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Hulu gets access to music videos from EMI, amping up online competition

November 18, 2009 | 11:44 am

Kt7sxvncNORAH EMI Music became the first major music company to agree to distribute its music videos and concert footage on Hulu, the popular online video site.

Starting with today's announcement, EMI will make content available from its various music labels, including Virgin, Capitol and Blue Note. It launches with exclusive footage of Norah Jones performing music from her new album, "The Fall," in a concert at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.

Music videos already have shown strong appeal for rival online video site YouTube, which is working with Universal Music Group to develop a service called Vevo, which would highlight such content on YouTube and elsewhere online.

"We think Hulu is an excellent, high-quality environment and a great place to connect with fans," Ronn Werre,  chief operating officer of EMI Music North America, said in a statement.

Hulu has attracted millions of online viewers with the lure of Hollywood-produced television shows and films, which are available for free. Over the summer, it began experimenting with music, striking a concert deal with the Dave Matthews Band.

-- Dawn C. Chmielewski

Photo: The cover of Norah Jones' latest release, "The Fall." Credit: EMI Blue Note / Associated Press