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HollywoodProducer
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posted February 08, 2006 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Barry Manilow Tops US Chart

by Paul Cashmere

February 7 2006

Barry Manilow is back in a big way. The 70s crooner, whose hits started to dry up two decades ago, is this week having the biggest comeback since Rod Stewart and doing it the same way. His new album ‘Love Songs of the 50’s’ is a sure bet to debut at number one in the USA this week.

Manilow is expected to selling more than 140,000 units this week and push out Il Divo, Mary J. Blige and Jamie Foxx.

It is a marvelous feat for Manilow whose last major hit, coincidentally also a cover, was ‘Let’s Hang On’ back in 1981.

Manilow started his career writing and performing advertising jingles. He once sang the ads for Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dr Pepper and McDonalds.

In 1971, he accepted a job as musical director for Bette Midler and toured New York’s gay bathhouses with the Divine Miss M as well as playing on her first two albums.

In 1973, he signed with Bell Records, then the home of Tony Orlando & Dawn and the Partridge Family. Bell folded and became part of Arista Records which is how Manilow became involved with record guru Clive Davis. It was Davis who suggested he cover the song ‘Brandy’ by Scott English. Manilow changed it to ‘Mandy’. It became his first global hit.

By 1978, Manilow was a superstar. His album ‘Even Now’ sold more than 3 million units that year and featured the hits ‘Can’t Smile Without You’ and ‘Copacobana’.

The tracklisting for ‘Greatest Songs of the Fifties’ is”

1. Moments To Remember
2. It’s All In The Game
3. Unchained Melody
4. Venus
5. It’s Not For Me To Say
6. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
7. Rags To Riches
8. Sincerely/Teach Me Tonight (Duet with Phyllis McGuire)
9. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
10. Young At Heart
11. All I Have To Do Is Dream
12. What A Diff’rence A Day Made
13. Beyond The Sea

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DMX Arrested


Rapper DMX was arrested and cautioned at London's Heathrow airport on Saturday after an alleged air-rage incident on his flight to the UK. The hip-hop star - born Earl Simmons - reportedly threw a tantrum when cabin crew urged him to fasten his seatbelt when the plane was about to land. The 35-year-old rapper refused to button the belt, and the captain called police as he continued to yell at staff. He was arrested shortly after landing. A Scotland Yard official released the following statement, "Heathrow Police were called at 12:05pm on Saturday to reports of a passenger causing a disturbance on an inbound aircraft. The plane landed at approximately 12:15pm and a 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being verbally abusive to cabin crew." DMX is no stranger to the police - in 2004 he was arrested at New York's JFK Airport after a road-rage incident over a parking space. The rap star then violated probation terms, when he was cited for speeding in upstate New York. He also hit a car, which in turn struck a police vehicle in the Bronx, New York City.

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Edgar and The Indies
Thanks to an aggressive distribution strategy, Warner Music dominates the hottest segment of the industry.

By Johnnie L. Roberts
Newsweek


May 22, 2006 issue - The name—Arctic Monkeys—is a dead giveaway. Yes, it's an "indie" band—none of that image-molding, superstar-making machinery of a major music corporation for these four chaps. The U.K. alternative-rock act first got a buzz going through Internet downloads and chat rooms. Hometown gigs in and around Sheffield brought more notice. As its grass-roots credibility grew, so did its indie attitude. Arctic Monkeys all but banned record-label scouts from its shows. Last year, when the group finally warmed to the idea of a label, it signed with tiny Domino Records, which was based in a London apartment. The debut album, "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not," surged to No. 1 on the British charts. But could Arctic Monkeys and Domino cross the Atlantic and establish their indie cred in the United States? There was one sure way. Domino signed on with Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), the darling of U.S. indie labels, to get Arctic Monkeys' CD into stores. Since February the CD has sold 300,000 copies, an extraordinary total for an indie. At ADA, "there's a history and culture of understanding these types of bands and who their fans are," says Ian McGregor, Arctic Monkeys' co-manager.

But Arctic Monkeys' indie-minded fans may be shocked by ADA's parentage. Like the cool kid with a black AmEx card in the pocket of his ripped jeans, the distributor, which also handles groups like Matchbook Romance and Panic at the Disco, is not quite what it seems. Strip away its indie pretensions and what you find is one of the biggest Big Daddies of them all—Warner Music Group. That's right: Warner Music, the industry giant that specializes in signing and breaking mega-acts like Madonna, Green Day and rapper T.I. (whose first-day record sales often top what an indie act sells in a year), is the power behind the most successful indie distributor in the business.

