1. Kobalt Launches YouTube Matching Tool ProKlaim, Boasts 1bn Processed Streams Per Month

    May 01, 2014 8:00 AM EDT With YouTube royalty revenue on the upswing, music publishers and labels are getting more proactive in making sure they get their share of payments. In the latest move, Kobalt Music Group has launched ProKlaim, which it says incorporates advanced ...

  2. The Int'l Power Players Speak: Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Alison Wenham, Frances Moore, Willard Ahdritz on Paul McGuinness, Midem & More (Q&A)

    February 06, 2014 4:57 PM EST It only makes sense at this year's Midem, the preeminent global music conference, a large contingent of Billboard's International Power Player list would be in attendance. Here, at Billboard's event honoring longtime U2 manager Paul ...

  3. U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Receives Billboard's Industry Icon Award at Midem with Wide-Ranging Keynote

    February 03, 2014 11:53 AM EST At a very early (9:30 a.m.) breakfast on Sunday morning, after a night of dancing on tables at Cannes' boîtes and bars like La Chunga, a gaggle of music execs gathered at a ceremony to pay tribute to U2's greatly esteemed manager Paul ...

  4. Kobalt Music Copyrights Acquires Steve Winwood’s Catalog

    January 08, 2014 4:51 AM EST Kobalt Music Copyrights SARL has acquired the global publishing rights to Steve Winwood’s song catalog. The Grammy-winning British artist has penned a raft of hits from the late ‘60s to now, and has enjoyed star turns as frontman with The Spencer ...

  5. Tomas Ericsson Joins Kobalt As President, Society Relations

    October 09, 2013 12:47 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has recruited Tomas Ericsson to take up the new position of president, society relations. Ericsson, who joins the Kobalt executive management team, will be responsible for extending and maintaining Kobalt’s relationships with ...

  6. Diarmuid Quinn, Former Top Exec at Warner Bros & Reprise, Joins Kobalt Label Services

    September 18, 2013 5:44 AM EDT Veteran music biz executive Diarmuid Quinn has joined Kobalt Label Services (KLS) in the role as president, North America. Quinn’s tasks include leading and staffing-up Kobalt’s expanding label services operations in the U.S., signing artists fo ...

  7. Sas Metcalfe Promoted at Kobalt Music Group

    August 28, 2013 5:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group stalwart Sas Metcalfe has been promoted from executive VP creative to the newly-created role of president, global creative. In a statement, Kobalt founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz explains that Metcalfe’s elevation is reward no ...

  8. Kobalt Launches New Portal, Unlocks User-Generated YouTube Royalties

    May 09, 2013 8:43 AM EDT Kobalt has added to its bet on greater transparency with the launch of a new interactive client portal where clients can view the usage data and royalties earned on YouTube user-generated videos. The music publisher expects this technology, and ...

  9. Kobalt Strikes Australasian Sub-Pub Deal With Disney

    March 05, 2013 2:12 AM EST Kobalt Music Publishing’s Australian affiliate has reached an exclusive agreement to serve as the official sub-publisher Down Under for Disney Music Group.  The new deal, unveiled today, covers Australia, New Zealand and associated APRA territorie ...

  10. Kobalt’s Willard Ahdritz on Unlocking Revenues With Tech, Transparency, Bridge-Building

    January 29, 2013 1:30 PM EST Above : Kobalt Music Group CEO and founder Willard Ahdritz (left) being interviewd by Billboard editorial director Bill Werde at Midem. Advances in tech, transparency and bridge-building will unlock serious hidden revenues in the years ahead, Koba ...

  11. Exclusive: Kobalt, STIM Form Aggregated Rights Arm to Accelerate European Licensing, Client Payments

    January 29, 2013 12:00 AM EST Kobalt Music Group and STIM, a Swedish copyright management organization, have partnered to launch Kobalt STIM Aggregated Rights AB to effectively create a one-stop shop to Kobalt’s European rights for digital music services. The division will b ...

