Frank Zappa

  1. Kobalt Signs Global Admin Deal For Frank Zappa’s Catalog

    August 01, 2013 7:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has forged a worldwide deal to administer the catalog of the late alternative rock legend Frank Zappa. With immediate effect, Kobalt begins global representation of all Zappa’s songs, including his early works with the Mothers ...

  2. Ray Collins of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention Dies

    December 27, 2012 9:30 AM EST Ray Collins, right, with Frank Zappa in 1969 (Getty Images) Ray Collins, a singer who co-founded the Mothers of Invention with Frank Zappa but left when "too much comedy" started appearing in the band's songs, died on Monday at a Ca ...

  3. Morning Fix: The Business of New Year's Concerts; 2013's Brands to Watch; Can Drake Trademark 'YOLO'?

    December 27, 2012 8:30 AM EST Subscribe here to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other music-business newsletters THE BUSINESS OF NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERTS: On Dec. 31, thousands of concert-goers across the country will usher in 2013 to live music f rom their fav ...

  4. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Signs Elvis Presley Agreement, Zappa Family Trust Makes Deal With TuneSat, More

    November 18, 2011 8:05 AM EST Imagem Signs Presley/Gladys Agreement Imagem Music USA has signed a worldwide music administration agreement with Elvis Presley Music/Gladys Music catalog, co-owned by the Elvis Presley Enterprises and the families of the late publishing executive ...

  5. Captain Beefheart Dies at Age 69

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Visual artist, singer, musician, composer and American iconoclast Don Van Vliet, known throughout the world as Captain Beefheart, has died at the age of 69 from complications related to multiple sclerosis, an artist representative stated on Friday ...

  6. Baltimore Honors Frank Zappa With Bust

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Frank Zappa was born in Baltimore but gained greater popular acclaim in Europe than in the United States. On Sunday (Sept. 19), devout European fans of the late musician brought his mustachioed likeness back home in the form of a bronze bust. Seve ...

  7. Rykodisc Shuffled Under ILG, Staff Cut

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rykodisc Records, which has been operating as a stand-alone label since it was acquired by the Warner Music Group in 2006, has been placed under WMG's Independent Label Group. As part of the move, five Ryko staffers have been let go and ILG w ...

  8. Ryko Distr. Merged With ADA, Staffs Shuffled

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Warner Music Group is folding Ryko Distribution into Alternative Distribution Alliance company. As part of the move, all labels signed to Ryko will be handled by ADA, with the transition expected to occur over the next 45-90 days. Ryko Distrib ...

  9. Zappa Family Loses Zappanale Court Battle

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Gail Zappa -- widow of U.S. rock legend Frank -- has failed in her bid to stop a German festival using her late husband's name and image. Zappa and her family trust had launched a lawsuit against the German Frank Zappa fan club over its annua ...

  10. Mothers Of Invention Drummer Jimmy Carl Black Dies

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jimmy Carl Black, drummer, vocalist and self-anointed "Indian of the group" of Frank Zappa's The Mothers of Invention, has died at age 70. Black, a native of El Paso, Texas, died Saturday of cancer in Siegsdorf, Germany, according t ...

  11. Fintage Inks Zappa Deal

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fintage Music will now be sub-publishing nearly 1,000 Frank Zappa titles outside North America. Zappa's widow, Gail, has closely watched over use of Zappa's songs for many years to protect the integrity of the legendary artist's wor ...

  12. Spanish Indies Head Stateside

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A set of groundbreaking meetings aimed at helping Spanish independent music expand into the U.S. market is taking place in New York this week. A group of Spanish indie labels and publishers are visiting the city for three days of meetings from tod ...

  13. Defend Links With Ex-Caroline GM Williams

    May 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New York-based label group Defend Distribution has partnered with former Caroline Distribution GM Rick Williams, who will join Defend in what is described as an "exclusive consultant capacity." Williams and his Perseverance Music will be ...

  14. Recall At Rykodisc

    November 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Indie inks multi-year licensing pact. Recall Records has signed a three-year licensing agreement with the Warner Music Group's Rykodisc. Recall, whose releases had already been handled by Rkyo Distribution, will now have access to Rykodisc� ...

  15. Recall At Rykodisc

    November 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Companies ink licensing deal.. Recall Records has signed a three-year licensing agreement with the Warner Music Group's Rykodisc. Recall, whose releases had already been handled by Rkyo Distribution, will now have access to Rykodisc's ma ...

  16. Recall At Rykodisc

    November 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Recall Records has signed a three-year licensing agreement with the Warner Music Group's Rykodisc. Recall, whose releases had already been handled by Rkyo Distribution, will now have access to Rykodis Recall Records has signed a three-year li ...

  17. Hein Named Senior VP/GM At Caroline

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Most recently president of Rykodisc. Most recently president of Rykodisc. News ...

  18. Hein Named Senior VP/GM At Caroline

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Most recently president of Rykodisc. EMI Music North America has named William Hein senior VP and GM of Caroline Distribution, EMI's U.S. independent distribution company. Hein will be based in New York and report to EMI Music North America C ...

  19. WMG Completes Rykodisc Buy

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rykodisc label to function as stand-alone. Rykodisc label to function as stand-alone. News ...

  20. MRI Sues Former Distributor Ryko

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Label seeking more than $1.5 million. New York-based MRI Associated Labels has filed an eight-count suit against its former distribution partner Ryko Distribution, seeking more than $1.5 million in damages and charging that Ryko breached the agree ...

