Liz Anderson Dies

Liz Anderson Dies
GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Liz Anderson died Oct. 31 following complications from heart and lung disease. She was 81. A co-founder of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, Anderson penned songs for artists including Merle Haggard, including his first Top 10 Country Singles hit, "(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers," Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette, among others. She released a string of Top 40 Country Albums from 1967–1970, including 1967's 9 To 5 And Odd Jobs and The Game Of Triangles, both of which landed at No. 18. Anderson earned two GRAMMY nominations in 1967 for Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance, Female and Best Country & Western Performance Duet, Trio Or Group for "Mama Spank" and "Game Of Triangles," respectively. (11/2)

Sony Corp. Reports Second-Quarter Loss
Sony Corporation
reported a loss of $21 million and a 9 percent drop in sales to $20.5 million for the second quarter ending Sept. 30. The company attributed the loss to unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates and a decrease in sales of consumer products such as LCD televisions. Sony's music division, which includes Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment Japan and a 50 percent stake in Sony/ATV Music Publishing, reported a 6.6 percent drop in sales to $1.346 million, and a 21.9 percent decrease in operating income to $82 million. Among Sony's best-selling music releases during the quarter were Adele's 21, Beyoncé's 4 and Pitbull's Planet Pit. (11/2)

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