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August 13, 2008 | Robert Hilburn, Special to The Times
Like the Beatles, Garth Brooks and so many other mega-sellers before, the members of U2 flunked several auditions before a record company was willing to sign them. In fact, the band's potential was once viewed as so limited that CBS in England, the label that finally took a chance on the group, reconsidered and dropped it after releasing just two U2 singles.
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November 11, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Music industry executive Mark Mazzetti has sold his Hollywood Hills-area home for $1,089,000. The property has a lagoon pool surrounded by lawn and palm trees on more than 1 acre. The midcentury house has a large living room with a fireplace, a wall of windows looking toward the swimming pool, two bedrooms and 1 3/4 bathrooms in 1,774 square feet of living space. It sits on a flat promontory with vertical drops on three sides and views of the Hollywood sign, the Griffith Observatory, the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the ocean.
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October 14, 2003 | Jeff Leeds, Times Staff Writer
Universal Music Group, which turned heads last month with a plan to slash CD prices, may soon auction other recordings to the highest bidder. The Vivendi Universal music arm has reached a pact to sell special albums, artist memorabilia and concert tickets on the EBay Inc. auction site, sources say.
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August 13, 2008 | Robert Hilburn, Special to The Times
Like the Beatles, Garth Brooks and so many other mega-sellers before, the members of U2 flunked several auditions before a record company was willing to sign them. In fact, the band's potential was once viewed as so limited that CBS in England, the label that finally took a chance on the group, reconsidered and dropped it after releasing just two U2 singles.
HOME & GARDEN
November 11, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Music industry executive Mark Mazzetti has sold his Hollywood Hills-area home for $1,089,000. The property has a lagoon pool surrounded by lawn and palm trees on more than 1 acre. The midcentury house has a large living room with a fireplace, a wall of windows looking toward the swimming pool, two bedrooms and 1 3/4 bathrooms in 1,774 square feet of living space. It sits on a flat promontory with vertical drops on three sides and views of the Hollywood sign, the Griffith Observatory, the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the ocean.
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September 30, 2005 | Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writer
Universal Music Group is betting that what worked for Ginsu knives and Thigh Masters will work for Earth, Wind & Fire. The nation's largest music company is preparing to announce next week that it is getting into the infomercial business, launching a new division devoted to producing and distributing half-hour documentaries aimed at selling the company's catalog of past hits.
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May 16, 2004 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
Bill Inglot has worked at Rhino Records for more than two decades, long enough to know that two years from now he'll probably be up to his ears in Monkees. "In 2006, it will be the 40th anniversary of when the Monkees debuted and it'll be my 20th anniversary of working on Monkees reissues," says the 47-year-old producer, whose Burbank-based employer wrote the rules for marketing nuggets from the pop music gold mines. "I joke that I'll be reissuing my reissues."
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May 29, 2002 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After 10 consecutive years of annual growth, profits contracted last year in the record industry by about 3%. CD burning, free downloading of music from the Internet and the enormous rise in popularity of movies on DVD were contributing factors in this decline. Now, more and more record companies and recording artists are diving headfirst into producing music-oriented DVDs in an attempt to boost flagging sales and to take advantage of this booming and multifaceted entertainment format.
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July 27, 2000
Now that's what they call unprecedented. A compilation of recent hits called "Now That's What I Call Music, Vol. 4" debuts at No. 1 on the nation's album chart this week and carves out a modest niche in music history by becoming the first album of that type to claim the top spot. "Excluding soundtracks, this is the first collection of previously released hits to go No. 1," says Geoff Mayfield, director of charts for Billboard magazine.
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November 25, 2005 | Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writer
Since debuting seven years ago, "Now That's What I Call Music!" has earned the right to be called something else: an industry franchise. The music compilation series, now in its 20th volume, has shipped about 142 million CDs domestically, exceeding the U.S. shipments for Michael Jackson, Guns N' Roses and Britney Spears put together.
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September 30, 2005 | Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writer
Universal Music Group is betting that what worked for Ginsu knives and Thigh Masters will work for Earth, Wind & Fire. The nation's largest music company is preparing to announce next week that it is getting into the infomercial business, launching a new division devoted to producing and distributing half-hour documentaries aimed at selling the company's catalog of past hits.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2004 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
Bill Inglot has worked at Rhino Records for more than two decades, long enough to know that two years from now he'll probably be up to his ears in Monkees. "In 2006, it will be the 40th anniversary of when the Monkees debuted and it'll be my 20th anniversary of working on Monkees reissues," says the 47-year-old producer, whose Burbank-based employer wrote the rules for marketing nuggets from the pop music gold mines. "I joke that I'll be reissuing my reissues."
BUSINESS
October 14, 2003 | Jeff Leeds, Times Staff Writer
Universal Music Group, which turned heads last month with a plan to slash CD prices, may soon auction other recordings to the highest bidder. The Vivendi Universal music arm has reached a pact to sell special albums, artist memorabilia and concert tickets on the EBay Inc. auction site, sources say.
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March 12, 2008 | Robert Hilburn, Special to The Times
No matter how many times we hear about musicians going over a song endlessly in the studio, some of rock 'n' roll's greatest singles have such passion and uniqueness that it's hard not to think of them as the result of a single moment of supreme inspiration. So it's intriguing to listen, on a new Chuck Berry retrospective, to a couple of early versions of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member's recordings.
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July 3, 2005 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
It's after midnight in London, but Chris Blackwell's voice is full of enthusiasm. He has a new project and he's eager to discuss it. "I'm always up late, working," he says over the phone. "And this is something I'm really excited about." "This" is "Vedic Path," the first release in a series of CD and DVD world music packages developed for Palm World Voices, a new partnership between Blackwell's Palm Pictures label and Universal Music Enterprises.
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