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Setlist: The music business review of the year 2022

By and | Published on Monday 19 December 2022


In this final edition of the Setlist podcast for 2022, CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last year.

That includes: 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.

Apologies for the slight sound issues on some of this episode – one of us (naming no names) managed to record themselves through a microphone that wasn’t the one pointing at their face.

01: Economics of streaming (00:06:47)
02: Live industry (00:12:46)
03: Song-theft lawsuits (00:18:45)
04: Interpolation (00:24:59)
05: Licensing on social media (00:32:17)
(Timings may be slightly different due to adverts)

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• Artist remuneration remains a key sticking point as MPs return to the economics of streaming debate (November 2022)
CMA concludes that competition issues are not creating challenges for music-makers in the streaming economy (November 2022)
Goldman Sachs ‘Music In The Air’ report 2022 (June 2022)
Live Nation Q3 2022 results (November 2022)
Santigold cancels US tour: “I will not continue to sacrifice myself for an industry that has become unsustainable” (September 2022)
• Animal Collective cancel European shows after concluding that international touring in 2022 isn’t economically viable (October 2022)
• Lorde is the latest artist to discuss the challenges of touring in 2022 (November 2022)
Ed Sheeran discusses impact of ‘Shape Of You litigation after winning song-theft battle (April 2022)
Beyonce samples Show Me Love on first Renaissance single (June 2022)
Beyonce removes ‘Milkshake’ interpolation from new track following criticism from Kelis (August 2022)
Beyonce denies interpolating Right Said Fred track without permission (October 2022)
Universal Music wants Bang sanctioned over deleted TikTok videos (August 2022)
Bang infringed Sony Music’s rights in social media videos, court confirms (September 2022)
Now Warner Music sues Bang over the unlicensed music in its TikTok videos September 2022)
YouTube launches new music micro-licensing service for its video creators (September 2022)

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