AFTRA, Record Labels Break Off Negotiations

AFTRA, Record Labels Break Off Negotiations

AFTRA, Record Labels Break Off Negotiations
Contract negotiations over health care and pension security between the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and record labels have ended after the two parties were unable to reach an agreement. AFTRA and representatives from Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, EMI Music, and Walt Disney Records originally met on Aug. 15 in New York, with a final meeting taking place on Oct. 5. In a statement on Oct. 7, AFTRA said, "The AFTRA negotiating committee stands ready, willing and able to meet and receive a fair proposal from the major labels in order to resolve a fair contract for the session singers and royalty artists whose talents provide the music that keeps these multibillion-dollar corporations in business." The current contract, which covers more than 14,000 people, expires on Dec. 31. (10/10)

RCA Music Group Shutters Arista, J And Jive
Recently named RCA Music Group CEO Peter Edge and COO Tom Corson have announced the shuttering of RMG's Arista, J and Jive imprints. The move is part of the company's effort to "refresh" RCA, with all artists now falling under the RCA Records banner, which includes artists such as Christina Aguilera, Foo Fighters, Kelly Clarkson, and Barry Manilow, among others. Additionally, several employees from Jive Records have been let go, including Tom Carrabba, executive vice president and general manager; Richard Palmese, executive vice president of promotion; and Peter Thea, executive vice president. (10/10)

IPhone 4S Sets Record Pre-Order Sales
reported record iPhone 4S pre-order sales of 1 million in a single day when the company began taking orders on Oct. 7, surpassing the previous single-day pre-order record of 600,000 held by the iPhone 4 in June. The iPhone 4S will be available on Oct. 14 at Apple retail stores and through wireless carriers AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless, as well as select Best Buy and Target stores in the United States. Prices range from $199 for a 16GB model to $399 for the 64GB model. The iPhone 4S will be available in 22 additional countries by the end of October. (10/10)

Pianist Roger Williams Dies
GRAMMY-nominated pianist Roger Williams died on Oct. 8 following complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 87. From 1955–1972, Williams had 38 hit albums and 14 Billboard Hot 100 singles, including No. 1 hit "Autumn Leaves" in 1955, the only piano instrumental to top the Billboard Hot 100 and the best-selling piano record of all time, according to Williams earned his first GRAMMY nomination in 1964 for Best Gospel Or Other Religious Recording (Musical) for Family Albums Of Hymns, and two years later earned a nomination for Best Instrumental Performance (Other Than Jazz) for his Top 10 hit "Born Free." Considered the "pianist to the presidents," Williams performed for every president from Harry Truman to George H.W. Bush. His last performance at the White House was in 2008 for then-first lady Laura Bush. (10/10)

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