Sunday, June 16, 2024

Josh Groban, Canadian Duo Lead Warner Brothers Records Revival


Warner Bros. Records is back. From the dead. Despite the yeoman efforts of the people who work there, WBR was kind of handcuffed during the Bronfman-Cohen era. Their stock plummeted, everyone was fired, and no new acts were developed. But good news! It looks like Warner Bros. Records, the label in the Warner Music Group that just never could get it together, is humming. Next week comes Josh Groban’s new album, “All that Echoes,”  will likely finish at number 1 next Monday with over 130,00 copies sold. The single, “Brave,” is a winner, too. Groban, a great guy, finally has a solid pop hit.

The label is also suddenly forward charging with Canadian duo Tegan and Sara. Their 13th album, an “overnight sensation” called “Heartthrob,” debuted this week on the charts at number 3. They’ve got a hit single called “Closer,” too. Today Warner’s announced it signed a group Skaters, and they have a hit called “I Wanna Dance But I Don’t Know How.” Warner Bros. Records languished for so long, it’s not funny. But it’s good to see them back in the game now that they’re owned by Len Blavatnik. Bravo! Can’t wait to hear what’s next.

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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