Los Angeles Times

  1. Business Matters: Nokia, Jack Johnson, Danny Elfman

    September 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- What's a sure sign that a product is not working as well as was hoped? When that product is changed just one year after its launch. Case in point: Nokia is extending Comes With Music subscriptions in the U.K. by 90 days. So 12-month contra ...

  2. Paula Abdul To Host 'VH1 Divas'

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Paula Abdul has signed on for her first official gig since leaving "American Idol" -- "VH1 Divas," the network's franchise special honoring female singers. Abdul will assume hosting duties for the show, which airs live on ...

  3. After Abdul, 'Idol' Will Still Ad Up

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While her fans might be upset, advertisers don't expect Paula Abdul's exit as an "American Idol" judge to have any significant impact on ad sales or audience ratings for the Fox show. "To me, that show is appointment TV, a ...

  4. 'American Idol' Fans Lobby For Paula Abdul

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" fans have launched a grass-roots campaign to keep Paula Abdul as a judge on the No. 1-rated television show after her manager said she had not received a new contract proposal and might not return. Former "Idol" ...

  5. Sony Bids $50 Million For Jackson Rehearsal Film

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp.'s movie studio has bid $50 million to acquire the worldwide distribution rights to a film based on rehearsal footage for Michael Jackson's "This Is It" comeback concert series, according to a person familiar with the ...

  6. Report: Abdul's Return To 'American Idol' Doubtful

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Paula Abdul's new manager says she may not be returning to "American Idol." According to a Los Angeles Times report, David Sonenberg says he doesn't have a proposal for a new contract for Abdul. He says it doesn't appear s ...

  7. Report: Knitting Factory L.A. To Close This Fall

    July 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Knitting Factory in Los Angeles will reportedly shutter this fall, according to the company’s CEO Morgan Margolis. Margolis says the Hollywood club is opting not to renew its lease, which expires on Oct. 31, according to Los Angeles Times musi ...

  8. LAPD: Michael Jackson's Drug History To Be Probed

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Detectives investigating the death of Michael Jackson are looking at his prescription drug history and trying to talk with his numerous former doctors, the Los Angeles police chief said. Chief William Bratton told CNN that police are waiting for t ...

  9. Business Briefs: Sotomayor, Farkie, Virgin Megastore

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- President Obama's choice for the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor , issued at least one major opinion on copyright. Wrote Ben Sheffner at his Copyrights and Campaigns blog, "All in all, Judge Sotomayor's Castle Rock opinion i ...

  10. Industry Veteran Harvey Geller Dies

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Harvey Geller, lyricist and a former sales executive for Billboard magazine in a music career that began in the mid-1950s, died Thursday (March 12), after a brief illness. He was 86. A Tarzana resident for 50 years, Geller also worked as writer, w ...

  11. Rihanna Delays Malaysia Show After Alleged Attack

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pop superstar Rihanna has postponed a concert in Malaysia this week, organizers said Tuesday, following reports that she accused her longtime boyfriend Chris Brown of assault. Rihanna's Los Angeles-based representatives informed Malaysia' ...

  12. Randall, Named Fender Stratocaster Guitar, Dies

    January 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Don Randall, the marketing dynamo who gave Fender's Stratocaster guitar its name and led the brand to onstage ubiquity, has died. He was 91. Randall died of age-related causes Dec. 23 at his home in Santa Ana, his son, Tim, told the Los Angel ...

  13. Prince To Roll Out Three Albums This Year

    January 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Prince is planning to release three new albums in 2009 without the assistance of a record label, according to an interview with the Los Angeles Times. A "major retailer" is in talks with the artist to release the music physically, while ...

  14. Guns N' Roses' Lawyer Blasts Dr Pepper

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Guns N' Roses' and Axl Rose's lawyer has castigated Dr Pepper, accusing the soda maker of failing to deliver on its "Chinese Democracy" (Black Frog/Geffen) free soda promotion, which the band was never involved in. Beverly ...

