, the French authors and publishers collection society just announced 7.5% growth in 2010 to €819.6 million (about $1.16 billion), the agency’s first growth that's exceeded inflation in five years, according to a new report.