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Broken up: EMI Music Publishing
EMI Music Publishing
acquired by consortium led by:

Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
and comprising Sony Corporation
Sony Corporation
of America The Estate of Michael Jackson Mubadala Development Company PJSC Jynwel Capital Limited The Blackstone Group's GSO Capital Partners
GSO Capital Partners
LP David Geffen[1]

Parlophone, Chrysalis Records, EMI
EMI
Classics, Virgin Classics and EMI Records' Belgian, Czech, Danish, French, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Slovak and Swedish operations acquired by:

Warner Music Group[2]

Bulk of recording business acquired by:

Universal Music Group

Mute Records
Mute Records
back catalog and Virgin Music
Virgin Music
Publishing sold to:

BMG Rights Management[3]

Predecessor Columbia Graphophone Company Gramophone Company

Successor EMI
EMI
Music Publishing Virgin EMI
EMI
Records EMI Records
EMI Records
Nashville Minos EMI Gold Typhoon

Founded 31 March 1931; 87 years ago (1931-03-31)[4]

Defunct 28 September 2012; 5 years ago (2012-09-28)

Headquarters Westminster, London, England, United Kingdom

Area served

Worldwide

Key people

Roger Faxon (Former CEO) Ruth Prior (Former CFO)

Revenue £1.072 billion (2009) $1.65 billion (2009)

Operating income

£163 million (2009) ( EMI
EMI
Music)[5] £135 million (2009) ( EMI
EMI
Music Publishing)[6]

Owner Terra Firma Capital Partners (August 2007 to February 2011) Citigroup (February 2011 to 28 September 2012) Universal Music Group (28 September 2012–present); 5 years ago ( EMI
EMI
Group) Sony/ATV Music Publishing (28 September 2012–present); 5 years ago ( EMI
EMI
Music Publishing) Warner Music Group (7 February 2013–present); 4 years ago ( EMI
EMI
Records) (Rename Parlophone
Parlophone
Records Ltd.)

Number of employees

5,500 (January 2008)

Subsidiaries EMI
EMI
Records Virgin Records Capitol Records Parlophone

Website universalmusic.com parlophone.co.uk

EMI
EMI
(officially EMI Group
EMI Group
Limited, originally an initialism for Electric and Musical Industries and often known as EMI Records
EMI Records
and EMI Music) is a defunct British multinational conglomerate founded in March 1931 and was based in London. At the time of its break-up in 2012, it was the fourth-largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry and was one of the big four record companies (now the big three). Its EMI Records
EMI Records
Ltd. group of record labels included EMI
EMI
Records, Parlophone, Virgin Records
Virgin Records
and Capitol Records. EMI
EMI
also had a major publishing arm, EMI
EMI
Music Publishing—also based in London
London
with offices globally. The company was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, but faced financial troubles and USD $4 billion in debt, leading to its acquisition by Citigroup
Citigroup
in February 2011.[7][8] Citigroup's ownership was temporary, as it announced in November 2011 that it would sell its music arm to Vivendi's Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group
for $1.9 billion, and EMI's publishing business to a Sony/ATV consortium for around $2.2 billion. Other members of the Sony consortium include the Estate of Michael Jackson, The Blackstone Group, and Abu Dhabi–owned investment fund Mubadala Development Company. EMI's locations in United States, Canada and United Kingdom
United Kingdom
were disassembled to repay all debt but the primary head office located outside these countries is still functional.[9]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Manufacturing

2 Electronics
Electronics
research and development

2.1 Blumlein and radar 2.2 Television 2.3 Photomultipliers 2.4 Computers and CT Scanner 2.5 Emihus

3 Music

3.1 Aftermath of demerger from Thorn 3.2 Terra Firma takeover 3.3 Citigroup
Citigroup
ownership 3.4 Sony/Universal sale

4 Operations

4.1 EMI
EMI
Leisure 4.2 EMI
EMI
Music

4.2.1 Labels under the EMI
EMI
banner 4.2.2 Past and present EMI
EMI
musicians

4.3 EMI
EMI
Music Publishing

5 Criticism

5.1 CD price fixing

6 See also 7 References 8 Further reading 9 External links

History[edit]

EMI's former building in London. The building is now owned by Warner Music UK.

