Jackson Manager Frank DiLeo Dies

Jackson Manager Frank DiLeo Dies
GRAMMY winner and former Michael Jackson manager Frank DiLeo died on Aug. 24. A cause of death was not disclosed. He was 64. As a promotional executive at Epic Records in the '80s, DiLeo helped develop artists such as Culture Club, Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, Ozzy Osbourne, REO Speedwagon, and Luther Vandross, among others. In 1984 Jackson recruited DiLeo as his full-time manager, with DiLeo subsequently executive producing Jackson's 1988 film Moonwalker. The following year DiLeo earned a GRAMMY Award for Best Music Video — Short Form for Jackson's "Leave Me Alone." DiLeo returned as Jackson's manager in 2009 until the artist's death on June 25, 2009. "Frank DiLeo launched and managed the burgeoning careers of many incredible artists," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "However, it was as Jackson's manager that he would catapult the artist to icon status, and herald Frank as a true image maker. Our music community has lost one of its finest, and his legacy will forever be remembered and celebrated." (8/25)

RIM Unveils BlackBerry Music Service
Following a recent report, Research In Motion has launched BBM Music, a music service for its BlackBerry smart phone. Developed as a "social music sharing and discovery service," the service operates on the smart phone's instant messaging service, BlackBerry Messenger, and allows users to select 50 songs for unlimited streaming at $5 per month. Users can share their selected songs with other users and exchange up to 25 songs per month. (8/25)

Laurence Bell, Björk To Receive Indie Honors
UK trade organization Association of Independent Music has announced Domino Recording Company founder Laurence Bell and GRAMMY-nominated artist Björk will be honored at the inaugural AIM Independent Music Awards on Nov. 10 in London. Bell will receive the Pioneer Award, which recognizes a visionary independent label founder, and Björk will be honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award, which recognizes an artist who continues to influence and inspire others through music. Awards will be presented in 12 additional categories, including International Achievement of the Year, Independent Breakthrough of the Year and the Indie Champion Award, among others. Additional nominations will be announced in October and winners will be determined by a panel of UK music critics and tastemakers, as well as AIM members. (8/25)


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