Full coverage of the 2010 MIDEM global trade fair and conference in Cannes, France, which runs Saturday, Jan. 23 - Wednesday, Jan. 27.

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@MIDEM: Attendance Down 10%
January 27, 2010
As the MIDEM convention winds down, the organization confirmed that attendance was about 7,200 representing a 10% attendance decline from the previous year.

@MIDEM: GEMA Forms Coalition Of Authors' Societies
January 27, 2010
German collection society GEMA has formed a coalition of eight European authors' associations in a bid to harmonize administration rights in Europe.

@MIDEM: The Best Of The Digital Music Start-ups
January 27, 2010
Fifteen up and coming digital music firms use MIDEM to generate awareness. Billboard picks the top five.

@MIDEM: French Music Market Decline Slows
January 27, 2010
The decline in the French music market slowed significantly in 2009, according to initial figures unveiled by labels trade body Snep during MIDEM in Cannes.

@MIDEM: Spain's SGAE Unveils 360 Project
January 27, 2010
Spain's authors' and publishers' collecting society SGAE has presented its new integral project for the music, cinema and theater sectors called SGAE 360, during the MIDEM trade fair.

@MIDEM: Indies Dominate Day 4
January 26, 2010
Michael Gudinski was the star turn as the indies took their turn in the limelight at MIDEM.

@MIDEM: Impala Unveils Financial Action Plan For Biz
January 26, 2010
Brussels-based pan-European independent labels body Impala has launched a radical 10-point financial action plan for the music industry.

@MIDEM: Billboard Honors Dealmakers At MIDEM Breakfast
January 26, 2010
Billboard's annual MIDEM breakfast honored the conference's deal-makers as the event moved into its fourth day.

@MIDEM: Peermusic, Tokio Hotel Producer Hoffmann Launch JV
January 26, 2010
Publisher Peermusic Hamburg and Peter Hoffmann, the composer/producer of internationally successful German pop group Tokio Hotel, have formed a new joint venture production house "Hopla Reloaded."

@MIDEM: Publishers Spotlight Successful New Initiatives
January 26, 2010
With the industry is grappling with a litany of challenges, it's not surprising that music publishers flocked to the new initiatives panel at MIDEM's publishing summit Tuesday morning (Jan. 26).

@MIDEM: Brands Reveal Music Strategies
January 25, 2010
Brands were the focus for several of the panels at the MIDEM music conference in Cannes, with executives from Converse, NASCAR, Carhartt and PepsiCo revealing details of their music strategies.

@MIDEM: Sony Japan's Morita Wants Tougher Piracy Law
January 25, 2010
Masao Morita, Sony Music Entertainment Japan (SMEJ) chairman and representative director, used his MIDEM keynote to call for tougher government action on illegal downloading.

@MIDEM: Chris Morrison Blasts File-Sharers
January 25, 2010
Gorillaz manager Chris Morrison launched an impassioned attack on file-sharing, TV talent shows and much else besides as managers took center stage at MIDEM.

@MIDEM: Global Royalties Down, But Still Topped €7 Billion
January 25, 2010
Worldwide authors' royalties topped €7 billion for the second year running in 2008, despite an overall fall of 1.5%.

@MIDEM: Chinese Mobile Operators Get IODA Catalog
January 25, 2010
IODA has signed a deal with leading Chinese digital music distribution company R2G which will give mobile phone users in China access to the content aggregator's catalog of independent music.

@MIDEM: Muzu.TV Expands Reach
January 25, 2010
Dublin-based Music video site Muzu.TV has struck a number of syndication deals with digital partners including AOL Music and the Telegraph Media Group, which it says will help prove the viability of a free ad-funded music service.

@MIDEM: Havas CEO Says Ad-Funded Music Won't Work
January 24, 2010
The ad-funded streaming model in its present form was rejected as a viable future for the music and advertising sectors during a MidemNet keynote from David Jones, global CEO at Havas Worldwide and global CEO of Euro RSCG Worldwide.

@MIDEM: French Minister Confirms Collective Licensing Plan
January 24, 2010
French minister of culture Frédéric Mitterrand unveiled a set of measures aimed at helping the music industry, during a press conference at the MIDEM trade fair and conference in Cannes.

@MIDEM: Spotify & YouTube Share Streaming Spotlight
January 24, 2010
The importance of streaming services to the music business in 2010 was rammed home at a packed house for the Spotify/YouTube MidemNet double-header keynote.

@MIDEM: Labels Learn To Monetize Apps
January 24, 2010
Music-related apps can build a fan base for artists and create revenue - and they are going to become even more ambitious.

@MIDEM: South Africa Eyes World Cup Opportunities
January 24, 2010
The South African delegation at MIDEM in Cannes has been discussing its plans to promote music at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

@MIDEM: Sacem Revenues Stable, Zelnick Disappoints
January 24, 2010
Sacem, the French licensing and collection society, estimates that royalty collections last year remained stable despite a challenging economic environment and the lack of the appropriate remuneration from music activity on the Internet.

@MIDEM: Next Generation MP3 Unveiled
January 24, 2010
Bach Technology, a digital technology provider with offices in Norway, Germany and China, issued a bold announcement at MIDEM about what it described as the successor to the MP3.

@MIDEM: How Peter Gelb Transformed The Met Opera
January 24, 2010
Peter Gelb, GM of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, revealed details during the MidemNet conference in Cannes of the Met's success with cinecasting of live opera.

@MIDEM: South African Licensing Platform Unveiled
January 24, 2010
Cape Town-based Keevision used the MIDEM trade fair and conference to announce the launch of Africori, a business-to-business platform for licensing of African music.

@MIDEM: MySpace CEO Talks Growth
January 23, 2010
MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta used his MidemNet keynote to celebrate the return to growth in user numbers on the social network following its recent revamp.

@MIDEM: Quick Bits From MySpace CEO Keynote
January 23, 2010
MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta gave his first keynote outside the U.S. today (Jan. 23) at MIDEM with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde.

@MIDEM: Pharrell Williams Relaxed About P2P
January 23, 2010
Pharrell Williams was the big star name in attendance for the opening day of MidemNet, where there was a generally positive attitude about digital music and the future of the industry.

@MIDEM: Pete Wentz On Fans And Social Media
January 23, 2010
Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy took part in an entertaining keynote conversation at MidemNet in Cannes, where he described the evolving music industry as "like the Wild West."

@MIDEM Q&A: Dominique Leguern, MIDEM Director
January 23, 2010 - Global | Digital and Mobile
MIDEM director Dominique Leguern explains why she is confident it will remain an essential annual destination for many in the biz.

@MIDEM: The Growth Opportunities In Streaming
January 23, 2010
With the slowing pace of digital downloading, particularly in the U.S., MIDEM panelists said streaming is where the growth opportunities lie going forward, according to an industry panel that included executives from Spotify U.K. and Oxford, U.K.-based We7.

@MIDEM: Music Consumption Around the World
January 23, 2010
Today at MIDEM, Music Matters' Jasper Donat revealed a study on music habits of more than 8,500 consumers from around the world.

@ MIDEM: Artists Center Stage At MidemNet
January 23, 2010
Digital music conference MidemNet has kicked off in Cannes, with the artists taking center stage at the Debussy auditorium.

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