It’s time for some pre­dic­tions. Here are five sto­ries you will be read­ing a lot about in 2013

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HMV’s woes

This story will be watched with in­ter­est (and dread) by those who’ve taken a de­ci­sion to help the be­leagured re­tailer by pro­vid­ing favourable trad­ing terms.

Sup­pli­ers know that HMV’s dis­ap­pear­ance as a bricks-and-mor­tar chain would have dis­as­trous con­se­quences and the re­tailer has also copped that record la­bels need HMV as much as they need them. Per­haps it’s time for the sup­pli­ers to ac­quire HMV?

Stream­ing

It’s not go­ing away, you know. If 2012 was the year when the in­dus­try be­gan to re­alise stream­ing was here to stay, 2013 will be when acts and la­bels view ser­vices such as Spo­tify, Deezer, Pan­dore et al as friends rather than en­e­mies. Af­ter all, the pub­lic have al­ready said yes to them.

Live in­dus­try dis­rup­tion

Too many bands, not enough pun­ters: it can only be a mat­ter of time be­fore the live in­dus­try faces a cri­sis due to over-sup­ply and un­der­de­mand. Ex­pect es­tab­lished pro­mot­ers to be­come in­creas­ingly risk-averse, which can only be good news for those who do want to get in­volved and take chances.

Fund it your­self

2013 will be when acts prob­a­bly kill this golden goose by over­do­ing the hard sell. Hands up any­one who has had enough of get­ting has­sled and pestered on a daily ba­sis by acts on Fund It or Kick­starter drives. Man, it’s like hav­ing an in­fes­ta­tion of out-of-tune chug­gers in your Twit­ter time­line or in-box.

The kids are al­right

In 2012, it seemed as if ev­ery other Ir­ish act we were tip­ping were still in their teens. From Soak and The Strypes to the Bleed­ing Heart Pi­geons and Rosie Car­ney, the kids were mak­ing much bet­ter mu­sic than any­one else. Hopefully, this will con­tinue in 2013.

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