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16 Music Week 05.10.12 BUSINESSANALYSIS UNIVERSAL-EMI Excluding The Beatles, another 15 Parlophone


albums were among EMI’s 100 top artist sellers over the 18 months, including Coldplay’s four other studio albums and titles by Lily Allen, Blur, Gorillaz, Kylie Minogue and Radiohead. Our divestment tally does not include artists and


assets presently handled by Parlophone in the UK, but coming from elsewhere. These include country superstars Lady Antebellum who are signed to Capitol in the States but released via Parlophone on this side of the Atlantic and Norah Jones whose Blue Note label is also affiliated to Parlophone. Another Capitol release, Snoop Dogg’s Sweat, was one of EMI’s top singles of the period with around 585,000 downloads sold and is also not subject to divestment. However, the divestments will


take in 28 Parlophone releases that were among EMI’s top 100 singles from 2011 to 2012’s midway point and include nine Coldplay tracks and cuts by Tinie Tempah and the label’s newest star Conor Maynard. As for The Beatles, the retention of Parlophone


RIGHT EMI’s top-selling artist albums in the UK between chart weeks 1 2011 and 26 2012


FAR RIGHT EMI’s top-selling singles in the UK between chart weeks 1 2011 and 26 2012


EMI’S BIGGEST ARTIST ALBUMS IN UK Q1 2011 TO Q2 2012 POS ARTIST/ TITLE / LABEL


GOING/STAYING


EMI’S BIGGEST SINGLES IN UK Q1 2011 TO Q2 2012 POS ARTIST/ TITLE / LABEL


1 COLDPLAYMylo Xyloto Parlophone 2 EMELI SANDE Our Version Of Events Virgin


3 DAVID GUETTA Nothing But The Beat Positiva/Virgin 4 KATY PERRY Teenage DreamCapitol 5 TINIE TEMPAH Disc-overy Parlophone


“The retention of The Beatles will allow Universal to exploit a band who in the period under examination sold more than 400,000 albums in the UK”


– and EMI’s – greatest ever success story will allow Universal to exploit a band who in the period under examination sold more than 400,000 albums in the UK with retrospective 1 topping 100,000 sales. There were also healthy solo contributions from John Lennon and George Harrison whose post- Beatles catalogues, along with early works by Ringo Starr, are staying with Universal. Paul McCartney’s solo material is already handled by Universal via his deal with Hearmusic/Concord. Also going on the market is Chrysalis, which


sold more than 300,000 albums over the 18 months, helped by a rich catalogue including Blondie, Spandau Ballet and The Specials. The divestment notably excludes Robbie Williams whose first seven solo studio albums appeared on the label (his eighth and final one for EMI was on Virgin), although like McCartney had become part


RIGHT EMI’s biggest-selling artist albums in US between chart weeks ending December 4 2010 and November 26 2011 (Billboard’s chart year)


FAR RIGHT The table shows EMI’s top-ranked tracks in the US between chart weeks ending December 4 2010 and November 26 2011 (Billboard’s chart year). There were only nine EMI releases in Billboard’s Top 100 singles for the year


6 PROFESSOR GREEN At Your Inconvenience Virgin 7 ELIZA DOOLITTLE Eliza Doolittle Parlophone 8 DAVID GUETTA One Love Positiva/Virgin 9 KATE BUSH 50 Words For Snow Fish People 10 LADY ANTEBELLUM Own The Night Capitol


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EMI’S BIGGEST ARTIST ALBUMS IN US 2011 POS ARTIST/ TITLE / LABEL


1 KATY PERRY Teenage DreamCapitol


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2 LADY ANTEBELLUMNeed You Now Capitol Nashville STAYING 3 LADY ANTEBELLUMOwn The Night Capitol Nashville STAYING 4 COLDPLAYMylo Xyloto Capitol


GOING 5 KEITH URBAN Get Close Capitol Nashville


6 LUKE BRYAN Tailgates & Tanlines Capitol Nashville 7 ERIC CHURCH Chief EMI Nashville


9 BEASTIE BOYS Hot Sauce Committee Part Two Brooklyn Dust/Capitol


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8 CHRIS TOMLIN And If Our God Is For Us…sixsteps/Sparrow/EMI CMG STAYING


STAYING 10 DARIUS RUCKER Charleston, SC 1966 Capitol Nashville STAYING


of Universal anyway and it will be releasing his new studio album Take The Crown on November 5. Alongside Chrysalis also being disposed of is


Ensign, which was started by Lucian Grainge’s older brother Nigel as an independent in 1976, sold to Chrysalis in 1984 and then fell under EMI ownership when Chrysalis was acquired in the Nineties.


