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  1. 'Shellac In His Veins': The Billboard Icon Award Interview With Seymour Stein

    January 21, 2012 11:18 PM EST Seymour Stein was helping create music industry history when he was only 14 years old. That was in 1957, when he began working for Billboard as the assistant to Tommy Noonan, then head of Billboard charts. When Noonan decided that the music indust ...

  2. Ting Tings To Preview Album at Inaugural Midem Concert

    November 30, 2011 8:53 AM EST More than three years after scoring an international hit with "That's Not My Name," U.K. alt.pop duo The Ting Tings are to preview their long-awaited sophomore set "Sounds From Nowheresville" at the inaugural Midem Festiva ...

  3. MIDEM 2012 Line-Up Adds Mark Ronson, Paul van Dyk, Saatchi & Saatchi CEO Kevin Roberts

    November 21, 2011 2:45 PM EST Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Mark Ronson, German dance artist Paul van Dyk and Kevin Roberts, CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi have been confirmed as guest speakers for next year's MIDEM confab, due to take place January 28 ...

  4. Business Matters: Digital Executives Excited, Optimistic About Google Music

    November 16, 2011 9:13 PM EST Digital Executives Excited, Optimistic About Google Music -- It's official: Google is in the digital music business. At an event in Los Angeles on Wednesday the company unveiled a new MP3 store that is integrated with its existing cloud stora ...

  5. MIDEM 2012: Facebook's Dan Rose To Keynote, Live Music Fest, Cheaper Tix, More

    October 18, 2011 7:46 AM EDT Facebook vice president of partnerships and platform marketing, Dan Rose, is to deliver a keynote speech at Midem 2012. Due to take place in Cannes, France, January 28 to 31, next year's edition of the long-running conference marks the first ...

  6. Q&A: U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Reflects on Steve Jobs' Passing

    October 07, 2011 10:36 PM EDT The Kitchen Debate: (From left) Interscope-Geffen-A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, U2's Bono, Apple founder and CEO the-late Steve Jobs and U2 guitarist The Edge holdeing the black-and-red U2-branded iPod, the plan for which was first negotiate ...

  7. LMFAO: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 08, 2011 6:04 AM EDT The video plot: After a few weeks in a coma, a duo, wearing pristine bedazzled jackets and Dalmatian-print leggings, emerges to find the world in chaos. Zombies. In this case, though, the afflicted aren't compelled by a virus to devour huma ...

  8. MIDEM Director Bruno Crolot on His Plan to 'Reinvent The Conference'

    July 18, 2011 2:15 PM EDT International music conference and tradeshow MIDEM has a new director who is taking big steps to, as he puts it, "reinvent" the event. Due to take place in Cannes, France, January 28 to 31, the 2012 edition of the long-running conference ...

  9. Jeremy Welt Exits Warner Bros. Records

    June 03, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Jeremy Welt has left his role as senior VP of new media at Warner Bros. Records. According to details posted on his blog, he left the company last week. No details yet on the circumstances of his departure, who will be replacing him, or where he i ...

  10. Tribeca Film Festival: A Progress Report on its Music Films

    April 29, 2011 4:25 PM EDT The Tribeca Film Festival winds up next week, but the deals keep coming. The festival, which kicked off April 20 with the world premiere of Cameron Crowe's just-finished documentary about Elton John and Leon Russell's collaboration, &quo ...

  11. MIDEM 2011: A Fine Music Business Conference. And Just A Little More

    January 28, 2011 1:41 PM EST MIDEM has long been one of, if not the ultimate annual dipstick for the music business. And so it's worth paying careful attention to what came up this year -- the 45th iteration of the event. This year's ran from Jan. 22 to Jan. 26. Onc ...

  12. MIDEM One-on-Ones: Online Ticketing, The Value of Music, Western Acts In Japan

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Between the music industry panel discussions at this year's MIDEM conference in Cannes, France, Billboard senior editorial analyst Glenn Peoples picks the brains of attendee executives to learn what's happening behind the scenes. Exiting ...

  13. MIDEM's 2011 Startup Winners: Next Big Sound, Jammbox, Shuffler.fm

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Startup companies, investors, and interested attendees jammed the MidemNet Lounge here for three days to get a look the emerging companies shaping the digital music future. 150 startup companies were represented at the event, acc ...

  14. Two Questions at a Bar With Ultra Music's Patrick Moxey @ MIDEM

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Ultra Music founder Patrick Moxey is a perfect representation of the music industry evolution being showcased at this year's MIDEM. His career has run the gamut, from managing DJ Premier and Guru to being SVP of A&R at Virgin Records. Bil ...

  15. @MIDEM 2011: Social Games Are Serious Business -- But Can Others Follow Past Successes?

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- There are plenty of individual examples of artists who have experimented successfully with social games. But is there a model here that all artists can follow? Or is it like the mobile app space -- something a handful of artist h ...

