Chris Lighty

  1. Primary Wave Nabs $125 Million Financial Partnership

    May 09, 2013 5:55 PM EDT Primary Wave Music has announced a new financial partnership with Credit Suisse and SunTrust Bank that's valued at $125 million and expands the music company's seven-year relationship with the two banks. Primary Wave's current man ...

  2. BET Hip-Hop Awards Marred by Backstage Scuffle

    September 30, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between two groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, but no arrests were made. Police spokesman Carlos Campos said officers responded to the scuffle at around 7:30 p.m. in th ...

  3. Drake, Lil Wayne and Mariah Carey Top Honorees at 2012 BMI Urban Awards

    September 08, 2012 1:00 AM EDT (L-R): BMI president/CEO Del Bryant awards YMCMB honcho Bryan "Birdman" Williams the songwriter of the year trophies for both Drake and Lil Wayne, as BMI vice president, writer/publisher relations Catherine Brewton and BMI director, writ ...

  4. Chris Lighty 1968-2012: From The Bronx to Native Tongues to Top Hip-Hop Exec

    August 30, 2012 8:09 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died this morning of an ...

  5. Chris Lighty: 1968-2012

    August 30, 2012 7:35 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died the morning of Aug ...

  6. Chris Lighty, Founder of Violator Management and One of Hip-Hop's All Time Great Execs, Has Died

    August 30, 2012 2:34 PM EDT Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. He was 44. A spokeman for the Ne ...

  7. Primary Wave Hires Stephen Hutton; The Artists Org Promotes Rich Schaefer, Don Van Cleave

    August 24, 2012 12:01 PM EDT Primary Wave Music has hired Stephen Hutton, founder of Uppercut Management, to help build Primary Wave Talent Management's rock and pop divisions. Hutton, who helped build the careers of such artists as Kid Rock, Big Kenny (Big & Rich) ...

  8. More Adam 'MCA' Yauch Tributes: CeeLo Green, Roger Faxon, Chris Lighty, Michael Stipe, More

    May 04, 2012 3:08 PM EDT More artists, executives, and celebrities have taken to social media to express sadness or pay tribute to Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who died today at the age of 47 . We've compiled some below, and more can be found here ...

  9. Urban Power List: Larry Mestel, Chris Lighty, Michael "Blue" Williams

    January 28, 2012 4:41 PM EST Larry Mestel Chris Lighty Michael "Blue" Williams Chairman/CEO COO President Primary Violator Management Website: www.primarywavemusic.com www.violator.com/ Twitter: @clighty Suite Kings In the nine months since Larry Mestel's Prima ...

  10. Exclusive: Inside Busta Rhymes' 'Outside the Box' Deal With Cash Money and Google Music

    November 23, 2011 11:00 AM EST Last Wednesday, veteran rapper Busta Rhymes appeared at the launch of Google Music to support his partnership with the newly launched platform -- an announcement that came in confluence with his surprise signing to Cash Money Records , revealed th ...

  11. Backbeat: Diddy, Jimmy Iovine Bring Out Dr. Dre, Russell Simmons, Cassie To See Some 'Culo'

    October 10, 2011 12:49 PM EDT Bunmen: (From Left) Interscope/Geffen/A&M Chairmen Jimmy Iovine, photographer and visual artist Raphael Mazzucco, music mogul and rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs. (Photo: WireImage) The hip-hop and fashion worlds collided last night (Oct. ...

  12. Primary Wave and Violator Merge To Form Primary Violator Management

    September 16, 2011 7:47 AM EDT In a move to build a powerhouse management company, Primary Wave Talent Management and Chris Lighty's Violater Management are merging to form Primary Violator. The merged company will be headed by Primary Wave Music founder and CEO Larry Mest ...

  13. Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (Excerpt)

    August 08, 2011 6:44 AM EDT In an excerpt from a new book, early Def Jam Recordings Execs Lyor Cohen, Russel Simmons, Rick Rubin, Chris Lighty, Kevin Liles, Julie Greenwald and Todd Moscowitz tell it like it was--at the founding of perhaps "The Last Great Record Label ...

  14. Chris Lighty Talks 50 Cent's Next Business Possibilities, From Nutritional Supplements to Pauly D

    May 24, 2011 3:42 PM EDT Founder and CEO of Violator and Brand Asset Group, and long time manager of 50 Cent, Chris Lighty, speaks to Billboard.com's The Juice on upcoming projects and business ventures 50 is delving into. With a business empire that spans from a rec ...

  15. Branded Entertainment Hot Topic At 'Marketing To Men'

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The third annual Marketing to Men 18-34 conference was held today at the Altman Building in New York. Presented by Ripe TV, in association with Massive Inc., Playboy and Snippies -- and hosted by Billboard, Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek and the Hol ...

  16. WMG, Violator Co-Founder Form Branding Group

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group and Violator Management co-founder/CEO Chris Lighty have formed the Brand Asset Group. Lighty will serve as CEO of the joint venture, which aims to manage and strengthen artist brands via corporate sponsorships, strategic market ...

  17. Lighty Joins Intent Mediaworks Board

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Violator Management CEO Chris Lighty has joined the board of legal P2P music service Intent Mediaworks. The appointment is part of a broader deal between Violator and Intent Mediaworks for both paid and ad-supported distribution, marketing and pro ...