Mandy Barnett's Sire Records biography is the damnedest thing I have ever read from a record company. In spots, the thing looks more like a business plan than a young woman's history; never have I seen a label bio that contains the actual amount of money a company spent trying to help a singer discover "what kind of music she wanted to sing -- and what kind of music she didn't." But there it is, in black and white and green: $400,000. The mind reels at the figure -- half a million bucks up in flames, all because a... More >>>