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  1. Gabriel Honored As Personality Of The Year

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Peter Gabriel has picked up Midem's Personality of the Year award at a glittering gala dinner in Cannes, France. A range of top executives, including U2 manager Paul McGuinness, the IFPI's John Kennedy and veteran promoter Harvey Goldsmi ...

  2. Labels, Aggregators Back PlayNow

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile music is making a big noise at the MIDEM conference in Cannes this week. Device manufacturer Sony Ericsson so far has made the biggest splash with a major expansion of its PlayNow initiative to include more than 5 million tracks. The increa ...

  3. Digital Briefs: Napster, Ericsson, Sunrise and Nokia

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST - At the MIDEM conference in Cannes, Napster and Ericsson unveiled an Italian-based Napster Mobile music service with operator Telecom Italia. This is Napster's a la carte download service, not a mobile "all-you-can-eat" subscriptio ...

  4. Qtrax's 'Major' Misstep

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Qtrax— the free, ad-supported, "legal" P2P service that launched at MIDEM today —apparently isn't as ready for prime time as it claims. The company claimed it had licensing agreements with all four major record labels, when in fact ...

  5. BACS Launches Label, Strikes Deal With Orchard

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST The British Academy of Composers & Songwriters, the independent trade association for U.K. music creators, has launched a label, Academy Recordings Limited, and forged an exclusive worldwide deal with the Orchard which sees the digital music f ...

  6. French Mobile Carrier SFR Launches Live Venue

    January 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST France's second mobile carrier SFR will open a store in April which will feature a 200-capacity concert venue. The central Paris outlet will be the largest of its kind in Europe, claims SFR, at 1,500 square meters. To begin with, the venue wi ...

  7. China Pledges Piracy Crackdown

    January 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Chinese government says it will target Internet pirates in a bid to cut illegal downloading in the country. Zhang Xin Jian, deputy director general of the Ministry of Culture's marketing department, in Cannes for the Midem and MidemNet co ...

  8. UMPG To Unveil Online Royalty Tracking

    January 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group will be rolling out an online portal for its songwriters and other customers to track and analyze their royalties. The publisher calls the new system RoyaltyWindow.com. UMPG chairman/CEO David Renzer, who is in Can ...

  9. Qtrax Launches Legal P2P Service

    January 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Former illegal filesharing network Qtrax has announced the launch of what it says is the first legal, free peer-to-peer service at the MidemNet conference in Cannes, France. Qtrax says it has licenses in place with the major labels and publishers, ...

  10. Upbeat Levy Says CD Format Will Play On

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO of Universal Music Group parent company Vivendi, the French media giant, today gave a candid, and hugely optimistic, view of the entertainment sector's future during a keynote Q&A at the MidemNet conference in Canne ...

  11. Winehouse Scraps Awards Gig, Heads To Rehab

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Troubled pop star Amy Winehouse has canceled a Saturday (Jan. 26) appearance at the NRJ Awards in Cannes, France, after opting to enter a rehab clinic at an undisclosed location. According to a statement, Winehouse is still planning to attend the ...

  12. Fratellis, Cranberries Are Border Breakers

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop/rock band the Fratellis and former Cranberries vocalist Dolores O'Riordan are among the 10 winners of the fifth European Border Breakers Awards. The winners' names were unveiled today ahead of a ceremony to be held in Cannes on ...

  13. Goldsmith Warns Of 'Over-Confident' Live Sector

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST In a week when the U.K. record business reported album sales for 2007 down almost 11%, veteran concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith says he fears an over-confident live music sector risks suffering a similar decline. Goldsmith, co-founder and co-prom ...

  14. Midem Kicks Off Green World Awards

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Midem is enhancing its "green" credentials. The 42nd annual music trade fair is launching the Midem Green World Awards, to pay homage to those figures who have played a major role in ecological live music event production. Kevin Wall, fo ...

  15. Kazaa, Joost Founder Friis Keen To Interact With Biz

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Janus Friis is hoping to build bridges with the record business. The co-inventor of the once-vilified peer-to-peer file-sharing network Kazaa will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the industry when he delivers the keynote spe ...

  16. U2's McGuinness To Keynote Midem Manager Summit

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST U2 manager Paul McGuinness will deliver a keynote speech at the inaugural international manager summit, to take place Jan. 28-29 during the Midem trade fair in Cannes. McGuinness and Bertis Downs, manager of R.E.M., are among the first names annou ...

  17. Ezrin Joins MidemNet Line-Up

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Veteran rock producer Bob Ezrin has joined the list of keynote speakers at the MidemNet Forum, held Jan. 26-7 in Cannes, France as part of the Midem trade fair. Canadian Ezrin, whose credits include Pink Floyd's "The Wall, Alice Cooper&# ...

