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The ten most-read news stories on the CMU site in March 2015

By | Published on Tuesday 7 April 2015

Kylie Minogue

Right at the end of March, Jay-Z relaunched his newly acquired Tidal streaming service, lining up a whole load of millionaire musicians to talk up just how great the whole thing is/was/will be.

A large number of those artists are managed by Jay-Z’s own Roc Nation company, or other Live Nation affiliates, and reportedly walked away with $3 million as an incentive to become shareholders in Tidal. One of those artists was not Kylie Minogue, her having recently severed ties with Roc Nation. Was that a blunder on her part? You can decide for yourself. But her confirmation of the split was our most-read news story for the whole month of March, so at least she got something out of it.

Another big story in March was the Gaye family’s battle against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, the conclusion of which rose to number eight in our chart. It was pushed down by a lot of goings on with web-blocks and other attempts to boost streaming services. At the bottom of the list is an old story about the Osmonds learning dance moves from Chuck Norris, which received a boost when Donny Osmond posted it on his Facebook page for some reason.

Our most-read feature for March was one about the emerging digital spectrum and the challenge of freemium. After that came an Approved column on Ratking, another CMU Trends piece on Iceland Airwaves, and two Beef Of The Week columns – one on McDonald’s SXSW branding, the other on Natalia Kills and Willy Moon’s departure from the judging panel of ‘X-Factor’ in New Zealand.

The top ten most-read news stories in full:

01: Kylie Minogue confirms Roc Nation departure
02: Somalian domain registry cancels Kickass domain, while web-blocks continue in Europe
03: WiMP brand to be phased out as Jay-Z takes control of Tidal
04: Tool conclude lawsuit, re-focus on new album
05: Grooveshark revamps
06: Pirate Bay blocks fall after SSL switch
07: Bono writes about accident and recovery
08: Deezer Elite goes global with same price point as US
09: Gaye family win Blurred Lines dispute
10: Chuck Norris to thank for Osmonds dance moves

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