The Editor’s Letter is an occasional column from CMU Editor Andy Malt, commenting on new music and the new music business.
Editor's Letter: Taylor Swift's fight with Spotify is a milestone in streaming music's ascendancy
Editor's Letter: Taylor Swift's fight with Spotify is a milestone in streaming music's ascendancy

7 November 2014

Taylor Swift and her battle against people hearing her music has been everywhere this week. You must have noticed. In the unlikely event...

Editor's Letter: I'd be the new Scooter Braun if it wasn't for my bank manager
Editor's Letter: I'd be the new Scooter Braun if it wasn't for my bank manager

6 February 2014

This week I built a brand new artist up to the very verge of stardom, only to have it all ripped from my...

Editor's Letter: Sinead O'Connor offers Miley Cyrus advice, Miley raises another problem
Editor's Letter: Sinead O'Connor offers Miley Cyrus advice, Miley raises another problem

4 October 2013

Yesterday, as was widely reported across the internet, Sinead O'Connor published an open letter to Miley Cyrus on her website, as she had...

Editor's Letter: Mercury Prize 2013 Contenders
Editor's Letter: Mercury Prize 2013 Contenders

5 September 2013

Next Wednesday at about half five there'll be that annual gathering of music and media types where everyone lines up to hear a...

Editor's Letter: I'm all for discussing streaming, but please stop shouting
Editor's Letter: I'm all for discussing streaming, but please stop shouting

17 July 2013

Right. I'm begrudgingly writing this Editor's Letter about Nigel & Tommy's Anti-Spotify Roadshow. I did have something else planned, but that will have...

Editor's Letter: How to listen to music
Editor's Letter: How to listen to music

6 June 2013

That the internet has "made music more disposable" has become a point raised with increased frequency as consumption via downloads and, more recently,...

Editor's Letter: Notes on a ding dong
Editor's Letter: Notes on a ding dong

16 April 2013

I still vividly remember the day Margaret Thatcher resigned. I was ten years old and just leaving the classroom as the school caretaker...

Editor's Letter: The return of the wrong questions
Editor's Letter: The return of the wrong questions

5 March 2013

Last year the global recorded music business saw revenues rise for the first time since 1999, according to figures published by the IFPI...

Editor's Letter: Can high street music escape His Master's Void?
Editor's Letter: Can high street music escape His Master's Void?

16 January 2013

For all the nostalgia and sadness that poured out over the social networks on Monday night as HMV announced it was going into...

Editor's Letter: What matters in OfCom's piracy stats
Editor's Letter: What matters in OfCom's piracy stats

22 November 2012

Almost half of the UK's internet users aged twelve and over cannot say with confidence whether or not the sources of online content...

Editor's Letter: Measuring Radio 1's success on The Foxometer
Editor's Letter: Measuring Radio 1's success on The Foxometer

8 November 2012

Magic 105.4 Breakfast Show host Neil Fox this week branded his Radio 1 counterpart "brainless" and a "total nob" (presumably meaning knob, as...

Editor's Letter: A cruel summer for festivals
Editor's Letter: A cruel summer for festivals

26 September 2012

I think it's fair to say, 2012 has been a tough year for UK festivals. Bad weather, the Olympics, the recession, increased competition...

Editor's Letter: Mercury Prize Contenders
Editor's Letter: Mercury Prize Contenders

12 September 2012

This afternoon at about 5.30pm, Lauren Laverne will begin reading out this year's Mercury Prize shortlist, at which point you will officially be...

Editor's Letter: Will Bruce Willis' digital music receive a fate worse than death?
Editor's Letter: Will Bruce Willis' digital music receive a fate worse than death?

4 September 2012

When he's not crawling around in a white vest and shouting "Yippee ki-yay, motherfucker!" at unassuming passers by, Bruce Willis likes to enjoy...

Editor's Letter: Sea, sand and Syðrugøta - Welcome to G! Festival
Editor's Letter: Sea, sand and Syðrugøta - Welcome to G! Festival

27 July 2012

"So, you want me to take you to Benjamin's place?" The G! Festival steward was leaning over to the passenger side window of...

Editor's Letter: A return to the 'golden age' of music is the last thing we need
Editor's Letter: A return to the 'golden age' of music is the last thing we need

13 July 2012

I've written a couple of times this year about the possibility of local music scenes being able to exist in isolation in the...

Editor's Letter: Stop me if you've heard this one before
Editor's Letter: Stop me if you've heard this one before

6 July 2012

They say that if you're going to do a good cover version of a song you should take it and make it your...

Editor's Letter: How live do you need to be?
Editor's Letter: How live do you need to be?

29 June 2012

Debate has raged in the world of dance music (or EDM, as we're apparently supposed to call it now) recently following comments variously...

Editor's Letter: Happy birthday CMU Daily
Editor's Letter: Happy birthday CMU Daily

22 June 2012

Back when I was still at school, I began publishing a fanzine that ran for two issues before I realised that it would...

Editor's Letter: The Oatmeal, The DMCA, and a whole lot of bear love
Editor's Letter: The Oatmeal, The DMCA, and a whole lot of bear love

15 June 2012

If you've spent any significant time on the internet, you will probably have come across The Oatmeal. A popular destination for fans of...

Editor's Letter: Why are The Sex Pistols still the voice of anarchy in the UK?
Editor's Letter: Why are The Sex Pistols still the voice of anarchy in the UK?

8 June 2012

It was the Queen's Diamond Jubilee last weekend, as I'm sure you noticed. Even if you weren't being bombarded with TV adverts for...

Editor's Letter: Digital v Physical
Editor's Letter: Digital v Physical

1 June 2012

So, after last week's look at fan funding and its potential to go the distance, we should begin by congratulating Amanda Palmer, who passed...

Editor's Letter: Does the future lie in your fans' pockets?
Editor's Letter: Does the future lie in your fans' pockets?

25 May 2012

Fan funding has been in the news this week, as it often is these days. But this week it's been more interesting than...

Editor's Letter: Eurovision - The greatest show on earth
Editor's Letter: Eurovision - The greatest show on earth

18 May 2012

I've loved Eurovision for as long as I can remember. You could say that Eurovision was the first thing that made me interested...

Editor's Letter: Who needs The Pirate Bay anyway?
Editor's Letter: Who needs The Pirate Bay anyway?

4 May 2012

This week five ISPs were ordered to block access to The Pirate Bay by the High Court in London. Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk,...

Editor's Letter: Headliner plus local support
Editor's Letter: Headliner plus local support

27 April 2012

On Tuesday night I went to a screening of 'Anyone Can Play Guitar', a documentary looking at the Oxford music scene from the...

Editor's Letter: Hooray for record shops and all their awkwardness
Editor's Letter: Hooray for record shops and all their awkwardness

20 April 2012

It's Record Store Day tomorrow, which is always fun. At some point tomorrow, I will wander out into the blazing sunshine that will...

Editor's Letter: Jeremy Paxman holds the key to the future of music
Editor's Letter: Jeremy Paxman holds the key to the future of music

13 April 2012

Late last month, Odd Future made a trip over to London to perform a show and preside over the running of a pop-up...

Editor's Letter: On the CMU stereo
Editor's Letter: On the CMU stereo

30 March 2012

Hello. Right now you're probably expecting me to reel off 300 words about something that's happened in the music industry this week. Or...

Editor's Letter: What would Game's demise mean for HMV?
Editor's Letter: What would Game's demise mean for HMV?

23 March 2012

This week videogames retailer Game filed to go into administration, not long after suspending the trading of its shares "pending clarification of the...

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