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Here's an interesting article about Guns N' Roses new manager Irving Azoff. We know that many of you would like to read and know more about Irving Azoff and the article below is a good start to get a picture of who he is and what he has done.

The article is pretty long and we choose to publish the entire article since it gives a good picture of who Irving Azoff is and what he is capable of. Now we only have to wait what his first move with GN'R will be?

As "Hits" continues to chronicle the downfall of the Warner Music Group, one must ask if major labels are even the story anymore.

So Warners numbers tanked. Its not like this is a surprise. After all, CD sales have been going down, down, down for years, unrelentingly. Hell, Warners market share improved recently, and the numbers still went down. That begs the question, is a lot of a little even relevant?

We can dissect EMI and Sony BMG all day long, chronicling their problems. EMI has essentially turned into Chrysler, another private equity boondoggle by someone ignorant in the sphere who has now downsized the company beyond recognition. Sony BMG has got a street guy, Charlie Walk at Epic, who can promote but isnt that good at signing, and a guru whos never been successful running a label, even though hes tried, Rick Rubin. Give BMG credit for bringing in a successful cheapskate, Barry Weiss. But its not like Jives been doing Backstreet Boys numbers recently. And theres not a ton of innovation, just running on Timberlake fumes. That brings us to the big kahuna, Universal.

Universal has a dual strategy, diversification and get a check. Its not like theyve abandoned their traditional business, but even though theyve got the largest market share, their sales are tanking too. So, they bought BMGs publishing assets. And Sanctuary, giving them a tiny toehold in management. As for the companys digital strategy, its not about vision, its about holding up innovators for payment. Theyll make a deal with anybody if you cut them a big enough check. Theres no real planning for the digital future, more extracting lunch money, protection cash from those who want to start new businesses. The deals are heinous, but you need their catalog to start.

Irving Azoff does not need Universals catalog to start.

Funnily enough, as we contemplate the marginalization of Clive Davis, the era he presided over has already died. Clive was about record company power. Thats been the mantra of the last fifteen years, if not two decades. The record company controls the act. Tells it what to record and if it will release. The record company is the tyrant, your nemesis. But now, through the efforts of Irving Azoff, the act is king once again. May not feel so, you dont see Mo Ostin presiding over Warner Brothers, but thats the way it is.

Irving is the best protector of talent in the rock era. He even eclipses Colonel Tom Parker. Parker made a lot of decisions based on self-interest, like not allowing Elvis to tour Europe for fear his own illegal alien status would be revealed. Irving likes money, he likes to win, but he does this by going to the mat for the artist. What Henley wants, he gets. And not only Henley, but Christina Aguilera. Even Jewel. You take a meeting with Irving, and he closes you. And hes no patsy, if he thinks youre your own worst enemy, that youre not taking your business seriously, he fires you! Like J. Lo.

But its not only Irving, theres Howard. Howard is the king of Live Nation. Its his acts that fill those dying sheds. And LN pays dearly for them. Jimmy Buffett takes 110% of the gross. And Def Leppard has been the surprise success of the sheds.

But its not only Howard Theres a cornucopia, a veritable plethora of managers over at Frontline. And they come with acts!

The big story this week wasnt Warners anemic numbers, but Azoffs formation of AGP, with Paul Geary and Jared Paul.

Theres something happening here, and its starting to become very clear. Irving Azoff has built a talent powerhouse. More powerful than any label. Which concert promoters are beholden to.

Im not saying that an indie manager cant make it. Cant make good deals with promoters. Im just saying that Irving has achieved critical mass. He has reached his goal. He dictates the terms. Others listen to him.

And his style benefits him. Those who dont know him are aware of his reputation for lack of veracity. For tantrums. But what they dont know is hes charming. That he charms his supposed enemies as well as friends. That he gives off the vibe of everyone being in it together At least until there are problems.

How big is Azoffs power?

He sold interests to both Warner and TicketMaster Neutralizing both, telling them they can ride his coattails into the future. Their businesses might be challenged, but theyve got him in their corner, hell help them.

If you think Irving helps anybody but himself and his clients

Then theres the theoretical AEG/TicketMaster/Cablevision lockup. Thats Irving play. Assembling a challenger to LiveNation.

The question is, having amassed so much power, having done what Jeff Kwatinetz and Terry McBride were unable to do, despite all their bloviating in the press, what does Irving do next?

Hes got his own record company. The infrastructure built to sell Buffett albums and the relationship with Wal-Mart. Hell use a majors money to develop, but thats it

Hes smart enough not to go into competition with promoters. He built Universal Concerts and AEG, he knows the pitfalls, but Irving was bad as an owner. Remember Giant? Irving does best extracting money from others!

So whats the play? Is it just managing this talent, or leveraging it in some way?

Eventually hell sell Frontline. Because someone will be stupid enough to write him a check, and hes getting older every minute, and no one lives forever. But what now? Whats next?

Its Irvings world, we just play in it.

You could start your band from scratch, trying to build relationships in the industry, or make a deal with Irving and hell get you on all the awards shows, like Christina Aguilera. Or get you a gig on a TV show, like Jewel with "Nashville Star". Irvings like the labels used to be Too many people owe him. Hes got a symbiotic relationship with them. An ongoing relationship.

Can you get enough personal attention?

Certainly if youre Henley. And no one works the phones like Irving. But if you want to call someone about your girlfriend, Irvings not the one. Oh, he can speak that language, he just doesnt have the time anymore.

So whats your choice? Making a deal with Toyota or Volvo? Volvos are good cars, but Toyota gives you critical mass. R&D can be spread over many units. There are resources.

Stop watching the major labels. Start watching Irving. He controls the future of the music business. At least for now.

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