Despite protests Europe just approved Sony’s full EMI acquisition

The EU have just approved Sony Music’s takeover of EMI Music Publishing despite indie music organisations across Europe warning that it gives them too much influence. Sony Music now own a 100% stake in EMI…

Sony will own 90% of EMI publishing after a $2.3 billion deal

Sony are taking a massive controlling stake in major music publishers EMI after acquiring a giant 60% share on top of their existing 30%. Sony Corporation are making a massive investment to take over a…

Sony and Warner both eyeing EMI Music Publishing for $4b sale

With one of the biggest song catalogues in the world EMI Music Publishing are up for sale with major labels zeroing in. EMI Music Publishing have put themselves up for sale, selling their 2.2 million…

Chairman at EMI involved in $3.5 billion scandal invested money in Sony’s EMI buyout

American authorities are currently investigating a scandal in which $3.5 billion of Malaysia’s government sovereign wealth was misappropriated, involving an investor involved in Sony’s buyout of EMI. In 2012 Sony made a deal that put…

2013 SoundScan Stats – Market Share of Major Record Labels Compared to Independent Labels

A2IM has shared the 2013 SoundScan statistics. This shows that the major label market share of albums in 2013 compared to 2012. Independent Labels now have 34.6% U.S. of the overall recorded music market. Since…

Universal Music Purchase of EMI Should be Approved This Week by European Commission

There are lots of reports this morning that the Universal purchase of EMI will be approved this week by the European Commission. The combined company is being forced to divest itself of Parlaphone. Additionally, there…

Sony File to Merge with EMI Publishing in Europe

Sony has finally filed in Europe to merge their company and EMI publishing. The deal was confirmed back in November last year and is priced at $2.2 billion. A representative of the Sony group, which…

EMI License Catalogue to Beatport

EMI has just licensed their electronica catalogue to Beatport. It seems like EMI are now going to license their catalogue to pretty much anyone at any price.

EMI Think Apple Has Too Much Control in the Music Industry

UK major label EMI this week railed against Apple’s iTunes in the body of its latest annual financial statement. EMI are unanimous in their praise for Apple’s achievements in online music sales, but resent the huge slice of the music sales market the company has carved out.

EMI Restructuring Coming in a Few Weeks: Expect More Layoffs

There are a lot of reports floating around that EMI is two weeks away from announcing some huge changes! The key change wil be a drastic reorganisation which would lead to loads more layoffs.