Hey everybody! There’s a party going on online! The party — let’s call it eMusic, shall we — has been going on in one form or another for 13 years. But one of this party’s most hotly-anticipated guests — let’s call that guest Tito… no, sorry, let’s call it EMI Records — is like, soooooo late you guys. How late, you say? THIRTEEN YEARS LATE, bro!
But that’s all changed now. See, as of last Thursday, EMI has agreed to add their MEGA CATALOG to the offerings available through eMusic. From now on, all 15,000 EMI albums will be available for your online listening pleasure. eMusic CEO Adam Klein expressed his pleasure that EMI would be joining the other three major labels in providing their catalog through the website. “In fairness to them, they’ve been going through a lot of changes in recent months. We’re just delighted they’re up now,” Klein said, referring to Citigroup’s takeover of the label.
Alas, the EMI catalog will only be available to US-based customers. And there are some caveats: initially, only EMI releases older than a year will be available through eMusic, with newer albums being added over the next few months. Although eMusic was once home solely to indie artists, major labels have prospered through their affiliations with the site. Last week, Adele’s 21 (Sony), TV on the Radio’s Nine Types of Light (Universal) and Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light (Sony) were all in eMusic’s Top 10.
EMI is the big label umbrella that shelters labels like Blue Note, Astralwerks, Stones Throw, and my personal precious, precious favorite: Mute.