Lyor Cohen

  1. Exclusive: +1 Records Becomes Official Label Partner of Lyor Cohen's 300 Entertainment

    November 05, 2014 8:00 AM EST 300 Entertainment has announced +1 Records has become an official label partner of the music company, meaning the independent label will now have access to the 300 marketing, licensing, A&R, radio and further infrastructure. +1 Records is th ...

  2. Lyor Cohen on Twitter Acquiring SoundCloud: ‘It Would Be a Wonderful Day’

    May 19, 2014 4:20 PM EDT “It would be a wonderful day,” was how Lyor Cohen described reports that Twitter is exploring the possibility of acquiring music streaming site SoundCloud. Of course the esteemed music industry vet, who once helmed Def Jam and Warner Music and rec ...

  3. Business Matters: Lyor Cohen's Midem Sound and Fury

    February 11, 2014 4:00 PM EST Lyor Cohen, who built a 32-year music career on pulling rabbits out of a hat, tried to do so again last week at Midem, one of the industry’s key conferences. In a keynote talk at the Cannes event, Cohen casually mentioned a deal he had signed the ...

  4. Head of Twitter Music on What the Lyor Cohen 300 Deal Really Means (Updated)

    February 11, 2014 2:13 PM EST Updated : This post has been updated to correct a number of inaccuracies in the transcript. We apologize for the errors.  Twitter wants to help the music industry unearth the next Katy Perry, whose career trajectory is matched by the rocketing ...

  5. Lyor Cohen and Tom Silverman's Midem Keynote in Full (Video)

    February 03, 2014 9:15 AM EST Here is the full conversation between Tommy Boy founder Tom Silverman and Lyor Cohen, who took the opportunity to speak on his beginnings -- including an epic-sounding party with Fear, Social Distortion, Circle Jerks, Fishbone and the Red Hot Chil ...

  6. Morning Fix: Super Bowl Ads: All Music-Related Spots; Lyor Cohen on New Twitter Partnership (Q&A); Howard Stern's 60th B-day Bash with Dave Grohl, Bon Jovi, More

    February 03, 2014 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE SUPER BOWL ADS: ALL THE MUSIC-RELATED SPOTS (UPDATED) Music dominated Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday night (Feb. 2) just as much at the Seattle Seahawks did -– and not just Bruno Mars’ soulful halftime pe ...

  7. Lyor Cohen On New Twitter Partnership: 'We're in the Business of Discovering Artists'

    February 02, 2014 6:29 PM EST Billboard caught up with Lyor Cohen, the former Warner Music head and founder of new music venture 300, at Midem hours after he had made a major announcement during his Keynote Q&A concerning a new partnership with the massive social media p ...

  8. Lyor Cohen Unveils 300 Partnership With Twitter During Midem Keynote

    February 02, 2014 3:04 PM EST Lyor Cohen used his keynote speech at Midem in Cannes, France, to announce that his new label venture, 300, has partnered with Twitter to develop A&R tools that will benefit the whole music business. (Billboard.biz caught up with Lyor Cohen t ...

  9. Todd Moscowitz Teases 300 Entertainment, First Signees Perform at Pre-Grammys Celebration

    January 25, 2014 2:30 PM EST Per Zoe Silverman's words, Brooklyn's heavy pop duo ASTR's set was what really started the party Friday night at the 300 Entertainment x Encore Sessions party at The Standard in Hollywood. Grammys 2014: Our Wall-to-Wall Coverage of ...

  10. Lyor Cohen To Deliver Keynote Q&A At Midem, Tom Silverman To Conduct Interview

    January 07, 2014 9:00 AM EST Former Warner Music Group recorded music chief Lyor Cohen has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at this year’s Midem trade fair in Cannes, where he will outline his plans for his new Google-backed label venture 300. Lyor Cohen Unveils 300, New & ...

  11. Lyor Cohen Unveils 300, New 'Content Company' with Atlantic Deal, Google Backing and Ex-Warner Brass (From the Magazine)

    November 01, 2013 11:38 AM EDT Former Warner Music Group recorded music chief Lyor Cohen has named his new label ‘300’ and completed his distribution deal with Atlantic, he revealed to Billboard in an interview in this week’s magazine . Cohen is starting 300 with his fe ...