CLAIMING SANCTUARY DIVESTMENTS FROM UNIVERSAL SIDE OF BUSINESS


YEARS BEFORE ITS $1.9bn (£1.2bn) TAKEOVER OF EMI was announced, Universal had sparked the wrath of the independent community with its purchases of Sanctuary and V2. The two deals were viewed


with concern by AIM and others as it meant key indies were being swallowed up by what it deemed was a market leader that was already too big. Now some key assets which it


acquired in those deals will have to be sold off to satisfy EC regulators with the Sanctuary label displaying a for-sale sign and indie label marketing and distribution business Cooperative Music – launched by V2 in the Richard Branson days of 2005 – also on the move. The 2007 purchase of Sanctuary gave


Universal assets to a rich catalogue of music, including releases on labels such as Bronze, Sugar Hill, Solar and Pye, the latter one of EMI’s big rivals in the Sixties


with a roster including The Kinks (inset), The Searchers, Donovan and Sandie Shaw. Sanctuary directly


achieved more than 600,000 album sales in the UK between the start of 2011 and mid-year 2012, according to the Official Charts


Company, made up of catalogue titles by artists including Black Sabbath, Small Faces and Toots & The Maytals, part of the legendary Trojan Records catalogue acquired by Sanctuary and subsequently then coming under Universal ownership. The Sanctuary catalogue also contributed more than 1 million one- track UK download sales to Universal over the 18-month period we are looking at, led by Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules’ Mad World and Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight. It has been a rich source of compilations for Universal, including for its highly-successful Dreamboat & Petticoats albums


released in conjunction with EMI. The continuing commercial value of


the Sanctuary catalogue was emphasised again in August when Ray Davies’ Olympics closing ceremony performance helped a new Kinks retrospective go straight into the Top 20. A good chunk of the content of Waterloo Sunset – The Best Of was made up of tracks from the band’s time at Pye. Meanwhile, indie labels associated


with Cooperative Music were behind UK album sales running well into seven figures over our 18-month analysis period. They included Bella Union, which sold nearly 400,000 albums thanks to acts including Fleet Foxes, V2 itself and Kitsuné whose act Two Door Cinema Club’s first album Tourist History has to date sold around 270,000 copies in the UK, while follow-up Beacon debuted at No.2 on the weekly artist albums chart last month. Other independent labels working with Cooperative include Heavenly, Moshi Moshi and Transgressive.


1 DAVID GUETTA FEAT. SIA TitaniumPositiva/Virgin 2 COLDPLAY Paradise Parlophone 3 SNOOP DOGG Sweat Capitol 4 EMELI SANDE Next To Me Virgin


5 PROFESSOR GREEN FEAT. EMELI SANDE Read All About It Virgin


6 DAVID GUETTA FEAT. FLO RIDA/NICKI MINAJ Where Them Girls At Positiva/Virgin


7 DAVID GUETTA FEAT. USHER Without You Positiva/Virgin


8 KATY PERRY FEAT. KANYE WEST ET Virgin


9 DAVID GUETTA FEAT. NICKI MINAJ Turn Me On Positiva/Virgin


10 DAVID GUETTA FEAT. NICKI MINAJ FEAT. RIHANNA Who’s That Chick Positiva/Virgin


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EMI’S BIGGEST SINGLES IN US 2011 POS ARTIST/ TITLE / LABEL


1 KATY PERRY Firework Capitol


2 KATY PERRY FEAT. KANYE WEST E.T. Capitol 3 KATY PERRY Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) Capitol 4 LADY ANTEBELLUMJust A Kiss Capitol Nashville


5 TINIE TEMPER FEAT. ERIC TURNER Written In The Stars Disturbing London/Capitol


6 DAVID GUETTA FEAT. USHER Without You What A Music/Astralwerks/Capitol


7 KATY PERRY Teenage DreamCapitol


8 LUKE BRYAN Country Girl (Shake It For Me) Capitol Nashville


9 DAVID GUETTA FEAT. FLO RIDA & NICKI MINAJ Where Them Girls At What A Music/Astralwerks/Capitol


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Mute, meanwhile, contributed more than


400,000 album sales to EMI in the UK from 2011 to mid-year 2012, among them releases by Depeche Mode, Erasure, Goldfrapp, Grinderman and Richard Hawley, while EMI Classics/Virgin Classics sold around 600,000 albums. Both these will not be staying with Universal.


IT’S NOW! OR NEVER COMPILATION’S DIVESTMENT


COLDPLAY AND PARLOPHONE’S other famous artists past and present predictably grabbed much of the media attention about what Universal agreed to sell to secure its EMI takeover deal. However, domestically the most painful divestment


it must make is arguably EMI’s share in the hugely- successful Now That’s What I Call Music brand. Universal has been a partner in the franchise since


the days of its predecessor PolyGram in 1986, and it was launched three years earlier by Virgin and EMI when they were separately owned. EMI subsequently bought Virgin in 1992. For EMI the contribution of Now! to its UK sales


cannot be overstated. According to the Official Charts Company in the period from the beginning of 2011 to the middle of 2012 seven of the 10 top-selling compilations were Now! releases. Five of these were in exclusive partnership with Universal and a sixth also involving Warner’s Rhino, while Now That’s What I Call Disney was issued via EMI’s tie-up with Disney. Over the 18 months in question EMI’s share of


Now! is equivalent to around 2.4 million album units, making it one of the company’s leading sales generators.


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Source: Billboard/Nielsen SoundScan/BDS


Source: Official Charts Company


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