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  1. Billboard Hosts MIDEM Masters Breakfast

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Day two of MIDEM began early for those attending Billboard's MIDEM Masters Breakfast at the InterContinental Carlton hotel in Cannes. Dozens of delegates at the MIDEM international music market and conference attended the invite-only breakfas ...

  2. Sharkey Attacks U.K. Government

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. Music CEO Feargal Sharkey has launched an attack on the British government over its lack of support for rights holders. Speaking at a reception for the British music business umbrella group at the MIDEM conference in Cannes, France, former Un ...

  3. Aznavour Honored At MIDEM

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Legendary French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour has been awarded MIDEM's Lifetime Achievement Award for 2009. At a ceremony in Cannes' Carlton Hotel, Reed MIDEM CEO Paul Zilk handed over the prize, hailing Aznavour as "a rem ...

  4. Isle Of Man Proposes ISP Licensing

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Isle of Man government's e-business division has come up with an innovative proposal to license ISPs and telcos on the island, which it unveiled during the MIDEM international music market and conference in Cannes. The Isle of Man is a se ...

  5. MIDEM Day 1: Managers On Digital Revenue Trail

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Artist managers and entertainment lawyers voiced their concerns about digital music revenue -- how much their acts deserve and how much they're owed -- during the opening day of the MIDEM international music market and conference in Cannes. T ...

  6. French Market Drops 15%

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST The French biz was down 15% to €606 million ($794.9 million) based on wholesale market figures in 2008, trade label body Snep revealed during the MIDEM international music market and conference in Cannes. The physical market dropped 19.9% to €530 ...

  7. Eavis Honored At MIDEM For Green Glastonbury

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Eavis was presented with the MIDEM Green World award in Cannes, in recognition of the environmental achievements at the annual music festival. Eavis has organized Glastonbury since its launch in 1970 on his 500-acres dairy farm in Somerset ...

  8. 7Digital.com Reports Sales Spike, New European Territories

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K.-based MP3 delivery service, 7Digital.com has reported a 241% increase in year-on-year sales from 2007 - 2008 at Cannes music trade event, Midem. Comparative year-on-year figures for Q4 alone took the percentage growth to a massive 260%. Altho ...

  9. Seal Elevated At Aussie Indie Shock

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian independent music company Shock is reshuffling the deck with the promotion of Marcus Seal to a group-wide leadership role. Seal, until now CEO of the Melbourne-based company's records division Shock Records, assumes the new role as ...

  10. The Orchard Branches Further Into Japan

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Digital music distributor The Orchard has formed an alliance with Japan's principal independent music company, Avex, which is a key shareholder in Japanese mobile content joint venture, Label Mobile. The news was announced today (Jan. 19) on ...

  11. MIDEM Gets Message On Radiohead Experiment

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Brian Message, co-manager of Radiohead, Faithless and pop act Kate Nash, revealed how management and artists now work together to build a fan base without the backing of a traditional record label, during a keynote at MIDEM. Message, a partner in ...

  12. Donovan Honored By French Govt

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST The French government has honored veteran U.K folk artist Donovan, during the MIDEM international music market and conference in Cannes. The singer and songwriter received the medal for Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters by the country' ...

  13. Faithless Set To Go It Alone

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. dance act Faithless will most likely avoid working with a record company after splitting from Sony BMG last year, according to a briefing from the band's management during MIDEM in Cannes. Brian Message, of U.K. management company Courty ...

  14. PromoBot Unveiled In Cannes

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST PromoBot, a targeted online music promotion system, was unveiled in Cannes during the MidemNet digital music conference. Somerville, M.A.-based music intelligence company the Echo Nest says the services's Web crawling, language processing and ...

  15. PRS For Music Launches In Cannes

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. collecting society the MCPS-PRS Alliance has re-branded and will now be called PRS for Music. The new name was announced during the MIDEM international music market and conference in Cannes and becomes effective Monday (Jan. 19). A new writer ...

  16. Sony Ericsson, Universal Promote New Talent

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Ericsson is to partner with Universal Music Publishing to provide the publisher's emerging artists with a platform to promote their music to the mobile vendor's customers. The deal was announced during the MidemNet digital music bus ...

  17. Kanye's Blog Scores With Fans, Advertisers

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rapper Kanye West was described as one of the most effective communicators with his fans, during a panel discussion at the MidemNet conference in Cannes. The "Serving Artists, Serving Fans" discussion, moderated by Billboard internationa ...

