Music gods again divert EMI’s destiny

November 11, 2011

With both EMI and Warner under new owners, it seemed the stars might finally uncross for their long-awaited union. But Sony and Universal brought their own karma and cash to the EMI auction, and Warner is again alone at the altar. Further twists of fate are in regulators’ hands.

Warner Music echoes some off-key EMI chords

September 27, 2012

With the Beatles’ parent officially swallowed up by Universal, Warner is left as a tiny number three. Like the old EMI, it is reliant on older acts, heavily indebted and led by an industry outsider. Owner Len Blavatnik has deep pockets, but the formula still doesn’t sound right.

Music mogul life looks decidedly less rock ‘n roll

January 21, 2011

Music moguldom is looking considerably more Susan Boyle than Keith Richards. With Warner Music up for sale again, and vultures circling its British rival EMI, the industry seems suddenly hot again.