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.
January 26, 2010 |
Giving its blessing to a deal that could transform the music industry, the Justice Department on Monday approved the controversial merger of the nation's dominant ticket seller and the world's largest concert promoter -- but only after extracting major concessions to address concerns that Ticketmaster and Live Nation would have a stranglehold on ticket sales. The merger, which was the first major review for Obama administration antitrust regulators, will create a goliath with hands in every pocket of the music business.
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.