Don DeVito Dies

Don DeVito Dies
GRAMMY-winning producer Don DeVito died Nov. 25 in New York following a battle with prostate cancer. He was 72. Born in Brooklyn in 1939, he entered the CBS Executive Training Program in 1967 where he was named the local Miami promotion and artist relations representative for CBS Records. DeVito was eventually transferred to New York to head up the marketing department for the then-new Columbia Records where he spent time in the studio studying under producers James Guercio, Bob Johnston, Jimmy Ienner, and Phil Ramone. DeVito then moved to the A&R department where he worked with artists including Bob Dylan, for whom he produced 1975's Blood On The Tracks and 1976's Desire. Among the artists DeVito subsequently worked with were Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Janis Joplin, Simon And Garfunkel, and Bruce Springsteen, among others. He earned a GRAMMY Award in 1988 for Best Traditional Folk Recording for Folkways — A Vision Shared: A Tribute To Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly. (11/28)

Black Friday Sales Total $816 Million Online
Online spending during Black Friday (Nov. 25) totaled $816 million, marking the heaviest online spending day for the year to date and a 26 percent increase compared to the same day last year, according to a comScore report. topped the list of most visited online retailers in the United States on Black Friday, followed by Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and Apple. Analysts expect sales for Cyber Monday (Nov. 28) to reach a record $1.2 billion. (11/28)

Hastings Reports Decrease In Music Sales
Entertainment retailer Hastings Entertainment reported a 2.6 percent decrease in music sales for the third quarter ending Oct. 31, a smaller loss compared to the year-ago quarter when music sales were down 6.2 percent. Total revenue reached $108.6 million, down from the $112.2 million reported in the year-ago quarter, and the company reported an overall net loss of $5.5 million compared to $3.1 million in 2010. (11/28)

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