The income statements and the balance sheets. As a result. Bearings within wind turbine generators are increasingly exposed to high frequency electrical currents, but can be protected by fitting insulated versions which even work under conditions of high humidity. As per 28 February, the Company. We saw stable demand during the first half of the year. During the last six months, we maintained a. His previous senior. Gothenburg, 24 January In order to speed up the development of cloud-based condition monitoring technologies, SKF is consolidating its development footprint in Europe.
Consequently, and subject to. Bearings, although buried deep within the vehicle, are on the front line in contributing to drivetrain efficiencies and delivering reliability for automotive manufacturers. Thomas M. Wolf, Application. A sensor that monitors rotating equipment performance is now certified for use in hazardous areas, extending condition monitoring into new applications and industries.
Investors, analysts and media are invited to take part in a conference call. As per 30 December, the Company. A new portable and easy-to-use induction heater from SKF makes the hot-mounting of bearings and similar parts, fast and safe.
Data holds the key for machine learning, which will unleash a new generation of technology that drives greater productivity and efficiency. FAS has developed GoPlant, a mobile-based asset inspection. Gothenburg, 8 November SKFhas, as one of the first industrial companies, issued a green bond.
Financial net for Q4 is now expected. Hard-wearing and low-maintenance sealed bearing units and a new distributor program will be unveiled by SKF at this year's Agritechnica. Enhance the front suspension systems of motorcycles and deliver a superior ride and trouble-free operation in harsh environments, with a new fork seal that is to be unveiled by SKF at EICMA Milan. Presenso is a company that develops and deploys artificial intelligence AI -based predictive maintenance.
As per 31 October the Company. A range of hand-held, easy-to-use stroboscopes that enables the visual inspection of rotating equipment to be carried out in an economic and timely fashion has been unveiled by SKF. Two 1MW turbines with a total rotor area of m2 will be able to power more than 1, homes per year.
Investors, analysts and media are invited to join a conference call, which. Designers can now design complex bearing arrangements more quickly and easily, thanks to a simplified version of powerful simulation software from SKF. A booming wind energy sector means bigger turbines, working in harsher environments.
To achieve optimum bearing performance in these demanding applications, OEMs need to take a whole-system approach, says. Securities and Exchange Commission proceedings. As per 30 September the Company. SKF lubrication systems optimize operations on tramways in Mainz, Germany. Powerful new digital vibration monitoring solution allows industrial businesses to easily adopt smart condition-based maintenance practices.
SKF is urging users of rotating equipment to rethink the way they pay for bearings and related items.
Automatic lubrication boosts safety and prolongs the service life of marine wire rope. Thomas has held the position of President, Industrial Units since In conjunction. This combines data from multiple sources, including condition monitoring.
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Hausman says it's unclear whether Mann's Super- Ego imprint will continue to exist. It also hopes to release Penn's album, "MP4," which he's trying to buy back from Epic. UM will charge a distribution fee and take an additional percentage for the other services, based on record sales.
Hausman, Mann, and Penn will jointly decide on other artists brought into the collective. They got their record back from Capitol, and we're going to discuss it. In addition to album distribution through RED, the releases will be available through a UM Web site, which is under construction.
The UM Web site will also link to the artists' individual sites. Given the economies of scale, Hausman says he expects UM's artists to make more money selling HI by Melinda Newman fewer albums than they would have to on a major label. Now it's got to be at least platinum," he says. Not that we're not aiming for much higher sales.
All shows are free and open to all ages. Opening each gig will be a local act selected via a contest run through regional media and nationally through alloy. For the tour's final stop — Aug. In addition to landing the opening slot, the winner will get to record a demo at Capitol's famed studio. In its first licensing deal not relat- ed to the King, Elvis Presley Enterprises has inked an agreement to represent Rick Nelson's name, like- ness, and image.
The Los Angeles event will be hosted by Devo. The auction, which concludes May 21, benefits the T. Turned it up? Been moved? Had the blues? Been the number one i'an? Felt it was written for you? Nuevas Ediciones soam. Barry am, Mark P. The three-day event drew more than 2, people. Flia Entertainment. Gathered after the opening night performance, from left, are Tony Martinez, president, Latinflava.
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See for yourself. Visit www. Join Us! Cash contributed his own reflections on the collections, which survey his love songs, gospel mater- ial, and murder ballads. Legacy senior VP Jeff Jones says, "We really believe we've created, with Johnny, three incredible, inter- esting, vibrant new compilations.
