Mariah Carey's divorce
It was a brutal week for Sony Music. The tragic death of singer Jeff Buckley overshadowed all, but there was other bleak news as well. First, one of Sony’s most prestigious artists, Bob Dylan, canceled a tour after being diagnosed with a heart infection. Then, a new album by the conglom’s biggest seller, Michael Jackson, which entered the charts at a mere No. 24, plummeted to No. 43. And the latest market share figures showed Sony — until recently always among the top three U.S. major-label groups — ranked sixth out of six.