MONDAY 8 JUN 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: It seems inevitable that this week in music will be dominated by the launch of an all-new music service by Apple. And Sony Music boss Doug Morris confirmed at Midem yesterday what we all expected, that the tech giant will indeed unveil its revamped iTunes at its Worldwide Developers Conference later today (even though some key label deals were still to be signed and sealed as... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Now more than 20 years deep into their career, Envy return with their first album since 2010's 'Recitation'. 'Atheist's Cornea' will be released through Mogwai's Rock Action label - their home since 2001's 'All The Footprints You've Ever Left And The Fear Expecting Ahead' - on 10 Jul. After the more drawn out post-rock of 'Recitation', the lead track from their new album... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Indies enter the breakage debate
JUMP | ONLINE
DEALS IM Global partners with Kobalt for film and TV soundtracks
High res live recording platform OpenLIVE partners with 7digital
JUMP | ONLINE
LABELS & PUBLISHERS BPI launches new Copyright Protection Portal
IFPI and Music Canada big up the power of music cities
JUMP | ONLINE
ENTERTAINMENT RETAIL HMV for some reason thinks vinyl can go mainstream again
JUMP | ONLINE
LIVE BUSINESS Newly formed Night Time Industries Association puts out call to its industry and local authorities across the UK
33 injured as lightening strikes German festival
JUMP | ONLINE
EDUCATION & EVENTS CMU Insights puts the spotlight on live, brands, D2F and merch
JUMP | ONLINE
GIGS & FESTIVALS Thom Yorke announces first Tomorrow's Modern Boxes show
JUMP | ONLINE
ONE LINERS Post-Midem bike ride, new appointments at Crown Talent and Insieme, and more
JUMP | ONLINE
AND FINALLY... Walmart promises to stop torturing staff with Dion and Bieber
JUMP | ONLINE
 
Click JUMP to skip direct to a section of this email or ONLINE to read and share stories on the CMU website (JUMP option may not work in all email readers). For regular updates from Team CMU follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr.
 
 
MUSIC CONCIERGE - FREELANCE PLAYLIST DESIGNER - ASIAN MUSIC (HERTFORD)
Music Concierge, the award-winning music consultancy for boutique hotels and luxury brands, is looking for a freelance Playlist Designer who is an expert in Asian music to join our creative team initially for a new exciting project and the potential to work with us on an ongoing basis.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
NINJA TUNE - DIGITAL ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Ninja Tune is looking for a full-time Digital Assistant to aid its wider Digital and Marketing teams in its London office. The ideal candidate will have some previous experience in a similar role, looking to step up to work across an expanded set of artists, labels and releases. Candidate must be a self-starter with strong multi-tasking and time management abilities, technologically-minded with an understanding of digital’s place in the wider modern music industry.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
MAMA & COMPANY - E-MARKETING CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
MAMA & Company is looking for an experienced E-marketing Co-ordinator. This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company who own some of London's most established venues. You will need to have experience of managing email marketing campaigns, database management and analysis, as well as holding high levels of computer literacy. Knowledge of HTML, CSS and Java is essential.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
ANJUNABEATS & ANJUNADEEP - DIGITAL MARKETING EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
The parent company of Anjunabeats, Anjunadeep and Involved Management (Above & Beyond, Lane 8, ilan Bluestone, Andrew Bayer) is accepting applications now for the role of Digital Marketing Executive. This is a rare opportunity for a motivated individual to help define the future of one of the world’s leading dance music brands during a phase of rapid transformation within our industry.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
IMPRESSIVE PR - SENIOR MUSIC PUBLICIST (LONDON)
Senior Music Publicist vacancy - Must have at least four years direct music PR experience with a contacts book full of journalists. You'll be working across big name music campaigns, new bands and the occasional TV celebrity or music event/festival.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
YOUR ARMY - PROMOTIONS CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
Your Army is looking for a Promotions Co-ordinator to work across its Radio, Club and TV departments. The position is ideal for someone with excellent administration and time management skills.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
SUPAPASS - ARTIST/LABEL RELATIONS AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE (LONDON OR NORWICH)
SupaPass is an exciting new digital music platform connecting superfans with their favourite bands. We are seeking an ambitious and driven artist/label relations and business development executive with a deep understanding and strong network across music, entertainment and music-tech. If you have previously applied for this role please DO resend your application, as due to technical issues beyond the control of SupaPass, many applications went astray.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
MAMA & COMPANY - GENERAL MANAGER, LIVERPOOL ARTS CLUB (LIVERPOOL)
This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company that owns some of the UK’s most established venues. To manage the venue both efficiently and effectively ensuring that the diary is commercially maximised and all statutory duties are discharged. To effectively manage the kitchen and restaurant operation, ensuring GP is maintained and customer satisfaction is the primary focus.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
[PIAS] - SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING STRATEGIST (LONDON)
S[PIAS] is seeking an experienced Social Media Marketing Strategist to provide leadership, strategy and implementation of its in-house digital/social and online global presences. The successful candidate will interact across all [PIAS] repertoire divisions as well as working in close conjunction with the [PIAS] Brand Manager to ensure our presences reflect the values, tone and positioning of the company.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
UNDER THE BRIDGE - ACTING GENERAL MANAGER (LONDON)
We require an Acting General Manager to manage and deliver the content of events at Under the Bridge including corporate events, private events, showcases, public music events and match days. To ensure the smooth operational running of Under The Bridge.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
LISTEN UP - EVENTS PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
Listen Up provides a bespoke 360 promotional service offering radio, club, online and print campaigns in the UK and worldwide, consistently delivering results to clients in a diverse range of musical genres. We are hiring an experienced Events Press Officer to join the events team at Listen Up. The candidate will need 3-4 years' experience running print and online events campaigns and will be working across Listen Up’s extensive festival and events roster.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
 
