April 15, 2001 |
Some people go online for the smut. We sign on for the dirt. And nothing the Internet has to offer quite matches our favorite guilty pleasure, thesmokinggun.com. While other gossip sites deliver rumor and spin, the Smoking Gun serves up documents. Most recently, the Gun has been pointed at the backstage demands of some of the music world's most popular acts, with deliciously dishy results. It's even educational.
April 29, 1999 |
A contract dispute between Geffen Records and Grammy winner Beck intensified this week as the company filed a breach of contract lawsuit against the singer after his threat to bolt the label. Beck, whose "Odelay" was named the best album of 1997 by the nation's pop critics, has told Geffen he will not honor his commitment to deliver up to four more albums to the label, according to the suit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
January 31, 1998 |
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.
December 6, 1997 |
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.
October 8, 1993 |
Pop star George Michael's career rests on his next performance. One year after the singer filed suit to sever his contract with Sony Music Entertainment Ltd., his case comes to trial here Monday, with Michael as the first witness. While any superstar case attracts publicity, Michael's case against the United Kingdom unit of Sony Corp. is garnering particular attention because of the broader ramifications for the record business.
September 29, 1993 |
Frank Sinatra describes his first album in nine years as "an absolute kick." The collection of duets has stirred up considerable industry interest both because of its talent lineup and because the album marks the singer's return to Capitol Records, where he did much of his most prized work some 35 years ago. "The duet idea has been dancin' around in my head for some time now," Sinatra said this week. "It's just a concept I thought would work. We had a great team and . . . it was a lot of fun."