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EMI Music invests in French music company PlayOn

PARIS, 12 JANUARY 2012 — EMI Music France has acquired a significant shareholding in PlayOn, an all-rights music company founded in 2006 by Sébastien Duclos and Julien Godin. PlayOn covers all music genres and all segments of the music industry including production, publishing, management, and live events, as well as DVD rights, TV rights, and content production.

PlayOn has had several very successful local projects over the last five years, including its work with French singer Zaz, who has sold more than 1.5 million albums worldwide, and reached number 1 in five territories, as well as Colonel Reyel, Elisa Tovati, and the recently released Gerard Lenorman duets album.

Play On has also licensed the French rights to a number of successful international artists including Milow, Justin Nozuka, Edward Maya and Alexandra Stan. PlayOn has also been producing the “Cinderella” musical at the Théâtre Mogador in Paris since 2009.

Sébastien Duclos and Julien Godin stated: “With this partnership, PlayOn will be able to speed up its international development and more generally synergize its diverse activities with EMI Music, working in close cooperation with EMI Music Publishing.”

Olivier Montfort, Chairman, EMI Music France said: “With many success stories behind it, PlayOn has become in a short space of time, a leading actor in France’s independent production sector. PlayOn has also broken into the international market thanks to the worldwide development of the artist Zaz. The partnership with EMI will strengthen PlayOn’s development in France as well as abroad.”

EMI Music is one of the world’s leading music companies, representing artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its 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.

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