Electric and Musical Industries Ltd was formed in March 1931 by the merger of the Columbia Graphophone Company
Columbia Graphophone Company
and the Gramophone Company, with its "His Master's Voice" record label, firms that have a history extending back to the origins of recorded sound. The new vertically integrated company produced sound recordings as well as recording and playback equipment. Manufacturing[edit] The company's gramophone manufacturing led to forty years of success with larger-scale electronics and electrical engineering. Electronics
Electronics
research and development[edit] Blumlein and radar[edit] Alan Blumlein, an engineer employed by EMI, conducted a great deal of pioneering research into stereo sound recording many years prior to the practical implementation of the technique in the early 1950s. He was killed in 1942 whilst conducting flight trials on an experimental H2S radar
H2S radar
set. During and after World War II, the EMI Laboratories
EMI Laboratories
in Hayes, Hillingdon developed radar equipment (including the receiver section of the British Army's GL-II anti-aircraft fire-control radar), microwave devices such as the reflex klystron oscillator (having played a crucial role in the development of early production types following on from the British Admiralty
Admiralty
Signal School's pioneering NR89, the so-called "Sutton tube"), electro-optic devices such as infra-red image converters, and eventually guided missiles employing analogue computers. Television[edit] After the war, the company resumed its involvement in making broadcasting equipment, notably providing the BBC's second television transmitter at Sutton Coldfield. It also manufactured broadcast television cameras for British television production companies as well as for the BBC. The commercial television ITV companies also used them alongside cameras made by Pye and Marconi. Their best-remembered piece of broadcast television equipment was the EMI 2001
EMI 2001
colour television camera, which became the mainstay of much of the British television industry from the end of the 1960s until the early 1990s. Exports of this piece of equipment were low, however, and EMI
EMI
left this area of product manufacture. Photomultipliers[edit] The company was also for many years an internationally respected manufacturer of photomultipliers. This part of the business was transferred to Thorn as part of Thorn-EMI, then later became the independent concern Electron Tubes Ltd. Computers and CT Scanner[edit] The EMI
EMI
Electronic Business Machine, a valve and magnetic drum memory computer, was built in the 1950s to process the British Motor Corporation payroll.[10][11] In 1958 the EMIDEC 1100, the UK's first commercially available all-transistor computer, was developed at Hayes under the leadership of Godfrey Hounsfield, an electrical engineer at EMI.[11] In the early 1970s, with financial support by the UK Department of Health and Social Security as well as EMI
EMI
research investment,[12] Hounsfield developed the first CT scanner, a device which revolutionised medical imaging. In 1973 EMI
EMI
was awarded a prestigious Queen's Award for Technological Innovation for what was then called the EMI
EMI
scanner,[13] and in 1979 Hounsfield won the Nobel Prize for his accomplishment.[14] After brief, but brilliant, success in the medical imaging field, EMI's manufacturing activities were sold off to other companies, notably Thorn (see Thorn EMI). Subsequently, development and manufacturing activities were sold off to other companies and work moved to other towns such as Crawley and Wells. Emihus[edit] Emihus Electronics, based in Glenrothes, Scotland, was owned 51% by Hughes Aircraft, of California, US, and 49% by EMI. It manufactured integrated circuits electrolytic capacitors and, for a short period in the mid-1970s, hand-held calculators under the Gemini name.[15] Music[edit] Early in its life, the Gramophone Company