ADA is a part of a multipronged strategy to revitalize Warner Music, which, like the rest of the industry, fell on hard times in recent years as sales of high-priced CDs softened and Internet piracy accelerated. Through ADA, Warner Music wants to dominate indie music, the industry's fastest-growing segment, by signing deals with scores of small local and regional labels and getting retailers to stock the distinctive music of the fiercely independent acts. Warner Music and ADA don't own the labels, and merely earn a fee for distributing their records. Yet when Warner's market share is calculated, ADA's overall sales are counted as if the acts belonged to Warner. In addition to the moves at ADA, Warner Music established a so-called incubator system to offer limited financial backing to small entrepreneur-ial labels with promising acts that can be "upstreamed"—signed later to Warner Music-owned labels, if they hit big.

The strategy is paying off handsomely for Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr., helping to burnish his tarnished image as a long-aspiring media mogul. Bronfman—of the billionaire family that founded the Seagram spirits empire—led a buyout of Warner Music in 2004 for $2.6 billion. After a tumultuous start under Bronfman, Warner Music increased its market share a full percentage point last year, to 17.3. With hot- selling acts like Interpol (from Matador Records) and the Shins (from Sub Pop Records), ADA's revenues have increased about 30 percent annually since 2003, and it accounted for almost all of Warner's 2005 market-share gain. As a result, ADA is now the leading indie distributor, outdistancing competitors that include divisions of Warner Music archrivals Universal Music Group, EMI and Sony BMG. To bolster its dominant indie position, Warner Music agreed in April to buy Ryko Corp. for $67.5 million.

Warner Music's incubator labels, Asylum and EastWest, have been hot, too, generating an astounding four top-10 debut albums last year. Among them: "The People's Champ" by Paul Wall and "Who Is Mike Jones?" by Mike Jones. Both rappers were upstreamed from Houston-based SwishaHouse Records, which has ties to Asylum. "Across the board," Bronfman told Wall Street analysts this month, ADA and the incubators "increased market share and increased profitability. That's a very positive development ... "

Indie-music distribution isn't new for Warner Music or most of its major-label rivals. ADA is 13 years old, for example. And EMI has owned its Caroline division since the early 1990s. But for most of that time, the indie segment played second fiddle or worse to the core business of breaking mass-appeal, major-label acts.

So what's behind the music giants' renewed interest in indies? Long spurned by radio and other traditional outlets, indie acts and their labels in recent years turned to the Internet to reach rabid fans eager to discover fresh music outside the mainstream. Today, it's not uncommon for an indie act to generate sales of 300,000 and more, with low marketing costs. (Matchbook Romance designed its Web site.) Even an old-school behemoth like Warner Music can learn new tricks if the numbers make sense. When it's done right, everybody wins. The upsurge in indie distribution "is bringing independent product and artists into the mainstream," says Don Rose, president of the American Association of Independent Music, a new trade organization. "It might be cool to be in the underground for a little while, but ultimately our members need to have the same opportunities that the majors have."

Warner's rising fortunes aren't going unnoticed by other majors. Earlier this month, EMI made an unsolicited $4.2 billion offer to buy Warner Music, which converted to a public company after the Bronfman-led buyout. Warner Music, whose stock has soared about 64 percent to $28 in the past year, spurned the bid. But industry analysts say an EMI-Warner Music merger is inevitable, with one or the other emerging as the buyer. Could the biggest major in indie music lose its independence?

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'Idol' Taylor Hicks has No. 1 single

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) -- Season five "American Idol" champion Taylor Hicks' soulful rendition of "Do I Make You Proud" will debut on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart to be published Thursday.

The silver-haired Alabama native sold 190,000 physical singles and another 38,000 digital downloads of the track, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Three of the previous four "Idol" winners also have nabbed the top spot on the singles roster. Carrie Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven" sold a combined 169,000 units in its first full week last year. Fantasia's "I Believe" moved 142,000 and Kelly Clarkson sold 236,000 of "A Moment Like This."

Season two runner-up Clay Aiken scored the No. 1 spot with "This Is the Night" with a whopping 393,000, staving off winner Ruben Studdard's "Flying Without Wings" (286,000).

