Shakira & Usher Returning To ‘The Voice’ For Season 6

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 2:13pm PDT

All of this season’s judges on The Voice are coming back but not until next spring. NBC is close to finalizing deals that will see Shakira and Usher returning to the singing competition show for Season … Read More »

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Cee Lo Green Set For NBC Family Comedy

By | Thursday September 6, 2012 @ 2:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Cee Lo Green TV Comedy Series NBCCee Lo Green a sitcom star? The Voice mentor is expanding his relationship with the network to the scripted side with a comedy project loosely based on his real-life relationship with his ex-wife and children. He also has signed a first-look deal with NBC.

Green is set to star and executive produce the multi-camera comedy, from Sony TV and studio-based Happy Madison. Comedy veteran Ali Leroi, co-creator of Everybody Hates Chris and developer of Are We There Yet?, will write the comedy, starring Green as a version of himself as he tries to balance his career as a top recording artist and his frenetic home life. A deal for the project at NBC is now in final negotiations. Read More »

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Cee Lo Green In ‘Can A Song Save Your Life?’

By | Thursday June 28, 2012 @ 10:32am PDT

Cee Lo Green Can A Song Save Your Life?Cee Lo Green has joined the cast of “Can A Song Save Your Life?”, the romantic drama written and being directed by … Read More »

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Warner Music Losses Continue To Grow As Drop In CD Sales Exceeds Digital Growth

By | Thursday December 8, 2011 @ 6:34am PST

Warner Music Group continues to sing a sad tune when it comes to its financial performance. It reported today that it had  a net loss of $103M in the quarter that ended in September, 124% bigger than its loss in the same period last year, on revenues of $707M, down 6%. The financial report is mostly for bondholders; Russian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries bought the company in July for $3.3B. Still, it’s a dreary filing for the company, whose roster of hitmakers includes Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Jill Scott. Warner says that its recorded music revenues fell 8% to $571M. Although sales from digital distribution were up 6% to $194M, that was “more than offset by contracting demand” for CDs. Meanwhile, revenues at the music publishing operation fell 1% to $141M. Warner says that the quarter’s disappointing results were due to “a light release schedule”; weak sales in the U.S., Japan, and most of Europe; and rising interest payments on the debt Access took on to buy the music company. Read More »

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NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Wins Music Competition Series’ Grammy Showdown

Nellie Andreeva

NBC’s The Voice earned bragging rights tonight as all 4 of its musician coaches received Grammy nominations: 4 for Cee Lo Green, 2 each for Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera and one for Adam Levine’s band Maroon 5 (it is … Read More »

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Miley Cyrus Booked Into ‘Hotel Transylvania’

Miley Cyrus is sinking her teeth into Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania as the voice of Mavis, the teenage daughter of Dracula, Deadline has confirmed. The father of all vampires, played by Adam Sandler, runs the resort of the title … Read More »

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Derek Luke Takes ‘Sparkle’ Lead

By | Monday October 3, 2011 @ 8:58am PDT
Mike Fleming

Derek Luke has been set as the male lead in Sparkle, the Sony TriStar remake of the 1976 film. Luke plays Stix Warren, a songwriter and aspiring manager who becomes the love interest to Sparkle (Jordin Sparks), in a role … Read More »

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Primary Wave and Violator Management Forge Music Management Partnership

By | Friday September 16, 2011 @ 8:33am PDT

Like other parts of the music business, there’s a lot of consolidation taking place in talent management — including this announcement today from feisty independent firms Primary Wave and Violator Management. They’ve chosen the unfortunate name of Primary Violator Management for the 50/50 joint venture. Primary Wave’s client list includes CeeLo Green, Ginuwine, Goodie Mob, Eric Benet, Cody Simpson, Case and GMD3. Violator adds Curtis “50 Cent’ Jackson, LL Cool J, Mariah Carey, Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, Soulja Boy, and Diggy Simmons. Primary Wave CEO Larry Mestel will be in charge. Competition is intensifying: Yesterday, Live Nation Chairman Irving Azoff said he plans to announce a big music management acquisition soon. Here’s today’s release:

New York, N.Y. (September 16th, 2011) – Music industry veteran, Larry Mestel, CEO of Primary Wave Music, one of the largest independent music publishing, marketing, branding and talent management companies in the United States, announces a unique partnership with legendary music manager, Chris Lighty, Founder and CEO of Violator Management to create Primary Violator, a new powerhouse talent management firm. The new business venture will bring together Lighty and elite music manager Michael “Blue” Williams, uniting two of today’s most influential and successful talent managers in urban and pop music.

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UPDATE: All Four Judges Returning To NBC’s ‘The Voice’ After Finale Soars In Ratings

UPDATE, 11:35 AM: NBC has just confirmed that all four judges on The Voice — Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — will return when the series resumes in midseason Mondays at … Read More »

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NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Votes Its Winner (Spoiler)

By | Wednesday June 29, 2011 @ 6:33pm PDT

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!

It’s the heavily hyped show that rewrote the rules for TV talent contests on the networks this spring. But it also cost a whopping $1.4 million per episode. (… Read More »

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Christina Aguilera Tapped As Coach On NBC’s Reality Series ‘The Voice’

By | Wednesday March 2, 2011 @ 12:20pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Maybe Charlie Sheen was unavailable? NBC just announced that another celebrity who has been going through personal problems, Christina Aguilera, has been tapped as a musician coach on NBC’s new musical competition series The Voice, which will premiere on  April … Read More »

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NBC Sets Premiere Date For ‘The Voice’, Taps First Coaches

Nellie Andreeva

NBC’s new singing competition series The Voice, a rival to Fox’s American Idol, will premiere on Apr. 26 and will air in Idol’s previous signature Tuesday 8 PM slot. The network has signed the first 2 musician coaches for the … Read More »

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