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December 6, 1997 | (Marla Matzer)
Singer Toni Braxton filed suit against La Face Records and its parent company, Arista Records, seeking to terminate her recording contract. The case, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, invokes a 50-year-old California law designed to protect movie actors from long-term studio deals. The so-called seven-year rule bars employers from enforcing personal-service contracts for more than seven years. By this measurement, the suit claims Braxton's contract should have expired in August 1996.
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January 31, 1998 | CHUCK PHILIPS
Pop singer Toni Braxton has filed for bankruptcy protection in Los Angeles. Three companies owned by the Grammy-winning R & B artist also filed for Chapter 7 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The move comes just eight weeks after Braxton filed a lawsuit against La Face Records and its parent company, Arista Records, seeking to terminate her recording contract.
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January 31, 1998 | CHUCK PHILIPS
Pop singer Toni Braxton has filed for bankruptcy protection in Los Angeles. Three companies owned by the Grammy-winning R & B artist also filed for Chapter 7 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The move comes just eight weeks after Braxton filed a lawsuit against La Face Records and its parent company, Arista Records, seeking to terminate her recording contract.
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December 6, 1997 | (Marla Matzer)
Singer Toni Braxton filed suit against La Face Records and its parent company, Arista Records, seeking to terminate her recording contract. The case, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, invokes a 50-year-old California law designed to protect movie actors from long-term studio deals. The so-called seven-year rule bars employers from enforcing personal-service contracts for more than seven years. By this measurement, the suit claims Braxton's contract should have expired in August 1996.
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November 7, 1991 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jermaine Jackson says he took a biting musical swipe at his superstar sibling, Michael, because his younger brother had frozen him out of his life. In an interview, Jermaine explained that the cantankerous lyrics to his song "Word to the Badd!!," which criticize Michael for allegedly changing his skin color and obtaining plastic surgery, were written in retaliation for eight months of unreturned phone calls.
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January 26, 1997 | Steve Hochman
Much-praised soul man Tony Rich is getting an assist from Eric Clapton, who is playing guitar on several songs for the second Tony Rich Project album, due later this year from LaFace Records. That's the label co-owned by Babyface, who produced Clapton's Grammy-nominated hit "Change the World." . . . David Bowie will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Feb. 12, not coincidentally the day after Virgin Records releases his new "Earthling" album. . . .
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November 27, 1996 | CHUCK PHILIPS
R&B act TLC has accepted an offer from LaFace Records and its parent companies, Arista and BMG, to settle a lengthy and heated contract dispute that resulted in the trio filing for bankruptcy last year. Under the settlement, LaFace will pay TLC an estimated $10 million in advances, most of which must be paid back from future royalties. The trio will also receive an 18% royalty rate on each record it sells--up from 7% under its 1991 deal signed with the Pebbitone production company.
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November 16, 1999 | Chuck Philips
Bertelsmann Music Group is considering naming LaFace Records co-founder Antonio "L.A." Reid president of its Arista Records division, home to such acts as Santana and Whitney Houston, sources say. The move comes as the German record conglomerate is in talks to buy the rest of Reid's LaFace label and is negotiating a new contract with Arista founder Clive Davis, whose deal expires in June. Davis has been running Arista without a successor since he sold his label to BMG in the early 1990s.
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March 3, 1996 | Steve Hochman
If the young women in TLC looked pretty frisky at the Grammy Awards show last week, who could blame them? They've just won a battle with their record company that could bring them out of their financial problems and allow them to tour. The trio, which filed for bankruptcy last summer--despite having the No.
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April 5, 1998 | ANN W. O'NEILL
Adventures in cutlery . . . Stooge justice . . . Making contact with Lynda Obst. About 30 years after the fact, we're still hearing about that New York dinner party at which Dennis Hopper and Rip Torn got frisky with the cutlery in a tiff over whether Texans are hippie-hating rednecks.
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November 5, 1991 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two more members of the battling Jackson family are duking it out on radio stations in Los Angeles and New York. Just as a bootlegged cut from superstar Michael Jackson's long-awaited "Dangerous" album hit the airwaves over the weekend, a recording by older brother Jermaine was heard taking shots at Michael's efforts over the years to alter his looks.
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