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

17 May 2019, 17:00 - 18:30

Old Divinity School, St John's College

Free to attend. Please book your place here or use the online registration link on this page.

Edgar Berger (former President and CEO, Sony Music International)

Music was the first media to be hit by the digital revolution, resulting in a dramatic decline. But two decades later, music comes out of it as the shining star, having undergone two transformations - from selling CDs to digital downloads, and from digital downloads to streaming subscription services. With this new world everything has changed, including how artists are discovered by record labels and by consumers, how artists release their work, and of course the economics. Only one thing remains unchanged: music is still 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 will run from 5.00pm to 6.30pm and will be followed by a wine reception.

CDH Distinguished Lecture Series
Wednesday 1 May
Looking Back and Thinking Ahead: Humanistic Methods and/in Digital Humanities