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Meredith Israel

As Billboard reported, former RCA Records publicist Meredith Sue Israel Thomas (who also coincidentally was a family friend to this author), tragically passed away on Friday (12/21) after four years of battling cancer. A press release reports:

Shortly after being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in the summer of '08, Meredith and her family moved back to New York City. She began an intense chemotherapy regimen and continued to endure a variety of different test therapies under the care of Memorial Sloan Kettering. Israel-Thomas began blogging through Caringbridge.org and advocating early cancer detection practices while actively fund raising for several organizations. She appeared on "Today," "Good Morning America," and in other local and national media as a spokeswoman for the cause.

The honesty and bluntness of her journaling attracted nearly 400,000 visits at Caringbridge. She studied at the Gotham School of Writing earlier this year. Her story was further spread by Facebook, the Huffington Post, the Miami Herald, AOL.com and the Daily Mail, among others. Meredith's fundraising efforts on behalf of Max Cure and the Pediatric Children's Relief Foundation's "Cookies for Cancer" brought tens of thousands of dollars to the organizations.
While working at RCA, Meredith worked with artists like Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Christina Aguilera, Lit, and Heather Headley. More recently she was working in event hospitality and food publicity but she remained well known within the music industry.

Those looking to donate money in Meredith's memory, should do so HERE.

Rest in peace, Meredith.

ASAP Rocky

A press release reads:

The much buzzed about rapper A$AP Rocky has signed with Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records, it was announced today by Bryan Leach, President of Polo Grounds Music, Inc. and Peter Edge, Chief Executive Officer, RCA Music Group.

"I feel great about the new deal; I believe it was destined and with a label like Polo Grounds & RCA behind me I don't see anything stopping us," says A$AP Rocky. "I wanted go with the right partner that can help get a bigger platform to get me and my A$AP crew's music and movement out. I expect to be in the same league as today's most relevant artists, and there are just some things you can't do on your own. The plan is to not only release great music, culture, and style for myself and A$AP worldwide, but to also be the next major artist/exec in the business and make great business men out of my brothers."...

...A$AP Rocky will perform at Vice magazine's Creators Project on Saturday, October 15 and the Fader Fort showcase during the CMJ Festival on Saturday, October 22. A$AP Rocky has also been tapped to join Drake's "Club Paradise" tour this fall.

Check out the video for "Purple Swag" below...

Continue reading "ASAP Rocky gets a big record contract, playing Creators Project & Fader Fort, touring w/ Drake"

BDP's By All Means Necessary
Boogie Down Productions

Amid some big changes in the music industry, new RCA Records CEO Peter Edge and longtime colleague Tom Corson, who was promoted to president and COO in August, have officially shuttered historic labels Arista and Jive. J Records, launched by Clive Davis in 2000 as an "instant major," will also see its artists bequeathed to RCA.

"The path we've taken is to refresh RCA, so we're going to retire those brands," Corson tells The Hollywood Reporter in a new interview. "There may be a reason down the line to bring them back, but it's a clean slate here."

Jive Records, run by Barry Weiss for nearly 20 years, was home to multi-platinum pop stars Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. Arista was founded in 1974 also by Davis, who signed Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Barry Manilow to the label. In recent years, it saw releases by Usher and Pink. All artists will now fall under the RCA Records banner.

For a while there I was buying Jive releases left and right; A Tribe Called Quest, Boogie Down Productions, Too Short, UGK, Keith Murray, Souls of Mischief, Casual, R.Kelly, E-40... so many great hip hop artists from the 90s put out records with the then-mostly-hip-hop label (before their latter years that focused on the NSYNC/Britney fromage). Arista had less of an identity, with bands ranging from A Flock of Seagulls to Bonecrusher. - BBG

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Priestess - "Ladykiller" (MP3)

Priestess at Webster Hall, opening for Pentagram (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Priestess

Priestess are prior to, um, Prior to The Fire, their NEW LP for their new home, Tee Pee Records. The band released Hello Master in 2005, and are prepping the new joint for a 2/2/10 release, though the record was completed more than a year ago:

The record was completed in the fall of 2008... and we were extremely proud, everyone involved, of what we've done and checked it in the label and it was the same story again. 'Well look guys, we can see that you love this and it's a great new direction and you guys have matured, but we still don't hear a song that we want that we can use as a single. Can you guys continue to write more songs?'

And we were basically like, 'Uhh... No. This is it. We've got a good record here and we don't want to do anything forced.'

You can't force write a single, it's impossible to do that. At least it's impossible for us. We're not Tin Pan Ally songwriters; we're a rock band.

Priestess and RCA Records decided to go their separate ways. But unlike the long and nasty splits between band and label you always here about, the break between Priestess and RCA was actually peaceful.

Shockingly peaceful actually!... read more about it at ChartAttack, and download the first track (single?) above.

Priestess will join Early Man and Naam at The Charleston on Saturday, 12/12. It's one of a few remaining dates before the end of the year.

Naam recently posted part one of their ongoing tour diary from the road with Priestess and Early Man. Dig on that here. Remaining Priestess dates and the show flyer are below...

Continue reading "Priestess leave RCA for Tee Pee - album set for 2010 release (MP3), on tour now w/ Naam & Early Man (NYC Saturday)"