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10 Apr

Artists and songwriters from across the EMI family are raising funds to help the Red Cross support people affected by last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan, through an incredible worldwide auction of personal items and memorabilia.

The charity auction, which will be managed by eBay, features items from some of the world’s biggest stars, including Coldplay, Norah Jones, Katy Perry, Gorillaz, Iron Maiden, Jane Birkin, the Beach Boys, David Guetta, Michael Franti, Lady Antebellum, The Chemical Brothers, Depeche Mode, Celtic Woman, 30 Seconds To Mars, Rosanne Cash, Daft Punk, Herbert Grönemeyer, Angela Gheorghiu, Keith Urban, Good Charlotte, and The Beatles.

All funds raised will be used towards the Japanese Red Cross disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Funds will be used for the on-going provision of immediate relief to support the affected population during their recovery. EMI Group has committed to match all funds raised from the auction up to a maximum of one million euros.

The first phase of the charity auction will run until April 15th, with more than 200 exclusive money-can’t-buy items. A second phase of the auction will take place between April 11th – 21st. All the items can be viewed at ebay.com/EMIfamily4Japan.

Items included in the first phase of the auction include Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin’s jacket from the 2010 Viva La Vida world tour, Jane Birkin’s own Birkin handbag designed by Hermes, a pair of vintage speakers from Abbey Road’s famous Studio 3, five nights at Michael Franti’s yoga retreat in Bali, the Beastie Boys’ Japanese MTV award, and a signed limited edition lithographic Depeche Mode print.

The second phase of the charity auction will include a 1987 Ferrari 412 as featured in Daft Punk’s film ‘Electroma’, Katy Perry’s cupcake trampoline from her current California Dreams world tour, a limited edition Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine Schwinn bicycle, a signed guitar from Norah Jones, the MacBook used by David Guetta to create the demos for ‘One Love’, framed hand written lyrics from Brian Wilson, Tinie Tempah’s pink blazer from the ‘Frisky’ video, and a limited edition Gorillaz lithograph signed by Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn.

Multi-Grammy award winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones said: “Japan has been one of my favorite countries to visit and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this disaster. I’m so glad I can be part of this fundraising effort along with the EMI family.”

Brit Award winner Tinie Tempah commented: “I was shocked when I heard about the earthquake and the devastating effect that it has had on the Japanese people, and my thoughts are truly with them. I’m happy to be a part of this great fundraising effort alongside the EMI family. I really hope it helps make things a little bit easier at such a difficult time.”

The list of items for sale in the first phase of the charity auction from April 5th – 15th includes the following:

30 Seconds to Mars – two tickets to a US show of their choice, a meet and greet with the band, a limited edition signed piece of merchandise, access to watch the show from the side of the stage, and a spot to join the band onstage during their performance of ‘Kings & Queens’
Aaron Neville – signed poetry book
Alice In Chains – a signed setlist, and 20 piece poster set
Angela Gheorghiu – her kimono costume from Madame Butterfly
B-52s – a dress worn by Kate Pierson, and a signed guitar
Bat For Lashes – costume worn by Natasha, and a signed letter
Beastie Boys – a Japanese gold record, a Japanese MTV award and a rare copy of their BAPE dolls, all signed.
Celtic Woman – original dress worn by Mairead Nesbitt in the ‘A Christmas Celebration Live’ DVD
The Chemical Brothers – pair of guest tickets for Coachella, a meet and greet with the band plus a signed set list
Coldplay – Chris Martin’s jacket from the Viva la Vida world tour 2010
Darius Rucker – signed guitar, signed football and signed CD
Depeche Mode – a limited edition lithographic print create to celebrate the release of the Tour of The Universe Barcelona DVD, signed by the band and framed.
Dierks Bentley – handwritten lyrics to ‘Beautiful World’, signed CD, signed photo, and a signed football
Eric Church – signed acoustic guitar
Family Force 5 – a private dinner with the band in Atlanta
Good Charlotte – a meet and greet with the band, a signed guitar, and free tickets to a live show
Herbert Gr̦nemeyer Рdinner with him in Berlin
Hot Chip – the original drawings for the ‘Coming On Strong’ album
Huey Lewis & The News – hand written, autographed & framed lyrics, plus a personalized certified gold album for Greatest Hits, and a VIP concert experience & personal phone call from Huey to the winner
Immodesty Blaize – 1940′s dress from major photoshoot
Jane Birkin – her own ‘Birkin’ handbag
Julien Clerc – signed platinum disc
Keith Urban – two tickets and a private meet & greet on his Closer tour
Keren Ann – a signed guitar
The Kooks – handwritten lyrics to ‘Ooh La’
Lady Antebellum – signed acoustic guitar
Little Big Town – signed acoustic guitar
Luke Bryan – a signed guitar
Melanie Chisholm – her Cavalli belt as worn on the Spice Girls’ world tour
Michael Franti – five nights at his Bali yoga retreat
Raphael – NRJ Award for Best Male Artist from 2006
Sick Puppies – a signed acoustic guitar
Simple Minds – spend a day on tour with the band
Tiziano Ferro – painting created for him by a top artist, inspired by his music
Vasco Rossi – a special black carpet, used at the launch of his new album