Gramophone Company
established subsidiary operations in a number of other countries in the British Commonwealth, including India, Australia and New Zealand. Gramophone's (later EMI's) Australian and New Zealand subsidiaries dominated the popular music industries in those countries from the 1920s until the 1960s, when other locally owned labels (such as Festival Records) began to challenge the near monopoly of EMI. Over 150,000 78-rpm recordings from around the world are held in EMI's temperature-controlled archive in Hayes, some of which have been released on CD since 2008 by Honest Jon's Records.[16][17] In 1931, the year the company was formed, it opened the legendary recording studios at Abbey Road, London. During the 1930s and 1940s, its roster of artists included Arturo Toscanini, Sir Edward Elgar, and Otto Klemperer, among many others. During this time EMI
EMI
appointed its first A&R managers. These included George Martin, who later brought the Beatles into the EMI
EMI
fold. When the Gramophone Company
Gramophone Company
merged with the Columbia Graphophone Company (including Columbia's subsidiary label Parlophone) in 1931, the new Anglo-American group was incorporated as Electric & Musical Industries Ltd. At this point, the Radio Corporation of America had a majority shareholding in the new company due to RCA purchasing the Victor Talking Machine Company
Victor Talking Machine Company
in 1929. Victor owned 50% of the British affilated Gramophone Company, giving RCA chairman David Sarnoff
David Sarnoff
a seat on the EMI
EMI
board. However, EMI
EMI
was subsequently forced to sell Columbia USA due to anti-trust action taken by its American competitors. By this time the record industry had been hit hard by the Depression and in 1934 a much-diminished Columbia USA was purchased for just US$70,500 by ARC-BRC (American Record Corporation–Brunswick Record Company), which also acquired the OKeh
OKeh
label. RCA sold its stake in EMI
EMI
in 1935, but due to its 1929 takeover of Victor, RCA retained the North and South American rights to the "His Master's Voice" trademark. In other countries, the Nipper
Nipper
logo was used by the EMI
EMI
subsidiary label HMV, even though the "His Master's Voice" slogan itself would be retained by RCA along with the logo. In 1938 ARC-Brunswick was taken over by CBS, which then sold the American Brunswick label to American Decca Records, which along with its other properties, Vocalion Records
Vocalion Records
and Aeolian Vocalion Records, used it as a subsidiary budget label afterward. CBS
CBS
then operated Columbia as its flagship label in both the United States and Canada. EMI
EMI
retained the rights to the Columbia name in most other territories including the UK, Australia and New Zealand. It continued to operate the label with moderate success until 1973, when it was retired and replaced by the EMI Records
EMI Records
imprint, making records with the Columbia Records label manufactured outside North America between 1972 and 1992 rare. In 1990, following a series of major takeovers that saw CBS
CBS
Records acquired by the Sony Corporation
Sony Corporation
of Japan, EMI
EMI
sold its remaining rights to the Columbia name to Sony and the label is now operated exclusively throughout the world by Sony Music
Sony Music
Entertainment; except in Japan where the trade mark is owned by Columbia Music Entertainment. EMI
EMI
released its first LPs in 1952 and its first stereophonic recordings in 1955 (first on reel-to-reel tape and then LPs, beginning in 1958). In 1957, to replace the loss of its long-established licensing arrangements with RCA Victor and Columbia Records
Columbia Records
(Columbia USA cut its ties with EMI
EMI
in 1951), EMI
EMI
entered the American market by acquiring 96% of the stock for Capitol Records
Capitol Records
USA.

