On this day…in 1956

When a music critic wants to indicate that a song lacks lyrical sophistication, he or she will often refer to its lyrics as being of the “moon in June” sort. It’s a label left over from the Tin Pan Alley era, when even great composers like Irving Berlin churned out a hundred uninspired Moon/June tunes … [Read the full story]

EMI sells music unit to Universal

UK music firm EMI has said it will sell its recorded music unit for US $1.9 billion to Universal Music. Reports have suggested that the other half of EMI’s business – the lucrative music publishing unit – will go to a Sony-led consortium for more than US $3 billion. EMI, with a history dating back … [Read the full story]