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Category - Major Labels

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  • Independent labels are now accountable for over 25% of UK album sales. Music Week reports that although overall album sales have dropped 30% since 2005, Indies such as Beggars Group labels and Domino have hit a market share high of 26.4%. So, what is the reason for this?
  • 3rd Oct 2013

    Bowie Books: Top 100

    David Bowie has revealed his top 100 books, ranging from The Beano to Bulgakov, Camus to Capote. And of course Viz. The list was released to mark the Canadian opening of the ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition, now touring after a sell-out run at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK.
  • 4th Sep 2013

    BMG Making Waves

    In industry deals news, The Gen goes on a transatlantic trawl- this one isn’t going to run and run like the EMI sale but it’s a significant development Stateside. BMG is to partner up with Primary Wave Music in a venture that will see the two companies operate a joint artist services business in North America.
  • As vinyl enjoys a much-reported resurgence, the majors are jumping onboard with Universal music launching ‘The Vinyl Project’, a ‘vinyl on demand’ service that will be run through its U-Vinyl website, re-printing limited editions of records that have gone out of print.
  • 6th Jun 2013

    ACE: Not having a pop

    Chief Executive of Arts Council England (ACE) Alan Davey has written a blog clarifying comments that he made last week on Radio 4 in which he said that major labels in the UK were “not prepared to take a risk over a long period of time investing in talent".As reported in last week’s Gen, The BPI’s Geoff Taylor responded to Davey’s comments, saying that they were “ill informed and out of touch”.
  • 16th Apr 2013

    UK albums ascend in Q1

    UK album sales have risen for the first quarter in three years in the first three months of this year, climbing by 1.4%. The rise is attributed to albums from big pop hitters such as Emeli Sande, Jake Bugg and the cast of Les Miserables along with the recurring success of the Now That's What... franchise.
  • Universal Music has announced the formation of Virgin EMI Records in the UK, a new label that will effectively bring together Virgin and Mercury Records with a combined roster of Elton John, Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Rihanna, Jake Bugg, Emeli Sandé and Taylor Swift alongside emerging artists such as Chvrches, you might say that it's off to a stronger commercial start than the majority of new
  • Global rights agency Merlin and trade association Impala have struck a groundbreaking deal with Warner to help strengthen the independent sector following the proposed sale of Parlophone to the major this month.
  • After refusing to play nice with Google last week, the Parlophone label is back in the headlines and the speculation surrounding its sale is over- but the iconic label hasn’t gone to Sony and BMG, as widely predicted.
  • The IFPI has reported that record companies invested approximately £2.8bn in A&R and marketing last year, in the midst of the global economic downturn - suggesting that labels remain the primary investors in artists.
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