  18. French-Australian Biz Talks Yield Instant Results

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST The inaugural French-Australian Music Business Meetings, held in Sydney this week, have yielded immediate deals. The meetings, held Nov. 20 to 22, were organized by the Paris-based French Music Export Australia, the French Embassy in Australia, an ...

  19. Destra Chairman Evans Retiring

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australian industry veteran John Evans today announced his resignation as chairman of Destra Entertainment, with effect from Feb. 8, 2008. Destra Entertainment - which houses the music and DVD companies of digital content company Destra Corporatio ...

  20. PPL Strikes Hat-trick Of Reciprocal Deals

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Britain's PPL used the platform of its inaugural annual performer meeting in London last night to unveil a string of new reciprocal accords. The collecting society has forged agreements with counterparts RPA in Russia, Italy's IMAIE and ...

  21. Bell, Visconti Confirmed For MIDEM Talent Only Event

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Domino Records head Laurence Bell and veteran producer Tony Visconti will take to the podium for the new MIDEM Talent Only session, Jan. 29, 2008, as part of the MIDEM convention in Cannes. Bell's firm has emerged as one of Britain's bri ...

  22. Joost Founder Friis To Keynote MidemNet

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Janus Friis, the Danish entrepreneur who co-founded Joost, Kazaa and Skype, will deliver a keynote speech at the MidemNet Forum, held Jan. 26-27, 2008 in Cannes, organizers Reed Midem said today. "Barely into his thirties, Janus Friis has alr ...

  23. Nokia's Ojanpera To Keynote MidemNet

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nokia executive VP and chief technology officer Tero Ojanpera has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for the MidemNet Forum, the trade fair's organizers said today. Ojanpera will address the mobile and technology-focused conference as the mo ...

  24. Just Desserts For Banana Splits Fans

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.S.-based Warner Bros. Entertainment has joined forces with Universal Music Group to revive the Banana Splits, the 1960s kids-TV costumed characters. Comprising four costumed animal-like creatures, the Banana Splits were conceived by legendary an ...

  25. Gabriel Named MIDEM Personality Of The Year

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MIDEM will honor Peter Gabriel with its Personality of the Year Award at a gala dinner in Cannes, France on Jan. 28. The former Genesis frontman and solo artist is being recognised for his music as well as his work on innovative distribution metho ...

  26. MIDEM Launches Talent Conference

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MIDEM is launching an event dedicated to new artists to run alongside its annual music market. MIDEM Talent Only will include conferences, concerts and networking events and will run from Jan. 27 to 30. The 42nd MIDEM international music market ta ...

  27. Vivendi's Levy Confirmed For MidemNet 2008 Keynote

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jean-Bernard Lévy, CEO of Universal Music Group parent Vivendi, will deliver a keynote speech at the MidemNet Forum, which takes place Jan. 26-27, 2008 as part of MIDEM, organizers of the trade fair said today. "Vivendi is currently testing n ...

  28. MIDEM 2008 To Fete China

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the MIDEM music trade fair have selected China as the country of honor for its 2008 event. China will host the prestigious MIDEM Opening Night Party Jan. 27 at the Martinez Hotel. The evening, organized in partnership with the Chines ...

  29. Scissor Sisters, Kaiser Chiefs Rule Italia Wave Bill

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Scissor Sisters, Kaiser Chiefs and Mika are included in the line-up for the Italia Wave Love Festival, which will be held in Florence from July 17 to 22. Italian acts include Carmen Consoli, Vinicio Capossela, Avion Travel and Casino Royale. T ...

  30. FremantleMedia Rides Wave Of 'Abbey Road' Sales

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "Live from Abbey Road," FremantleMedia Enterprises' independently-produced music TV series, has been picked up by a host of international broadcasters. Launched at last year's MIPCOM TV and film market in Cannes, the series is ...

  31. Sharman Exits As Napster Re-jigs Euro Ops

    February 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Napster U.K. is whittling-down its executive team as part of a cost-saving decision to centralize its European sales, marketing and management in Frankfurt, Germany. As a result of the strategy, Napster U.K.'s VP and GM Leanne Sharman will le ...

  32. Q&A: EMI Music Publishing's Roger Faxon and Clark Miller

    February 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST During MIDEMNet in Cannes, France, industry newcomers and veterans had the rare opportunity to hear points of view from very experienced executives running the world's largest music publisher. EMI Music Publishing's Roger Faxon, presiden ...

  33. Indies Up In Arms Over YouTube

    January 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Key players in the independent label community are preparing for a legal skirmish with YouTube over content being used on the video-sharing site. Sources tell Billboard.biz that the independents are aggrieved with terms proposed by the giant socia ...

