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

By | Published on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Peter Sunde

The most-read story on the CMU website in August was news of MEP Julia Reda’s visit to the Swedish prison where Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde is currently being held. She later detailed her meeting with the file-sharing service’s former spokesperson, commenting on the difficulties he says he has ensuring his rights as a prisoner are properly observed.

However, the two dominant stories in this month’s top ten were the collapse of ATP’s Jabberwocky festival and Morrissey’s departure from Universal’s Harvest label, taking up five slots between them.

As well as reports on the fall out from the last minute Jabberwocky cancellation, our fifth most-read news story was one from 2012 on the last time ATP ran into financial problems. Just missing out on the top ten, meanwhile, was the final confirmation that Morrissey had indeed ended his licensing deal with Universal, leading to his album being removed from download stores and streaming services.

At number ten is the answer to the question, “What happens when a lot of people Google ‘how is Rick Parfitt doing’ all at about the same time?”

Our most popular features last month were a funny old collection, with an old Eddy Says column on Goldie’s Metalheadz label, an interview with sound engineer Bob Katz from last year, and a 2012 playlist put together by Soap&Skin all making the top five, along with new articles on a mix up between Supergrass and B*Witched tracks on Spotify, and this year’s Notting Hill Carnival.

The top ten most-read news stories in full:

01: MEP meets jailed Pirate Bay founder
02: Universal says ‘no comment’ on claims Morrissey has been dropped
03: ATP cancels Jabberwocky with just three days’ notice
04: Morrissey criticises label over inept video making
05: ATP comments on company closure
06: ATP puts refund responsibility on Dash, Pitchfork clarifies Jabberwocky involvement
07: Kate Bush photo expo opening soon in London
08: SoundCloud introduces ad-funded monetised accounts
09: Online music video ratings to be tested in October
10: Rick Parfitt doing fine following minor operation

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