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EMI top brass praise ‘great’ iTunes Plus…

EMI’s senior executives provided a full and frank interview with Billboard today – an essential read for anyone in the business of music, the interview looks across the label’s revivified strategy and explores its new formation into three separate business units.

We like what they’re saying, to be blunt. The label seems prepared to make the transition away from music retail and toward relationship management, working to bring fans and bands closer together, which is exactly what most people have been saying all the labels should do.

We think EMI’s extensive recent root and branch reorganisation means it’s closer than most to achieving that dream.

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We7 launches free music-on-demand service

We7 today officially launched its ads-supported music service, offering UK music lovers the chance to listen to whatever music they choose for free, and offering a chance to buy their favourite music.

The service’s extensive catalogue includes music from a three million strong catalogue of artists including Kings of Leon, Pink, Nickelback, and Estelle.

We7 is adding up to 30,000 tracks a day to its collection of over 3 million licensed tracks, including many new releases as they become available.
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Google parses Chinese MP3 search service

Google plans to introduce a dedicated MP3 search feature in China in time for the Olympics.

A local Xinhua report emanating from Sina.com makes the claim, saying the search giant has been testing MP3 searches in recent weeks. If correctly described, the new service performs searches only for legally-listed tracks.
This will be the first time Google has provided an MP3 search service and puts the company in direct competition with Baidu.com, its biggest rival.

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EMI becomes music industry service company


An EMI deal announced today reflects new leader Guy Hand’s vision for the label, diversifying from its core strengths to become a service-based industry.

Announced today, EMI has reached a deal with Welk Music Group (Vanguard, Sugar Hill and Ranwood) under which EMI will offer Welk Music Groupdigital and physical sales and distribution services on a worldwide basis. EMI will also provide licensing and synchronization services on a non-exclusive basis to Welk’s artist roster.

Welk Music Group is home to Vanguard Records and Sugar Hill Records. Vanguard Records offers new artists such as Greg Laswell, Shawn Mullins, Mindy Smith and is also the home to recordings from Joan Baez, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Buddy Guy and Mississippi John Hurt.

Sugar Hill Records is a roots music label that counts artists including, Kasey Chambers, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush, to The Duhks among its roster.

Kevin Welk, President of the Welk Music Group said:  “EMI offers us unique, seamless, global reach, and allows us to tap into their strong relationship network with physical and digital partners around the world. Their bold moves to transform its business will serve our labels and our artists well as we work to extend their reach to new audiences on a variety of new music platforms.”

 Ronn Werre, EMI Music President of Commercial Development said: “Our aim is to provide world class services to artists and to bring great music to fans.”

Meanwhile, EMI has intensified its internal reorganisation, a process which will see the loss of 1,500 jobs, and may see the appointment of a former P&G executive and  current head of the European division of British packaged goods company Reckitt Benckiser put in charge of the recorded music side of EMI.  Elio Leoni Sceti is formerly in the running to take charge of the important music label.