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The ten most-read news stories on the CMU site in 2015

By | Published on Friday 8 January 2016

The Pirate Bay

I said earlier that we only had one more batch of popular articles to look through before we could properly move into 2016. That, of course, was not true. Sure, looking through our most-read news stories of December is nice, but what everyone wants to know is: what were the ten most traffic-hungry articles during the whole of 2015? And in a hundred years when this list is dug out of the ground, what will it tell future generations about 2015?

Well, it was the year that The Pirate Bay still remained online. It was the year that Grooveshark went offline but then popped up again (several times) in cloned form. It was the year that the NHS remained under threat of privatisation, despite the best efforts of Enter Shikari. It was the year Radiohead really lost their rag with their old record label.

It was the year that people remained confused about radio station rebrands. It was the year politicians remained confused about copyright. It was the year Spike Lee got shirty about a music supervisor using his name for profit. It was the year the US movie industry backed down on its latest attempt to bring web-blocks to America. It was the year Bono fell off a bicycle.

But most of all, I am sure, 2015 will be remembered as the year someone threw some sugar at Adam Levine from Maroon 5.

Acquaint yourself with that full top ten shortly, but first, let me tell you what the most-read features on the CMU website were in 2015. The top five there is bookended by two articles from Dan Le Sac – the first backwards engineering Portishead’s royalty payments, and the last pondering if it’s worth signing to a record label anymore. In between, Eddy Temple-Morris wrote about his latest live music venture, the world was thrilled, and a lot of people suddenly decided to read a three year old interview with Distiller Records boss Sam Dyson.

The top ten most-read news stories in full:

01: Moderators back to clear up The Pirate Bay, as legal challenges continue
02: Enter Shikari attack privatisation of the NHS on new single
03: Radiohead sue Parlophone, lawyers debate possible impact
04: Celador to rebrand Jack FM stations
05: Canadian politicians red faced over Nine Inch Nails copyright infringing t-shirts
06: Music supervisor sacked from Spike Lee film after charging to receive submissions
07: Movie industry drops web-block injunction request from MovieTube case
08: Bono writes about accident and recovery
09: Sugar? No Thanks. Adam Levine changes his tune
10: All new Grooveshark taken down twice and counting

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