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About EMI Music

EMI Music is one of the world’s leading music companies, home to some of the most successful and best known recording artists.

Through our own companies and network of licensees, we are able to serve our artists, consumers and partners all over the world.

EMI Music brings artists and fans together by driving action and creating value wherever music is experienced. Our record labels include 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 Records. Artists on EMI labels include Lily Allen, Bat For Lashes, The Beatles, Beastie Boys, Luke Bryan, Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Gorillaz, David Guetta, Iron Maiden, Norah Jones, Lady Antebellum, Massive Attack, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Pink Floyd, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sir Simon Rattle, Snoop Dogg, Tinie Tempah, Thirty Seconds To Mars, KT Tunstall and Keith Urban as well as international artists such as Amaral (Spain), Air and Camille (France), Empire of the Sun (Australia), Tiziano Ferro and Vasco Rossi (Italy), Flex (Mexico), LaFee (Germany) and Hikaru Utada (Japan).

Seminal albums in EMI Music’s catalogue include ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and ‘Aladdin Sane’ (David Bowie), ‘Revolver’ and ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band’ (The Beatles), ‘Pet Sounds’ (Beach Boys), ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’ (Coldplay), ‘Birth Of The Cool’ (Miles Davis), ‘Come Away With Me’ (Norah Jones), ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ (Pink Floyd), ‘OK Computer’ (Radiohead) and ‘Songs For Swingin’ Lovers’ (Frank Sinatra). EMI  also owns and runs the world-renowned recording studios Abbey Road in London and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

EMI Music provides EMI’s roster of artists – as well as independent labels and artists – with a global menu of commercial services and seamless access to an expanding range of revenue streams and business models, including digital and physical distribution, sales, press and promotion, marketing, licensing, synch, brand partnerships, live recordings and merchandising.


EMI traces its history back to the very beginnings of recorded sound and music as one of our original companies was founded by the inventor of the gramophone, Emile Berliner.

Since then EMI has always been at the forefront of technology and change. EMI scientists invented stereo recording and were closely involved in the development of magnetic tape. They were also behind the birth of electrical television and radar.

Given our heritage of innovation, when digital music began to take off in the 1990s, EMI was well placed to respond to the new trends. EMI Music’s first websites went live in 1993 and 1994 and in 1998 EMI streamed the first complete album over the internet, ‘Mezzanine’ by Massive Attack. The following year EMI was the first company to release a digital album download, David Bowie’s ‘…Hours’. EMI also launched the first internet video single in 2001. In 2007 EMI was the first major music company to make its music available without digital rights management (DRM) software.

In 2009 Coldplay became the first recording artists to sell more than one million digital albums in the US and two million worldwide and in 2011 we launched OpenEMI to engage directly with the tech developer community around the world with initiatives such as creating a platform with The Echo Nest for developers to access EMI Music tracks and content to create innovative and exciting new apps and digital music concepts for EMI’s artists.

Today EMI Music has agreements with hundreds of digital partners to distribute our music across the globe, covering a huge variety of digital music business models and ideas.

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For the story of EMI see our our history.

For information on working at EMI Music please go to our careers page.