I think people can find new parts of him that they may not have ever heard before. Cash says, "He came up with thus concept of these three albums I said, 'Why don't we just simplify it and call it 'Love God Murder? But I did sug- gest a few songs for each CD. The collec- tions do not contain anything from Cash's tenure at Mercury- Records. Each album's Digipak package includes additional liner notes. Cash says of Bono, "Gosh, it must be 20 years ago, the first time I met Bono and all the guys.
They came to my house here in Hendersonville; they came two or three different times. And every time we played Dublin, we saw them and sang with them onstage. We talked a while He and I became friends right away. He's from Knoxville, Tenn. We wanted to give them a specific feel and also make sure that people knew; when they were individually racked at retail, that they were part of a series. We're going to have display material at retail. We're going to set up promotions. During the whole process, we've been working togeth- er with Sony Nashville.
We'll work with the Sony Nashville radio pro- motion team to do on-air promotions and giveaways. We've asked John- ny to speak with select media about these projects. Allen Larman, roots music buyer at Rhino Records in L. He's be- come an icon to everyone, from alternative people to country people, ever since those records [American Recordings owner and producer] Rick Rubin did.
Like the rest of Cash's catalog, those titles will receive a boost through the promo- tion of the new compilations. Representation: Richard Pawelczyk Esq. COM 20 www. Look closely and you'll see that one of the bricks in the wall was laid by Pozzoli, the Italian firm which developed and manufactured the packaging for Pink Floyd's new double CD in the form of a stylish, intriguingly constructed book.
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UK Tel. Via G. We're trying to cross- promote both of them. However, Cash is not resting on his laurels. Now recovered from the bout of pneumonia that put him in the hospital last October, he entered the studio in Nashville in late April to resume work on a new album for American, with Rubin again producing.
But 1 don't think so. The amount of time Cash spent listening to his old material didn't spur him to revisit it again in the current sessions. I hope to have Merle as a guest on my album. The four- month, nationwide mall tour was launched March Stone will also be taking part in a Nabisco "Back To School" promotion with seven other musical acts.
Capone says radio is Universal's No. For r Cinema is also music. Listen to Cinema. The studio has consistently turned out a series of major pop records from its films that dominate not only the charts but Manon - 1997 SO/LN #07 - House / Progressive (Cassette) Oscars as well.
So it would follow that the studio's latest blockbuster-to-be "Dinosaur" would do the same — however, that's not the case. Could the reason behind the decision be a positioning issue for the film, which appears to be geared equally to grown-ups and kids?
Howard Songs, in the architecture of a film, can give the ear relief from a score that is wall-to-wall music and be refreshing. But in this case, a number of surprising things occurred. One, it was hard to put lyrics in this film with- out it feeling too on-the-nose. Second, we found the film could real- ly absorb a huge scale of music. There was really no limit to what I could throw at this thing in terms of the size of the orchestra- tions, level of intensity — it just soaked it up.
It's one of the three best scores that I've worked on in the 15 years I've been here, from the pure musicality of it. It plays a much more significant role than in traditional motion pictures — although I didn't know that going in. This is the hardest movie I've ever done because there's so much music that is so signifi- cant. In a regular feature, you've got a few pieces that are promi- nent, and then you connect those. In 'Dinosaur' you've got eight or nine of those big pieces, and each was cut like a record in itself.
This just may be true for DreamWorks' "Road Trip. It boasts a nice mix of previously released tracks from such established acts as Kid Rock, Run-D.
The soundtrack for Robert Redford's latest directorial endeavor is being helmed by Dream- Works' Nashville division. Whether Will Smith, one of the film's stars, will be contributing any cuts is still under discussion. Charles Karel Bouley can he reached ator E-mail him at Kareiapkarel-andreiaeom. When an alburn reaches this level, the album and the artist's subsequent albums are immedi- ately ineligible to appear on the Heatseekers chart.
All albums are available on cassette and CO. CD Albums with the greatest sales gains. C Los Ange- les-based dance act Baila which means "to dance" in Spanish is an ensem- ble of seasoned artists. Our goal with this music is to make people leel good and to get up and move.
