J school

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.

(Entertainment Weekly)

Tuesday 12 September 2000
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Lullaby of Birdland / leaked tracklist (47,587) by Skip from United States

Now that Mariah has performed "Lullaby of Birdland" on tour, I have to think it only solidifies the validity of that leaked tracklist for the initial version of the album, back when it was called "The Art of Letting Go". "Lullaby of Birdland" was listed right there as track 6. And especially since it was listed as an interlude and her performance o... read more
(Saturday 25 October 2014; 2:29)
Hero Singapore (47,586) by Ian James from Sabah, Malaysia




I think this is the best Hero performance so far. I've been watching this video for the 10th time and still can't get enough of it. Oh, just so you know, Serena Williams is in the audience.
(Saturday 25 October 2014; 2:23)
Awesome and better than ever (47,585) by Billy from Greece




(Friday 24 October 2014; 23:22)
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