EMI is trying to sell the iconic Abbey Road studios, according to this report in Billboard. It’s perhaps the latest sign of the decline of major recording studios worldwide. But a sale does not necessarily mean the studio is in trouble. In fact, as the report details, the studio has its own music series and will soon debut retail goods like sweatshirts and stationery. It’s also involved in selling software emulations of some of its classic gear for recording.
UPDATE: Here’s a fun did-you-know list from the Daily Mirror about the studio and its history.
Let’s all hope that EMI finds a buyer willing to invest in the longterm success of one of the most sacred spots in the history of recorded music — or recommits to the studio itself.