EMI today declined to comment on reports that 2,000 jobs -- one-third of its total workforce -- are to be cut as part of its ongoing restructuring.

Billboard has learned, however, that an announcement will be made to staff by EMI Group chairman Guy Hands at a meeting in a west London Cinema tomorrow (Jan. 15). Reuters reports that most of the cuts will hit the recorded music business rather than the music publishing operations.

As previously reported, EMI artists' managers have been protesting about developments at the major. Robbie Williams' management have expressed concern about the direction of EMI, while Coldplay's manager David Holmes told Billboard he was "saddened and confused" at the departure of EMI chairman and CEO Tony Wadsworth last week.

EMI was taken private by Hands' Terra Firma last summer in a £2.4 billion ($4.7 billion).

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