Is J Records, the joint venture between BMG and dethroned Arista chief Clive Davis, an
"instant major" or overfunded boutique label? Industry insiders are split on the answer
following the anticlimactic Aug. 24 announcement of the deal. Davis originally sought $300
million in funding for a new record company, but reportedly settled on $150 million, though
some sources say it's closer to $130 mil. In addition, he was allowed to take a number of
Arista's top execs with him but none of its top artists; J's starting lineup includes LFO,
Shannon Curfman, Deborah Cox, and one multiplatinum act, Monica.
The label's best bet is thought to be its superstar CEO's ability to attract embittered
major artists whose contracts elsewhere are expiring - like Mariah Carey, who Davis keeps
denying he's talked with. You might expect an old-fashioned signing war now between Arista
and its new spin-off sister label, but don't look for Arista, now led by R&B veteran L.A.
Reid, to compete for big names the way J likely will. "Reid's mandate is to do production
deals," says one A&R exec; indeed, he announced a deal with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry
Lewis the day after published reports said Davis would be inking Luther Vandross.
Tuesday 12 September 2000
Infinity video (52,440)
by Giselle #1 Mariah Critic from USA
I think she and her team have got to come out great with a fun concept for a video. I'm not even going to lie lol, I wish, Mariah would have had snuck one of MIAMTEC tracks on #1's lol. I remember her and Nas hadn't yet finished "Dedicated" and she hadn't finished "Meterorite" either she should, have held out on those and snuck them as "new" on her... read more (Tuesday 28 April 2015; 0:59)
Infinity to iTunes (52,439)
by Travon...The Nostalgic of Truth from USA
Despite the love/hate of Infinity, Infinity is still top 10 in 26 countries and top 20 in 33 countries. This morning in USA at 1am the song was positioned at #155 and currently sits at #21. It's been sitting there since I went to the movies at noon. With radio adds, official music video, Vegas with live stream and media present, rave reviews, and n... read more (Tuesday 28 April 2015; 0:39)
by Raphael from Brazil
Sounds overproduced. (Tuesday 28 April 2015; 0:37)
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