Kobalt Music Group

  1. Steve Miller Band Teams with Kobalt's AWAL For 'The Joker Live' Release

    May 16, 2014 4:56 AM EDT The Steve Miller Band will mark the 40th anniversary of its iconic "The Joker" album today with a release of "The Joker Live," a partnership with Kobalt Music Group’s AWAL digital platform. The new album, which features exclusi ...

  2. Kobalt Launches YouTube Matching Tool ProKlaim, Boasts 1bn Processed Streams Per Month

    May 01, 2014 8:00 AM EDT With YouTube royalty revenue on the upswing, music publishers and labels are getting more proactive in making sure they get their share of payments. In the latest move, Kobalt Music Group has launched ProKlaim, which it says incorporates advanced ...

  3. Kobalt Expanding To Latin America, Hires Nestor Casonu Ex-EMI Latin CEO (Exclusive)

    April 08, 2014 9:20 AM EDT Independent music publisher and music services company Kobalt Music Group is expanding into Latin America with the help of veteran music executive Nestor Casonu, former CEO of EMI Latin America.  Casonu, who was also the regional managing director ...

  4. Kobalt/STIM Partnership Concludes Seven Licensing Deals Since Last March

    January 29, 2014 9:55 PM EST Kobalt Music Group's pan-European licensing partnership with STIM, the Stockholm, Sweden-based collection society, has concluded seven licensing deals since being formed in March 2013. iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Google, Amazon, Napster and Vev ...

  5. Kobalt Music Copyrights Acquires Steve Winwood’s Catalog

    January 08, 2014 4:51 AM EST Kobalt Music Copyrights SARL has acquired the global publishing rights to Steve Winwood’s song catalog. The Grammy-winning British artist has penned a raft of hits from the late ‘60s to now, and has enjoyed star turns as frontman with The Spencer ...

  6. Diarmuid Quinn, Former Top Exec at Warner Bros & Reprise, Joins Kobalt Label Services

    September 18, 2013 5:44 AM EDT Veteran music biz executive Diarmuid Quinn has joined Kobalt Label Services (KLS) in the role as president, North America. Quinn’s tasks include leading and staffing-up Kobalt’s expanding label services operations in the U.S., signing artists fo ...

  7. Maroon 5, Kobalt Sign Exclusive Global Administration Deal

    September 16, 2013 6:00 AM EDT Maroon 5 has struck an exclusive, global administration deal with Kobalt Music Group, Billboard can reveal. Through the arrangement, Kobalt will represent the band for all of their new works, including their next album. The independent music com ...

  8. Sas Metcalfe Promoted at Kobalt Music Group

    August 28, 2013 5:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group stalwart Sas Metcalfe has been promoted from executive VP creative to the newly-created role of president, global creative. In a statement, Kobalt founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz explains that Metcalfe’s elevation is reward no ...

  9. Kobalt Neighbouring Rights Signs Thirty Seconds to Mars, Matt Corby, Train and More

    August 08, 2013 7:00 AM EDT Kobalt Neighbouring Rights, a division of Kobalt Music Group, has announced the signing of several high-profile artists, including the band Thirty Seconds To Mars, DJ and singer Havana Brown, Train, pop star A*M*E and 'Australian Idol' ...

  10. Prince, Kobalt Pen Partnership Pact

    May 20, 2013 6:00 AM EDT Just hours after accepting the Icon Award at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Prince is announcing his new partnership with Kobalt Label Services (KLS), a division of independent music services company Kobalt Music Group. Unde ...

  11. Kobalt Strikes Australasian Sub-Pub Deal With Disney

    March 05, 2013 2:12 AM EST Kobalt Music Publishing’s Australian affiliate has reached an exclusive agreement to serve as the official sub-publisher Down Under for Disney Music Group.  The new deal, unveiled today, covers Australia, New Zealand and associated APRA territorie ...

  12. Kobalt Music Group's Label Services Division Announces Two New Senior-Level Hires

    February 26, 2013 11:56 AM EST Kobalt Music Group's Label Services division, a full-service alternative to labels for rights-retaining artists, has announced the appointment of two senior-level executives, it was announced today. Karen Lieberman has transitioned from her f ...

  13. Kobalt’s Willard Ahdritz on Unlocking Revenues With Tech, Transparency, Bridge-Building

    January 29, 2013 1:30 PM EST Above : Kobalt Music Group CEO and founder Willard Ahdritz (left) being interviewd by Billboard editorial director Bill Werde at Midem. Advances in tech, transparency and bridge-building will unlock serious hidden revenues in the years ahead, Koba ...

  14. Exclusive: Kobalt Launches Label Services Division, Preps New Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Release

    January 22, 2013 6:35 PM EST Not only did Kobalt sign a deal with Dave Grohl this week, the company is also formally introducing a new Label Services division that will handle digital and physical releases for independent artists as well as Kobalt clients. Though the division ...

  15. EMI Publishing Catalog Down to Four Suitors, One Bid Outstanding

    November 28, 2012 8:20 PM EST With one bid still outstanding, the auction to sell off a portion of EMI's publishing catalog is now down to four suitors. According to sources, those still in contention to buy the portfolio of songs -- dubbed the Rosetta catalog, which cont ...