CMU Jobs is a proven way to recruit the best music business talent for roles across the industry at all levels, from graduate to senior management. To book an ad contact Sam on 020 7099 9060 or email ads@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
 

Indies enter the breakage debate
It seems inevitable that this week in music will be dominated by the launch of an all-new music service by Apple. And Sony Music boss Doug Morris confirmed at Midem yesterday what we all expected, that the tech giant will indeed unveil its revamped iTunes at its Worldwide Developers Conference later today (even though some key label deals were still to be signed and sealed as of this weekend).

But before we all get over excited about all that gubbins (and given there's little new to add to last week's speculation), let's have one last gander at last week's big debate over 'breakage', ie what happens when the advance a label or publisher receives from a streaming service exceeds what the music rights company is actually due from the digital firm in any one year. The label or publisher keeps the money, we know that, but does it share the extra loot with its artists or songwriters?

So called breakage has been suddenly back in the spotlight since the leaking of that old Spotify/Sony contract that set out all the advances the major was set to receive from the streaming firm. Since then both Sony Music and Universal Music have insisted that they now share any breakage of this kind with their artists, while most people have agreed Warner Music has been doing that for ages now.

Though, as previously noted, it's still not entirely clear what "sharing breakage" means, nor how far back that commitment goes, given that breakage is most significant when a streaming service is new, in that the established streaming platforms nearly always generate revenues in any one year in excess of any advance paid.

These were amongst the questions raised by the World Independent Network this weekend, which welcomed Sony and Universal's sudden declarations on breakage - which, WIN says, simply echo commitments made by over a thousand indies a year ago via its previously reported Fair Digital Deals Declaration - but added that "it is telling that there are no specifics in these recent statements from these corporations".

An open letter from Alison Wenham, boss of both WIN and the UK's Association Of Independent Music noted: "We don't know how long these policies have been in place, how much of the revenue they are actually sharing, whether this applies to all types of non-unit revenue, or how this money is distributed across their catalogues. We don't know what analogue-era deductions are still getting made against digital income. As usual these facts are withheld".

She then bigs up her organisation's year-old declaration, which, she says, "makes it clear that signatory companies will share the benefits of dealing with digital services fairly and clearly with artists. This charter has been signed by over 1000 indie labels who all promise to 'account to artists a good-faith pro-rata share of any revenues and other compensation from digital services that stem from the monetisation of recordings but are not attributed to specific recordings or performances'".

It is true that much of the anger in the artist community over the lack of transparency in the record industry's digital dealing is aimed at the majors rather than the indies, though artists and managers working with the latter don't seem all that better informed on how digital monies are being calculated and processed. But that may be due to the NDAs insisted on by the digital firms, and which most agree the independents only reluctantly sign.

Though, actually, Wenham's unsurprising claim that the indies are fairer than the majors isn't the most interesting part of her open letter.

More interesting is when she asks about the many indie labels which are ultimately distributed, in part or in full, by a major label-owned distributor, whether that be a label services division of a major record company, or an independent distributor in which a major has a stake. The Spotify/Sony deal had pages dedicated to IODA, the digital distribution vehicle it owned at the time, and which was subsequently merged into The Orchard, which Sony also now owns outright.

