Lyor Cohen

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Neon Gold Signs Label Deal With Atlantic Records, Releasing Lyor Cohen's First Signing (Exclusive)

    January 17, 2014 12:59 PM EST Lizzy Plapinger has kind of a thing for male-female duos.   As co-founder of Neon Gold Records with Derek Davies, she’s helped release the first 7” singles from indie-pop acts like Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Icona Pop and Marina & The Dia ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Warner Music Group Realigns Structure; Cameron Strang Gets Big Boost

    November 07, 2012 12:00 PM EST The Warner Music Group has implemented an organizational restructuring that was under discussion when Lyor Cohen still headed up the company's recorded music operation. Lyor Cohen and Warner Music Group: What Are the Next Moves? Insiders Weig ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Morning Fix: Katy Perry Named Woman of the Year; Lyor Cohen Speculation; Maybach Music Tour

    September 26, 2012 7:43 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. KATY PERRY NAMED BILLBOARD WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Billboard has announced that Katy Perry will accept its coveted Woman of the Year Award at the 2012 Billboard Women in Music ...

  11. Lyor Cohen, Post Warner Music: Who Will Replace Him, and What's His Next Move?

    September 24, 2012 9:57 PM EDT Lyor Cohen's imminent departure from Warner Music Group sent a tremor through the music industry on Monday and sparked speculation on the inevitable management shuffle around the industry to replace the colorful hard-nosed executive. Cohen, r ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Mike Caren Named Warner Music Group's President of Worldwide A&R

    July 23, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Warner Music Group today announced the promotion of Mike Caren to president, worldwide A&R across its myriad labels. Caren had previously served as EVP, A&R for Atlantic Records and as co-president for the recently relaunched Elektra Recor ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. What Role Did Rick Ross Play in Joie Manda's Appointment as Def Jam President?

    March 14, 2012 8:32 PM EDT Early today, Def Jam Recordings announced that longtime Warner Bros. Records executive Joie Manda will be the label's new president -- the first since Jay-Z vacated the position on Christmas Eve, 2007. Although it's unclear when talks be ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Seymour Stein Honored With Billboard's Icon Award @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 7:00 PM EST From left: Billboard Associate Publisher (and former Sire recording artist) Tommy Page, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein, Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, MIDEM director Bruno Crolot (Photo: MIDEM) CANNES -- Billboard honored Sire Rec ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Billboard Power 100: Lyor Cohen

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 14 Lyor Cohen Chairman/CEO of Recorded Music Warner Music Group Twitter: @LyorCohen13 The Iceman Cometh... It's definitely a new day at Warner Music Group and not just because Access Industries' Len Blavatnik (see No. 8) has acquired ...

  20. Billboard Power 100: Rob Cavallo & Todd Moscowitz

    January 26, 2012 10:45 PM EST No. 45 Rob Cavallo & Todd Moscowitz Chairman; Co-President/CEO Warner Bros. Records Twitter: @ToddMoscowitz Team Spirit... With Warner Bros. Records, traditionally the largest label in Warner Music Group, trailing Atlantic Records in market sh ...

  21. Billboard Power 100: Barry Weiss

    January 26, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 18 Barry Weiss Chairman/CEO Universal Republic & Island Def Jam Twitter: @WeissBarry The Man With The Plan... In the summer of 2010, then-RCA/Jive Label Group chairman/CEO Barry Weiss, son of industry legend Hy Weiss, found himself in a sp ...

  22. Record Label Shake Ups, Sales Make For A Tumultuous Year In The Music Industry

    December 08, 2011 7:55 AM EST With the sale of Warner Music Group, the planned sale and breakup of EMI Group and the installation of new management at each of the three surviving majors, 2011 was a year of seismic shifts in the major-label landscape. The rumbles began immediat ...

  23. Julie Greenwald, Atlantic Records Group Chairman/COO, Named 2011's No. 1 Woman In Music (Video Q&A)

    December 02, 2011 1:15 PM EST Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde ( @bwerde ) spoke to Atlantic Records Group Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald, Billboard's 2011 No. 1 Woman In Music about her beginnings in the record industry, her rise through the executive ranks, and how ...

