Finalization of Sony’s takeover of EMI Publishing brings EMI bloodbath

Finalization of Sony's takeover of EMI Publishing brings EMI bloodbath

Remember when we reported on Sony’s purchase of EMI’s publishing rights back in November? Well, it would seem that the time has come to clean EMI’s house. It’s like Game of Thrones all up in there! Sony has sacked the castle of fair Los Angeles, toppled the guards at Nashvilleshire, and is setting ablaze the towers of New York. Ceremonial public offings have been made to keep the new populace in check (you can get the specific names of the now-jobless execs over at Billboard), and though the two companies will be kept separate on paper, they will be managed by a single, Sony-led staff.

The new King to rule them all, Sony/ATV Chairman Martin Bender, was quoted as saying, “At end of the day we are going to be one homogeneous company with one person — myself — running it,” Bandier told The New York Times last month.” Just imagine him saying that with a sword in one hand and the head of EMI’s former Chariman in the other.

Apparently the same is happening overseas in EMI’s international offices, but we’ll have to wait until next week’s episode to check in on that storyline.

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