Asks Wenham: "Where is the independents share of this money? For all those labels distributed by majors - either directly or through a major owned or controlled distributor - where is their share of advances, guarantees and breakage? Majors have been leveraging the market share of their third party distributed content when negotiating with [digital service providers] simply to inflate their market share and therefore their cut of the digital pie. We do not believe that these distributed independent companies are always getting their share of this income, which is rightfully theirs".

This links into an issue frequently raised by Charles Caldas, boss of indie labels digital rights agency Merlin. He told CMU last year: "Each player's market share is incredibly important when you are negotiating first deals with new digital service providers, because start-ups have a finite amount of money for advances, and equity to offer to rights owners, and the simplest way to divvy that up is by market share. Except if new DSPs take self-declared market share figures from each player, they'll get to 111%".

He went on: "It seems to me that when those first conversations take place, the majors present market share figures based on the record industry at large, even though these are start-ups operating in the streaming music market. And, as we've shown, if you take just the streaming music market, the indies come out with a bigger share. The majors can also skew the figures by including sales of the indie labels they distribute through their label services businesses, even though the long-term rights to distribute that content are often far from assured".

You can read Wenham's full open letter here. And once all the Apple hype has died down later this week, perhaps everyone can ask what Sony did with all that free ad space it received via its leaked Spotify deal. Assuming it was primarily used for ads promoting Sony albums, was that advertising given to the artist for free too, or did the major charge it to the artist's account and, if so, is that a recoupable expense? Oh, there are plenty more eggs to break, if we're still playing with the Music Managers Forum's metaphor. And why wouldn't we be?

IM Global partners with Kobalt for film and TV soundtracks
Kobalt is to provide publishing, distribution and marketing services to entertainment company IM Global on its film and TV soundtracks. Which will presumably further help save the music industry, that being Kobalt's thing these days.

IM Global Music President David Schulhof told reporters: "We have an incredible pipeline of film and TV projects ahead of us. Each project brings to life an exciting soundtrack with it. We are now working with some of the most talented composers and songwriters in the world. Kobalt is the perfect partner as we build IM Global Music into a next generation music and music publishing company. In addition I look forward to working with the Kobalt creative team to help find incredible songs for our projects".

Kobal CEO Willard Ahdritz added: "I am thrilled to be partnering with IM Global and their exciting TV and film projects. David Schulhof is a long-time friend and a widely respected industry veteran. I believe that collections for TV and film will be even more critical in the new digital age and Kobalt is proud to be partnering with IM Global on that front".

The first works to be created under the partnership will include the scores for upcoming films such as 'Secret In Their Eyes', 'Collide', 'Viral' and 'Incarnate'.

--------------------------------------------------

High res live recording platform OpenLIVE partners with 7digital
Australian digital music start up OpenLIVE has announced that it is partnering with 7digital to power its service.

The start up's key focus is to provide high quality recordings of live performances, though will also offer a catalogue of studio albums and tracks. OpenLIVE offers artists technology to capture high quality recordings of their live shows to sell through its platform, as well as distributing them to other services.

Its CTO Simon Tait told reporters: "Every single pursuit of OpenLIVE is devoted to servicing the best possible listening experiences for music fans; and high-res audio is paramount to that experience. 7digital has been fundamental in helping us put this passion into a viable product, ready for launch and imminent expansion. They understand our vision and provide us with a flexible and reliable infrastructure that caters exactly to our needs".

7digital CEO Simon Cole added: "OpenLIVE is building a service that considers the music fan to artist connection at all stages in the planning. Their passion, hard work and innovative technology has resulted in an elevated listening experience and a platform that can bring live performances to any connected device. It is a uniquely compelling offer and we are proud to be powering their service".

OpenLIVE is expected to launch its consumer-facing store in Australia later this month, before rolling out to the UK and US later in 2015.

BPI launches new Copyright Protection Portal
Record industry trade group BPI launched a Copyright Protection Portal at Midem this weekend, which it says will help labels, musicians and other music companies see "where illegal copies of their music are being made available illegally online and track how BPI is responding".

As previously reported, the BPI is one of the most prolific organisations in the world at issuing takedown notices against websites that are hosting or linking to copyright infringing material, and the organisation's John Hodge explained how the trade body works directly with member labels on this activity at last year's Great Escape. The new portal will make it easier for artists and rights owners to track what piracy services are distributing their content, and what search engines are linking to infringing music, and how the BPI's anti-piracy systems are going about removing it all.

