January 18, 2023
Monopoly #10 – The Way the Music Died
♩♪ But Spotify, it’s nearly killed us. Ticketmaster’s ground us to dust. The companies got too large, now monopolies are in charge. ♩♪
Arshy Mann
Host & Producer, COMMONS
Jordan Cornish
Producer, COMMONS
Noor Azrieh
André Proulx
Production Coordinator

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♩♪ A long, long time ago, I can still remember

How the music used to pay my bills

I knew that if I got my break

That I could be as big as Drake

And then I could stop shopping at No Frills ♩♪


♩♪ But Spotify, it’s nearly killed us

Ticketmaster’s ground us to dust

The companies got too large

Now monopolies are in charge ♩♪


♩♪ And the record labels I fear the most

Have all just merged and so now we’re toast

Don’t you think it’s just so gross?

The way, the music, died ♩♪


Featured in this episode: Simon Outhit, Cory Doctorow


To learn more:

Chokepoint Capitalism: How Big Tech and Big Content Captured Creative Labor Markets and How We’ll Win Them Back by Rebecca Giblin & Cory Doctorow

“’A public relations nightmare’: Ticketmaster recruits pros for secret scalper program” in CBC News by Dave Seglins, Rachel Houlihan & Laura Clementson 

“We went undercover as ticket scalpers — and Ticketmaster offered to help us do business” in Toronto Star by Robert Cribb & Marco Chown Oved

“Is Live Music Broken? It’s Not Just Ticketmaster, It’s Everything” in The Ringer by Nate Rogers

A Statement From Live Nation Entertainment


Credits: Arshy Mann (Host and Producer), Jordan Cornish (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Associate Producer), André Proulx (Production Coordinator)


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