to the new Recording Hot Spot, Firehouse!
North America's newest and largest Pro Tools HD3/5.1 complex,
Firehouse Recording Studios in Pasadena, California is open
after a year of planning and building! Studio manager, Melanie
talkes to us about the goal to please both music and film
clients in a perfect mix of analog and digital environment.
this "express tour" and receive a bottle of Firehouse's
amazing "hot sauce" on your first visit!
by taking an "express
tour here" or call manager, Melanie Mullens Hoyson
- 626-405-0411- to visit the fab facility.
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out the Studioxpresso online event
Billy Holiday Salute at the Hollywood Bowl with Dianne
Reeves and friends tix
courtside with some great tennis, courtesy of Grammy organization,
"Night At The Net" with Andre Agassi and
Lleyton Hewitt and Celeb guests!
Take a tour of Manley
Labs courtesy of AES
LA Chapter, and decide for yourself why "tubes rule!"
"event calendar" link above for details on these
events and more...
to three music giants
The Who's bassist John Entwistle died of an apparent
heart attack in Las Vegas at age 57, just as the legendary band
was set to embark on a North American tour. As the show must
go on, the surviving members (guitarist Pete Townshend and vocalist
Roger Daltry, with touring drummer Zak Starkey sitting in for
the late Keith Moon) quickly enlisted veteran session player
Pino Palladino to stand in for Entwistle.
Ray Brown, one of the greatest jazz bassists ever, died
at 75. Brown played on over 2,000 recordings and accompanied
such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Oscar
Peterson, as well as such vocalists as ex-wife Ella Fitzgerald,
Frank Sinatra, and Linda Ronstadt.
No vocalist was greater than Rosemary Clooney, who succumbed
to lung cancer at 74. The pop vocalist broke through in 1951
with "Come On-a My House," and scored such other #1
hits as "Half As Much," "Hey There," and
"This Ole House."
AP Photo/Pat Vasquez-Cunningham
'L.A.' Reid at the helm
When Antonio "L.A." Reid, president and CEO of Arista
Records was named head of the label two years ago, it marked
the pinnacle of more than two decades in the music business
-- first as a performer, then a producer, and later as a founder
of his own music label.
Reid, 45, was selected by BMG, Arista's parent company, to
replace Arista founder Clive Davis partly because BMG
wanted someone younger, despite the success of the now 70-year-old
music legend. "He was basically asked to do the impossible,"
said Grammy-winning producer James "Jimmy Jam"
Harris III. "He's been asked to come and take over
from a legend -- and not a legend whose who's retired by the
way, but a legend who's still very much alive and involved
in making great music."
Last year, Arista's multiplatinum acts included OutKast
and Usher. In February, its artists were up for five
Grammys; four of them won. In addition, this year's surprising
success of singer Pink, and promising first-week debuts
from newcomer Avril Lavigne and old-timer Barry
Manilow have only further solidified Reid's reputation.
And BMG says that Arista, which lost money after the Davis
transition, is on pace this year to make a profit.
Reid grew up in Cincinnati with a love of music, and started
playing in bands when he was 14. He first gained prominence
in the early '80s as a founding member of the R&B group
The Deele, which featured then unknown Kenneth "Babyface"
Though the group scored hits with "Two Occasions"
and "Love Saw It," the production projects of both
Edmonds and Reid led to the group's demise in 1987. But the
pairing with Edmonds would not end -- they would continue
a successful production and songwriting partnership that created
hits for artists such as Whitney Houston and later,
for the group's own label, LaFace
Records, whose artists included platinum acts such
as Toni Braxton, TLC and Usher.
BMG noticed LaFace's success and began wooing Reid to fill
Davis' position, especially since LaFace already was a subsidiary
label of Arista's. The company even sent Reid to Harvard Business
The idea of heading Arista appealed to Reid because "I
had worked closely with the artists at LaFace, and some of
the artists at Arista, like Whitney Houston, like Kenny G."
"It was important to me to continue working with people
that I feel like I had an interest in their success,"
After Davis departed in July 2000, he negotiated a deal with
BMG to create his own label imprint, J
Records, which became an immediate success with acts
such as Alicia Keys, O-Town and Luther Vandross. When Davis
left, however, he took key executives with him, and left Reid
with very few records set for release. "We had to really
play catch-up," he said.
Yet Reid doesn't have a disparaging word to say about his
predecessor; and when Davis threw his annual pre-Grammy bash,
Reid was there.
sustained itself with holdovers such as Dido and Brooks
& Dunn; later in 2000, OutKast's Grammy-winning disc
"Stankonia" began its platinum run. However, Reid
had to work hard to keep Arista on the charts.
"We signed a lot of artists, and we got into production
on many of them, and we've now started to release some of
the records," Reid said. Among the recent signings that
have paid off: Lavigne, a teenage singer-songwriter
whose style is reminiscent of fellow Canadian Alanis Morissette.
Reid also helped guided his established artists to multiplatinum
success; he helped choose producers for Usher's "8701,"
and also gave the green light, although a bit reluctantly,
for Pink, whose first platinum album was steeped in R&B
rhythms, to change her sound and move more toward pop and
rock. The album has sold nearly 3 million.
Braxton says Reid's success as a label president comes in
part because he's a former artist, and he has a strong relationship
with his acts. "I think a lot of times, record company
people and producers have to be therapists," she said.
"He's always been very very good at that."
