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CMU’s One Liners: Zayn Malik, Official Charts Company, Dean Blunt, more

By and | Published on Friday 29 January 2016

Zayn Malik

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• European digital distributors Phonofile and Finetunes are coming together under one parent company, SendR, which constitutes “one of the most significant mergers in the history of the independent digital distribution market”. Say Phonofile and Finetunes. The two firms will continue to operate autonomously, but will actively collaborate.

• The Official Charts Company has launched itself a brand new Americana Albums Chart, to chart albums of the Americana variety. But what exactly is “the Americana variety”? Well, duh, it’s “contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues”. Good times.

• Your good friend Ticketfly has bought Canadian ticketing firm TicketBreak, which basically constitutes Pandora further expanding its ticketing business, it having bought Ticketfly last October of course.

• Poliça have released the video for ‘Wedding’. The track is taken from new album ‘United Crushers’, which is out on 4 Mar.

• Hey everybody, you do know that Zayn Malik’s “evocative debut single” is out now right, with its raunchy video and everything? I think we’re meant to call him just “Zayn” now by the way. I must remember to memo the CMU Style Guide committee about that.

• Dean Blunt opened a new art exhibition to the public yesterday. It consists of a single stock photo in a frame and a high pitched noise pumped over the gallery’s sound system. Amazing. Catch it at London’s Cubitt gallery until 28 Feb.

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