  16. Backbeat: Joss Stone, Tom Silverman, Richard Gotterher @ Kobalt MIDEM Party

    January 31, 2012 3:36 PM EST From left: Attorney Patrick Grafton Green; Kobalt's Willard Ahdritz; Staffan Boström, Kobalt's long-time attorney and a partner at the Stockholm law firm of Bird & Bird; Ralph Simon, co-founder of Zomba Group and CEO of the Mobilium ...

  17. Richard Sanders Appointed President of Kobalt Music Group

    January 27, 2012 12:46 PM EST Willard Ahdritz, Founder and CEO of Kobalt Music Group, today announced the appointment of Richard Sanders as President. Sanders, who will be based Kobalt's New York office, will report to Kobalt CEO and founder Willard Ahdritz. In the newly ...

  18. Publishing Briefs: UMPG Signs a Smeethington, Kobalt Gets Neil Finn

    April 26, 2011 3:22 PM EDT UMPG Signs a Smeethington Universal Music Publishing has signed Ari Levine of the Smeezingtons songwriting and production team to an an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement. Levine's deal with UMPG commences upon the expiration the songwr ...

  19. Adam Lambert Signs Admin Deal With Kobalt

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Kobalt Music Group has signed Adam Lambert to a worldwide administration deal, a rep for the company told Billboard today. The "American Idol" runner-up co-wrote a number of songs on his most recent album, including "Pick You Up ...

  20. Publishing Briefs: Primary Wave Music, Kobalt Music Group, The Harry Fox Agency and more

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST -- In separate deals, Primary Wave Music is partnering with artist/radio personality/online marketing exec Scott "DJ Skee" Keeney , and pop/urban producers Ryan & Smitty . Primary Wave has signed DJ Skee to a management contract and ...

  21. Publishing Deal: Kobalt Music Signs Pearl Jam

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Kobalt Music Group has signed Pearl Jam to a long-term worldwide exclusive administration deal. Kobalt will immediately begin administration of Pearl Jam's forthcoming new material, and assume administration of the band's first two multi ...

  22. Publishing Briefs: RightsFlow, Liz Rose Music, Paul Rodgers and more

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- SoundExchange is tapping the RightsFlow database to help find recording artists who are due royalties collected by the organization. The New York-based music licensing and royalty service provider has responded by matching 1,675 artists and 63 ...

  23. Tokio Hotel Writers Sign With Kobalt

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The songwriters and producers of the internationally successful German pop group Tokio Hotel have signed an exclusive publishing contract with the Kobalt Music Group in Berlin. David Jost, Dave Roth and Pat Benzner have agreed a deal that provides ...

  24. Kobalt Signs Rufus Wainwright

    April 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has signed a worldwide administration agreement with singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. Through the deal Kobalt will administer works from Wainwright's critically acclaimed first two albums, including such tunes as "F ...

  25. Just Signed: Justin Hawkins, Kobalt Music Group, Arthouse, Mitch Alla

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins has signed a global administration and creative services deal with Kobalt Music Group for all future songs, including recent collaborations with Meatloaf and Adam Lambert. Hawkins has also fronted two other acts, ...

  26. Just Signed: Blue Williams, Kid Cudi

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Primary Wave Music has entered into a joint venture with former Outkast manager Blue Williams , president of Family Tree Entertainment, which currently manages five active artists including Big Sean, Khalil, Cody Simpson, Nick Canon and Case. & ...

  27. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt Music Signs Tiesto, BMI Grammy Panel

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Kobalt Music Group has signed a deal to represent DJ superstar Tiësto for global administration and to provide creative services. The deal was signed with the artist's After Midnight Productions Ltd, which does business as Musical Freedom ...

  28. Publishing Briefs: IP Czar Confirmed, Kobalt, Imagem Music

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- Victoria Espinel is now the National’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator , after being confirmed by the Senate last night. The post was created by Congress in the "Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Proper ...

  29. Kobalt Signs New Admin Deal With Darrell Brown

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has signed an exclusive new administration deal with award-winning songwriter/producer and artist Darrell Brown to represent his Grey Ink Music catalog plus future songs for the world, excluding Australia and New Zealand. Kobalt ...

  30. Dave Stewart Signs With Kobalt

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dave Stewart has signed a deal with Kobalt Music Group. Through the deal, Kobalt will administer the Stewart’s songs, and their international synch licensing team and agents will represent Stewart for synch licensing for film, TV, advertising, rin ...

  31. Kobalt, Kid Rock Partner For 'Rock N Roll Jesus' Songs

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Independent music publisher Kobalt Music Group has signed a worldwide deal to administer Kid Rock's songs on his most recent album "Rock N Roll Jesus" (Top Dog/Atlantic). Kid Rock wrote or co-wrote 11 of 12 songs on the album, which ...

  32. Kobalt Inks Deal With 'Danja'

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Kobalt Music Group has signed an exclusive global administration deal for all new works from producer/songwriter Nate "Danja" Hills (Danja), who has been involved in songs such as Maria Carey's "Migrate" and Usher' ...

