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Highway to Hell or Stairway to Heaven? How the Digital Changed the Music Industry



Music was the first media to be hit by digital revolution resulting in a dramatic decline. Two decades later music comes out of it as the shining star having undergone two digital transformations - from selling CDs to digital download and from downloads to streaming subscription services. With the new world everything has changed: the way artists are discovered by record labels and by consumers, the way artists release their work and of course all the economics. Only one thing remains unchanged: music is the world’s most popular form of art.  

Edgar Berger is an international media entertainment executive. He has held the position of chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment International, sat on the board of the international music association IFPI, and worked for Bertelsmann and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and as a political correspondent for RTL Televison. During Easter Term 2019 he will hold CDH’s first Knowledge Exchange Fellowship in addition to a Fellow Commonership at St John’s College. 

This lecture was recorded on 17 May 2019 at the Old Divinity School, St John's College, Cambridge.