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GOLDBERG ANKLES L.A., PLOTS NEW COURSE

With his 11-month tenure as chief of Warner Bros. Records officially over, Danny Goldberg last week vacated his rented Malibu home owned by actor Larry Hagman and headed back to New York.

But Goldberg has not been lying on the beach contemplating his future since stepping down last month as chairman of the label.

Goldberg has had meetings with several rival label chieftains, among them Sony’s Tommy Mottola.

But sources close to the leftwing wunderkind say Goldberg is not interested in assuming another label exec post that could be affected by corporate upheaval.

Goldberg instead is seeking to start his own record label with heavy financial backing from either a major label or a recent indie label startup with deep pockets.

Music industry oddsmakers are betting Goldberg will link his new venture with mentor Doug Morris’ Rising Tide Entertainment, and by doing so tap into the deep pockets offered by MCA, Rising Tide’s partner.

But despite Goldberg and Morris having had discussions, sources say no deals have been struck and Goldberg is still surveying the music business landscape.

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