Daft Punk’s Discovery book on the way in September
Journalist Ben Cardew is a long-time writer for Music Ally: he does our Sandbox report guides and our country profiles. He’s also just written a book, Daft Punk’s Discovery, which comes out in September but can be pre-ordered...
June 4, 2021
EMI Archive Trust creates Sound Of The Hound podcast series
The EMI Archive Trust has created a new podcast series that looks at the history of recorded sound. It is called ‘The Sound Of The Hound’ (in tribute to Nipper, the canine made famous in the His Master’s Voice painting...
April 2, 2020
EMI.com: ‘It would have been the first real streaming platform…’
A new book by Music Ally’s Eamonn Forde digs deep into the demise of EMI as a standalone major-label, following its £4.2bn acquisition by private-equity company Terra Firma in 2007. This extract details the ambitious –...
February 20, 2019
Indies protest as European Commission clears Sony / EMI publishing deal
The European Commission has given the green light to Sony’s proposed acquisition of EMI Music Publishing. “The Commission found the deal raises no competition concerns, in particular as it will not increase Sony’s...
October 29, 2018
Euro songwriters body comes out against Sony / EMI deal
The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) is the latest industry body to come out against Sony’s plan to take full control of EMI Music Publishing. The deal has been ‘notified’ to the European Commission,...
October 9, 2018
UK songwriters’ body Basca opposes Sony / EMI acquisition plans
The European Commission is considering the competition implications of Sony’s move to take full control of EMI Music Publishing, and as we reported last month, independent body Impala has come out strongly against the plans....
October 1, 2018
Impala calls for European Commission to block Sony / EMI deal
Fresh from approving Apple’s acquisition of Shazam, the European Commission is now turning its attention to another music-industry merger: Sony’s proposal to take full control of EMI Music Publishing, which was announced...
September 25, 2018
European indies say Sony’s acquisition of EMI “has to be blocked”
As Sony Music Publishing moves to take full control of EMI Music Publishing, European independent trade body Impala says a deal on this scale – and the market consolidation it will deliver – must be stopped. It has...
August 15, 2018
Impala warns of regulatory fight ahead for Sony / EMI deal
When we reported yesterday on Sony’s plans to up its stake in EMI Music Publishing, we noted that the deal would require regulatory approval before it could go through. Now independent body Impala has warned that this...
May 23, 2018
Sony to buy additional 60% stake in EMI Music Publishing
Sony has announced that it has agreed a deal with Mubadala Investment Company to acquire the latter’s 60% stake in EMI Music Publishing’s parent company DH Publishing, taking Sony’s share of the publisher to 90%. The...
May 22, 2018
EMI Music Publishing may be up for grabs at $4bn valuation
In the streaming era of more-predictable future revenue for catalogues of music-rights, the value of these catalogues is soaring. No wonder, then, that Mubadala Investment Co is reportedly seeking a buyer for its majority...
March 12, 2018
BMI / Pandora rates trial gets underway in New York
Performance rights organisation BMI is getting its day in court with Pandora, as the pair argue over the latter’s royalty rates. BMI wants a rate of 2.5% of revenue for the next four years, while Pandora is arguing for...
February 12, 2015