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Will Simon Fuller be top of the pops? Cowell's rival has a £350m plan

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.

The man who rejected the Beatles

Exactly 50 years ago, Decca's Dick Rowe turned down the Fab Four, so heading an unenviable club of talent-spotters who passed up their biggest chance. But is it all an urban myth? A new book suggests so

Knowing me, knowing you: Rebecca Peyton and Angela Peyton

Rebecca Peyton, 39, is an actress whose one-woman show, Sometimes I Laugh Like My Sister, is based on her experiences after her elder sister, Kate, a journalist and producer, was murdered in Somalia while posted there for the BBC in 2005.

Can't stream? Won't stream

Coldplay are the latest act to give Spotify the cold shoulder. Adam Sherwin reports on a revolt rocking the industry

Cyberclinic: Did The Beatles need iTunes? No, but EMI did

With another autumn came another flood of anticipation that The Beatles' back catalogue might be made officially available for download, which in turn offered another chance for music and technology hacks to sign off a speculative article with the phrase "Tomorrow Never Knows". But no longer. An annual tradition is over; you can finally buy The Beatles' tunes in disembodied digital format from Apple's iTunes store. What a relief.

'No memory of misleading Hands' over EMI deal

One of the City of London's top bankers was assailed in a Manhattan courtroom yesterday for playing both sides of the 2007 takeover of EMI and misleading a client to juice his multi-million-pound bonus.

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Album: John Lennon, Every Step's a Yes (EMI)

EMI, as part of their reissue programme of John Lennon's notoriously patchy solo oeuvre, have created this 4CD slipcase compilation that divides Lennon's material by the categories Roots (rock'n'roll influences), Woman (love songs), Working Class Hero (political songs) and Borrowed Time (something about "his eventual understanding of the fragility of all our lives").

Terra Firma to get trial over EMI deal

Guy Hands' Terra Firma can proceed to trial against Citigroup in their dispute over Terra's 2007 acquisition of the music group EMI, a US federal judge ruled late on Tuesday night.