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."
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.
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 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.
September 21, 1997 |
The No. 8 debut on the national album chart of Amy Grant's "Behind the Eyes" last week, with sales of more than 80,000, is being touted by the Christian pop community as one more validation of the strength of its market. This is the first album released by Grant--the biggest seller in that market and by far the biggest Christian artist in terms of pop mainstream crossover--since the SoundScan record sales tracking firm instituted its ChristianScan service in 1995.
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.
November 8, 1990 |
In a campaign that recalls the war several companies waged in 1987 to supply more accurate TV ratings, two research groups are battling to sign up record stores to help them launch competing computerized systems that would provide more accurate music sales data than today's charts. Hartsdale, N.Y.-based SoundScan Inc.