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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Mariah rereleased wish (49,409) by Warrior Butterfly from USA

Holly rawness Mariah's unedited style has stirred me. "I love it even more now," said like Olaf. Stupid joke but worth it, I must say it has been a while since I've had a chill from her. The Tattoo Club mini concert would be a great gem for lambs for MC25 just saying as a DVD bonus feature for the "The First Vision". I can see why "Someday" was rem... read more
(Sunday 25 January 2015; 13:38)
MTV Unplugged / debut showcase (49,408) by Skip from United States

Both of these unedited recordings were such an unexpected pleasure to listen to today. I loved hearing the MTV show unmixed as well because of new sounds you could pick out. What sounds like a harpsichord in "I'll Be There" was so beautiful. Finding out Mariah's mom was in the audience? Awesome. But I think the thing I noticed about these performan... read more
(Sunday 25 January 2015; 7:16)
Tattoo Club audio (49,407) by Deedre aka MiTodoChop @HBF from Canada

Thank you for posting. I loved hearing all the extra bits, and Someday. Awesome.
(Sunday 25 January 2015; 6:42)
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