February 21, 2014 |
IS KIMORA LEE Simmons secretly married? Ex-hubby Russell Simmons , daddy to the onetime pair's two daughters, Ming , 14, and Aoki , 11, tweeted so. The music mogul has stayed superfriendly with his former model/clothing designer ex, and his electronic message may have been meant to dispel rumors that Kimora Lee's involved with rapper Birdman , who just this week called the former Mrs. Simmons "luv of my life" via Instagram....
January 10, 2012 |
LONDON - Richard Hopkins, a British television producer who helped bring "Dancing With the Stars" to the United States, has died. He was 47. Hopkins died Saturday in Britain after an 8-month battle with cancer, Sony Music said in a statement yesterday. Over his 20-year career, Hopkins produced "Fame Academy" and "Fear Factor" in Britain, and worked on the first series of reality show "Big Brother" before developing, pitching and producing popular dance contest "Strictly Come Dancing" for the BBC. He then brought the format to America, where the show was rechristened "Dancing With the Stars.
September 11, 2009
A RECENT column ("Pay for Play," Aug. 25) treated readers to a generous amount of record-label spin regarding legislation in Washington that would require local radio stations to pay an additional licensing fee - a performance tax - for every song aired free to listeners. While characterizing the debate as one between stations and musicians, you glossed over the fact that the group bankrolling this campaign is none other than the Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the four largest record labels in the world.
January 26, 2003 |
Music in Philadelphia is a high-stakes enterprise. Justin Timberlake and Mariah Carey recorded recent work here. And since June, when Musiq, our town's latest bedroom crooner, saw his album Juslisen enter at the top of the Billboard 200, major-label talent has clogged the waiting rooms of the city's production houses. But that's only one facet of the business. A whole bunch of area artists are honing their skills the old-fashioned way - scratching for studio time, taking the lousy gigs on the lousy nights, slogging it out in clubs where pushing the envelope isn't exactly a priority.
September 1, 2002 |
For the Dixie Chicks, the long road Home started with Dan Rather. During an interview with the 60 Minutes II correspondent in fall 2000, Natalie Maines and sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison were taken aback to learn that their two chart-topping albums - which, combined, earned each woman less than $1 million - had grossed more than $200 million for Sony Music, the country-pop act's label. "We felt so stupid," said Maguire, who joined Maines and Robison in a lounge at Sony headquarters recently to talk up Home, the Chicks' all-acoustic new album.
July 22, 2002 |
Michael Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton have joined forces to fight racism, and it's the greatest show on Earth. Not since Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie have Americans been so amused and disgusted at a coupling. Who cares what their gripe is? Two media meatballs vying for a close-up makes for good television. How Jackson and Sharpton met boggles the mind (maybe at the hairdresser?) but the two have coalesced to stop inequities in the music industry that Jackson believes are predicated on race.
July 10, 2002 |
No one expects conventional behavior from Michael Jackson. But the singer considered one of the most eccentric figures in show business has stunned everyone with his latest pose: labor activist and sidewalk protester. Jackson - who has recently accused Sony Music, in general, and the label president Tommy Mottola, in particular, of sabotaging sales of his 2001 album Invincible - has aligned himself with an advocacy group formed by attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. and the Rev. Al Sharpton to address discrimination and unfair business practices in the recording industry.
July 8, 2002 |
ARE THEY or are they not dating? From Tattle's view, it sure looks like J.Lo and Ben Affleck are a thang. Then again, maybe they are so close, in a "just friends" kind of way, that hanging out and shopping in a Tribeca deli is par for the course. Just last week, the photogenic pair was seen strolling about midday in Manhattan, the New York Daily News reports. Apparently Dude was searching for some item at a deli, while recently-separated Girlfriend was waiting for him, reading a newspaper.
September 6, 2001 |
LOOKS LIKE troubled diva Mariah Carey needs some more R&R before she faces any softball questions from ABC newswoman Barbara Walters. The eagerly anticipated mano-a-mano, scheduled for broadcast Wednesday on "20/20," ain't happening. For now. "It's postponed at this time because she needs more time to rest," Carey's mouthpiece, Cindi Berger, told the New York Daily News. (Coincidentally, Berger also represents Walters.) Berger, however, kept mum regarding MC's current condition.
August 16, 2001 |
So what drove Mariah to the brink? Exhaustion, insomnia and commercial pressures have all been cited as factors by her handlers and by the armchair shrinks of the press. But with her new CD, Mariah Carey faces something that can be just as nerve-racking: freedom. The soundtrack from her debut movie, "Glitter," finds pop's latest poster child for celebrity crackups liberated at last from what she views as the evil empire of Sony Music - ruled by her ex-benefactor/ex-husband and perceived nemesis Tommy Mottola.