EMI Shuts Down Stateside Offices

Staffers at EMI Records in New York had their fears confirmed yesterday morning as they learned the U.S. label was being shut down immediately, with the loss of 120-130 jobs. The closure followed a review of EMI's U.S. operation by Ken Berry, the new worldwide president of EMI Recorded Music. The fate of EMI's roster remains uncertain; some of the acts are expected to shift to Virgin or Capitol. Jon Secada already has moved to Virgin, as have Blessid Union of Souls. Other acts on EMI include D'Angelo, Sinead O'Connor, Patti Rothberg, Queensryche, the artist formerly known as Prince, and new signee Luther Vandross.