It's surprisingly rare for panel discussions featuring businessmen to bear out a polite but dissenting debate, but that's exactly what "The New Geography of the Music World" had to offer. The panel, presented by Oisin Lunny (OpenMarket) and featuring Daniel Glass (president/CEO, Glassnote Entertainment Group), Scott Cohen (founder and VP Int'l, The Orchard), Axel Dauchez (CEO, Deezer) and Claudio Vargas (VP digital marketing & business at Sony Music Entertainment), covered the broad topic of increasing globalization, and the constricting business within it.
After Dauchez asserted that digital services were spawning a culture of international discovery and appreciation, Cohen said, "I was going to gently disagree [with Axel]" before joking, "You don't know what the fuck you're talking about [laughs] . . . A couple months ago, from Norway -- streaming services up there -- they saw local repertoire going down and the superstar artists doing even better."