Friday, May 24, 2024

Seymour Stein Back on the Charts with The Maine


Well, well.

Seymour Stein‘s Sire Records–long a part of Warner Music– is back on the charts. And with a My Space group they found and cultivated called The Maine. The group, of course, hails from Phoenix, Arizona.

We must give credit here since the Warner Bros. name no longer appears on the charts, just its Atlantic division.

There’s no surprise that Sire finally came through. They did bring us Regina Spektor in the last few years.

And Seymour Stein is the guy who brought us The Ramones, The Pretenders, Talking Heads, the Sex Pistols, and whats-her-name, Madonna.

So congrats to Seymour and the Sire staff. The Maine‘s debut Sire album enters the charts this week at number 16 with 22,634 copies sold, according to And, guess what? They’re good. New groups can still be “broken.” Maybe Warner Records itself will do that someday.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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