  21. WMG To Acquire Rykodisc

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Deal believed to be valued at $67.5 million. The Warner Music Group is on the verge of signing an agreement to buy Rykodisc, sources say, in a deal believed to be valued at $67.5 million that is expected to close at the end of April. Rykodisc, whi ...

  22. AAIM Names Don Rose As Acting Pres

    May 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The American Assn. of Independent Music (AAIM) has named Don Rose as its acting president, according to sources. Rose, a founding partner of Rykodisc, left the company in 2001 to run the London office The American Assn. of Independent Music (AAIM) ...

  23. Hein, Levine Take On International Ryko Duties

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST As Rykodisc prepares for the March 31 split of co-founder and Ryko Group president Arthur Mann, the label expands the duties of U.S. president William Hein and U.S. senior sales and marketing VP Neil As Rykodisc prepares for the March 31 split of ...

  24. Hein, Levine Take On International Ryko Duties

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST As Rykodisc prepares for the <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000827729">March 31 split</A> of co-founder and Ryko Group president Arthur Mann As Rykodisc prepares for ...

  25. The Indies

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Ryko president Arthur Mann shares his predictions for the company as he prepares to step down. Read Todd Martens' column. Ryko president Arthur Mann shares his predictions for the company as he prepares to step down. Read Todd Martens' c ...

  26. Arthur Mann To Split Ryko

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Arthur Mann, co-founder of Rykodisc and president of its parent Ryko Group, has resigned from the company. He will exit Ryko on March 31. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Arthur Mann, co-founder of Rykodisc and president of its parent Ryko Group, has r ...

  27. Arthur Mann To Split Ryko

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Arthur Mann, co-founder of Rykodisc and president of its parent Ryko Group, has resigned from the company. He will exit Ryko on March 31. Arthur Mann, co-founder of Rykodisc and president of its parent Ryko Group, has resigned from the company. He ...

  28. Castle Shifts To Ryko

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST New York-based Ryko Distribution has picked up distribution of Castle Music, a mid-priced reissue label under the Sanctuary Records Group umbrella. Castle was previously distributed by BMG. LOS ANGELES -- New York-based Ryko Distribution has picke ...

  29. Castle Shifts To Ryko Distribution

    February 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Reissue label had gone through BMG. New York-based Ryko Distribution has picked up distribution of Castle Music, a mid-priced reissue label under the Sanctuary Records Group umbrella. Castle was previously distributed by BMG. Effective Feb. 7, Ryk ...

  30. Castle Shifts To Ryko Distribution

    February 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST New York-based Ryko Distribution has picked up distribution of Castle Music, a mid-priced reissue label under the Sanctuary Records Group umbrella. Castle was previously distributed by BMG. New York-based Ryko Distribution has picked up distributi ...

  31. The Indies

    August 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT New Ryko Label Group president Bill Hein plans a steady stream of releases. Read Chris Morris' column. New Ryko Label Group president Bill Hein plans a steady stream of releases. Read Chris Morris' column. News Chris Morris , Bill Hein ...

  32. Stanley M. Gortikov Dead At 85

    July 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Stanley M. Gortikov, a former Capitol Records executive who served as president of the RIAA from 1972-87, died June 24 at his home in Brentwood, Calif., of natural causes. He was 85. WASHINGTON -- Stanley M. Gortikov, a former Capitol Records exec ...

  33. Hein Named Ryko Label Group Prez

    June 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT William Hein has been named president of Ryko Label Group, according to sources. For the last two years, Hein has been president of Ryko's DVD division. William Hein has been named president of Ryko Label Group, according to sources. For the ...

  34. Rykodisc Nearing Emperor Norton Deal

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rykodisc is finalizing the purchase of the L.A.-based independent label Emperor Norton Records, according to a well-placed source. Rykodisc's distribution arm, Ryko Distribution, begins handling Emper Rykodisc is finalizing the purchase of th ...

  35. Ryko To Fight Disease With 'ParkinSong'

    February 24, 2004 12:00 AM EST Ryko Distribution on May 11 will release "ParkinSong, Volume I: 38 Songs of Hope," a two-CD compilation of tracks by noted Americana artists that will benefit awareness of and research into Parkinson' Ryko Distribution on May 11 wil ...

  36. The Indies

    February 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Half Note Records enters the retail sector through a new deal with Ryko Distribution. Half Note Records enters the retail sector through a new deal with Ryko Distribution. News ...

  37. Zappa Case Settled Out Of Court

    January 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST A dispute between a Canadian furniture store that used the late Frank Zappa's music in a TV commercial and the rocker's widow was settled out of court Tuesday. A dispute between a Canadian furniture store that used the late Frank Zappa&# ...

  38. Zappa Widow Seeks Infringement Damages

    January 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Frank Zappa's widow appeared in a Canadian court Monday seeking unspecified damages from a furniture company for using one of her husband's tunes in a 1995 appliance advertisement. Frank Zappa's widow appeared in a Canadian court Mo ...

  39. Zappa Widow Seeks Infringement Damages

    January 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Song appeared in 1995 appliance ad Frank Zappa's widow appeared in a Canadian court Monday seeking unspecified damages from a furniture company for using one of her husband's tunes in a 1995 appliance advertisement. Gail Zappa and her la ...

  40. Session Drummer Guerin Dies At 64

    January 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Top session drummer and L.A. Express member John Guerin died of heart failure Jan. 5 in West Hills, Calif. He was 64. Top session drummer and L.A. Express member John Guerin died of heart failure Jan. 5 in West Hills, Calif. He was 64. Active sinc ...