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

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 Advisory Group. (Photo: Louis Hau)

Kobalt Music Group hosted a party Monday night at the Carlton Hotel, where Kobalt clients Joss Stone and Paul van Dyk made appearances. Also on hand was Chris Rea. No, not that Chris Rea -- this one recently earned his master's degree at Goldsmiths, University of London and works at design agency Stromatolite. Rea joked that his name comes in handy when he calls for restaurant reservations.

Kobalt had plenty of copies on hand of the Jan. 28 issue of Billboard featuring founder/CEO Willard Ahdritz on the cover. The publishing company has been branching out into new markets of late, acquiring AWAL as part of a new label-services division and creating a neighboring-rights wing of the company to collect artist performance royalties for its stable of musicians that includes Pearl Jam, Tiësto, LMFAO and Joss Stone.

Angel or devil? Kobalt founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz and Billboard's Tommy Page attempt to recreate Ahdritz's Billboard cover, which made him quite the recognizable face around Cannes. (Photo: Andrew Hampp)

From left: AWAL founders Kevin Bacon, Jonathan Quarmby and Denzyl Feigelson; Stromatolite managing director Michela Magas and Stromatolite visual systems designer Chris Rea. (Photo: Louis Hau)

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(From left) Old (and new) friends. Richard Gottehrer, founder and chief creative officer of The Orchard; Erica Moreira, attorney at Amp Law, Tommy Page, Billboard's associate publisher, and Mark Levinsohn, owner of entertainment law firm Levinsohn Associates, reunite at the Kobalt Music cocktail party. (Photo: Andrew Hampp)

Tommy Silverman, founder of Tommy Boy Records; Rebekah Alperin, Kobalt Music Group's senior VP of communication and marketing, and Jonathan Morrish, director of PR and corporate communications for music rights firm PPL U.K. enjoy the festivities. (Photo: Andrew Hampp)

From left: Kobalt founder/CEO Willard Ahdritz and Markus Bos, CEO of Dutch collecting society SENA. (Photo: Louis Hau)

Billboard Senior Correspondent Andrew Hampp poses with Joss Stone at the Kobalt Music Group party at the Carlton Hotel (Photo: Tommy Page)