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MUSIC PITCH SESSIONS ACCENTURE DIGITAL SERVICES GLOBAL REPERTOIRE DATABASE UNIVERSAL BON JOVI RELEASE TABU RECORDS RELAUNCH JEAN MICHEL JARRE DAVID GRESHAM’S 41ST MIDEM

IN PICTURES Live music in Cannes

ARTISTS Talking business

IN THE PALAIS More Midem deals

Lang Lang in Cannes for Visionary Monday

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Venture Harbour’s Marcus Taylor won the Speak At Midem competition. His talk, A Roadmap To Navigate Music Marketing, is today at 12.20

John Hayes, chief marketing officer, American Express, is speaking at 16.30 today about partnerships between music and brands as part of Visionary Monday

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Playing Lorenzo Soules plays in the Midem Classical Embassy, part of a day dedicated to piano in partnership with Steinway & Sons

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J SPOOKY, aka Paul Miller, is well known for pushing the boundaries of both music and the art of deejaying. At his Artists Speak To Artists seminar yesterday, Miller discussed the effect of technology on the 21st century DJ. “I come from the era when DJs all carried huge amounts of music with them for each show, and when I was a kid my heroes were

@JuliaNunes Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash,” he said. “But I have no nostalgia for the sheer weight we had to deal with. There are some people who think that the spectacle of a DJ is less now, but what is really happening is that apps are changing deejaying fundamentally, making it into a utility. Basically the tools are changing and consequently deejaying styles will have to change as well.”

Miller’s own app, DJ Spooky by Musicsoft Arts, has been downloaded 12 million times, with a new generic version called simply DJ Mixer and a version featuring DJ legend Carl Cox. “Next we’ll be adding video capability,” Miller said. “Eventually people will be able to control the music and lighting from their tablet PC or their smartphone, with all their music stored in the cloud.”

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Tara finds Comfort at the Pitch Sessions

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GILVY Advertising’s Global Brand Planner, Tara Austin, is back at Midem for the Music Pitch Sessions, where musicians get the chance to play tracks in front of influential music supervisors from worldwide advertising agencies, video-game publishers and television networks that are looking for music to place in their projects. Last year’s Sessions threw up a surprise for Austin. She was looking for music for Ogilvy’s Dove Women campaign and found nothing suitable. But she was impressed by one of the people who was pitching — Chris Read, who has a company called The Composers. “He didn’t have anything that was right for that campaign but I liked him and knew we would be able to work together,” Austin said. “He eventually came up with something for the Comfort

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fabric conditioner campaign. And we have continued to work with him on other projects.” This year Ogilvy and Dove are looking for “authentic, masculine music” for the Dove Men+Care campaign. But Austin stressed that she’s not just looking for a one-off piece of music. “We want to meet people who we can work with in partnership. This isn’t really a competition that you can win, as such. Everyone will leave with a much greater understanding of how we work with music.” And unlike last year, Austin said that yesterday’s session definitely has delivered: “We’ve heard a number of tracks and artists this year that we know we want to work with.” Ogilvy Advertising’s global brand planner Tara Austin

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“Lang Lang is a rock star” He’s “the hottest artist on the classical music planet” according to the New York Times. And today he’s in Cannes to address the Midem audience during the Visionary Monday series of sessions. He spoke to Midem News editor Julian Newby

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ANG LANG is at Midem to take part in today’s Visionary Monday series of sessions, under the theme Disruptive Creativity: Illuminate Your Business In A Creative Marketplace, where he will explain how talent, technology and brand partnerships have combined to expose his music to a wider audience while disrupting the classical world. While always keeping an eye on the business side of his career, Lang Lang insists that the craft always comes first. “I focus mostly on the artistry,” he said. “I give performances, I practice the piano no matter where I am, and I work on piano education. The business side is really about connecting audience and artist. You can’t get rid of the business world, but the main thing is to keep the artistry itself pure.” To say that he “works on piano education” is something of an understatement. Through the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, he plays to audiences of sick children, performs in underprivileged parts of the world, and works with partners to inspire young people to believe that music can make life better. The Financial Times described Lang Lang as “evangelical in his efforts to spread the popularity of classical music”. Lang Lang said that with the Foundation, he has “taken on a second career”.

