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Sony, BMG To Bid For Parlophone
Sony Music Entertainment and BMG Rights Management have teamed to submit a bid for Parlophone Records, of which Universal Music Group has been ordered to divest following its $1.9 billion purchase of EMI Music, according to a Financial Times report. Artists signed to Parlophone include Blur, Coldplay, Gorillaz, and Kylie Minogue, among others. Other potential bidders include Island Records co-founder Chris Blackwell and "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller, Ron Perelman's MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. and Warner Music Group. Bids for Parlophone and other UMG divestments are expected to be in my mid-January.
Adam Lambert, The Film Critic
If you ask Adam Lambert about the music in the film adaptation of Les Misérables (which can literally be translated to "The Miserable"), the singer might say the movie title perfectly describes the vocal talents of the actors turned vocalists. Lambert expressed his opinions via Twitter, saying the vocals should have been "studio recorded" and "sweetened." While Lambert was particularly impressed with Anne Hathaway's performance, his Twitter rant called out the film industry, shaming them for not casting actors who "could actually sound good," and added that "the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers." The comments caught actor Russell Crowe's attention, who simply tweeted: "Not sure if you saw @adamlambert's comments about Les Miserables. He was pretty opinionated." Was Lambert really just voicing his opinion, or was he trying to critique his way into a career on the big screen?