Well, after a short break for the holidays, the BIZ is back and ready to educate you some more. Here's what's goin' on in January 2006:

January

5-8 International Consumer Electronics Show
Various Locations
Las Vegas, NV
866-233-7968

If you're really into gadgets and electronics, what better combination than the CES show and Las Vegas. This is a no brainer. Plenty of stuff to check out before it hits the stores. Call for exact locations in Sin City.
17 The Future of Branded Entertainment
Renaissance Hotel
Hollywood, CA
646-654-4660

Ever since Billboard started this series on branding and marketing, it's been a complete success. Listen to top marketing and promotion experts from the industry discuss the latest trends and how-ho's of this exciting market. And the hotel is smokin'—right at the Kodak Center in the heart of Hollywood.
19-22 NAMM Show
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA
www.thenammshow.com

Although this show is generally not open to the public, you'd be surprised at how many average Joes are there. If you want to see the latest gear—from guitars to turntables to microphones to ear plugs, this is the mother of all conventions. Bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes because the convention center is huge. You'll also see merchandise demonstrations and celebrities who have endorsements. A great time for all.
22-26 MIDEM
Palais des Festivales
Cannes, France
www.midem.com

Apart from the incredible location of Cannes, France, this is the place to hobnob with the stars and industry bigwigs of both movies and records. Discussions will include digital music revenues, reaching new emerging markets, digital promotion, and new video and radio services, to name a few. Speakers will include experts from AOL, Clear channel, EMI Music, Motorola, Sprint, Sony/BMG, TVT Records and the Warner music Group among hundreds of others. Worth its weight in gold. Here's where deals are made!











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