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
by B from USA
Looking at recent pictures of Mariah it's obvious she's losing weight. I don't think being able to see the difference between a photo taken months ago and a photo taken this week makes me delusional, lol. Oh well. (Tuesday 4 August 2015; 17:10)
by Philipp from Switzerland
I personally also think it wouldn't hurt if Mariah would loose a little weight. I feel like she is wearing sexy clothes, but she doesn't come across very sexy or "erotic" so to say in these clothes. During the Butterfly/Rainbow era she also wore a lot sexy clothes that revealed a lot, and back then I got a sexy-erotic-vibe from her/her style. These... read more (Tuesday 4 August 2015; 17:01)
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by Mirage_Nunez from America
I'm sure Mariah misses her old figure as well. She doesn't need other people being annoyed by her thickness. I'm sure she'll trim down before you know it, so just hold your horses and embrace Thickriah in the meantime. (Tuesday 4 August 2015; 15:55)
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