The Co-operative Group has dropped its playlist of pop music in favour of playing only unsigned bands.
But staff at the shops across the UK, of which there are around 3,000 stores, have taken to Facebook to complain about the changes, saying “There’s a reason they’re unsigned” whilst another described their eight hour shift as “Eight hours of pain”. [via The Grocer].
Staff are suggesting it’s just a way for the company to save paying as much money in royalties for chart music.
The published rate per store (assuming an average of 300 square metres for Co-op stores) by PRS is £296.20. Multiply this figure by 3,000 and add the PPL fee of £126 per store, and it gives a yearly bill of over a million pounds.
The story of the switch appeared in the Telegraph yesterday, and it was the subject of Jeremy Vine’s phone-in on BBC Radio 2 today.
A spokesman for The Co-operative Food said: “The in-store radio is a fantastic vehicle for bringing to life our clear proposition of really engaging with and supporting our local communities.
“In order to profile new talent and give emerging artists a national platform for their music, alongside our existing mix of DJ’s, shout-outs and in-store offers, The Co-operative Radio now only features unsigned bands and artists.
“This will be the first time that emerging artists will be able to access such wide-spread national coverage on the radio, helping them to get a foot in the door of the music industry.”