Blur Protest Parlophone SalePosted by Timothy Grisham
Blur are leading a protest against the sale of Parlophone Records.
Last month, the U.S. and the European Union approved Universal Music Group‘s acquisition of EMI, under a few conditions. One of those conditions was that a third of EMI’s assets must be sold within the next six months leading the Mega-major to sell off Parlophone records, home of Blur, Coldplay and several other long standing acts.
Blur and other British acts are in turn protesting the sale of Parlophone. The group is of protesting bands are, according to The Independent, lobbying potential Parlophone buyers to consider the interests of the artists. Blur drummer Dave Rowntree told The Independent, “Artists are the only people currently being left out of the conversation, which is unfortunate. If the staff at the label are unhappy with the new arrangements they are free to leave, but the artists are not.”
In no less words, the protest group has stated that If the new Parlophone owners conduct label business in a manner that is not up to their standards, they will effectively strike by halting releases.