One way in which Lang Lang has “disrupted” the classical music sector is by mixing it up with non-classical musicians. His acclaimed performance with jazz great Herbie Hancock at the 2008 Grammy Awards ceremony, for example, was broadcast live to 45 million viewers worldwide and led to the two pianists collaborating in a world tour in summer 2009. As the Wall Street Journal put it: “Lang Lang is a rock star. His enthusiasm and passion are what captures his audience.” “They are different, basically,” he says of rock and classical music. “But still there are some aspects common in both: one expresses oneself, they both have tons of colours, and a certain sense of culture. What they most have in common is the fact that the artists from both are able to work together.” Lang Lang played to a VIP audience in Cannes last night, and today addresses an audience during Visionary Monday. “I will talk about how music can change our lives, change our world; about the future of classical music, and why we will always want to learn about it and appreciate it.” And then it’s back to his extraordinary routine. “I give around 100 performances a year, including recitals and concerti. I have very limited time off when I do things that are un-related to music — probably two or three weeks a year.”

“The main thing is to keep the artistry itself pure”

Looking into the future MIDEM’s mission to guide the music industry into a future where the disruption of traditional business models drives creativity for entertainment, brands, technology and culture is summed up by Visionary Monday today. The event centres on back-to-back sessions fronted by some of the world’s leading lights in music entertainment, brand marketing and technology. In addition to the legendary classical pianist Lang Lang’s keynote interview (see left), Visionary Monday will feature Mark Hoppus, co-founder of US pop-punk band Blink-182; multimedia artist DJ Spooky; and rapper/producer Theophilus London, artists who have calculated how technology and creativity equals business. Also in the line-up is John Hayes, chief marketing officer at American Express, a company using new tech to be at the forefront of branded content. Other names from the global brandmarketing sector include French advertising guru Remi Babinet, chairman and global creative director at agency BETC, as well as managing director of Havas. Paul Mascarenas, chief technology officer at US car giant Ford, is speaking during the session Vision – Towards A Connected Life. ”One of the innovations in the entertainment industry has been to leverage mobile devices to give consumers access to content, including music, whether via the device itself or via the cloud,” he said. “We’re now giving our customers the same opportunities in their vehicles.”

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CCENTURE, co-sponsor with Nokia of Visionary Monday, is at Midem to present Accenture Digital Services, its manufacturing and distribution offer, which operates across the entire digital supply chain. The company is also involved in the production of the live stream of Visionary Monday, which will see artists, music-industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and marketing and technology innovators share their vision for the future of the industry. Rahmyn Kress, CEO of the company’s Digiplug subsidiary and managing director of Accenture’s Media & Entertainment industry group, said Accenture Digital Services enables the company “to connect consumers and retailers to a world of digital content covering music, publishing, TV and film, plus live events”.  Kress said that the company’s client base across the music and entertainment industry covers a variety of organisations. “For example, we help collective rights organisations to navigate the rapidly changing industry, advising on their overall strategic direction for the digital future as well as their international hub strategy. “We also use analytics to enable them to optimise music revenues. This includes determining market coverage per segment and supporting sales-led generation through web crawling and crowdsourcing.” Accenture works across the entertain-

ment-industry spectrum: “Our work with some of the major recording and film studios offers great examples of what we can deliver. They have turned to Accenture for help in adapting their business processes and systems to stay ahead of the explosive demand for digital content and services, ensuring a more efficient and flexible technology platform to grow digital-service revenues.” Kress added: “Today, our supply-chain platform is helping our clients to process huge volumes of content. We have enabled our recording and film-studio clients, for example, to deliver digital content to over 1,000 partners, including major retailers such as Apple, Spotify and Amazon, in more than 70 countries. Over 50,000 products are delivered each hour. We hold most of the major music catalogues in our digital archives, including several million active consumable tracks.” Of music in general, Kress is seeing signs that the industry is picking up. “The market for recorded sales is expanding and digital sales are up,” he said. “Artists who might not otherwise find a way to make their music available now have new ways to distribute music through the internet.” He added: “There is increased understanding among policymakers that the internet does not make music ‘free’. There is greater acceptance of tighter copyright laws to protect artists’ and producers’ rights.”

For this upturn to continue, however, it is crucial to strengthen monetisation models. “The key is to maximise revenues from products and services that consumers do not really feel they are paying for. Adding new consumption services will help us sell more music. We are fighting against piracy and free consumption patterns. “We need to monetise free music consumption patterns if we are to grow the industry.” And the outlook is good: “I’ve spent a substantial part of my career in music and entertainment and, right now, I’m excited by the many ways in which we can harness digital technology to help the industry to thrive.”

