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  1. @MIDEM: Labels Learn To Monetize Apps

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music-related apps can build a fan base for artists and create revenue - and they are going to become even more ambitious. That was the message from Ted Mico, EVP Digital, Interscope, Geffen, A&M at day two of the MidemNet digital music confer ...

  2. @MIDEM: Havas CEO Says Ad-Funded Music Won't Work

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST 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. Jones heads on ...

  3. @MIDEM: French Minister Confirms Collective Licensing Plan

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST 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. These measures are based on a controversial report submitted ...

  4. @MIDEM: Next Generation MP3 Unveiled

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST 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. The company officially launched its MusicDNA service, a media extens ...

  5. @MIDEM: South Africa Eyes World Cup Opportunities

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The South African delegation at MIDEM in Cannes has been discussing its plans to promote music at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. South Africa is the country of honor at the MIDEM 2010 trade fair and conference, which will be marked at the opening night ...

  6. @MIDEM: South African Licensing Platform Unveiled

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST 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. The announcement was made in Cannes by Africori founder and CEO Yoel Kenan, a mu ...

  7. Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna Win At NRJ Awards

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Robbie Williams and German pop-rock act Tokio Hotel were among the winners at France's NRJ Awards in Cannes. The winners were decided by public vote among the audience for national top 40 radio station NRJ and TV sta ...

  8. @MIDEM Q&A: Dominique Leguern, MIDEM Director

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The MIDEM global trade fair and conference in Cannes kicks off on Sunday (Jan. 24), including an opening night party for country of honor, South Africa. As usual, digital-focused MidemNet is the MIDEM curtain raiser, launching the Jan. 23-27 event ...

  9. @MIDEM: Pete Wentz On Fans And Social Media

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST 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." Wentz and Gina Bianchini, CEO of social network Ning, took part i ...

  10. @MIDEM: Pharrell Williams Relaxed About P2P

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST 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. MidemNet launched 11 years ago and the digital-focused confere ...

  11. @MIDEM: MySpace CEO Talks Growth

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST 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. MidemNet in Cannes, which runs Jan. 23-27, is the digital-focused sibling of the main MIDEM c ...

  12. Photos: Key Moments From MIDEM 2010

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST 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 MID ...

  13. @ MIDEM: Artists Center Stage At MidemNet

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital music conference MidemNet has kicked off in Cannes, with the artists taking center stage at the Debussy auditorium. The hall was busy this morning (Jan. 23) for the opening session of MidemNet, the curtain raiser to the main MIDEM conferen ...

  14. Havas CEO David Jones To Keynote At MidemNet

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST David Jones, global CEO of Havas Worldwide and global CEO of Euro RSCG Worldwide, has been added to the line-up at MidemNet in Cannes on Jan. 24. Jones heads one of the world's largest communication groups and the first major advertising netw ...

  15. MIDEM 2010 Preview: Streaming Goes Mobile, World Cup, Key Start-Ups and More

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST The MIDEM global trade fair and conference in Cannes remains an essential destination for many industry executives -- not least because of the opportunity to head to the south of France and escape the January freeze. But organizers say they had to ...

  16. Eurosonic Attendance Up, Lefsetz Cancels

    January 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST The 24th annual Eurosonic music conference and festival concluded over the weekend with Noorderslag, an evening (Jan. 16) of showcases by some of the most promising new Dutch acts. It followed the final day of the conference, which was hampered by ...

  17. .Biz Exclusive: How Global Deals Get Done At MIDEM

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST MIDEM, the international music industry convention, and its digitally focused MidemNet Forum will open shop Jan. 23-27 in Cannes. The events will draw some 10,000 executives from nearly 100 countries, representing the recording, publishing, live, ...

  18. Pharrell Williams To Give MidemNet Keynote

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Pharrell Williams has signed up as a keynote speaker at MidemNet on Jan. 23. The digital music business conference takes place in Cannes from Jan. 23 to Jan. 27. The producer and vocalist will speak about the opportunities of fan relationship deve ...

  19. South African Line-Up Confirmed For MIDEM 2010

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST A line-up of contemporary South African artists has been announced for MIDEM 2010's opening showcase party on Jan. 24 at the Martinez in Cannes. The party also kicks off South Africa's "Country of Honour" status at the music in ...

