Noted: May 23 - June 5

May 23

Tom Mackay was promoted to executive vp/GM of the West Coast for Republic Records. He was instrumental in the 2011 launch of NBC's The Voice and spearheaded soundtracks for such titles as The Hunger Games, Son of God, Muscle Shoals and The Walking Dead.

May 24

Rapper Kanye West wed fiancee Kim Kardashian at Fort Belvedere, a 400-year-old landmark, in Florence, Italy. The wedding was preceded by a rehearsal dinner at the Palace of Versailles in France, which included a three-song serenade by singer Lana Del Rey. Guests included Big Sean, Tyga, Alexander Wang, Steve McQueen, David Blaine and Serena Williams.

May 25

Paul Davidson was appointed senior vp film and TV for The Orchard, where he will head the company's Los Angeles office.

Marcee Rondan was promoted to executive vp of the Mitch Schneider Organization. Her client roster includes Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Dave Stewart and the Zappa Family Trust.

Universal Music Group appointed Susan Mazo senior vp global communications. Her duties will include the company's global philanthropic efforts, major events and special projects.

May 29

Singer Faith Evans celebrated the high school graduation of her son with late rapper Notorious B.I.G., Christopher Wallace Jr., in Orange County, Calif. Their son was 5 months old when his father (real name: Christopher Wallace) was shot and killed in Los Angeles in March 1997.

May 30

Singer Ray J was arrested at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills during an incident that ended with him allegedly smashing the side window of a police vehicle with his foot. The entertainer, whose real name is Ray Norwood Jr., was charged with vandalism, resisting arrest and battery. Bond was set at $20,000, and he was released May 31.

May 31

Singer Melissa Etheridge married actor-producer Linda Wallem at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, Calif. The outdoor ceremony included Etheridge's four children, and was attended by celebrities including Sia, Jane Lynch, Chelsea Handler, Rosie O'Donnell, Whitney Cummings and Peter Facinelli.

Former Journey frontman Steve Perry, who hadn't performed for an audience in nearly 20 years, joined indie rock band Eels in Washington, D.C., for the second time following his appearance with them on May 25 in St. Paul, Minn. Perry sang Eels' "It's a Motherf-00er" and Sam Cooke's "Only Sixteen" before segueing into "Open Arms" and "Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'."

June 1

DJ Casey Kasem, who suffers from dementia, was taken from a friend's home in Silverdale, Wash., to a hospital as his wife, Jean Kasem, angrily hurled hamburger meat at Casey's daughter Kerri over an ongoing disagreement with the radio legend's family. She said, "If you want to know why I did it, when a person is about to pass away, there are always rabid dogs."

June 2

Tim Kelly was named GM of marketing for Asia Pacific at Sony Music Australia and comes to the label from Universal Music Australia.

June 3

Singer Leona Lewis signed a worldwide recording deal with Island Records, after seven years at former mentor Simon Cowell's Syco label, which was distributed through Sony.

Sam Kling was named senior vp creative operations for the performing rights organization SESAC. He previously served as vice president of Peermusic.

June 4

Rapper-actor Common signed to longtime friend and collaborator No I.D.'s Artium/Def Jam Recordings label.

June 5

MIDEM, the international trade event, announced a program designed to support labels and artists in extending their profile to the international market. The program will provide talent with live showcases, access to MIDEM conference sessions, senior industry mentors and networking opportunities. It will also see a change of season, with MIDEM 2015 slated to move to June 5-8 in Cannes.


Poet and author Maya Angelou, who once recorded an album of calypso songs in 1957 for Scamp Records titled Miss Calypso, died at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., on May 28. She was 86.

Prominent entertainment attorney Louis C. Blau, whose clients included Stanley Kubrick, Francois Truffaut and musicians Donald O'Connor, Mitzi Gaynor and Berry Gordy, died in his Bel Air home on May 30. He was 99.


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