The Co-operative Group have confirmed to NME that they have decided to return to playing songs by more well known artists in their supermarkets following complaints by staff about the quality of music they were forced to listen to.
As reported, the retailer’s decision to move away from commercially successful pop music and instead support new and unsigned artists saw staff launch a campaign against what they described as the “terrible” music they have to listen to all day.
Staff took to social media and demanded an instant return to recognisable name artists and songs, while others suggested that the move was only made to save money as playing music by unsigned artists does not fall under the same licensing laws.
Having listened to their employees, a spokesperson for the retailer issued the following statement:
“We recently piloted a new in-store radio service to showcase and show support for unsigned music acts. We did this because the initiative aligns well with The Co-operative Group’s new purpose of a championing initiatives which support our customers and their local communities. We have, however, had some negative feedback from colleagues. We’ve listened carefully and have acted to reinstate well known acts while retaining slots on our programming for unsigned musicians to have their songs heard.”
The Co-operative Group also intend to support unsigned music acts in the future by launching a new initiative with the National Union of Students.