Now the Show Is over for Nancy Too at EMI

By Burleigh, James | The Evening Standard (London, England), October 24, 2001 | Go to article overview

Now the Show Is over for Nancy Too at EMI


Burleigh, James, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: JAMES BURLEIGH

THE FINAL chapter closed on the Ken and Nancy Show at EMI as the world's third largest music group announced the departure of the remaining half of the Berry duo who have reigned at the heart of the global music industry.

Nancy Berry, 42, famed for her "rock chick" fashions and outrageous behaviour, has left her job as vice-chairman of Virgin Music Group Worldwide after a 16-year career marred by allegations of nepotism and affairs with the rock stars signed to her British husband Ken Berry's label.

Staff in Los Angeles have been told of her immediate departure which follows the ousting of her husband, former head of recorded music at EMI, parent company of Virgin Records. Mr Berry, responsible for the Spice Girls and nurturing Radiohead and Blur, was drummed out of his [pound]3 million-a-year job last week with what some believe will be the biggest payoff in British music history. He is negotiating a [pound]5million exit deal.

Following a profits warning and mounting criticism over EMI's progress in the US, Mr Berry, a former accountant from Ipswich, was replaced by Alain Levy, former head of Polygram. …

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