Alan Jay Lerner once told me that during 1960 rehearsals for "Camelot," he was petrified that the play would fail, moaning, "My God, it has no damn humor!" Lerner would have been delighted to see the…
"Suit Yourself," the title of Shelby Lynne's latest Capitol album, can be read two ways: as advice to herself to do only what she wants, or as the shrugged-off response of someone convinced that…
The annual Mancini Musicale, the benefit concert that helps keep the Henry Mancini Institute going, continues to improve -- tightening its focus without sacrificing variety or length. It was also a…
The digital equivalent of homemade tapes are the next target of the RIAA. After asserting that the RIAA's educational and lawsuit strategies were working to stall the illegal downloading of music…
Like so many performers who reached stardom in their youth, Avril Lavigne has entered that awkward age: not a woman, yet not a child. Still girlish, the 20-year-old warbler, now engaged to Sum 41's…
When Los Angeles' Spanish-language radio outfit KXOL switched to the youth-driven reggaeton format earlier this summer, English-language rivals didn't just stand up and notice. They sued.
The future of radio sounds a lot like the past. On Los Angeles' KCBS-FM -- now known as "93.1 Jack FM" -- AC/DC blends into the Police, followed by the B-52s and a disco track by Kool and the Gang.
For sheer quantity of star power, "A Night With Concord Records" had no rivals on the Jazz at the Bowl series this summer; only the Playboy Jazz Festival could feature anything comparable on the…
Believing music consumers crave the interaction and social experience of shopping at brick-and-mortar retail, NARM prexy Jim Donio will push for a "heightening of that experience for the consumer"…
Ruffhouse Records co-founder Joe Nicolo will spearhead a group of partners in launching feature distributor Kindred Media Group. Partners in new venture include Jeffrey Erb, who will head the company.