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Shakira et Patricia Kaas se sont  faites épingler par Frédéric Mitterrand durant l'ouverture du MIDEM 2012 ce samedi 28 janvier à Cannes.

La  chanteuse colombienne  a reçu l'insigne de Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres qui « récompense les personnes qui se sont distinguées par leur création dans le domaine artistique ou littéraire, ou par la contribution qu'elles ont apportée au rayonnement des Arts et des Lettres en France et dans le monde » .

C’est en présence de ses parents que la chanteuse colombienne a reçu cette récompense des mains de Frédéric Mitterrand. Elle devient ainsi la première colombienne à accéder à cette distinction. « Vous apportez la gaité et l’impression de se sentir meilleurs » a souligné le Ministre de la Culture et de la Communication avant de décorer Shakira.
Une distinction qui récompense également le succès que Shakira rencontre depuis plusieurs années en France, et notamment en 2010 et 2011 avec son album "Sale el sol", écoulé à 435.000 unités en un peu plus d'un an. De cet album, en découle quelques tubes comme "Loca" et "Rabiosa". Mais c'est avec sa reprise du titre de Francis Cabrel que la chanteuse s'illustre dans le Top depuis quelques semaines. "Je l'aime à mourir"  est resté six semaines en tête des titres.

Au cours de la même cérémonie, Patricia Kaas a été élevée au rang d’officier des Arts et des Lettres en tant qu’ambassadrice d’un « blues à la française » et, Françoise Canetti, fille du légendaire découvreur et producteur de talents Jacques Canetti (découvreur de Brel et Brassens etc), a été faite chevalier des Arts et des Lettres en reconnaissance de la passion qu’elle met à perpétuer l’oeuvre de son père.




Commerce or chaos:

Why copyright still matters online?

. Robert Levine, Journalist, Free Ride is his first book

. Paul McGuinness, Managing Director, Principle Management

Sunday 29 January - 10.00



”Kaas chante Piaf”

In presence of talent Patricia Kaas

Sunday 29 January - 12.00



Getty press launch

In presence of Joss Stone, singer and songwriter

Sunday 29 January - 17.30



Wrap-up midem 2012

Tuesday 31 January - 10.30


Palais des Festivals

Blue Lounge – Level 01




MIDEM 2012

  28th of January 



Photo: (left to right) Sony’s Tim Schaff and Denis Kooker with moderator Ralph Simon, at yesterday’s Sony Networks press conference

midem cranked into life this morning, as delegates sat in on the first practical sessions of the weekend, held meetings, and milled about Cannes swapping gossip and opinions on the likely big issues of the conference.

And they are… There’s a big buzz around startups and developers. In talking to people, I’ve found intense interest in what the midem hack day is likely to throw up.

Judging by conversations with a couple of participants, apps built on Spotify’s recently-launched apps platform will be high in the mix. I’m also fascinated to see what the hackers make of the content available in EMI’s developer sandboxes.

Meanwhile, the startups in the midemlab contest have been buzzing around too: their pitch sessions already look like focal points for the weekend. A lot of people have been raving about Webdoc to me today – and the company’s just-announced deal to add widgets for SoundCloud, Songkick and Topspin shows it means business.

Sony Entertainment Network‘s press conference was also a highlight this afternoon, as the company talked about the global rollout of its Music Unlimited service.

The show was stolen, though, by Sony Music’s new digital boss Denis Kooker, who mounted a spirited defence of streaming and cloud music services, against a backdrop of concern within some quarters of the industry about whether they cannibalise download sales.

“At this point we don’t see any evidence that any one area is significantly cannibalistic to any other,” he said. “Ultimately, what we see is that our business is growing in the areas where subscription services are the predominant player in the market.”

This is one of the hot-button issues at midem this year: whether streaming cannibalises downloads. With artists like Adele, Coldplay and the Black Keys withholding their latest albums from streaming services, expect a lot more debate on the subject.

Facebook and social music will also be big talking points over the coming days: people are keen to hear what impact Facebook’s new open graph is having on music usage on partner services, as well as how the social network is working with artists and labels on digital marketing campaigns.

There is also some fun debate to be had around the competition between streaming services, as European firms like Spotify, Deezer and Simfy continue to roll out globally, while US services like Rhapsody and Rdio cross the Atlantic.

Plus, there is networking to be done! My hope this year is that midem doesn’t have quite as polarised a social scene – rightsholders in the Carlton and Majestic, startups in the pubs clustered around the station.

The divide has symbolised the cultural gulf between the music and tech worlds in the past, but this year I hope the two intermingle more – as long as there are no arguments over who’s picking up the tab!


Music Ally‘s Stuart Dredge will be filing regular reports for midemblog throughout midem. Follow him on Twitter here!



Sunday, 29th January 2012 from 8:30 PM to 1:00 AM

midem festival Palm Beach
midem 2012 will play host to the first midem festival, an exciting innovation to be staged in partnership with France’s major concert producer Alias.
Come and enjoy 3 nights (28,29, 30 of January) of unique live concerts in a marquee specially built for midem on Palm Beach Croisette.
Open to midem clients (free entrance, subject to availability) and general public (ticketing).

midem festival - night 2 - Programme
Sunday 29 January

STUCK IN THE SOUND (Discograph, France)

THE TING TINGS (Columbia/Sony Music , UK)
Pop, Rock

2MANYDJS (Pias Recording, Belgique)
Electro, Rock

In Association with



Stuck In The Sound Stuck In The Sound
Discograph, France Stuck in the Sound are a four-piece French Indie rock band hailing from Paris. The band is well-known on the Parisian and French scene for its energetic scenic performances. They released their debut album Nevermind the Living Dead in November 2006. The headlight song of the album was ToyBoy. In 2009, Stuck in the Sound release their second album : Shoegazing Kids.


2manydjs (dj set) 2manydjs (dj set)
Pias, Belgique

For those of you who don't know anything about Soulwax or 2manydjs....Their musical history is checkered with highlights. The sons of a noted Belgian radio DJ, the pair formed a rock band named Soulwax, who released several acclaimed records and toured extensively. At this time the brothers were also concurrently DJing under the names The Flying Dewaele Brothers & 2manyDJs to rapturous response both in clubs, on Belgian radio and beyond. In 2002 their massively acclaimed debut mix album 2manyDJs - As heard on Radio Soulwax Volume 2 was released on an unsuspecting world.  It changed the face of dance mix compilations forever simply by splicing hundreds of rock, electro, dance, hip hop and other classics from the depths of their vaults together. It was also fun!!! And somehow they had managed to do what so many had failed to do previously - bring that fun and chaos from the club into your home.


The Ting Tings The Ting Tings
Columbia/Sony Music

The Ting Tings -- a scrappy, dance-oriented indie pop duo consisting of singer and guitarist Katie White and drummer Jules De Martino -- formed in the Salford district of Manchester, England.
The Ting Tings began in 2008 being tipped for the top on many a Ones To Watch list (including #3 in the much coveted BBC Sounds Poll). Their debut album ‘We Started Nothing’ went straight to #1 in the album chart on release in May 2008 and has since reached double platinum status in the UK selling over 2 million albums worldwide.



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