  12. Martin Mills Receives Billboard’s Industry Icon Award

    January 27, 2013 9:07 AM EST Above (from left): Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, Beggars Group founder and Billboard Industry Icon Award winner Martin Mills, Reed Midem CEO Paul Zilk and Midem director Bruno Crolot. (Photo: MIDEM/D'Halloy/Image & Co) Martin M ...

  13. Publishing Briefs: Reach, Downtown, House of Hassle, BMG Chrysalis, Patrick Joseph, Windish, More

    December 21, 2012 9:33 AM EST Reach Music Links With Zac Brown, Band, Southern Ground Reach Music Publishing has signed a worldwide publishing-administration agreement with Zac Brown, founder of the Zac Brown Band. In addition, Reach Music will administer publishing for artist ...

  14. Music Vets Launch Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame

    November 12, 2012 11:12 PM EST A group of veteran music industry professionals have created the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame and will announce 24 nominees on Nov. 27, according to a spokesperson for the newly established nonprofit. The Miami-based organization, being led by a ...

  15. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt to Invest $100 Million in Advances, Copyrights

    October 09, 2012 7:47 PM EDT Kobalt to Invest $100 Million in Advances, Copyrights The Kobalt Music Group, via funds raised by Kobalt Capital Ltd, plans to invest $100 million over the next 12 months in paying advances and buying copyrights. Through its subsidiary Kobalt Capi ...

  16. Backbeat: Theophilus London Joins Kobalt, Orchard Execs at Nokia/Billboard Luncheon for U.S. Launch of Nokia Music

    September 19, 2012 7:00 AM EDT From left: Theophilus London, Nokia Music's Jyrki Rosenberg, manager Brendan Fallis and Warner Bros. Records' Lori Feldman check out the Nokia's new Nokia Music at Friday's luncheon celebrating the service's U.S. launch. O ...

  17. Kobalt Music Group Snags Pete Dodge As General Manager/VP, Artist & Label Services

    February 21, 2012 1:06 PM EST 0 0 Kobalt Music Group continues moving forward with their planned restructuring and expansion, as today Founder/CEO Willard Ahdritz ( No. 88 in Billboard's Power 100 ) announced that Pete Dodge, formerly the Managing Director at IODA UK and Vice Pre ...

  18. Kobalt Music Group Signs Gotye To Publishing Deal

    February 08, 2012 7:33 PM EST Kobalt Music Group has added another marquee name to its roster with the signing of smoking-hot Australian artist Gotye to a worldwide music publishing deal. The Billboard Cover Story: How Kobalt is Changing the Future of Music Publishing The new ...

  19. Backbeat: Joss Stone, Tom Silverman, Richard Gotterher @ Kobalt MIDEM Party

    January 31, 2012 3:36 PM EST From left: Attorney Patrick Grafton Green; Kobalt's Willard Ahdritz; Staffan Boström, Kobalt's long-time attorney and a partner at the Stockholm law firm of Bird & Bird; Ralph Simon, co-founder of Zomba Group and CEO of the Mobilium ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Richard Sanders Appointed President of Kobalt Music Group

    January 27, 2012 12:46 PM EST Willard Ahdritz, Founder and CEO of Kobalt Music Group, today announced the appointment of Richard Sanders as President. Sanders, who will be based Kobalt's New York office, will report to Kobalt CEO and founder Willard Ahdritz. In the newly ...

  22. Billboard Power 100: Willard Ahdritz

    January 26, 2012 10:07 PM EST No. 88 Willard Ahdritz Founder/CEO Kobalt Music Group Twitter: @KobaltMusic Change Agent... Willard Ahdritz and the company he founded in 2000 have been at the vanguard of a movement toward greater royalty accounting transparency in the music publ ...

  23. Billboard Power 100: A Letter From the Editor

    January 26, 2012 7:50 PM EST Welcome to the Power 100, or as I like to call it, the issue that will make one person love us and everyone else stop taking our calls. In a certain relief, that might be a good thing: Here at Billboard, the phones haven't stopped ringing, as ...

