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....

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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"...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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