J.Lo, Shakira shake things up at record labels
- Last Updated: 2:52 PM, April 8, 2012
- Posted: 1:29 AM, April 8, 2012
ON THE MONEY
J.Lo is “Dancing Again,” with a new saucy video starring boyfriend Casper Smart, but our sources wonder if she’s trying to dance out of her Island Def Jam (IDJ) deal and back to her erstwhile Epic record label.
Sources tell On the Money that the latest song by Jennifer Lopez (pictured), “Dancing Again,” has been marketed by Sony’s Epic, even though she’s still under contract at the Universal Music Group label, run by Barry Weiss.
The ever-unpredictable singer, who also graces Vogue’s cover this month, is said to be thinking of a reunion with Antonio “L.A.” Reid, who’s been redecorating Sony’s Epic label.
Both Lopez and Reid are judges of talent shows for Fox. (News Corp. owns Fox and The Post.) Lopez is a judge for “American Idol” while Reid swings the gavel on “The X Factor.”
Lopez has completed seven albums, from “On the 6,” to “Love?” and was with Epic for a decade before splitting in 2010 to join IDJ.
La Lopez isn’t the only diva who has been shaking things up.
Music insiders suggest that curvy Colombian Shakira has been looking for a new label for her soulful songs.
But after talks, it appears the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer will stay within the Sony family — maybe not with Epic, though things are still in flux.
Glad we are past that.
According to a report issued by the federal reserve after what could only have been an extensive investigation by the central bank's internal watchdog, there is no evidence that the Fed was involved in the watergate buglary.
Finally, we can pit to bed the national nightmare. The probe was led vy the ded inspector general Mark Bialek, and convered on allegations by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) oh "undue political interference" at the fed related to the 1972 watergate scandle. So now former chairman Arther Burns can rest in peace, with history knowing he was not a crook.
Goin' great guns
Its not 1987.
The explanation for Guns N' Roses' unforeseen chart ascension and high album sales is actually simple: the greybeard rockers have been recruited as good soldiers for the raging online music war.
Both Google, wich relaunched its Play platform and Amazon's MP3 stoires offered the '80s icons' greatest-hits collection for a shiny quarter, resulting in 85,000 units gobbled up.
Insiders bekueve the retailers forked over $3 to $4 an album. At the low end, the offer would coust about $223,00. But their common goal is to secure new users and, they hope, take a bite out of apple's iTunes sales.
"These companies are hoping users who buy the album for 25 cents say, 'I might as well buy another Guns N' Roses records while I'm shopping on this site, since this other one was pretty much free." an insider told On the Money. "I think [Amazon and Google] realized that iTunes didn't make a dime the first few years for Apple as they were breaking in the iPod. Raising awareness of your platform is the first order of business."
The retailers have attempted similar cost-slashing tactics with modern-day like Coldplay and Drake.
Ahm, the crack of the bat, The pop of horse-hide into the mutt. The green of the grass. It can only mean one thing: It's beer season.
All you softballers and TV rooters have a dollar-savvy resource for those indispensable game-time suds: Saveonbrew.com, which calls itself the only beer-expense search engine.
The site combs through prices at grocery stores, liquor stores and the like in search of advertised deals near you. It pools more than 50,000 stores and posts between 250,000-300,000 live beer deals. With 30,000 hits a day averaging 100,000 page views daily, the site has prospered since launching nationwide in January 2011.
Developed by Mark and Jennifer Davidson of Texas, the site fills a void in the licrative berr industry. Though price-compareison sites are not novel, Jennifer andh her husband thought, she says, "Why not for beer? We could't find anything like it."
Currently, the site freely promotes deals, generatoing revenie from other means like custom beer-location maps for smaller breweries.
Sara Ashley O'Brien