1. Executive Playlist: Elektra's Jeff Castelaz, Butch Vig Pay Tribute to the Midwest

    May 23, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In honor of Elektra president Jeff Castelaz and producer Butch Vig's Midwestern roots (Milwaukee and Madison, respectively), the duo teamed-up on an eclectic and powerful playlist (below). This September 5, the heartland duo will again team-u ...

  2. SoundBiz Music Conference in Detroit Focuses on Revivification – Don Was, Jeff Castelaz, Mike Jbara Speak

    September 27, 2013 2:45 PM EDT Music executives, lawyers and automotive industry leaders at this week's Crain's Detroit Business SoundBiz Music Conference said that Detroit, despite its fragmented resources, may be the key to saving the recording industry. When Moto ...

  3. Backbeat: Katy Perry, Len Blavatnik, Fun., Cameron Strang, Julie Greenwald at Warner's Grammy Afterparty

    February 12, 2013 5:01 PM EST Above, Warner/Chappell Chairman/CEO Cameron Strang; Jack Antonoff, Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost (of the band fun.);  Access Industries chairman Len Blavatnik (Wise/PictureGroup) LOS ANGELES -- As always, L.A. was hopping in the hours after the 55th ...

  4. Dropkick Murphys Spill 'Blood': 'This Album Was Like Taking the Chains Off'

    January 08, 2013 11:50 AM EST 0 0 0 On their eighth album, Dropkick Murphys are finally ready to be a radio band. The Boston-based group, which fuses elements of punk, folk and Celtic music, released "Signed and Sealed in Blood" today (Jan. 8) via its own label Born & Br ...

  5. Jeff Castelaz Named President of Elektra Records

    October 04, 2012 11:37 AM EDT Jeff Castelaz was today named President of Elektra Records, which operates under the Atlantic Records Group where he will oversee all areas of Elektra's activities, both working with existing signings and developing new talent. Castelaz will ...

  6. Jeff Castelaz In Line to Take Over Elektra: Source

    September 17, 2012 7:49 PM EDT As Billboard.biz speculated Friday, Dangerbird Records co-founder Jeff Castelaz -- who, with general manager Matt Solodky, left the company abruptly last week -- is in line to take over Elektra Records, a source close to the situation confirmed, s ...

  7. Updated: Jeff Castelaz, Matt Solodky Exit Dangerbird; Jenni Sperandeo Named President

    September 14, 2012 5:28 PM EDT Dangerbird Records co-founder Jeff Castelaz and General Manager Matt Solodky are leaving the music company to work in management, according to a rather surprising announcement made today by Dangerbird co-founder Peter Walker. Meanwhile, Jenni Sper ...

  8. Morning Fix: UMG-EMI Merger News; iPhone 5 Mania; Dangerbird Shake-Up; Billy Corgan's Tea House

    September 14, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. UNIVERSAL MUSIC-EMI DEAL GOES TO EU VOTE NEXT WEEK; FTC DECISION BY END OF MONTH: SOURCES: The Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI is headed for the e ...

  9. Backbeat: Topspin CEO Ian Rogers' Haircut Heard 'Round The World @ A2IM MIDEM Party

    January 31, 2012 5:40 PM EST On Monday, the American Assn. of Independent Music held the second of its three MIDEM cocktail parties at Riviera Hall. Among those in attendance was a figure who prompted double-takes when he took the stage earlier in the day to host MIDEM's ...

  10. This Week In Music: Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey, Dangerbird Records' CEO Jeff Castelaz (Video)

    September 06, 2011 5:33 PM EDT On This Week in Music, Topspin Media Ian Rogers sits down with Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys and Jeff Castelaz, the band's manager as well the CEO of Dangerbird Records. Here Casey discusses how his band managed to sell four million recor ...

  11. Butch Walker's Second Project With The Black Widows Is Bigger and Rougher

    August 28, 2011 9:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 When Butch Walker records an album under his own name, it's usually sandwiched between jobs producing for others. His new album, "The Spade," his sixth and second with his band the Black Widows, came together after Walker spent the sp ...

  12. Ben Lee, Butch Walker Sign With Dangerbird Records

    June 13, 2011 8:46 PM EDT Ben Lee and Butch Walker have signed with Dangerbird Records for their next releases, marking the first time the independent Los Angeles label will issue albums from established acts. Walker's album is being eyed for August or September, and ...

  13. Piero Giramonti Named Dangerbird Records President

    February 01, 2011 3:55 PM EST Piero Giramonti was named president of Silver Lake, Calif.-based Dangerbird Records, it was announced on Feb. 1. A music industry veteran who's held posts at Warner Bros. Records, most recently as SVP of Global Marketing, Sony Music North Ame ...

  14. Reinventing Music Biz Panel @ MIDEM Says Industry Failing Up-and-Coming Artists

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- small and emerging music companies accused the more established music industry of failing up-and-coming acts during a session at this year's MidemNet, the digital-music forum held at Cannes Jan. 22-26 during international MI ...

  15. Dangerbird Records' Jeff Castelaz Cycling For Cancer

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the second week of their 6-year-old son Pablo's treatment for cancer last year at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Dangerbird Records president Jeff Castelaz and his wife, Jo Ann Thrailkill, became very aware that the hospital staff and fam ...

  16. Year-End: Silversun Pickups, dangerbird Records Keep Local Focus

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST To say 2009 was quite a year for Jeff Castelaz is a gross understatement - he saw his label's flagship band Silversun Pickups enter the Billboard Top 200 at No. 7 and go on to sell 191,000 copies of "Swoon," according to Nielsen Sou ...