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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The Elusive Chanteuse Show (46,853) by Lee from USA

It's exciting to see Mariah adding additional dates and I hope she continues to do so while on the road. I hope the tour really becomes a world tour and brings her all around the world to places she hasn't visited. Maybe she can treat the tour like a long extensive vacation with dem babies, being on the road and enjoying her time performing for the... read more
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I do enjoy Ariana Grande and I think she's a talent. Yes, she's no MC by far but I don't think it's horrible for Mariah to get that comparison. It shows Mariah's influence and impact on pop music. Miss Grande has been getting a lot of bad press lately for supposedly diva behavior and I find it funny she only allows her "good" side which is her left... read more
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Top 25 (46,851) by Jamie from UK

It's not really in order after the first 5, it would take forever to try and figure out which I like slightly more when there's like a 0.001% difference:
1. I Still Believe
2. We Belong Together
3. Fantasy
4. Mine Again
5. Open Arms
6. Always Be My Baby
7. Can't Let Go
8. It's Like That
9. I Still Believe (Stevie J. Remix)
10. Obsessed
1... read more
(Friday 19 September 2014; 16:49)
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