  12. Morning Fix: Lyor Cohen's Music Startup Gets Google, WMG Backing; How Good is SiriusXM's Business Model?; Live Nation Acquires Voodoo; Republic Records' Q4 Strategy

    October 25, 2013 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE Q4 LABEL SPECIAL: REPUBLIC RECORDS ON Q4 PLANNING, LORDE'S POSITIONING AND BIG (BIG) SOUNDTRACKS Ed Christman examined Republic Records' approach to the final quarter of the year through ...

  13. Rick Ross Signs with ICM Partners for Concert Bookings and More

    August 27, 2013 5:48 PM EDT Rapper Rick Ross has signed with ICM Partners for representation in all areas. Ross’ responsible agents for concerts at ICM are Zach Iser and Caroline Yim. Previously, the rapper’s live bookings were handled in-house by his team. New Signings: ...

  14. Exclusive: Lyor Returning to Music Biz - And Not As a Manager

    February 07, 2013 1:16 PM EST Lyor Cohen is on the verge of returning to the business he loves so much, following his exit in September from Warner Music Group, where he oversaw all of recorded music. The business has been a far duller place without Cohen, and many -- includin ...

  15. Todd Moscowitz Steps Down From Warner Bros., Cameron Strang New Label Head

    December 06, 2012 4:59 PM EST One month after adding Rhino Records to his portfolio of responsibilities, Warner/Chappell Music chairman and CEO Cameron Strang is now adding the Warner Bros. Records label. Strang is replacing president/CEO Todd Moscowitz, who has resigned, the ...

  16. Morning Fix: BET Brawl Video; Artists Protest Parlophone Sale; Big Album Debuts; Jay-Z Opens Barclays

    October 01, 2012 7:14 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters BET HIP-HOP AWARDS MARRED BY SCUFFLE: Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards though no arr ...

  17. Backbeat: Jay-Z Wows A Sold Out Barclays Center On Opening Night

    September 29, 2012 10:17 AM EDT The Barclays Center looms over Brooklyn. (Photo: Steven J. Horowitz) Jay-Z doesn't just put on shows -- he stages events. After invading Philadelphia last month for his first annual "Made in America" festival, Hov returned to his na ...

  18. Lyor Cohen and Warner Music Group: What Are the Next Moves? Insiders Weigh In

    September 28, 2012 4:04 PM EDT Below is the story "Lyor Mulls Next Move" -- an in-depth look at the options facing Lyor Cohen who this week stepped down as CEO of WMG's recorded music and how WMG may fill the vacancy -- from this week's edition of Billboard ...

  19. Backbeat: Jay-Z, Lyor Cohen, Julie Greenwald, Island Def Jam Execs at Barclays Center's 40/40 Club Launch

    September 28, 2012 2:29 PM EDT Jay-Z arrives at the grand opening of the 40/40 Club inside the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn Thursday night. (Photo: Dan Rys) Walking up to the calm, subdued exterior of the Barclays Center last night (Sept. 27), it was hard not to imagin ...

  20. Morning Fix: N.Z. Apologizes to Kim Dotcom; Mumford & Sons Juggernaut; Lyor Cohen Mgmt Firm?

    September 27, 2012 7:13 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters LIL WAYNE PASSES AN ALL-TIME ELVIS PRESLEY HOT 100 MARK: Lil Wayne has just topped Elvis Presley's mark for the most Hot 100 appearances among solo acts . As he debuts ...

  21. Lyor Cohen Stepping Down as Warner Music Chairman/CEO

    September 24, 2012 6:01 PM EDT Lyor Cohen, Chairman/CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Music Group, is stepping down from his post effective September 30, the company announced today. He had been at Warner since 2004, beginning as Chairman and CEO, US Recorded Music in March of t ...

  22. Chris Lighty 1968-2012: From The Bronx to Native Tongues to Top Hip-Hop Exec

    August 30, 2012 8:09 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died this morning of an ...

  23. Chris Lighty: 1968-2012

    August 30, 2012 7:35 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died the morning of Aug ...

