The Billboard.biz team was in Cannes, France, where we reported and live tweeted the MIDEM 2010 world trade show and conference. The event kicked off Saturday (Jan. 23) and ran through Wednesday (Jan. 27). Follow us on Twitter here.


Wednesday


MIDEM's closing day featured the DJ Hero Listening Session. From left to right are Brandon Young and Sergio Pimentel of Activision/Blizzard, Freestyle Games' Ofei Sakyi, and Activision/Blizzard's Tim Riley. Photo via the MidemNet Blog



At MIDEM's closing day press conference were, from left to right, moderator Roxanne Frias, Music Export Finland's Paulina Ahokas, Wil Padley of Bandcentral.com, MIDEM director Dominique Leguern, and Activision's Tim Riley. Photo via the MidemNet Blog


Tuesday


The final session of this morning's MIDEM Publishing Summit featured David Renzer, CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group. Photo via the MidemNet Blog



Author Andrew Keen on stage tt the MIDEM Publishing Summit this morning. Photo via the MidemNet Blog


Monday


This morning's Images & Brands Summit featured Frank Cooper III from Pepsi (center left), Cheryl Calegari from Converse (centre right), and Rob Stone from Cornerstone - moderated by Stone's colleague Jon Cohen (left). Photo via the MidemNet Blog



Moderator Daniel Glass from Glassnote Entertainment Group led this branding panel featuring (left to right) Philipp Maiburg from Carhartt Music in Germany, Elizabeth Schimel from Nokia, and Emmanuel Seuge from Coca-Cola.



Daniel Glass from Glassnote Entertainment Group (left) chaired this morning's branding summit. The videogames panel session included (left to right) Paul DeGooyer from MTV, Didier Lord from Ubisoft, and Tim Riley from Activision/Blizzard. Photo via the MidemNet Blog



MidemNet Academy's "An Introduction To Digital Marketing" on Monday.


Sunday


Peter Gelb (right), GM of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, revealed details during the MidemNet conference of the Met's success with cinecasting of live opera. Billboard international bureau chief Mark Sutherland (left) conducted the interview with Gelb on Sunday in Cannes. A full report from their discussion is here.



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. (From left to right) Ted Cohen, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and YouTube director of video partnerships for EMEA Patrick Walker. Photo via the MidemNet Blog.



Uber ad executive David Jones (left), the global CEO of Havas Worldwide and global CEO of Euro RSCG Worldwide, sat with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde (right) at MIDEM on Sunday for a keynote conversation. Jones spoke about the best integrations of music and brands, plans for French record company the Hours (the in-house label owned by Havas) and much more.



Sunday's MidemNet Mobile apps session was moderated by Steve Mayall of Music Ally (far left) and featured (from left to right) Nokia's Adam Mirabella, Mobile Roadie's Michael Schneider and MXP4's Albin Serviant. The panel discussed the economics of apps and how artists can make the most of them. Photo via the MidemNet Blog



A group of 15 handpicked digital music start-ups gathered at Sunday's MidemNet Lab Pitch Session, hosted by Topspin CEO Ian Rogers.


Saturday


Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Robbie Williams and German pop-rock act Tokio Hotel were among the winners at France's NRJ Awards in Cannes, on Saturday night. The awards are one of the several ceremonies that take place annually during MIDEM.



Robbie Williams arrives at France's NRJ Awards in Cannes, on Saturday night.



Fall Out Boy Pete Wentz (center) appeared in day one's final session with Ning CEO Gina Bianchini (left) to talk about how social media has changed the relationship between bands and their fans. Billboard international bureau chief Mark Sutherland (right) moderated. Photo via the MidemNet Blog.



MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta sat for a keynote with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde. A full wrap is here, and key stats revealed during the session can be found here. Photo via the MidemNet Blog.



Day one at MidemNet featured Pharrell Williams, who sat for an interview with Cornerstone co-CEO Rob Stone. A full report is here. Photo via the MidemNet Blog.



The Labels and Digital Services panel featured (left to right) Paul Brown from Spotify, Stephen Bryan from Warner Music Group, Richard Gottehrer from the Orchard, Michael Paull from Sony Music, Steve Purdham from we7, Simon Wheeler from Beggars Group and moderator Paul Brindley of Music Ally. Photo via the MidemNet Blog.



Opening day MidemNet panels included Hal Ritson (left, from the Young Punx) and Amanda Palmer (center, of Dresden Dolls) bantering digital music innovation with Mobile Entertainment Forum's Ralph Simon (right). The first panel's full wrap is here. Photo via the MidemNet Blog.