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CMU Podcast: Music sales, mental health in music, and the Mercury Prize

By and | Published on Monday 31 July 2017

Entertainment Retailers Association

CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last week, including figures showing that UK music retail sales were up 11.2% in the first half of 2017 (all thanks to streaming), Help Musicians’ latest initiative to improve mental health in the music industry and this year’s Mercury Prize shortlist. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital.

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Stories discussed this week:

Quincy Jones wins $9.4 million in royalties battle with Michael Jackson estate
Streaming fuels 11.2% growth in music retail
• Help Musicians UK puts £100k into new mental health initiative
Mercury Prize shortlist sticks to classic listing format

In brief:

• Facebook buys rights management start-up Source3
Music education and grassroots venues must be better supported, or the music industry faces a “perfect storm”
BBC to fill 2018’s Glasto gap with its own music festival

Also mentioned:

The TW:TALKS podcast featuring comedian Phil Wang

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