Trade ad of congratulations to the Beatles for their 1964 Grammys.

From 1960 to 1995 their " EMI
EMI
House" corporate headquarters was located at 20 Manchester Square
Manchester Square
London, England, the stairwell from which was featured on the cover of the Beatles' Please Please Me
Please Please Me
album. In addition, an unused shot from the Please Please Me
Please Please Me
photo session, featuring the boys in short hair and cleancut attire, was used for the cover of the Beatles' first double-disc greatest-hits compilation entitled 1962–1966
1962–1966
(aka "The Red Album"). In 1969, Angus McBean
Angus McBean
took a matching group photograph featuring the boys in long hair and beards to contrast with the earlier cleancut image to show that the boys could have appeal across a wide range of audiences. This photo was originally intended for the Get Back album which later was entitled Let It Be. The photo was used instead for the cover of the Beatles' second greatest-hits double-disc compilation entitled 1967–1970
1967–1970
(aka "The Blue Album"). (The two compilations were released in 1973.) EMI's classical artists of the period were largely limited to the prestigious British orchestras, such as the Philharmonia Orchestra
Philharmonia Orchestra
and London
London
Symphony Orchestra. During the era of the long-playing record (LP), very few US orchestras had their principal recording contracts with EMI, one notable exception being that of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, especially during the tenure of William Steinberg. From the late 1950s to the early 1970s, the company enjoyed huge success in the popular music field under the management of Sir Joseph Lockwood. The strong combination of EMI
EMI
and its subsidiary labels (including Parlophone, HMV, Columbia and Capitol Records) along with a roster of stellar groups such as the Hollies, the Shadows, the Beach Boys and the Beatles along with hit solo performers such as Frank Sinatra, Cliff Richard, and Nat 'King' Cole, made EMI
EMI
the best-known and most successful recording company in the world at that time. In 1967, while shifting their pop and rock music roster to Columbia and Parlophone, EMI
EMI
converted HMV solely to a classical music label exclusively. For the emerging progressive rock genre including Pink Floyd, who had debuted on Columbia, EMI
EMI
established a new subsidiary label, Harvest Records, two years later. In 1971, Electric & Musical Industries changed its name to EMI Ltd. and on 1 January 1973 EMI
EMI
phased out most of its heritage labels and replacing them with the EMI
EMI
imprint. On 1 July 1973 the Gramophone Company subsidiary (The Gramophone Co. Ltd.) was renamed EMI
EMI
Records Ltd as well, and in February 1979, EMI
EMI
Ltd acquired United Artists Records and with it their subsidiary labels Liberty Records and Imperial Records. Eight months later, Thorn Electrical Industries merged with EMI
EMI
Ltd. to form Thorn EMI.[18] Ten years later in 1989, Thorn EMI
Thorn EMI
bought a 50% interest in Chrysalis Records, completing the buyout two years later. Six months after completing the buyout of Chrysalis, Thorn EMI
Thorn EMI
bought Virgin Records from Richard Branson
Richard Branson
in one of its highest-profile and most expensive acquisitions in record music history. In 1992, Thorn EMI
Thorn EMI
entered the Christian music market by acquiring Sparrow Records.[19] Aftermath of demerger from Thorn[edit] Due to the increasing divergence of business models, Thorn EMI shareholders voted in favour of demerger proposals on 16 August 1996. The resulting media company was now known as EMI Group
EMI Group
PLC.[20] Since the 1930s, the Baak Doi label headquartered in Shanghai had been published under the EMI
EMI
banner[21] and since then, EMI
EMI
had also been the dominant label in the cantopop market in Hong Kong until the genre's decline in the mid-1980s. Between the years 2004–2006, EMI then completely and totally divested itself from the c-pop market, and after that, all Hong Kong music artists previously associated with EMI have had their music published by Gold Label, a concern unaffiliated with EMI
EMI
and with which EMI
EMI
does not hold any interest. On 21 November 2000, Streamwaves and EMI
EMI
signed a deal licensing EMI's catalogue in a digital format for their online streaming music service. This was the first time EMI
EMI
had licensed any of its catalogue to a streaming music website.[22] Pop star Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams
signed a six-album deal in 2002 paying him over £80 million ($157 million), which was not only the biggest recording contract in British music history at the time, but also the second biggest in music history[23] behind that of Michael Jackson. Apple Records, the record label representing The Beatles, launched a suit against EMI
