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Desmond Child: Deston Future is Unclear
by Melinda Newman
June 9, 2001

 




UNCOUPLED: Songwriter/producer Desmond Child no longer has "label head" as one of his titles. Child says he doesn't plan to seek a new distribution deal for his Deston Entertainment label, which recently ended its distribution pact with Universal Records. The label previously had a deal through RCA in 1991.

"I don't really know if I want to have a label," he says. "You know something? When you lose a record, it's devastating. When you lose a song, someone else can record the same song or you can write another song. But, when you spend six months or longer, or a year, like we did with Jason Raize, and you didn't get the right set-up or promotion for whatever reasons, that's heartbreaking. I love Universal Music Group chairman/CEO] Doug Morris and everybody at Universal, but it's a very big company, and when I'm in Miami, it's hard to be on the outside. I think I'll sign artists individually to different labels and just have a production company. It's so much pressure [to have a label]." Universal declined comment.

Up next for Child, whose publishing company, Deston Songs, had a great year with such copyrights as "Who Let the Dogs Out" by Baha Men and "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely," by Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera, is a track written with Bif Naked and Eric Bazilian for Naked's forthcoming Lava/Atlantic album. The track is called "I Love Myself Today."



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