September 10, 1996 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation's largest retailer, has stunned the music industry by banning an upcoming album by Grammy winner Sheryl Crow from its stores because of a song lyric suggesting that the retailer sells guns to children. Wal-Mart's decision, which record industry executives estimate could cost Crow a staggering 400,000 album sales, comes two weeks before the album, "Sheryl Crow," is to be released by A&M Records on Sept. 24.
September 30, 1994 |
The Scene: The Music and Entertainment Chapter of the City of Hope's "Spirit of Life" dinner Wednesday at Universal City. Honored was Ticketmaster CEO Fred Rosen, who said when first agreeing to be honoree, "I thought they could hold this in a phone booth. It's humbling that 1,200 people would come."
March 26, 1998 |
A&M Records shocked the music industry five years ago when it decided to shut down its urban music division, once home to Janet Jackson and other black stars. But the Hollywood label bounced back this week with one of the hottest hip-hop records in the nation: the soundtrack to "The Players Club," a new film by Los Angeles rap star Ice Cube. The album burst onto Billboard magazine's pop chart at No. 10 during its first week out.
May 10, 1993 |
The Scene: The party Saturday at Spago after Sting's opening-night concert at the Greek Theatre. The restaurant was also where the British musician received a platinum record award for a million U.S. sales of his latest album, "Ten Summoner's Tales." "Parties like this are part of the job," said Sting. "But that's not to say they're not fun."
March 3, 1995 |
Maybe Sheryl Crow was onto something. The singer had just won three Grammys, including record of the year. She was the combination Cinderella/First Lady of the A&M/Polygram party. She seemed to have an MTV or "Entertainment Tonight" film crew glued permanently to her hip. She was peaking on the kind of rarefied experience life offers exclusively to astronauts, presidential candidates and pop stars. So what's next? "I'm going to retire tomorrow while I'm still hot," said the high-flying Crow.
October 18, 1996 |
The Scene: One of the year's great, high-energy fund-raisers took place Wednesday at City of Hope's "Spirit of Life" black-tie dinner. This is the West Coast music industry charity. With VH1 President John Sykes as honoree and a stellar "garage band" performing, the extravagant rock 'n' roll evening raised a record-setting $4.7 million. The Setting: A football-field-sized tent on a parking lot adjacent to Universal's CityWalk.
June 6, 1993 |
So who's next for a record company presidency? Even before Gary Gersh, 37, takes his post on July 1 as head of Capitol Records, industry insiders are already making book on other presidential contenders. In a poll of top music executives, managers and attorneys on both coasts to handicap who the industry's next young label head will be, these are the names Pop Eye heard cited most frequently: * Danny Goldberg, 42, senior vice president of Atlantic Records.
February 24, 1996 |
Going to the Grammy Awards? Unless you're a music industry player, you probably can't get into the ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium on Wednesday. But even if you can't go see Alanis Morissette, Hootie & the Blowfish and the other performers on the show in person, you can attend a concert tribute to Carlos Santana and a free concert headed by the Presidents of the United States of America.