France's digital music sales, along with its physical sales, fell incrementally during the first quarter of 2013. SNEP, the French equivalent of the RIAA, attributed the drop to YouTube France and music piracy as the country's anti-piracy enforcement initiative HADOPI faces an uncertain future.
Biz caught up with Jean Noel Tronc, CEO of SACEM, France's largest collections society, at MIDEM. Here, he discussed ongoing negotiations with YouTube, balancing the "tremendous power" of digital concerns and the music market's undervaluation.
Recent reports have surfaced claiming the end of Hadopi, the French graduated-response law combatting Internet piracy, could be near. The news comes after a French Ministry of Culture commission on digital content and cultural policy led by Pierre Lescure released a mid-term report critical of the law earlier this week. Sources close to the commission, however, denied any plans to scrap the anti-piracy law.
Patrick Zelnik, founder and CEO of French indie Naïve and co-President (for now) of independent label association Impala, has made international headlines over the last few days with his surprising endoresment of the UMG-EMI merger, his interest in purchasing Virgin with Richard Branson, and news today that he may be resigning from Impala. Biz spoke with Zelnick to find out more about all of the above.
Launched in France in 2007, on-demand streaming service Deezer has started an aggressive international expansion late 2011, with over 130 countries targeted in 2012. Billboard.biz sopke with Deezer COO/CFO Simon Baldyrou about his company's expansion, their competitor Spotify and why they have no plans to launch in the U.S.
France celebrated its growing Disquaire Day, a.k.a. Record Store Day, for the second year in a row on April 21. Seventy-two more stores took part in the event than last year for a total of 176 retailers which included twenty music shops in Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg. Revenue, according to reports, easily surpassed last year's total.