Music Gear News
Queen to quit EMI
Queen are set to quit EMI after 40 years with the label.
The legendary band - originally fronted by the late Freddie Mercury - are in talks with Universal Music Group to sign a deal that is reportedly worth tens of millions of pounds.
A source told The Times newspaper: "EMI just decided they couldn't compete. It was too much to pay and they want to spend that money on developing new talent."
The departure is another blow for the struggling record company, after Sir Paul McCartney and Radiohead also left after the buyout by private equity company Terra Firm.
Queen's back catalogue is one of the most profitable in the music industry, and will be a valuable asset to Universal. The band's 'Greatest Hits' album is the best-selling LP of all-time in the UK and they have shifted over 300 million albums while signed to EMI.
The band are now expected to see out the remainder of their EMI contract, which expires at the end of the year.
Brian May and Roger Taylor still occasionally play live as Queen, but have been without a frontman since Paul Rodgers parted ways with the group in 2009.Posted on 11 May 2010 16:30 to category : Band / Celebrity News
Related Music News
Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach Spills the Beans On His Less Than Complimentary Thoughts Towards Today's Rock Musicians and Their Work Ethic In the Studio
The prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction will be honouring several artists this year, including prog legends Yes. Rick Wakeman has stated that he will not be attending.
Laying the foundations for generations of artists to follow, the legendary musician Leonard Cohen has passed away from unspecified causes.
Stating it as more of a necessity for the band, M. Shadows highlights the importance of not stagnating and keeping things exciting
Cancelling his remaining shows in December due to ill health, fears arise over the guitar legends health
Verified by the guitarist himself, Slash's B.C Rich played a pivotal role in Guns N' Roses rise to fame
Recent Music News
With various different entries, Ibanez unleash a spectacular array of signature models to their NAMM 2017 line up
With extensive research conducted into how to make a kit that truly caters to the player and their specific needs, Pearl hit a home run with these one of a kind custom kits
A revamp of one of Ludwig's most popular snares, the Ludwig Black Beauty 14x8 projects classic tone and looks as good as the original
Mackie's Big Knob Studio Interface continues the legacy of its predecessors, championing various new features and exciting tech to reiterate its triumphant return.
Line 6's first ever artist designed guitar, the Shuriken personifies the aggressive and technical playing styles of metal enthusiasts around the world.
Building on the foundations of its predecessor the Prophet 08, the REV2 features a whole array of interesting and innovative additions to its format.