Weekly Round-Up

A round-up of the industry news you might have missed that got SoundOut HQ talking



Lil Nas X breaks US singles record

Lil Nas X has been breaking the internet since he burst onto the scene early this year. Now he’s gone and broken a serious record with Old Town Road.

His debut single how holds the record for longest serving single at the top of the US singles chart, ousting previous record holder Mariah Carey from the top spot.

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The Duchess of Sussex guest edits British Vogue.

Rumours swirled that she would be on the cover of British Vogue’s September issue, but on Monday it was announced that Meghan Markle has instead become the first person ever to guest edit the magazine’s iconic September issue.

Called ‘Forces for Change’, Markle has taken the opportunity to spotlight fifteen women, including Greta Thunberg, Jameela Jamil and Salma Hayek, who she believes are driving forces for change in 2019.

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Selfridges launch Christmas shop

With just 5 short months until Christmas, Selfridges is the first retailer to begin selling Christmas merchandise.

Selfridges justify this madness by claiming that its tradition of launching Christmas early helps to boost annual sales.

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Online retail sales slumps to lowest ever growth rate

Heavy discounting, uncertainty around Brexit and declining consumer confidence all contributed to the lowest ever growth rate for online retail sales in the first half of the year.

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Taylor Swift to become the face and voice of Capitol One

Taylor Swift and Capital One have signed a multi-year partnership which will see the pop star give special access opportunities exclusively for Capital One customers and more.

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A Quarter of primary school children don’t know what a high street is.

In a doomsday prophecy to end them all, it turns out that26% of primary school children have no idea what a high street is. 32% have never been to a butchers and 22% have never been to a greengrocer.

These stats offer a sobering peek into our future, where brick and mortar stores become obsolete and Amazon drones take over.

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Carrier bag sales in supermarkets drop 93%

In the five years since the 5p carrier bag charge was introduced, plastic bag sales have plummeted by 93%.

GREAT NEWS for the planet as new Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers says nation is “calling time on being a throwaway society”

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Unilever warns it will sell off brands that hurt the planet or society

Not one for being all talk and no action, Unilever has warned it will sell off brands that do not contribute positively to society, with British favourites Marmite and Magnum ice-cream among the big names thought to be vulnerable to a cull linked to the company's sustainable business agenda.

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