August 13, 2008 |
Like the Beatles, Garth Brooks and so many other mega-sellers before, the members of U2 flunked several auditions before a record company was willing to sign them. In fact, the band's potential was once viewed as so limited that CBS in England, the label that finally took a chance on the group, reconsidered and dropped it after releasing just two U2 singles.
October 16, 2005 |
BRUNO GUEZ was one of the rising stars of the music business in the last half of the '90s. Mentored by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, he earned a reputation as a sharp talent-spotter, creative label executive and enthusiastic leader of the burgeoning global electronica and world fusion scenes via his Island-distributed Quango Records label.
July 25, 2004 |
It's rare for a backup singer to steal the show from the headliner, but Martina Topley-Bird came close a decade ago when she made her hoarse, Cockney-accented debut on Tricky's trip-hop masterpiece "Maxinquaye."
April 24, 2004 |
Universal Music Group is expected to name Steve Bartels president of its Island Records unit, sources said. Bartels, formerly head of promotion at rival Bertelsmann's Arista Records label, will report to his onetime boss, Antonio "L.A." Reid. The move comes amid a rapid-fire shuffle in the top jobs at the music labels. Reid took the reins at Universal's Island Def Jam complex just weeks after being fired from his job as chief executive of Arista.
March 2, 2000 |
A power struggle inside Seagram's Island/Def Jam division has resulted in the ousting of co-President John Reid, the Irish executive credited with helping to beef up the label's new artist and repertoire team. Sources say Reid, who had been employed at the label just two years, is not likely to be replaced. The New York-based label, home to such acts as Jay-Z and Shelby Lynne, is expected to be run in the future by Island/Def Jam executives Jim Caparro and Lyor Cohen.
January 19, 1999 |
D-Day. That's what everyone inside Seagram Co.'s Universal Music Group is calling Thursday--the day the corporation is expected to unveil the names of employees and artists slated to lose their jobs during the first phase of the biggest restructuring in the history of the record business. On Thursday, nearly 500 employees and 250 artists in Los Angeles and New York are expected to get pink slips as Seagram begins to downsize 15 record labels into four major U.S. music groups, sources said.