Tag Archive for Lyor Cohen

Could Cohen’s Chute Collapse?

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According to a report in today’s New York Daily News, Lyor Cohen “has been secretly developing a talent management company for the past two years while working at Warner”. The report goes on to say that Cohen “is so private about his new business venture that [an] insider says he only refers to his new company by a ‘nonsensical’ code name in emails and phone calls”.

Blavatnik Fights Back


Just when I was starting to get really, really bored with the record industry, Christmas came early for me. Aside from the UMG/EMI merger, which I’ll address in a later post, our favorite music industry thug has left the building.…

Warner, Sony Picking Up The Pieces


Lucian Grainge and Universal Music’s surprise acquisition of EMI Music big-footed the competition. Now Warner Music, desperate to stay alive after posting huge losses, is in talks with Sony for a distribution deal. The once prestigious super hip label is now an embarrassing shadow of its former self, the caretakers having sullied a legacy of artistic integrity.

Is This Guy Roger Faxon’s New Boss?


Industry sources tell me that Sean Parker is working furiously behind the scenes with Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Companies to put together a winning bid for EMI. According to insiders, Parker really wants this to happen. The main competition seems to be…

Cain & Abel At Warner Music

Goobye Junior, hello Lyor?

When Warner Music announced that Junior Bronfman was getting kicked upstairs and being replaced as CEO by sexagenarian Stephen Cooper, a turnaround specialist and long-time Blavatnik associate, could mark the beginning of the end for Junior as well as the…

Warner Music Plundered Again


If you’ll recall, in my post yesterday I made reference to Lyor Cohen’s platinum-lined golden parachute and his claim that Warner pays big bucks to attract and retain “the very finest, most seasoned, most creative, thoughtful, transformative” executives in the…