Jem Aswad is the editor of Billboard.biz. He has also held senior editorial posts at MTV News, Time Out New York, ASCAP and CMJ, and has written for New York magazine, Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice, Esquire, and other publications.
Universal Republic Records today will announce a label deal with former Warner Bros. Records Chairman/CEO Tom Whalley’s Seven Four Ent, Billboard.biz can exclusively reveal. The announcement will be made by Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group & Universal Republic, Monte Lipman, President & CEO of Universal Republic, and Whalley.
The scene at NYC buzz band Fort Lean’s raucous single-release gig at Santos Party House on Tuesday night resembled a sort of inverse mullet: party in the front, business in the back, with an approximately 20-year age gap between the young fans pressed near the venue’s low stage and the attorneys, label execs and even a couple of Billboard.biz reporters back by the bar.
Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider, will distribute minority-backed networks owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs, NBA superstar Magic Johnson, director Robert Rodriguez and Spanish language television veteran Constantino “Said” Schwarz, the company announced today. Combs will partner with MTV veteran Andy Schuon on Revolt, which will showcase music and pop culture programming including music videos, live performances, news and interviews with a robust social media component.
After two days of silence, Sony has issued a statement in response to the furor over the company’s U.K. office’s decision to raise the price of two Whitney Houston titles, “The Ultimate Collection” and “Greatest Hits,” in the hours immediately following her death.The statement said the price-hike was the "result of an employee error" and apologized "for any offense caused."