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Jerry Moss, Co-Founder Of A&M Records And Rock Hall Of Fame Member, Dies At 88

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Jerry Moss, who co-founded A&M Records with Herb Alpert and rose from a Los Angeles garage to the heights of success with singles by Alpert, the Police, the Carpenters, and hundreds of other performers, died at the age of 88.

Moss, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Alpert in 2006, died Wednesday at his home in Bel Air, California, according to a statement provided by his family. Tina, his widow, informed The Associated Press that he died of natural causes.

“They truly don’t make them like him anymore,” the statement says in part, “and we will miss conversations with him about everything under the sun,” as well as “the twinkle in his eyes as he approached every moment ready for the next adventure.”

For more than 25 years, Alpert and Moss ran one of the music industry’s most successful independent companies, publishing chart-topping albums like Alpert’s “Whipped Cream & Other Delights,” Carole King’s “Tapestry,” and Peter Frampton’s “Frampton Comes Alive!” The Carpenters and Cat Stevens lived there, as did Janet Jackson and Soundgarden, Joe Cocker and Suzanne Vega, and the Go-Gos and Sheryl Crow.

“Every once in a while, a record would come through us, and Herbie would look at me and say, ‘What did we do to deserve this, that this amazing thing is going to come out on our label?'” Moss told the archive and resource center Artist House Music in 2007.

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Jerry Moss, who co-founded A&M Records with Herb Alpert, died at the age of 88.

His musical connections led to a wealthy horse racing operation, which he co-owned with his second wife, Ann Holbrook. Nate Duroff, a record producer, loaned Alpert and Moss $35,000 in 1962 to print 350,000 copies of Alpert’s instrumental “The Lonely Bull,” the label’s first significant hit. Duroff persuaded Moss to invest in horses a decade later.

Giacomo, named after A&M musician Sting’s son, won the Kentucky Derby in 2005. Zenyatta, named after the Police song “Zenyatta Mondatta,” finished second in 2008 and 2009 before winning the following year. Moss named another profitable horse, Set Them Free, after a hit tune by Sting.

Moss made one of his final public appearances in January when he was honored with a tribute concert at the Mark Taper Forum in downtown Los Angeles. Among the performances were Frampton, Amy Grant, and Dionne Warwick, who wasn’t an A&M artist but had known Moss since the early 1960s when he helped promote her songs. While Moss did not speak during the event, many others did.

“Herb was the painter, and Jerry was the visionary.” On the red carpet, singer Rita Coolidge observed, “It just changed the face of the record industry.” “A&M made such a difference, and it was where everyone wanted to be.”

Moss’ second wife, Tina Morse, and three children survive him.

Moss, a New York City native and English major at Brooklyn College, had wanted to work in show business since his twenties and had seen how much fun the entertainment industry clients seemed to be having. Following a six-month term in the Army, he got work as a promotion for Coed Records and eventually relocated to Los Angeles, where he met and befriended Alpert, a trumpeter, songwriter, and entrepreneur.

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Jerry Moss, who co-founded A&M Records with Herb Alpert, died at the age of 88.

They founded Carnival Records with a $100 investment each and had a local hit with “Tell It to the Birds,” an Alpert ballad issued under the name of his son, Dore Alpert. After discovering that another company called Carnival existed, Alpert and Moss renamed their company A&M, working out of Alpert’s garage and designing the iconic logo with the trumpet across the bottom.

“We had a desk, a piano, a stool for the piano, a couch, a coffee table, and two phone lines.” “And that worked out very well for the two of us because we could go over the songs on the piano and call the distributors,” Moss later told Billboard. “At the time, we also had an answering service. I’d handle all of my own billing.”

For many years, they specialized in “easy listening” acts such as Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Sergio Mendes, and the Sandpipers, a folk-rock trio from Brazil. Moss began adding rock performers, including Cocker, Procol Harum, and Free, after attending the Monterey Pop event in 1967, rock’s first major event.

“Frampton Comes Alive!” was a live double album released in 1976 that sold more than 6 million copies in its first year, catapulting Frampton from mid-level talent to stardom.

