You see, WMG itself carries a debt-load of nearly $2 billion, and their share price continues to fall, making it pretty difficult for the company to get another loan, should it need it. And while they're not exactly on the brink, a few more quarters of losses and WMG might find itself in the exact same position that EMI is currently in, as in not being able to make the payments on that debt. That possible scenario could eventually leave the music business with only "The Big 2" - Universal and Sony Music.
That's a scary thought if you're old school, but it's exactly what you want if you the music business is to survive. Wall Street is discovering that there's no money left in the music business, and they're trying to get out. Good riddance. The music business was never a place for big banking in the first place.
The sooner the major record labels either die or re-form into something more in tune with the times, the better everyone in the business will be. We need a new generation of music entrepreneur who loves and is a fan of music, just like in the 50's, 60's and 70's when music was at its peak. And when that next generation of music entrepreneurs emerges, the music industry will prosper again.
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