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CMU Podcast: SoundCloud, Sony Music, Gig licensing

By and | Published on Friday 16 December 2016


CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last week, including what the future may hold for SoundCloud now that talks for Spotify to buy it are off, the latests revamps and possible revamps at Sony Music, and the government’s opposition to adding the consideration of “cultural benefits” to live music licensing rules. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital.

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Stories discussed this week:

Spotify drops plans to buy SoundCloud
Revamp of Sony’s entertainment business could more closely align Sony Music with Sony/ATV
• New boss at RCA UK as Sony Music completes senior management restructure
• Government opposes adding “cultural benefit” to gig licensing criteria

In brief:

Music industry writes open letter to Donald Trump – piracy and safe harbours are the focus
Bestival is moving
Robbie Williams partners with Ticketmaster and Shazam on interactive ticket
Neil Young’s Pono planning move into high quality streaming
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith opens new music department in Bedfordshire school

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