Launching the new portal in Cannes, BPI boss Geoff Taylor told reporters: "BPI is absolutely committed to protecting the creativity, hard work and investment of UK musicians and labels. We are the leading force removing illegal copies of British music online and preventing illegal sites from targeting UK fans. This new portal will allow musicians and labels to see how our team is protecting their music on a daily basis. It will help us work together directly with more individual labels and performers and build further on the progress we are making in reducing music piracy levels in the UK".

The new service is free to use for BPI members, performer members of record industry collecting society PPL and non-BPI affiliated indies which are members of both the Association Of Independent Music and PPL.

Elsewhere in BPI news - but from the department that counts legit sales rather than tracking non-legit music consumption - the trade group has announced it will now include streaming data when calculating what albums have achieved silver, gold and platinum status.

Streams have been counted as part of the equivalent awards for singles since last July, the BPI scheme following the lead of the official chart regarding incorporating streaming stats. So this latest development has seemed likely since it was announced the official albums chart would now include streams back in February.

Streaming data has been applied back to the beginning of the year, meaning a higher number of artists that usual went silver/gold/platinum last week as artists like Nicki Minaj, Placebo and Fall Out Boy enjoyed a stream-based boost to their overall album sales figures.

--------------------------------------------------

IFPI and Music Canada big up the power of music cities
Global record industry trade group the IFPI teamed up with Music Canada on Friday to launch a report called 'The Mastering Of A Music City', which looks at how a strong local music industry can strengthen a city's wider culture and economy, and how said city can encourage and enable a stronger music business community.

Previewed at the Music Cities conference in Brighton ahead of this year's Great Escape, its authors say the report "provides a simple checklist to help local authorities, businesses, community groups and the creative sector capitalise on the potential of music to build, grow and strengthen their cities".

Among the tips offered to anyone wanting to master a music city, are...

1. Music and musician-friendly policies, from licensing and liquor laws to parking and planning regulations to affordable housing and artist entrepreneur training.

2. The creation of music offices to help musicians and music businesses navigate the broad range of government policies and regulations that impact music.

3. The formulation of music advisory boards to engage the broader music community in a collaborative way and to facilitate dialogue with city governments.

4. Engaging the broader music community to ensure the people most affected by music policies are involved and informed.

5. Access to spaces and places for artists to practice, record, and perform at every stage of their career.

6. A focus on audience development, ensuring that there is an engaged and passionate audience for local musicians as well as international touring artists, now and into the future.

7. Music tourism or the development of a 'music city' brand to leverage a thriving live music scene, rich music history, or large music festivals in order to reap the significant benefits associated with music.

So take note all cities. Launching the report, Music Canada boss Graham Henderson told reporters: "A vibrant music sector delivers an extensive array of social, cultural and economic benefits to its community; from job creation and retention to city identity and music tourism, to social cohesion, music can play an essential role".

He went on: "Communities of any size, anywhere in the world, can assess the extent to which they have the essential ingredients for a Music City, and deploy the strategies successfully used in the likes of Nashville, Melbourne, Toronto, Berlin and other renowned Music Cities, in order to enhance or grow theirs. These strategies don't necessarily require heavy investment - addressing red tape and establishing dialogue between leaders in the music community and city officials are inexpensive ways to grow music's contributions".

Look out for a more in depth review of the report in the next edition of the CMU Trends Report, available to premium subscribers. Plus see why Great Escape founder Martin Elbourne believes this is a topic that should be at the top of the new UK government's agenda, as explained during this year's CMU Insights @ TGE.

HMV for some reason thinks vinyl can go mainstream again
HMV is to step up its promotion of vinyl (and the fact that both vinyl and HMV are still going strong, thank you very much) with a special Father's Day promotion that will see the chain selling limited pressings of classic albums.

This may side step any notion that the vinyl 'revival' is all to do with the young and the hip, but there is some logic to it.

HMV Music Manager John Hirst told Music Week: "Last year, outside of Christmas, Father's Day week was our biggest week on vinyl. We've identified that week as an opportunity to really go for it and we wanted to distance ourselves from Record Store Day so that it didn't seem like a response to not being a part of it. It is really about us raising awareness that we've got vinyl in our stores again, that we're priced competitively and that the availability is good".