EMI
for non-payment of royalties on 15 December 2005. The suit alleged that EMI
EMI
had withheld $50 million from the record label; however, an EMI
EMI
spokesman noted that audits of record label accounts are not that unusual, confirming at least two hundred such audits performed on the label, but that these audits rarely result in legal action.[24] A legal settlement was announced on 12 April 2007 and terms were undisclosed.[25] On 2 April 2007, EMI
EMI
announced it would be releasing its music in DRM-free formats. These were to be issued in AAC format, which gave higher quality for the same bitrate compared with the ubiquitous MP3 format. The music would be distributed via Apple's iTunes Store (under the iTunes Plus category).[26] Tracks were to cost $1.29/€1.29/£0.99. Legacy tracks with FairPlay DRM would still be available for $0.99/€0.99/£0.79 – albeit with lower quality sound and DRM restrictions still in place. Users would be able to 'upgrade' the EMI
EMI
tracks that they had already bought for $0.30/€0.30/£0.20. Albums were also to be available at the same price as their lower quality, DRM counterparts and music videos from EMI
EMI
would also be DRM-free. The higher-quality, DRM-free files became available worldwide on iTunes on 30 May 2007, and were expected to appear on other music download services soon thereafter. Following this decision, Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group
also announced sales of DRM-free music (which was described as an experiment).[27] In May 2006, EMI
EMI
attempted to buy Warner Music Group, which would have reduced the world's four largest record companies (Big Four) to three; however, the bid was rejected.[28] Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group
launched a Pac-Man defense, offering to buy EMI. EMI
EMI
rejected the $4.6bn offer.[29] Terra Firma takeover[edit] After a dramatic 7% decline in the British market share, from 16% to 9%, and the announcement that it had sustained a loss of £260 million in 2006/2007,[30][31] in August 2007 EMI
EMI
was acquired by Terra Firma Capital Partners,[30] which purchased it for £4.2 billion.[32] Following the transition, several artists including Radiohead
Radiohead
left EMI, while other artists such as Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
had left ahead of the takeover.[30] At the same time, the Rolling Stones signed a one-album deal with Interscope Records/ Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group
outside its contract with EMI, which expired on February 2008,[33][34] and then in July 2008 signed a new long term deal with Universal Music Group.[35] The Terra Firma takeover is also reported to have been the catalyst behind a lawsuit filed by Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
over unpaid royalties.[36] In January 2011 Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
signed a new global agreement with EMI.[37] Around the same time, Guy Hands, CEO of Terra Firma Capital Partners, came to EMI
EMI
with restructuring plans to cut between 1,500 and 2,000 jobs[31] and to reduce costs by £200 million a year. As a result, the UK chief executive Tony Wadsworth left EMI
EMI
after 25 years in January 2008. The cuts were planned to take effect over the year 2008, and would affect up to a third of EMI's 5,500 staff.[31] Thirty Seconds to Mars tried to exit their contract with EMI
EMI
following the layoff of its staff and due to unpaid royalties, prompting the label to file a lawsuit for $30 million citing breach of contract.[38] The suit was later settled following a defence based on a contract case involving actress Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
decades before.[39] Jared Leto explained, "The California Appeals Court ruled that no service contract in California is valid after seven years, and it became known as the De Havilland Law after she used it to get out of her contract with Warner Bros."[39] Many industry watchers viewed the suit as a punitive harassment meant to scare other musicians.[38] The band's troubles with the label resonate through their third studio album This Is War (2009) and were the subject of the 2012 documentary Artifact.[40] Another EMI
EMI
singer Joss Stone
Joss Stone
battled the label, and offered to forfeit £2 million to be released from her contract. Stone has said that after EMI
EMI
was taken over by Terra Firma, her relationship with the label had soured and that there is "no working relationship".[41] In an interview with BBC
BBC
6music, Róisín Murphy clearly stated that she left the label as well because of similar disagreements. She also commented on the difficulties she had while recording her second solo album Overpowered. In 2008, EMI
EMI
