October 15, 2013 |
Music industry rule No. 101: Never tick off the headliner inviting you on the road. According to reports, Drake has dropped Future from his upcoming arena trek, a move that could turn into a $1.5-million feud between the two artists. The reason? Disparaging remarks the singsongy Atlanta rapper made about Drake's latest album during an interview with Billboard, according to the New York Post . In a conversation earlier this month to preview his forthcoming album, “Honest,” Future shared his thoughts on Drake's latest chart-topper, “Nothing Was the Same,” with Billboard associate editor Erika Ramierz.
October 2, 2013 |
Thousands of consumers started shopping in new health insurance exchanges this week as enrollment in Obamacare launched in California and across the country. Many people are unsure what President Obama's Affordable Care Act will mean for them. They have questions about how much insurance will cost and what type of benefits will be available, among many other concerns. Join this Twitter chat with reporter Chad Terhune, who has covered healthcare for many years at The Times and other publications.
July 16, 2013 |
Platinum Equity, the Los Angeles-based private equity firm, announced Tuesday it will buy CBS Corp.'s international billboard division for $225 million. Known as CBS Outdoor International, the division has billboards in the U.K., France, Ireland and other European countries. “CBSO International is a well-established brand with valuable media assets and broad reach throughout Europe,” said Bastian Lueken, head of Platinum Equity's European merger and acquisitions team. Photos: Top 10 Southern California companies Platinum Equity is run by chairman Tom Gores.
July 15, 2013 |
It's not just the usual suspects - Rita Ora, Megan Hilty, Christina Aguilera - rocking platinum hair. This year we've seen a blond Beyoncé on those Pepsi billboards around town and even perennial brunet Anne Hathaway wearing an icy hue. Sure, it's easy to make the extreme-color leap if you've got a glam squad on speed dial. But for the rest of us, platinum hair is a hassle to get and maintain. Celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves, whose new book "You Are Beautiful: A Beauty Guide for Real Women," went on sale June 4, has some tips for brave blond-wannabes.
June 6, 2013 |
Better late than never. Artists such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Eminem got a big boost in the eyes of the Recording Industry Assn. of America in May as the music business tracker began to count streams of songs online. The industry group said on Wednesday it made a record 153 gold and platinum certifications for digital singles in May. This comes after the RIAA announced early last month that it now includes streams of songs on services such as Spotify, MOG and Rdio, rather than just digital downloads of singles.
February 28, 2013 |
Snoop Dogg has been called many things over the course of his two-decade career -- Snoop Doggy Dogg, Bigg Snoop Dogg and Snoop D-O Double G are just a few of the monikers. When the multi-platinum rapper announced last summer that he'd been reborn as Snoop Lion and would trade in the menacing gangster rap that made him a superstar for rasta patois and issue a disc soaked in reggae rhythms , reaction was mixed, with a few critics writing it off as a gimmick. The rapper-turned-Rastafarian has announced his new album, Snoop Lion's debut, “Reincarnated,” will arrive on April 23. RELATED: Snoop Lion: 'La La La' and a rapper's transition into reggae Executive produced by Diplo and his Major Lazer production team (who even gave Beyoncé a sampling of their dancehall influences)