November 24, 1995 |
Marketing ace Jim Guerinot, who is credited with helping mastermind commercial breakthroughs for Offspring, Rancid, Sheryl Crow and Soundgarden, has launchedhis own label, Time Bomb Recordings. Based in Laguna Beach and financed by German conglomerate Bertelsmann, Time Bomb plans to employ a new financial architecture for music deals pioneered by independent labels, including paying unknown artists twice the going royalty rate and charging retailers 20% less for albums than competitors.
August 18, 1994 |
A platinum band makes a lovely 15th anniversary present. That's the gift the Offspring have bestowed on the Orange County punk-alternative scene. The musical movement that began shouting to the world in 1979, when the Crowd became the first Orange County punk band to get airplay on KROQ, has just produced its first million-selling album. If you don't count Nirvana as a punk band, the Offspring's prophetically titled "Smash" may end up the biggest-selling album in punk-rock history.
October 16, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. A new book from the Band's lead guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson, “Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World” (Tundra Books, $29), is impressive both for the concisely illuminating text and richly evocative illustrations, both of which are designed to help entice young people into the world of influential pop music. But on a level few kids will be aware of, much less appreciate, it's equally if not more imposing for the accompanying double-CD set featuring tracks from each of the 27 profiled artists, a broad range of heavy hitters including the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, the Beach Boys, Hank Williams, Sam Cooke and others.
December 16, 1994
Total album and single sales of compact discs and audio cassettes for the week ended Dec. 14, compared to sales of the previous week and the same week of 1993, in millions of units sold: Latest week Albums: 21.2 Singles: 1.9 Week-ago Albums: 15.9 Singles: 1.8 Year-ago Albums: 19.6 Singles: 2.
February 17, 2005 |
Dear thief or thieves: No Doubt and the Fullerton Museum Center admire your athleticism, but isn't it about time you returned Gwen Stefani's dress? The red vinyl number that Stefani is pictured wearing on the cover of No Doubt's 1995 album "Tragic Kingdom" was stolen from the Fullerton Museum Center in a midafternoon caper on Jan. 11. It was part of the exhibition "The Orange Groove: Orange County's Rock 'n' Roll History." The dress was displayed behind a 7 1/2 -foot sheet of plexiglass.