Accenture’s Rahmyn Kress: harnessing the power of digital technology

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Global Repertoire Database is alive, well and happening ICMP/MPA’s Stephen Navin: “ahead of schedule”

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HE MESSAGE from Midem’s GRD, It’s Started! session tomorrow will be that the long-awaited Global Repertoire Database (GRD) will launch on schedule. The European Commission-inspired database will be the first-ever centralised entity to hold data on the world’s copyrighted musical works when it is completed in 2015. As music becomes available in the form of digital files, the industry requires a one-stop database to hold information on who owns and controls what, plus when and how each musical work has been used. But whether the concept could ever have been realised has been a topic of endless debate. In response, international musicpublishing companies, royalties collecting societies and digital-media groups, including search-engine giant Google, joined forces to form the GRD Working Group.

The group is working with the 13 collecting societies worldwide that have agreed to fund the venture, provide their expertise and contribute their national copyright databases. “This is a revolutionary, visionary project and no one said it would be easy. But it is happening, despite the issues that bedevilled us in the past,” said Stephen Navin, moderator of the GRD, It’s Started! session. “The GRD is developing according to plan. In fact, I think we shall be ahead of schedule,” added Navin who is on the board of the ICMP, the international music-publishers’ trade body, and CEO of the UK’s Music Publishers Association (MPA). The ICMP and CISAC, the international collecting societies’ umbrella organisation, are organising the GRD, It’s Started! session.

Hopes for a two-way exchange between Moscow and Midem

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URI DEIKUN, managing director of the government-sponsored Moscow Innovation Development Centre, is at Midem on a fact-finding mission — and he likes what he has seen. “I particularly like the way that the conference programme is designed,” he said. “I have heard some very frank and open discussions here, and yet they are always friendly. This is a very friendly environment for doing business.” Deikun was particularly struck by the presence of so many national pavilions at Midem and is keen to present the idea on his return to Russia. “Moscow is a very different city under its new government,” he said. “A lot of young people who have been educated in Europe, or working for private companies, are now working for the Moscow government and they are doing a lot to change the perception of the city. Today, it is much more of a European city. It is keen to welcome foreign companies and so actively offers help with relocation issues like certification, regulation and training.” Deikun believes representatives of Moscow’s burgeoning IT sector would benefit from a presence at Midem — and that Mi-

dem delegates could learn a lot from them. He added: “We are going to continue to see a lot of changes in Moscow and I hope that a greater presence at future Midems can be a part of that.”

Moscow Innovation Development Centre’s Yuri Deikin: “This is a very friendly environment for doing business”

REED MIDEM’s Paul Zilk met with members of the Malaysian delegation before the Malaysian Supernova showcase last night. Pictured from left: Dr Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek of the ofwce of the Malaysian Prime MinisterÆ Paul ZilkÆ Ab haffar A Tambi, deputy secretary general at the Ministry of Information, Communications E Culture, Malaysia ­P®Æ and Norman Abdul Halim, chairman of RIM, the Recording Industry Association of Malaysia THE SH"7CASE of wnalists in the Midem Marketing Competition for the best use of music in commercials was held in rand Central yesterday. The winner will be announced today during Visionary Monday ICE ER Music roup signed a label deal yesterday with Canada’s Awesome Music for acts including Dune and The lue Van, which currently has 54 sync agreements in the US. Pictured here celebrating the deal are Iceberg’s Manfred Zahringer ­left®, Awesome Music’s Asim Awan and Mette 7iene Zahringer, and Iceberg’s "le aer Thomasen T"DAY sees the launch of the Association For Electronic Music ­AFEM® p the wrst genre-based music association to be launched since 1™58, when the Country Music Association was started. The oint founders of AFEM — lawyer Kurosh Nasseri ­left®, who represents Paul van Dyk and Afroack and en Turner, cofounder of IMS — will be unveiling the details at 13.00 in the Midem Academy

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OBALT, the global independent music publishing and services company, is at Midem following the launch of its new labelservices and neighbouring-rights divisions. Kobalt founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz will be in conversation tomorrow with Billboardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bill Werde. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will reveal some new developments we are about to launch at Kobalt, as well as speak on some of the key issues that I believe are critical to the future of the industry,â&#x20AC;? he said. Kobalt recently signed deals to represent some of musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest stars, including Sir Paul McCartney and his company MPL, Dave Grohl, Lady Antebellum, Thom Yorke, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. And, Ahdritz said, it is â&#x20AC;&#x153;on the brink of launching new technology that is another game changerâ&#x20AC;?. But little has changed in terms of Kobaltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business model. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our model from day one was to be a transparent, service-based company completely adapted to the industry shift to a complex digital environment of billions of high volume, low-value transactions,â&#x20AC;? Ahdritz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been growing tremendously by delivering our clients with what they need: customised business solutions, transparent accounting, faster payments, more money, global creative services,