  34. Nobs Honored As Personality Of The Year

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Montreux Jazz Festival founder and CEO Claude Nobs accepted the Midem 2007 Personality Of The Year award at a glittering gala dinner in Cannes, France last night (Jan. 22). Many top executives from the MIDEM music conference were at the Carlton Ho ...

  35. SGAE's Int'l Rights Rise In 2006

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST The United States, France and Italy contributed the most international authors rights to the 86,000 members of Spain's collecting society SGAE in 2006, the group's international department revealed Sunday (Jan. 21) at the Midem trade fai ...

  36. Midem Day Two: Video Games, Advertising, Brand Marketing

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST The mutual benefits of music makers getting involved in video games, movie advertising and consumer brand marketing were on parade Monday (Jan. 22) as the Music for Images strand took center stage on day two of the Midem conference. Veteran rocker ...

  37. Source: Warner Buys Distribution Firm Zebralution

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has acquired German-based digital music distribution company Zebralution, sources tell Billboard.biz at the Midem music trade convention in Cannes. Kurt Thielen, founder/managing director of Duisburg, Germany-based Zebralution d ...

  38. Diam's Wins 3 At NRJ Awards

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST With three trophies, French rapper Diam's was the big winner at the annual NRJ Awards, held Saturday (Jan. 20) at Cannes' Palais des Festivals on the eve of Midem. The EMI-signed artist was on hand to receive gongs for female artist of t ...

  39. Euro Border Breakers Feted At Midem

    January 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Grammy and Brit Award-nominated newcomer Corinne Bailey Rae, Swedish folk artist José Gonzalez and German pop-rockers Tokio Hotel were among the artists honored today at the fourth annual European Border Breakers Awards. The EBBAs presentation, he ...

  40. PPL, PAMRA, AURA Merger Completed

    January 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST PPL has completed its merger with PAMRA and AURA, creating a new body which it says represent the "most fundamental change" in the U.K. collecting society's seventy-three year history. London-based PPL (Phonographic Performance Limi ...

  41. MPA, MCPS-PRS Launch Pan-European Digital License

    January 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST In a significant development which could help shape licensing in the online age, Britain's Music Publisher's Assn. and MCPS-PRS Alliance have launched a one-stop pan-European digital licensing template. The MPA and Alliance used the plat ...

  42. Indies Cast Collective Digital Spell With Merlin

    January 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST A slew of top independent labels and trade groups have joined forces to launch Merlin, described at the MidemNet event in Cannes today (Jan. 20) as "the world's first global new-media rights licensing agency." Accounting for almost ...

  43. Taiwan Takes MIDEM Spotlight

    January 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Three Taiwanese bands -- ChthoniC, Lim Giong, and the Hohak Band - will be perform at the 41st annual MIDEM trade fair, marking the first time acts from the territory have played at the Cannes, France event. "This is a very important step for ...

  44. French Biz Falters In 2006

    January 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST After showing encouraging signs in 2005, the French recorded music market hit the downward slope in 2006. According to initial estimates, unveiled Jan. 16 by national industry trade body SNEP, the wholesale value of the physical market in 2006 dro ...

  45. Nobs Named MIDEM Personality Of The Year

    November 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Former Warner exec founded Montreux Jazz Festival. Claude Nobs, founder/CEO of the iconic Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, is to be honored as the personality of the year at the MIDEM international music industry confab on Jan. 22 at Cannes, ...

  46. Germanys Echos To Pay Tribute To Geldof

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Bob Geldof will be honored this Sunday (March 12) with a special achievement accolade at the German industry’s annual Echo Awards in Berlin. Bob Geldof will be honored this Sunday (March 12) with a special achievement accolade at the German indust ...

  47. Germany's Echos To Pay Tribute To Geldof

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Bob Geldof will be honored this Sunday (March 12) with a special achievement accolade at the German industry's annual Echo Awards in Berlin. Bob Geldof will be honored this Sunday (March 12) with a special achievement accolade at the German i ...

  48. U.K. Singer Lynden David Hall Dies

    February 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST British R&B singer Lynden David Hall died Tuesday (Feb. 14) after a two-year fight with cancer. He was 31. British R&B singer Lynden David Hall died Tuesday (Feb. 14) after a two-year fight with cancer. He was 31. Hall, from Wandsworth ...

  49. U.K. Singer Lynden David Hall Dies

    February 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST British R&B singer Lynden David Hall died Tuesday (Feb. 14) after a two-year fight with cancer. He was 31. British R&B singer Lynden David Hall died Tuesday (Feb. 14) after a two-year fight with cancer. He was 31. Hall, from Wandsworth ...

  50. Midem 2006 Reports Attendance Growth

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST A significant jump in attendance from American companies helped push the overall turnout at the Midem 2006 trade fair close to the 10,000 benchmark, organizer Reed Midem said today (Jan. 25). A significant jump in attendance from American companie ...

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