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  1. Lenny Kravitz Releasing New Album ‘Strut’ In September Though Kobalt Label Services (Exclusive)

    April 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Lenny Kravitz has signed a worldwide agreement with Kobalt Label Services (KLS), which will release and promote his upcoming tenth studio album “Strut” due out Sept. 23. The album will be released through Kravitz’s Roxie Records imprint. An upcomi ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Kobalt Neighbouring Rights Sign Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Josh Homme, Flume & More

    January 15, 2014 9:15 AM EST Just in time for awards season, Kobalt Neighbouring Rights has signed a collection of Grammy and Brit Award nominees for collection of their neighbouring rights income.   Kobalt Music Group today announced its neighbouring rights division has sign ...

  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. 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ruled that the Internet radio leader doesn’t have a blanket license that includes the songs of publishers who have withdrawn their digital rights.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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Dave Stewart Partners With Kobalt Label Services on New Album ‘Lucky Numbers’

    August 14, 2013 7:00 AM EDT Veteran British musician and entrepreneur Dave Stewart has teamed with Kobalt Label Services for the global release of his new album “Lucky Numbers,” which is due to arrive Sept. 30 through the artist’s own label Weapons of Mass Entertainment. K ...

  13. Kobalt Label Services Appoints Bree Nevin as Creative Brand and Synchronization Manager

    July 18, 2013 2:06 PM EDT Bree Nevin has joined Kobalt Label Services as Creative Brand and Synchronization Manager in an effort to expand their synchronization services. Nevin will work under Michelle Stoddart, SVP of Synchronization and Digital Media, and help place mu ...

  14. Ann Tausis Joins Kobalt

    May 23, 2013 5:22 PM EDT On June 1, former Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) director Ann Tausis will join Kobalt Neighbouring Rights Limited (KNRL) as managing director. KNRL focuses on neighboring rights within the industry, offering services to clients through ...

  15. Kobalt Music Acquires B-52's Publishing Rights

    April 15, 2013 4:55 PM EDT Kobalt Music Copyrights has acquired publishing rights to the B-52’s catalog. The Athens, Ga., band saw a string of hits during the late 1970s through the '80s, including such classics as “Love Shack,” “Roam,” “Planet Claire,” “Rock Lobste ...

  16. Maya Jane Coles Signs With Kobalt Label Services to Release Debut Album

    April 12, 2013 7:30 AM EDT Star British producer and DJ Maya Jane Coles has agreed to a deal with Kobalt's Label Services division to release her debut album. The album, titled Comfort , will come out on her own I/AM/ME imprint via a global agreement with the comp ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Exclusive: Kobalt, STIM Form Aggregated Rights Arm to Accelerate European Licensing, Client Payments

    January 29, 2013 12:00 AM EST Kobalt Music Group and STIM, a Swedish copyright management organization, have partnered to launch Kobalt STIM Aggregated Rights AB to effectively create a one-stop shop to Kobalt’s European rights for digital music services. The division will b ...

  19. Publishing Briefs: BMG, Barry Gibb, Google Play, Lady Antebellum, More

    January 25, 2013 10:33 PM EST Kobalt Strikes Administration Deal with Lady Antebellum Kobalt Music Group has sealed up an exclusive, worldwide administration agreement with Grammy Award-winning trio Lady Antebellum. The deal with have Kobalt offering global creative and sync ...

  20. Publishers Quarterly: Sony/ATV Denies Kobalt An Upset

    November 19, 2012 12:52 PM EST The third-quarter Publisher Airplay chart produced the most dramatic changes in the rankings since Billboard began its quarterly tracking of chart share for the top 100 songs in 2006. For the quarter, Sony/ATV Music Publishing was by far the to ...

  21. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt to Invest $100 Million in Advances, Copyrights

    October 09, 2012 7:47 PM EDT Kobalt to Invest $100 Million in Advances, Copyrights The Kobalt Music Group, via funds raised by Kobalt Capital Ltd, plans to invest $100 million over the next 12 months in paying advances and buying copyrights. Through its subsidiary Kobalt Capi ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt Music Group Inks Deal With Paul McCartney, MPL Communications

    July 24, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Kobalt Signs Up McCartney Kobalt Music Group Ltd.has signed an exclusive long-term administration deal with Paul McCartney and MPL Communications covering the world outside North America, the U.K. and Ireland. As part of the deal, Kobalt will also ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Billboard Power 100: Willard Ahdritz

    January 26, 2012 10:07 PM EST No. 88 Willard Ahdritz Founder/CEO Kobalt Music Group Twitter: @KobaltMusic Change Agent... Willard Ahdritz and the company he founded in 2000 have been at the vanguard of a movement toward greater royalty accounting transparency in the music publ ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt, Harry Fox, Cooking Vinyl, Imagem, Fig, Eastbeach, BMG, Notable, Jimmy Webb, Primary Wave

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Kobalt Grows Its Business In a move to expand its business platform beyond music publishing, the Kobalt Music Group has added new capabilities, including the administration and marketing of master recordings, synch rights and neighboring rights, a ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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, ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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. ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Getty Links With Kobalt For Admin Pact

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Getty Images has tapped Kobalt Music Group for administration services of its music catalog. Getty's Pump Audio division licenses the music of independent artists for commercial uses in TV, films, games and the Internet, among other areas. Ko ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Kobalt On Fire With In Flames Deal

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has reached an exclusive agreement to administer the works of influential Swedish metal band In Flames, and its publishing company. The worldwide pact with the Gothenburg group's services company, Whoracle Publishing, cover ...

  43. 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. ...

  44. Kobalt Picks Up Peiken

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-nominated songwriter Shelly Peiken has signed a publishing administration deal for the world, excluding Australia and New Zealand, with international publisher Kobalt Music. As part of the agreement, Kobalt will represent Peiken -- who has ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. EverGreen Acquires Full Force Rights

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EverGreen Copyrights has acquired rights in the back catalog of the songwriting team known as Full Force. Full Force -- Paul Anthony, Bowlegged Lou, B-Fine, Baby Gerry, Shy Shy, and Curt-t-t) -- penned many top 1980s and 1990s pop and R&B song ...

  47. Kobalt Offers Pipeline Royalty Advances

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kobalt Music, which administers music publishing rights, is now offering its songwriters and rights holders the ability to draw from royalties earned but not yet received. The offering is the result of a deal Kobalt sealed with the Royal Bank of S ...

  48. 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 & ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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