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.
December 23, 2001 |
These are tough times for the music business. After a banner 2000, sales of recorded music are down for the first time in years. A souring economy caused fans to think carefully before plunking down $125 to see Janet Jackson, and tour interruptions following Sept. 11 dealt the live-music industry another setback. To make matters worse, as record labels struggled unsuccessfully to combat online file-sharing of individual songs, sales of blank discs soared, thanks to the growing popularity of home-computer CD "burners" able to copy entire albums.
July 23, 1999 |
He came on 15 years ago like the heir apparent, with an international hit album called "Valotte" that evoked strong and favorable comparisons to his late father's most personal and revealing material. Yet follow-up sets failed to match the initial potential, and Julian Lennon eventually gave up the ghosts of the music industry and the father he hardly knew, disappearing from the public eye for seven years. Now he's back with the goods again - a warm and intimate set of Beatles-minded (but personal- demon-exposing)
June 13, 1991 |
For Pitman musician Jim Cheadle, 36, making artistic statements was never rewarded with a lucrative record contract, a popular music video or a No. 1 song. But now, only three months after taking a few hours to write a pop tune in his basement, Cheadle and 22 children are setting the music industry on its ear and hitting the big time with their song, "In a Desert Land. " Cheadle had spent most of his life making music or writing songs for other musicians when he sat down in his basement in late February, shortly after the Persian Gulf war had ended, and began to put his emotions to music.
August 7, 1986 |
The Philadelphia music industry launched an ambitious project yesterday designed to focus national and local attention on the city as, in Mayor Goode's words, "the music Mecca of the world," and to pump new energy and dollars into the music business here. "In the early '60's, Philadelphia was one of the biggest music centers," said Larry Magid of Electric Factory concerts. "Now, it's strong, but no one knows about it. What we want to do is encourage growth and create more jobs.
July 10, 1986 |
"Philly's Beat," a musical revue written and directed by Stephen Stahl. Musical direction and arrangements by William Jolly, choreography by Robin Reseen, lighting and set design by Daniel C. Abrahamsen, costumes by Patricia Hibbert, audio by William Vannice. Presented by Broadway Bound, Inc., and Albert Reyes at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St., through Aug. 24. For all intents and purposes I stopped listening to new popular music in the middle 1950s. Almost without exception the raw pop material being introduced via records and the airwaves at that time was inane, silly beyond belief, infuriatingly simplistic and marketed with unerring aim at adolescents, pre-adolescents and perpetual adolescents of unformed tastes and inchoate discrimination.
March 1, 2000 |
Barry Abrams, 64, a music-promotion man who helped take numerous careers to the top of the charts, died Monday at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. A Cherry Hill resident since the early 1970s, he was born and raised in Philadelphia. Mr. Abrams became known as one of the nation's leading recording-artist promotion men by getting records, often for new young artists, airtime in Philadelphia, one of the nation's most respected music markets. He worked in the industry from 1957 to 1981.
February 1, 1998 |
While record sales in most musical styles have turned relatively flat in recent years, consumer interest in Christian contemporary music has exploded, according to an industry trade group. The Christian music industry has changed in the last five years, as major recording labels have taken notice of the music's commercial potential, musicians and industry experts say. Smaller Christian-oriented labels have been acquired by major ones, giving Christian acts wider access to major sales, marketing and promotional outlets.
June 27, 1990 |
"This is the best day I've had since my bar mitzvah," cracked progressive folky Jay Ansill. Jazz vocalist Evelyn Simms whooped and hollered, then whispered to a friend, "I'm glad I came. " The two were among the winners at the Third Philadelphia Music Awards, the almost-annual pat on the back to local musicians from their industry colleagues and fans. Still begging for a nickname like The Phillys, the $300-a-pop plexiglass awards, which look like little Washington Monuments, were handed out at midday ceremonies yesterday at the Academy of Music Rehearsal Hall.
February 10, 2005 |
Grammy winner and developer Kenny Gamble said yesterday he had finalized an agreement to bring the Rhythm & Blues Foundation from New York to Philadelphia - the first step in his quest to make this city a destination for fans of a musical style he helped to pioneer three decades ago. Gamble, 61, who created the "Sound of Philadelphia" and recently is known for redeveloping his old neighborhood in South Philadelphia, said he expected the foundation...