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CMU Podcast: RIAA, Songkick, Spotify, Justin Bieber

By and | Published on Friday 25 March 2016


CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including US record industry figures published by the RIAA, Songkick’s litigation against Live Nation, Spotify’s stats and settlements, and Justin Bieber calling time on meets and greets. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital.

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Stories discussed this week

• Streaming now the US record industry’s biggest revenue generator, so streaming really has to work then
• Songkick files new legal papers in Live Nation battle, as Ticketmaster partners with Bandsintown
• Spotify passes 30 million paid subscribers, updates mobile ad platform
• Spotify agrees settlement over mechanicals with NMPA
• Justin Bieber can’t meet fans because their spiritual energy makes him unhappy

CMU Approved

• Le Voir
• I Wear Experiment

What we didn’t have time to talk about

Paul McCartney has filed the paperwork to reclaim his Sony/ATV-controlled songs
• Sony and SoundCloud confirm and comment on licensing deal
• Kesha files appeal in renewed bid to be cut free from Dr Luke and Sony
• Sex Pistols graffiti granted listed status
• Lambeth’s David Bowie mural to be listed
• Cornish teenagers set Dave Grohl on local council

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