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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"I'll be There" in Malaysia (47,557) by lamb from USA

She sounded absolutely superb, really working the melody within her range. She's finally warmed up.
(Thursday 23 October 2014; 7:29)
Dwayne Johnson promoting his movie in Beijing, China (47,556) by Lynn from USA

It appears that Dwayne Johnson, Brett Ratner and producer Beau Flynn were in Beijing, China, on October 16, attending the premiere of their movie Hercules at the Wanda CBD. There was also a picture of Dwayne visiting the Great Wall on October 18. I wonder if they were able to attend Mariah's concert since she and Brett are really close.
(Thursday 23 October 2014; 6:38)
For the instigators / Cry (47,555) by Marcus from Brazil




For those haters who thought that Mariah couldn't lip-sync for her life anymore, here's the proof that she still can. She lipped "Cry" perfectly in Kuala Lumpur. Her voice is back.
(Thursday 23 October 2014; 6:26)
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