Here is some stuff I did in July 2023…

CMU digested

It’s the music business week digested – with Spotify finally putting its prices up and all the developments at Utopia Music, plus the potential lawsuit against The 1975 after the Good Vibes cancellation, and the latest on The Leadmill and Night & Day. Read this week’s CMU Digest here.

Mercury chatter

The Mercury Prize shortlist was announced this week, of course, and these are apparently the trophies that are given to the nominated artists. Each of their albums will also get a five word review from CMU’s Andy Malt on next week’s Setlist, which is surely the real honour. And I only mention that time they served fish at the awards show once. We will also discuss the debate around Matty Healy’s on-stage comments in Malaysia and the latest developments in the Save The Leadmill campaign. Sign up via your podcast app of choice now and it will be waiting for you in there to listen to on Monday morning!

This week’s Setlist

On this week’s Setlist we discuss TikTok’s big new deal with Warner Music and the questions these deals raise from an artist perspective. Plus the NME returning to good old reliable print. But podcasts are pretty reliable too, right? Listen here.

CMU digested

It’s the music business week digested – with TikTok’s new licensing deal with Warner Music, NME returning to print, more music industry statements on regulating AI, UK Music’s tourism stats and the latest developments at Utopia Music. Read this week’s CMU Digest here.

UK Music Summer Party

A very fine view at the UK Music Summer Party yesterday. I’m never sure what hat I’m wearing at these events: enthusiastic educator, committed consultant or sometimes sarcastic journalist. But I offered some advice to some music students, talked quite a bit about transparency codes, and then got some good gossip and made some reassuringly contentious statements about the music business, so I think all bases were covered.

This week’s Setlist

Setlist is back! One of us recorded his side of the podcast through the wrong microphone. And, somewhat excitingly, this time it wasn’t me! So, hear us talk about the FAC’s 100% Venues campaign and the ongoing battle with the UK government over festival drug testing, with a little added echo for good measure. Get yourself some Setlist here.

CMU digested

It’s the music business week digested – with Luminate’s mid-year music stats, and the music industry outlining its priorities for regulating AI – in the US and the UK – plus the Leadmill dispute goes legal, the FAC ramps up its 100% Venues campaign, and ECSA publishes a report on streaming. Read this week’s CMU Digest here.

Music + AI

There has obviously been a lot of talk about music and AI of late – and this coming week I’m involved in two webinars and a roundtable discussion on that very topic! That includes this webinar as part of the IMPALA One Step Ahead programme, which will be accompanied by a new report we’ve produced all about what generative AI can do – and what it can’t do – plus how AI will impact on the music industry and all those tricky copyright questions. If you are a member of IMPALA or an IMPALA-allied organisation, do join us on Thursday!

CMU digested

It’s the music business week digested – with TikTok Music launching in Brazil and Indonesia, plus more on Night & Day’s noise abatement order, Spotify’s battle with Apple, and the UK government’s position on festival drug testing, plus the latest BPI export stats. Read this week’s CMU Digest here.

Double dinner week

It’s been a double dinner week – with the Council Of Music Makers in Parliament on Monday and then the MMF Associates Dinner last night. The former also included a brilliant tour of the Houses Of Parliament courtesy of Alex Sopel MP, so it definitely wins if dinners are to be ranked based on post-food history lessons. And in case you wondered, that’s a Parliamentary napkin on my lap, I’m not wearing shorts on top of my trousers, honest.

CMU digested

It’s the music business week digested – with a grand jury declining to charge Travis Scott and others in relation to the Astroworld tragedy, plus the latest Music In The Air report, the US Supreme Court knocking back Genius v Google, and more. Read this week’s CMU Digest here.