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Posts Tagged ‘Clive Davis’

Neil Diamond Announces Surprise Brooklyn Concert

If you’re not doing anything this afternoon and have a special place in your musical heart for Neil Diamond, you might want to head on down to Flatbush.

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Per a couple of tweets earlier today, in this the new social age of music promotion, Diamond announced a surprise 6 p.m. concert tonight in Brooklyn at Erasmus Hall High School, where he was a student from 1954 to 1956. The performer is asking people not to line up before 3 p.m. for free tickets.

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Clive Davis Spices Up Nightline

The lede adorning Cynthia McFadden’s companion Web piece for her Nightline interview says it all: “Clive Davis is a force of nature.” Indeed, and still going strong at age 80.

As part of the publicity outreach for his new autobiography The Soundtrack of My Life, written with Anthony DeCurtis and out today, Davis spoke to McFadden from various locations, including his famed bungalow HQ on the grounds of the Beverly Hills Hotel. He is extremely frank, in the interview and book’s last chapter, about his intimate relationships with both men and women.

TMZ Posts Whitney Houston ‘Death Room’ Correction

Actually, it’s not so much a correction as a passing of the buck.

After E! Online refuted a TMZ report yesterday claiming that the Beverly Hilton hotel had already morbidly booked a new party into the room where Whitney Houston died, the website that usually beats everyone to this type of news was forced to post an article update. It reads:

The Beverly Hilton’s publicist is now saying Whitney’s room is not available yet–which is a different story than a reservations agent and the executive assistant to the manager told us. They both said the room is being rented out and is currently occupied.

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Should Clive Davis Have Canceled Pre-Grammys Bash?

On the red carpet for Saturday’s pre-Grammys party at the Beverly Hilton hosted by Clive Davis, retired CNN host Larry King was clearly not happy to be there. With Whitney Houston tragically passed away just a few floors above, he suggested to interviewer Tai Beauchamp the event should have been canceled. He was there with wife Shawn Southwick, who disagreed.

Originally, it appeared that the event had been canceled. A report on Just Jared (since scrubbed) and tweets by the likes of Beauchamp’s fellow Grammys.com reporter Alison Haislip indicated that an original decision to ditch the event was communicated, then quickly reversed.

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Clive Davis Ready for Another AAA-List Grammy Weekend Bash

It’s been nearly ten years since super-agent Swifty Lazar hosted his final, epic Oscar weekend bash. Thankfully, Lazar’s Grammy Awards counterpart Clive Davis is still going strong at age 79, set to welcome the crème de la Grammy crème on Saturday for another Beverly Hilton jam.

LA Times reporter Randy Lewis caught up with Davis earlier this week at one of the famed pink bungalows at the nearby Beverly Hills Hotel. Davis ran through the 2012 guest list, A to J, while pointing to another A-artist as a beacon in the record industry stormy night:

He’s particularly gratified by the success over the past year of British soul singer Adele, even though he wasn’t involved in the commercial and artistic breakthrough of her “21″ album, which has sold more than six million copies in the U.S. alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Clive Davis Would Like to Hear a Little Less Dance Music

There are some bonafide music industry legends lined up for Sunday’s Grammy show – Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand. But towering above them all, per usual, will be current Sony Music maestro Clive Davis, whose Saturday night party at the Beverly Hilton is a bigger deal for the artists than the show itself.

Earlier this week, the New York Times did a brief Q&A with the 78-year-old Davis on the occasion of the Grammy Museum in downtown LA christening a 200-seat auditorium in his name. Along with explaining how hard it has become to say no to some of those who want to attend his party (“This year I really can’t go out to public restaurants”), Davis had some interesting thoughts on the state of the music industry. He says while the singles industry has come back with a vengeance, the radio end of things is in bad shape:

What I do find challenging is that radio is more restrictive these days, in changing Top 40 to rhythm, almost totally and exclusively. It’s fine to have dance music, it’s fine to have rhythmic music. But we must have our troubadours. We must have our poet laureates. We must have our new Dylan’s and new Springsteen’s.

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Video: 20 Years Of Susan Blond, PR Handler To Thriller-Era MJ, Britney, Others

Last week, Michael’s played host to 20th anniversary party for Susan Blond, p.r. diva to Michael Jackson (Thriller-era), Boy George, Prince and hundreds of others. The video tribute — featuring Clive Davis, Usher, Lil Jon and Patrick McMullan, among others — was screened at the party. At eight minutes, it’s long, but spans a good crunk, er, chunk, of three decades of “handling” talent.

Grammy Gossip Fest

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Saturday night found everyone but a hung-over indisposed Justin Timberlake at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy bash, Jennifer Hudson was in full voice, as were The Blackeyed Peas and Smokey Robinson. Davis, known for speechifying to the max, dedicated the evening to Ahmet Ertegun.

Maria Villar, the other resident of Franklin Avenue, was nominated for a Grammy for her design of Rhino’s boxed set, Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found. She didn’t win, but she looked hot.

Marc Malkin thinks Jessica Simpson and John Mayer are an item. Ryan Seacrest asked Mayer directly, and got an answer in Japanese. Or maybe an order for Nobu to go.

The Envelope’s Jeff Miller sorts best, worst and who cares? moments. In no particular order: Police reunite, Joan Baez compares Dixie Chicks to Woody Guthrie and Carrie Underwood thanks Simon Cowell after her folks and the supreme deity.

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