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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Shelly (45,606) by Trish from USA

I like the things you said about Nick and I agree with you about Mariah wanting to stay home more. The thing is people who think Nick hurts Mariah's career is that it should be the opposite. Mariah being a married, working mom, should bring her back down to earth and make her more relatable, and quite frankly this album has pieces of the more perso... read more
(Saturday 26 July 2014; 18:52)
Nick (45,604) by Shelly from United States

I agree that a lot of these songs sound like they're about Nick. I think he works a lot because he wants to provide for his family, and not just mooch off of Mariah, and I respect that about him. Whenever he talks about her in interviews, it seems like he truly loves her and admires her. But all that working may also hurt their relationship because... read more
(Saturday 26 July 2014; 2:57)
Edward (45,603) by Shelly from United States

I misunderstood why you brought up the starving kids comment, I thought you were saying that all stars make dumb remarks sometimes. But anyway, I'm glad Mariah didn't say it. Yeah, I never like when she shades any other artists, why even mention them. Most of the time she doesn't though. Why do interviewers always have to bring up other artists? It... read more
(Saturday 26 July 2014; 2:21)
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