  16. Omnifone & GEMA Announce Germany Deal @ MIDEM For Sony's Qriocity

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Omnifone, a provider of cloud-based music services announced a deal on Sunday, Jan. 23 with German collection society GEMA to license Sony's cloud based music service "Music Unlimited Powered by Qriocity." The new ...

  17. Ian Rogers CEO Topspin Plays .Biz's Two Questions In A Bar Game @ MIDEM

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Since many of the best conversations at MIDEM happen at bars in the wee hours, Billboard decided to pick the brain of Ian Rogers, CEO of Topspin while at a boite in Cannes. Rogers is widely considered a legitimate digital music star. When he' ...

  18. MIDEM Diary Day 3: Football, Men in Mini Skirts and Spiked Heels

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France--A funny thing happened here late Sunday night here. The broadest collection of music industry professional gathered in one room suddenly stopped talking about music. Their attention, for three hours, turned to football, as the Pack ...

  19. MIDEM Photo Gallery: A2IM Party; WMG Packer's Fan Vs. Ning Bear's Fan; Taylor Hanson

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST At right is Taylor Hanson (yes, THAT Hanson), here promoting his 3CGRecords label ( Billboard.biz's exclusive video interview with Hanson here ). With him are A2IM president Richard Bengloff (middle), and Greenberg Traurig legend Jim Cooper ( ...

  20. MIDEM 2011 Weekend Recap: Tom Silverman on the Collapse of Digital Catalog Sales

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST MIDEM is businesslike during the day and playful at night. But it never stops being about business. While the crowd at the Station Tavern watched the AFC and NFC championship games, networking was alive and well. And as the evening wore on and oth ...

  21. Shakira, Usher Bring The Glitz; Digital Stars Bring The Geeks To MIDEM

    January 23, 2011 8:16 AM EST CANNES, France -- The real rock stars were the stars of the opening night of MidemNET in Cannes. With the NRJ Music Awards show hosted in Cannes on Saturday night, the music industry was given a reminder of who really runs the show. After the pane ...

  22. IODA And Sony Launch IODA Africa

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Independent Online Distribution Alliance , a digital distribution company for the independent music industry, today announced the launch of IODA Africa, which it describes as the first global digital music distribution network in Sub-Saharan A ...

  23. Generational Clash @MIDEM 2011: Can The Old Guard And The Young Guns Get Along?

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Those of you who know your Greek mythology may want to keep in mind the story of the Gods and the Titans. Remember? The Titans ruled the world with absolute power and gave birth to the Gods of Olympus. The Gods, of course, usurpe ...

  24. A Glimpse At Future Livestreaming Services @MIDEM 2011

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Shows like MIDEM are full of companies looking to strike deals and make partnerships, but not yet ready to discuss on the record the details of their products. So we wind up having many meetings on background with companies plann ...

  25. @MIDEM 2011: Can Hacking Save Music?

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- In a digital music environment where upstart legal services can take years to go from inception to launch, some technologists are creating new music innovations in a single day. And it's just what the music industry could us ...

  26. @MIDEM 2011: Sony's Qriocity Turns Up The Volume

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- When Sony launched its oddly named Qriocity music service last month, it did so rather quietly and with few details. Here at MIDEM, they've turned the volume way up. In addition to announcing an expansion of the cloud-based ...

  27. Photo Gallery: MIDEM's Scarf Craze

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST The temperatures in Cannes were in the 40s and 50s, but that didn't stop what proved to be an overabundance of scarves donned throughout MIDEM. Must be a European fashion thing, but everybody seemed to have them, particularly -- it seems -- m ...

  28. Pick Your Battles & Your Market, Says Index Ventures' Saul Kelin @ MIDEM

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Index Ventures' Saul Klein threw cold water on the industry's burning love of global services at a Saturday discussion at MIDEM. "Pick your market," he told the audience. "Win big." In other words, s ...

  29. MIDEM Diary Day 1: Somewhere Over The Atlantic

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST Boarding the flight from NYC to Nice was like walking into a networking reception. Virtually every seat on the plane was filled by music industry personnel. MIDEM may take place in Cannes. But it sure doesn't start there. As I sat down I imme ...

  30. MSpot Takes a Beating at MIDEM Panel For Unlicensed Locker Service

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Claiming 1 million U.S. users of its cloud-based music locker streaming service, mSpot unveiled an expansion into Europe at the MIDEM conference . But CEO Daren Tsui found himself on the defensive while on a panel discussing clou ...

  31. At MIDEM 2011, Vivendi's Levy Calls For Crackdown On Piracy

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST Photo Credit: © 360 MEDIAS - IMAGE & Co CANNES, France -- Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy called on governments to step up their fight against piracy during his keynote interview at the MIDEM conference today. In a half-hour discussion with the ...

