Monday, May 27, 2024

Sean Parker–Not Justin Timberlake–“Friends” Denise Rich


More on Denise Rich‘s big fundraiser for cancer research on Thursday night.

Rich’s charity, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, also honored Sean Parker, co-founder of Facebook and creator of record industry killer, Napster.

Parker was busy meeting and greeting all night, shaking hands, and looking good in a suit a little like Clark Kent. It seems like he’s settling into New York. If he doesn’t stay in his rented townhouse, he’s going to look for something else.

Of course the irony of Parker being at the Rich event is that so many people from the record industry were in attendance. Parker’s Napster started the downloading craze–and may have wrecked the business as it was known.

Still, Parker told those who asked that he never said the line spoken by Justin Timberlake–playing him — in “The Social Network” about Tower Records being gone.

Someone else said to Parker: “I’ve been to all your parties.” Parker responded: “I’ve only had two parties.”

Parker did cross paths with legendary music man Clive Davis, by the way. But it lasted one second, and was good for a photo op. Davis is still selling boatloads of new records by Santana, Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys and others despite what Napster wrought.

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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