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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Why Is News About Clive Davis Getting The Axe From Sony BMG Being Buried?

There was a brief flurry of headlines Thursday night about Clive Davis' ousting from the Chairman and CEO positions at Sony BMG, and then by Friday it was gone. But if you do a Google News search, the truth is indeed out there...somewhat.

There aren't many details, but CNN does some speculating in a piece titled "Clive Davis' Swan Song":
Why did Davis and two of his longtime deputies Charles Goldstuck and Tim Bowen have to step aside? No matter how hard they try, SonyBMG and its major label peers -- Warner Music Group (WMG), Universal Music Group and EMI -- haven't been able to fix the structural problems afflicting their business. CD sales continue to decline. Meanwhile, record companies can't move enough digital music to make up the difference.

All they know is they can't cling to the old ways. With the passing of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, nobody embodies the past more than Davis...But the music industry has changed dramatically. Davis has a reputation for spending heavily on traditional marketing to sell records. Now labels can break acts much more cheaply on the Internet. A lawyer by training, Davis also negotiated famously rich contracts for himself as so many old-school record guys used to do. As long as Davis held one of the top spots at SonyBMG, it was hard for his employer to say convincingly that it was trying to reduce costs and adapt to the new industry's harsh new realities.
Hmmm. Maybe Clive used some of that lavish spending to convince news agencies to softball reports of his current situation?

Ironically, Davis was relieved of his positions in a week where his latest artist causing a sensation in the U.S., Leona Lewis, has the #1 single and album on the Billboard charts. And it's an irony that you can guarantee is not lost on the crotchety old diva himself.

Clive will now hold the title of Chief Creative Officer at BMG, whatever that means. And looking at that second picture above, what did ever happened to that Jennifer Hudson album? Maybe they're holding out till the Sex And The City film she stars in comes out?

One thing's for sure. Never count Clive out. Like a wiley cat, that old pussy still has about five more lives up her arsenal.

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7 Comments:

  • At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jennifer Hudson's album is slated to drop September 30th.

     
  • At 6:43 AM, Blogger El MarvelOso said…

    I read about Davis too and thought it was weird that it didn't create more noise. Oh well. The industry needs change. He has a great track record, though...

    I really hope that Jennifer Hudson's album doesn't follow the current trend of R&B. Her voice to too big for that style. Old school! Old school!

     
  • At 9:25 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Thanks for the info, Jennifer...I mean, Anonymous.

    El Marv, I'm thinking, Eurodance! Eurodance!

     
  • At 11:08 AM, Blogger Joshua said…

    I want to believe....

    That J-Hud is going to have success with this CD, but Arista might have dropped the ball on this one - hello could we say MOMENTUM FROM DREAMGIRLS GONE?

     
  • At 10:40 AM, Blogger El MarvelOso said…

    Yea, Eurodance could work too... for us gays.

     
  • At 6:50 AM, Anonymous Gilbert said…

    Well, I do not really believe this will have success.
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  • At 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Here, I don't actually consider it is likely to have effect.
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