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How to Get Out of Jury Duty: Know Michael Moore

Donna Gianell bounced from Citigroup trial

(Newser) - A juror found herself bounced from a Citigroup-EMI fraud trial after her connections to liberal filmmaker Michael Moore emerged. Citigroup lawyers played a clip from Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story in court showing juror Donna Gianell’s name in the credits, then asked Judge Jed Rakoff to dismiss her.... More »

Abbey Road Not For Sale: EMI

Company turned down $46M bid

(Newser) - Abbey Road Studios owner EMI is not looking to sell the legendary operation after all, according to officials. The music conglomerate is working on a "revitalization project" and a "sustantial injection" of fresh capital to make the iconic studios profitable again, said a statement. EMI is deep in... More »

Abbey Road Studios for Sale

It can be yours for about $40M

(Newser) - EMI is looking to sell iconic Abbey Road Studios, renowned for producing the Beatles album of the same name. The music conglomerate is in serious debt and expects the sale to fetch up to $47 million. Beatles fans still flock to the North London site to take their photo on... More »

Beatles Break Free of CDs

Pricey USB drive holds band's remastered studio albums

(Newser) - Beatles songs still aren't available on iTunes, but you can get them on an apple—a USB drive shaped like an apple, that is. EMI is charging a mere $279.99 for all of the band’s remastered studio albums, previously available only on CD, and a slew of video,... More »

Beatles Poised to Rule UK Charts Once Again

Fab Four expected to hold five top 20 spots

(Newser) - It’s a flashback to Beatlemania in Britain after the release of remastered versions of the band’s discography, Reuters reports. The Fab Four are expected to hold at least five of the top 20 spots on the pop charts when the sales week closes Saturday, along with 15 of... More »

Apple Teams Up With Record Labels to Revive the Album

(Newser) - Apple has joined forces with four major record labels on a mission to get music buyers to start buying albums again instead of just single tracks, the Financial Times reports. The project—codenamed "Cocktail"—will bundle album downloads with lyrics sheets, sleeve notes, photos, and assorted interactive features... More »

Hard Day's Night for Beatles iTunes Deal

Apple vs. Apple talks fall through

(Newser) - Don't expect to download Hey Jude any time soon. Negotiations between the Beatles' label, EMI, their holding company, Apple Corps, and Apple Inc. to release the legendary band's hits on iTunes and other internet music services have stalled, reports AP. Bad feelings remain between the two Apples over their long-running... More »

MySpace Elbows iTunes With New Music Service

Rival launches today

(Newser) - Apple’s iTunes meets its first serious challenge today with the launch of MySpace Music, CNET reports. The second-largest online social network has joined forces with Amazon and the world’s four biggest record labels to offer free streaming and paid downloads. The move also pitches media mogul and MySpace... More »

Stones Exit EMI, Jump to Universal

Post-1971 catalogue comes with Jagger & Co., who take potshot at now-former label

(Newser) - After the latest skirmish between EMI’s new owner and the recording label’s bands, the Rolling Stones have fled for Universal—in a $15 million deal that includes rights to all Stones releases since 1971. Mick Jagger & Co. knocked EMI on the way out the door, the Times... More »

As Digital Gains, Album Sales Plunge 11%

Music biz turmoil as CDs plummet

(Newser) - CDs continue to go the way of the 8-track, losing further ground to digital music. Another big drop in CD sales is being driven by the closure of Virgin stores and reduced shelf space at outlets like Target. CD sales are off 16% over the last 12 months and total... More »

Qtrax Hits Snags

Startup promised free, legal, iPod-compatible downloads rom all the major labels

(Newser) - Startup Qtrax has been promising free, legal music downloads from all the major labels via an ad-supported site that was supposed to launch this morning. Too good to be true? Maybe. On the eve of its debut, things started to unravel, with Warner, Universal and EMI all denying agreements with... More »

Sony Ericsson Hums New Tune

Under pressure from rivals, mobile phone maker plans new music portal

(Newser) - London mobile-phone maker Sony Ericsson has unveiled plans for its own online music store for computers and mobile phones. The service will roll out next spring, and claims it will add millions of new music tracks from major record labels. The move comes as Sony Ericsson is facing increasing competition... More »

Universal Thumbs Nose at Apple

Label to lift piracy protection—except on iTunes downloads

(Newser) - Universal Music will ditch the anti-piracy software on music it sells through most outlets, making it easy—but still illegal—to copy its tunes. In what one analyst calls “a bold-faced move to blunt Apple’s influence,” the plan conspicuously excludes iTunes. The company says Apple is a... More »

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