Daly says, "The album has a variation of romantic bal- lads, midtempo grooves, and fast street songs. In July, the group is touring as the opening act for Christina Aguil- era in Canada. He says, "Being in Spyro Gyra is great, but it's like being on an island, and making this solo album was like going to the mainland.
Ween White Pepper 2. Stalk X Wisconsin Death Trip 3. Chid Brock Yes! Blue Han Group Audio 7. Die Heatherty Swmming In Champagne 9. Sole SWA Oeeo 3. Kathie Lee Gfflord bom For You 4. Ween White Pepper 5. Trin-i-tee Spiritual Love 7. Their brother, Donnie Van Zant, has been the front man of. Jimmie Van Zant says of his songwriting style, "I'm not a fantasy writer.
I just write stuff that I've experienced in life, or about my friends, or some- thing we've all been through. The label releases her self- titled, English-language debut album May The album's first single is "I Will Love Again.
Having emerged from the Los Angeles underground, Dilated Peoples bring a positive message to the hip-hop world with "The Platform," the group's Capitol Records debut album, due May The current single is the al- bum's title track. Group member Evidence says that Dilated Peoples' mu- sic is "cutting-edge tradi- tionalism, balanced, full- flavored, and robust. We want people who hear it to feel completed. But the idiosyncratic duo has called New Orleans home sinceand its first full-length album reflects that fabled city's untrammeled wildness.
Bob Ezrin Colo mbu Despite suffering a series of personnel setbacks in recent years, the Jay- hawks remain the y'aiternative mas- ters of sweet melodies and soaring harmonies. On "Smile," one of the finest releases of the new millennium thus farthe band finds itself back at the top of its game with a collection of country-influenced gems that, at their best, transcend genre classification.
The title track and "Better Days" are reminiscent of the best moments of 's "Tomorrow The Green Grass," while "What Led Me To This Town" is a lush, bittersweet future classic that is arguably the greatest song front man Gary Louris has ever penned. If there's one problem with the album, however, it's that Louris and company attempt to rock a bit too much for their own good, resulting in a handful of generic guitar-driven songs that are immediately forgettable.
But the band's softer side is so strong here that it more than compensates for the rock filler. Sure, pure polka flavor saturates "The Process. If your '80s pop experience included bands like Madness and the Specials, then cuts like the giddy "Golden Opportunity" and "So Rich" will leave you happily awash in nostalgia.
Meanwhile, kids who subscribe to the quirky fodder of No Doubt and Smash mouth should find percussive gems like "I Think I Lost Something'' not to mention a deliriously loungy cover of Foreigner's "Double Vision" irresistible. Band- leader Cart Finch gets a big thumbs-up for deftly, almost subversively educat- ing listeners by wrapping rich cultural sounds and concepts with candy-sweet hooks and hard-driving instrumenta- tion.
After one listen to "The Process," novices will be reaching for Brave Combo's fine back catalog — and lining up to catch 'em in concert. With a little more of the same — while also mining new ground that leaves the lis- tener pleasantly intrigued.
Spears may not be a vocal acrobat a la colleagues Jessica Simpson and Christina Aguilera, but she does have an instantly recogniz- able style — and "Oops! And, unlike several of the key songs on her breakthrough debut, " Baby One More Time," "Oops! A sense of occasion pervades the four symphonies and other pieces, and the year-old Toscanini's direction is more lyrical and less hard-driven than it could often be, with particular success in Symphony No.
The live mono recording has been painstakingly remastered, and it comes off remark- ably rich and present, although there are the inevitable glitches and gaffes as well as an audience that occasional- ly sounds as if it were imported from a tuberculosis ward. Excellent liner notes add to the set's allure.
The U. The British mezzo was at the cusp of star- dom, and this brave performance raised her stature several notches. Baker takes some getting used to for those accustomed to lighter, more con- temporary voices in the role, yet her way with Dido's final lament is quite moving in its measured intensity.
Many fine period-instrument perfor- mances of this Baroque masterpiece have come since, yet Anthony Lewis and the English Chamber Orchestra still sound good.
The recording is suit- ably renowned and has been restored beautifully. Whitney Houston Arista For Houston, who's celebrating her 15th anniversary at Arista and who recently received her sixth Grammy Award for "It's Not Right But It's Okay"the timing couldn't be better for this two-disc, track career ret- rospective.