withdrew from the South-East Asian market entirely, forcing its large roster of acts to search out contracts with other unaffiliated labels. As a result, the South-East Asian market was the only region in the world where EMI
EMI
was not in operation, although the record label continued to operate in Hong Kong and Indonesia (which is currently named Arka Music Indonesia).[42] The Chinese and Taiwanese operation of EMI
EMI
as well as the Hong Kong branch of Gold Label, was sold to Typhoon Group and reformed as Gold Typhoon. The Philippine branch of EMI
EMI
changed its name to PolyEast Records, and is now a joint venture between EMI
EMI
itself and Pied Piper Records Corporation. The physical audio and video products of the label have been distributed in South-East Asia by Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group
since December 2008, while new EMI
EMI
releases in China and Taiwan, were distributed under Gold Typhoon which was previously known as EMI
EMI
Music China and EMI
EMI
Music Taiwan, respectively. Meanwhile, the Korean branch of EMI
EMI
(known as EMI
EMI
Korea Limited) had its physical releases distributed by Warner Music Korea. EMI
EMI
Music Japan, the Japanese EMI
EMI
branch, remains unchanged from the reflection of Toshiba's divestiture to the business by EMI
EMI
buying the whole branch way back July 2007, making it a full subsidiary.[43][44] In July 2009, there were reports that EMI
EMI
would not sell CDs to independent album retailers in a bid to cut costs,[45] but in fact only a handful of small physical retailers were affected.[46] Citigroup
Citigroup
ownership[edit] In February 2010, EMI Group
EMI Group
reported pre-tax losses of £1.75 billion for the year ended March 2009, including write-downs on the value of its music catalogue.[47][48] In addition, KPMG
KPMG
issued a going concern warning on the holding company's accounts regarding an ability to remain solvent.[49] Citigroup
Citigroup
(which held $4 billion in debt) took 100% ownership of EMI Group
EMI Group
from Terra Firma Capital Partners on 1 February 2011, writing off £2.2 billion of debt[50] and reducing EMI's debt load by 65%.[51] The group was put up for sale and final bids were due by 5 October 2011.[52] Sony/Universal sale[edit] On 12 November 2011, it was announced that EMI
EMI
would sell its recorded music operations to Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group
(UMG) for £1.2 billion ($1.9 billion) and its music publishing operations to Sony/ATV Music Publishing-for $2.2 billion.[53] Among the other companies that had competed for the recorded music business was Warner Music Group which was reported to have made a $2 billion bid.[54] However, IMPALA has said that it would fight the merger.[55] In March 2012, the European Union opened an investigation into Universal's purchase of EMI's recorded music division[56] and had asked rivals and consumer groups whether the deal will result in higher prices and shut out competitors.[57] On 21 September 2012, the sale of EMI
EMI
to UMG was approved in both Europe and the United States by the European Commission
European Commission
and the Federal Trade Commission
Federal Trade Commission
respectively. The European Commission approved the deal, however, under the condition that the merged company divest itself of one third of its total operations to other companies with a proven track record in the music industry. To comply with this condition, UMG divested V2 Records, Parlophone
Parlophone
Records, Sanctuary Records, Chrysalis Records, Mute Records, EMI
EMI
Classics, Virgin Classics, and EMI's regional labels across Europe. These labels were operated separately under the name " Parlophone
Parlophone
Label Group", pending their sale. Universal would, however, retain its ownership of the Beatles' library (moved to the newly formed Calderstone Productions) and Robbie Williams' Chrysalis recordings.[58] Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group
completed its acquisition of EMI
EMI
on 28 September 2012,[59] followed by worldwide compliance and complete rebranding by 1 April 2013.[59][60] In compliance the conditions of the European Commission, Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group
sold to German-based music rights company BMG the Mute catalogue, previously property of EMI
EMI
on 22 December 2012.[61] On 8 February 2013, Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group
signed an agreement to acquire Parlophone, Chrysalis Records, EMI
EMI
Classics, Virgin Classics and some of EMI's regional labels across Europe for US$765 million (£487 million).[62][63] Regulatory approval was received on 15 May 2013.[64] Universal Music will continue to operate EMI
EMI
entities it is retaining using the EMI
EMI
name and has formed Virgin EMI Records
Virgin EMI Records
