John Watson

  1. Cold Chisel Create Own Label, Change Distribution Ahead of Catalog Relaunch

    August 21, 2013 3:49 AM EDT After more than 35 years on the books of Warner Music, legendary Australian rock group Cold Chisel are taking the DIY route. When the rights to all of their recordings recently reverted to the band for the first time, they grabbed the opportunit ...

  2. Kobalt Music Group Signs Gotye To Publishing Deal

    February 08, 2012 7:33 PM EST Kobalt Music Group has added another marquee name to its roster with the signing of smoking-hot Australian artist Gotye to a worldwide music publishing deal. The Billboard Cover Story: How Kobalt is Changing the Future of Music Publishing The new ...

  3. Australia's Cold Chisel Gets New Management

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST John Watson, manager of multi-platinum acts Silverchair and Missy Higgins, and former EMI Music Australia CEO John O'Donnell will take over the management of Cold Chisel, effective today (Nov. 6). Both admit to being fans from their teenage d ...

  4. Australia's Eleven Switches To Universal

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One of Australia's most successful independent labels, Eleven A Music Company, has found a new home -- and a 50% partnership - with Universal Music, with effect from Sept. 1. Set up by Sydney-based act managers John Watson and Melissa Chenery ...

  5. Silverchair Seated At Aussie Chart Peak

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Silverchair's first single in four years, "Straight Lines," bowed at No. 1 on this week's Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Top 100 this week, published yesterday. The track also tops the ARIA digital chart for i ...