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and the deepest level of tracking and access to information from direct collections worldwide. The formula works.â&#x20AC;? In Cannes, Ahdritz and his colleagues are meeting Kobaltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partners and clients from around the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We use Midem to forge new relationships, introduce new services, and learn and listen to our clients and peers,â&#x20AC;? Ahdritz added. Paul Hitchman, managing director of Kobalt Label Services, which is soon launching its ďŹ rst release with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, is also in Cannes, along with Hans Van Berkel, executive chairman of Kobalt Neighbouring Rights.

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uView AR adds new dimension to Bon Joviâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s What About Now

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COMPOSER James BKS Edjouma has worked with A-list artists such as Snoop Dogg and P Diddy but it was a visit to Midem a few years back that inspired him to get more into composing music for images. “What I learnt in Cannes set me off on a career path that has since led to me working with BETC, Fred&Farid, Green United, and Benzene Music,” he said. “I recently composed the music for a Desperados Camapaign and for coffee brand L’Or Espresso”

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Debates

Featured speakers

Monday 28th January 2013

Open discussions on hot 2013 topics

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14:30 – 15:00 15:00 – 15:10

11:05 - 11:45 Artists Leveraging Tech & Brands 17:10 – 18:10 How the Music Industry Manages Innovation

Highlights Discover the winners of our competitions 11:55 - 12:20 Midemlab

Jyrki Rosenberg

Robert Scoble

Lang Lang

Rémi Babinet

VP & Global Head of Entertainment, Nokia (Finland)

Startup Liaison Officer, Rackspace Hosting (USA)

Pianist (China)

Chairman & Global Creative Director, BETC, and MD, Havas (France)

Auditorium Debussy, Level 1 (Direct access from La Croisette)

15:10 – 15:30 Midem Marketing Competition

Breakfast & Networking Break 15:30 – 16:00

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10:30 – 11:00 Breakfast Foyer Auditorium Debussy Sponsored by

16:00 – 16:30 Networking Break

Paul Mascarenas

TJ Kang

John Hayes

Mark Hoppus

CTO, Ford (USA)

SVP Service Planning, Samsung Electronics (USA / South Korea)

EVP & CMO, American Express (USA)

Musician & Record Producer, Blink-182 (USA)

Foyer Auditorium Debussy Sponsored by

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Jarre builds bridges Nowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the time to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;go for itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Africa, Gresham urges and fights for rights I N HIS 41st year at Midem, David Gresham sees plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future of the music industry in Africa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The launch of iTunes in Africa in December has made a big diďŹ&#x20AC;erence in that we can extend our reach into North Africa, as well as into Central African territories such as Nigeria and Kenya,â&#x20AC;? said the founder of South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The David Gresham Record Company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I ďŹ rmly believe this is an exciting time for the pan-African music scene and that nowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the time to really go for it in terms of building new markets.â&#x20AC;? Gresham is also building his roster of local acts, with Jimmy Nevis and The Plastics both making inroads abroad. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jimmy is with Ultra

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EAN Michel Jarre is at Midem with two missions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to help build bridges between the music industries of China, Taiwan and the West; and to lend his support to the French collecting society SACEM, and its dynamic new president, JeanNoel Tronc. The French electronic composer and performer appeared on the panel of last nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Innovation Factory seminar, How French And Taiwan Superstars Are Paving The Way To Asiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Largest Market, alongside Mandopop sensation Jolin Tsai. Speaking before the event, he told Midem News: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a long relationship with the country and a great respect for its music. I feel I can help highlight some of the issues that can make doing business in China and Taiwan a challenge for Western companies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and vice versa.â&#x20AC;? Jarre, who opened an electronic music department at Beijing university in the early Eighties and donated the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst ever synthesiser, remains a popular artist in China, where he has appeared several times since his debut concert in Beijing in 1981. Jarre has long been a vocal supporter of IP protection, lobbying on behalf of artists, authors and composers, who believe they are being unfairly recompensed for the use of their work by ISPs, telecom operators and file-sharing sites. He said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unacceptable that the authors are the only people in the creative ecosystem who are not benefiting from their

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own creative efforts. The commercial strength of the music industry depends on its capacity to protect its product and I am happy to help SACEM in their mission to achieve this.â&#x20AC;?

