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January 24, 2001 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The No. 2 album on this week's pop chart, reggae singer Shaggy's "Hotshot," has everyone in the record business scratching their heads. It's not just that it's unheard of for a reggae act to sell anything close to 2.1 million copies of a record. The stumper is that the smash recording was delivered by MCARecords, a label long dismissed as "Music Cemetery of America." A division of Vivendi's Universal Music Group, MCA is an anomaly in the hit-driven music industry.
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January 17, 2003 | Jeff Leeds, Times Staff Writer
Jay Boberg abruptly quit Thursday as president of Vivendi Universal's MCA Records, becoming a casualty of the music industry's deep sales slump. Universal Music Group also realigned its management structure, putting MCA under the direction of Jimmy Iovine, who heads the larger Interscope Geffen A&M division. The company said MCA promotion chief Craig Lambert would run the label and report to Iovine until Boberg is replaced.
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January 17, 2003 | Jeff Leeds, Times Staff Writer
Jay Boberg abruptly quit Thursday as president of Vivendi Universal's MCA Records, becoming a casualty of the music industry's deep sales slump. Universal Music Group also realigned its management structure, putting MCA under the direction of Jimmy Iovine, who heads the larger Interscope Geffen A&M division. The company said MCA promotion chief Craig Lambert would run the label and report to Iovine until Boberg is replaced.
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January 24, 2001 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The No. 2 album on this week's pop chart, reggae singer Shaggy's "Hotshot," has everyone in the record business scratching their heads. It's not just that it's unheard of for a reggae act to sell anything close to 2.1 million copies of a record. The stumper is that the smash recording was delivered by MCARecords, a label long dismissed as "Music Cemetery of America." A division of Vivendi's Universal Music Group, MCA is an anomaly in the hit-driven music industry.
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November 29, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
MCA Names Music Executives: As expected, the reorganization of MCA Music Entertainment Group kicked into gear with the appointment of respected industry veterans Melvyn R. Lewinter as vice chairman and Zach Horowitz as president of the corporation's global music division. In addition, MCA Music Chairman Doug Morris elevated Jay Boberg, the head of MCA's music publishing sector, to president of the firms' flagship label, MCA Records.
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January 13, 2006 | Meg James
Former MCA Records President Jay Boberg plans to announce today that he is launching a Los Angeles-based firm, Liberation Entertainment, with a library of films; 2,500 hours of television; and music footage, such as performances by Louis Armstrong and Tom Petty. The library had been owned by Liberty International. Boberg acquired it with financing from private equity firm Clarity Partners. Boberg separately struck a deal with Genius Products to handle DVD distribution. -- Meg James
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June 11, 2003 | Jeff Leeds
Universal Music Group continued the job cuts at its MCA Records label, ousting interim President Craig Lambert. The veteran radio promotion executive had supervised the Santa Monica-based label since the abrupt exit five months ago of President Jay Boberg, who left in the wake of the firm's poor sales last year. The move comes as Universal is folding MCA into its larger Interscope Geffen A&M complex.
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July 25, 2002 | From Bloomberg News
Mattel Inc.'s trademark for Barbie wasn't infringed by a MCA Records Inc. song called "Barbie Doll," which poked fun at the world's biggest toy maker's blond creation, an appellate court ruled. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the use of the word "Barbie" in the song title was an artistic expression designed to attract consumers. The suit tested Mattel's ability to control depictions of a toy that has become a cultural icon.
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November 27, 1995 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
MCA Music Entertainment Group Chairman Doug Morris is expected to announce a reorganization today that will include the appointment of Melvyn R. Lewinter as vice chairman of the record company and Zack Horowitz as president. The move comes just 12 days after Morris took over the reins of MCA Inc.'s music operations after the sudden ouster of former chairman Al Teller. MCA is 80% owned by Seagram Co.
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December 13, 1994
MCA Music Entertainment Group announced that Jay Boberg is joining the company as President of MCA Music Publishing worldwide. Boberg, who was previously president of IRS Records, will be responsible for all aspects of MCA's music publishing operations. He will be based in Los Angeles. As a record executive at IRS, his discoveries included the band R.E.M. * Joachim Blunck has been named executive vice president of production at Twentieth Television.
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August 21, 1988
DOORS: 14 David Anderle, vice president of film music, A & M Records Lenny Beer, editor, Hits magazine Jay Boberg, president, I.R.S.
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