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The Week Unwrapped podcast: Cut-price music, Brexit fur and a presidential trio

Why don’t artists make money from streaming? Will Britain ban fur post-Brexit? And how did Peru have three presidents in a week?

Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days.

In this week’s episode, we discuss:

Cut-price music

Figures released this week revealed that 82% of musicians earn less than £200 a year from streaming, prompting many - including some very successful artists - to share tales of hardship. As Covid closes off live performances and technology cuts of radio and sales revenues, how will the next generation of musicians respond?

Post-Brexit fur

The government is poised to ban all fur sales in Britain once freed from import obligations under EU law. But while the plan is being welcomed by animal rights activists, others are warning that restricting any form of legitimate trade would send an “entirely wrong signal” to UK trading partners. So could ditching fur hamstring post-Brexit efforts to secure valuable treaties?

Peruvian presidents

Peru is going through unprecedented turmoil, as a political crisis exacerbates one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks. The country was recently ruled by three presidents in a week, after the man elected to tackle endemic corruption was forced out by a congress in which more than half of members have been granted immunity from prosecution for crimes ranging from money-laundering to murder.

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