  20. Lily Allen, Blur Managers Confirmed For MIDEM

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Todd Interland, who handles Lily Allen and James Blunt via London-based Twenty-First Artists, and Chris Morrison, manager for Blur and Gorillaz, are among the confirmed participants in the international manager summit at next year's MIDEM con ...

  21. MySpace CEO To Speak At MidemNet

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta will speak at MidemNet in Cannes on Jan. 23, 2010. The appearance by Van Natta at the international forum on new technologies and new business models in the music industry will be his first Keynote outside of the U.S. He ...

  22. Pepsi, Converse Execs To Appear At MIDEM

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Global brands Pepsi and Converse are to share the stage at next year's MIDEM music conference in Cannes, France. Geoff Cottrill, chief marketing officer of Converse and Frank Cooper III, SVP chief consumer engagement officer of PepsiCo Americ ...

  23. Control Room To Stage 2010 World Cup Concert

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Earth producer Kevin Wall and his company Control Room have been chosen to organize and produce a three-hour concert to kick off the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa on June 10, 2010. The concert at the newly renovated Orlando Stadium in J ...

  24. MP3 Pioneers Roll Out Recommendation, Multimedia System

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The inventors of the MP3 format are offering an enhanced music recommendation and multimedia content system they claim will become just as universally accepted. With offices in Germany, Norway, China and India, Bach Technology's solution is c ...

  25. BBC May Sell Off Part Of BBC Worldwide

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC director general Mark Thompson said that selling off part of the corporation's commercial arm BBC Worldwide is being considered as an option. Thompson told the Guardian that a part-privatization of BBC Worldwide is being mulled as a part ...

  26. Radiohead's Ed O'Brien To Deliver MidemNet Keynote

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien will give a keynote address at the digital music business conference MidemNet in Cannes on Jan. 23. O'Brien, who is a director on the board of the Featured Artists Coalition (Billboard, April 4), will descr ...

  27. Peter Gelb To Deliver MidemNet Keynote

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Peter Gelb, GM of New York's Metropolitan Opera, will deliver a keynote at the 2010 edition of MidemNet, the digital music conference held in Cannes from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24. Gelb will use his keynote to outline how new technologies have revit ...

  28. South Africa Centre Stage At MIDEM

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MIDEM has announced that South Africa will be the country of honor at the 2010 edition of the international music market and conference in Cannes. The focus on South African will be organized in partnership with the South African Department of Art ...

  29. Popkomm 2009 Canceled

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German music fair and conference Popkomm will not be taking place this year, it has been confirmed. Popkomm was originally to take place on September 16 to 18 at a new venue - Station Berlin - with substantially lower prices. "Amid contin ...

  30. MidemNet Expands In 2010

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The MIDEM international music market and conference in Cannes is uniting with its digital-focused sibling MidemNet and cutting prices for 2010. MidemNet, previously a curtain raiser for MIDEM, will now be held over five days rather than two. It ta ...

  31. Anvil Brings Metal Mayhem To Cannes Film Festival

    May 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Anvil, the Hanson Brothers of Canadian heavy metal, are bringing a little headbanging mayhem to the Cannes Film Festival. Lead guitarist Steve "Lips" Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner are in town to support Sacha Gervasi's award-winnin ...

  32. SXSW Day 3: Metallica, Twitter Flood, Branding Hits And More

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Metallica was the talk at South By Southwest on Friday, the event's third full day. The headbanging titans rolled into town to chat up their upcoming Guitar Hero: Metallica game and also to play a show at Stubb's which had fans lined up ...

  33. 'Abbey Road' Season 3 Sold To Sundance, C4

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) has again sold its U.K. music program "Live From Abbey Road" to the Sundance Channel in the U.S. and Channel 4 in the U.K. The third series has 12 hour-long episodes featuring intimate interview, rehearsa ...

  34. Shock Secures Placebo Set Down Under

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian independent Shock has scored the rights to release alternative rock act Placebo's forthcoming album in Australia and New Zealand. Belgian independent PIAS Entertainment Group announced during the MIDEM conference last month in Cann ...