  15. Neal Hefti, Composer Of 'Batman' Theme, Dies

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neal Hefti, a Big Band trumpeter, arranger and composer of themes for the movie "The Odd Couple" and the "Batman" television series, has died. He was 85. Hefti died unexpectedly Saturday at his home, said his son Paul Hefti. He ...

  16. Music Marketing, Alternative Reality Collide At Conference

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The afternoon sessions of the Bandwidth Conference focused on the future, as some panelists attempted to look into a crystal ball and others described using a vision of a dystopian future to promote a Nine Inch Nails album. The two-day music and t ...

  17. Phil Spector Recording Engineer Larry Levine Dies

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Larry Levine, the recording engineer who helped Phil Spector re-invent rock 'n' roll music with his "Wall of Sound" technique and won a Grammy for his work with Herb Alpert, died on his 80th birthday, his family said Tuesday. L ...

  18. Diddy Announces Himself In Hollywood

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When the one-man, publicity-generating whirlwind that is Diddy met the well-oiled hype machine of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, sparks were bound to fly. Sean Combs is getting a star Friday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an event most honoree ...

  19. Ray Charles' Children, Ex-manager Battle

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ray Charles' children are accusing his longtime manager of mismanaging his estate and trusts and tarnishing his legacy by releasing two posthumous CDs the late singer never would have approved, according to a published report. In allegations ...

  20. George Strait Goes Straight in at No. 1

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country icon George Strait claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 and whopping 22nd chart-topper on Top Country Albums as "Troubadour" bows in the penthouse on both lists ... R.E.M. earns its best debut -- and highest chartin ...

  21. Los Angeles Times Retracts Hoax Rapper Story

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Los Angeles Times on Monday retracted a story that linked hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs to the 1994 shooting of rapper Tupac Shakur, admitting that the report relied on fake FBI documents. The move came three weeks after the paper ...

  22. Rosemond Responds To L.A. Times/Tupac Story

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Artist manager Jimmy Rosemond has spoken to Billboard in response to a now-discredited Los Angeles Times story that he was involved, with Sean "Diddy" Combs, in a 1994 assault on late rapper Tupac Shakur. Earlier this month, Times report ...

  23. L.A. Times Apologizes For Shakur Story

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Los Angeles Times apologized for using documents that were apparently fabricated in a story implicating associates of Sean "Diddy" Combs in a 1994 assault on rapper Tupac Shakur. "The bottom line is that the documents we relied ...

  24. The Game Released From Jail

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After serving eight days of jail time, rapper The Game walked out of Los Angeles' Twin Tower Correctional Facility a free man on March 9. And after conflicting reports as to whether he was indeed free, the Game has officially released a state ...

  25. The Game Remains In Jail

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite rumors to the contrary, MC the Game is still incarcerated in a Southern California jail. Yesterday, after serving eight days of jail time, reports surfaced that the rapper walked out of Los Angeles' Twin Tower Correctional Facility a ...

  26. WGA Won't Picket Grammys

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Writer's Guild of America won't picket the Grammy Awards next month, according to a guild spokesman, but the status of the Recording Academy's application to the WGA for an interim agreement for their two members who work on the ...

  27. Oscar Peterson Mourned By Jazz Colleagues

    December 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Oscar Peterson's dazzling keyboard technique, commanding sense of swing and mastery of different piano styles could leave even his most accomplished peers awe-struck. His death brought forth tributes from jazz pianists spanning the generation ...

  28. Hispanic Women Power 25

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In selecting the 25 Hispanic Women in Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard focused exclusively on behind-the-scenes players within the film, TV and music industries and only included performers who are also active as producers, writ ...

  29. Televisa, Lionsgate To Team For U.S. Film, TV Projects

    October 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mexican media giant Grupo Televisa and Lionsgate plan to co-produce English-language films and television series for the U.S. market. In his keynote speech Tuesday at MIPCOM, Televisa CEO Emilio Azcarraga said working with Lionsgate would allow th ...

  30. Dr. Dre: 'Detox' To Be His Last Album

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dr. Dre is eyeing 2008 for his first album in seven years, "Detox," but says the project will be his last. "I think it's time to move on," he tells the Los Angeles Times, calling rhyming "a young man's game." ...