  33. Kobalt Offers Online Pipeline Royalty Advances

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music publishing rights administrator Kobalt Music Group has launched a new online tool that allows its copyright holders to view their publishing accounts in real time. The new online pipeline royalty advances tool, which goes live tomorrow (June ...

  34. Kobalt To Admin Upcoming Moby Album

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kobalt Music Group has signed electronic-pop artist Moby to an exclusive administration agreement for his upcoming album "Last Night" (Mute/EMI). "Last Night," Moby's sixth studio album, is scheduled for release in March. ...

  35. Kobalt Inks Bridgeport Ex-U.S.

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kobalt Music Group has signed an exclusive administration deal for the world outside the United States and Canada with Detroit-based Bridgeport Music. The Bridgeport-Westbound music catalog features original funk, soul and gospel copyrights by Geo ...

  36. Kobalt Signs One Republic's Tedder

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kobalt Music Group has signed a worldwide administration deal with OneRepublic's Ryan "Alias" Tedder. Tedder has written, co-written or co-produced songs like Timbaland's "Apologize" featuring OneRepublic, Natasha Bed ...

  37. Stefani, Kobalt Renew Deal

    January 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Gwen Stefani has renewed her music publishing administration deal with Kobalt Music Group. The deal covers territories outside North America and includes her interests in her current release "The Sweet Escape," and her first solo album & ...

  38. Fintage's Lampcov Goes West

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fintage Music executive VP Bruce Lampcov has relocated from London to L.A. in a move which triggers the financial services firm's expansion into the West Coast. Fintage has existing representation in North America, through Nashville-based Pau ...

  39. Manilow Inks Deal With Kobalt Music Group

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Exclusive agreement includes 75 songs. Barry Manilow has singed an exclusive, worldwide administration agreement with Kobalt Music Group. The deal covers future songs as well as 75 songs in his Obbligato Music catalog, including "Here's ...

  40. Kobalt, FIFA Kick Off World Cup Deal

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has reached an agreement with FIFA, the global governing body of soccer, to be the exclusive licensor and administrator for the official melody of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Kobalt Music Group has reached an agreement with FIFA, t ...

  41. Kobalt, FIFA Kick Off World Cup Deal

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has reached an agreement with FIFA, the global governing body of soccer, to be the exclusive licensor and administrator for the official melody of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Kobalt Music Group has reached an agreement with FIFA, t ...

  42. Kobalt Enters Admin Deal With China's CRC

    May 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT London-based independent publisher Kobalt Music Group has struck an exclusive agreement to administrate the publishing rights of China's state-owned CRC Jianian Cultural Development Co. Ltd. The long- London-based independent publisher Kobalt ...

  43. Ashcroft, Kobalt Reach Exclusive Admin Deal

    March 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST English modern rock singer-writer Richard Ashcroft has signed an exclusive worldwide administration pact with London-based independent music publisher Kobalt Music Group. English modern rock singer-writer Richard Ashcroft has signed an exclusive w ...

  44. Ashcroft, Kobalt Reach Exclusive Admin Deal

    March 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST English modern rock singer-writer Richard Ashcroft has signed an exclusive worldwide administration pact with London-based independent music publisher Kobalt Music Group. English modern rock singer-writer Richard Ashcroft has signed an exclusive w ...

  45. Kobalt, EverGreen Forge Admin Deal

    February 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Agreement covers 15,000 songs ex-N.A., China. London-based independent publisher Kobalt Music Group has clinched an exclusive administration agreement with Nashville-based EverGreen Copyright Acquisitions covering the world excluding North America ...

  46. Kobalt, EverGreen Forge Admin Deal

    February 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST London-based independent publisher Kobalt Music Group has clinched an exclusive administration agreement with Nashville-based EverGreen Copyright Acquisitions covering the world excluding North Americ London-based independent publisher Kobalt Musi ...

  47. Kobalt Signs Desmond Child To Worldwide Admin Pact

    January 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST London-based independent music publisher Kobalt Music Group has signed hitmaking songwriter/producer Desmond Child to an exclusive worldwide administration deal. Moreover, Child has agreed to represen London-based independent music publisher Kobal ...

  48. Fintage Completes 8 Mile Deal

    January 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fintage Music has struck a sub-publishing deal with 8 Mile Style covering a collection of songs written by the Detroit-based firm's hitmaking songwriters Eminem, Luis Resto and Steve King. Fintage Music has struck a sub-publishing deal with 8 ...

  49. Fintage Completes 8 Mile Deal

    January 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fintage Music has struck a sub-publishing deal with 8 Mile Style covering a collection of songs written by the Detroit-based firm's hitmaking songwriters Eminem, Luis Resto and Steve King. Fintage Music has struck a sub-publishing deal with 8 ...

  50. Kobalt Inks Antony To Admin Deal

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Antony Hegarty, frontman of Mercury Prize winners Antony & the Johnsons, has signed an exclusive administration deal with independent London-based publisher Kobalt Music Group. Antony Hegarty, frontman of Mercury Prize winners Antony & ...

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