Fans were tied to their computers on Friday, hoping to read some messages about Clay Aiken and his adventures in New York City. The day was almost over before a great picture and mention appeared at realityaired.com.
It was fun reading all the speculation about the picture. Most of the fans seemed to think it was a good sign… “Clay will be continuing his projects in New York.” Others seemed unsure. Was he a “Red Herring”, planted so that no one can guess what is happening. Whatever, everyone seemed pleased.
‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star Teresa Giudice still hasn’t been fired from ‘Celebrity Apprentice’. Teresa, Clay Aiken, Aubrey O’Day and Dayana Mendoza were spotted outside the Trump Tower today. By the way, checkout that fur.
Teresa Giudice on location for ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ – Nov 11, 2011
Teresa Giudice and Clay Aiken on location for ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ – Nov 11, 2011
What do you think? Is Clay safe?
On Friday, there was a huge announcement in the music recording business. The century-old EMI Group music company has been split in two and sold for $4.1 billion to Universal Music Group and Sony Corp. The absorption of the music giant leaves only three major record companies in control of the faltering music industry.
EMI began life as The Gramophone Company in London and was the oldest major recording company. Founded in 1931, its recording catalog includes music by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Frank Sinatra, Coldplay, and Katy Perry and its publishing portfolio was one of the most valuable in the world. Capitol, Virgin, Blue Note and Parlophone are a few of the labels under the EMI umbrella. EMI Classics has long been one of the cornerstones of the classical industry.
Lucian Grainge is the chairman and chief executive of Universal. He said:
…this is an historic acquisition and an important step in preserving the legacy of EMI Music.
According to Reuters, the music industry in much weaker and more fragmented than it was a decade ago and that stronger companies are needed to help protect and promote artistic talent. They also cited the rise of powerful distributors like iTunes, Google, and Amazon, which together account for about 80% of music sales, as the principal price setters in today’s market.
Is this important news for Clay Aiken? Well, yes…Decca is part of Universal Music Group and the financial health of the company is important to all of the talent. Dave Holmes, manager of Coldplay says that this move can only be a positive for the artists and executives involved. We can only hope that Decca and Universal will continue their support of Clay and his music.