Thursday, May 30, 2024

Universal Music Chief Lucian Grainge Hospitalized with Corona Virus, Major Execs Recently Partied with Him


Universal Music chief Lucian Grainge is in UCLA Medical Center with coronavirus, reports say.

Grainge, who’s 60, recently had a big birthday party where guests included Tim Cook and Eddy Cue from Apple, and Irving Azoff, one of the most powerful people in the biz. (He manages Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, controls Madison Square Garden, stuff like that).

According to Variety, the party guests included many well known names in the music biz.  The party was held at the fancy shmancy Madison Club in La Quinta, a resort city near Indio, California where Coachella is held. Bold face names on the property include Karsdashians and Jenners, Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford, Sly Stallone, Scooter Braun, Ray Romano and Alan Smolinsky, one of the owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Meanwhile, at Universal Music’s Santa Monica headquarters, an employee also tested positive. The offices have been shut down.

As a friend of mine just said, “This shit is getting real.”

Here’s the best get well wishes for Sir Lucian, who is much beloved and tough as nails. If he can survive the record biz, this will be a cake walk!

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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