2006 – Co-founder of Mercury Records Irving Green dies in Palm Springs, Calif. at the age of 90. RIP – Irving Green July 4, 2006 What do Sarah Vaughn, The Platters, Brook Benton, Patti Page, The Diamonds, Del Vikings, James Brown, Dinah Washington, Roger Miller, Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Laine, The Troggs, Wayne Fontana, the Mindbenders, […]
2006 – American Idol contestant Derrell Brittenum surrenders to the Georgia police. Along with his twin brother Terrell, Brittenum performed on the hit show while being wanted on theft and forgery charges. Terrell and Derrell Brittenum caught in new ‘American Idol’ controversy By Christopher Rocchio, 01/17/2008 One American Idol mini-controversy apparently wasn’t enough for Terrell […]
2005 – Irv and Chris Gotti are cleared of charges that they used their record label The Inc. to launder millions in drug proceeds. Unfortunately, they still have to release Ja Rule’s next album.
2005 – Two days after cancelling his European tour, Eminem is hospitalized ” for dependency on sleep medication,” according to his label Interscope.
2005 – Alicia Keys, Usher, Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin are among those attending Luther Vandross’ funeral at New York’s Riverside Church.
2005 – A concert by Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society in Boise, Idaho, is cancelled after the metal guitarist allegedly does some redecorating on the venue interior with a baseball bat.
2004 – A judge rules that the independent Cleopatra Records label can release Hollywood Rose: The Roots of Guns N’ Roses, an album of early recordings and demos, over the objections of singer Axl Rose.
2004 – Record executive Clive Calder, whose Zomba label launched the careers of Britney Spears and ‘N Sync, is named Britain’s wealthiest music millionaire by The Sunday Times. Calder is said to be worth $2.28 billion. No. 2 on the list is Paul McCartney.
2004 – ‘Frisco noisemakers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club announce they have left their label Virgin. Robert Turner says, “This is actually the greatest day in our band’s somewhat short history.”
2004 – The Beastie Boys offer their defunct label Grand Royal for sale on the Internet. Bid4Assets.com is looking for a minimum bid of $10,000.
2003 – Murder Inc., the record label that’s home to Ja Rule and Ashanti, announces it’s changing its name to The Inc. Label boss Irv ‘Gotti’ Lorenzo is also to drop the ‘Gotti’ part of his name.
2003 – Paul Weller dismisses rumors that he will reform The Jam (“Going Underground”) for a series of five huge concerts in 2004, labelling them “Bollocks.”