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  1. The Int'l Power Players Speak: Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Alison Wenham, Frances Moore, Willard Ahdritz on Paul McGuinness, Midem & More (Q&A)

    February 06, 2014 4:57 PM EST It only makes sense at this year's Midem, the preeminent global music conference, a large contingent of Billboard's International Power Player list would be in attendance. Here, at Billboard's event honoring longtime U2 manager Paul ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Pandora Ruling Has Far-Reaching Implications For U.S. Publishing Industry

    December 23, 2013 11:53 AM EST On Sunday, the smoke began to clear after a round of clarifications by Judge Louis Stanton's on his Dec. 18 ruling against Pandora in the BMI rate court. The immediate upshot is that Pandora--which is still petitioning the Judge to reconsi ...

  4. Pandora Faces Setback As Judge Rules Blanket License Doesn't Include Songs of Publishers Leaving BMI

    December 18, 2013 10:22 PM EST Pandora was struck a blow on Wednesday when a rate court ruled that the Internet radio leader doesn’t have a blanket license that includes the songs of publishers who have withdrawn their digital rights. The BMI/Pandora rate court ruling means ...

  5. Rapino, Capshaw, Light, Geiger, Leiweke Talk Way More Revenue, Assuming Label-Like Functions at Touring Conference (Full Audio)

    November 15, 2013 3:44 PM EST (Scroll down to the bottom for full-audio of the panel.) What do the next 10 years hold for the music industry? According to a power player panel that closed out Billboard’s Touring Conference Thursday (Nov. 14) afternoon, way more revenue fro ...

  6. Kobalt and Martin Kierszenbaum to Form Cherrytree Music Publishing

    November 11, 2013 4:26 PM EST Martin Kierszenbaum, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer as well as the co-founder of the successful Cherrytree Records, has partnered with Kobalt to launch Cherrytree Music Publishing, for which Kobalt will provide funding as well as adm ...

  7. Badfinger Catalog Moves to Kobalt

    October 09, 2013 3:59 PM EDT Less than two weeks after Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” closed out the AMC series “Breaking Bad,” the catalog of the band’s two songwriters has been moved to Kobalt from BMG Publishing.   Kobalt has signed exclusive deals with the estates of Pete Ham ...

  8. Tomas Ericsson Joins Kobalt As President, Society Relations

    October 09, 2013 12:47 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has recruited Tomas Ericsson to take up the new position of president, society relations. Ericsson, who joins the Kobalt executive management team, will be responsible for extending and maintaining Kobalt’s relationships with ...

  9. New Signings: Boy George Signs with Kobalt, Rick Ross to ICM Partners, BMG Chrysalis US Land the Orwells

    August 30, 2013 7:30 AM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Pete ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Gavin DeGraw Signs Global Administration Deal With Kobalt

    July 24, 2013 7:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has inked an exclusive, worldwide administration deal with singer and songwriter Gavin DeGraw. Through the arrangement, announced today, Kobalt will represent DeGraw’s new works, including his upcoming new album and new single ...

  13. Kobalt Launches New Portal, Unlocks User-Generated YouTube Royalties

    May 09, 2013 8:43 AM EDT Kobalt has added to its bet on greater transparency with the launch of a new interactive client portal where clients can view the usage data and royalties earned on YouTube user-generated videos. The music publisher expects this technology, and ...

  14. Kobalt Seals Exclusive Worldwide Administration Deal With Dave Grohl

    January 22, 2013 2:30 PM EST Kobalt has finalized a deal with Dave Grohl to take over the exclusive worldwide administration rights to all of the musician's music, from Nirvana to the Foo Fighters to Them Crooked Vultures, the company announced today. The deal will go in ...

  15. 2013 Grammy Awards: Rap Song, Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:34 AM EST Anthems and opuses from hip-hop's big guns and breakthrough stars best RAP album Take Care Drake LABEL: Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records PRODUCERS: Noah "40" Shebib, Boi-1da, Carlo Montagnese, the Weeknd, Jamie "XX" ...

  16. Morning Fix: Frank Barsalona Remembered; Internet Royalties Debate Hits Congress Wednesday; Rolling Stones Kick Off Anniversary Dates

    November 26, 2012 8:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters FREE FRANK BARSALONA, MUSIC AGENT WHO REVOLUTIONIZED CONCERT BIZ, DEAD AT 74: Frank Barsalona, a pioneering music agent whose Premier Talent age ...