ERLIN, the global agency representing the digital rights of independent labels, continues to take on challenges as it celebrates its ďŹ fth anniversary at Midem. Having oďŹ&#x192;cially begun operations at Midem 2008, it now represents more than 400 independent labels in 34 countries on all continents. Merlin has since fought and won rights disputes with some of the most controversial illegal peer-to-peer music-distribution platforms, including Kazaa, LimeWire and Grooveshark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since that time, streaming, cloud and mobile-bundling services have emerged,â&#x20AC;? said Charles Caldas, Merlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CEO. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The agency now feels its launch was a timely creation that has added value to the indie sector.â&#x20AC;?

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Records in the US, plus he is now signed in most of the major European territories,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are also getting a lot of interest in The Plastics from some very ďŹ ne labels. And in our domestic market, we have done well over the last year with Alanis Morrissette, The Temper Trap and R&B singer Faith Evans.â&#x20AC;?

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Merlin is, however, now clashing with the relaunched version of MySpace. The once pioneering music-focused social-media network (partly owned by Justin Timberlake) is allegedly featuring unauthorised tracks by Merlin members. Merlin is ďŹ ghting back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; works are not the long tail of obscure repertoire, but all kinds of labels that oďŹ&#x20AC;er highly commercial sounds,â&#x20AC;? Caldas said. Merlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Charles Caldas: â&#x20AC;&#x153;adding value to the indie sectorâ&#x20AC;?

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It’s strictly Tabu for Demon Music Group

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CONIC soul label Tabu Records is set to relaunch following an exclusive licence deal with Demon Music Group. Founded by the legendary Clarence Avant in 1976, Tabu made household names of his headline acts, which included Alexander O’Neal, Cherrelle and the SOS Band. Demon’s reissue campaign will incorporate digital and expanded CD versions of all the key Tabu releases, alongside collectable 12inch and vinyl editions of signature hits. Michael Neidus, head of DMG TV at Demon, said the Tabu deal had been three

years in the making. “Demon’s commercial director, Adrian Sear, and I had noticed the inactivity of Tabu over several years,” he said. “We wanted to have the opportunity to give it a deluxe overhaul and take the catalogue from the existing fan base through to a new generation.” Demon’s relaunch strategy began with the soft-launch of some download-only collections at the end of last year. It is now in the planning stages of a comprehensive re-issue campaign leading into early 2014. It is also working on a 60-minute radio special on Tabu, destined for a national UK network, to coincide with the relaunch. Neidus believes that Tabu has the power and traction to succeed in an age of self-made music and artists-as-music-execs. “Tabu remains an iconic label that made global superstars of its best artists,” he said. “Clarence Avant didn’t just create a label in Tabu — he created a legacy with a sound that defined and spanned an entire decade. Tabu was to soul/R&D/dance in the Eighties what Philadelphia International Records was to the Seventies.”

Demon’s Michael Neidus: “a legacy” more than a label

SongPop takes its winning ways into more markets

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HE TEAM behind SongPop — the mobile game that topped Facebook’s ranking of top 25 social games of 2012 — is at Midem to explore new avenues to bring SongPop and its 60 million-plus users to yet more markets, music genres and media. SongPop was developed by serial entrepreneur Mathieu Nouzareth and his team at New York City-based social and mobile-gaming start-up FreshPlanet, which was founded in 2009 by Nouzareth and his brother Romain. It is a fun and fast-paced game, in which players must guess the titles of song clips and send challenges to friends. “New features enable players to meet friends based on musical affinity, as well as click through to a multitude of sites to view

favorite clips and purchase tracks,” said Romain Nouzareth, who is at Midem with colleague Siggy Paquet. Other new offers include ‘best match’, artist tour information, geolocalisation and post-game chat. Nearly 65 million “addicts” have now played the game, testing their knowledge across musical genres, discovering new sounds and rediscovering nostalgic classics. “SongPop is the first music app Facebook has ever had in its list of top-ranked apps,” Nouzareth added. “It is also iTunes’ number-one source of music sales from Facebook.” SongPop operates on a ‘freemium’ model — the basic app is free but players use a virtual currency to pay for advanced features, such as access to new playlists, power-ups and VIP passes.

