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August 22, 2011 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Grammy-winning R&B singer Brandy has signed a record deal with RCA Records, Pop & Hiss confirmed Monday. The deal, a joint venture between RCA and producer Breyon Prescott's Chameleon Records, returns the singer to the Sony Music Entertainment fold. She previously called Epic Records home, but severed ties with the label in 2009 after the commercial disappointment of her only album for the label, 2008's "Human. " "Throughout her career, Brandy has consistently won the vote as everyone's favorite female vocalist," Peter Edge, chief executive of RCA Music Group, said in a statement.
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March 25, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
The Strokes "The Comedown Machine" RCA Records 1 star One of the key axioms of the acting trade is to never seem desperate for a role. To be a hot commodity, behave like you couldn't care less; those who appear to need a job are at a disadvantage. "The Comedown Machine," the fifth album by New York band the Strokes, exudes nervousness; you can almost see beads of sweat forming on the band's foreheads as it works, and fails, to stay relevant while tossing off harmless 1980s-style ditties.
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BUSINESS
March 14, 2002 | Chuck Philips
RCA Records President Jack Rovner was ousted in a surprise management shake-up at Bertelsmann Music Group. The move is part of a restructuring in which the German record corporation will dissolve its North American sector, removing a corporate layer between its American labels and its global operation.
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February 1, 2013
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BUSINESS
March 28, 1995
After a five-month search, Bertelsmann Music Group announced Monday that Robert Jamieson, 50, current head of its Canadian division, will take over as president of RCA Records. The German media conglomerate had considered a number of prospective candidates, including music agent Tom Ross, all of whom reportedly said they weren't interested.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 1985 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Singing live to pre-recorded instrumental tracks might be an economical way to introduce performers from distant parts, but on Tuesday at the Palace the format was a mixed blessing for the three acts showcased by RCA Records. The music often seemed thin and disembodied, and even when the sound was full, the experience seemed half-baked and artificial. It was especially disconcerting when a track suddenly began its fade and the singer didn't.
BUSINESS
September 18, 1988 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
When RCA Records President Bob Buziak recalls the year 1986, he winces. He'd given up a successful artist management business to become head of the record label, which was struggling through its umpteenth lackluster year in a row at a time when most of its competitors were racking up record profits. Parent RCA Corp. was in the process of selling itself to General Electric Co.
BUSINESS
September 9, 1986 | KATHRYN HARRIS
General Electric is expected to announce today that it will sell its recently acquired record operations, RCA/Ariola International, to Bertelsmann AG, a West German electronics conglomerate, an investment banking source said Monday. It has been speculated for several months that GE would sell the record unit that it bought as part of its acquisition of RCA Corp. earlier this year. RCA/Ariola, the third-largest U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Nipper, the dog listening to "his master's voice," has been called home to RCA Records to resume his job as the company's logo after being sent away in the early 1970s, according to the record company's new owner, Bertelsmann. RCA Records was recently sold by General Electric to the German firm, which decided to bring back Nipper and another logo dropped by the label about 25 years ago that showed an electrified RCA in a circle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Grelun Landon, 80, a veteran music industry official and longtime head of West Coast publicity for RCA Records who was an early supporter and helped develop the career of Elvis Presley, died Monday in Ojai. The cause of death was not reported. A native of Marion, Ohio, Landon graduated from USC with a major in journalism. In the 1950s, as vice president of Hill & Range Music in New York, he worked with many of the top stars of the Grand Ole Opry, including Hank Snow and Johnny Cash.
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January 7, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details Elvis Presley would have turned 78 on Jan. 8, and even though he's been gone for 35 years, the birthday celebrations continue. Here in Los Angeles, a grand tradition returns Tuesday night at the Echo in Echo Park, where the annual Elvis Birthday Bash will play out, as usual, with “all fun, no impersonators,” promises longtime co-organizer Art Fein. This year's lineup includes rockabilly veterans Ray Campi, Jimmy Angel and Rip Masters, alt-rock singer-songwriter Syd Straw and next-generation roots rockers including singer Karling Abbeygate.
