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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Merchandise (48,738) by Darryle from USA

I know I've posted about this before but it really annoys me. Mariah and her team have got to do a better job with merchandise. Besides the fact that you can't get her albums from her actual store (her CDs are purchased through Amazon) she doesn't have any of her DVDs for sale either. Then there's the fact that it's near impossible to find a Mariah... read more
(Tuesday 23 December 2014; 1:52)
Relatable Mariah (48,737) by Sofia from Portugal

I find it amusing that some people think or even sugest Mariah should be more relatable. What for? So other people can like her? Would you be a fan if she was different? These diva behaviours are a part of her and we've had 25 years to get used to them. I know I did.
(Tuesday 23 December 2014; 1:45)
Re: Mike Dawson (48,736) by nikki from usa

(update) Actually, I take that back. There was a line where I said she should retire because there's no way to top it. However, clearly that's where you stopped reading. That was a figure of speech to how epic Butterfly was as an album, not a literal context. I used "retire" as a metaphor throughout the entire piece to define different musical dire... read more
(Tuesday 23 December 2014; 0:35)
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