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The ten most-read news stories on theCMUwebsite.com in July 2013

By | Published on Friday 2 August 2013

Lana Del Rey

Well, Lana Del Rey proved popular this month, as her long rumoured ‘Tropico’ short film went into production (Lana herself actually confirmed the film later in July). So much so that reports on the film occupy the top two spots on our most-read chart this month.

In third place is a piece on Universal’s proposed vinyl crowdfunding site, which would see punters collectively registering their interest in rare and deleted vinyl releases in order to get them produced. This story gained a lot of interest, with our report being picked up on by numerous other sites around the web.

In fourth place is one of our favourite stories of the year so far. When an ex-HMV employee in Derry opened a new, very similar, store called HVM his former employer was not happy. Fearing a trademark infringement claim against him, the owner simply went outside and turned the sign upside down, announcing that the shop was now called WAH.

At five is news that Google had added controversial streaming service Grooveshark to its blacklist of terms not allowed to show up in autocomplete searches. After that comes Tulisa Contostavlos’ manager Jonathan Shalit’s letter to parliament to complain about The Sun’s drugs sting on the singer. And at seven is an old favourite, Harry Styles describing his perfect girl.

In at eight are some quotes from Third Man Records’ head of production Ben Blackwell about the label’s upcoming vinyl release of Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’. At nine is a review of the state of play in the streaming music debate, as Nigel Godrich and Thom Yorke pulled some of their music off as many streaming platforms as they could. And finally, at ten, it’s news that you could soon be the proud owner of Daft Punk action figures.

Our most popular feature this month was CMU Editor Andy Malt’s take on the resurgence of the Spotify debate and Nigel Godrich’s claims about the service, after which we had Tiësto calling out Daft Punk, a playlist from producer Jon Hopkins, Morrissey going up against Gordon Ramsey and Channel 4, and Eddy Temple-Morris in a column explaining his latest plans to promote the Campaign Against Living Miserably.

The top ten most-read news stories in full:

01 Lana Del Rey hints at Tropico film, screens new video
02 Filming starts on Lana Del Rey’s Tropico
03 Universal developing deleted vinyl crowdfunding site
04 HMV replacement flips its sign to avoid trademark dispute
05 Google adds Grooveshark to autocomplete blacklist
06 Tulisa’s manager slams Sun sting in letter to parliament
07 Harry Styles describes his perfect girl
08 Releasing Jay-Z’s Manga Carta Holy Grail on vinyl a “good idea”, says Third Man man
09 As Spotify debate goes atomic: where are we at?
10 Daft Punk action figures incoming

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