Web Round Up

• Bids for EMI Music are due Wednesday (10/5). Among those eyeing the label, publishing company, or both, are Ronald Perelman, Access Industries/Warner Music Group, Sony Corp., BMG Chrysalis, Universal Music Group, and Alec and Tom Gores (Platinum Equity). More here and here.

The Tennessean looks at Kenny Chesney’s curious omission from the CMA Entertainer of the Year race.

• Negotiations between AFTRA and the major labels aren’t going smoothly, with threats of a strike by AFTRA members looming. Read AFTRA’s statement here and more from The Hollywood Reporter.

Rhapsody announced today plans to purchase Napster from retailer Best Buy. Under the terms of the agreement, Rhapsody will acquire Napster subscribers and other assets, and Best Buy will receive a minority stake in Rhapsody. The transaction is expected to close around Nov. 30. More from cnet.



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