Whitney Houston dead at 48

Whitney Houston dead at 48

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Grammy-winning U.S. R&B singer and actress Whitney Houston died Saturday in Los Angeles at age 48 and the cause was under investigation, police said.

Hudson, Houston perform at Davis party

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Tragedy-struck singer Jennifer Hudson said at Clive Davis's pre-Grammy Awards party in Los Angeles that she is focused on the here and now.
Funeral held for Hudson family members

Funeral held for Hudson family members

CHICAGO, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A private funeral was held at a Chicago church Monday for three members of singer-actress Jennifer Hudson's family.

Kelly Clarkson's new album, cookies edgy

LOS ANGELES, July 14 (UPI) -- Recovering from a tough year, American pop singer Kelly Clarkson is taking a chance on a gutsy new album -- and has divulged she once ate a pot-laden treat.

'Idol' contestants down to three

HOLLYWOOD, May 10 (UPI) -- LaKisha Jones ended her "American Idol" run by singing "Stayin' Alive," belting it on the Hollywood stage and in the audience after being eliminated. The week's competition to whittle four "Idol" wannabes to three was rough on the contestants who sang Bee

Hudson of 'Idol' signs with Arista Records

NEW YORK, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Singer Jennifer Hudson, who gained popularity on the U.S. TV series "American Idol," has signed with Arista Records to record her debut album.

Whitney back on social scene; album next?

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Whitney Houston was on the arm of record producer Clive Davis last weekend in Beverly Hills in her first public appearance since splitting from Bobby Brown.

Whitney Houston ready for comeback

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Grammy Award-winning singer Whitney Houston said at a music awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif., she plans to record her first album in three years.

Katharine McPhee signs with Clive Davis

LOS ANGELES, June 6 (UPI) -- "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee Tuesday signed a record deal with producer Clive Davis and 19 Recordings Unlimited.

Single from Mario Vasquez hits radio

NEW YORK, March 29 (UPI) -- "American Idol" dropout Mario Vazquez is about to become a household name again, one year after he walked away from the finals of the Fox TV talent show.

XM Radio set to battle Apple's iPod

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- XM Radio announced today that it will launch "GRAMMY Radio," a dedicated channel providing unmatched coverage of GRAMMY week events.

Jamie Foxx says Colin Farrell is 'great'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- "Miami Vice" star Jamie Foxx Wednesday said his co-star Colin Farrell has finished his stint in rehab and was "at my crib kickin' it."

Santana lines up stellar guests for album

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Guitarist Carlos Santana has lined up another impressive list of guests for his newest album, including Joss Stone, Steven Tyler and Kirk Hammett.

Fox says Vasquez recording with Davis

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- "American Idol" dropout Mario Vazquez is reportedly recording an album with legendary producer Clive Davis for his J Records label.

Brown says Houston to record again

LOS ANGELES, May 25 (UPI) -- Bobby Brown says his wife, Whitney Houston, has finished her second stint in rehab and is ready to record a new album.
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Clive Davis
Singers Leona Lewis (L) and Carrie Underwood (R) pose with Clive Davis as they attend the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills, California on February 9, 2008. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)

Clive Davis (born April 4, 1932) is an American record producer, executive and a leading music industry executive. He has won multiple Grammy awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. From 1967-72 he was the President of Columbia Records, was the founder and president of Arista Records in the late 1970s through 2000 until founding J Records. From 2003 until April 2008, Davis was the Chairman and CEO of the RCA Music Group (which includes RCA Records, J Records and Arista Records), Chairman and CEO of J Records, and Chairman and CEO of BMG North America. Currently Davis is the Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment Worldwide. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer. He currently plays a part in the careers of Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Harry Connick, Jr., Leona Lewis and Whitney Houston.

Davis was born in Brooklyn, New York to a Jewish family, the son of Herman and Florence Davis. After spending his first four years in England, Davis was raised in the middle-class neighborhood of Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He received a full scholarship to New York University College of Arts and Science, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 1953. He then received a full scholarship to Harvard Law School, where he graduated in 1956. He practiced law in a small firm in New York, then moved on to the firm of Rosenman, Colin, Kaye, Petschek, and Freund two years later, where partner Ralph Colin had CBS as client. Hired by a former colleague at the firm, Harvey Schein, Davis became assistant counsel of CBS subsidiary Columbia Records at the age of twenty-eight.

Davis became a protegé of CBS Records President Goddard Lieberson, and discovered a passion for music which led him up the ranks of Columbia/CBS. In 1967, he became president of Columbia Records and, more or less by accident, he became a convert to the newest generation of folk rock and rock and roll. One of his earliest pop signings was the British folk-rock musician Donovan, who enjoyed a string of successful hit singles and albums released in the USA on the Epic label.

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