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Fantasia set to release debut album

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- "American Idol's" third season champion, Fantasia, is set to release her debut album "Free Yourself" Nov. 23.

Usher, Norah Jones tapped world's best

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Usher, Norah Jones and OutKast were named world's best musicians at the World Music Awards, a ceremony honoring the best-selling acts internationally.

Osbourne gets British talk show

HOLLYWOOD, March 19 (UPI) -- A new version of the canceled U.S. program "The Sharon Osbourne Show" is being planned for British television, MTV.com reported Friday.

Deborah Cox to star in B'way's 'Aida'

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Recording star Deborah Cox will make her Broadway debut in the title role of Elton John and Tim Rice's musical, "Aida," later this month.

Clive Davis returns to BMG helm

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Music executive Clive Davis has been named to oversee BMG North America, a move that restores the veteran to the top after being ousted four years ago.

Ex-Arista chief may go to Island Def Jam

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Antonio Reid, top industry producer and former president of Arista Records, may soon join Island Def Jam Music, the New York Times reported Monday.

Clay Aiken 'can really sell you a song'

Clay Aiken is one Idol who hasn't been idle.
GARY GRAFF, United Press International

Loudon Wainwright III: No copies, please

NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Loudon Wainwright III might seem an unlikely source for commentary on the file-sharing dilemma faced by the music industry, but on his new album, "So Damn Happy
JOHN SWENSON

Feature: Carlos Santana

DETROIT, June 26 (UPI) -- In the wake of war, terrorist threats, an unstable economy and other societal tribulations, Carlos Santana feels that music can be the cure for what ails us.
GARY GRAFF

American Idols winners hit the airwaves

The second season is in the history books, but the "American Idol" crew is anything but idle these days.
GARY GRAFF, United Press International

LaBelle to get achievement award

NEW YORK, June 11 (UPI) -- The National Academy of Popular Music-Songwriters Hall of Fame will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Patti LaBelle in New York Thursday night.

People

Jennifer Aniston has a bone to pick with Redbook magazine -- not just a bone, more like a whole body -- over her image on the cover.
PAT NASON and DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Top recording artists will vie for face time in the Big Apple this week as pre-Grammy parties take over the city.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Pink Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright, who was born in 1943 (age 60); The Pretty Things lead guitarist Dick Taylor, also in 1943 (age 60); Chambers Brothers drummer Brian Keenan in 1944 (age 59); Rick Allen of the Box Tops in 1946;
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for January 25-31.
By United Press International
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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)
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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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