  24. Lyor Cohen on Music's Future: 'I Hate When A&R Guys Tell Me Rock Is Dead'

    June 19, 2012 8:54 AM EDT The New Music Seminar's Panel "Crystal Ball Movement: Music Business Visionaries Predict the Future" ( From left): Tyler Gray, Editorial Director, Fast Company; John Sykes, President, Clear Channel Entertainment; NMS Founder/Executi ...

  25. Backbeat: The Weeknd's London Debut, With Katy Perry, Florence Welch, Barry Weiss, David Joseph, More

    June 07, 2012 7:24 PM EDT London's Wilton Music Hall hosted The Weeknd 's debut London show earlier tonight (June 7). Rumored to have sold out within two minutes, the gig lasted just an hour, but equally interesting as the vocal acrobatics taking place onstage wa ...

  26. Meet EDM's Power Trio: Atlantic's Craig Kallman, Astralwerks' Glenn Mendlinger, Interscope's Dave Rene

    May 15, 2012 7:25 AM EDT For more than a decade, electronic dance music has been an indie label's business. In the mid- to late '90s, when acts like Fatboy Slim, the Chemical Brothers and Prodigy surged, the majors launched or acquired imprints: Warner had F-111 ...

  27. Photos: Warner Music's Grammy Party, With Bruno Mars, Neil Young, Skrillex, Lyor Cohen, Julie Greenwald, More

    February 14, 2012 2:19 PM EST Singer Bruno Mars performs for guests attending the Warner Music Group Grammy Celebration hosted by InStyle at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, CA. (Photo: Vince Bucci/PictureGroup) Warner Music threw an exclusive party after the Grammys at ...

  28. Billboard Power 100: Len Blavatnik

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 8 Len Blavatnik Owner Warner Music Group Twitter: @warnermusic The Owner... Len Blavatnik has a distinction that no one else in the world can claim: He's the only person who owns a major-label group. Even Terra Firma's Guy Hands had ...

  29. Seymour Stein's Friends, Fans and Colleagues Pay Tribute

    January 23, 2012 9:11 AM EST For a video tribute on Billboard.biz, artists and executives offered their perspectives on Seymour Stein. Here are excerpts of those interviews. "He doesn't have a cynical bone in his body. You say, 'Hey, I really believe in this ar ...

  30. Lyor Cohen Realigns WMG Senior Management, Warner Music Europe CEO John Reid Departs

    November 09, 2011 3:15 PM EST WMG Recorded Music Chairman and CEO Lyor Cohen In one of his first moves as the head of recorded music operations worldwide, WMG Recorded Music chairman and CEO Lyor Cohen has flattened the company's management structure by creating a global ...

  31. Kei Ishizaka Named Chairman, CEO of Warner Music Japan

    October 28, 2011 8:55 AM EDT Kei Ishizaka has been named Chairman & CEO, Warner Music Japan accourding to an announcement by Warner Music Group. Effective Nov. 1, Ishizaka will oversee all aspects of Warner Music Japan's domestic and global repertoire and will report ...

  32. Michael Nash, Warner Music's 'Top Digital Guru,' Leaving; Stephen Bryan Named Successor

    September 20, 2011 5:00 PM EDT The Warner Music Group top digital guru Michael Nash is leaving the company and will be replaced by Stephen Bryan, who has been promoted to executive VP of digital strategy and business development for recorded music. Bryan, who recently served as ...

  33. How Top Warner Music Execs Are Cashing in on Acquisition, and What a Completed Deal is Worth to Them

    June 22, 2011 2:01 PM EDT Warner Music Group's two top execs, Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Lyor Cohen, have already cashed out of stocks and will enjoy large golden parachutes when the company's acquisition by Access Industries is complete. If the recommendation of gov ...

  34. Rethink Music: Our Favorite Tweets

    April 27, 2011 7:28 PM EDT If you weren't at the Rethink Music conference in Boston, you missed some great discussion about the future (and past) of the music business - although probably read about it, watched a livestream or simply followed attendees' thoughts o ...

  35. Lyor Cohen Talks 360 Deals, High Salaries, The Future of Labels -- But Not Warner Music Auction -- At Rethink Music

    April 27, 2011 4:59 PM EDT BOSTON - Warner Music Group head Lyor Cohen preached the gospel of artist development and loving the business at the Rethink Music conference here, but he wasn't talking about the auction for WMG . In fact, audience members were asked not to ...