The list of items for sale in the second phase of the charity auction from April 11th – 21st includes the following:

Arcade Fire – four VIP tickets to their Hyde Park show on 30th June 2011
B-52s – signed guitar
Beach Boys – signed limited edition Pet Sounds plaque, plus hand-written, autographed & framed lyrics to a Beach Boys song from Brian Wilson
The Beatles – the last of an extremely limited edition Schwinn bicycle featuring the Yellow Submarine artwork
Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) – a limited edition tour T-shirt worn by Billy Corgan
Chris Tomlin – handwritten and signed lyrics
Corinne Bailey Rae – a personal favourite Prada dress worn by Corinne on her first tour, along with a note from Corinne
Daft Punk – 1987 Ferrari 412, used in the Daft Punk film Electroma
David Bowie – 35 albums signed by the artist
David Crowder Band – signed Yamaha keytar
David Gilmour – three framed and signed prints of David Gilmour in Gdansk, photographed by Anna Wloch, including David, Polly and Lech Walesa, David on stage at soundcheck and a selection of David’s guitars.
David Guetta – his Apple MacBook, used to create the demos for his album ‘One Love’.
Deadmau5 – his famous diamante mau5 head stage costume
Dean Martin – the opportunity to record a duet with Dino at the world-famous Capitol Studios
Duffy – the bicycle used by Duffy in the making of her 2009 Diet Coke commercial
Duran Duran – a painting by the band
A Fine Frenzy – the outfit worn by Alison to the 2011 Grammys, plus the handwritten lyrics to a song of the winning bidder’s choice
Gorillaz – limited edition lithograph with certificate of authenticity signed by Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn
Helene Fischer – a dress worn by Helene on stage
Iron Maiden – exclusive limited edition ‘Ed Force One’ A2 print signed by Iron Maiden, two pieces of original Iron Maiden Japan 2011 event artwork signed by artist Herve Monjeaud, plus signed Nicko McBrain drumsticks as used on The Final Frontier World Tour
Jeff Bridges – signed guitar, and a drawing of the seed maze from his yard
JLS – Aston and Ortise’s bowling shirts from the filming of ‘Stars & Strikes’, plus two signed albums
Jonas Brothers – signed bag
Juan Luis Guerra – the hat worn on the cover of ‘La Llave De Mi Corazon’, signed by the artist
Katy Perry – a cupcake trampoline featured on stage on her current California Dreams tour
Kylie Minogue – signed ‘Kylie’ large lettering in white wood, from the ‘Fever’ album promotional campaign
Marisa Monte – signed limited edition CD/DVD kit
Megadeth – a guitar signed by Dave Mustaine
Norah Jones – a signed guitar
Philippe Jaroussky – signed and framed gold disc
Priscilla Ahn – a watercolor painting created by Priscilla following the Japanese earthquake, entitled ‘Falling, Tumbling, Raindrop Hearts’
The Prodigy – signed drum machine from their studio, and a 7” limited edition of ‘Invaders Must Die’
Rosanne Cash – the blouse designed by Catherine Malandrino that Rosanne wore on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ in 2006, autographed copies of her “Black Cadillac” and “The List” albums, autographed copy of her memoir “Composed,” and two tickets to any concert of the winning bidder’s choice with a meet and greet backstage
Scouting For Girls – signed Brits memorabilia
Simply Red – signed and framed setlist from a gig in Tokyo
Tinie Tempah – his pink blazer worn in the video for ‘Frisky’
Willie Nelson – signed guitar

