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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MC's next ventures (48,097) by G.G. from USA

I would like to see Mariah team up with Disney and do a movie, like Frozen with Idina Menzel, where she voices the main character and does the entire soundtrack. That would get her name out there, big time and it would get the young kids interested in Mariah's music. I would also like to see Mariah do a huge blockbuster action movie. Like a Marvel ... read more
(Friday 28 November 2014; 23:48)
Mary-Ann Tatum (48,096) by Billy from Greece

Apart from Mariah, Mary-Ann has worked with two other legendary divas: Whitney (as I mentioned some time ago), and Diana Ross, on the latter's 1999 great "Every Day Is a New Day" cd. Hm, interesting.
(Friday 28 November 2014; 18:06)
Mariah's next move (48,095) by B from USA

I think Mariah should record a gospel or jazz album next. Forget about the charts and the critics and just go for it. She has nothing left to prove except to those who constantly dismiss her and her talent. Mariah needs to make people miss her. Nick and his mouth have caused Mariah to become over exposed to the public. He's been an unrelenting pres... read more
(Friday 28 November 2014; 17:19)
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