1. Primary Wave Launches New Urban AC Division; Taps Eric Benét As Chief

    March 17, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Primary Wave Music has appointed Grammy Award-nominated artist Eric Benét as head of its new Urban AC Division. Benét, also managed by Primary Wave, will serve as the A&R chief for the division, which will focus on signing urban AC artists for ...

  2. Ira Sallen Named COO of BMG/Primary Wave Label Services

    October 07, 2013 2:17 PM EDT Ira Sallen, a 20-year veteran of BMG who departed in 2009 for WTW Associates, has been named COO of the newly formed BMG / Primary Wave Label Services company, it was announced today in a statement. Sallen was appointed by Larry Mestel, Primary ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Cee Lo Green Inks First-Look Deal With NBC, Developing Semi-Autobiographical Scripted Comedy

    September 06, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Cee Lo Green is adding scripted TV to his repertoire. "The Voice" coach has inked a first-look deal with NBC to develop, produce and potentially star in new projects -- scripted and unscripted -- for the network under his newly launched ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Chris Lighty, Hip-Hop Impresario, Found Dead

    August 30, 2012 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 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. Circumstances of his death were un ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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) ...

  9. Courtney Love Forfeits Rights To Cobain's Image To Daughter

    May 03, 2012 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, has obtained the rights to her late father's name, likeness and appearance from Love. The 19-year-old's mother has stepped down as Acting Manager of End of Music LLC, the ...

  10. Primary Wave Music Opens U.K. Office

    April 19, 2012 9:19 PM EDT Primary Wave Music is heading overseas. The publishing, marketing and talent management company announced Thursday it is expanding from offices in New York and Los Angeles and opening up shop in the United Kingdom. Industry veteran Clive Black wil ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Def Leppard Developing Cartoon Series

    December 21, 2009 8:58 AM EST 0 0 0 Def Leppard is getting animated about its career. The British metal group has entered a wide-ranging deal with music publishing company Primary Wave, which is developing various marketing and branding opportunities. Among them is a cartoon TV show, ...

  15. Def Leppard Developing Cartoon Series

    December 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Def Leppard is getting animated about its career. The veteran British metal group has entered a wide-ranging deal with music publishing company Primary Wave, which is developing various marketing and branding opportunities. Among them is a cartoon ...

  16. Two Case Studies: Primary Wave, Bug Music

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Two independent publishers are finding opportunities by exploiting areas that the major publishing companies are neglecting. In fact, those holes were big enough to inspire Larry Mestel and his partners to form Primary Wave Music Publishing in Jan ...

  17. Primary Wave Inks Aerosmith Frontman

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Primary Wave Music Publishing has landed a deal with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. Set up as a strategic partnership, the deal includes the acquisition of an interest in Tyler's share of copyrights -- about 160 songs -- and an agreement to ...

  18. EMI Adminstering Cobain Catalog

    April 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Pub giant handling Primary Wave's interest. EMI Music Publishing will be handling worldwide administration of Primary Wave Music Publishing's recently acquired interest in the Kurt Cobain catalog. EMI has been the exclusive administrator ...

  19. Report: Love Sells 25% Of Nirvana Songs

    March 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Acquired by former Virgin Records COO. The rumors that Courtney Love was going to sell the rights to the Nirvana songs have come true. Rolling Stone reports Love has sold 25 percent of the publishing catalog to Larry Mestel of Primary Wave Music P ...

  20. Mestel Exits Virgin Today

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tuesday is COO/GM's last day at label. Today (Nov. 22) is Larry Mestel's last day as COO/GM of Virgin Records. As first tipped in Billboard.biz on Nov. 18, Virgin Records is close to finalizing a deal with Lee Trink to bring him in as GM ...

  21. Dupri To Head Virgin's Urban Division

    January 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Producer/artist/So So Def label head Jermaine Dupri has been tapped by Virgin Records to take over as president of the its new Urban Music division. Dupri will be based in Atlanta and New York and rep Producer/artist/So So Def label head Jermaine Du ...

  22. Virgin Confirms Mestel As COO/GM

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Industry vet joins from Arista. Larry Mestel has been named COO/GM of Virgin Records. The move had been expected. Mestel, who was most recently executive VP/GM of Arista, will oversee Virgin's A&R administration, business affairs, finance ...

  23. EMI: No Comment On New Mestel Talk

    April 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT EMI would not comment on fresh reports that Larry Mestel will take the role of GM for Virgin Records, reporting to Virgin chairman Matt Serletic. EMI would not comment on fresh reports that Larry Mestel will take the role of GM for Virgin Records, ...

  24. Sources: Mestel In Talks With Virgin

    March 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Arista exec could make switch. Sources say Arista executive VP/GM Larry Mestel is in talks to join Virgin Records. Mestel would likely fill some responsibilities that have been held by Virgin president/COO Roy Lott, who has not been in the office ...