There are three items donated by the world famous Abbey Road Studios, including an in-depth tour of the studio (which is otherwise not open to members of the public), a pair of Quested Q412 loudspeakers, system, amps and crossovers (circa 1987) from Abbey Road Studio 3, and a 1921 Steinway grand piano from the now-closed Olympic Studios, along with a photograph of it being played by Bono.

In addition to these auction items, the charity auction will feature other very special items including a collection of all 37 editions of the US hit NOW compilation series, plus a number of signed CDs, box sets, posters and other items from artists including Jane’s Addiction, Robbie Williams, John Lennon, David Bowie, Radiohead, Pink Floyd and The Band.

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06 May

Runner Runner, a dynamic young band hailing from punk mecca Huntington Beach, CA, have just been signed to the new partnership of EMI Music’s Capitol Records, Clear Entertainment/C.E. Music (a new label formed by late night host, David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants Inc.), and Jack Ponti’s MRV label. The band, frontman Ryan Ogren, guitarist Nick Bailey, guitarist Peter Munters, bassist Jon Berry and drummer James Ulrich, have over eight-million plays on their MySpace, were named a 2009 Band to Watch by Alternative Press, and have played shows with the likes of Angels & Airwaves, Fall Out Boy and All Time Low.

Veterans to the music industry, bassist Berry was a founding member of the SoCal pop-punk band, Rufio, Ogren was the vocalist/guitarist for New Jersey’s Don’t Look Down, and Munters, Bailey & Ulrich were members of OC’s Over It. They all came together in 2008 to create what is now Runner Runner. The five members are a combination of skillful songwriting and musicianship, punk-infused intensity and songs with humongous hooks with tremendous potential.

The band is currently recording their self-titled debut album in Los Angeles with producer Dave Darling (Stray Cats, Brian Setzer, Soulive), and plan to tour extensively after their album drops later this summer. Their first single, “So Obvious,” will be released to radio on June 15th, and you can take a listen right here. Get to know Runner Runner a little better by checking out their YouTube, Facebook or official site, and to see a list of their tour dates, head to their MySpace.


20 Satyricon, Portland, OR*
22 El Corazon, Seattke, WA*
23 Icon, Pocatello, ID*
24 Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT*
25 Black Sheep, Colorado Springs, CO*
26 The Blue Goat, Salina, KS*
29 Luna Bar & Grill, Lake Charles, LA*
30 The Parish @ House of Blues, New Orleans, LA*
31 The Hangar, Wichita Falls, TX**

2 Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO**
3 Chubby Rain – House of Tunes, Poplar Grove, IL**
6 Wasted Space @ Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV*
8 Chain Reaction, Anaheim, CA*
9 Ramona Mainstage, Ramona, CA*
11 The Vault, Temecula, CA*

* with Amber Pacific
** with Cartel






08 Jan

Acclaimed multi-platinum pop-rock group the Barenaked Ladies and their label Raisin’ Records have signed an exclusive worldwide deal with EMI Music Label Services unit and are gearing up for the March 30th release of their 11th studio album, All In Good Time. The band and longtime producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda began recording the album last spring at Canterbury Studios and Jimmy C’s in Toronto and recently finished mixing with Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stones, David Bowie).