“Peter was a huge live star in markets like Detroit and San Francisco, so we suggested he make a live record,” Moss told Rolling Stone in 2002. “What he was doing onstage wasn’t like the records; it was far superior.” I recall being at the mix of ‘Frampton Comes Alive!’ at Electric Lady Studios and being so taken away that I requested a double CD.”

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Jerry Moss, who co-founded A&M Records with Herb Alpert, died at the age of 88.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, A&M expanded its catalog by signing the Police, Squeeze, Joe Jackson, and other British New Wave acts, R&B musicians Janet Jackson and Barry White, country rockers 38 Special and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.

By the late 1980s, Alpert and Moss were working out of a Hollywood lot where Charlie Chaplin used to make films, but they were struggling to keep up with ever-increasing recording contracts and sold A&M to Polygram for an estimated $500 million. They stayed with the company until they battled with Polygram’s management and left in 1993, with one of their last signings being Sheryl Crow, a singer-songwriter from Kennett, Missouri. (Alpert and Moss eventually sued Polygram for breach of contract and received a $200 million settlement.)

Alpert and Moss owned Almo Records for a few years, releasing music by Garbage, Imogen Heap, and Gillian Welch.

“We wanted people to be happy,” Moss said in 2010 to The New York Times. “You can’t make people do a certain type of music. They generate their best music when they are free to do what they want, not what we want.”

SOURCE – (AP)

 

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Morgan Wallen Has Been Arrested After Police Say He Threw A Chair Off Of The Roof Of A 6-Story Bar

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Nashville, Tennessee – Morgan Wallen, a country music singer, has been detained after allegedly throwing a chair from the rooftop of a recently opened six-story club in downtown Nashville.

Metro Nashville Police stated that Wallen, 30, was booked into jail early Monday on three felony counts of reckless endangerment and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

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Morgan Wallen Has Been Arrested After Police Say He Threw A Chair Off Of The Roof Of A 6-Story Bar

A chair was hurled from the rooftop of Chief’s Bar and landed on Broadway near two police officers, prompting the accusations.

According to the arrest affidavit, the chair landed about 3 feet (1 meter) from cops, who spoke with witnesses and watched security footage. Witnesses informed police that they saw Wallen take up a chair, throw it over the roof, and laugh about it.

Worrick Robinson, Wallen’s attorney, confirmed the singer’s arrest late Sunday and claimed she was completely cooperating with police. He was freed from detention and had a court appointment planned for May 3.

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Morgan Wallen Has Been Arrested After Police Say He Threw A Chair Off Of The Roof Of A 6-Story Bar

Wallen is one of the most well-known figures in the country at present. His third studio album, 2023’s “One Thing at a Time,” was the best-selling album in the United States last year. It spent 16 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 in 2023, which means he was at No. 1 for 30% of the year, more than any other album since Adele’s “21” dominated over ten years earlier. It had numerous top ten Billboard Hot 100 successes, including “Last Night,” “You Proof,” “Thinkin’ Bout Me,” “Thought You Should Know,” and “Don’t Think Jesus.”

After a video surfaced of him uttering a racial slur, the country artist was suspended indefinitely by his label, and his songs were removed from radio stations and streaming services in 2021. As a result, he was disqualified or limited from various award events and did not earn any Grammy nominations for his best-selling “Dangerous: The Double Album.”

He was arrested in 2020 for public intoxication and disorderly conduct after being booted out of Kid Rock’s downtown Nashville bar.

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Morgan Wallen Has Been Arrested After Police Say He Threw A Chair Off Of The Roof Of A 6-Story Bar

Wallen claimed on social media that he and several friends were “horse-playing” after a few pub stops.

“We didn’t mean any harm, and we want to say sorry to any bar staff or anyone that was affected,” Wallen wrote on Facebook. “I want to thank the local authorities for being so professional and doing their jobs with class. Love you all.”

SOURCE – (AP)

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Lawsuit Naming Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs As Co-Defendant Alleges His Son Sexually Assaulted Woman On Yacht

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Los Angeles — A lawsuit naming Sean “Diddy” Combs as a co-defendant claims that his son Christian “King” Combs sexually abused a lady working on a boat hired by his father.

