Kurt Cobain

  1. Olympia's Music Scene Worth $88.3 Million a Year (Report)

    June 09, 2014 1:36 PM EDT Olympia, the capital city of Washington, the birthplace of riot grrl, K Records and a pit stop for Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, generates a pretty staggering amount of money via its historic and historically avant-garde music scene, according to a new ...

  2. Cobain's Catalog Rights to Stay with BMI Through Q1 2015

    April 14, 2014 2:53 PM EDT While SESAC has cut a deal to represent the complete Kurt Cobain catalog -- as the organization announced on April 7 -- for the remainder of this year, a good portion of the late songwriter's catalog rights will remain with BMI. Related Nirva ...

  3. Sub Pop and Seattle Rock to Conquer Sea-Tac Airport With Retail Store

    February 24, 2014 5:11 PM EST Sub Pop Records, noted for hits by Nirvana, The Shins, and the Postal Service, will open a retail store in April 2014 at Sea-Tac International Airport. The location is auditioning managers for the store, which will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (send ...

  4. Courtney Love to Defend Controversial Tweet on Monday

    January 13, 2014 12:19 AM EST This Monday, Courtney Love will go to trial in a groundbreaking case. The rock star will not only become the first celebrity to defend an allegedly defamatory tweet inside a U.S. courtroom, but she might have to address the wild and maybe uncontro ...

  5. Jury Will Decide If Courtney Love's Tweet Was Defamatory

    December 23, 2013 1:58 PM EST In a summary judgment ruling, a judge denies the singer's argument that the hyperbolic nature of Twitter means that personal views expressed there are opinions instead of statements of fact. At a hearing on Friday morning, a Los Angeles judge ...

  6. Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’ Turns 20: Ex-Geffen Execs' Remembrances, Anecdotes, Marketing Strategy (How 'Rape Me' Became 'Waif Me')

    September 24, 2013 12:43 PM EDT Nirvana had much to live up to following the release of its groundbreaking 1991 album, “Nevermind.” But, with the weight of the world on them, the grunge trio surprised (and perhaps alienated) many with its raucous and emotionally raw follow-u ...

  7. Courtney Love Looks to Sue Ex-Attorney Over Bizarre Kurt Cobain Estate Fraud Claims

    September 18, 2013 2:07 AM EDT Courtney Love's unfettered love of social media has gotten her into much legal trouble over the years. In January, she is scheduled to go to trial for allegedly defaming her ex-attorney Rhonda Holmes in tweets and press interviews. The sing ...

  8. Sub Pop and Nirvana's First Record Contract: Simplicity Ahead of a Squall

    August 22, 2013 1:04 PM EDT Six hundred bucks well spent—not that we had it at the time. That what Sub Pop had to say when it posted the first page of its original, starkly simple, contract between Nirvana and the still-fledgling Seattle label. The document dates to when N ...

  9. Business Matters: Hurricane Sandy Concert Generates Underwhelming Social Activity

    December 13, 2012 2:39 PM EST Wednesday night's Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden may have been a middle-aged rock fan's dream concert, but their kids -- and many other segments of the country -- appeared to have tuned out. Social media numbers ...

  10. Morning Fix: Ravi Shankar RIP: Facebook's 2012 Trends; Paul McCartney Playing With Nirvana at 12.12.12

    December 12, 2012 8:40 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters RAVI SHANKAR DEAD AT 92: Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar has died. Labeled "the godfather of world music" by George Harrison, S ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Vevo vs. Google: Universal, Sony and the Latest Moves in the Chess Game

    July 12, 2012 5:41 PM EDT Vevo's future business arrangements are looking a bit cloudy, as reports this week suggest that the company's deal terms with Google are again in play , and that Universal is re-examining its stake in the company in the relation to UMG&# ...

  13. Fender Guitar Makers Prepare To Go Public

    June 21, 2012 4:30 PM EDT For Sergio Vallin of popular Mexican rock band Maná, Fender guitars are the only way to go. "It's the Rolls-Royce of guitars," Vallin says. "It's versatile, and so easy on the fingers." A fan of Fender products since ...

  14. Primary Wave Music Opens U.K. Office

    April 19, 2012 9:19 PM EDT Primary Wave Music is heading overseas. The publishing, marketing and talent management company announced Thursday it is expanding from offices in New York and Los Angeles and opening up shop in the United Kingdom. Industry veteran Clive Black wil ...

  15. Nirvana Lawsuit Settled Between Courtney Love, Management

    August 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Court records show a management firm and Courtney Love have settled a $1 million lawsuit over the profits of the sale of Nirvana's publishing catalog. Love is the widow of former Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain. London & Co. sued Love two year ...

  16. Nirvana Members Dismayed By 'Guitar Hero 5'

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kurt Cobain's appearance in the latest "Guitar Hero" video game is not hitting the right notes with the surviving members of Nirvana. Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl said in a joint statement that they were "dismayed and very di ...

  17. Raincoats Re-Issues Debut, Plots U.S. Tour

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Thirty years after its original release, U.K. alternative act the Raincoats' self-titled debut is being reissued following a 10-year period when it was commercially unavailable. The all-female post-punk group was a favorite of the late Kurt C ...

  18. Sony, Retailers Make Push On Jackson Inventory

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson is the biggest star to die during the SoundScan era and it's expected that his physical catalog, much like his digital sales , will receive a huge boost from his untimely death. Retailers and Sony Music are anticipating the ru ...

  19. Report: Love Sells 25% Of Nirvana Songs

    March 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Acquired by former Virgin Records COO. The rumors that Courtney Love was going to sell the rights to the Nirvana songs have come true. Rolling Stone reports Love has sold 25 percent of the publishing catalog to Larry Mestel of Primary Wave Music P ...

  20. Kurt Cobain's Guitar To Go Up For Auction

    March 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST The late Kurt Cobain's Mosrite Gospel Mark IV electric guitar will be offered for auction beginning April 17. The auction, by Dallas-based Heritage Galleries and Auctioneers, will take place in associ The late Kurt Cobain's Mosrite Gospe ...