Chris Blackwell

  1. Island Records Co-Founder and Jamaican Music Engineer Graeme Goodall Dead at 82

    December 12, 2014 5:20 PM EST From his involvement in the earliest Jamaican singles to have impacted international markets to his co-founding role in Island Records, Australian-born engineer Graeme Goodall , was a pivotal, if somewhat overlooked, figure in the development of ...

  2. Billboard's 2014 Industry Icon: Paul McGuinness on 35 Years Guiding 'The Biggest Band in the World' (Q&A)

    January 17, 2014 2:52 PM EST The following extended Q&A with U2's long-time manager Paul McGuinness is from the new issue of Billboard, which features a cover story on Howard Stern; a  MIDEM special section with Billboard's inaugural International Power Pl ...

  3. Is Chronixx Jamaican Reggae's Next Big Thing? Chris Blackwell, Diplo Think So

    September 25, 2013 2:45 PM EDT On Sept. 17, SOB's nightclub in lower Manhattan presented the New York City debut of Jamaica’s most buzzed about reggae act, Chronixx and the Zinc Fence Redemption. Throughout their 8-date Dread and Terrible east coast tour (so named for th ...

  4. Frank Barsalona, Remembered by U2 Manager Paul McGuinness

    November 26, 2012 3:46 PM EST Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard's Ray Waddell - featuring comments about Barsalona fr ...

  5. Jason Flom, John Rudolph to Bid for Universal's EMI Assets: Source

    November 15, 2012 4:15 PM EST Billboard has learned that former Bug Music CEO John Rudolph and Lava Records founder Jason Flom have partnered to throw their hat in the bidding ring for the EMI assets that Universal Music Group must sell as part of the terms of their acquisitio ...

  6. 'American Idol' Creator Simon Fuller to Bid on EMI Assets

    October 08, 2012 6:54 PM EDT Simon Fuller, the Spice Girls svengali and creator of the TV format behind American Idol, is looking to submit a bid for all the EMI businesses that Universal Music Group must sell. Vivendi-owned UMG recently won regulatory approval of its $1.9 bi ...

  7. Seymour Stein Pays Tribute to Beggars Groups' Martin Mills at A2IM's Libera Awards

    June 22, 2012 1:08 PM EDT Seymour Stein (right) presenting Martin Mills with his Libera Lifetime Achievement award in New York City. (photo: Kyle Dean Reinford) At last night's inaugural A2IM Libera awards, legendary record exec Seymour Stein presented Beggars Group&# ...

  8. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 09, 2012 2:42 PM EST March 13, 2012 | EXCLUSIVE Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunda ...

  9. David Rodigan, Reggae-Dancehall DJ Extraordinaire, Receives MBE From Queen Elizabeth

    February 14, 2012 5:00 PM EST Throughout an illustrious nearly 35-year career span devoted to promoting reggae music through his various radio programs and in musical battles against some of Jamaica's most feared sound system selectors, England's David Rodigan has re ...

  10. Magnolia Pictures Grabs U.S. Rights to Bob Marley Documentary

    February 06, 2012 2:30 PM EST Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Marley , the first documentary about iconic musician Bob Marley made with the support of the Marley family. The film will open in theaters and on VOD and digital platforms April 20, after its world pre ...

  11. Business Matters: What Exactly Is Blackwell Fuller's Business Model?

    June 13, 2011 6:07 PM EDT What is Blackwell Fuller's Business Model? -- The new music industry grew on Monday with the announcement of Blackwell Fuller , a new company created by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and 19 Entertainment founder Simon Fuller. The pai ...

  12. Music Producers Guild To Honor Chris Blackwell

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Island Records founder Chris Blackwell will receive the outstanding contribution to U.K. Music honor at the Music Producers Guild Awards next month. It follows the completion of the 50th anniversary celebrations for Island Records, launched in 195 ...

  13. Blackwell's Blue Mountain Shifts To Self-Administration

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Blue Mountain Music Ltd., Chris Blackwell's music publishing company, will begin self-administrating its catalog in America and has signed deals with House Of Hassle Publishing to be its creative partner and Bank Robber Music to coordinate al ...

  14. Island Celebrates 50th Anniversary

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Island Records will mark its fiftieth anniversary in May 2009, with founder Chris Blackwell overseeing the week-long "Island 50 Live" festival. Blackwell founded the Island label in Kingston, Jamaica in 1959 and moved to London in the ea ...

  15. Rights Flap Jamming Bob Marley Film

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The family of Bob Marley has refused to license any of his music for a biopic that the Weinstein Co. is prepping -- despite the fact that his widow, Rita Marley, is its executive producer. The reason? There is a competing Martin Scorsese documenta ...

  16. Marley Ringtones Strike Discord

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The lawsuits haven't even been filed yet, but already the dispute over Bob Marley's ringtones is heating up. Last month, Verizon Wireless struck an exclusive licensing deal with Universal Music Group for the entire Bob Marley catalog. Th ...