As previously reported, Hicks is currently recording for his 19 Recordings/Arista album debut, which is slated for release this fall.

"I'm really excited," Hicks told Billboard.com. "There's gonna be some really, really great things on the album. I've got some secret stuff that I'm completely stoked about and I know everybody else will be, too."

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Cash Scores First US Number One Album Since 1969


Country legend Johnny Cash has scored his first US album chart number one in almost 30 years - three years after his death. The singer recorded American V: A Hundred Highways from a wheelchair at his home in Tennessee as he battled blindness and diabetes in his final four months. And his swan songs have earned Cash his first US chart topper since live album Johnny Cash At San Quentin went to number one in 1969. The new album, which earned a number one debut today with just 88,000 first-week sales, also ends the Dixie Chicks' seven-week reign atop the Billboard Country Albums charts. Though it's a great week for Cash and album producer Rick Rubin, it's a bad week for the US album charts - American V: A Hundred Highways has broken a new record as the lowest-selling number one debut since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking chart data in 1991.

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Rap Community Rejects Federline


Prominent members of the hip hop community have slammed Britney Spears' husband Kevin Federline's debut performance at the Teen Choice awards, labelling him a joke. XXL magazine editor in chief Elliot Wilson and King magazine executive editor Jermaine Hall have both hit out at the lackluster performance. Wilson says, "I think we ignore him. He's a joke, basically. I just don't think he gets it. He doesn't get that he's Britney's man and it's hard to take him seriously." Hall adds, "The thing that really hurts him is the fact that he's perceived as Britney's husband. You know, kinda like Britney's second - I don't even want to say second in command, but - he's like the Britney Boy. He's like Mr. Spears, and it's kinda hard to get over that perception."

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Arctic Monkeys land coveted UK prize By Paul Majendie
56 minutes ago


The Arctic Monkeys, who shot to fame on the Internet and broke all records with their debut, won the coveted Mercury Prize on Tuesday for the Best British album of the year.

"It's good tunes -- that's what we try to do," said frontman Alex Turner after the group accepted the 20,000 pound ($35,000) award.

The Mercury Prize judges tend to court controversy every year by picking quirky and offbeat winners rather than chart-topping blockbusters.

This year was a glaring exception with the prize going to the Arctic Monkeys who in January smashed the British record for the fastest-selling debut album.

"Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I Am Not" sold over 363,700 copies in its first week.

Even Turner admitted to being surprised that they had won. "Normally it doesn't go to a band that has sold as many albums as we have. But we are very pleased with it," he said.

The Arctic Monkeys handed out free CDs of their music at early gigs which were in turn downloaded onto the Internet by fans and sent across cyberspace.

They were surprised as anyone when crowds at concerts then began singing back the words as they performed.

For the Mercury, first awarded in 1992, the quality of the music, not the weight of album sales is normally the prime consideration.

In 1994, M People's "Elegant Slumming" beat competition from Blur, Pulp and the Prodigy -- much to the surprise of the music press.

Last year Antony and the Johnsons won the prize for "I Am A Bird Now." Lead singer Antony Hegarty, while born in England, spent more than 20 years in the United States, raising questions about his eligibility for the award.

The nominated albums for the 2006 award were:

Arctic Monkeys - "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not."

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - "Ballad of the Broken Seas."

Editors - "The Back Room."

Guillemots - "Through the Windowpane."

Richard Hawley - "Coles Corner."

Hot Chip - "The Warning."

Muse - "Black Holes & Revelations."

Zoe Rahman - "Melting Pot."

Lou Rhodes - "Beloved One."

Scritti Politti- "White Bread Black Beer."

Sway - "This is My Demo."

Thom Yorke - "The Eraser."

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I'm currently listening to the Violin Concerto by Igor Stravinsky and anyone who is currently listening to songs on the "top of the charts" would do themselves some good by turning that shit off and turning on Stravinsky!

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Fourth-Place 'Idol' Finisher Lands on First Place on Charts


Last week's huge ratings for Fox's American Idol are being credited with putting former Idol contestant Chris Daughtry at the top of the U.S. pop album charts for the first time since it debuted nine weeks ago. (The album debuted in November in second place.) Billboard magazine reported that sales of the Daughtry album increased 30 percent over the previous week. The singer's single "It's Not Over" remains high on the top 40 and "Hot AC" (adult contemporary music) charts. Billboard also noted that Daughtry's album edged out the second-place finisher, the soundtrack from Dreamgirls, by only 130 copies, the slimmest margin of victory ever recorded by the trade publication.

