David Letterman starts record label, signs pop-punk band

Runner-RunnerImage Credit: Chad Sengstock; CBSIs David Letterman on his way to becoming a music-biz mogul? The Late Night host’s Worldwide Pants, Inc. has just started a record label called Clear Entertainment/C.E. Music. Letterman’s first signee, announced this morning via press release, is Huntington Beach, Calif. pop-punk quintet Runner Runner.

Runner Runner’s self-titled debut is due late this summer on C.E. Music in partnership with Capitol and MRV. You can hear lead single “So Obvious” right now on their MySpace. Their sound seems to be pretty generic mall-punk, but “So Obvious” is far from the least catchy tune I’ve heard this week. I could definitely see this becoming a hit. Give it a listen, then let us know what you think of Letterman’s new venture.

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  • crispy

    Well its no where near as good as Justin Bieber

    • Shamrock

      or Adam Lambert. Remember when EW tried to force him down our throats…good times.

    • crispy

      A Down Syndrome kid with a ukulele is better than Justin Bieber.

      • crispy

        And Justin Bieber is still better than you.. wow “real crispy” don’t insult yourself like that. I worry about you sometimes.

  • Shamrock

    As for the song…very generic. Thumbs down. Is that what they are calling pop-punk nowadays. The word punk should not be associated anywhere near this kind of music.

    • Jake

      That’s why pop is in front of the punk. Quality isn’t what makes a genre either.

      • Shamrock

        By inserting pop in front of the word punk just makes nerds feel cool thinking they are listening to a form of punk. The song sucks.

    • lindsey

      They are actually pretty good… I’ve been a fan for a while and of their songs so obvious is my least favorite… idk y they advertize that one

  • Sam

    Letterman has always been interested in music, Paul always books very cool and cutting edge guests. Remember, Letterman was one of the first vocal supporters of “Nine Inch Nails”, praising them on his show many times.

  • Sean S.

    Well, at least this is better news than Perez Hilton getting his own label.

  • Danny

    I guess he was running out of interns to screw at NBC.

    • baj24

      You mean CBS I assume?

    • Peter Popper

      A$$.

  • tone bloke

    Wow Dave, with all your dough and after hearing music every night for how many years… you sign a punk pop band that will be forgotten before their first tour. You could have signed a career artist putting out solid songs who has a depth to them… An artist that will be around for years to come.
    Typical I guess in the downward spiral of Letterman who was SO awesome in the early 80’s and even more awesome during his Summer run morning show… Oh well Dave, you gotta realize you’ve lost it now and you are rubbish. You’re interview w Joaquin Phoenix showed your cruel side all too blatantly. You don’t know about artists or art and your own talent has saturated down to a level of mediocrity that should embarrass you.
    Give up now Dave before you diss yourself harder than you did the night you had to out your infidelities…
    I used to be your biggest fan… Now i could care less. Your interview with Eddie Murphy was rubbish too — come to think of it… when are you going to step down and retire?
    A record man you are not… That is a trained profession, you first foray in to label land is a joke…
    Stay at home with your kid…
    Not to be overly negative — but it’s time to go…

  • AP

    Radio Disney, here they come! That song sucks.

  • HarveyW26

    Wow…My Morning Jacket;
    The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs; Fall Out Boy; Vampire Weekend; …all rolled into one !

    How can it miss ?

    Ugh !

  • markiejoe

    Does Paul Schaeffer have co-ownership of Letterman’s record company? Because if he’s involved, I’d say it’ll be a success. Paul has his finger on the music pulse like not very many others.

  • chessguy99

    It wasn’t the most generic thing I’ve heard this month. Maybe the second most. Don’t think I’ll be hearing this on the radio any time soon.

    • Peter Popper

      It’s the LATE SHOW, not Late Night. Idiot.

  • Peter Popper

    Sorry chessguy99; didn’t mean to respond to you.

  • madison

    you guys don’t even know what your talking about!I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A RUNNER RUNNER FAN AND THEY ARE SOME OF THE MOST TALENTES, DOWN TO EARTH GUYS YOU WILL EVER MEET!! they don’t suck!

  • madison

    AND YOU KNOW WHAT, YOU GUYS OBVIOUSLY DON’T KNOW MUSIC IF YOU SAY THAT SONG IS GENERIC. YOU ARE SAYING THEY WILL BE FORGOTTEN,YEAH NOT WITH THEIR AWESOME SONGS.RUNNER RUNNER, I LOVE YOU GUYS AND I KNOW YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL AND IF YOU DON’T BECOME SUPERSTARS, WELL WHATEVER. I KNOW YOU GUYS HAVE FUN WITH GOING ON TOUR AND PLAYING FOR YOUR FANS. I DON’T RESPECT THE PEOPLE THAT LISTEN TO ONE OF YOUR SONGS AND THEY THINK THEY KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU. JUST BECAUSE POP IS IN FRONT OF THE PUNK IN THE TYPE OF MUSIC, DOES NOT MEAN ANYTHING!I WISH PEOPLE COULD ACTUALLY GO TO ONE OF THEIR CONCERTS AND REALIZE HOW REAL THESE GUYS ARE. THEY ALL PLAY INSTRUMENTS, YOU DON’T HAVE YOUR CRAPPY PEOPLE PLAYING RANDOM KEYBOARDS AND TRYING TO RAP(WHICH IS NOT SINGING BY THE WAY). THEY ALL HAVE A DREAM TO MAKE THE PEOPLE HAPPY, AND ALL OF YOU PEOPLE SAYING BAD THINGS MUST BE DEBBIE DOWNERS.I;M JUST SAYING GIVE RUNNER RUNNER A CHANCE. THEY DESERVE IT JUST LIKE ANY OTHER BANDS.

  • N. S. Emmanuel

    For Dave Letterman (Very Urgent)
    1000 Funny Books for Dave to share to his “latenight” fans as “end of year gifts”:
    Excerpt:
    GOD CREATED UNIVERSE–AND RESTED
    GOD CREATE MAN –AND RESTED
    THEN GOD CREATED WOMEN
    SINCE GOD CREATED WOMEN–NEITHER GOD NOR MAN HAS RESTED!
    Title of the 125 page funny book is “My Goodness, You Are Under Stress” Author: NSEmmanuel
    To be forwarded to Dave Letterman,with speed especially these “season” of giving.
    N.S.Emmanuel

  • robert lewis

    trying to find out who to talk to about my band performing on the david letterman show

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