  24. Kobalt Music Group Purchases AWAL, Expands With Two New Divisions

    January 23, 2012 2:41 PM EST 0 0 Kobalt Music Group Ltd. launched two new divisions today, Kobalt Artist and Label Services and Kobalt Neighboring Rights Limited, each designed to add another dimension to the publishing company's multi-service artist and label platform. Kobalt a ...

  25. MIDEM One-on-Ones: Online Ticketing, The Value of Music, Western Acts In Japan

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Between the music industry panel discussions at this year's MIDEM conference in Cannes, France, Billboard senior editorial analyst Glenn Peoples picks the brains of attendee executives to learn what's happening behind the scenes. Exiting ...

  26. Kobalt Opens In Australia, New Zealand

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 Kobalt Music Publishing has established an affiliate for the Australia and New Zealand markets. Helming the publisher's new Sydney-based company is Simon Moor, who until now served as head of A&R/creative at Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australi ...

  27. Tokio Hotel Writers Sign With Kobalt

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The songwriters and producers of the internationally successful German pop group Tokio Hotel have signed an exclusive publishing contract with the Kobalt Music Group in Berlin. David Jost, Dave Roth and Pat Benzner have agreed a deal that provides ...

  28. Kobalt CEO Presents Case Study At Music & Money

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST In a case study, the Kobalt Music Group revealed that it had $30 million in revenue last year, up 50% from the previous year total of $20 million, according to a slide show presented by Kobalt founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz. The Kobalt study was ...

  29. Groenemeyer, Kobalt Sign Exclusive Admin Deal

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT German superstar Herbert Groenemeyer and Kobalt Music Group have struck an exclusive deal which will enable the independent music publisher to administer his entire catalog. Through the agreement, Kobalt will administer all of his Groenland Musikv ...

  30. Kobalt Offers Pipeline Royalty Advances

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kobalt Music, which administers music publishing rights, is now offering its songwriters and rights holders the ability to draw from royalties earned but not yet received. The offering is the result of a deal Kobalt sealed with the Royal Bank of S ...

  31. Kobalt Signs Admin Deal For Rhett Lawrence

    June 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has inked an exclusive worldwide deal to administer the copyrights of pop producer and writer Rhett Lawrence. Kobalt Music Group has inked an exclusive worldwide deal to administer the copyrights of pop producer and writer Rhett ...

  32. Kobalt Signs Admin Deal For Rhett Lawrence

    June 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Worldwide agreement includes catalog, futures. Kobalt Music Group has inked an exclusive worldwide deal to administer the copyrights of pop producer and writer Rhett Lawrence. The agreement, unveiled today (June 26) by the London-based music publi ...

  33. Kobalt Beefs Up L.A. Team With Recruit Groff

    March 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Kobalt Music Group has recruited EMI publishing executive Benjamin Groff to a new senior post at the firm's expanding L.A. office. The incoming Kobalt executive's signings, song pitches or collaborati Kobalt Music Group has recruited EMI ...

  34. Kobalt Beefs Up L.A. Team With Recruit Groff

    March 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Kobalt Music Group has recruited EMI publishing executive Benjamin Groff to a new senior post at the firm's expanding L.A. office. Kobalt Music Group has recruited EMI publishing executive Benjamin Groff to a new senior post at the firm' ...

  35. Kobalt Inks Admin Pacts, Updates Royalties Tool

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Pubbery considering IPO. Independent British music publishing firm Kobalt Music Group has inked a flurry of administration deals and rolled out the next phase of its royalty collection infrastructure. The London-based firm has sealed deals to hand ...

  36. Kobalt Takes 8 Mile Road

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Independent British-based publisher Kobalt Music Group has inked an administration deal with Detroit's 8 Mile Style Music for its hitmaking songwriters Luis Resto and Steve King. Independent British-based publisher Kobalt Music Group has inke ...

  37. British Publisher Kobalt Names Three Key Execs

    April 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT London-based independent music publisher Kobalt Music Group has made three appointments. London-based independent music publisher Kobalt Music Group has made three appointments. Michelle Manghise joins Kobalt as executive director of global admini ...