February 20, 2013 |
P ATRICIA CORNWELL is known for her best-selling novels featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, but it was the author's attorneys who worked a scalpel with surgical precision over her former financial-management firm. A federal jury Tuesday awarded Cornwell nearly $51 million in her lawsuit, claiming that Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP had been negligent in handling her finances and cost her millions. Attorneys for the firm and former principal Evan Snapper said that there was no money missing from Cornwell's accounts.
February 20, 2013 |
Pop music recording industry mogul Clive Davis is a bisexual American man. So the 80-year-old, Brooklyn-born, Harvard Law-educated Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says in a newly revised and expanded memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life , released on Tuesday. Davis, revered for having discovered such artists as Janis Joplin , Bruce Springsteen , Whitney Houston , and Alicia Keys , writes that after his second marriage ended in '85, he began dating men as well as women.
February 13, 2012 |
WE MAY never know if Whitney Houston died by accident or intent - drowning in a bathtub Saturday afternoon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. While there's much speculation that she was under the influence of anti-depressants and alcohol, the coroner's official report won't be out for weeks. What we do know is that Whitney Houston couldn't possibly have picked a more opportune moment to make goodbyes and deliver a brutal statement about the dark side of the music biz - how the stresses of the game can drive a person to bad habits and spiraling self-destruction.
February 10, 2009 |
WITHIN A FEW days there will be more anonymous witnesses to the Chris Brown/Rihanna dust-up than folks who attended the Phillies World Series parade. Here's the first: An "eyewitness" tells Life & Style that Chris and Rihanna had a screaming match at a pre-Grammy party in Los Angeles, Friday night, more than 24 hours before his alleged assault. "I saw Chris Brown and Rihanna fighting at the Verizon party [at Boulevard 3 nightclub] on Friday night," the anonymous eyewitness told Life & Style.
January 16, 2004 |
Right now, we imagine Clive Davis sitting in a stuffed leather chair, a cognac in one hand, a Cuban in the other, chortling with much mirth. That's because Antonio "L.A. " Reid, the young punk who replaced the legendary 69-year-old Davis as head of Arista Records, has resigned after two years, during which the company hemorrhaged more than $100 million. This, even though Arista's mondo star Outkast is slaying the competition with Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which has sold more than 3.2 million copies in the United States.
July 18, 2002
POP ICON and oddball Michael Jackson, on the heels of his poor-selling dud "Invincible," claims the music industry is racist and fixed against people of color. Had this come from say, Def Jam head Russell Simmons or J Records executive Clive Davis, this comment would garner some serious consideration. But coming from accused pedophile Michael Jackson, this comment would be laughable if it weren't so sad. Sad because Michael is fading away into the history books of pop culture, becoming more of a footnote with each passing year.
May 15, 2000 |
25 YEARS OF NO. 1 HITS: Arista Records' 25th Anniversary Celebration, 8 p.m., Channel 10. The NBC hype machine is presenting "25 years of No. 1 Hits: Arista Records' 25th Anniversary Celebration" as a showcase for Whitney Houston. Goodness knows she needs it. Over the years the singer has, how can I put it, befuddled her fans. She's been a last-minute no-show, acted strange when she did make it on stage, been fired from or quit (depending whom you talk to) this year's Academy Awards show and attracted the adjective "unfocused" like a magnet.
April 10, 2000 |
Soul legend Aretha Franklin calls him "priceless" and "one of the few real record men left in the industry. " Others may not be as kind in their assessment of Arista Records founder Clive Davis. There is little doubt, however, that after nearly 40 years in the business, Davis is one of the few remaining impresarios left in an industry that was once filled with strong-willed personalities. If the name doesn't ring a bell, maybe you missed Grammy winner Carlos Santana's sincere thanks at this year's ceremony, after the guitarist picked up nine awards for his "Supernatural" album, which Davis co-produced and helped conceive.
February 20, 2000 |
Sometime in the middle of Wednesday's Grammy Awards, before Carlos Santana's expected trophy haul is complete, the spotlight will shift from the guitarist to the man who revived his career - Clive Davis, founder and president of Arista Records. Expect the usual goopy awards-show tribute treatment: Testimonials, performances and lusty ovations for the man who helped develop such artists as Janis Joplin and Patti Smith, Barry Manilow and Kenny G, Whitney Houston and Sarah McLachlan.
March 17, 1990 |
To this day, no one is sure they've heard the real story why Clive Davis, golden boy, was fired as president of Columbia Records on May 29, 1973. Even if all the smoke never settles, though, it is quite clear what rose from the ashes: Clive Davis and his new label, Arista, which itself began in the dust of the Bell label and now celebrates prosperity and record profits as it marks its 15th anniversary tonight with a benefit concert at Radio City. And these record profits came even before the new Whitney Houston album, due in a few weeks.