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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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The Musical Human by Michael Spitzer review – a wide-ranging global history of music
From the first rhythms and birdsong to Whitney Houston and Arvo Pärt – how music has evolved over 165m years

Richard Lea

03, Apr, 2021 @6:30 AM

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‘Record companies have me on a dartboard’: the man making millions buying classic hits
Hit songs can be a better investment than gold – and by snapping up the rights, Merck Mercuriadis has become the most disruptive force in music

Dorian Lynskey

27, Feb, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Spotify credits podcast popularity for 24% growth in subscribers
Strategic shift beyond music content helps streaming service to grow advertising income by 29% to €281m

Mark Sweney

03, Feb, 2021 @5:29 PM

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YouTube says music artists' income could fall if it must pay more for streams
Platform claims proposed legislation could be so difficult to adhere to that it may have to block music content

Mark Sweney Media business correspondent

31, Jan, 2021 @5:33 PM

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Streaming deals reflect success of biggest artists, says label boss
Universal’s UK head tells MPs services are not perfect, as it emerges it can take over 1m streams to make £1,000

Mark Sweney

19, Jan, 2021 @4:53 PM

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MP says record boss 'in cloud cuckoo land' over music streaming claims
John Nicolson responds to Universal Music UK chair after he says artists ‘very happy’ with payments

Lanre Bakare Arts and culture correspondent

19, Jan, 2021 @3:39 PM

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Russell T Davies, unafraid to cast his show based on actors’ sexuality | Rebecca Nicholson
The writer is taking authenticity to new heights with his series about young gay men in the 1980s

Rebecca Nicholson

16, Jan, 2021 @5:30 PM

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'Spotify are selling adverts, not music': how to stream ethically
Major services pay musicians as little as £0.004 per stream, a rate it’s impossible to live on. What other options are there?

Rhian Jones

16, Jan, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Olivia Rodrigo: Disney star's No 1 debut single beats Ed Sheeran's record
A familiar sound and rumoured real-life relationship drama created a ‘perfect storm’ for the 17-year-old’s pop breakout

Laura Snapes

15, Jan, 2021 @6:00 PM

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Opinion divided over Trump's ban from social media
Actions spark debate on free speech and whether chief executives of tech firms are fit to act as judge and jury

Alex Hern

11, Jan, 2021 @6:17 PM

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UK lockdowns fuel record year for home entertainment spending
Netflix, Prime and Disney+ surge 38% to £2.9bn in 2020, with Frozen 2 the biggest selling video

Mark Sweney

08, Jan, 2021 @6:01 AM

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