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  1. American Express CMO John Hayes on 'Unstaged,' Social Media, and Their Vast Amount of Data on Concertgoers

    January 29, 2013 5:19 PM EST John Hayes, chief marketing officer of American Express, has access to more data on the average concertgoer than perhaps any other company. Not only does Hayes know that 40% of AmEx's 102 million cardmembers spend money on music every year ...

  2. Blink-182's Mark Hoppus Talks Piracy, Pros and Cons of Digital at MIDEM

    January 29, 2013 1:34 PM EST Always play your hits live. Make music you love. Drive beats talent. And it's ok to blow money if it means you don't compromise your art. Those are just some of the life lessons learned and shared by Blink-182 bass player Mark Hoppus ...

  3. MIDEM Attendance Down, Organizers Remain Upbeat

    January 29, 2013 10:24 AM EST MIDEM has experienced another drop in numbers, with organizers blaming the effects of a tricky financial climate. The four-day event drew about 6,400 attendees this time, down about 7% from the 2012 edition, organizers Reed Midem confirmed on the ...

  4. MIDEM Q&A: Pledge Music's Benji Rogers on 'Making Destinations'

    January 28, 2013 11:47 AM EST Benji Rogers has arrived as one of the music industry’s new breed of innovators. Rogers is founder and CEO of PledgeMusic, a fundraising platform that works with artists to develop a way to engage their fans early in a project, a strategy which ...

  5. Midemlab 2013 Crowns Its Winners: Songful, Jamplify, StageIt and Audience.FM

    January 28, 2013 10:43 AM EST MIDEM announced the four winners of the 2013 Midemlab startup competition — Songful by Instrumagic, Jamplify, StageIt and Audience.FM — as part of its Visionary Monday programming. This year’s honorees were selected from over 140 entrants and jo ...

  6. MIDEM Panel and Q&A: Kevin Wortis on Amanda Palmer, Kickstarter, ‘Theatre Vs. Theater’

    January 26, 2013 2:17 PM EST MIDEM 2013 opened in Cannes with a raft of how-to sessions. One of the freshest of those featured Kevin Wortis who drilled well under the surface of his ward Amanda Palmer’s million-dollar fan-funding exercise.  Wortis (see Q&A below) is a 22- ...

  7. Vevo's Rio Caraeff Talks Upfronts, Royalties, Growth, and Says: 'We Have No Intention To Leave YouTube'

    April 24, 2012 12:18 PM EDT It's a transitional time for Vevo, as the No. 1 most-watched YouTube channel (and No. 3 most-watched U.S. video platform on the web, according to Comscore) prepares to host its first upfront event for advertisers and agencies in New York on W ...

  8. In Panels And Lightning-Quick Collaborations, Rethink Music Conference Explores The Future

    April 26, 2011 12:09 PM EDT (Left to right) Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, Damian Kulash, and Neil Gaiman at Mad Oak Studios, in Allston, Mass. Monday, preparing to write and record eight songs in eight hours (which ended up being six songs in 12 hours). (Photo: Phil Farnsworth) ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...