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CMU Podcast: The Digital Pie, Amazon Prime Music, vKontakte, Zayn Malik

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Digital Pie

CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including the latest on the digital pie debate, Amazon Prime Music’s UK launch, Russian social network vKontakte’s “goodwill agreement” with Sony Music, and Zayn Malik’s contract signing frenzy. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital.

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Stories discussed this week:

The digital pie debate

German publishers up the ante in digital pie debate
German publishers and music authors call for equal streaming pay (Billboard)

Amazon Prime Music

Amazon Prime Music arrives in the UK
• Amazon launches music streaming service in the UK (BBC News)


Controversial Russian social network reaches ‘goodwill agreement’ with Sony Music
• ‘Russian Facebook’ Settles Piracy Dispute With Sony Music (Billboard)
• How to pronounce vKontakte (Forvo)

Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik signs with Turn First Artists
Zayn Malik signs solo deal with RCA

Listen to this week’s CMU Approved artists:

• Kiiara
• GJan
• Jim Perkins
• Memory Maze

What we didn’t have time to talk about:

New Beatport CEO as SFX rejigs management structure
Plaintiffs present “smoking gun” in Happy Birthday case
Warner definitely out and iHeartRadio in at Snapchat Discover
Apple Music has signed up over ten million, say label sources
Avicii and Deadmau5 spend more time than they should caring about Noel Gallagher’s opinion
Meek Mill/Drake squabble continues

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