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Elektra Records returns with Justice, Little Boots

After five years of dormancy, Elektra Records will relaunch with a fresh roster of artists, Atlantic Records announced today in a statement. French dance duo Justice, Gnarls Barkley’s Cee-Lo Green and Little Boots are among the first musicians on the label, which was home to The Doors, The Eagles and Phish in the past. Mike Caren, who was executive vice president of A&R for Atlantic Records, and John Janick, the founder of Fueled By Ramen, will serve as co-presidents of the new venture. “Elektra Records will mark its 60th Anniversary in 2010, and it feels like the perfect time to… Read more »


Finger Eleven And Evanescence Channel Elektra's Angst

With the recent trend of films based upon successful Marvel comics, the use of today’s most popular modern rock acts for the comic-flick soundtrack has become almost cliche. The use of catchy yet mildly dramatic rock hits to accompany the depressing emotions often felt by the superheroes has already been played out with both Spiderman soundtracks as well as in movies like The Punisher and Daredevil. As Jennifer Garner returns to the big screen as the heroic Elektra, director Rob Bowman (Reign Of Fire and The X-Files) opted to stick to the original template. Elektra The Album, which is set… Read more »


Stein Revives Sire for WB Records

Sire Records, the label that introduced the world to Madonna, Talking Heads and the Ramones, is being resurrected and will officially rejoin the Warner Bros. Records family of labels. Label founder Seymour Stein’s first signing under the new deal is the Von Bondies. Also on the Sire roster are Morcheeba, Guster, the Distillers, Hot Hot Heat, Less Than Jake and the Hives (through a joint venture with Burning Heart/Epitaph). When Roger Ames was named chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group in 1999, Ames’ London Records was merged with Sire Records to create London-Sire. That label closed its doors in… Read more »


Vivendi Universal's Music Sites and Maverick Records Team to Sell First Major Label MP3

Maverick Records and the Music & Media Group of Vivendi Universal Net USA (VUNet USA) today announced that celebrated bass phenom Meshell Ndegeocello is the first major label recording artist to offer her fans a downloadable track for sale in the MP3 format. Starting today, a special dance version of the song “Earth” remixed by Lazy Dog (Ben Watt & Jay Hannan) will be available exclusively for purchase and download for 99 cents from VUNet USA’s music and media Web sites – MP3.com, RollingStone.com, GetMusic.com and MP4.com. Additionally, the 50,000 subscribers to VUNet USA’s EMusic MP3 music service will be… Read more »


Elektra Names Michelle Murray VP of Marketing and Artist Development

Brian Cohen, senior vice president of marketing and artist development for Elektra has named Michelle Murray to the post of vice president, marketing and artist development for the Elektra Entertainment Group. “Michelle has been an invaluable contributor to Elektra’s success with her keen sensitivity to both artistic vision and consumer desire,” said Cohen. “Michelle’s skill as a marketer has helped her guide a wide range of projects from the developing artist to the established superstar. This next step is not only much deserved recognition for Michelle, but it creates an opportunity for her to play a much more central role,… Read more »


ARTISTdirect Records Names Michael Whited VP Pop and Crossover

ARTISTdirect Records has named Michael Whited Vice President of Pop and Crossover Promotion, it was announced today by Marc Benesch, the label’s Executive Vice President, Promotion. Whited starts his new post immediately and reports directly to Benesch. “Michael’s track record speaks for itself. His ability to develop and break new artists at the pop and crossover formats is second to none. His relationships in the radio community, along with his ability to direct a field staff, will prove a tremendous asset in spearheading our efforts in the marketplace in 2002.” In his new capacity, Whited will oversee promotion of all… Read more »


Staind, Elliott Elevate Elektra

After a long time out in the cold, Elektra Records has been generating some serious heat on the album charts in recent weeks. When album sales data for the week ended May 27 are released on Wednesday morning, the Warner Music label is expected to secure the No. 1 spot with “Break the Cycle,” the prophetically titled second album from white-hot metal band Staind. For the week, the disc scanned an estimated 716,000 copies, just 16,000 shy of the hottest debut week of the year (the Dave Matthews Band’s “Everyday”). The Staind release follows a No. 2 bow last week… Read more »


Thyret To Resign As WB Records Chairman

Russ Thyret is expected to resign as chairman of Warner Bros. Records next month, making it the first hit in the anticipated shakeup at the music group. The departure of the 30-year Warner Music veteran has been grist for the rumor mill since last summer. The writing on the wall got clearer when it was leaked that Interscope Records president Tom Whalley had been hired as chairman of Warner Bros. Records, even though he won’t arrive until January because Interscope won’t let him out of his contract. Warner Bros. Records president Phil Quartararo is in line to run the show… Read more »


A R I Z O N A Perform “Graveyard” Live at idobi Studios

Coming off of the high of their self-titled, third studio album released earlier this year and the inevitable high that will follow once the group kicks off their forthcoming US headline tour in October, A R I Z O N A entered the idobi Studios in North Hollywood with fervor and poise. The self-titled album, which arrived in May via Elektra Records, is an acclaimed triumph of slick electro-pop oozing with personality and highlighted by the group’s gripping opening track, “Graveyard.” Watch more: A R I Z O N A Perform “Dark Skies” Live at idobi Studios Following a compelling… Read more »

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