  18. Google's Eun Defends YouTube

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Speaking at a MidemNet keynote in Cannes, Google's VP of content partnership David Eun described Warner Music Group ordering the removal of its repertoire from YouTube as "unfortunate." But he insisted label partners can benefit hug ...

  19. PIAS Signs Placebo

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST During the MidemNet conference in Cannes, PIAS Entertainment Group announced that it has signed alternative rock act Placebo, which had a long association with EMI. Placebo has released albums via EMI's Virgin label since its 1996 self-titled ...

  20. MidemNet Day 2: Biz Looks To Licensing ISPs

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST "Change is coming" was the message at day two of the MidemNet conference in Cannes, although there was still plenty of lively debate about how ISPs can work with the record labels. MidemNet is a conference focusing on music in the digita ...

  21. Perry Picks Up Wrong NRJ Award In Cannes

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Katy Perry received the award for best international song during France's NRJ awards in Cannes, but the honor was actually meant for Rihanna. Perry was given the award by mistake and host Nikos Aliagas later admitted the error. Rihanna actual ...

  22. Sharkey Cautions U.K. Govt On Web Piracy Regulation

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Speaking at the MidemNet conference in Cannes, Feargal Sharkey, chief executive of umbrella industry organization U.K. Music, warned the British government to tread carefully on any regulation to control illegal file-sharing. It follows a Jan. 16 ...

  23. Warner/Chappell, Buma/Stemra Sign Pan-Euro License

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Another digital pan-European licensing deal has been announced at the MidemNet conference in Cannes, following the partnership between PRS for Music and Qtrax. Dutch collecting society Buma/Stemra has joined Warner/Chappell's pan-European dig ...

  24. MidemNet Day 1: Artist-Fan Relationship In Focus

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The opening day of MidemNet, the two-day conference in Cannes dedicated to the digital music business, dedicated several panel discussions to the means of monetizing the artist-fan relationship. Judging from Nine Inch Nails' direct approach, ...

  25. MySpace Music President's Public Debut At MidemNet

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Just 11 days into the job, MySpace Music president Courtney Holt outlined his ambitions for expanding into new services and territories during his first high profile public appearance. Holt was in conversation with Billboard editorial director Bil ...

  26. Qtrax, PRS Sign Pan-European License Deal

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. collecting society PRS for Music announced a new licensing deal with Qtrax during MidemNet in Cannes. Following an abortive launch for Qtrax at MidemNet in 2008, when labels denied they had agreed a deal after it was announced that they were ...

  27. Legal Drama At MidemNet Opening Keynote

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST It was a case of back to the future at the opening keynote debate at MidemNet in Cannes as one of the speakers from the digital business was unable to make the opening session because of litigation. MidemNet, the music conference focusing on the d ...

  28. Billboard Q&A: MIDEM Director Dominique Leguern Talks Charles Aznavour, Attendance Figures

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The 43rd edition of the MIDEM international music market and conference gets under way this weekend in Cannes, starting with MidemNet, the international forum focusing on the music business in the digital age, on Saturday, Jan. 17. Dominique Legue ...

  29. Nokia's Ojanpera Set For MidemNet Day 1 Keynote

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST MidemNet delegates can expect a hard-hitting keynote from Tero Ojanpera, Nokia's executive VP of entertainment and communities, on Saturday, Jan. 17. MidemNet, which runs Jan. 17-18 in Cannes, is the international forum that focuses on the mu ...

  30. Record Number Of German Publishers For MIDEM

    January 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST The German music publishers association DMV, based in Bonn, reports a record number of German companies will be represented at MIDEM 2009 with 132 labels, music publishing companies, producer-teams and studios compared to 121 in 2008. The MIDEM in ...

  31. What To Watch For At This Year's MIDEM

    January 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Its seductive location along a palm-lined, waterfront boulevard in the south of France is one reason why MIDEM in Cannes remains the music biz's most popular global trade fair and conference. But following an exceptionally challenging year fo ...

  32. Bacardi Confirms Groove Armada Release

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rum brand Bacardi has confirmed a four-track release from U.K. dance act Groove Armada. Bacardi and Groove Armada agreed a partnership in April 2008 for the act to work with the company on touring, recording and producing the global events marketi ...

  33. Green World Award For Glastonbury Founder

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Michael Eavis, founder of the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival, will receive a Green World Award at the MIDEM international music market in Cannes, which runs Jan. 18 to 21. The award, to be presented Jan. 19, recognizes the annual Glastonbury eve ...

