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New Take on an Old Tune:
Harkening to a time when musicians ran record companies, Ron Fair, the new chairman of Geffen Records is a self-taught artist. By “artist,” the exec means he “tried his hand as a wedding singer, jingle writer and pianist before eventually rising to prominence as the executive behind such acts as Christina Aguilera, the Black Eyed Peas and the Pussycat Dolls.”

So we’re not sure this really qualifies as an example of the Peter Principle.

Crowded ‘Space:
In the arms-flailing race to be The Thing That Defines a Generation, News Corp. is going to sell downloadable (but not burnable) copies of 20th Century Fox movies and TV shows through MySpace. Coming a week after Fox signed a major advertising deal with Google Inc., the move shows entertainment companies believe the future lies in repackaging old crap for a generation thirsting for something new.

Good luck, guys.

Navel-Gazing Blog: The LAT is blogging about … the LAT. In his <a href=""Bit Player column, editorial writer Jon Healey takes on the top stories in “Tech-tainment” (egads), adding insight, institutional memory and context.

Um, guys, wouldn’t you want that stuff in the stories?