UPDATE: Are Big Changes Afoot At EMI US?

LONDON (Hypebot) –Hits is reporting that new EMI owner Guy Hands is in the

US meeting with current head Roger Ames. According to unnamed

insiders, Hands is close to putting together a provocative new

North American team that includes People Magazine publisher

Paul Caine, Clear Channel Communications NY Programming SVP Tom

Poleman and pop producer/songwriter Billy Mann.

Hits believes that this means Ames is on the way out. But our

sources wonder if this isn't more like the executive advisory council that Hands set up in the UK.

That move did coincide with the exit of several top executives.

There is no comment yet from Ames, Jason Flomm or EMI.

COMMENTARY –Assuming these rumors bear fruit, Hands

should be applauded for bold thinking. But we wish we saw more

names on his lists from inside music – perhaps a bold indie

executive or two or an innovator from the music's growing tech

sector.

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