Further dismissing the idea that the increased demand for vinyl has anything to do with young people, or the public at all for that matter, Hirst put it all firmly down to HMV. "In the last couple of years, due to encouragement from us, labels have started pressing more copies [on vinyl]", he said. "They've made a lot more of their catalogue available and obviously they need an outlet for that".

"The indies still do an incredible job with vinyl", he added. "Their share reflects that. But what we do, which the indies don't, is provide that consistently over 120 different locations all across the country. We've got to be the number one destination for vinyl on the high street. While the indies are catering to more specialist customers, we're taking vinyl back to the masses".

Ah, you almost had me there. Now I get that this is all a big joke. Oh John, you shouldn't have pushed it so far as to claim that "the masses" would ever be interested in vinyl again. You almost had me though.

Newly formed Night Time Industries Association puts out call to its industry and local authorities across the UK
Alan D Miller, Chairman of the recently formed Night Time Industries Association - which brings together bar operators, gig venue owners and especially club promoters and DJ representatives - used a keynote at the Brighton Music Conference this weekend to caution against new regulations and regulatory practices that could hinder the future of what is otherwise a booming sector - ie night time entertainment.

Miller, who experienced his own issues with a local authority as owner of the Vibe Bar in East London, said: "We have seen that, despite fears ten years ago that 24 hour licensing would lead to crime and disorder, a new report from the Institute Of Economic Affairs demonstrates that crime has decreased and late night licensing has spread the offering available and contributed to a better environment for leisure, entertainment and our cities. This is a time to celebrate - not to regulate".

But noting the various issues some club promoters have faced in the last year - which might include both Fabric in London and The Arches in Glasgow, in addition to Miller's own bad experiences - he went on: "If people in Britain want to go out and enjoy themselves after 10pm, there are increasing obstacles".

He explained: "The latest is the wholly misguided concept of breathalysing citizens outside clubs, football stadiums and even McDonalds in Cambridge. We at The NTIA believe British citizens are decent and on the whole well behaved - as the evidence proves - and visitors to the UK are too. It's time to champion the night time industries and to stop these wrong practices".

Miller says that the NTIA hopes "that licensing authorities take on board the recent good news [about a booming night time sector] - and indeed the massive contribution that the UK operators, owners, promoters, DJs and other entrepreneurs and workers make to local economies and indeed the UK's GDP".

Meanwhile, addressing his own industry direct, he added: "We need our fellow owners and operators to sign up with us so that we can be an even stronger voice in the UK. We are the cauldron and conduit of creativity - and we must protect the dancefloor".

--------------------------------------------------

33 injured as lightning strikes German festival
According to local authorities, 33 people were hurt after lightning struck Germany's Rock Am Ring festival in Mendig this weekend.

There were two lightning strikes on the festival site in the early hours of Saturday morning, the first striking back stage and injuring eight members of production staff, the second hitting the event's campsite, which is when the other 25 people were hurt.

After the first strike, promoters halted performances and offered visitors shelter in large lightning proof tents. Despite the injuries, no one was directly struck by the lightning, and police say none of the injured are in a serious condition.

The festival continued as planned after the storm.

CMU Insights puts the spotlight on live, brands, D2F and merch
CMU Insights will put the spotlight on both the live sector and the brand partnerships domain in its next evening seminar, which takes place in Shoreditch next week, Monday 15 Jun at 6.30pm.

CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke, who leads the session, says: "We explain how the live industry works, what an average artist's live career looks like, and crucially put the spotlight on the ticketing sector, where there is plenty of debate, including booking fees, the secondary market and the role of new direct-to-fan ticketing and gig discovery apps. In addition to the live focus, we also explain why brands work with music, and what they offer, plus look at the state of the merch business and the growth of direct-to-fan".

Tickets to the wide-ranging seminar, which provides a primer on the music industry beyond music rights, are just £49.99. It's a great way for those working in these domains to get up to date, and for those based at labels and publishers to understand how the other side of their industry works - book a place here.

  Approved: Envy
Now more than 20 years deep into their career, Envy return with their first album since 2010's 'Recitation'. 'Atheist's Cornea' will be released through Mogwai's Rock Action label - their home since 2001's 'All The Footprints You've Ever Left And The Fear Expecting Ahead' - on 10 Jul.

After the more drawn out post-rock of 'Recitation', the lead track from their new album, 'Ignorant Rain At The End Of The World', does away with the long intros and ambient sections, instead cutting straight to the hardcore punch - three and a half minutes of solid aggression.

