CMU Weekly Editor's Letter

Editor’s Letter – Friday 9 Sep 2011

By | Published on Friday 9 September 2011

Andy Malt

Hello there. So, it’s September again. I’m still not quite sure how that happened, but once Bestival has rounded off the summer festival season this weekend, we’ll all have to accept that autumn is incoming.

While that’s bad news for fans of musical entertainment consumed in fields, this is usually the strongest time of the year for new music, so good news for fans of bands experienced in bedrooms or the back rooms of gloomy pubs. The new school year also means we’re refreshing things here in CMU land too.

First things first, not all of you will be used to me appearing in your inboxes on a Friday afternoon, the usual slot for the CMU Weekly. Some CMU Daily subscribers are yet to enjoy this delight. And you CMU Weekly subscribers may also have clocked that something slightly different is happening.

From this week, I’ll be dropping you all a line each Friday afternoon to wrap up the week, summarise the big music and business stories, and point you in the direction of some of features that appeared on in the previous seven days. In order to receive it, you need to do nothing. It’ll just appear, as if by magic, every Friday afternoon. What fun.

If you’re currently only receiving the CMU Weekly, you may also like to sign up to the CMU Daily – that way you’ll get all the latest news every day, and my quick digest each Friday.

“But what about all the other features that appeared in the CMU Weekly?” at least nine of you must be asking. Well, fear not, they and other features and columns will still be appearing on, and from next week we’ll be putting the spotlight on a different feature each day in the CMU Daily too. That includes:

The Five Day Forecast on Monday, my quick summary of the music and music business events and happenings coming up in the next week worthy of your attention.

Eddy Says on Tuesday, the simply brilliant weekly column from Xfm DJ and Remix supremo Eddy Temple-Morris, offering insights and viewpoints aplenty, plus lots of great stories along the way.

CMU Q&A on Wednesday, a brand new interview feature where we will be chatting to a different artist or music business person each week, kicking off with Beggars chief Martin Mills after he accepts the Industry Champion Award at the first ever Artist And Manager Awards on Tuesday.

The Powers Of Ten playlist every Thursday, a ten track playlist compiled for your enjoyment by a guest curator each week – an artist, DJ, journalist or other music expert – all ready to listen to in Spotify.

And the Music Business Week In Five on Friday, our Business Editor Chris Cooke’s speedy summary of the five most important music business stories of the week.

On top of that, each Friday’s CMU Daily will now include our always popular Beef Of The Week column, and as my weekly email missive lands in your inbox each Friday afternoon you will also be able to download the latest edition of the CMU Weekly Podcast, which returns next week.

So, lots to look forward to, on top of all the usual news, comment and analysis on all that is happening in the world of music, music making and music media, all provided to you and 20,000+ other music people on a daily basis totally free of charge. CMU has been covering and championing new music and the new music industry for thirteen years now, and on a daily basis for nine of them. I’ve been here for over three years, as editor for two, and enjoy more now than ever keeping track of the latest new artists, tracks, releases, musical movements and business innovations, and sharing those discoveries with you in a multitude of ways, and for free, accessible to all.

We hope you continue to find what CMU provides of value, both professionally and as a music fan, and look forward to continuing to land in your inboxes every morning, and each Friday afternoon. And don’t forget, it’s good to share. So, why not tell any friends or colleagues in the music community that if they want to be fully up to date with everything that’s happening in the music world, all they need to do is provide us with one email address at

See you on Monday for some Five Day Forecasting.

Andy Malt
Editor, CMU