Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess has a higher profile than ever thanks to his Tim’s Twitter Listening Party album tweetalongs during the Covid-19 pandemic. He’s also using that profile to become one of the key advocates for artists in the debate about streaming economics. For example, this guest column for the Guardian newspaper yesterday calling for the music industry to “use this moment to hit reset” on its models.

“I’m not averse to the idea of a musical reset: using the pandemic as an opportunity to look again at how things are working in the industry. To take this moment and this strange landscape we find ourselves in, and just switch things off and back on again,” he wrote. “They say, ‘If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.’ Have they also considered, ‘If you’re busy and you don’t look too closely, it might seem to be working fine, but actually it’s not’? Not as catchy, admittedly, but bear with me…” Well worth a read in full for anyone thinkin’ things over around these issues.

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