From Adele to the streaming wars to a call for revision of arcane music licensing laws from the U.S. Copyright Office — in our final episode of the year Larry Miller talks with Neil Shah of the Wall Street Journal about the three most important music industry stories of 2015.
First we talk about Adele and the astonishing success of 25, which has broken just about every record it could possibly break. Then assess the multitude of streaming services that launched this year and the drama the surrounded their launches (looking at you, Taylor Swift). Finally we break down the U.S. Copyright Office’s 245-page study on the hamstrung state of music licensing — a story that didn’t make many headlines at the time, but could mean big things for the industry moving forward.