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The ten most-read news stories on the CMU site in 2014

By | Published on Thursday 8 January 2015

Gary Glitter

So, that was 2014. Yeah, it’s gone now. If you lean slightly to the left you might be able to catch a glimpse of it before it goes around the corner. And it was a busy one, huh? Lots going on in the music industry, as you’ll see in this round-up of articles looking back at the twelve month period just gone.

But what stories got the most traffic on the CMU website overall in 2014? If that’s the sort of thing you’d be interested in knowing, then you have arrived at the right place. Well done you.

Digital music legitimate, illegal and somewhere in between dominated the top ten for the year, with stories on The Pirate Bay, Grooveshark, SoundCloud and YouTube star Michelle Phan all appearing.

At number one was news of Gary Glitter aka Paul Gadd’s latest sexual abuse charges, above controversial comments from Ariel Pink (actually dating from 2012), the investigation into the death of former Static X frontman Wayne Static, HMV closing stores where it was unable to renegotiate rent prices, and a lesson in how sarcasm in headlines doesn’t always come across. Especially where One Direction are concerned.

All of which is pretty gloomy. There was a bit of positive light though. In at number ten is a report on Marc Gieger’s presentation at MIDEM. The William Morris Endeavor Head Of Music predicted that far from being on its last legs, he foresees the music rights industry growing into a sector that pulls in $100 billion a year.

In CMU features, our Artists Of The Year piece on Babymetal was the most popular of 2014, with the full round up of all ten of our favourite artists fourth. Second was a feature on the key music business trends of 2013, following by a Festival Line-Up Update column (from 2013) listing the first additions to last year’s V Festival, and in fifth place Dan Le Sac’s article on the rise of Royal Blood.

The top ten most-read news stories in full:

01: Gary Glitter to face trial over new sexual abuse charges
02: SoundCloud to switch off its ‘classic mode’
03: MEP meets with jailed Pirate Bay founder
04: Ariel Pink talks drugs, gay marriage and “immature” new LP
05: Grooveshark removed from Chromecast
06: No foul play in Wayne Static death
07: YouTube star Michelle Phan counter sues Ultra Records
08: Big One Direction news
09: HMV closes stores where more favourable rents not available
10: William Morris Endeavor’s Geiger Predicts $100 billion music industry

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