  31. Prince In Hollywood?

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Prince will reportedly play a string of dates in June at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel in Los Angeles. A spokesperson for the hotel declined to officially confirm the dates, but told Billboard.biz a press release would be forthcoming. The Los Ange ...

  32. Jazz Performer Alice Coltrane Dies

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Alice Coltrane, a jazz performer and composer and wife of the late saxophone legend John Coltrane, has died. She was 69. Coltrane died Friday of respiratory failure at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, said her sister, Marilyn McLeod. For ne ...

  33. Sinatra Pianist Bill Miller Dies

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Artist was 91. Bill Miller, who was Frank Sinatra's pianist for nearly 50 years until the singer's last performance in 1995, has died. He was 91. Miller died Tuesday at a Montreal hospital of complications from a heart attack, his daught ...

  34. Shareholder Sues Over Univision Sale

    July 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Filing alleges Univision board of selling at an unfair price. A shareholder has filed a proposed class action suit against Univision Communications, trying to stop the acquisition of the company by a group of private equity investors. The suit, fi ...

  35. KCRW Host Chris Douridas Arrested

    January 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Allegedly drugged a 14-year-old girl. Trendsetting KCRW Santa Monica host Chris Douridas was arrested more than a week ago on suspicion of drugging a 14-year-old girl and attempting to kidnap her, according to several published reports. Douridas, ...

  36. NBC Uni Renews DreamWorks Bid

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT NBC Universal is back in the hunt to buy DreamWorks SKG. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- NBC Universal is back in the hunt to buy DreamWorks SKG. Although DreamWorks broke off exclusive talks three weeks ago, NBC Uni made a new offer on Oct. 14, accor ...

  37. After Grokster, Can Music Business Save Itself?

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT When the Supreme Court handed down a decision in the MGM vs. Grokster case, the news wires immediately heralded it as a "sweeping victory" for our industry. Then, of all people, former Recording Indus Fred Goldring is a founding partner ...

  38. Veteran Jazz Musician Pete Jolly Dead At 72

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Veteran jazz keyboardist Pete Jolly, who performed on some of television's most popular theme songs and was a regular on the Southern California jazz scene for 40 years, has died at age 72. Veteran jazz keyboardist Pete Jolly, who performed o ...

  39. Report: Sony BMG Flirting With P2P Distribution

    October 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG plans to distribute content through the Grokster peer-to-peer network, according to a new published report. Sony BMG plans to distribute content through the Grokster peer-to-peer network, according to a new published report. The Los Angel ...

  40. Report: Sony BMG Flirting With P2P Distribution

    October 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG plans to distribute content through the Grokster peer-to-peer network, according to a new published report. Sony BMG plans to distribute content through the Grokster peer-to-peer network, according to a new published report. The Los Angel ...

  41. Disney Confirms Eisner To Leave In 2006

    September 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Michael Eisner, who led the Walt Disney Co. to huge success in the 1980s but more recently clashed with dissident stockholders including the founder's family, will leave the company in 2006 when his c Michael Eisner, who led the Walt Disney C ...

  42. Billboard Hires Conniff As Executive Editor

    August 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tamara Conniff is joining the staff of Billboard as executive editor, effective Aug. 23. Tamara Conniff is joining the staff of Billboard as executive editor, effective Aug. 23. Conniff will co-manage the global editorial staff of Billboard with K ...

  43. Best Buy, Sony Team For Promo Offer

    March 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Best Buy and Sony Pictures have partnered for a DVD promotional giveaway offer. Best Buy and Sony Pictures have partnered for a DVD promotional giveaway offer. A 10-minute preview of Sony's "Hellboy," opening in U.S. theaters April ...

  44. UMG, DirecTV Sued Over Music Network Proposal

    March 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST A Beverly Hills, Calif., company has sued Universal Music Group (UMG) and cable firm DirecTV, alleging that they stole an idea for an "uncensored" cable music network. A Beverly Hills, Calif., company has sued Universal Music Group (UMG) ...

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