Quite the stellar collection. The hip-hop band — consisting of two DJs, a bassist, a keyboardist, and two MCs — has been rocking shows with hip-hop heavyweights like the Roots and the Pharcyde since November The group's debut set is a fun-loving, feel- good alternative to what's currently being heard in hip-hop.
The group's abil- ity to incorporate live instrumentation is its strong Buit. Send review copies to Michael Paotetta. Nashville, TN KY And unlike many compilations, these select- ed tracks — like the musicians them- selves — definitely stand up to the test of time. This is easy listen- ing with a kick. A world-class vocalist, Wynonna is at her best when she reins in her manly growl- ing and tendency to oversing.
The sec- ond disc winds down with a slate of well- loved Judds hits, all of which are delivered with emotion and clarity. The band plays well, and the singing is most- ly great, but the endless patter and inside jokes might be enough to send many back to the original, clutter-free studio recordings.
This time out, Wariner mans the helm as producer to great effect — this is one great-sounding record. Sonic delights range from synth pads and bongos to all kinds of strings and loads of nifty guitar work, as well as some of Wariner's best vocals to date. The album closes with "Bloodlines," a very cool instrumental duet with Wariner's son Ryan that effectively shuts the door on a worthy effort. For one thing, there are pauses between the songs. Luther Dickinson, a superb slide gui- tarist and a remarkably knowledgeable player given his relative youthkeeps the band's groove simple and very direct while busting through numbers like "Shake 'Em On Down," "Drop Down Mama," "Poor Black Maddie," and "Station Blues.
Distributed by Universal Music Group. Now, Mullen steps into the spotlight with the album everyone's been waiting for — and quite frankly, her supporters won't be disappointed. The songs run the gamut from the funky, groove-oriented opening cut "Shooby" to the joyous reverence of "Redeemer. But make no mistake; this is no "Don't Speak. Yeah, this is a band that likes to have fun, but what a nice elegant step to the right.
Should mark No Doubt's return to top 40 without a hitch. The lead cut, "The Day That I Went Home," which Swan Dive wrote, is a gen- tle, acoustic guitar-based midtempo ballad featuring the vocals of Felder, who sounds so comfortable and at ease before the mike, you have to wonder if she's in the middle of a massage in the recording stu- dio. Triple-A radio could have a field day with this track, which leans pop but still has enough inspiring instrumental tics to please an adult audience. One track hardly says it Manon - 1997 SO/LN #07 - House / Progressive (Cassette), though, for this act, whose tal- ents are widely varied and should be ex- plored with the whole of this wonderful album.
Contact Compass Records' Shari Lacy at And what a part- nership — the queen of the Arista empire with outgoing president Clive Davis' diva- in-training, Deborah Cox.
From the simple, classical piano intro, it builds gradually, growing more intense musically as the story intensifies, ultimately culmi- nating in a powerfully performed finale with full strings, magnificent high notes, and all the emotion that comes with an expertly written lyric. The story starts with the former lover, Houston, giving advice to the new woman.
Cox, explaining that she'll experience the same sad story of those who went before her. The song could have been tacky and catty, but instead, it's sweet, compassionate, and nostalgic. Despite any bad press Houston might be suffering, her talent always outshines any personal challenges.
And Cox demonstrates that she is as good as the best and still getting better. Her raspy, rich, and sultry voice is dripping with gritty emotion, like a version of Gladys Kni'ghL In fact. But while Stone embraces a lot of early- 70s influences, par- ticularly on this track, the song ultimately remains contemporary. While the story could he true for any era — he doesn't know what he has until he's lost her — Stone's attitude is totally from the perspective of today's woman.
The song's bridge features an unnamed male partner, with whom Stone duets magically. No drum machines or keyboard tricks. The only magic here is what she conjures with her enchanting voice. Pro- duction is fairly standard fare here, but radio has a warm spot for Mr. Sammie Bush and should find no hesitation in making this promising youngster's star shine all the brighter.
Larrieux's vocals offer a com- bination of jazzy riffs and bluesy moans that take neo-soul to another level. Fellow sisters in song Angie Stone and Kelts have attained commercial suc- cess while maintaining their own artistic integrity; Larrieux is easily poised to do the same. That would be. BMI MCA CO promo Nothing says springtime like a love song, and Gill provides the soundtrack to a hand-in-hand stroll through the sunshine with this breezy little song.