According to the lawsuit filed on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Sean Combs engineered the circumstances that led to the assault and then paid to cover it up. It’s the latest in a slew of lawsuits alleging the producer and music tycoon of sexual assault, and it comes amid a federal sex trafficking investigation that prompted Homeland Security investigators to raid his Los Angeles and Miami properties last week.

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Lawsuit Naming Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs As Co-Defendant Alleges His Son Sexually Assaulted Woman On Yacht

Grace O’Marcaigh, a crew member and bartender on the yacht, claims that in late December 2022, Christian Combs persuaded her to consume tequila that she suspects was laced with other substances. According to the lawsuit, he touched her breasts and genitals and tried to force her to have oral sex.

The Associated Press normally does not identify persons who claim to have been sexually abused unless they come out publicly, as O’Marcaigh has. She also agreed to be named through her solicitors.

Aaron Dyer, an attorney for Sean and Christian Combs, described the complaint as “lewd and meritless.”

“We will be filing a motion to dismiss this outrageous claim,” Dyer stated.

Dyer described the inquiry that resulted in last week’s raids as “nothing more than a witch hunt based on meritless accusations made in civil lawsuits.”

Sean Combs, who chartered the yacht for the holidays in 2022, “had full control of the staff and premises” and established an environment in which her assault was not only accepted but encouraged.

O’Marcaigh, who was 25 at the time, claimed that when Christian Combs, then 24, arrived late one night, he appeared intoxicated and began paying her unwanted attention.

She stated that the two were in a music studio on board the ship, where producer Rodney Jones, who filed his lawsuit in February, was instructed to be available around the clock for Sean Combs to work on his upcoming album.

In the lawsuit, O’Marcaigh claimed that Christian Combs insisted on her drinking tequila shots, and she did so out of responsibility.

According to the lawsuit, he became increasingly aggressive with her, violently seizing her arm as she attempted to leave the situation and then touching her. The suit claims that the beverages caused everything to blur unnaturally quickly.

Microphones in the studio, where Jones was instructed to record everything, captured their conversation, and the lawsuit contains a transcript in which O’Marcaigh demands that Christian Combs cease molesting her.

The suit claims that he continued the assault in the ship’s movie theater, which was utilized as a spare sleeping area and where she was looking for a place to stay the night because all of the rooms were booked before another crew member intervened, and he stopped.

O’Marcaigh informed the yacht’s captain about the assault the next morning, but she claims that when Combs handed him a substantial sum of money the same day, the captain neglected to investigate or take any action.

According to the lawsuit, O’Marcaigh was dismissed in retribution and has since been unable to find work in the music sector, where she had hoped to advance her career. According to the report, she has been experiencing significant mental anguish since 2022.

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Lawsuit Naming Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs As Co-Defendant Alleges His Son Sexually Assaulted Woman On Yacht

The lawsuit demands damages that will be established at trial.

Christian Combs is also a musical artist, and his song “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” featuring Kodak Black topped Billboard’s Mainstream R&B Hip-Hop charts in 2022. He was in his father’s Los Angeles house during last week’s searches, and he and his brother were handcuffed but not jailed.

Tyrone Blackburn, the same attorney who represents O’Marcaigh, filed a federal case against producer Jones in February, alleging that Sean Combs pushed him into soliciting prostitutes and pressuring him to have sex with them.

Dyer stated that the latest lawsuit is “filled with the same kind of manufactured lies and irrelevant facts we’ve come to expect from Blackburn.”

He noted that U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote criticized Blackburn in a separate lawsuit on Wednesday and referred him to a disciplinary committee for a “pattern of behavior” in which he “improperly files cases in federal court to garner media attention, embarrass defendants with salacious allegations, and pressure defendants to settle quickly.”

Blackburn answered via email that “a referral is not a sanction” and that Combs’ lawyer’s comment was an attempt to “deflect and distract.”

“Christian Combs sexually assaulted Ms. O’Marcaigh, and we have it on tape,” Blackburn told reporters.

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Lawsuit Naming Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs As Co-Defendant Alleges His Son Sexually Assaulted Woman On Yacht

The R&B singer Cassie, his former protege and lover, filed a lawsuit in November alleging years of sexual abuse, including rape, which has since brought the music and business magnate into the public eye. It was settled the next day.