  32. Reinventing Music Biz Panel @ MIDEM Says Industry Failing Up-and-Coming Artists

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- small and emerging music companies accused the more established music industry of failing up-and-coming acts during a session at this year's MidemNet, the digital-music forum held at Cannes Jan. 22-26 during international MI ...

  33. Foursquare Founder at MIDEM Avoids Music Specifics, Hints At New Features

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai CANNES, France - The crowd that came to see Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai talk about how the music industry can best use Foursquare, the popular check-in app, walked away disappointed. For attendee ...

  34. Vodafone Director @ MIDEM Claims 1 Million Paid Mobile Music Subscriptions

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- With the collapse of Comes With Music in most Western markets, it's fair game to question how well mobile music is doing in Europe. Lee Epting, the content services director for one of the continent's larger network ope ...

  35. MIDEM 2011 Keynotes: Lots of Discussion About What is Wrong With Digital Music, But Few Answers

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- It's ten years into the digital music revolution started by Napster, but what has the music industry to show for it? Sales of digital singles have not yet made up for the lost revenue created by falling CD sales, which still ...

  36. MIDEM 2011: Billboard.biz Will Be All Over It!

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST This weekend, the annual MIDEM conference gets underway, bringing the music industry together in Cannes, France, to assess the current state of the business and set the stage for the year to come. Billboard's team -- including Editorial Direc ...

  37. Madrid Promotes Its Musical Nightlife

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Madrid Cool Night will be staged between Nov. 22-28 in order to promote the city's nightlife with dozens of gigs taking place under the Cool Night banner. Madrid Cool Night (MCN) will include 104 concerts in 55 venues with more than 300 artis ...

  38. MIDEM Taps Glee's Bloom For Sync Confab

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "Glee" music supervisor PJ Bloom has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the first MIDEM Sync conference. Due to take place Jan. 24 in Cannes, France, MIDEM Sync is a daylong conference dedicated to the music sync business, which runs ...

  39. Jean-Bernard Levy To Keynote At MidemNet 2011

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Levy has been unveiled as the first MidemNet keynote speaker for the opening day of the digital music business conference in Cannes. He will appear on Jan. 22, 2011 at the 12th edition of MidemNet. According to a statement ...

  40. MIDEM Director Leguern To Step Down After 2011 Event

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Dominique Leguern is to step down from her role as director of Cannes, France-based industry conference/trade fair MIDEM after its 2011 edition. Announcing the decision today (June 3), Leguern said in a statement that she had been "proud to l ...

  41. Music Seminar With Living Legends To Feature Yoko Ono

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Advertising agency Grey New York has announced that its fourth annual Music Seminar with Living Legends will feature Yoko Ono on Friday, June 25, at the Debussy, in Cannes, France. The event will be part of the 57th Cannes Lions International Adve ...

  42. Deals Tumbling In For Rolling Stones Doc

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT By the eighth day of Cannes folks typically begin to flag but judging from the buzz on the Croisette a sizeable number will re-boot for the Wednesday afternoon (May 19) screenings of "Stones in Exile," a one-hour doc reliving the glory d ...

  43. A MySpace Subscription Service?

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Tuesday a News Corp. exec said MySpace Music is likely to launch a subscription service before the end of 2010. While that may raise a few eyebrows, there’s no reason to think News Corp. was teasing an upcoming launch. Jonathan Miller, News Cor ...

  44. Spotify: WMG Not Pulling Out

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spotify, which offers ad-funded free streaming and premium subscription services, said that Warner Music Group is not pulling its repertoire from the free service. Although it has not issued a statement, the Swedish and U.K.-based company posted t ...

  45. @MIDEM: French Music Market Decline Slows

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST 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. Overall, the wholesale market dropped 3.2% to €587.8 million ($827.2 million), compared wi ...

  46. @MIDEM: SoundCloud, Hype Machine Distribute To Blogs

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital platform SoundCloud and blog aggregator the Hype Machine has announced a new partnership during the MIDEM conference in Cannes. Berlin-based SoundCloud is an online service which allows artists and industry professionals to distribute and ...

  47. @MIDEM: Stein, Gottehrer Revive Blue Horizon

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Industry vets Seymour Stein and Richard Gottehrer were reunited at the MIDEM conference in Cannes, where they announced the revival of the Blue Horizon label. The pair behind Blue Horizon's U.S. label partner, Sire Records, has decided to rev ...

  48. @MIDEM: Brands Reveal Music Strategies

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST 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. Sonic branding agency Banshee Music, based in Wiscons ...

  49. Full Coverage of MIDEM 2010

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Full coverage of the 2010 MIDEM global trade fair and conference in Cannes, France, which runs Saturday, Jan. 23 - Wednesday, Jan. 27. *** CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF KEY MOMENTS AT MIDEM 2010 *** @MIDEM: Attendance Down 10% January 27, 2010 As the M ...

  50. @MIDEM: How Peter Gelb Transformed The Met Opera

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST 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. The former president of Sony Classical joined the Met in 2005, admitting that ...

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