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Top 10 stories of the week: Industry opinions on Aldi MI range, Gibson trademark infringement, D'Addario Europe

Laura  Barnes
Top 10 stories of the week: Industry opinions on Aldi MI range, Gibson trademark infringement, D'Addario Europe

This week, our most popular story has been our round up of industry opinions on Aldi’s new range of low-cost musical instruments.

Find out what retailers and distributors think about the supermarket’s foray into the industry below, and check out all the other big stories from the past week:

1. What the MI industry really thinks about Aldi's musical instrument range
This week, budget supermarket Aldi made its first steps into the musical instrument market with an astonishingly cheap range of guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, stands and even music books.

2. Gibson accuses Jam of infringing three guitar trademarks
Gibson has accused Jam Industries USA of infringing three of its guitar trademarks and is seeking $1 million per counterfeit mark, injunctive relief, punitive damages, destruction of infringing goods, and a jury trial.
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3. D'Addario launches European marketing and distribution operation, headed by Simon Turnbull
D’Addario has announced the formation of D’Addario Europe Ltd – a brand new initiative to help the company maintain greater consistency and control of its brand portfolio in Europe.

4. Reverb.com secures $15m in funding to expand online MI marketplace
Reverb.com has secured $15 million in funding amidst a fifth consecutive year of growth.

5. Fusion Guitar launches with built-in amp, speakers and iPhone dock
Billed as the “world’s most advanced electric guitar”, the new line of Fusion Guitars have launched online.

6. INTERVIEW: Daisy Rock's Tish Ciravolo on doing whatever it takes to get more girls playing guitar
Since its launch in 2000, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars has created numerous guitars and basses specifically for women, making instruments with a look and feel that appeals to young girls as well as helping them play more comfortably.

7. Korg to host world-exclusive product launch at first UK dealer event
Korg UK has announced its first official dealer event, which will take place at the end of August.

8. Anatomy of an Instrument: The Keytar
Is it the epitome of 80s cheese? Is it only ever used ironically? Is it actually a really cool piece of gear that deserves to be taken more seriously?

9. Chili Peppers' bassist Flea says cutting music education from public schools is 'child abuse'
The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist has expressed his views on the current threat musical education programs in public schools are facing in the US, calling it “child abuse” and “just wrong”.

10. Footfall declined in most shopping destinations in July
The latest BRC-Springboard Footfall and vacancies monitor has revealed another slow month for UK retail footfall.

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