1. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt Picks Up Blue Mountain Music, Downtown Signs Sturgill Simpson, More

    June 29, 2015 9:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 -- The Kobalt Music Group has signed on to serve as global administrator for Blue Mountain Music, which includes the complete works of Bob Marley , as well as songs from the U2 back catalog, Free, Toots & the Maytals and John Martyn. In signing ...

  2. Former UMG Head of Digital Rob Wells Joins LoveLive Advisory Board

    June 10, 2015 4:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Universal Music Group’s former president of global digital business Rob Wells has joined music video content company LoveLive in an advisory role. Wells exited Universal in February this year after 15 years with the major. At the time of his departu ...

  3. Bob Marley Bio-Musical Sets Baltimore Premiere

    April 16, 2015 10:35 PM EDT The godfather of reggae will live again when  Marley has its world premiere at Center Stage in Baltimore next month. Written and directed by award-winning British playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah  ( Elmina's Kitchen ), the new musical featuring s ...

  4. Island Records Co-Founder and Jamaican Music Engineer Graeme Goodall Dead at 82

    December 12, 2014 5:20 PM EST From his involvement in the earliest Jamaican singles to have impacted international markets to his co-founding role in Island Records, Australian-born engineer Graeme Goodall , was a pivotal, if somewhat overlooked, figure in the development of ...

  5. Billboard's 2014 Industry Icon: Paul McGuinness on 35 Years Guiding 'The Biggest Band in the World' (Q&A)

    January 17, 2014 2:52 PM EST The following extended Q&A with U2's long-time manager Paul McGuinness is from the new issue of Billboard, which features a cover story on Howard Stern; a  MIDEM special section with Billboard's inaugural International Power Pl ...

  6. Is Chronixx Jamaican Reggae's Next Big Thing? Chris Blackwell, Diplo Think So

    September 25, 2013 2:45 PM EDT On Sept. 17, SOB's nightclub in lower Manhattan presented the New York City debut of Jamaica’s most buzzed about reggae act, Chronixx and the Zinc Fence Redemption. Throughout their 8-date Dread and Terrible east coast tour (so named for th ...

  7. Frank Barsalona, Remembered by U2 Manager Paul McGuinness

    November 26, 2012 3:46 PM EST Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard's Ray Waddell - featuring comments about Barsalona fr ...

  8. Jason Flom, John Rudolph to Bid for Universal's EMI Assets: Source

    November 15, 2012 4:15 PM EST Billboard has learned that former Bug Music CEO John Rudolph and Lava Records founder Jason Flom have partnered to throw their hat in the bidding ring for the EMI assets that Universal Music Group must sell as part of the terms of their acquisitio ...

  9. 'American Idol' Creator Simon Fuller to Bid on EMI Assets

    October 08, 2012 6:54 PM EDT Simon Fuller, the Spice Girls svengali and creator of the TV format behind American Idol, is looking to submit a bid for all the EMI businesses that Universal Music Group must sell. Vivendi-owned UMG recently won regulatory approval of its $1.9 bi ...

  10. Seymour Stein Pays Tribute to Beggars Groups' Martin Mills at A2IM's Libera Awards

    June 22, 2012 1:08 PM EDT Seymour Stein (right) presenting Martin Mills with his Libera Lifetime Achievement award in New York City. (photo: Kyle Dean Reinford) At last night's inaugural A2IM Libera awards, legendary record exec Seymour Stein presented Beggars Group&# ...

  11. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 09, 2012 2:42 PM EST March 13, 2012 | EXCLUSIVE Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunda ...

  12. David Rodigan, Reggae-Dancehall DJ Extraordinaire, Receives MBE From Queen Elizabeth

    February 14, 2012 5:00 PM EST Throughout an illustrious nearly 35-year career span devoted to promoting reggae music through his various radio programs and in musical battles against some of Jamaica's most feared sound system selectors, England's David Rodigan has re ...

  13. Magnolia Pictures Grabs U.S. Rights to Bob Marley Documentary

    February 06, 2012 2:30 PM EST Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Marley , the first documentary about iconic musician Bob Marley made with the support of the Marley family. The film will open in theaters and on VOD and digital platforms April 20, after its world pre ...

  14. Business Matters: What Exactly Is Blackwell Fuller's Business Model?

    June 13, 2011 6:07 PM EDT What is Blackwell Fuller's Business Model? -- The new music industry grew on Monday with the announcement of Blackwell Fuller , a new company created by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and 19 Entertainment founder Simon Fuller. The pai ...

