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‘Black female artists are used, abused, discarded and mistreated’

Artist VV Brown has published an op-ed on the Guardian criticising the UK music industry for its approach to Black women artists. “Throughout my career I’ve noticed many other examples where the UK music industry...
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BPI boss hopes for 30m UK music subscribers in next five years

BPI CEO Geoff Taylor believes that the UK can reach 30m music subscribers over the next five years, as technological advances fuel the demand for digital music. Speaking to Music Ally for our latest country profile, Taylor...
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Country Profile – United Kingdom 2021

The UK’s recorded music industry continues to grow, both at home and abroad, although Brexit remains a headache for new UK talent.
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UK live industry sues government over Covid-19 test events

It is all kicking off in the UK as the row over the government’s ‘Events Research Programme’ (ERP) deepens. That was the scheme to test a handful of Covid-safe live events, from music to snooker, and to learn from the...
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MP Kevin Brennan offers more details on his streaming bill

We wrote last week about British politician Kevin Brennan’s presentation of a private member’s bill in the houses of parliament that will focus on music streaming and artists. We noted that because of the way the British...
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UK set for debate on Music Streaming Bill this December

We are still awaiting the report of the UK parliament’s inquiry into the economics of music streaming, but yesterday we had some news of potential follow-on legislation. Kevin Brennan MP, one of the members of the Digital,...
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British music exports grew by 6% in 2020 to £519.7m

British industry body the BPI is stepping up its lobbying efforts for more support from the British government. Today’s instalment is the announcement that British music generated £517.9m in export earnings in 2020, up...
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Live music bodies react to UK delay for end of lockdown

The UK government had been planning to end all lockdown measures on 21 June, which would have enabled music venues and clubs to reopen fully. Yesterday, in response to the spread of the latest Covid-19 variant, the government delayed...
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Elton John attacks UK government over Brexit ‘catastrophe’

Unrest has been fermenting in the UK for some time now over what the British government’s Brexit deal with the European Union means for artists touring. Now Sir Elton John has weighed in to the debate with some sharp...
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Independent labels took 26% market share in UK last year

British label bodies the BPI and Aim are trumpeting the market share taken by independent labels in 2020. That share grew to just under 26% last year as measured by ‘album equivalent sales’, a metric blending streams...
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Rolling Stones and Tom Jones join UK’s Broken Record campaign

The Broken Record campaign is stepping up its lobbying efforts for the British government to introduce equitable remuneration for music streaming. A letter sent to Prime Minister Boris Johnson in April was signed by the likes...
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Bristol and Bath get a music-themed digital treasure hunt

From Massive Attack and Portishead to Idles and DJ Krust, the British cities of Bath and Bristol have a marvellous musical heritage. Now it’s being explored in an interesting digital way, courtesy of a project called...