Mariah Carey Gets Own Label in Deal
Mariah Carey, who received a $28 million buyout after delivering one flop album for Virgin Records, has signed a new deal with Island/Def Jam that includes her own label, it was announced Wednesday.
The multi-platinum star has been without a label since January, when EMI, Virgin’s parent company, dropped her contract after her only disc for the label, “Glitter,” was a poor seller.
Since the split, several companies were reportedly bidding to sign the Grammy-winning singer, one of the most successful artists of all time, with hits such as “Vision of Love,” “Hero,” “Fantasy” and “Emotions.”
“Despite offers from many of our competitors, we are delighted that Mariah has chosen Island as the place to begin the next phase of her unprecedented career,” said Lyor Cohen, president and CEO of Island/Def Jam.
The company is home to stars such as Jay-Z, Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams, Ja Rule and Ashanti. It is part of Universal Music Group, which is owned by the conglomerate Vivendi Universal.
Carey has already begun recording her new disc, said Jerry Blair, a former executive at Columbia Records who has worked with Carey since the inception of her career.
“The record she’s working on is going to be a real wide-appeal record,” Blair told The Associated Press. “There’s no artist who is as successful a global artist. There is no artist that has as wide range of commercial appeal.”
Blair declined to put a financial figure on the new deal. Carey’s spokeswoman said the singer would not be available to comment.
Carey, 32, was an immediate commercial success when she made her self-titled debut for Columbia Records in 1990. The album went multi-platinum, as did all her other albums on the label, a division of Sony.
However, Carey became disenchanted with Sony after her divorce from Sony Music President Tommy Mottola, who had guided her career as president of Columbia.
She left Columbia last year and signed with Virgin in a much-hyped multi-album deal reported to be worth as much as $100 million. Her first disc, “Glitter,” was to be the soundtrack of her film project of the same name, her first starring role.
However, her career took a disastrous turn: After displaying erratic behavior in public, Carey was hospitalized for an emotional breakdown in August. She dropped out of the public eye, and both her disc and the movie were commercial failures.
In January, EMI, Virgin’s parent company, paid $28 million to void her contract. Since she had received $21 million when she was signed, Carey got $49 million for delivering one album.
Blair said Carey was in good spirits and “doing just incredibly well.”
He said she was not concerned that her recent troubles would hurt her career. She has a new film with Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino, titled “Wise Girls.” The film debuted at the Sundance film festival, and will be shown in the fall on HBO, Blair said.
He said Carey’s new label, as yet unnamed, would focus on her, but would eventually include other artists. Carey has also created a media company to handle publishing, film production and other projects.
“Setting up this company for her is really guaranteeing her legacy,” Blair said.
Mariah Carey Gets Own Label in Deal
Is Van Halen, The Band, Still Alive?
Even though they have no recording contract it looks as if we haven’t heard the last from Van Halen. Eddie sent me a message in an email this morning:
Message From Eddie
I know I promised I’d get back to you and I’m sorry for the delay but I wanted to let you all know that I’ve just gotten a 100% clean bill of health – from head to toe. I wanted to share the good news with you immediately. And of course, I thank you all for all your good wishes and prayers along the way. Now it’s time to really get back to the music and fun…..so party on and you’ll be hearing from us very soon.
All my love,
Of course, he also posted the same message on his website, so perhaps it wasn’t intended specifically for me. But I’m saving it anyway!
Either way, I wait with baited breath for the return of Van Halen. Join me, won’t you?
Harry Potter 5 Delayed
Author J.K. Rowling was supposed to deliver HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX soon so that it could be published in July. Now, however, POTTER publisher Scholastic has announced that it will publish the book sometime “before June 2003.”
Star Trek’s Scotty Falls Into Coma
The Sy Fy Portal Web site posted a report that James Doohan has slipped into a coma after suffering a recurrence of pneumonia and is not expected to recover. The site based the report on a source close to Doohan’s family, who told the site that Doohan has been in a comatose state in an intensive care unit for the past two weeks.
“He never recovered from the bout with pneumonia and had even been re-hospitalized and released again without anybody finding out,” the source told the site. “It seems just a matter of his system shutting down at this point and how long it will take. Just meeting him the [past] few times has been pretty hard, as you could easily see how much he had slowed down mentally. The only reason he was attending those [conventions] was to raise money for his daughter. I guess we’re lucky we’ve had him as long as this.”
The 82-year-old actor was first hospitalized with pneumonia in February, but apparently had recovered. News of his being re-hospitalized recently came from fellow actor Walter Koenig (Trek’s Chekov). The latest news has not yet been confirmed through Doohan’s family.
Robin Williams Solo Set for HBO
Robin Williams will return to HBO this summer for a live comedy event, marking his first solo TV special in more than 15 years.
His last one, “Robin Williams: An Evening at the Met,” premiered on HBO in 1986.
“Robin Williams: Live on Broadway” will be presented at 9 p.m. July 14 from the Broadway Theater in Gotham, one of the stops on his national comedy tour.
Williams appeared on HBO during the pay cable network’s 1977 “Young Comedians” special and went on to star in three solo specials for the network, in 1978, 1983 and 1986.
