| Aug 1, 2014
Michael Jackson made a few brilliant business decisions in his life and a lot of cruddy ones. But probably his most effective move of all — from a financial sense, anyway — was to die of a drug overdose at age 50 on June 25, 2009.
| Sep 2, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Don't think that just because Elvis Costello is joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic for two shows at the Hollywood Bowl this week that the former Angry Young Man of the British new wave movement has gone soft now that he's turned 60.
| Aug 18, 2014
| 8:15 AM
They'll be dancing in the streets of Oakland on Monday (today) toasting Berry Gordy, the man who created Motown Records in Detroit. Alameda County invites the public to celebrate Berry Gordy Day in the East Bay with an event that features the legendary...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 2:44 PM
Every year, the Summer Players from South Coast Repertory's Theater Conservatory seem to get more and more ambitious. This year's production is a sprawling, multi-ensemble version of that century-old family favorite "Peter Pan," now celebrating its...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 9:00 AM
The King lives again in "Elvis '68" at Fullerton's Maverick Theater, and jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker is saluted in “Bird Lives!” at the Chromolume Theatre at the Attic. Plus, “Dreamgirls’ ” Jennifer Holliday and others...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The NAACP announced nominees for its 45th annual Image Awards, with Weinstein Co. nabbing 17 bids in the film categories thanks to "The Butler," "Fruitvale Station" and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," followed by Fox Searchlight, with seven, for "12...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Johnny Rivers sits in a booth at the retro-themed Mel's Diner in Hollywood and marvels at the pace at which not just his career but pop music in general moved when he was getting started half a century ago.
Within a span of a few months in 1964,...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 8:13 PM
Don Engel had only a small law firm in Los Angeles — just two or three attorneys in addition to him and his wife. But a phone call from Engel could strike fear among the loftiest executives in the music business.
Engel, who represented some of the...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 8:55 AM
How to tell the story of Berry Gordy, the visionary who signed and nurtured Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and countless other Motown hit-makers? The self-described "bum with a dream" who built Motown Records into...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Universal Music Group announced it was dissolving the Island Def Jam Music Group that housed three of its biggest labels under one roof, as well as a number of label and exec shakeups, on Tuesday morning -- chief among those changes being the ankling of...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Lucian Grainge has a vision for the future of the music business that bears scant resemblance to the traditional record company playbook.
He is putting songs on smartphones in Africa, reviving moribund American record labels and making Lorde into a...