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Island Def Jam trolls for Net talent

Island Def Jam Music Group is the latest label group to begin seeking talent on the Internet with online A&R; system Streetlabs. Streetlabs functions as an online A&R; vehicle with webscouts seeking new talent on the Web and collecting songs. The songs are then digitally delivered to Island Def Jam's A&R; department via the company's intranet system. The label group said that during the past six months, webscouts have been searching the Internet for new artists to sign and they are in "advanced discussions" with several artists. Unsigned acts also can upload music for consideration through streetlabs.com or Island Def Jam's other sites: islandrecords.com, defjam.com and defsoul.com. Full story

O'Sullivan sr. vp marketing for Uni music output

Cliff O'Sullivan has been promoted to senior vp marketing and artist development at Universal Music and Video Distribution. O'Sullivan will be responsible for artist development, merchandising and marketing activities within North America. He will report to Universal Music and Video Distribution president Jim Urie. "Cliff has been an incredible marketing executive who has helped Universal Music and Video Distribution create success for so many of our releases," Urie said. "This is a well-deserved promotion." Previously, O'Sullivan served as vp marketing and artists development for the unit. Before that, he was vp marketing at RCA Records, where he worked with such artists as 'N Sync and Vertical Horizon. Full story

QBQ, Principal linked under AGI

Talent representation agency Artist Group International announced that QBQ Entertainment and Principal Artists Group will operate under the AGI name starting Sept. 15. Under the new umbrella, AGI's roster will include Celine Dion, Metallica, Ricky Martin and Billy Joel. Before the change, AGI was the holding company for QBQ and Principal. QBQ president Dennis Arfa will serve as AGI chairman and will run the New York office, while Principal founder Rob Prinz will head up the West Coast office based in Los Angeles. Arfa founded QBQ in 1986 after heading the William Morris Agency's New York music department. The Marquee Group acquired QBQ in 1987, but Afra bought the company back last year after SFX's acquisition of Marquee. Prinz, a veteran of CAA and the William Morris Agency, formed Principal in 1999 after 20 years of experience as a music agent.

Page, Crowes cancel tour

Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes canceled tonight's Irvine, Calif., concert and the remainder of the second leg of their tour after Page suffered a back injury. The band will try to reschedule the canceled gigs before the third tour segment begins Sept. 23 in Miami.


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