It's a buoyant, uplifting lyric, and the production gives the sprightly melody plenty of room to breathe. The piano and guitar work are especially inviting. It all adds up to one tasty little record that should find a comfortable home on coun- try radio airwaves. Cochran, B. BMI Warner Bros. It's a well-writ- ten, boisterously sung, and deftly pro- duced ode to life's more enjoyable mo- ments.
Here's hoping all that momentum will light a fire at country radio. This song and artist are so deserv- ing of airplay. Cochran is a strong, distinc- tive vocalist, gifted mulU-instrumentalist, and skilled songwriter.
This single show- cases all those gifts and sounds ready- made for country radio. For programmers looking for uptempo songs, this fits the hill perfectly. This time out, Cochran shows her feisty side and deserves to strike the pin- nacle again. The tune is the title cut from their forthcoming album. As the lyric goes, it's hardly Shakes- peare — after all, it's just about stuff — but it's cute and clever, and country audiences will likely relate to the words.
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Country singles should be sent to Deborah Evans Price, Billboard. Nashville, Tenn. Contributors; Michael Paoletta N. Score another massive hit for Hiickftreel Hoys with this unquestion- ably sunshine-splashed instant smash, the fourth single from L96Pfe No.
Odds are t hat this song may reach the summit first, thanks to a feel-good mel- ody line that embraces the senses the first time through.
Simply, you're not going to find a better pure nop song this season. Continued front preceding page unload a hunch of suffocating "stuff "7 Dia- mond Rio's Marty Roe leads the charge vocally, sounding like the guy next door run- ning a mental inventory and trying to get a grip on his suhurhan angst It's fluff hut fun, and listeners will find themselves singing along with the catchy chorus.
With its laid-back, "PVg"-style late-TOs groove, ". Plus, Walter Becker's lapidary gui- tar leads cut a mean figure, and the old- school rhythm section is as tight as two coats of paint on the wall. More, please. Or that the act didn't move some 7 mil- lion copies of sophomore album "No Strings Attached" in a matter of weeks. On its own, "It's Gonna Be Me" is a finely crafted example of why pop music continues to excel on the top 40 airwaves.
With a melody line that stands to grow more appealing with each play, this follow-up to the No. Again, the quintet demonstrates a more aggressive musical stance here, driven by an avalanche of meaty beats that will force heads to swing back and forth with glee. Vocally, Justin, JC. Chris, Joey, and Lance continue to please, with wonderfully constructed layers of harmony. In particular, Jus- tin's co-lead shows the evolution of a now well-oiled instrument, especially during the breakdown at the hridge.
Here we go: It's gonna be thrm riding right up the charts with this solid, sum- mery smash. The youth train shows no signs of slowing down.
ASCAP Espirilu Records CD pramoj The indefatigable Deborah Gibson is one of those rare, highly driven artists — and businesswomen— who refuses to shut down shop just because top 40 trends changed and radio moved in a different direction. With her string of nine top 40 hits fromher fan base remains active and rabidly dedicated, thanks to a continuous stream of high-quality materi- al over the years on her own label, Kspiri- tu.
And what a treat Miss Gibson has in store as a tip of the hat to her followers' tenacity. Fans and radio alike will find the sensuous, dance-injected "What You Want" a cutting-edge moment, featuring the recognizable vocals of this old friend and soul-saturating production from nev- er-failing maestro Tony Moran. Time to let go of any lingering prejudices you may have and let your audience real- ize that this artist remains a vital part of the scene.
Could be the secret -weapon hit of the season. Meanwhile, Gibson is in the studio now, working on an upcoming al- bum, so keep an eye out later this year. From early buzz, it promises to please. Promise abounds with this first track from her upcoming sophomore album, "Mirror Mirror," due next month.
Price does lit- tle to mess with jwrfection here, stick- ing close to the original arrange- ment with the addition of some jazzy, forlorn piano. Vocally, however, there's no doubt that Price is doing her own thing here, and it's as tasty as a cup- cake. She opens this song— about pre- cious, heartfelt moments spent in the arms of somebody else's man — with an appreciable suhtlety. Only one little misstep here: Def Soul saw fit to fade the song for radio, neatly fitting it into a four- minute time span.
No such need. Sure- ly, radio can spare that extra :t sec- onds for a song that sounds oh-so-fresh the second time around. IVice has already accomplished much in the short time she's been in the public eye.