Combs and his counsel have denied all of the lawsuits’ claims.

Combs, a three-time Grammy winner and the founder of Bad Boy Records, has been one of hip-hop’s most prominent producers and executives for the last three decades. He grew his hip-hop empire into a larger economic empire that included private-label spirits, clothing, and a television network.

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Kanye West Accused Of Discrimination And Harassment By Former Employee

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A former Kanye West employee has filed a lawsuit accusing the controversial singer of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, among other claims.

Trevor Phillips filed the case on Tuesday against the rapper, whose legal name is Ye, his Yeezy brand, and Donda Academy, a K-12 Christian private school in Los Angeles.

Phillips claims in the lawsuit that West “treated the black staff considerably worse than white employees,” describing the prejudice as “severe.”

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Kanye West Accused Of Discrimination And Harassment By Former Employee

“Even when class was in session, Kanye would scream and berate black employees, while never even as much raising his tone at the white staff,” according to the complaint. “Often, Kanye targeted Phillips – a black man – not just with this disparate and harassing behavior, but complete and utter disdain.”

The ex-employee further claims that he saw West “spread hate, profess antisemitic tropes and lies, threaten the LGBTQ+ community, and almost sexually stimulate himself.”

“Already at a disadvantage because of his skin color, once Phillips pushed back against Kanye’s bigotry and instructions to violate the law, he became an even bigger target,” according to the lawsuit. “In return, Kanye responded mercilessly, with constant harassment, humiliation, and attempts to both mentally control and destroy Phillips.” Kanye’s hostility against the plaintiff eventually culminated in a profane lashing in front of students and their parents. “Kanye even threatened Phillips with physical violence.”

According to the lawsuit, Phillips was hired in November 2022 to work for West’s Yeezy fashion business, but his role later grew to include work at Donda Academy, the school West created and named after his late mother.

In October 2022, West wore a “White Lives Matter” t-shirt and dressed many Black models in clothes with the same message at his YZY runway show during Paris Fashion Week; the Anti-Defamation League has linked the slogan to the Ku Klux Klan.

Later that month, in a 45-minute “Drink Champs” podcast episode, the rapper made a slew of obscene and antisemitic remarks, resulting in financial consequences for him and his branding partners.

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Kanye West Accused Of Discrimination And Harassment By Former Employee

West proceeded to make comments that some regarded as antisemitic and anti-Black.

The suit refers to West’s comments and social media posts from the period.

“During those interviews, Kanye boastfully and deplorably championed his deep-rooted antisemitism and hate for the Jewish people, echoing tropes that have stereotyped Jews for much of history,” according to the complaint.

The lawsuit also claims that West “proudly touted his discriminatory conspiracies of Jews during a meeting at the Donda Academy.” According to Phillips, “on several occasions, witnessed Kanye preach to his staff obscenities.”

“Fearing for their jobs and also to de-escalate Kanye’s absurdities (so that the two present school children did not hear), the school staff did their best to ignore him,” according to the complaint. “However, in front of the two schoolchildren, Kanye continued his dangerous rhetoric.”

According to the suit, Kanye “started to openly discuss how he only likes to date white women,” and at one point, told two schoolchildren “that he wanted them to shave their heads and that he intended to put a jail at the school – and that they could be locked in cages.”

The school purportedly closed in 2023, but the lawsuit states that “on information and belief, Donda Academy still operates to this day.”

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Kanye West Accused Of Discrimination And Harassment By Former Employee

CNN contacted the Donda Academy for comment. The phone number listed for the school on the California Department of Education website is no longer active.

Phillips also claims in the lawsuit that he had an uncomfortable three-hour discussion with West during which his then-boss bragged about Hitler and declared, “Gay people are not true Christians.”

According to the lawsuit, Phillips’ employment with Donda Academy ended in August 2023.

Phillips is seeking a jury trial and at least $35,000 in damages.

West expressed regret to the Jewish community in December 2023 for any “unintended outburst” that his “words or actions” may have caused.

SOURCE – CNN

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