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By Emeri B. O'Brien and Emeri B. O'Brien,Sun Staff | August 7, 2005
The heat is blazing. But Mark Whitten sits coolly in his red Cadillac parked in the Mondawmin shopping center in West Baltimore. Window down. Music playing. His mind is focused on making the sale. On a good day, he may sell up to 75 CDs. "These parking lots are like the ocean. We are like sharks trying to get a dollar and a buzz," says Whitten, a recent marketing graduate from Morgan State University. He leans out of the window, smoothly nods, calls out to a woman walking by and pulls out the product: local rapper Bossman's Law and Order CD. It's this kind of pop-the-trunk, on-the-street type hustling that helped Whitten's friend, Bossman, ink a deal in May with Virgin Records.
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By SAM SESSA and SAM SESSA,SUN REPORTER | June 8, 2006
There are at least two sides to We Are Scientists: 1) The power-trio side with the fairly straightforward live show, where they dispense highly danceable indie rock songs. You can see this at Sonar on Monday night. They take their music rather seriously. 2) The threesome who loves to pull off-kilter antics off stage. The music video to "Nobody Move, Nobody Gets Hurt" is a great example. For the first 30 seconds, they are in the studio playing the song, until a man in a bear suit jumps through the window and starts chasing them through the streets.
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By Robert Hilburn and Robert Hilburn,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 18, 2003
NEW YORK - Think of Norah Jones as the anti-diva. On the day her debut album picked up eight Grammy nominations, the petite, soft-spoken pop sensation is enjoying a glass of wine in a quiet Gramercy Park restaurant rather than some upscale celebrity spot. She's dressed simply in a T-shirt and jeans, the same casual attire she usually wears on stage, and there's no entourage in sight. "The record industry has gotten so into image that image becomes more important than the singer," says Jones, 23, with a smile that could make Mona Lisa envious.
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By Emeri B. O'Brien and Emeri B. O'Brien,Sun Staff | August 7, 2005
The heat is blazing. But Mark Whitten sits coolly in his red Cadillac parked in the Mondawmin shopping center in West Baltimore. Window down. Music playing. His mind is focused on making the sale. On a good day, he may sell up to 75 CDs. "These parking lots are like the ocean. We are like sharks trying to get a dollar and a buzz," says Whitten, a recent marketing graduate from Morgan State University. He leans out of the window, smoothly nods, calls out to a woman walking by and pulls out the product: local rapper Bossman's Law and Order CD. It's this kind of pop-the-trunk, on-the-street type hustling that helped Whitten's friend, Bossman, ink a deal in May with Virgin Records.
ENTERTAINMENT
By SAM SESSA and SAM SESSA,SUN REPORTER | June 8, 2006
There are at least two sides to We Are Scientists: 1) The power-trio side with the fairly straightforward live show, where they dispense highly danceable indie rock songs. You can see this at Sonar on Monday night. They take their music rather seriously. 2) The threesome who loves to pull off-kilter antics off stage. The music video to "Nobody Move, Nobody Gets Hurt" is a great example. For the first 30 seconds, they are in the studio playing the song, until a man in a bear suit jumps through the window and starts chasing them through the streets.
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By New York Times News Service | October 14, 1992
NEW YORK -- It is time, Joan Baez said yesterday, to put aside the political activism for which she has long been a national symbol and concentrate without distraction on her music."
FEATURES
August 11, 2001
Soundtrack to film by Carey delayed First the opening date of Mariah Carey's movie was postponed; now the release of her soundtrack has been delayed. Glitter was expected to hit stores Aug. 21, but Virgin Records now plans to release the soundtrack Sept. 11. The movie Glitter, starring Carey as an aspiring pop star, was to open nationwide Aug. 31, but 20th Century Fox moved it this week to Sept. 21. Both projects were postponed after the 31-year-old Grammy winner suffered an emotional breakdown last month.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,Sun reporter | March 18, 2008
A Baltimore-based hip-hop artist who was detained by police over the weekend after a fight at a Fells Point bar said yesterday that he was assaulted by officers. Travis "Bossman" Holifield was at Moby's bar on South Broadway about 1 a.m. Sunday when one of his friends allegedly hit another customer over the head with a bottle of beer. A city police spokesman said that Holifield was detained by police while officers determined whether he was part of the fight or a witness to it. But Holifield said in a news release that five city police officers forced him to the ground and assaulted him, "resulting in bruising, swelling and having a large section of hair being forcibly pulled from his head."
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | May 13, 1998
Richard Branson, the business magnate who created Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic Airways, has taken on a new challenge with the launching of Virgin Cola in Baltimore and five other U.S. cities yesterday."
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By Glenn Gamboa and Glenn Gamboa,Newsday | July 10, 2007
Let Billy Corgan think whatever he wants. If he wants to call teaming with drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, who has played with Corgan in the group Zwan and on his solo album, a Smashing Pumpkins reunion, that's fine, as long as it produces albums as potent as Zeitgeist (Reprise). On their current tour, which brings them to Pimlico to headline the Virgin Festival on Aug. 5, the Pumpkins are pairing tunes from their past and present. While Zeitgeist, which is out today, may not be as genre-defining as Siamese Dream or as ambitious as Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (both on Virgin Records)
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By Robert Hilburn and Robert Hilburn,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 18, 2003
NEW YORK - Think of Norah Jones as the anti-diva. On the day her debut album picked up eight Grammy nominations, the petite, soft-spoken pop sensation is enjoying a glass of wine in a quiet Gramercy Park restaurant rather than some upscale celebrity spot. She's dressed simply in a T-shirt and jeans, the same casual attire she usually wears on stage, and there's no entourage in sight. "The record industry has gotten so into image that image becomes more important than the singer," says Jones, 23, with a smile that could make Mona Lisa envious.
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By Interview by Larry Bingham | November 30, 2003
Carol March, a 44-year-old mother of two who provides day care out of her home near Dundalk, has been a fan of singer Michael Jackson for 30 years. She still is -- despite new allegations that the pop star molested a boy. A week ago, March traveled to a rally in New York, outside the Virgin Records Megastore in Union Square, to support Jackson. She described the experience for The Sun: We all had candles and we all had our posters and signs and things. We had a CD player and we played Michael's music -- some of the oldest hits and some of the newest ones and his newest single, and of course 'D.S.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2004
Hispanic Liaison Office sets workshop on buying a home Baltimore's Hispanic Liaison Office will hold a free, bilingual homebuying workshop next month. The session will include information about government incentives, financing, credit counseling and tips on buying a home. Real estate professionals will provide information and answer questions. The workshop is aimed at increasing homeownership by Hispanics. The event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at St. Patrick's Church hall, 1728 Bank St. For more information, call 410-545-6532.
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