The music business ‘ what’s left of it ‘ is getting ready for Grammy weekend at the end of January and there’s a lot going on.

Not the least of it is Sony selling 4 million and more copies of Susan Boyle’s debut CD. It’s like the old days! And talk about easy listening. Boyle’s renderings are the perfect backdrop to almost anything.

Over at EMI Records, beloved longtime chief Bruce Lundvall is giving up the daily grind, so to speak. He deserves a break after all this time. Bruce has been running Blue Note for 25 years. Lundvall has worked with every jazz great, and cultivated Blue Note into one of the few important labels left. He also was responsible for Norah Jones, one of the few stars with a lasting career to be created in the 00s.

Taking Bruce’s place is the phenomenal Ian Ralfini. He came to Blue Note in 2001 and re-started Manhattan Records with legend Arif Mardin. Now Ian, who is a man devoted to his acts ‘ especially Celtic Woman ‘‘takes the reins. It couldn’t happen to a better guy. It shows that EMI is not just giving up.

Meanwhile, the lawyer who guided the whole Michael Jackson executor mess this year is being honored. Joel Katz, who has really steered the Jackson camp through murky waters, is getting the 2010 Service Award from the Grammy Foundation at the annual Law Luncheon on January 29th. There should be a gold plated Advil bottle on the plaque for what Katz accomplished this past year!

P.S. Universal Music’s Doug Morris is the Grammy honoree at Clive Davis’s annual dinner this year. This means in addition to Clive’s acts, like Alicia, Whitney, and Leona, the Beverly Hilton gang will probably get a little GaGa, if you know what I mean! Clive, Doug, Bruce Lundvall ‘‘these are the last of the great music men. We’d better appreciate them while we can. And Clive’s party is the event of the year, hands down. Whitney had better be there to sing “Million Dollar Bill”!

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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