Coldplay, Pink Floyd and Kylie Minogue are to be dropped by their label.
Troubled British record company EMI is undergoing a takeover by Universal Music Group, and the European Commission ruled today it can go ahead on condition it sells off most of its smaller record labels.
Acts who will now find themselves without a parent label include David Guetta, Tinie Tempah, Gorillaz, Cliff Richard, David Bowie, Tina Turner and Duran Duran, who are all signed to Parlophone. Chrysalis - home to Depeche Mode and Moby - will also have to go, as will Mute, home to the Ramones and Jethro Tull.
One act EMI will be keep are The Beatles, a hugely lucrative band, who still sell millions of albums even though they split in 1970.
Duran Duran are planning a new album for 2014.
Bassist John Taylor has confirmed the "Ordinary World" rockers - also made up of singer Simon Le Bon, drummer Roger Taylor and keyboardist Nick Rhodes - will be going back into the studio early next year to start working on their 14th studio album, a follow up to 2010's All You Need is Now. "We are going to get back writing another record at the beginning of next year and we are really looking forward to it. I don't think the new album will be finished by next year but we can always hope. We'd like to have a new album for 2014 because it's what we do," he said.
You read the title right, MTV is actually going back to its roots and playing videos. Well, I should actually clarify this statement. Last week, MTV launched MTVMusic.com, offering up every video ever played on MTV for your viewing pleasure. The site is simple, clean and I will probably log about a million hours a week on it just sorting through the Vintage Videos section. Since I will be on the site so much jumping from Grandmaster Flash to Genesis, I’ll post a vid of the week for your viewing pleasure to get you back into the swing of music videos. For week 1, we’re going back to Duran Duran and Hungry Like The Wolf. It’s a bit of eighties brilliance featuring face paint, a ridiculous story line and eighties hair. Enjoy!
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