This enchanting new single will only add fuel to the fire. Just marvelous. A fine effort for smooth jazz ra- dio and another career high for this abid- ing artist.
From the album "Absolute Ben- son," due May AB and Daddy Black, the duo known for bringing bass music to the ears of the American puhlic with 's "Whoot, There It Is," are ready to make listeners nationwide shake it again with "Tightwork. With the help of Quad City's Jay "Ski," the track is a lyrically light tune whose purpose is to get the party started right — and it succeeds. The infectious bassline and the catchy hook of "Tightwork" should be the perfect setup for the group to make a repeat appearance on the charts.
Here's hoping musical tastes haven't changed so much that this fun-loving track will be overlooked. If history repeats itself, and it should, radio will be eating up "Tight- work," and summer kids from coast to coast will be giving it up for the bass. His tale is sprinkled with so many Horatio Alger-esque scenes that one New York Times writer famously noted, "If there hadn't been a Bruce Springsteen, then crit- ics would have made him up.
It can be hard to pick apart any esteem- ed song- writer's work with- out sounding pretentious, anil Spring- s t e e n ' s music is no exception to that rule. It's equally difficult to re-create the drama of the performer's shows with just ink and paper, and Springsteen's special connection with fans presents a writer with a minefield of cliches.
What a nice surprise it is, then, to be treated to two uniquely absorbing books on the artist, pub- lished within mont hs of each other. The first. The second, a collection of photos titled "Access All Areas," captures the artist beautifully in liis milieu s M'cifica! Alterman dutifully takes readers back to Springsteen's New Jersey childhood and depicts the singer's strained relationship with his dad without resorting to "Behind The Musie"-style sensationalism. He then follows young Bruce through his early career battles and ulti- mate triumph in the music industry, setting the scene for the break- through album "Born To Run" and its mixed blessing in the song- writer's life.
Not only does the author appraise the work and its commercial concessions fairly, he skillfully connects the album with its unique political and social set- tings, arguing effectively on behalf of Springsteen's artistic integrity without sounding like a blind fan.
Alterman writes, "Springsteen was an individualist speaking through the voice of a corporate- dominated delivery system, an artist who employed an essentially conservative set of symbols to deliv- er a message of personal liberation and communal responsibility. While he sees "Nebraska" as a "key moment in American cultural history," he is objective enough to determine that "very little on 'Human Touch' invites repeated listenings. While he certainly doesn't shy away from the artist's trou- bled child- hood or failed first marriage, the author treats the fragile sub- ject matter property and again avoids singer's down i melodramatic brush, intimately, he portrays Springsteen as a real erson, a man who can say, "Two of the best days of my life were the day I picked up the guitar and the day I learned how to put it down.
The photographer was allowed to follow the singer and Ms legendary E Street Band during their most historic tour, which served as a wake-up call to those who saw "Horn To Run" as the over-hyped output of a Bob Dylan wannabe. As Goldsmith writes in her intro- duction, "Inthere were those who thought Bruce was the savior of rock'n'roll and those who didn't think much of him at all. A definitive pair of books for hardcore Springsteen followers, as well as entertaining and education- al reads for the uninitiated, these works reveal the l-ocker and his art with precision and care.
Billboard, Broadway, New York, N. And many of those in a posi- tion to know predict that Atlanta is at the dawn of a musical renaissance— one that may represent a convergence of the city's once-polarized musical cliques and will ultimately smear the line between genres. Musically speaking, Atlanta is well-endowed, representing every style imaginable — hip-hop, Southern rock, techno, soul, country, folk and, per- haps, a few earnest and contrived hybrids that fuse existing genres to create new ones.
Atlanta has become a musical amalgam of the influences, styles and tastes of its natives and transplants. They might have literally sold their product from the trunks of their cars and, though they had big dreams, they never actually quit their day jobs. Blayz Bui many of today's independent labels are different, helmed by artists and businesspeople who know the music game and are poised to compete and ultimately partner with the industry's major players.
In Atlanta, the musical hotbed that it is, opportunities are great for indies — that is, if they have the money to finance their dreams. But, according to Candis Bonner, a partner 66 in the Atlanta-based Born 4 Entertainment a marketing and pro- motion company, many of them don't "Some of them might have had the money but they spent it all in the studio. Some wanted to come out hitting the streets like they were already there and spent all their money prior to actually doing the real work, and, then, some simply don't have the money in the first place.