  15. Music Producers Guild To Honor Chris Blackwell

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Island Records founder Chris Blackwell will receive the outstanding contribution to U.K. Music honor at the Music Producers Guild Awards next month. It follows the completion of the 50th anniversary celebrations for Island Records, launched in 195 ...

  16. Jimmy Buffett / Aug. 11, 2009 / Indianapolis

    August 18, 2009 3:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jimmy Buffett 's annual traveling concert / unstopped carnival / tailgating-driven insta-tent city is back on the road. You may be befuddled by this entire escapade, you may wonder what could possibly drive normally average, probably mostly bor ...

  17. Baaba Maal Tunes In With Brazilian Girls On 'Television'

    July 22, 2009 11:09 AM EDT 0 0 0 After an eight-year break, Senegalese recording artist Baaba Maal will release "Television," his first album of all-new recorded material since 2001's "Missing You." Due September 15 on Palm, the album joins Maal with member ...

  18. Lauryn Hill, Herbie Hancock, Black Eyed Peas Top Montreux Jazz Fest Bill

    April 08, 2009 2:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 B.B. King, Herbie Hancock, Black Eyed Peas and Lauryn Hill are booked to perform at the Montreux Jazz festival, one of Europe's most prestigious summer music events, organizers said on Thursday. Founder Claude Nobs announced the eclectic line-u ...

  19. Blackwell's Blue Mountain Shifts To Self-Administration

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Blue Mountain Music Ltd., Chris Blackwell's music publishing company, will begin self-administrating its catalog in America and has signed deals with House Of Hassle Publishing to be its creative partner and Bank Robber Music to coordinate al ...

  20. Island Celebrates 50th Anniversary

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Island Records will mark its fiftieth anniversary in May 2009, with founder Chris Blackwell overseeing the week-long "Island 50 Live" festival. Blackwell founded the Island label in Kingston, Jamaica in 1959 and moved to London in the ea ...

  21. Rights Flap Jamming Bob Marley Film

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The family of Bob Marley has refused to license any of his music for a biopic that the Weinstein Co. is prepping -- despite the fact that his widow, Rita Marley, is its executive producer. The family of Bob Marley has refused to license any of his m ...

  22. Rights Flap Jamming Bob Marley Film

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The family of Bob Marley has refused to license any of his music for a biopic that the Weinstein Co. is prepping -- despite the fact that his widow, Rita Marley, is its executive producer. The reason? There is a competing Martin Scorsese documenta ...

  23. Bob Marley Ringtone Dispute Heating Up

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The lawsuits haven't even been filed yet, but already the dispute over Bob Marley's ringtones is heating up to unprecedented levels. Last month, Verizon Wireless struck an exclusive licensing deal wit The lawsuits haven't even been fi ...

  24. Marley Ringtones Strike Discord

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The lawsuits haven't even been filed yet, but already the dispute over Bob Marley's ringtones is heating up. Last month, Verizon Wireless struck an exclusive licensing deal with Universal Music Group for the entire Bob Marley catalog. Th ...

  25. Stipe, Lanois On Board For New 1 Giant Leap Projects

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman are reactivating their 1 Giant Leap brand in 2008 with a movie, TV show, three-hour DVD and a 16-track album under the "What About Me" name via 19 Entertainment. Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman are reactiv ...

  26. 18OnTV

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for April 30 - May 6, 2007. MONDAY, APRIL 30 "Stereophonics: Language. Sex. Violence. Other?," STARZ! Cinema Featured Artist(s): Stereophonics. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured Artist(s ...

  27. Ahmet Ertegun: Reflections From A Music Icon (page 5)

    February 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The late Ahmet Ertegun was the link, the most prominent executive of the modern-day music business who also was active at the birth of R&B, rock'n'roll and all the pop fashions since. What follows Continued from page 4 ... You once tri ...

  28. Billboard Bits: U.K. Hall Of Fame, Jeff Beck, Next Music

    September 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Brian Wilson, Dusty Springfield, Led Zeppelin and Rod Stewart will be among the acts inducted this year into the U.K. Music Hall Of Fame. The third annual gala will be held Nov. 14 at north London ven Brian Wilson, Dusty Springfield, Led Zeppelin an ...

