In 2008, EMI withdrew from the South-East Asian marketplace absolutely, forcing its big roster of acts to hunt down contracts with other unaffiliated labels. As a end result, the South-East Asian market become the simplest place inside the world wherein EMI turned into no longer in operation, despite the fact that the report label endured to function in Hong Kong and Indonesia (which is presently named Arka Music Indonesia). The Chinese and Taiwanese operation of EMI in addition to the Hong Kong branch of Gold Label, changed into bought to Typhoon Group and reformed as Gold Typhoon. The Philippine department of EMI modified its name to PolyEast Records, and is now a joint venture between EMI itself and Pied Piper Records Corporation. The physical audio and video merchandise of the label have been allotted in South-East Asia by Warner Music Group due to the fact that December 2008, whilst new EMI releases in China and Taiwan, were dispensed beneath Gold Typhoon which turned into previously called EMI Music China and EMI Music Taiwan, respectively. Meanwhile, the Korean branch of EMI (called EMI Korea Limited) had its bodily releases disbursed by means of Warner Music Korea. EMI Music Japan, the Japanese EMI department, remains unchanged from the mirrored image of Toshiba’s divestiture to the enterprise through EMI buying the entire department manner back July 2007, making it a full subsidiary.
In July 2009, there had been reviews that EMI would now not sell CDs to impartial album retailers in a bid to reduce prices, but in reality most effective a handful of small physical outlets were affected.