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:: Suge Knight was reportedly involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Compton yesterday (January 29), where the former Death Row Records CEO was behind the wheel. The city’s law enforcement is now on the lookout for Knight, who is wanted for questioning for murder. More »
Big-time rock critic Michael Azerrad’s life took an unusual turn recently, when a proggy British emo band called Tubelord* wrote a song about killing him. The murderous ode to him, called “I Am Azerrad,” is their next single, and it features these lyrics:
“I see today, I see you, Azerrad / I’ve read the clues, they lead me to your head / I’ll kill today, I’ll kill you, Azerrad.”
That seems pretty conclusive to me! At least Azerrad got in some good lines about it when he wrote the incident up for Spin–he even tracked down the lead singer of the band, Joe Prendergrast, who acted all quiet and British-y about the whole thing, saying he picked Azerrad’s name because it had a “swing to it.” As Idolator pal Eric Harvey notes, Prendergrast’s defense is pretty flimsy.
CD duplication company MediaTechnics has signed a letter of intent to purchase Global Media Group, the company that acquired the assets of Death Row Records after the label fell into bankruptcy. Global Music Group paid $24 million for Death Row’s assets back in June. More »
The rights to Death Row Records, which were auctioned off after Suge Knight’s bankruptcy, were purchased by Susan Berg of the Global Music Group, according to TMZ. And what is the Global Music Group again? Well, there are currently two Web sites bearing said name. One is a French label that releases techno albums, so we can assume it’s not owned by former esthetician Susan Berg. The other’s rather low-rent site opens with “CONGRADULATIONS!!! DEATH ROW RECORDS was acquired today by GLOBAL MUSIC GROUP for $25 million dollars. GLOBAL MUSIC GROUP, A MULTI GENRE LABEL WITH OVER 30 YEARS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS.” So we can assume that we should be giving “congrads” to this company. But how could a company with $25 million to burn also be the home of Davey Johnson, best known for touring as Frankie Goes To Hollywood and falsely claiming to be Holly Johnson’s brother? Questions, questions.
Suge Knight was knocked unconscious for several minutes on Saturday during a scuffle outside of a nightclub in Los Angeles. While Suge’s guards promptly delivered the kind of smackdown you’d expect, the victim of their aggression was able to make one connect, and good. More »