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  1. BMG Rights Management to Acquire Bulk of Primary Wave's Publishing Assets (Exclusive)

    September 02, 2013 2:05 PM EDT Updated 11:13 AM -- BMG Rights Management, a subsidiary of German media conglomerate Bertelsmann, has agreed to acquire the bulk of publishing assets owned by the U.S.-based independent music publishing and management company Primary Wave, the ...

  2. Depeche Mode Sign Worldwide Deal With Columbia Records

    December 11, 2012 8:45 AM EST Depeche Mode has signed a new worldwide deal with Columbia Records and will release a new album in March 2013. The band, comprised of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy 'Fletch' Fletcher and managed by Jonathan Kessler, had previously spen ...

  3. Akinah Rahmaan Named Island Def Jam VP of Marketing

    October 17, 2012 5:00 PM EDT The Island Def Jam Music Group announced today (Oct. 17) that Akinah Rahmaan will step up and fill the role of Vice President of Marketing. Senior Vice President of Marketing Chris Atlas, to whom Rahmaan will report directly, stated that she will ...

  4. Chris Lighty Remembered by Russell Simmons, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Others At NYC Funeral Service

    September 05, 2012 3:00 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Hip-hop royalty including LL Cool J and Sean "Diddy" Combs packed a standing-room-only funeral chapel Wednesday to pay their respects to music-industry mogul Chris Lighty. Mourners at the Manhattan funeral home also inclu ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Chris Lighty Remembered By Larry Mestel, Diddy, Rev Run, 50 Cent, Russell Simmons, More

    August 30, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Veteran hip-hop manager and founder of Violator Management Chris Lighty passed away earlier today. One of the most influential managers in hip-hop music, Lighty worked with such luminaries as Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Nas, Mobb Deep, Mariah ...

  8. Chris Lighty, Founder of Violator Management and One of Hip-Hop's All Time Great Execs, Has Died

    August 30, 2012 2:34 PM EDT Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. He was 44. A spokeman for the Ne ...

  9. Primary Wave Hires Stephen Hutton; The Artists Org Promotes Rich Schaefer, Don Van Cleave

    August 24, 2012 12:01 PM EDT Primary Wave Music has hired Stephen Hutton, founder of Uppercut Management, to help build Primary Wave Talent Management's rock and pop divisions. Hutton, who helped build the careers of such artists as Kid Rock, Big Kenny (Big & Rich) ...

  10. Benjy Grinberg, John Branca Honored at Primary Violator Grammy Brunch

    February 12, 2012 12:04 AM EST John Branca (left) with Benjy Grinberg who were honored at the second annual Primary Violator's Manager Brunch (Phil McCarten/PictureGroup) It wasn't just eggs, French toast, fruit and potent cocktails being served at the second annual P ...

  11. Urban Power List: Larry Mestel, Chris Lighty, Michael "Blue" Williams

    January 28, 2012 4:41 PM EST Larry Mestel Chris Lighty Michael "Blue" Williams Chairman/CEO COO President Primary Violator Management Website: www.primarywavemusic.com www.violator.com/ Twitter: @clighty Suite Kings In the nine months since Larry Mestel's Prima ...

  12. Publishing Briefs: 'Sleigh Ride' Most-Played Holiday Song In 2011, ASCAP Says

    December 06, 2011 5:05 PM EST ASCAP: 2011's 'Sleigh Ride' Most-Played Holiday Song -- For the second year in a row, "Sleigh Ride" is ASCAP's No. 1 most-played holiday song, the organization says. Since Oct. 1, "Sleigh Ride" has aired 64, ...

  13. Backbeat: Diddy, Jimmy Iovine Bring Out Dr. Dre, Russell Simmons, Cassie To See Some 'Culo'

    October 10, 2011 12:49 PM EDT Bunmen: (From Left) Interscope/Geffen/A&M Chairmen Jimmy Iovine, photographer and visual artist Raphael Mazzucco, music mogul and rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs. (Photo: WireImage) The hip-hop and fashion worlds collided last night (Oct. ...

  14. Primary Wave and Violator Merge To Form Primary Violator Management

    September 16, 2011 7:47 AM EDT In a move to build a powerhouse management company, Primary Wave Talent Management and Chris Lighty's Violater Management are merging to form Primary Violator. The merged company will be headed by Primary Wave Music founder and CEO Larry Mest ...

  15. Chris Lighty Talks 50 Cent's Next Business Possibilities, From Nutritional Supplements to Pauly D

    May 24, 2011 3:42 PM EDT Founder and CEO of Violator and Brand Asset Group, and long time manager of 50 Cent, Chris Lighty, speaks to Billboard.com's The Juice on upcoming projects and business ventures 50 is delving into. With a business empire that spans from a rec ...

  16. Billboard.biz Q&A: Brand Asset Digital's Joey Patuleia

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Brand Asset Digital, the company that offers brands the ability to market their products via P2P search terms similar to Google's AdWords service, came out with a new product this week called P2P Pulse. In a nutshell, P2PPulse allows labels a ...

  17. 50 Cent, UMG Sued By 14 Year-Old

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hip hop mogul 50 Cent, Universal Music Group and several of its record labels were sued on Wednesday for promoting a "gangsta lifestyle" by a 14-year-old boy who says friends of the rapper assaulted him. The lawsuit filed by James Rosemo ...

  18. Former Violator Exec Launches Monami Entertainment

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mona Scott-Young, the former president of Violator Management, is set to launch a new multimedia entertainment company, Monami Entertainment. The company will offer services like brand and product development, talent management, television and fil ...

  19. Branded Entertainment Hot Topic At 'Marketing To Men'

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The third annual Marketing to Men 18-34 conference was held today at the Altman Building in New York. Presented by Ripe TV, in association with Massive Inc., Playboy and Snippies -- and hosted by Billboard, Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek and the Hol ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. P2P Gets $10 Million Investment

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Intent MediaWorks has raised $10 million in Series B funding from Greycroft Partners, SoftBank Capital, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI) and Allen & Co. The Atlanta-based company specializes in ad-supported peer-to-peer distributio ...

  22. Lighty Joins Intent Mediaworks Board

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Violator Management CEO Chris Lighty has joined the board of legal P2P music service Intent Mediaworks. The appointment is part of a broader deal between Violator and Intent Mediaworks for both paid and ad-supported distribution, marketing and pro ...

  23. Uni Motown Names Key A&R Exec

    April 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Eric Nicks has joined Universal Motown Records Group as senior VP of A&R. Eric Nicks has joined Universal Motown Records Group as senior VP of A&R. Nicks was most recently senior VP of A&R at Columbia Records. He began his career a ...

  24. Warner Launches Two Baby-Band Labels

    September 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is starting two incubator operations -- one for hip-hop and one for rock -- to offer label services to baby bands on indies or within the WMG family. Warner Music Group is starting two incubator operations -- one for hip-hop and ...