The Music Industry

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The music industry has changed irrevocably over the past decade, with the internet disrupting the status quo as it has many other sectors. But the story has moved on from an industry dying from dwindling record sales.

The traditional way of releasing a record has changed thanks to new publishing platforms, companies that gather music statistics and streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer. Now these companies are disrupting the industry once again. Peter Day speaks with new players such as Spotify and Musicmetric and traditional, established companies such as Sony Music.

Streaming services have caused controversy because their payments to musicians are seemingly minuscule. Radiohead’s lead singer Thom Yorke has battled against Spotify, calling it the ‘last fart of a dying corpse’ - so how can musicians make money now? Peter hears from a band just starting out, Yossarian, and from successful artists Billy Bragg and Moby.

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29 minutes

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Wed 8 Jan 2014 15:32 GMT

Contributors to this programme

Jeremy Silver

Author of ‘Digital Medieval: the last twenty years of the music industry, and the next twenty’ and Chairman of Musicmetric





Billy Bragg

Singer / songwriter


Ash Spencer

Singer - Yossarian


Fred Bolsa

Director of Innovation and Strategy at Sony Music in London


Mark Williamson

Director of Artist Services at Spotify


David Touve

Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia, USA

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