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A California confection  (USA TODAY)
MONTECITO, Calif. -- Cookbook author, TV personality, bon vivant and all-around American icon Julia Child has just been served her Cobb salad (''untossed, please, with the dressing on the side'') when she proclaims in that voice known to millions, ''Oh, isn't it lovely!''

Patriotism Aplenty at Super Bowl  (Associated Press)
Maybe it's fitting that the Patriots are one of the teams playing in this year's Super Bowl.

Mariah Carey Might Join Def Jam Records  (Launch.com)
Mariah Carey is reportedly in talks with Def Jam Records CEO Lyor Cohen for a two-album deal valued at $3 million to $5 million per album, according to the New York Post. Cohen was noticeably absent from a press conference on Thursday (January 24) announcing the release of R. Kelly and Jay-Z's forthcoming Def Jam release, The Best Of Both Worlds.

Pop queens look to score on big screen  (Hollywood Reporter)
They dominate the radio, sell millions of albums and are MTV staples, but can today's hottest pop stars turn teen appeal into boxoffice bucks?

R. Kelly, Sheryl Crow, Sugar Ray To Play For The NFL  (SonicNet)
Sheryl Crow, R. Kelly, Jessica Simpson and Sugar Ray will be performing for the same fans in the coming weeks as the added entertainment at professional football games.

Media Elite: Quicktakes  (Mediaweek.com)
with diamonds are forever and Diesel USA as the co-sponsors, the Details party at the Sundance Film Festival last week was a guaranteed glitterati magnet. The 14-carat guest list included Ray Liotta, Don Johnson, Jason Patrick, Patricia Arquette, Christina Ricci and ever-the-diva Mariah Carey, who, while the common A-listers entered The Shop through the front door, made a grand back-door entrance flashing an outsized rock courtesy of H. Stern.

Crow to Sing at NFL Playoffs  (Rolling Stone)
Sheryl Crow will showcase "Soak Up the Sun," a song from her upcoming, as-yet-untitled album this Sunday in Pittsburgh, during halftime of the AFC Conference Championship game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots.

Notable Quotes  (Reuters)
They really said it -- notable quotes from the world of entertainment:

Mariah Carey Splits With Record Co.  (Associated Press)
After less than a year and a flop album, Mariah Carey is leaving Virgin Records with a deal giving her $49 million.

UPDATE 2-Carey is Virgin's sacrifice  (Reuters)
The ``amicable'' departure of Mariah Carey from EMI's Virgin Records has degenerated into an ugly battle between tune titans.

Daily Variety's Front Page: January 24  (Reuters)
Daily Variety's front page -- January 24:

Experts: Pop Diva Carey Likely to Return for Encore  (Reuters)
Pop diva Mariah Carey will probably sing herself all the way to the bank and another record deal after getting $28 million to walk away from music giant EMI Group Plc, industry analysts said on Wednesday.

Glitter gone for Carey at Virgin  (Hollywood Reporter)
In an unprecedented move by a major label, Virgin Records has terminated its recording contract with diva Mariah Carey and agreed to pay her $28 million. Carey's highly publicized four-album deal with Virgin was reportedly worth about $100 million.

Pop diva Carey likely to return for encore -experts  (Reuters)
Pop diva Mariah Carey will probably sing herself all the way to the bank and another record deal after getting $28 million to walk away from music giant EMI Group Plc , industry analysts said Wednesday.

Pop diva Carey likely to return for encore -experts  (Reuters Securities)
Pop diva Mariah Carey will probably sing herself all the way to the bank and another record deal after getting $28 million to walk away from music giant EMI Group Plc, industry analysts said on Wednesday.

Mariah Carey Leaving Virgin Records  (Associated Press)
After less than a year and a flop album, Mariah Carey is leaving Virgin Records with a deal giving her $49 million.

UPDATE 1-EMI buys out Mariah Carey contract for $28 million  (Reuters)
(Updates with details, background, lawyer's comment)

Mariah's Lawyer Explains Virgin Buyout  (Launch.com)
Mariah Carey's attorney told LAUNCH that the pop superstar received a total of $49 million in payment from Virgin Records when her deal with the label abruptly ended this week. This contradicts a statement issued by the record label's parent company, EMI, whose statement placed a value of only $28 million on the deal. Carey released only one album, Glitter, while the contract was in effect.



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