With Linkin Park sales passing the
7 million mark domestically, Blue’s a hot commodity. Will he stay or will he go?

WHEELS & DEALS SPECIAL:
BUNNY-BLUE CHATTER

There’s Enough Action in Burbank
for a Reality Series
And you thought Vivendi Universal was the talk of the town. Lots of Warner Bros. A&R-related dish filling industry ears this week.

Despite rumors of the Jeff Blue-inked Dry Cell being dropped by WB, insiders report at presstime that the band has not officially been let go. Static between the band and label is the cause of the problem, with DC demanding, among other things, an additional advance prior to their album’s release. WB, however, is reportedly reluctant to yield. If the band ends up parting ways with the label, WB will more than likely want to recover recording costs, so all this friction could start getting expensive for Dry Cell.

And despite rumors flying about Blue and Tom Whalley’s relationship deteriorating, sources close to both parties say the gossip is entirely false—and that the recent band drama has, in fact, strengthened their bond. Nevertheless, talk continues to swirl as to what Blue’s plans may be, since his deal will soon be up. With Linkin Park sales passing the 7 million mark domestically, Blue’s a hot commodity. Will he stay or will he go?

Meanwhile, former Reprise A&R ace Mio Vukovic, who oversaw the new Filter album—the first single from which had a smokin’ first week at radio—is rumored to have been offered his old job back.

Elsewhere in Bunnyland, rumors of Maverick being dissolved into WB by year’s end, with A&R gunslingers Danny Strick, Berko and Michael Goldberg ending up on Whalley’s staff are being flatly denied. Mav A&R will remain intact, sources say, and the department has even added new hire Scott Austin. Insiders share that partner Guy O and company are keeping Maverick clicking within WEA, particularly with Michelle Branch hitting the Platinum sales mark.

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