From 2011 through 2012, the label world was subject to turmoil, as majors Warner Music Group (WMG) and EMI Music were put on the block and sold through the auction process. The uncertainty that distracted both staffers and artists has become routine in the music business. In comparison, 2013 was a time of relative stability and quiet.

That is if you overlook the fact that Universal Music Group (UMG) almost got sold in behind-the-scenes negotiations as well as the actions of an activist shareholder who has been pushing Sony to sell off a chunk of its movie and music operations.

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