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The signing credit goes to A&R hot shot Kevin Law for courting the junior Marley and for engaging Chris Blackwell into the Universal fold.
WHEELS & DEALS:
GONGING THE BONG
Another Marley Gets Ready to Lively Up Himself
Ahhh…we be smelling the sensimilla because we hear Universal Records is feeling quite irie after closing the derby on artist Damian Marley. Several majors were after the young Jamaican singer, who is the youngest son of the late, great Bob Marley. It doesn’t hurt that ‘Jr Gong’ as he’s known in the reggae circle also has a single currently blazing on the urban radio charts. We hear the deal includes a JV arrangement for Bob Marley’s old label Tuff Gong Records, which has seven or eight unreleased Bob Marley tracks that will be featured on a future record. Of course, former Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who is now a presence at Universal, helped in closing the deal, but the signing credit goes to A&R hot shot Kevin Law for courting the junior Marley and for engaging Blackwell into the Universal fold last year. Nice, dude—now pass the dutchie… Lots of label folks out at the Priestess show at Spaceland last week. Seems like the buzz for the Montreal-based rock outfit is kicking into gear. East Coasters can check ’em out again July 12 in beautiful Albany, NY, where they’ll be rocking with Rob Zombie. Stay tuned… Meanwhile, which label head is apparently in hot water after a heated exchange of words with a high-level exec at a sister label? Word on the street is that attorneys are now involved and human resources may have to make a quick move before the situation gets out of hand and into the mainstream press, which appears to be enjoying the gossip and drama that’s going on in the music biz right now. Of course, we know all about that firsthand… There was heavy weasel turnout for The Fury show in NYC last week. Expect West Coast label folks to be turning out to their L.A. show later this month at Club Moscow… Seen all the press attention that Myspace.com has been receiving of late? Is there a play going on there? And among the thousands of acts featured on the site, there’s apparently one at the moment that lots of label folks have been calling about?… Finally, after three glorious years of picking up Michael Lippman’s dry cleaning and cleaning out his horse stables, producer manager David Surnow has left Lippman Entertainment to run his own management company. His current client roster includes The Dan Band, The Outline, Fielding, Matt Mahaffey, Chris Fudurich, Tim Harkins and Dave Dominguez. “The experience at Lippman has been enjoyable and educational, as Michael is the best mentor a manager could ask for in this business,” says Surnow. Apparently, all that stable cleaning taught David how to brown-nose. You can reach him at [email protected]BUZZIN’: Still Standing and Ryan FergusonHit me up: [email protected]

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