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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Push back (42,743) by Darryle from Sagamihara, Japan

I just read that the album has been pushed back again. There's no official statement saying there's a push back, but the album's been removed from Hits Daily Double and Island's website. I can only hope that this is a mistake because if it's a push back again it's going to hurt the album more than it hurts the fans.
(Sunday 20 April 2014; 23:31)
Queenmc, duet with Justin Bieber (42,742) by migrate2008 from

Is this for Mariah's or Justin Bieber's album?
(Sunday 20 April 2014; 21:24)
Nostalgia and retro sound (42,741) by Edward from USA

The Emancipation of Mimi was epic because of the sound it carried. The nostalgia got hold of people. The album was not only for the new generation, but older people enjoyed it as much. "Mine Again", "Get Your Number", "Your Girl", "Circles", "I Wish You Knew", "Joyride", "Fly Like a Bird" reminded people of what good music was like. Many people in ... read more
(Sunday 20 April 2014; 19:36)
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