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SETLIST is the music business podcast from CMU.CMU helps people to navigate and understand the music business through media, training, research and events.

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HMV, Spotify, Terminators

CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last seven days, including the deal to rescue HMV in the UK, Spotify becoming briefly profitable and then buying a couple of podcast companies, and new moves to make labels give back old artists their recording rights in the US. Setlist is sponsored by 7digital.

54mins

13 Feb 2019

Rank #1

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20 years of CMU – The evolution of NME

To celebrate CMU’s 20th birthday, over the next year we will present 20 special editions of Setlist, between them reviewing the 20 biggest stories CMU has covered over the last two decades. This week, the evolution of the NME from a traditional newsstand publication to a freebie mag to an online-only media brand. Setlist is sponsored by 7digital.

31mins

9 Jul 2018

Rank #2

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America's streaming royalties, Spotify, Review of 2015

In the final CMU Podcast of the year, CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review both the week and the year in music and the music business, including the Copyright Royalty Board ruling in the US and Spotify's latest hire, plus the key developments and stories, and artists and releases, from 2015. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital.

57mins

18 Dec 2015

Rank #3

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MMA, Spotify, BPI

CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last seven days, including the return of the Music Modernization Act, new double figure growth for the UK record business, and what it’s like being a shareholder in Spotify. Setlist is sponsored by 7digital.

39mins

16 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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20 years of CMU – The music industry v YouTube

This week's episode of Setlist is another marking CMU’s 20th birthday, the tenth in a series of special editions reviewing the 20 biggest stories CMU has covered over the last two decades. In this edition we look back at the rapid rise and subsequent evolution of YouTube and the music industry's love hate love hate relationship with it. Setlist is sponsored by 7digital.

43mins

14 Jan 2019

Rank #5

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EMI, Spotify, Nine Inch Nails

CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last seven days, including Sony's plans to become the majority shareholder in EMI Music Publishing, the official settlement of one of the big mechanical royalty lawsuits against Spotify, and how streaming is changing the definition of an album. Setlist is sponsored by 7digital.

43mins

30 May 2018

Rank #6

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NME, Spotify, Viagogo

CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last seven days, including the closure of the NME magazine, Spotify's impending stock market listing, and the latest Viagogo dissing. Setlist is sponsored by 7digital.

47mins

15 Mar 2018

Rank #7

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20 years of CMU - How web-blocking became the anti-piracy tool of choice

This week’s episode of Setlist is another marking CMU’s 20th birthday, the fifteenth in a series of special editions reviewing the 20 biggest stories CMU has covered over the last two decades. This time we look at the various strategies the music industry has employed to combat online piracy during that time, and how it ultimately settled on web-blocking as a preferred method. Setlist is sponsored by 7digital.

32mins

29 Apr 2019

Rank #8

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Spotify, Canada, Kanye

CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last seven days, including Wall Street's panic at Spotify's first financial report as a publicly listed company, the USA’s copyright beef with Canada, and Kanye West’s attempts to alienate all of his fans. Setlist is sponsored by 7digital.

41mins

7 May 2018

Rank #9

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Best Buy, Apple, Spice Girls

CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last seven days, including the news that US retailer Best Buy plans to stop selling CDs and reports that Apple Music will have more American subscribers than Spotify by the summer, plus the possible Spice Girls reunion and how holograms might be a more practical solution. Setlist is sponsored by 7digital.

40mins

12 Feb 2018

Rank #10

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Tencent, Kraftwerk, Neil Young

CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last couple of weeks, including Tencent Music's IPO and legal woes, what the EU Advocate General has to say about the copyright implications of uncleared sampling and Neil Young's bid to stop Barclaycard sponsoring his London show. Setlist is sponsored by 7digital.

43mins

23 Dec 2018

Rank #11

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Anti-piracy, indie festivals, social prescribing

CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last seven days, including Google's latest anti-piracy bragging, new figures about the independent festival market and the argument that NHS doctors should be prescribing gig tickets instead of drugs. Setlist is sponsored by 7digital.

43mins

16 Nov 2018

Rank #12

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20 years of CMU - The business of talking about artists

This week’s episode of Setlist is another marking CMU’s 20th birthday, the thirteenth in a series of special editions reviewing the 20 biggest stories CMU has covered over the last two decades. This time we discuss how CMU has always covered the big artist news stories as well as reporting on the business side of things. We then review three artists stories we followed particularly closely, including the Phil Spector murder trial, the tragically short career of Amy Winehouse and the many exploits of Justin Bieber.

31mins

8 Mar 2019

Rank #13

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20 years of CMU – The rise and rise and rise of Live Nation

This week’s episode of Setlist is another marking CMU’s 20th birthday, the penultimate in a series of special editions reviewing the 20 biggest stories CMU has covered over the last two decades. This time we turn to the live industry. Not the whole sector, but one company that makes up an increasingly large chunk of it - the ever expansive Live Nation. Setlist is sponsored by 7digital.

36mins

30 May 2019

Rank #14

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IFPI stats, iHeart, The Weeknd

CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last seven days, including the latest IFPI stats which confirmed that the record industry had a fourth year of growth in 2018, iHeart's plan to come out of bankruptcy and straight into an IPO, and the new song-theft lawsuit against The Weeknd. Setlist is sponsored by 7digital.

50mins

8 Apr 2019

Rank #15

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Viagogo, IFPI, royal vinyl

CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last seven days, including indication that the UK Competition & Markets Authority intends to take Viagogo to court, yet more exciting and/or depressing growth for the record industry, and the royal twelve-inch. Setlist is sponsored by 7digital.

47mins

30 Apr 2018

Rank #16

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BRITs, Amazon, Toni Basil

CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last seven days, including whether efforts by the BRIT Awards to avoid the same criticisms as The Grammys were successful, Amazon's decision to get out of ticketing (at least for now), and new hurdles for 'Mickey' singer Toni Basil’s legal battle with Disney. Setlist is sponsored by 7digital.

41mins

26 Feb 2018

Rank #17

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TV music, Tencent, Soundgarden

STORIES DISCUSSED THIS WEEK • Discovery, Netflix and Epidemic Sound in the spotlight as the debate around audio-visual royalties gains momentum • Tencent’s Universal Music stake could go up to 30% • Dispute between Soundgarden and Chris Cornell’s widow goes legal ALSO MENTIONED • 20 Years Of CMU series • Top Ten Music Industry Legal Battles series • Buy the Dissecting The Digital Dollar book

49mins

23 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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Blurred Lines, The Loop, Guvera

CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last seven days, including the appeal ruling in the 'Blurred Lines' song-theft case, The Loop's Night Lives report, and new revelations about the collapse of defunct streaming service Guvera. Setlist is sponsored by 7digital.

33mins

31 Mar 2018

Rank #19

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Spotify, Michael Jackson, Universal Music

CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last seven days, including Spotify’s big legal spat with Warner in India, the reaction to the new Michael Jackson documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’ and the favourite bidders to buy half of Universal Music. Setlist is sponsored by 7digital.

52mins

15 Mar 2019

Rank #20