  34. MIDEM Unveils Publishing Summit

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST MIDEM will launch its inaugural International Publishing Summit next month, in association with the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP). It will be staged Jan. 20 as part of the MIDEM international music market at the Palais des ...

  35. MIDEM Gets Message

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Radiohead's co-manager Brian Message will deliver a keynote speech at the 2009 MIDEM international music market in Cannes, which runs Jan. 18 to 21. Message, of Courtyard Management, also represents singer songwriter Kate Nash and dance act F ...

  36. Russia Takes Center Stage At MIDEM 2009

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The 2009 MIDEM international music market will open Jan. 18 in Cannes with a day of programming dedicated to the Russian music industry. The program is being organized in conjunction with Billboard Russia. The day’s events will include panel discu ...

  37. Billboard Q&A: Cris Morena Group Founder/CEO

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The creator of 'Casi Angeles,' 'Rebelde Way' and other international tween TV hits talks about how she builds music franchises around her shows. Long before the term "360" became part of the U.S. music industry's ...

  38. Popkomm Day 3: The Second Coming Of Qtrax

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eight months after its abortive launch at the MidemNet conference in Cannes, Qtrax is back on course according to New York-based CEO and chairman Allan Klepfisz. During the demonstration of Qtrax - a free, ad-funded "legal" hybrid P2P se ...

  39. MidemNet 2009 Adds Keynoters

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MidemNet, the two-day (Jan. 17-18) technology and business forum that precedes music trade event MIDEM in Cannes, has announced that its 2009 edition will feature keynote speeches by Eric Nicoli, Hilary Rosen and Michael Robertson. Nicoli is curre ...

  40. Lifetime Honor For Aznavour At MIDEM

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour will be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the 2009 MIDEM international music market in Cannes on Jan. 19. The event runs Jan. 18 to 21. The 84-year-old music legend has written mor ...

  41. Solange Knowles Onboard With Armani Campaign

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Solange Knowles will headline the new Giorgio Armani jeans promotional campaign. The singer/songwriter will begin her European press tour in London at the end of this month followed by Cannes in early August. Knowles sophomore album, "Sol-Ang ...

  42. Pantene To Release Song To iTunes

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On Monday Procter & Gamble's Pantene shampoo will release two commercials featuring original music derived from a user generated contest begun earlier this year at Midem in Cannes. Both spots will use the original song "Shine" b ...

  43. Merlin Membership Reaches Milestone

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the independent label community's digital rights agency, has accumulated more than 12,000 members to-date, Billboard.biz has learned. The London-based association, which opened for business in January during the Midem trade fair in Ca ...

  44. More 'Bollocks' On DVD, TV

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The first-ever full-length in-concert Sex Pistols title to be authorized by the band is due to appear this summer. "The Sex Pistols-There'll Always be an England" features the pioneering punk outfit's original line-up of Johnny ...

  45. Spain All Set For SxSW

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Spanish indie Armada is sailing into South By South West for the first time this week, with music biz and government backing. Until this year, Spain was the world's only major market without a stand at SxSW in Austin, Texas, but the Sound ...

  46. Meffys Launch Three New Mobile Awards

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST The London-based Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) has opened nominations for its annual awards, adding three new categories for the 2008 ceremony, which takes place in Cannes on May 8. Now in their fifth year, the awards -- known as the Meffys -- ...

  47. Ricall Floats Into China With Ocean Butterflies

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Online music licensing marketplace Ricall has expanded into China through a joint venture partnership with independent music company Ocean Butterflies. Through the agreement, announced Wednesday during the Midem trade fair in Cannes, Ocean Butterf ...

  48. Warner/Chappell Finland Buys Ranka Pub Catalog

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music Finland has acquired the entire Ranka music publishing catalog. Ranka contains 1,300 predominantly Finnish metal and rock works, including songs by Spinefarm acts such as Children of Bodom, To/Die/For, Finntroll, Sonata Arcti ...

  49. Spain's Songwriters Strike It Rich In France

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST France has displaced the United States as the international territory generating most rights for Spanish songwriters, says Madrid-based national authors' body SGAE. According to figures released simultaneously in Madrid and at the MIDEM trade ...

  50. McGuinness Speech In Full

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST The full script of the speech everyone is talking about in Cannes, as made by U2 manager Paul McGuinness at Midem. McGuinness: "Good afternoon and thank you for giving me this opportunity. I don't make many speeches and this is an import ...

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