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.
|Tuesday 12 September 2000
||Hate the game not the player (48,607)
by Otti from Belgium|
It's nice to read different views from fans. I was thinking, this is not the first time that Mariah is going to a turbulence of critics. I remember so well the "Glitter" era. Everything she did was wrong, the movie is a flop, the album is a flop, radiostatioins were not playing her music, she was called insane, and blabla. But still she was strong ... read more
(Thursday 18 December 2014; 16:11)
||Do you still beat your wife and other designed-to-fail questions (48,606)
by Baby from Sweden|
Weeks ago a poster popped up out of the clear blue to ask me: "Are you always that angry?" That was it, no actual reference to anything I had written or anyone else's posts. So it was obviously just their own weak attempt at projecting an unfavourable image onto me, painting me as "always angry" just by the framing of that in this open forum. It's... read more
(Thursday 18 December 2014; 15:02)
||Questions for positive lambs (48,605)
by Jon from Netherlands|
The problem when it comes to MC is that for the general public perception is reality. They can't see through the surface and most of the time can't even get a joke (and Mariah is always joking, which can come across as full of herself for those that don't get it).
(Thursday 18 December 2014; 14:58)
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