  36. Michael Kyser Named Atlantic's First-Ever President Of Black Music

    February 03, 2011 6:20 PM EST Michael Kyser has been named the first-ever President of Black Music for the Atlantic Records Group. The announcement was made today by Atlantic Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald and Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman. Kyser, who began his music career two dec ...

  37. Top Warner Execs 2010 Pay Increased Despite Revenue Losses

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group's top two executives took home more money in 2010 than they did the year before, according to details in a recent SEC filing . Judging from the amounts of their bonuses, Warner's leadership exceeded their 2010 goals. C ...

  38. Jay-Z Confirms Roc Nation Deals With Sony, Atlantic

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As previously reported, Jay-Z has inked a distribution deal with Sony for his Roc Nation label , the Brooklyn-born rapper confirmed to Billboard last week. "Sony is Roc Nation. That's where Roc Nation's going through," Jay-Z to ...

  39. In The City Day 1: Cohen's Unity Message

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lyor Cohen, vice chairman of Warner Music Group and CEO, Recorded Music Americas and U.K., called for unity throughout the music industry at the opening day of Manchester's In The City - the U.K.'s biggest music conference. Sharing the s ...

  40. Global Shake-Up At WMG

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has promoted Lyor Cohen and Michael D. Fleisher as part of a major international restructuring. As a result of a new regional structure, WMI Chairman and CEO Patrick Vien will leave the company. WMG has established an Office of ...

  41. Atlantic's Jason Flom Exits

    August 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has confirmed that Jason Flom is out as chairman/CEO of The Atlantic Records Group 17 months after he was named to the post. NEW YORK -- Warner Music Group has confirmed that Jason Flom is out as chairman/CEO of The Atlantic Rec ...

  42. Atlantic's Jason Flom Exits

    August 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has confirmed that Jason Flom is out as chairman/CEO of The Atlantic Records Group 17 months after he was named to the post. Craig Kallman--formerly co-chairman and COO of the label Warner Music Group has confirmed that Jason Fl ...

  43. New York Court Overturns TVT Decision

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Multi-million dollar award now just thousands. New York's Second Circuit Court of Appeals today (June 14) overturned an earlier court's decision in favor of TVT, in the indie label's suit against the Island Def Jam Music Group, Univ ...

  44. P.Diddy, WMG In Joint Venture

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sean "P.Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment has entered into a worldwide 50/50 joint venture with Warner Music Group. NEW YORK -- Sean "P.Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment has entered into a worldwide 50/50 joint ve ...

  45. P.Diddy, WMG In Joint Venture

    April 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sean "P.Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment has entered into a worldwide 50/50 joint venture with Warner Music Group. Sources value the pact at $30 million. Sean "P.Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment has entered into ...

  46. Kevin Liles Lands At WMG

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Executive VP reports to Lyor Cohen. Warner Music Group ended speculation on the fate of Kevin Liles today (Aug. 11). The former Def Jam Records president was named executive VP of WMG. Based in New York, Liles reports to Lyor Cohen, WMG's cha ...

  47. UMG Sues Insurers Over Costs From TVT Case

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG) has filed suit against three insurance companies, alleging that they breached contracts indemnifying UMG against certain damages incurred in an ongoing suit brought by TVT LOS ANGELES -- Universal Music Group (UMG) has ...

  48. UMG Sues Insurers Over Costs From TVT Case

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG) has filed suit against three subsidiaries of New York-based American International Group Inc. (AIG): American Home Assurance Co., National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pitts UMG Sues Insurers Over Costs From TVT Case NIP ...

  49. Warner Music Looks To Slash Artist Roster

    May 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The newly private Warner Music Group, having significantly <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/business_finance/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000450149">reduced its worldwide staff The newly private Warner Music ...

  50. WMG Confirms Restructuring, Exec Departures

    March 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group today (March 2) confirmed a restructuring of its operations that will encompass the elimination of 20% of its global workforce of 5,300 and the exit of several key recorded music ex Warner Music Group today (March 2) confirmed a ...

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