  17. Publishing Briefs: CISAC Summit, Kobalt, Paul McCartney, Wonderlous, Jingle Punks, More

    October 16, 2012 5:16 PM EDT CISAC Summit Set for June 2013 CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, will hold its fourth biennial World Creators Summit on June 4-5, 2013, in Washington, DC, at the Ronald Reagan Center. Formerly known as t ...

  18. Morning Fix: Best Buy Buy; RZA's New Label; Apple-Samsung Fallout; Buzz Media, More

    August 28, 2012 7:45 AM EDT BUZZ MEDIA PURCHASES FOUR NEW SITES, CREATES PUNK MUSIC NEWS HUB: BuzzMedia is continuing its acquisition spree, purchasing punk websites Under The Gun Review, Alter The Press!, PropertyOfZack, and Punknews.org as part of a new central hub for pun ...

  19. musiXmatch Lyrics Provider Lands $3.7 Million Funding

    May 09, 2011 1:20 PM EDT Lyrics provider musiXmatch has closed a $3.7 million series of first-round funding led by Francesco Micheli Associates, the same investor that put €400,000 (about $572,000) of seed funding into musiXmatch last year. The musiXmatch service provides ...

  20. MIDEM One-on-Ones: Online Ticketing, The Value of Music, Western Acts In Japan

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Between the music industry panel discussions at this year's MIDEM conference in Cannes, France, Billboard senior editorial analyst Glenn Peoples picks the brains of attendee executives to learn what's happening behind the scenes. Exiting ...

  21. Strictly Confidential Snags Editors

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European Music publisher Strictly Confidential Music has signed an exclusive, worldwide deal with U.K. alt-rock act Editors. Brussels-based Strictly Confidential is part of the PIAS Entertainment Group. The publishing arm launched in 1987 and gain ...

  22. Kobalt Signs Yeasayer To Admin Deal

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kobalt has signed a worldwide administration deal with rock band Yeasayer. Kobalt will also manage creative services and synch licensing for their most recent release, "Odd Blood" (Secretly Canadian), and the album "All Hour Cymbals ...

  23. Business Briefs: IODA, Kelly Clarkson

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Independent digital distributor IODA has announced worldwide distribution agreements with five new dance/electronic music labels and three new boutique retailers. New labels include AEI Media Ltd, Easy Street, MN2S, Naked Music, and Soulheaven. ...

  24. Kobalt CEO Presents Case Study At Music & Money

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST In a case study, the Kobalt Music Group revealed that it had $30 million in revenue last year, up 50% from the previous year total of $20 million, according to a slide show presented by Kobalt founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz. The Kobalt study was ...

  25. Kobalt Recruits BMI's Robinson

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BMI veteran Nick Robinson has joined Kobalt Music Group as senior VP business development. Robinson takes up his new position at the independent music publisher's London headquarters after a six-year stint with BMI, the U.S. performing right ...

  26. Balderton Capital Invests In Kobalt

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST European venture firm Balderton Capital has invested $16 million in Kobalt Music Group. As part of the deal, the firm now holds a minority stake in the publishing company, and Balderton Capital partner Tim Bunting joins the Kobalt executive board. ...

  27. Groenemeyer, Kobalt Sign Exclusive Admin Deal

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT German superstar Herbert Groenemeyer and Kobalt Music Group have struck an exclusive deal which will enable the independent music publisher to administer his entire catalog. Through the agreement, Kobalt will administer all of his Groenland Musikv ...

  28. Kobalt Signs Admin Deal For Rhett Lawrence

    June 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has inked an exclusive worldwide deal to administer the copyrights of pop producer and writer Rhett Lawrence. Kobalt Music Group has inked an exclusive worldwide deal to administer the copyrights of pop producer and writer Rhett ...

  29. Kobalt Signs Admin Deal For Rhett Lawrence

    June 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Worldwide agreement includes catalog, futures. Kobalt Music Group has inked an exclusive worldwide deal to administer the copyrights of pop producer and writer Rhett Lawrence. The agreement, unveiled today (June 26) by the London-based music publi ...

  30. Petersen Appointed Exec VP At Kobalt Music Group

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Publishing vet previously senior VP at UMPG. Publishing industry veteran and attorney Michael Petersen has been appointed executive VP, GM and general counsel of Kobalt Music Group. He will report to Willard Ahdritz, CEO and founder of Kobalt. Pet ...