Could consolidation in the music industry radically reverse?

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In the news today was yet another rumor of a possible merger between EMI and Label(x). Were such a merger to occur, the number of “major” labels would reduce to three. Back of the envelope calculation would place the market share of these three (still four) labels at like 70% (give or take). In the daily news, its assume that such consolidation is a new phenomenon, timed to match the consolidation of radio and the oppression of corporate overlords. In truth, we have seen this kind of consolidation before… and…read more