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
||Higher notes (40,074)
by David from Australia|
I think the struggle in reaching high notes is the only real criticism I can find in regards to her current vocal abilities. Otherwise, her whistles, low notes and runs are almost flawless. I still don't think her current voice is better than the Rainbow era though. Also, on a random note, I'm curious whether anyone apart from me prefers her Charmb... read more
(Friday 6 December 2013; 10:54)
||Whistle note at the end of AIWFCIY performance (40,073)
by pepemill from uae|
Do you all hear that whistle note at the end of the AIWFCIY Rockefeller performance (official clip), when she sings the last line of "Christmas"? I watched several fan tapings, but this whistle note was absent. Did she do multiple takes of the same song and dubbed them together? Anyway I thought this and JTTW were very solid performances. She soun... read more
(Friday 6 December 2013; 10:22)
by Randy from USA|
She did an amazing job. She struggles with higher full voice notes, but this is seriously proving that she still has a voice. And have you all noticed between this performance and the Jimmy Fallon impromptu concerts that her runs are getting amazing. She is much better now live than the 1999-2000 Rainbow era.
(Friday 6 December 2013; 2:37)
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