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Lucky for some, isn’t it? Daily Mail runs report claiming Sony Music boss Rob Stringer got his CBE after Right Angles PR (who cost a modest £18k per month) lobbied for letters to support the application…

The trouble with the internet is it always leaves a paper trail behind. And no matter how much you try to clean up or avoid making a mark in the first place, a trace of something will always be left online. With more and more aspects of our lives being…

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So you wonder why I gave up making music? In a climate where 82% of all music streamed in the USA is now old music, new stuff has never found it so tough to break through…

Last summer, I published an article commenting on the fact 66% of all audio streaming in the USA consisted of so-called catalogue material. And just to be absolutely clear here, catalogue material is anything which was released more than 18 months ago. It’s one of the reasons why labels and…

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Larry The Loafer is back! BPI put out report saying 2000 artists get over ten MILLION streams per year in Britain – so can boss Geoff Taylor explain some other things?

It’s something of a mystery to me exactly who the representatives of the record labels, the British Phonographic Industry, actually represent these days. In recent times, their voice has been entirely absent from debates over how fair streaming is - and the favourite stooge of the labels has also failed…

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Oh to have been a fly on the wall! Sony boss Rob Stringer gets a CBE in the New Year’s Honours – but what DID Universal’s Lucian Grainge (who got one in 2010) make of it?

Over the weekend, the New Year’s Honours list came out. To those of you from outside the UK, honours are handed out by The Queen twice each year in recognition of various achievements or contributions to life. I understand similar versions of the honours take place in some Commonwealth countries,…

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Avicii’s father calls for artists to receive more mental health support – but in an industry where funds are set up to help them pay their winter bills, will the heartless majors take any notice?

I can still remember the moment back in 2018 when I discovered that Tim Bergling, who produced music under the name Avicii, had died. He rose to fame in the mid-2000s and was mentored for a time in his early career by Laidback Luke and did very well for a…

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I wondered what Larry The Loafer was doing these days! BPI boss Geoff Taylor delivers an end of year message – but whose hand was up his back passage as he wrote it?

Everyone seems to think they're The Queen these days. Such is this sententious and pompous urge felt by many public figures to give the world some kind of end of year message. And for once, the music industry - normally happy to dispense of formalities such as rules - are…

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Who seriously cares? My own question for Music Business Worldwide as they ask whether Universal or Spotify will be worth more at 2021’s end…

Back on Monday, Music Business Worldwide asked what they thought was an important question concerning Universal Music Group and Spotify. “Which of music’s two giants will be worth more at the end of 2021?”, pontificated their headline entirely in capital letters. And here in the real world, a number of…

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Over two MILLION streams and just over £93 in the bank: the truth of what’s behind those glossy Spotify Wrapped graphics as NZCA Lines blows the whole thing open…

Why would anyone bother making music in this day and age? Whilst I'm not saying that money should be the sole driver for producers, singers and the rest, getting paid for your work is certainly a helpful motivation elsewhere in life. Would you expect the binman to collect your rubbish…

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PRS for Music launch fund to help musicians pay their winter bills – but in a climate where Universal’s Lucian Grainge gets paid £150million, isn’t this just a sticking plaster for a far bigger problem?

Unless you've been living under a rock recently, you can't have possibly failed to notice that your money doesn't go quite as far as it used to. Food costs are up, fuel costs are up and energy bills are also up. It's mostly a result of the economy reopening in…

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Want to know why Amateur’s House backs the #BrennanBill? These four men are worth over £3½ BILLION between them, yet they preside over an industry where a third of musicians made nothing this year – things cannot go on like this…

If you read this blog regularly, you'll have no doubt seen the above photo a few times. It features Daniel Ek, Rob Stringer, Stephen Cooper and Lucian Grainge. They are the CEOs of Spotify, Sony Music, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group respectively. And it's no exaggeration to say…

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