Reid also re-signed Houston, the label's biggest artist and
one of the most successful artists in recording history, to
a much hyped $100 million, multiyear contract. Allegations
of drug use and erratic behavior on Houston's part have some
questioning whether the deal was a smart move. But Reid brushed
aside concerns, saying Houston was in great shape. "I'm
trying to think of which artist hasn't had drug rumors in
their careers," he said
Longtime friend Edmonds believes all the negative talk surrounding
Reid only helped to make him stronger. "Ultimately, it's
a question of whether you believe in yourself," Edmonds
Lon Cohen Studio Rentals
has just expanded and relocated to a 6,000-square-foot building
in the prime NoHo arts district of North Hollywood, Calif.
They specialize in recording-quality guitar, bass and amp
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Eyes original dance mix and b-side collection will be released
on October 22nd. This long awaited CD will feature unreleased
mixes, including "Promises Promises" with Madonna
in both 7" and 12" versions.
is working on a new collection of acoustic covers. The first
of which is "Cry Baby Cry" MP3 available. Pete is
also in the studio producing tracks for Saitobeat.
Twentieth Anniversary video collection "MTV 20"
includes the "Promises, Promises" music video. The
DVD version also includes a bonus interview clip with Pete
album "The Real Illusion" is out! MP3 available
has been busy with great sessions lately!
Producer/songwriter, Giovanna is happy to report that Grammy
Award winning producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston,
Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey) just finished tracking with vocalist
Siedah Garrett for her upcoming release on Higher Octave
Records with Jim Reitzel engineering. Garrett is doing her version
of the song she wrote for Michael Jackson that became a #1 single..."Man
In The Mirror" and it's awesome!
Mahlis just finished tracks for his band of all-stars
with Ronan Chris Murphy engineering...Ralph Humphries on drums,
Jerry Watts on bass and Andy Suzuki on sax, with Jimmy Mahlis
Chris Murphy just mixed the new urban acoustic blues release
from Chic Streetman,
singer/songwriter from Seattle produced by Giovanna.
Bob Esty (Cher, Barbra Streisand) tracked a string quartet
with the 12 year old sensation Lizbeth for her upcoming
CD with George Landress at the controls.
the monthly in-store radio program for "Best Buy Radio"
that gets heard in over 400 Best Buy stores nationwide will
be produced in-house at Tutto Media.
Call or e-mail Giovanna
for a tour of this fabulous recording hide-away in Venice,
Bowie tour and art exhibit to support the new Columbia release!
Bowie, who turned 55 in January and has a 22-month-old
daughter with supermodel wife (Iman), says his old label Virgin
neglected to sign his extension. He and his old record producer,
Tony Visconti, the team that worked on Bowie milestones
such as the 19'71 "The Man Who Sold the World" and
"Low" in 1977, returned to the studios last year
for the first time since "Scary Monsters" in 1980.
The newly released "Heathen" on Columbia
Records is a liberating escape from the heavy concepts
and arrangements that encumbered much of his 90's work. It's
relaxed, straightforward, quietly intense. Includes versions
of songs by the Pixies, Neil young and the legendary Stardust
Cowboy, along with Bowie originals that recharge his basic
themes of obsession., alienation and mortality.
Area2 with David Bowie, Moby, Busta Rhymes,
Blue Man Group
Aug 13, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 8808 Irvine
Center Dr Irvine 949-855-8096
out the exhibit - Sound+Vision
both LA & NY
of Television and Radio
465 N. Beverly Dr. Beverly Hills
Sun 2pm; Thusdays, 7pm through Sept. 15
becomes the first subscription service to have signed content
distribution deals with all five major labels, having
just signed on with Universal Muisc Group to offer
tracks via its Rhapsody streaming service. Rhapsody
now offers users over 200,000 major label and indie songs-but
no portability of major label content. Regarding the issue
of portability, the FullAudio subscription service operator
has its own first in its new pact with Warner Music Group,
whereby users can buy WMG tracks online, download them to
a PC or portable device, and burn them onto a CD. "Three
years ago, the labels really hoped the Internet would go away
because they couldn't see any benefit to it," Listen
chief executive Sean Ryan said. "In the last year,
they've grown to understand the Internet is not going away
and the Internet can grow their businesses."
The Rhapsody service offers access to all of San Francisco-based
Listen's licensed music content for $9.95 and allows the user
to stream songs from a desktop computer.
the 7-day FREE trial here!
to Rolling Stone magazine, U2 was the top net earning act in 2001
with $61.9 million from touring, CD sales and royalties. The top
20 earners from touring, recording publishing, merchandising, endorsements
and other are:
1. U2 - $61.9m
2. Dr Dre - $51.9m
3. The Beatles - $47.9m
4. The Dave Matthews Band - $43.4m
5. Madonna - $40.8m
6. Master P - $36m
7 Santana - $32.7m
8. 'N Sync - $26.5m
9. Aerosmith - $24.2m
10. Sting - $24m
11. TLC - $22m
12. Whitney Houston- $21.6,
13. Elton John - $21m
14. Andrea Bocelli - $20.9m
15. Eric Clapton - $20.8m
16. Matchbox Twenty - $20.6m
17. Britney Spears - $20m
18. Tim McGraw - $19.6m
19. Eminem - $19.4m
20. Destiny's Child - $18.9m
20. Jimmy Buffett - $18.9m
Last but not least, we'd like to send our hearthy congrats to our
friends who are celebrating Birthdays in July:
Abbey Road Studios - 70 years
magazine - 25 years
and Tamara Sardina's baby boy) - first day!