Sunday, April 14, 2024

That $4 Million Columbia Records Paid for Dominic Fike? Sounds Like It Was Worth It


In August I wrote about Sony’s Columbia Records paying $4 million for an unknown rapper named Dominic Fike. It seemed like folly, but new president Ron Perry had to do something BIG.

Tonight, Mr. Fike has dropped an EP of 6 songs. The money may have been well spent. His songs are melodic– they’re songs, he’s not really a rapper. Dominic sounds a little like Mark McGrath, which isn’t a bad thing. I love the acoustic guitar. His genre is rock. Like, rock.

I do think they’ve got a couple of singles here. This is a good preface to a full length album. Dominic’s going to have a hit of some kind with “3 Nights.” Columbia Records may be back on the charts with someone under the age of 25. Ron Perry will be getting a lot of kudos, and Rob Stringer can breathe a sigh of relief.

PS Fike gets the last laugh. He was in jail prior to signing with Columbia. He’s not going back.

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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