SongPop’s Romain Nouzareth (left) and Siggy Paguet: exploring new markets, music genres and media

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Cannes welcomes winner of USA Campus Radio Contest

Downtown ‘honoured’ to be new home of John and Yoko

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ADIO DJ Angie Szani — or Type A as she is known to her listeners — is the winner of the USA Campus Radio Contest, co-sponsored by Ubiquity HD Radio, CMJ and Midem. Radio WSOU presenter Szani’s prize was a trip to Cannes for Midem with International Radio Festival (IRF) founder Darryl von Daniken. During her visit, she is making good use of her time by interviewing delegates with her technician colleague Victoria Haffner. “My interviews here at Midem are about the importance of radio,” she said. “And given the fact that I spend around 10 hours per week preparing the music for The Campus Buzz [her three-hour weekly show], I guess you could say that I’m a typical obsessive radio person.” WSOU is well known across the five boroughs of New York City as a rock/metal station, so

International Radio Festival’s Darryl von Daniken with radio DJ Angie Szani

Szani also does a four-hour slot playing metal. She added: “The Campus Buzz is about new folk and alt-rock artists, but I also do a stint playing rock because it’s part of WSOU’s image.” Next year, the competition will be going global and the prize will include trips to Midem and to the IRF, including participation in the conference programme.

Global future for Paris Opera

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PERA National de Paris subsidiary Paris Opera Productions has entered into an exclusive global distribution deal with Telmondis Distribution, a subsidiary of Lagardere Entertainment. Under the deal, Telmondis will distribute the televised recordings of opera and ballet productions performed by the Opera National de Paris for the current season through to 2015. Upcoming opera productions include Car-

men, Hansel And Gretel and La Gioconda. The ballet programme includes Sous Apparance, with music by Anton Bruckner and choreography by Marie-Agnes Gillot; Un Jour Ou Deux, with choreography by Merce Cunningham and original music by John Cage; O Composite, with choreography by Trisha Brown and original music by Laurie Anderson; and Don Quixote, choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev and featuring music by Ludwig Minkus.

OWNTOWN Music Publishing DMP will also represent the complete (DMP) has signed publishing admi- works of Yoko Ono, which includes Plasnistration agreements with Lenono tic Ono Band, her double-album opus Fly Music and Ono Music, home to the song and YOKOKIMTHURSTON, her recently catalogues of, respectively, John Lennon released collaboration with members of and Yoko Ono. Sonic Youth. Under the deal, which is “We are both honoured effective immediately, DMP and humbled to represent will represent Lennon’s solo the iconic songs of John works, including such clasand Yoko,” said Justin Kalisic titles as Imagine, Instant fowitz, president of DMP. Karma (We All Shine On), “We look forward to creaPower To The People, Hapting new opportunities that py Xmas (War Is Over), Jeawill expand the reach of lous Guy and (Just Like) John and Yoko: new start for their timeless music and “timeless music and message” Starting Over. message.”

eOne and Virtual extend pact

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NTERTAINMENT One (eOne) Distribution and Virtual Label have renewed their successful partnership. After three years of distributing recordings by Virtual acts and labels, a Midem deal has seen the partnership extended for a further two years. Virtual is home to artists such as Grammyaward winner Dan Zanes, Sean Lennon, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. It is also an umbrella music company housing such labels as Cumbancha, Pressure Sounds and ROIR. Jim Cuomo, eOne Distribution’s executive vice-president and general manager of music distribution, said: “It is our privilege to be representing Virtual’s artists and music, and we are proud to be the ones to deliver the music

eOne Distribution’s Jim Cuomo (left) shakes on a renewed partnership with Virtual Label’s Peter Wright

to a hungry domestic market in the US.” Virtual Label founder Peter Wright added: “eOne and its staff understand the kind of music we’re selling and appreciate what we’re trying to achieve.”

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FRENCH Minister of Culture and Communication, Aurelie Filippetti, visited stands on a tour of the Palais yesterday

FINNISH Minister for European Affairs and Trade, Alexander Stubb, is in Cannes today to support the more than 20 companies on the Music Finland stand at Midem

EUROPEAN Commissioner for the Internal Market & Services, Michel Barnier, spoke at the Music For Everyone session on the digital economy yesterday

At the stand of German industry body GEMA, yesterday: Dr Harald Heker, CEO of GEMA (left); Dagmar Sikorski-Grossmann of Sikorski Music Publishers; Bernd Neumann, German Minister of State for Culture and the Media; and Hans-Joachim Otto, Secretary of State for the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology

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