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GODFATHER SAGA


Beyond his stunningly wide-ranging career in music—as an artist manager, label exec, broadcasting magnate and more—Clarence Avant has played an outsize role in the biz and the larger Black community for decades, acting as a steadfast mentor to countless artists, executives, athletes and even U.S. Presidents. Through no small amount of travail and unfathomable tragedy, the man hailed as The Black Godfather has been unfailingly generous with his hard-earned insight. It’s impossible to imagine the present musical and professional landscape without him.

SPENCER-SMITH LANDS WITH AG MANAGEMENT, WCM (UPDATE)
New manager, pub deal (6/28a)
BIZ RESPONDS TO ROE V. WADE DECISION (UPDATE)
Artists and companies unite. (6/27a)
PERFORMERS SPEAK OUT AT GLASTO
Singers voice their dismay over the Supreme Court's latest decision. (6/28a)
UMG ACQUIRES ALL THINGS ZAPPA
Whose gonna "Freak Out" over this acquisition? (6/30a)
BIG RED'S BIG POP RUN (UPDATE)
Nine in the Top 40 (6/27a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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