The way I understand it just now is that Universal Music Group are attempting to buy EMI and are intending to shed a lot of their mediocre artists. That could be why the Bowie silence is deafening, because nobody knows who's going to be classed as a 'major' artist (ie Susan Boyle), or a mediocre artist, maybe Bowie. I'd guess they'd base the decisions on sales in which case Susan Boyle will easily beat Bowie nowadays. BTW as I said here before, Bowie's 'looking well', according to Ken Scott. Bowie had a little soiree for his 65th birthday and Ken Scott was a guest.
"Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, simply surrounded by assholes." - William Gibson.