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Story outtakes, celebrity confessions and the latest pop culture news in the Bay Area

About Me
I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

My Articles

MY PICKS
CD: Common:"Be"
Music Video Eminem: featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Trailer: The Year of the Yao
TV: Harvey Birdman
Videogame: Fable

MERCURY REVIEWS
Art: The New Art of India
Bar: Boswell's
Book: Jill Scott
Club: Forum
DVD: Kinsey
Movie: Cinderella Man
Music: Sleater-Kinney
Restaurant: The Melting Pot
Theater:The Mambo Kings

SICK SITE
Earth and Sun Kiss

MY PLAYLIST

1. R. Kelly: "Trapped In The Closet"

2. Weezer: "Hold Me"

3. Bright Eyes: "First Day Of My Life"

4. Ringside: "Miss You" and "Criminal"

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  • ticketmaster.com
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  • Adisa Banjoko : San Jose's Bishop of Hip hop
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  • East Bay Livin' : Ellen Lee's EB hunt
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  • SiliconBeat: News about tech money and innovation
  • Thursday, January 27, 2005

    Jermaine Dupri heading Virgin Record's urban music division

    On yesterday's topic of tsunami news, I found a whole blog devoted to tsunamis.

    And in hip-hop news, popular producer (and Janet Jackson's beau) Jermaine Dupri has been recently named the new president of Virgin Records' urban music division.

    Virgin is home to artists like Lenny Kravitz and Janet. Dupri's move follows the the lead of other artists like Jay-Z, the president and CEO of Def Jam, the label created by Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons.

    On one hand, I think it's good for artists who are at the top of their game to manage the game, but on other hand, being the top boss entails other business responsibilities. Let's hope it's a worthwhile union.

    For tonight, ch-check it out:

    WHAT: TREMOLO Benefit Concert
    WHERE: Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
    WHEN: 8 p.m., tonight 1/27
    TIX: $8; www.tremolomusic.net; www.freetheslaves.net
    WHY: The Oakland rock band's concert benefits FREE THE SLAVES, a non-profit organization working to end modern day slavery domestic and abroad


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