“This is a really important record for us and we’re really proud of it,” says guitarist/vocalist Ed Robertson. “We’re redefining who we are, and how we communicate as a band, and as friends. The album has an emotional rawness to it that we may have shied away from in the past. I think we pushed ourselves to heavier places, and also allowed for some really spacious moments. We can’t wait to play these songs live.”

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with The Barenaked Ladies on a global scale,” says Dominic Pandiscia, Senior Vice President & General Manager EMI Label Services & Caroline Distribution. “We look forward to using our complete service platform in key markets to help connect their music with core fans and beyond.”

The first single from All In Good Time, “You Run Away,” impacts radio in January. The band (Robertson, bassist/vocalist Jim Creeggan, keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist Kevin Hearn and drummer/vocalist Tyler Stewart) gave fans a sneak preview of the track during their recent string of live dates in the US.

On Saturday, February 6 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the Barenaked Ladies will perform at the 2010 “Taste of the NFL,” a Super Bowl culinary extravaganza that supports hunger relief organizations across the country. Tickets are available online at www.TasteoftheNFL.com or by calling 952-835-7621. On Tuesday, February 16th, the band will be among the headliners performing at the Olympic Winter Games as part of the Vancouver 2010 concert series. For ticket information, please visit www.vancouver2010.com.

All In Good Time is the follow-up to the Barenaked Ladies’ 2008 Juno-nominated children’s album, Snacktime.

Over the course of the past twenty-one years, the Barenaked Ladies have racked up a half-dozen Juno Awards and multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 14 million albums worldwide, written a plethora of hit singles (including “One Week,” “Pinch Me,” and “If I Had $1000000″) and amassed an international fanbase whose members number in the millions. The band also wrote and recorded the theme song to the hit CBS television series “The Big Bang Theory.”

Tour dates for The Barenaked Ladies are as follows:

Date City Venue
Feb. 6 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Broward County Convention Center
Feb. 16 Vancouver, BC Olympic Victory Ceremony
Feb. 17 Whistler, BC Olympic Village Free show

03 Nov

EMI Music’s Capitol Records continues building its urban roster by teaming up with Atlanta based Block Entertainment, the formidable label with chart topping success from artists such as Yung Joc, Boyz N’ The Hood, and Gorilla Zoe For its first project together, Block,will work with Capitol on a new release from new rap artist Kollosus, whose album will debut in the spring of 2010.

Kollosus recently gained attention with his buzzworthy song, “Settin’ Standards,” which featured fellow Atlanta all-star Gucci Mane. The single, “Breakin’ Bread,” is heating up in the streets and headed to radio in January 2010. The infectious song showcases the 23-year-old rapper’s confident flow, laid back but in-your-face verbal agility on the mic and is sure to be a club banger.

“Block Entertainment is a force to be reckoned with in the hip hop arena; they have continuously churned out undeniable hip hop stars,” said Leonard Brooks, SVP Urban A&R, EMI Music. “As we grow Capitol’s urban roster, this association with Block Entertainment makes perfect sense. We are excited to sign Kollosus as well; he has a skillful flow that reflects his years growing up in Atlanta and his Jamaican-born roots. He has a unique sense of street swagger with a global appeal.”

“I am tremendously excited to partner with Capitol Records, a company with a proven track record in recognizing talent,” said Russell “Big Block” Spencer, CEO of Block Entertainment. “As an emerging voice of hip hop, Kollosus promises to capture the attention of the discerning hip hop audience. The collaboration between Capitol and Block Entertainment is vital to introducing him to a wider audience.”

For more information, check out www.myspace.com/kollosus.