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Joel Returns To Pop with Valentine's Day Tune


Billy Joel has put his retirement plans on hold to record a new love song for Valentine's Day. The rocker insisted he wouldn't pen anymore pop tunes after releasing his River Of Dreams album in 1993 but the most romantic day of the year has brought him back. His new single, "All My Life," is being released as a download next week on website People.com. The tune will then be sold exclusively via Apple's iTunes Music Store from February 20. In the past decade, Joel has only written classical compositions, although he continues to tour and perform his hits. February is going to be a big month for Billy Joel - he'll perform the US National Anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday in Miami, Florida.

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Knowles Fed Up With False Feud Reports
Beyonce Knowles is sick of reading about supposed feuds between herself and actress Jennifer Hudson. The sexy singer/actress, who starred alongside Hudson in last year's Dreamgirls, was previously said to be jealous of her co-star's success in the musical - but Knowles insists there is no truth to the reports. And she has chastised the press for always speculating of trouble when there are two African-American artists involved. She tells U.S. magazine Vibe, "I know there's a typical rumor every single time I'm involved with any African-American female. Before I even meet them I know the rumor, because that's just - it is what it is. It's society, and it has nothing to do with me. It's very unfortunate... But that's against everything I stand for. I always support women. I love women, and I'm a successful woman, so I embrace talent. It's frustrating to me. But what do I do? I've worked with Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and they don't start that. Whenever it's two black women it's... unfortunate."

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Poor Ticket Sales Force Clarkson To Cancel Tour


Singer Kelly Clarkson has been forced to scrap her U.S. tour due to poor ticket sales. The American Idol winner, who fired her manager this week, was due to hit the road next month. Clarkson writes on her website: "I can't tell you how much I've been looking forward to getting out there to perform for y'all... It really is disappointing for me to have to tell you that I won't be coming out to tour this summer. The fact is that touring is just too much too soon. But I promise you that we're going to get back out there as soon as is humanly possible to give you a show that will be even better." Michael Rapino, boss at ticket company LiveNation, adds, "Ticket sales have not been what we anticipated and we came to the realization that we had bit off more than we could chew. In the end, we are in the Kelly Clarkson business and for that reason we believe that this decision will only benefit her and her fans in the long run." Clarkson releases her new album My December later this month. Fans can get refunds for tickets at the place of purchase.

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Cyrus Sets Youngest Artist U.S. Chart Record


Miley Cyrus has made musical history in the U.S. by becoming the youngest artist to have two number one albums in under a year. The 14-year-old Hannah Montana star, whose father is singer Billy Ray Cyrus, shot to the top of the American charts last week after selling 326,000 copies of her new double album Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus. Cyrus' first disc Hannah Montana, named after the teenager's Disney Channel TV series of the same name, jumped straight to the top of the U.S. charts in October 2006.

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Clarkson: "I'm No Pushover"


Pop star Kelly Clarkson refused to scrap material for her latest album My December on the orders of label boss Clive Davis, because she didn't want to be a "pushover". The singer - whose new LP sold 291,000 copies in its first week of release - was offered $10 million from executives at her record labels RCA and Sony BMG to record new tracks, because they feared her own songwriting might not generate as many hits as her two previous releases. But Clarkson declined the generous amount because she insists her music isn't meant to appeal to the label bosses - whom she brands as members of the older generation. She tells the August issue of U.S. magazine Blender, "(I told Davis) I don't know you very well, and I am not a bulls**ter. I get (that) you don't like the album. You're 80; you're not supposed to like my album. I literally got told to my face that it wouldn't sell more than 600,000 copies. And I got lied to. One reason I don't like working with people at the label is that they lie... If you're going with the flow and not fighting, that's settling. I can't take that. Life is just too short to be a pushover."

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'High School Musical 2': The Music


The first week of sales for the soundtrack CD of High School Musical 2 saw 615,000 copies move off the shelves, making it the second-hottest CD of the year, slightly behind the debut of Linkin Park's Minutes to Midnight, which moved 623,000 in its debut week, according to Billboard magazine. (By contrast the soundtrack for the original High School Musical sold just 6,500 copies in its first week but eventually sold 4.1 million.) Ten songs from the soundtrack also entered the singles charts, including "You Are the Music in Me," performed by Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, which debuted at No. 9.

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