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August 9, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
As Whitney Houston's February death is revisited on the pop titan's birthday (she would have been 49 on Thursday), the late singer's label, RCA Records, is prepping a greatest hits package. A source at the label told Pop & Hiss that the catalog release was expected to come out this fall.    Houston's first and sole stateside retrospective, 2000's “Whitney: The Greatest Hits,” has proved to be a lasting smash. To date, the two-disc set has sold 2.6 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and shifted a staggering 836,000 copies in the wake of her death, making it the fourth bestselling disc of the year.
NEWS
August 22, 2011 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Grammy-winning R&B singer Brandy has signed a record deal with RCA Records, Pop & Hiss confirmed Monday. The deal, a joint venture between RCA and producer Breyon Prescott's Chameleon Records, returns the singer to the Sony Music Entertainment fold. She previously called Epic Records home, but severed ties with the label in 2009 after the commercial disappointment of her only album for the label, 2008's "Human. " "Throughout her career, Brandy has consistently won the vote as everyone's favorite female vocalist," Peter Edge, chief executive of RCA Music Group, said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2009 | Randy Lewis
Shelby Singleton, a maverick country music mogul and talent scout who launched the careers of Roger Miller and Ray Stevens before resuscitating the fabled Sun Records label to give new life to recordings by 1950s Sun discoveries including Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, has died. He was 77. Singleton died Wednesday in Nashville following a battle with brain cancer. He had been admitted to St. Thomas Hospital a week earlier after suffering a seizure, his longtime friend and associate Jerry Kennedy said Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2009 | ANN POWERS, POP MUSIC CRITIC
Kelly Clarkson All I Ever Wanted RCA Records 1/2 The fourth album from pop's most sympathetic rebel girl, Kelly Clarkson, has nearly as many mandates attached to it as a certain economic stimulus plan. The record label execs who objected to the emotionally loaded, tough-sell hard rock of 2007's "My December" are hoping for a massive, industry-saving hit. The critics who love her spunk but question her sensibility desire artful pop with a little bit of red meat. The "Idol" watchers and Top 40 listeners who made her a star in the first place want the perfect blend of sincerity and catchiness to lift their spirits during a year when nobody needs another breakup album.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2008
Danny Davis, 83, a bandleader and record producer who founded the Nashville Brass, died Thursday at a Nashville hospital after suffering a heart attack, according to his publicist, Betty Hofer. A resident of Nashville, Davis began his music career as a trumpeter, playing in the brass sections of bands led by Les Brown, Gene Krupa and others in the 1940s. Davis became a record producer for MGM in New York City, where he produced a number of hit singles with singer Connie Francis.
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May 13, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Norman Racusin, the former president of RCA Records who worked with Elvis Presley and other pop singers and was instrumental in developing the eight-track tape, died April 29 at his home in Carlsbad after suffering a stroke. He was 82. Racusin was appointed president of RCA Records and elected an executive vice president of NBC in 1969. He formerly had been division vice president and general manager of RCA Records, a division of NBC. Born in Johnsonburg, Pa.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2006
Record deal: Chris Daughtry, who finished fourth on "American Idol" last season, has signed with music mogul Clive Davis in conjunction with 19 Recordings Unlimited, the label managed by "Idol" creator Simon Fuller, RCA Records announced Monday. Surgery: Singer LeAnn Rimes was scheduled to have surgery in L.A. today for a leg infection, forcing her to cancel three concerts scheduled this week in Hampton Beach, N.H., and Niagara Falls.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2006
Record deal: Chris Daughtry, who finished fourth on "American Idol" last season, has signed with music mogul Clive Davis in conjunction with 19 Recordings Unlimited, the label managed by "Idol" creator Simon Fuller, RCA Records announced Monday. Surgery: Singer LeAnn Rimes was scheduled to have surgery in L.A. today for a leg infection, forcing her to cancel three concerts scheduled this week in Hampton Beach, N.H., and Niagara Falls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Grelun Landon, 80, a veteran music industry official and longtime head of West Coast publicity for RCA Records who was an early supporter and helped develop the career of Elvis Presley, died Monday in Ojai. The cause of death was not reported. A native of Marion, Ohio, Landon graduated from USC with a major in journalism. In the 1950s, as vice president of Hill & Range Music in New York, he worked with many of the top stars of the Grand Ole Opry, including Hank Snow and Johnny Cash.
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