Music streaming

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Universal Music Group shares surge in £110m bonus for Lucian Grainge
Listing puts record label’s British-born boss in line for one of biggest corporate payouts in history

Mark Sweney

21, Sep, 2021 @12:06 PM

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Universal Music chief predicts billions of dollars of growth from digital listening
Record firm’s €40bn flotation is just beginning of new wave of music consumption, says Sir Lucian Grainge

Mark Sweney

21, Sep, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Live music industry prepares for a quiet, sad summer
With rolling lockdowns likely to continue, the live performance sector is demanding the same safety net the government has afforded the film industry

Kelly Burke

06, Aug, 2021 @8:00 PM

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The Guardian view on Wu-Tang Clan’s genius: to make and appreciate art | Editorial
Editorial: The sale of the only copy of an album for $2m is a reminder that canny rappers understood the artistic value of the original and the authentic


30, Jul, 2021 @5:25 PM

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MPs call for ‘complete reset’ of music streaming to protect artists
Committee calls for investigation into whether competition in the recorded music market is being distorted

Lanre Bakare and Alex Hern

14, Jul, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Hipgnosis aims to raise £150m to buy more of ‘most influential songs of all time’
London-listed music investor will issue 124m new shares at a price of 121p a share

Joanna Partridge

16, Jun, 2021 @9:32 AM

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Hipgnosis hits the high notes on back of music streaming boom
Songs fund reports 66% revenue rise after buying 84 catalogues last year including 50 Cent and Barry Manilow

Mark Sweney

07, Jun, 2021 @1:54 PM

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Rolling Stones, Tom Jones and more join campaign for law change on streaming
Musicians join Paul McCartney, Kate Bush and others in campaign for better remuneration from companies such as Spotify, and creation of industry regulator

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

07, Jun, 2021 @8:37 AM

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In big tech’s dystopia, cat videos earn millions while real artists beg for tips | John Harris
Instead of paying musicians properly, the likes of Spotify have set up ‘donation’ buttons – thus passing the buck to fans, says Guardian columnist John Harris

John Harris

30, May, 2021 @11:39 AM

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We’re losing sight of how valuable music is. I’m trying to carve a new path | Bat for Lashes
By selling my songs to fans directly, I’m getting agency back in a world where music is undervalued by streaming companies and the UK government

Bat for Lashes

24, May, 2021 @1:04 PM

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Paul McCartney and Kate Bush lead call for change to music streaming payments
Open letter to Boris Johnson signed by 156 musicians including Led Zeppelin and Annie Lennox aims to reword 1988 Copyright Act

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

20, Apr, 2021 @1:25 PM

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The music streaming debate: what the artists, songwriters and industry insiders say
The Guardian has talked to 25 figures from the music world ahead of publication of a parliamentary report

Lanre Bakare

10, Apr, 2021 @7:00 AM

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