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Complete Music Update (CMU)

SETLIST is the music business podcast from CMU. CMU helps people to navigate and understand the music business through media, training, research and events.
Artists go to war over venue merch commissionsYet another song theft case? You got it!Five music controversies to expect in 2022
CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke discuss five companies likely to find themselves involved in big music industry controversies in 2022. They span the economics of streaming debate, the major label system, the live industry, digital licensing and more. Some of these companies will be more used to finding themselves the focus of people’s anger than others, and some more willing to fight back than others.  SECTION TIMES 01: Spotify (00:04:29) 02: Universal (00:19:48) 03: Viagogo (00:28:13) 04: Twitter (00:35:13) 05: Live Nation (00:43:56) (Timings may be slightly different due to adverts) FURTHER READING • Streaming services push for pre-2018 song royalty rate in US Copyright Royalty Board proceedings (October 2021) • Songwriter groups make final submission to review of US royalty rates on discs and downloads (November 2021) • Artist Rights Alliance calls Spotify’s Discovery Mode “exploitative and unfair” (May 2021) • Believe, TuneCore and DistroKid formally endorse Spotify’s controversial Discovery Mode (July 2021) • Universal Music shares surge 38% on day one of trading (September 2021) • MPs again call for performer ER on streams as Universal boss’s £150 million pay packet is compared to songwriter earnings (November 2021) • Ed Sheeran secures injunction against Viagogo over touted tickets in Germany (December 2021) • NMPA chief says Twitch’s music licensing blog post contains some “astounding admissions” (December 2020) • DistroKid announces partnership with Twitch (February 2021) • Warner Music and Twitch announce new deal (September 2021) • Congress members hit out at Twitter over rights management systems and lack of music licences (August 2021) • Congressional committee demands documents and information from Live Nation in relation to Astroworld tragedy (December 2021) MORE FROM CMU • Buy MMF and CMU Insights’ Dissecting The Digital Dollar book on Amazon • Sign up to receive the CMU Daily news bulletin
10-01-2022
51 mins
Review of the music business year 2021There’s only room for one Republic in music, says UniversalThe legal fall out from the Astroworld tragedy
CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke discuss the tragedy that occurred at Travis Scott's Astroworld festival in Houston Texas on Friday 5 Nov. Ten* people were killed and hundreds more injured after a dangerous crowd-surge occurred during Scott's headline set at the festival. A criminal investigation is now underway to ascertain the sequence of events that led to the injuries and deaths, and to what extent poor planning or bad decision making on the ground contributed to the tragedy. Meanwhile, over 100 lawsuits have been filed by victims of the event, with many more expected. *This episode was recorded before the death of nine year old Ezra Blount. STORIES DISCUSSED THIS WEEK • Travis Scott's Astroworld festival subject to criminal investigation and civil action, after eight people killed during crowd surge • Astroworld lawsuits mount up, as further statements are issued over festival tragedy • Lawyers for Astroworld victims get access to the festival's site, as calls for independent investigation increase • Travis Scott's attorney criticises Houston officials for inconsistent statements and "finger-pointing" in wake of the Astroworld tragedy • Travis Scott urges Astroworld victims to get in touch as another festival-goer dies from her injuries ALSO MENTIONED • Astroworld promo video (Instagram) • Travis Scott sued over balcony fall at New York gig • Travis Scott's attorney says rapper didn’t know about deadly crowd chaos (Good Morning America/YouTube) • Rapper’s rowdy past raises red flags in Astroworld lawsuits (Associated Press) • Gwen Stefani sued for encouraging fans to rush forward at gig • Gwen Stefani still faces injured fan lawsuit, but Live Nation is off the hook MORE FROM CMU • Buy MMF and CMU Insights' Dissecting The Digital Dollar book on Amazon • Sign up to receive the CMU Daily news bulletin
15-11-2021
28 mins
Jay-Z in court over "crappy, lazy" perfume launchCOVID-19 wipes nearly $1 billion off song royaltiesCounting the impact of COVID on the UK music industryColdplay's plans to make touring eco-friendlyTina Turner's big money brand and rights dealDonald Trump's Electric Avenue fair use failureThe government responds to Parliament’s streaming reportSetlist Live from Spot+
Setlist’s Chris Cooke presents a live version of the programme at the Spot+ conference in Aarhus, Denmark. He is joined by a panel of industry experts to review key events in music and the music business from the last week, including the RIAA’s latest stats, Portishead’s user-centric royalties on SoundCloud, Epic Games and Apple, COVID passports, and why Ed Sheeran hates American awards ceremonies.  PANEL • Maria Borg, Digital Partners & Export Manager at discowax / Sony Music • Helienne Lindvall, songwriter + board director at Ivors Academy • Daniel Nordgård, Associate Professor in music business at University Of Agder • Josh Greenberg, Creative Strategy Consultant at Green Mountain Lodge • Stein Bjelland, President at Stein70000 + Chair of Music Norway SECTION TIMES 01: RIAA (00:04:37) 02: SoundCloud (00:26:05) 03: Epic v Apple (00:35:00) 04: COVID passports (00:48:28) 05: Ed Sheeran (00:55:46) (Timings may be slightly different due to adverts) STORIES DISCUSSED THIS WEEK • US record industry scores 27% growth in first half of 2021 • SoundCloud says user-centric boosted the royalties for Portishead’s SOS by 500% • Epic v Apple ruling favours the tech giant, but forces big concession on the App Store’s payment rules • COVID Passports remain in UK government’s Plan B for tackling the next phase of the pandemic • American awards ceremonies are “horrible”, says Ed Sheeran MORE FROM CMU • Buy MMF and CMU Insights’ Dissecting The Digital Dollar book on Amazon • Sign up to receive the CMU Daily news bulletin
20-09-2021
1 hr 4 mins
Anarchy in the High Court - it's the Sex Pistols!
26-07-2021
38 mins
The things people still get wrong about streaming – dissecting the Economics Of Streaming reportLet's fix streaming by taxing the superstarsBrexit negotiator says touring issues aren't his problemDamon Dash and the court-blocked Jay-Z NFT
CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last week, including the court order barring Damon Dash from auctioning an NFT that the Roc-A-Fella record label claims is an attempt to sell off copyright in Jay-Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt’ album that he does not own, and the private Universal Music share deal that edges it closer to a public stock market listing. SECTION TIMES 01: Jay-Z NFT (00:7:38) 02: Universal Music (00:23:57) (Timings may be slightly different due to adverts) STORIES DISCUSSED THIS WEEK • Damon Dash sued over Reasonable Doubt NFT • New York court blocks Damon Dash from selling Reasonable Doubt NFT – for now • Vivendi finalises $4 billion deal to sell 10% of Universal Music ahead of stock market listing • Vivendi shareholders approve plan for spinning off Universal Music ALSO MENTIONED • Andrew Lloyd Webber says he will not defy COVID-19 rules to open his new musical at full capacity this week • UK ministers refusing to published Events Research Programme results for PR reasons is causing more cancellations, says Kendal Calling • MPs join industry in criticising delay in publishing findings of UK government’s Events Research Programme • UK government now says Events Research Programme findings “likely” to be published “shortly” MORE FROM CMU • Book your place on CMU’s weekly webinars • Buy MMF and CMU Insights’ Dissecting The Digital Dollar book on Amazon • Sign up to receive the CMU Daily news bulletin
28-06-2021
33 mins
Could this bold new law finally fix streaming?

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