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It’s CMU’s big old review of the music business year 2022

By | Published on Wednesday 21 December 2022


It’s CMU’s big old review of the music business year – where we identify and explain ten of the key trends and developments in the business of music in the last twelve months.

In part one of the big review we summarise the ongoing economics of streaming debate, the resurgence (or not) of the live music industry, the continued increase in song-theft lawsuits, the growing trend of interpolation in pop, and the licensing of music on social media platforms.

Click here to read part one.

We also discuss each of those five developments in the final edition of the Setlist podcast of the year – setting ourselves the task of summarising each topic in just five minutes.

Click here to check out the Setlist review of the year.

In part two of the big review we consider the continued importance of premium streaming services, the music industry’s ever evolving relationship with user-generated content platforms, the campaign against merch commissions in live music, the ongoing debate about the future of the BBC, and all things Web3, metaverse and AI.

Click here to read part two.

We also recently ran a three part webinar series in which CMU’s Chris Cooke talked through in more detail the top five revenue, copyright and digital music trends of the last year. You can currently buy access to recordings of those webinars and all the accompanying resources.

Click here to access the Music Business Trends 2022 webinar series.