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CMU’s One Liners: Leona Lewis, WMA, HMV, more

By | Published on Wednesday 15 June 2016

Leona Lewis

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Leona Lewis is apparently parting company with Universal’s Island Records after just one album, having signed with the label in 2014. She may seek to work with another Universal division on her next record, or could look for a totally new label partner.

• Record industry trade group BPI and the good old Music Publishers Association have confirmed that they will be staging another trade mission to Germany in September, conveniently timed to coincide with Hamburg showcase festival Reeperbahn. Those interested in taking part should apply via the BPI or MPA websites.

• London-based music marketing and creative agency WMA has announced the launch of a brand partnerships unit to be headed up by Crystina Cinti, who has previously done band-brand partnership gubbins at Sony Music.

• After HMV disputed the recent claim from Sainsbury’s that it is now the biggest seller of vinyl on the high street, the supermarket has admitted to City AM “we have more stores on the high street (171) selling vinyl – making us the biggest for location – however, we still don’t sell as many records as HMV”.

• If it wasn’t enough Sainsbury’s trying to steel HMV’s vinyl-seller crown, now Deezer wants to own ‘music listening dogs’. Outrageous. Oh yeah, Deezer has a new telly ad.

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