Queen to quit EMI

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 May 2010
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Queen are in negotations to sign with the Universal Music Group - a deal which would end their 40-year partnership with EMI

Queen are set to quit EMI after 40 years with the label.

The legendary band - originally fronted by the late Freddie Mercury - are in talks with Universal Music Group to sign a deal that is reportedly worth tens of millions of pounds.

A source told The Times newspaper: "EMI just decided they couldn't compete. It was too much to pay and they want to spend that money on developing new talent."

The departure is another blow for the struggling record company, after Sir Paul McCartney and Radiohead also left after the buyout by private equity company Terra Firm.

Queen's back catalogue is one of the most profitable in the music industry, and will be a valuable asset to Universal. The band's 'Greatest Hits' album is the best-selling LP of all-time in the UK and they have shifted over 300 million albums while signed to EMI.

The band are now expected to see out the remainder of their EMI contract, which expires at the end of the year.

Brian May and Roger Taylor still occasionally play live as Queen, but have been without a frontman since Paul Rodgers parted ways with the group in 2009.

Queen & Adam Lambert

Having completed their sold out world tour the critically acclaimed partnership of Queen guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and new vocalist Adam Lambert (American Idol/Glee) embark on a series of European dates.

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Thu 30 Nov

£79 / 0871 945 6000

Sat 16 Dec

£79 / 0871 945 6000

First Direct Arena, Leeds

Wed 6 Dec

£79 / 0844 248 1585

Liverpool Echo Arena & Convention Centre

Tue 28 Nov

£79 / 0844 800 0400

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