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CMU’s One Liners: BPI AGM, Vevo sponsor, Foals tapes and two more

By | Published on Thursday 27 August 2015


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Record industry trade group the BPI has confirmed the government’s culture man Johnnie Whittingdale will be keynoting at its AGM next month, on 9 Sep to be precise. I thought we already knew that, but it’s possible I dreamt it. Because that’s just the kind of thing I do dream about.

• No one has ever been able to explain to me why the Toyota AYGO is mainly marketed at teenagers, but it must be working for them, because the former T4 sponsors have signed up for a third year working with music video platform Vevo, including on their presenter-led show ‘VVV’, which is only bloody well relaunching tomorrow.

• Music telly channel operator the Box Plus Network has promoted its business affairs chief Stacey Mitsopulos to the much grander sounding role of Director Of Commercial & Business Affairs. Because we all know commercial affairs are much more fun than business affairs. Though I do fear that will all these affairs, Mitsopulos’s private data may now be stolen by hackers.

• Foals have been pre-empting the release tomorrow of their rather fine new long playing record ‘What Went Down’ by hiding cassette copies of the album around the world and providing information on social media as to where fans can find them. It’s a double treasure hunt: stage one, use the band’s clues to find the tapes; stage two, find a cassette player to play them on.

• Is Paul Weller softening in his old age about the possibility of a Jam reunion? Well, see what you think based on what he said when the word ‘reunion’ was mentioned during a new Sky documentary about the band: “Absolutely, categorically, fucking no. To me it would be against everything we ever stood for”.