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    BMG Sells Out To Sony

    Sony to Purchase Bertelsmann's 50% Stake in Sony BMG; Music Company to Become Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America

    Tokyo, Aug 05, 2008 (JCN Newswire via COMTEX) -- The international media and entertainment companies Sony Corporation and Bertelsmann AG today announced that Sony has agreed to acquire Bertelsmann's 50% stake in Sony BMG. The music company, to be called Sony Music Entertainment Inc. (SMEI), will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America. Sony and Bertelsmann AG originally created the Sony BMG joint venture in August 2004.
    "Music has been a vital and vibrant part of Sony's culture for over twenty years. This acquisition will allow us to achieve a deeper and more robust integration between the wide-ranging global assets of the music company and Sony's products, operating companies and affiliates. It enables us to offer a total entertainment experience to consumers," said Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman and CEO, Sony Corporation. "Over the past four years, Sony BMG has undertaken a very successful restructuring, streamlined operations and developed innovative digital partnerships that ensure it will continue to be a leader in the creation and distribution of music worldwide. It is an organization rich in talent, ideas and enthusiasm, and is a strong fit with our overall business strategy."
    "After a careful and thorough review, we made the strategic decision to sell our investment in this joint venture to Sony, a step that we believe will benefit the stakeholders of both our companies," stated Hartmut Ostrowski, Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann AG. "This move is consistent with our new growth strategy and will enable us to focus on our defined growth areas. Sony has been an excellent partner, and they are the right company to take this business to the next step and ensure that it realizes its full value and potential. We look forward to witnessing Sony Music Entertainment's exciting future under Sony's ownership."
    Once the transaction is completed, SMEI will be comprised of premier music labels such as: Arista Records, Columbia Records, Epic Records, J Records, Jive Records, RCA Records, and Zomba. Key recording artists will include Celine Dion, Alicia Keys, Yo-Yo Ma, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Usher and Jay Chou.
    As part of the transaction, the parties have also agreed to continue to share the company's manufacturing and distribution requirements between Sony's manufacturing subsidiary, Sony DADC, and Bertelsmann's services company, Arvato Digital Services GmbH ("Arvato"), by extending the agreements with Arvato for additional terms of up to six years. In addition, Bertelsmann will be taking over selected European music catalog assets from Sony BMG.
    Consummation of the transaction remains subject to a number of conditions, including approvals of regulatory authorities in certain jurisdictions.
    Wonder what releases we can expect on the mainstream label now.
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    This doesn't surprise me.

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    And no word about Elvis.... weird, since he has been the world's biggest milk cow of the music industry. Of course he brings in less money nowadays than several modern artists, but still....he should have been mentioned in an article like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert View Post
    And no word about Elvis.... weird, since he has been the world's biggest milk cow of the music industry. Of course he brings in less money nowadays than several modern artists, but still....he should have been mentioned in an article like this.
    I think so also. Even in death he sells well enough, though not like a current artist. The fact that he is the worlds top selling artist should warrant the mention for sure. IMO

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    Agreed with you fellows. IMO, he was the greatest thinkg that ever happened to RCA
    "How do I get placed in situations like this? Ah hell, I guess it's all part of showbusiness "~ Elvis in his limo on his way to perform in Omaha, NE on June 19th 1977


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