PRINCE Is A Free Agent As He & Universal End Publishing Deal


PRINCE and Universal Music Publishing have reached a mutual agreement in terminating their long standing publishing deal, Kiran Sharma announced this morning. The deal may have ended weeks ago but an announcement was not made until today.

PRINCE is also not signed to any record labels as well and considers himself a free agent when Drfunkenberry spoke to him about this late last month.

Sharma added "this is a great opportunity for PRINCE to consider fresh and new ideas for all his music."

PRINCE expressed interest in trying new mediums to release music and relished in being totally a free agent.

PRINCE's publishing is quite vast, spanning 35 years of hit music for himself and many hits for others.  His hit albums include but are not limited to are: Musicology, 1999, Sign O' The Times, Diamonds and Pearls, Parade, Around the World in a Day, Emancipation, Purple Rain, and the Batman Soundtrack.

He is currently producing the new Andy Allo "Superconductor" record set for release later this year.-DocFB

Question: In what new medium would you like to see PRINCE's music released?


Sheryl Crow “Not Worried” About Brain Tumor As She Records New Music

Sheryl Crow File Photo
Sheryl Crow File Photo

Sheryl Crow File Photo

Sheryl Crow found out she has a benign brain tumor last November and shared that info yesterday. She also said she is "not worried" about it as she is recording new music.

She did the interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and talked about why she got checked out;

"I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI. And I found out I have a brain tumor. And I was, like, 'See? I knew there was something wrong.' "

This came after video of her last month forgetting lyrics on stage that made it's way around the Internet.

"Oh gosh,"  "I will tell you a funny story. I have a history of forgetting my lyrics."

"Not only could I not remember the first line ("A Change Would Do You Good" from a performance in the 90's), I couldn't remember the first line to any of the verses," 

"I started laughing so hard! And I looked over at my guitar player, and he's bent over like he's gonna just start peeing."

Sheryl is still pushing on recording a new CD which she hopes to have out by October, although she does not have a title for the CD....or a record deal.

"I probably will sign a record deal, though. I like the opportunity to be on radio."

Sigh.  Pretty sad you still need a record deal to get played on radio.  That would be a reason to have a brain tumor.

All joking aside, we hope it doesn't give Sheryl any problems.  Wasn't her last CD the one with all the soul covers including Justin Timberlake?  Hmm.-DocFB


Van Halen Set To Leave Warner Bros. After 35 Years?

Van Halen. Promo Photo
Van Halen. Promo Photo

Van Halen. Promo Photo

It has not been officially announced but it looks like Van Halen is about to leave Warner Bros. Records after 35 years together.

HitsDailyDouble.com is reporting the signing.  David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, and Wolfgang Van Halen have been recording together for the better part of a year.

The band was to perform in Australia this month, but have since backed out.  There is no status on tour dates although we have heard that they do plan to tour with the upcoming album in 2012.

The announcement of leaving Warner Bros. for Columbia may be delayed due to the news of R.E.M. breaking up and are signed to Warner Bros. as well.-DocFB

Diagnosis:  Are They Still Relevant Being Back With "Diamond Dave"?


Prince Meets With Warner Bros. Records!

Prince's Symbol Of Success & Warner Bros. Logo File Image
Prince's Symbol Of Success & Warner Bros. Logo File Image

Prince's Symbol Of Success & Warner Bros. Logo File Image

Drfunkenberry.com has learned exclusively that Prince was at Warner Bros. Records yesterday.  Prince, who is town for the BET AWARDS this Sunday, stopped by his former record label to discuss business.

Prince was signed to Warner Bros. in 1977 until the late 90's. Things soured between the prolific genius and the former label giant around 1993, when Prince abandoned his birth name and wrote the word "slave" on his face until his emancipation from the label.

We are told that Prince's appearance at the Warner's office had employees in awe.  At this time, we do not know what was discussed, whether it was old material, or if perhaps a new deal for an upcoming project.  When we do know, you will know.

Prince and Warner Bros?  What's up doc for real.....-Dr.FB


Scene & Heard: New Moon n More

The cast of "New Moon" will be taking over the Today Show in November for 3 days. Robert Pattinson will be featured on November 18th, Kristen Stewart will be on November 19th and on November 20th, Taylor Lautner will appear on the show......

Is Chris Brown feeling sentimental? He posted a montage video of him and Rihanna together that a fan made on his Twitter page. He twittered "“IM SORRY YALL.  JUST HAD TO POST IT,”  “FOR THE FELLAS: showing emotion doesn’t make u weak. BEING HONEST MAKES U STRONG.” Whatever makes it easier for you to sleep at night Chris......

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James are about to get into a legal battle with James ex-wife adult film star Janine Lindemulder. James & Lindemulder had a 5 year old daughter named Sunny that lives with James & Bullock. James is advising the courts that Janine is an unfit mother. Hopefully in the end it will all work out what is best for Sunny.....

Lindsay Lohan got dropped by her record label. Wait. You mean her music career wasn't a joke?.........

Elisabeth Moss and our friend Fred Armisen from Saturday Night Live tied the knot over the weekend. Congrats to you two......

Brad Pitt was involved in a small accident on his motorcycle when a paparazzi hit Pitt from behind and then hit the car in front of him. This crap really needs to stop. Pitt was fine but still.......

Bruce Springsteen cancelled his show in Kansas City last night as his cousin died. Lenny Sullivan was Bruce's assistant tour manager for 10 years. He was only 36. Fans got a full refund.....

Eric Clapton pulled out of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert to have gallstones removed......



Chris Brown’s Label Says “Smash” Song Is Old

Chris Brown In Court April 6th, 2009.  Photo: Gettyimages.com
Chris Brown In Court April 6th, 2009.  Photo: Gettyimages.com

Chris Brown In Court April 6th, 2009. Photo: Gettyimages.com

Damage control or actually smash control  for a bad business decision?  Chris Brown's label says the song "Smash" is old and is a demo.

You know what?  I don't care.  Is this guy really gonna make a comeback?-Dr.FB


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