Merger promises to rescue EMI but would turn Universal into a super-major that could squeeze out independent labels When Rupert Murdoch tried to buy the part of BSkyB he didn't own, which would give him 40% ownership of all British commercial TV, there was political and media outrage, yet we've seen no such reaction to the news of Universal's swoop for EMI, despite the fact that the deal will give it more than 40% of the recorded music market – creating what Warner Music's exiting chairman calls "a super-major".
VEVO, the music video powerhouse owned primarily by Universal and Sony and including content from EMI, would seem to be the last company to knowingly stream pirated video at a major event. But that's exactly what they did at their r... Read Post
The Battle Begins: Universal's takeover of EMI "bad news for almost everyone", say independent labels. (NME) Some EU based indie publishers are vowing to fight the EMI Publishing sale to Sony, as well. iTunes may open in Brazil befo... Read Post
In a continued effort to buy the recording side of EMI, Universal has gone directly to EU regulators for approval of the takeover. Sony/ATV will follow suit for the publishing side of EMI. Warner Music Group and independent labels a... Read Post