Watch the video for 'Ignorant Rain At The End Of The World' here.
CLICK HERE to read and share online
 

Thom Yorke announces first Tomorrow's Modern Boxes show
Thom Yorke has announced his first 'Tomorrow's Modern Boxes' live show. And to see it you will only have to go as far as Tokyo.

Yorke will headline Hostess Records' all-nighter event at this year's Summersonic Festival on 15 Aug, which also features FFS (aka Franz Ferdinand and Sparks), Matthew Herbert, Spritualized, Jon Hopkins, Bo Ningen and more.

Exactly what form Yorke's the show will take isn't clear, though Nigel Godrich confirmed on Twitter last week that he would be on hand "with some modern boxes" and that Tarik Barri would be providing visuals.

More details here, if you like.

Post-Midem bike ride, new appointments at Crown Talent and Insieme, and more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Hey all you slackers moseying on back from the Midem festivities via train, plane or automobile, don't forget BPI's Kiaron Whitehead, PPL's Mark Douglas and Record Of The Day's Paul Scaife are returning via bicycle. Why? Well, that's a very good question the three cyclists might themselves wonder half way back, but it's an admirable endeavour not least because of the charities it's in aid of. Sponsor em here.

• Insieme Music Publishing, the publishing affiliate of indie label Glassnote, has recruited Sharon Tapper, previously with Razor & Tie, to the role of Head of Publishing. "Nurture" says Tapper.

• Steven Melrose, formerly co-MD at Sony's Epic Records UK, has joined Crown Talent & Media Group as Head Of Music. And why not? "Consolidated" says Melrose.

• Well Foxes is back then. Look, here's her new single 'Body Talk'. It's out on 24 Jul.

• LA Priest will release his debut album, 'Inji', on 29 Jun. Here's a new track called 'Lorry Park'.

• I'm sure every day you wake up and wonder if today's the day you get to hear a new Dappy single. Well finally it is. Here you go.

• Ratboy, who has just released his debut single 'Sign On', will be touring the UK in the autumn, complete with a London show at Dingwalls on 29 Sep.

• The Wave Pictures are going to be touring next month, playing The Dome in London on 18 Jul. Here's their new single, 'Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon', which is out on 24 Jul.

Walmart promises to stop torturing staff with Dion and Bieber
US retail chain Walmart has vowed to change the soundtrack in its stores, after repeated Celine Dion and Justin Bieber tracks apparently got too much for staff.

According to the Washington Post, for several months Walmart stores have been playing just one CD on a loop, with Dion and Biebs singled out as the most hated artists who appear on it. Last week at a shareholder meeting, it was announced that the CD would be replaced by a new in-store radio station, allowing for a bit more variety.

Of course, while Walmart employees may be punching the air, as we've seen before, in-store radio isn't always everything it's cracked up to be either.

 
ANDY MALT | Editor
Andy heads up the team, overseeing the CMU bulletin and website, coordinating features and interviews, reporting on artist and business stories, and contributing to the CMU Approved column.
Email andy@unlimitedmedia.co.uk (except press releases, see below)
   
CHRIS COOKE | MD & Business Editor
Chris provides music business coverage and analysis. Chris also leads the CMU Insights training and consultancy business and education programme CMU:DIY, and heads up CMU publisher 3CM UnLimited.
Email chris@unlimitedmedia.co.uk (except press releases, see below)
   
SAM TAYLOR | Commercial Manager & Insights Associate
Sam oversees the commercial side of the CMU media, leading on sales and sponsorship, plus helps manage and deliver the CMU Insights training courses and consultancy services.
Email sam@unlimitedmedia.co.uk or call 020 7099 9060
   
CARO MOSES | Co-Publisher
Caro helps oversee the CMU media, while as a Director of 3CM UnLimited she heads up the company's other two titles ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, and supports other parts of the business.
Email caro@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
Send ALL press releases to musicnews@unlimitedmedia.co.uk - this is checked daily by the whole editorial team meaning your release will definitely get to the right person.

For details of the training and consultancy services offered by CMU Insights click here - Andy and Chris are also available to provide music business comment, just email them direct.

To promote your company or advertise jobs or services to the entire UK music industry via the CMU bulletin or website contact Sam on 020 7099 9060 or email ads@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
© UnLimited Media, a division of 3CM Enterprises Ltd

CMU, UnLimited Media, Kemp House, 152 City Road, London EC1V 2NX
t: 020 7099 9050 (editorial) 020 7099 9060 (sales)

publishing@unlimitedmedia.co.uk | complaints@unlimitedmedia.co.uk