The entire music industry is controlled by four multi-national corporations —
- Universal Music Group — Interscope Geffen A&M, The Island Def Jam Music Group, Universal Motown Republic Group, Decca Label Group, The Verve Music Group, A&M/Octone
- Sony Entertainment Group — RCA/Jive Records, J Records and Columbia/Epic, Arista, Legacy, Masterworks and various latin and country labels.
- Warner Music Group — Warner Bros, Elektra, Rhino, Atlantic and most of the major music publishing companies
- EMI Group — Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Latin, Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Records Nashville, Manhattan, Parlophone, Virgin Classics and Virgin Record
There’s not much left to gobble up. It’s already a conglomeration of conglomerates — all merged and homogeneous. So the only thing left is incest.
The big news today is that Doug Morris — Worldwide Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Universal Music Group since 1995 — is moving over to Sony Entertainment Group as CEO.
The specialty of this 73-year-old (caucasian) music veteran? Hip Hop and Rap.
I’m glad I don’t have to pull up to a stop light next to the chauffeured limo driving him to work, as I’ll bet it has an ass-kicking subwoofer system that gives you a concussion from a block away. Yo!
D-Mor with homies Jay-Z and his posse
exploiting piloting the careers of Jay-Z, Nelly, Lil Wayne, Erykah Badu and Kanye West, D-Mor (my new nickname for him) will be rubbing elbows with J. Cole, Three 6 Mafia, Wyclef Jean and OutKast.
Actually they will be rubbing their lips somewhat south of D-Mor’s elbows.
So, if you are gonna sell your soul to The Man — D-More, “You da man!”
Maybe someday, the music business will return to … umm … music. It won’t be the models and body-builders who are rewarded with contracts to make videos, but maybe people who can actually sing, or play an instrument or do something besides sample somebody else’s hit songs, scratch records and recite a page from a rhyming dictionary will be able to record audio.