  29. Marley Bass Player Loses Royalty Suit

    May 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Aston "Familyman" Barrett, the bass player for Bob Marley and the Wailers, has lost a £60 million ($113.6 million) lawsuit over royalties and songwriting credits that pitted him against Island Aston "Familyman" Barrett, the bass ...

  30. Billboard Bits: George Martin, Matthew Sweet, Plaid

    April 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 News on George Martin, Matthew Sweet, Plaid Sir George Martin will be inducted into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame at induction ceremony to be held later this year in London. The "fifth Beatle" will receive this year's honorary member tr ...

  31. Grammys To Salute Bowie, Cream, Haggard, Pryor

    January 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rock legends David Bowie and Cream, country icon Merle Haggard, late bluesman Robert Johnson and late comedy innovator Richard Pryor are among the recipients of the 2006 Grammy Lifetime Achievement aw Rock legends David Bowie and Cream, country icon ...

  32. Franti Preaching Peace, Charity At San Fran Fest

    September 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Like countless other musicians and organizations across the country, Michael Franti's annual Power to the Peaceful festival has a crucial new task this year: offering aid to victims of Hurricane Katri Like countless other musicians and organiza ...

  33. Blackwell Reimagining World Music With Universal

    August 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music industry legend Chris Blackwell, who brought the world Bob Marley, U2 and a host of others, has some more music to sell from outside the pop mainstream. Music industry legend Chris Blackwell, who brought the world Bob Marley, U2 and a host of ...

  34. Hot Product

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Willie Nelson Country Kitchen Nearly a decade after hatching the idea for a country album that infuses reggae, Willie Nelson will release the set, "Countryman," this week via Lost Highway. The album finds the outlaw country icon covering J ...

  35. Live 8 Expands With Africa Calling

    June 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Peter Gabriel and Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour are the driving forces behind a Live 8 concert focusing on African musicians. Peter Gabriel and Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour are the driving forces behind a Live 8 concert focusing on ...

  36. Willie Readies Reggae Riddims

    May 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nearly a decade after hatching the idea for a country album that infuses reggae, Willie Nelson's "Countryman" will see release this summer by Lost Highway. Nearly a decade after hatching the idea for a country album that infuses regga ...

  37. Billboard Bits: Michael Franti, B.G., Lizz Wright

    March 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 News on Michael Franti, B.G., Lizz Wright Outspoken musician/poet/activist Michael Franti will record his next album in Kingston, Jamaica, with Island Records founder Chris Blackwell executive producing. Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and Mario C ...

  38. Stones, Queen Among U.K. Hall Of Famers

    November 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Cliff Richard, the Rolling Stones, Queen, Michael Jackson and Robbie Williams have been chosen by fans to be inducted into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame at the inaugural ceremony last night (Nov. 11) at Cliff Richard, the Rolling Stones, Queen, Michae ...

  39. Rare Photos Reveal U2's 'Show'

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 More than 400 rare photographs and illustrations will chronicle U2's live performance history in the book "U2 Show: The Art of Touring." More than 400 rare photographs and illustrations will chronicle U2's live performance histor ...

  40. Lil' Beethoven

    August 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The brothers Mael—Ron (he of the dazzling orchestral maneuvers) and Russell (he of the stylish operatic vocals)—who record as Sparks, have been creating musical magic for three decades. The brothers Mael—Ron (he of the dazzling orchestral maneuvers) ...

  41. 'The Harder They Come' Prepped For Reissue

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hip-O/Universal Music Enterprises (UME) will mark the 30th anniversary of the U.S. release of the landmark reggae album "The Harder They Come" with a remastered, two-disc "Deluxe Edition," due Aug. 5. Hip-O/Universal Music Enterp ...

  42. Words and Photos by Lee Jaffe

    May 31, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 At first glance, One Love appears to be a rather suspect photo book. While the oversized (10 by 11.5 inches) tome collects many notably rare photos, including several truly priceless shots of Peter To At first glance, One Love appears to be a rather ...

  43. New Film Chronicles DC 'Go-Go' Scene

    September 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A new independent film is shining the spotlight on Washington, D.C.'s go-go music movement via interviews and live footage from the scene's past and present, including go-go legend Chuck Brown, the Ba A new independent film is shining the ...

  44. Tricky Continues Evolution On 'Blowback'

    June 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Unity makes you stronger -- you need that in this business," declares Adrian Thaws, aka Tricky. Empowered with that philosophy, the Bristol, England-bred artist banded together with musical comrades "Unity makes you stronger -- you n ...