as a UMG label unit in the UK.[65] The former EMI Records
EMI Records
Ltd. was renamed Parlophone Records Ltd. in 2013,[66] when Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group
acquired Parlophone Music Group which has the rights to the old EMI Records
EMI Records
catalogue. Warner Music incorporated EMI Classics
EMI Classics
and Virgin Classics into its Warner Classics
Warner Classics
unit with the EMI Classics
EMI Classics
artist roster and catalogue absorbed into the Warner Classics
Warner Classics
label and the Virgin Classics artist roster and catalogue absorbed into the revived Erato Records label.[67] On 14 November 2013, EMI's Middle Eastern branch was folded into Universal Music, causing the distribution of Warner Music Group's releases in that region to be moved to Universal Music.[68] On 30 June 2014, Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group
re-established EMI's Taiwanese division, with A-Mei, Rainie Yang
Rainie Yang
and Show Lo
Show Lo
signing first to the label.[69] In May 2016 the history of record label was examined in the hour-long BBC
BBC
documentary EMI: The Inside Story.[70] Operations[edit] EMI
EMI
Leisure[edit] EMI
EMI
Leisure, formed in April 1974,[71] was, by the late 1970s, a prominent operator of cinemas, hotels and restaurants, with its leisure business contributing 15% of group revenues.[72] This business was the subject of a management buy-out in 1982 led by Lord Delfont. EMI
EMI
Music[edit] Labels under the EMI
EMI
banner[edit] Further information: List of EMI
EMI
labels Past and present EMI
EMI
musicians[edit] Main article: List of EMI
EMI
artists EMI
EMI
Music Publishing[edit] Main article: EMI
EMI
Music Publishing As well as the well-known record label the group also owned EMI
EMI
Music Publishing, which was the largest music publisher in the world. EMI Music Publishing has won the Music Week
Music Week
Award for Publisher of the Year every year for over 10 years; in 2009, for the first time in history the award was shared jointly with Universal Music Publishing.[73] As is often the case in the music industry, the publishing arm and record label are very separate businesses. EMI
EMI
administered the publishing rights of over 1.3 million songs, controlling the libraries of artists such as Jay-Z, Beyoncé, deadmau5, Timo Maas, Dragon, the Prodigy, Megadeth, the Black Eyed Peas, Bloc Party, My Chemical Romance, Avicii, Cannibal Corpse, the Crystal Method, Quarashi, Dragpipe, Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, MSTRKRFT, and Sean Paul. EMI's music publishing operations were sold to a consortium led by Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
in 2012; BMG acquired the music publishing libraries of Virgin Music
Virgin Music
(which EMI
EMI
held) and Famous Music UK (which Sony/ATV held).[74] Criticism[edit] CD price fixing[edit] Main article: CD price fixing Between 1995 and 2000 music companies were found to have used illegal marketing agreements such as minimum advertised pricing to artificially inflate prices of compact discs in order to end price wars by discounters such as Best Buy
Best Buy
and Target in the early 1990s.[75] A settlement in 2002 included the music publishers and distributors; Sony Music, Warner Music, Bertelsmann Music Group, EMI
EMI
and Universal Music. In restitution for price fixing they agreed to pay a $67.4 million fine and distribute $75.7 million in CDs to public and non-profit groups but admitted no wrongdoing.[76] It is estimated customers were overcharged by nearly $500 million and up to $5 per album.[75] On Internet Freedom Day
Internet Freedom Day
in January 2013, EMI
EMI
evoked controversy after the removal of Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech from Vimeo
Vimeo
due to a copyright violation.[77] See also[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

International Directory of Company Histories, St. James Press. Joshua R. Wueller, Mergers of Majors: Applying the Failing Firm Doctrine in the Recorded Music Industry, 7 Brook. J. Corp. Fin. & Com. L. 589, 597–604 (2013) (describing Terra Firma's purchase of EMI, Citigroup's seizure of the company, and the subsequent break-up, sale, and antitrust scrutiny surrounding the music company). Peter Martland, Since Records Began: EMI, the first hundred years. Batsford (London) 1997. 359pp. ISBN 0-7134-6207-8

External links[edit]

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EMI
Archive EMI Group
EMI Group
publishing catalog at MusicBrainz EMI
EMI
Music Publishing EMI
EMI
Sessions History of EMI Pages of pictures of the EMI/HMV websites in Hayes Middlesex Documents and clippings about EMI
EMI
in the 20th Century Press Archives of the German National Library of Economics
German National Library of Economics
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