  35. Playlouder, Isle Of Man In P2P Discussions

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Media technology company Playlouder MSP has confirmed it has had discussions with the Isle Of Man's e-business division, which is currently working on a proposal to license ISPs and telcos on the island to enable customers to access unlimited ...

  36. U.K. Promoters' Secondary Ticketing Fightback

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s Concert Promoters Association (CPA) has entered the secondary ticketing market with a new online service, describing the move as a response to the "lack of imminent decisive government action on ticket touts." It follows ...

  37. Numbers Up At Scandinavian Conference by:Larm

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The 12th edition of by:Larm, Scandinavia's largest music conference, increased its attendance by 33%. While other music business events such as MIDEM in Cannes and Popkomm in Berlin suffered a downturn in attendance, by:Larm organizers report ...

  38. Nokia's Unlimited Service Heads Down Under

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia's Comes With Music service should arrive in Australia later this month, following a groundbreaking licensing arrangement struck with the Australasian Performing Right Association and sister organization the Australasian Mechanical Copyr ...

  39. Rocket Science Links With Europe's Essential Music

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Los Angeles-based label services provider Rocket Science has formed a new strategic relationship with Europe's Essential Music & Marketing. The partnership was formalized at the MIDEM conference last month in Cannes, and will offer full l ...

  40. EverGreen Retracts Heath Ledger Release Statement

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST EverGreen Copyrights has issued a statement retracting a claim it made that a Nick Drake tribute project would include a video featuring the late actor Heath Ledger. The announcement was made Jan. 18 during the MidemNet digital music conference in ...

  41. MIDEM 2009 In Quotes

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The music industry's annual five-day trip to the south of France for the MIDEM international music market and conference is over, and most of the execs should now be back at their desks. Here Billboard.biz rounds up the best quotes of the con ...

  42. SGAE Licenses Repertoire To Nokia

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spanish collecting society SGAE has signed a pan-European licensing agreement with mobile vendor Nokia for its all-you-can-eat service Comes With Music. SGAE will make available the work of its 93,000 author and publisher members, as well as its e ...

  43. MIDEM Numbers Down

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Attendance at MIDEM and MidemNet 2009 fell to around 8,000 participants, according to conference organizers. That represents a fall of around 12% on 2008's total of 9,100 and, while some delegates may have anticipated a steeper decline after ...

  44. Coca-Cola, Warner Plot 'Happiness' Download

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Coca-Cola and Warner Music are to partner on a download release as part of the brand's new "Open Happiness" global marketing campaign. The track, titled "Open Happiness," was announced at the MIDEM international music Mark ...

  45. Bergonzi Honored At MIDEM Classical Awards

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi, who has performed alongside artists including Maria Callas during his career, was honored with the lifetime achievement award at the MIDEM Classical Awards in Cannes. He received a standing ovation during the presenta ...

  46. MIDEM Day 2: Indies Take On MySpace Music

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Three days after MySpace Music president Courtney Holt reached out to the indies during his MidemNet keynote, the independent sector was still voicing its concern over terms during MIDEM. Charles Caldas, CEO of Merlin, which represents 12,000 indi ...

  47. MIDEM Panel Encourages Publishers To Work Together

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The international publishing summit at the MIDEM convention in Cannes, France, kicked off with ways that publishers, labels and societies can easily and more cost effectively work together. Such a move would not only benefit the music companies, p ...

  48. O2 To Offer British Music Experience

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The British Music Experience, an interactive take on U.K. rock history, will open at London's O2 arena on March 6 with initial backing from the venue's operator AEG Europe and three major sponsors. Promoter Harvey Goldsmith, chairman of ...

  49. IODA Expands Int'l Reach

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST IODA has announced new deals with leading independent labels in France, Brazil, the Netherlands and the Caribbean. Scorpio (France), Munich Records (Netherlands), Som Livre (Brazil) and the Caribbean Music Group (based in Trinidad) will all now be ...

  50. Groove Armada, Bacardi Launch Music Sharing Platform

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. dance act Groove Armada and global drinks brand Bacardi have partnered on an online mechanism that will harness the power of social network sites to distribute the band's new EP. The announcement at the MIDEM international music market a ...

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