28 Apr

Photos by Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times had a great piece this past weekend on Alice in Chains in the studio putting the last touches on their new upcoming album. Due out in mid-September, the currently untitled album will be released through Virgin/EMI. One of the new songs “Your Decision” has Cantrell singing of
“surviving pain and choosing to live” (a “Rooster”-like tribute to Layne?) and the next song is “a seven-minute epic built on heavy slabs of guitar, drums and bass, something like Black Sabbath but far quicker.” For more on the article, go here

19 Aug

30 Seconds To Mars is being sued for over $30 million for breach of contract for not delivering three of the five albums they’re due to deliver on their contract. The contract was signed in 1999 when the band was on Immortal Records. Jared Leto says that they were able to end their contract because of that crazy California Labor Code Sec. 2855 which allows termination of recording contracts in the state of California after 7 years. Lead singer Jared Leto says that the band is recording a followup to their last album “A Beautiful Lie” and with: “So, as you may have heard we are being sued by our former record company for the ridiculously oversized, totally unrealistic and pretty silly (but slightly clever) sum of $30,000,000. Insane? Yea that’s what we said too.”

Jared says that the they’re $1.4 million in the red despite shipping over 2 million albums. That’s what happens when you spend money on making crazy long and expensive music videos, tour support, and buy ingsneakers and vacations for Program Directors and MTV people to play your fuckin song on the tv and radio. Recouping’s a bitch!

Now why would Jared and his 30 Seconds to Mars (thats what the real band name is, I swear!) wanna leave Virgin/EMI?

“We had been signed to our record contract for nine years. Basically, under California law, where we live and signed our deal, one cannot be bound to a contract for more than seven years. This is widely known by all the record companies and has been for years. In fact, so aware of it are they that they desperately try to make deals outside of California whenever possible. It is a law that protects people from lengthy, unfair, career-spanning contracts. This law also gave us the legal right to explore other possible opportunities.

Yes we have been sued by EMI. But NOT for failing to deliver music or for ‘quitting’. We have been sued by the corporation quite simply because roughly 45 days ago we exercised our legal right to terminate our old, out of date contract, which, according to the law is null and void. We terminated for a number of reasons, which we won’t go into here (we’d rather not air any dirty laundry) but basically our representatives could not get EMI to agree to make a fair and reasonable deal.”

What did EMI have to say? “EMI’s relationship with 30STM has been extremely rewarding and successful for both the band and the company. The hard work of EMI’s global team and of the band has resulted in sales of three million albums and singles, multiple awards and a growing, global fan base.

“However, we have been forced to take procedural, legal steps in order to protect EMI’s investment and rights during contract renegotiations initiated by the band and management. We hope to resolve these matters amicably and put them behind us so we can continue working in partnership with the band to take them to even greater levels of success.”

Jared’s also unhappy that a bunch of people who worked their last album are no longer at Virgin. Such is the music industry. Blame it on Label CEO Jason Flom not giving a fuck about your band when he’s golfing or skiing in Aspen.

31 Jul

Rob Stevenson’s back in the saddle again. After being canned from his post of Executive VP of Island Def Jam a few months ago, EMI’s bringing him in to be the new President of Virgin in the US. I believe that was Lee Trink’s old post. He’ll report to Nick Gatfield who’s the new President of A&R In North America, UK & Ireland (and Mars). Rob is known for signing The Killers, Fall Out Boy, Sum 41, The Bravery and A LOT of shitty bands. Many of his shitty bands were on his label/imprint Stolen Transmission through Universal. Rob was a total douche to me in my brief encounters with him and I was sort of happy to see him fired, mainly because I’m a little bitter and jaded towards the music industry but I digress. Just remember Rob, for every Fall Out Boy, there were at least five A Hero From A Thousand Paces! Good luck, fucker.

25 Jul

The Rolling Stones, the oldest and most famous rock band in the world (The Gypsy Kings are a close second) left EMI to go to Universal. All future releases under the Universal umbrella will be under Polydor. The Stones sure know how to make news. They sign a new deal and they pimp-slapped Lil Wayne in the same day. What’s next Mick?