In addition to performing on a variety of other HBO comedy specs, he also was one of the hosts of all eight “Comic Relief” benefits.
NOTICE ANYTHING DIFFERENT?!?
So here we stand, almost a year since the “official” launch of anythingbut.com, and it’s time for some changes!
And those changes are going to take a few days, but don’t miss out on each and every step of our new evolution.
CH- CH- CH- CHANGES! TURN AND FACE THE PAGE!
I’d tell you some of the changes that are coming, but I am finding out about many of them as I go along as well.
SO PLEASE BEAR WITH US
Once we have completed everything, we will have a new service where we can email you everytime the site is updated!
The future is upon us! Welcome to it and enjoy the ride!
Dan and Dave
Cathy Moriarty-Gentile is reteaming with her “Raging Bull” costar Robert De Niro in “Analyze That.” It’s director Harold Ramis’ sequel to the hit Warner Bros. movie “Analyze This.” Moriarty-Gentile will play a Mob widow.
‘Spider-Man’ Heads Toward Error Record
Comic book hero “Spider-Man,” the Columbia Pictures film which is breaking box office records in the United States, seems heading toward a new record — but this one is for mistakes.
Fans have so far spotted 77 continuity errors, the most flaws identified in an opening weekend, according to Web site www.movie-mistakes.com.
The mistakes, cataloged in full on the Internet site, include disappearing rucksacks, clothes that are dirty one minute and clean the next and smashed windows that self-repair.
Jon Sandys, who runs the Web site, said the number of mistakes could be a symptom of the movie’s popularity.
“It’s obviously possible that it’s got a higher than average number of errors, but huge numbers of people are going to see it and that makes for lots of pairs of eyes checking every inch of the screen,” he told the Independent newspaper on Wednesday.
The current number of errors puts “Spider-Man,” which took $114 million in its opening weekend, at number nine in www.movie-mistake.com’s top 10 of error-ridden films.
“The Matrix” is the current record holder with 146 errors, followed by “Titanic” with 135 and “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” with 113.
NBC Dominates Ratings Week
NBC celebrated its 75th anniversary with a dominating week in the Nielsen Media Research ratings, taking the lead during the important May “sweeps” period.
The network’s three-hour anniversary gala Sunday night from Rockefeller Center was watched by 20.4 million people, the fourth most-watched program for the week.
Bob Hope also proved his enduring appeal on television, drawing 13.1 million people for an outtakes special Monday. Hope’s show outdrew Jay Leno’s prime-time “Tonight” special, which had just under 12 million viewers.
For all the nostalgia, NBC’s most popular shows were regular airings of “ER” and “Friends” as they neared big events: Anthony Edwards’ exit from “ER” and the birth of Rachel’s baby on “Friends.”
CBS came in second for the week, as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” narrowly edged “ER” as the most-watched show of the week. The “ER” ratings were slightly higher, an indication more people were watching the show while alone.
ABC’s movie on a late “Saturday Night Live” star, “Gilda Radner: It’s Always Something,” drew just over 9 million viewers ó more than a million less than a one-hour special of highlights from the real Radner’s work.
Struggling ABC finished fourth, behind NBC, CBS and Fox, among the 18-to-49-year-old demographic craved by advertisers.
For the week, NBC averaged 15 million viewers (9.7 rating, 16 share), CBS had 12.1 million viewers (8.0, 13), ABC had 8.3 million (5.6, 9), Fox had 7.5 million (4.7, 8), the WB had 4.2 million (2.8, 5), UPN 3.7 million (2.4, 4) and Pax TV 1.1 million (0.8, 1).
ABC’s “World News Tonight” narrowly beat NBC’s “Nightly News,” 9.49 million viewers to 9.41 million (both 6.7 ratings, 14 shares). The “CBS Evening News” had 7.9 million viewers (5.6, 12).
A ratings point represents 1,055,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation’s estimated 105.5 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.
For the week of April 29-May 5, the top 10 shows, their networks and ratings were “ER,” NBC, 16.6; “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 15.9; “Friends,” NBC, 15.4; “Friends” special, NBC, 13.1; “NBC 75th Anniversary,” NBC, 12.7; “Law and Order,” NBC, 12.5; “The West Wing,” NBC, 11.4; “Survivor: Marquesas,” CBS, 11.3; “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS, 11.2; “Law and Order: SVU,” NBC, 11.2; “Will & Grace,” NBC, 11.2.
‘Spider’ Sequel Set for May 2004
A “Spider-Man” sequel is already in the works, after the film broke box office records in its $114 million opening weekend.
“Spider-Man 2” will hit theaters in exactly two years: May 7, 2004. Stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst will reprise their roles as Spider-Man and girlfriend Mary Jane in the sequel, and filming is scheduled to begin early next year.
“Spider-Man,” based on the popular comic book series created by Stan Lee, has broken several box office records since its release Friday.
On Saturday, “Spider-Man” posted the best single day gross in history, with more than $43.5 million. The film took only three days to hit the magic $100 million mark, also a record. And with a take of more than $31,500 dollars per screen, it boasts the biggest per-screen average in history for a movie in wide release.