  24. Warner Music Group Names Brian Roberts CFO, Effective January

    November 10, 2011 8:10 PM EST The Warner Music Group continues to realign its management team, this time naming Warner/Chappell CFO Brian Roberts to become the WMG's CFO, effective Jan. 1. He will replace Steve Macri, who has been CFO since 2008. Macri will stay on throug ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Def Jam Founders Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons Bring the Noise -- and Some Meditation -- to New York Public Library Chat

    October 15, 2011 4:22 PM EDT Def Jam founders Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons with moderator Paul Holdengraber at the New York Public Library Friday (Photo: Jori Klein) Def Jam founders, hip-hop pioneers and music icons Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons made a rare public appeara ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman, Jr. and Chairman Stephen Cooper Switch Jobs

    August 19, 2011 3:18 PM EDT Edgar Bronfman, Jr. and Stephen Cooper are switching roles with the former becoming the Warner Music Group chairman and the latter assuming the CEO position and responsible for the company's day-to-day operations. In a memo to employees , Bro ...

  30. Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (Excerpt)

    August 08, 2011 6:44 AM EDT In an excerpt from a new book, early Def Jam Recordings Execs Lyor Cohen, Russel Simmons, Rick Rubin, Chris Lighty, Kevin Liles, Julie Greenwald and Todd Moscowitz tell it like it was--at the founding of perhaps "The Last Great Record Label ...

  31. Access-Warner Music Investor Documents Reveal New Roles for Edgar Bronfman Jr., Lyor Cohen

    July 21, 2011 4:29 PM EDT In taking over control of Warner Music Group , Access Industries, as expected, is putting its own people in place on the company's board of directors. Stephen Cooper, a board member at one of the companies that Access Industry has invested in ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Warner Music/Access Industries Deal Is A Win For Both -- But Will Gores Try to Upend It?

    May 06, 2011 7:48 PM EDT Access Industries' proposed $3.3 billion acquisition of the Warner Music Group (WMG) is turning out to be a "best of both worlds" kind of deal for all involved. For one, the private equity owners of WMG will get another payday on to ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Analysis: With MTV Partnership, Warner Continues Separate Path

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group’s newly signed partnership with MTV illustrates how WMG would rather grow through online partnerships than own the channel. Warner is the lone major music group holdout from Vevo, the music site/network that launched late last y ...

  38. Business Matters: EFF, Google, WMG, Perez Hilton and more

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EFF ATTORNEY HEADED FOR GOOGLE -- Fred von Lohmann, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is leaving to become Google's senior copyright counsel. Von Lohmann's name is well known in music industry circles. He defen ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Sire Founders Reunited For 'In The City'

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sire Records founders Seymour Stein and Richard Gottehrer will be among the keynote speakers at the U.K.'s In The City music conference, which is held in Manchester on Oct. 5-7. Gottehrer is also co-founder/chairman of digital aggregator The ...

  43. Hill Honored At New York AIDS Charity

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST LIFEbeat, the urban music industry's AIDS charity, honored BET's executive VP of programming Stephen Hill last night (Dec. 4) at New York City's Highline Ballroom. With special performances by Denise Rich, Sister Sledge's Kathy ...

  44. WMG, Violator Co-Founder Form Branding Group

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group and Violator Management co-founder/CEO Chris Lighty have formed the Brand Asset Group. Lighty will serve as CEO of the joint venture, which aims to manage and strengthen artist brands via corporate sponsorships, strategic market ...

  45. Live Vs. Digital, Warner Exec On Music Discovery

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT WMG's Lyor Cohen believes today's Web and wireless technologies are key to finding and promoting artists these days, but only in conjunction with the tried-and-true experience of a live event. In an opinion piece for Forbes (free registr ...

  46. Industry Execs Discuss Rap Lyrics

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of Don Imus' firing for his on-air slur about the Rutgers women's basketball team, a high-powered group of music-industry executives met privately Wednesday to discuss sexist and misogynistic rap lyrics. During the furor that ...

  47. Warner Forms Independent Label Group

    April 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Todd Moscowitz named ILG president. The Warner Music Group has created the Independent Label Group to oversee the company’s indie label endeavors. Todd Moscowitz has been named ILG's president. Moscowitz, who joined WMG in 2004 as president o ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Case Summary: Tortious Interference & Fraudulent Inducement (TVT vs. Lyor Cohen & Island Def Jam)

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on June 14 reversed a 2003 District Court judgment, which ordered Lyor Cohen and the Island Def Jam Music Group to pay about $54 million to Steve Gottl The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circu ...

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