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Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Red Handed And Renata Are Three Bands Signed to Virgin Records

In Music Business on December 28, 2006 at 1:47 pm

MP3s to download:

  • “Face Down” by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (Demo version, before signing to Virgin Records with a gold selling debut)
  • “These Are The Days” by a new South Carolina band called Red Handed, also signed to Virgin Records. Sounds like a more whiney Foo Fighters. They’re managed by our industry friend Jerrod Wilkins at Gold Mountain Management (Duncan Sheik, Bonnie Raitt).
  • “Pictures of You” by Hartford, CT band Renata. Hey this is the third band with an ‘R’ that’s been signed to Virgin Records. They’re also signed to Zomba Publishing. Jeff Blue, the guy who signed Linkin Park, developed this band through his production company Blue Ladder.

    *All this a Virgin Records America ploy to beef up the true rock department they’ve never had. An unofficial scorecard of their rock success reads: We Are Scientists struck out commercially, The Summer Obsession has done nothing, KORN is not exactly a new breaking act, the unknown band Over It is short on sales, and Ima Robot have not one…but two sluggish sellers since 2003. That leaves the 600,000 selling 30 Seconds To Mars in addition to old timer Lenny Kravitz and The Starting Line, the latter two presently unactive. Note: this report doesn’t include licensed UK acts such as KT Tunstall and Gorillaz.

  • What The Fray Sounded Like Before They Sold 1.5 Million Records

    In Music Business on December 27, 2006 at 1:00 pm

    It’s a little known fact that in August 2004 Epic Records/Sony talent scout Daniel Davis downloaded The Fray’s Vienna MP3 (demo version) on my old website DemoDiaries. He emailed me asking for the band’s contact. Three months later Epic signed The Fray to a recording contract. Now two years later, their debut CD has sold 1.5 million (on its way to 2x platinum in the U.S. alone). They are currently nominated for two Grammy awards. Joe King, The Fray’s guitarist, wrote me a letter back in the old days:

    Gary, One of the [Epic] scouts in NY came across ‘Vienna’ on your site. He then played in a meeting in NY with the president. They loved it, and sent Mike [Flynn] out to the show. They didn’t have a press kit or CD it was just off that one song. – Joe King, August 18, 2004

    Remi Nicole “Rock n’ Roll” MP3

    In Music Business, Music News on December 27, 2006 at 12:26 pm

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    New Band from Merseyside, UK – EMI and Phonogenic Records Pursuing Them

    In Music Business on December 23, 2006 at 4:14 pm

    You ought check out this new track “Time” by the fellas from Haydock, UK. Lovely anthem suitable for American TV – any of the J.J. Abrams produced shows (‘What About Brian’, ‘Six Degrees’ – albeit rumor is this one is canceled). Use it for a series trailer or better yet season finale. EMI Publishing and Phonogenic/SonyBMG are already texting them to get a headstart prior to the new year holiday. This is up your alley if you like Stereophonics meets Coldplay meets Ryan Adams.