Robert B. Sherman Dies

Robert B. Sherman Dies
GRAMMY-winning composer Robert B. Sherman died March 6 in London. He was 86. Sherman teamed with his brother, Richard M. Sherman, to co-pen some of the best-known songs for Disney films including The Aristocats, The Jungle Book and Mary Poppins, among others. In 1964 Sherman earned a GRAMMY Award, along with Richard Sherman, for Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television Show for Mary Poppins. He also earned two music Oscars that year for Mary Poppins, including best original score and best song for "Chim Chim Cher-ee." His most recent GRAMMY nomination came in 1974 for Best Score From The Original Cast Show Album for Over Here. The Sherman brothers were inducted into the Disney Legends hall of fame in 1990. (3/6)  

UMG To Sell Assets To Purchase EMI
Following November 2011 news that Universal Music Group had purchased EMI Music's recorded music division, UMG will reportedly sell more than $650 million of "non-core assets" to complete the transaction, according to parent company Vivendi as reported by Digital Music News. The sale is expected to ease the regulatory approval process and raise cash for the merger between UMG and EMI, which the European Commission is currently reviewing with a tentative decision deadline of March 23. (3/6)

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