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He's the svengali to the stars who sits in Andy Murray's VIP box, masterminded the Spice Girls and turned Pop Idol into a £15 billion global brand. Now Simon Fuller is plotting to outmanoeuvre his great rival, Simon Cowell, by buying EMI's assets, including the famous Parlophone music label, in an audacious £350 million deal.

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Artists threaten to withhold future releases if planned sell-off of Parlophone goes ahead. Adam Sherwin reports

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Stars could 'strike' over sale of Parlophone by French owner

Some of Britain's top-selling musicians may withhold future albums in protest against being treated as "assets" in the forced sale of their record label, i can disclose.

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Guy Hands grabs care home group in £825m deal

The purchase of Four Seasons marks a comeback for the Terra Firma boss following his debacle over record label EMI

Brussels clears Sony's bid for EMI music publishing

The music giant Sony's £1.4bn move to buy EMI's music publishing division has got the green light from regulators in Brussels. Insiders said the European Commission would give formal approval later today.

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