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  • The Beatles Eight Days a Week

    The Beatles’ Christmas Records: A Feat of Fan Appreciation and Devotion

    For members of the Official Beatles Fan Club in the 1960s, Christmas was a very special time of year. That’s because season’s greetings from the seminal band arrived in the mail, in the form of a square cardboard-backed envelope. Inside was a recorded message on a flexible phonograph record (or “flexi-disc”) from The Beatles themselves, wishing [...]

  • Russell Simmons

    NYPD Is 'Reviewing Information' on Russell Simmons Rape Accusations

    The New York Police Department is “reviewing information” on Russell Simmons after multiple women came forward accusing the Def Jam and Phat Farm of rape and sexual assault. Reports in the Los Angeles Times and CBS News Thursday said that an investigation has begun, but reached for comment by Variety, NYPD Sgt. Brendan Ryan said: “The NYPD has [...]

  • Fyre Festival

    Creditors Move in on Fyre Festival, Billy McFarland

    A federal bankruptcy judge advanced the cause of creditors attempting to recoup losses on the disastrous Fyre Festival, which was scheduled to take place in the Bahamas earlier this year but canceled at the last minute due to poor organization. At a hearing Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, [...]

  • Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president

    Apple's Eddy Cue Confirmed for Q&A Session at Pollstar Live! Conference

    Pollstar has announced that Apple SVP Eddy Cue will have a Q&A session with Variety’s own Executive Music Editor Shirley Halperin at the Pollstar Live! 2018 conference in February. Other confirmed speakers for the conference Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, WME head of music Marc Geiger, UTA’s head of U.S. music operations Natalia Nastaskin and [...]

  • Michael Gracey, director, photographed at his

    First-Time Director Michael Gracey on Working With Hugh Jackman on 'The Greatest Showman'

    For first-time director Michael Gracey, transitioning from commercials and music videos to feature-length films was “the difference between sprinting and a marathon.” The Aussie got his start working in visual effects but developed a knack for directing after working on music video “Karma” by 1200 Techniques. He combines his talents for musical biopic “The Greatest [...]

  • Epic Records EVP Benny Pough Exits

    Epic Records EVP Benny Pough Departs for Roc Nation

    Benny Pough is leaving his post as executive VP of Epic Records for a senior position at Roc Nation, Variety has confirmed. Pough, who will be president of Roc Nation Records, according to sources,had led the Epic Urban team to great success since arriving at the company in 2012, with the label notching five top [...]

  • Scott Mills Debra Lee

    BET Names Scott M. Mills President, Debra Lee to Stay on as Chairman and CEO

    BET has tapped Scott M. Mills to serve as the new president of the Viacom-owned cable network. Debra Lee will stay on at BET as chairman and CEO, Variety has confirmed. Mills will take over the day-to-day responsibilities at BET, with Lee focusing on relationships with external stakeholders and communities. Michael Armstrong will continue in his position as [...]

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