Strike? There’s no other way: Blur lead pop protest over sale of label

From The Independent:

Some of Britain’s top-selling musicians may withhold their future albums in protest against being treated as “assets” in the forced sale of their label, The Independent can disclose.

Blur are leading a revolt against the sell-off of Parlophone, part of the EMI group, which has been the launchpad for dozens of artists from The Beatles to Coldplay. Universal Music, the French-owned firm, has been ordered to shed Parlophone as part of its £1.2bn takeover of EMI.

The move has unsettled artists on Parlophone’s roster, which also includes Kylie Minogue and Tinie Tempah. The stars, many of whom are worth millions of pounds, say they object to being treated as pawns in a corporate takeover.

Blur have joined forces with their label-mates to collectively lobby potential bidders for the company, calling on them to place the interests of artists first.

Stars not happy with the new owners could withhold future releases, effectively going on “strike”.

Dave Rowntree, drummer with Blur, 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.”

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