But we certainly encourage and have reached out to some of the Atlanta-based labels and hope that they will come and do their distribution with us. Bonner says the long-held perception that the industry is dominated by gangsters and drug dealers is inaccurate and unfair. She says her company's clientele runs the gamut, from doctors to insurance brokers to music teachers "who want to start a label and have the money to do it.
So, we help them get a project from the studio to the ri store. Releases by Lysa and Finesse are slated for later this year. Thompson said she and her husband, who moved to Atlanta six years ago from New York, owned three suc- cessful paging and cellular stores prior to getting into the music business. He started finding people that wanted to do a track here and there and, before I Knew it, we were actually a label, a publishing company, a promo- lion company and an entertainment company.
One thing just led to another. Says Thompson, "We just want to build a strong enough foundation for them to be confident that, when they do sign us, we will be a label that is here to stay, not something that's going to fade away because of mismanagement of funds or the com- pany as a whole.
We were successful in our previous busi- ness. A lot of people came to us and made offers to buy that business," she adds.
Real Deal Records, strives to be a source for such music. The label has a roster of 10 artists— all of whom are either gospel or inspirational in some way.
The bottom line: no cursing, no lewdness and no suggestive videos. In an open letter to the media in which he introduces the label, Holyfield says. That's why I call it real music. But all have one thing in common, they are "musically and spiritually in tune," says Oscar Fields, the label's executive VP and general manager.
He says Holyfield tapped him for the position because "he felt that, in order for the company to be successful, he needed to find someone that had true record business experience. Our videos don't have to go through the re-edit process at BET like everyone else's does, but it also means that we don't get as much play as everyone else.
But we are finding that a lot of people, both video- wise and radio-wise, are hoping that, at one point in the future, the entire industry gets to where we are. I would love to have the label paying for itself, and the only way to do that is to have artists on the label that have gold and platinum potential. I see us contin- uing to do a great job for our gospel artists, but I also foresee being more aggressive on the urban end. Fields says, "All of the majors are very interested in market share and for them to grow they're going to be after any successful indepen- dent company, and I'm obviously assuming that we're going to grow.
I think the time will come when we will be approached by major labels. Evander, because of his view of the label and wanting it to be something where his kids will have a place to learn and grow and work, might not want to do that but we will be approached by major companies in the future. His name is familiar, but most folks out- side the intimate entertainment circle of Atlanta probably don't know what he looks like. Yet his fingerprints cover many of the hits hat have sprung from Atlanta's soil.
He'll answer his own phone. He'll take a meeting. He credits former Motown promotion guru Janice Burley Black as the one who "took me under her wing" and whet his appetite for the music business.
Mercedes launched his label with a record by Duice called "Daisy Duks. Mercedes went on to release projects and put together deals that, to date, have resulted in sales of more than 20 million units. There It Is" and TLC's "No Scrubs," a project that he says and She'kspere's office confirms came about as a result of his hooking the group up with the producer. So why don't people know about Tony Mercedes? I guess the frustrating part for a lot of these producers is that I'm not a producer.
I'm just a person who has the ability to pass the green grass to get to the dirt, knowing that I can take that dirt and turn it into green grass. So, I can't do what Dallas [Austin] does, I can't do what Jermaine [Dupri] does, I can't do what Rico [Wade] does, but every year I'm gonna have a big record and I know they have to scratch their heads and try to figure out 'how the hell did he do it? And he utilizes no- name Manon - 1997 SO/LN #07 - House / Progressive (Cassette) with some half-ass artists and he just hits every year.
That union produced the smash hits "My Baby's Daddy" and "Splackavellie. It's not a bad thing, but you can't be the man if you work for the man," he adds. Today, Mercedes is the man. I'm missing a whole bunch of money. He says, "Each day promotes a different kind of struggle, a differ- ent kind of hassle, but at the end of the day I sleep good and it's a good thing to be able to look in the mirror.
People think, 7 can talk to him. Hell answer his own phone. A native of New Jersey. Gaelle came to Atlanta to study business at Clark Atlanta University. I started doing music again so that I could have an outlet. Reluctant to describe her sound. Gaelle says her music is layered with mul- tiple styles and represents her personal emotional tides.
The next day I might do something very introspective and intense.
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