EMI taps Anderson for IT

Record division set for re-vamp

LONDON — Brit music major EMI has appointed James Anderson senior VP of EMI Recorded Music, with responsibility for information technology.

Anderson joins EMI from management and technology consultancy Accenture, where he headed the European and Latin American media and entertainment operations.

EMI said Anderson would redesign EMI Recorded Music’s business practices and systems internationally.

Alain Levy, chairman and CEO of EMI Recorded Music, said Anderson’s “appointment further increases the caliber of our management team and confirms our commitment to harnessing the power of technology to improve the way EMI goes about its business now and in the future.”

In separate news, U.K. music sales were up 4% in the first quarter to £249 million ($363 million), the 11th consecutive quarter of growth.

The number of albums sold was up 2.9%, but singles sales dropped 15%. The quarter’s top album was “Just Enough Education to Perform” by Welsh guitar band Stereophonics. The No. 1 single, and the fastest-selling single ever in Britain, was “Anything is Possible/Evergreen,” by Will Young, winner of ITV reality show “Pop Idol.”