Art Brut Leave EMI - Despite Not Being Signed To the Label

Art Brut Leave EMI - Despite Not Being Signed To the Label
Art Brut has become the "best unsigned band in Britain,” or at least that’s according to Eddie Argos’s blog. On Saturday, the singer of the UK art rock outfit wrote this phrase into his post’s headline and added, "Art Brut have amicably left EMI.” And as official or unofficial as this is, Art Brut now appear to be on the growing list of bands jumping ship from the major label.

Argos’s Dear John letter follows a recent slip-up by EMI, where the label released Art Brut’s "Pump up the Volume” single without the band’s knowledge or approval. To add insult to injury, the suits at EMI also decided to piece together a snazzy promo video from an Art Brut performance in Australia, again without the band’s permission. And although Art Brut are not technically EMI artists, the band are signed to Mute outside North America, which is partially owned by EMI, giving the label enough leeway to make this mess.

Recently, there has been a string of troubles at EMI, whose private equity owners Terra Firma recently announced they will cut 2,000 jobs from the label (approximately one-third of its staff) in attempts to save the label $392.2 million and make it "world’s most innovative, artist-friendly and consumer-focused music company.” Along with Coldplay, Robbie Williams and the Verve threatening to without new recording from the label because of EMI’s uncertain financial stability, Art Brut join the artists such as Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Sparklehorse and Kings of Convenience as now-former EMI artists.