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Irv Gotti Reuniting With Lyor Cohen?


Back in September, I reported that music executive Lyor Cohen stepped down as Chairman/CEO of Warner Music Group , after eight years. It was reported that he stepped down to develop a talent management agency. I also heard that he was doing some work with Kanye West but nothing has ever been confirmed.

It does look like I was correct when I mentioned that Cohen was launching a talent management firm. Sources are now saying that he’s reuniting with Irv Gotti. Yes, Cohen brought aboard Irv Gotti. Gotti has a great resume in the music industry. In the past, he worked with Jay-Z and DMX, and discovered Ja Rule and Ashanti.

According to the New York Post, “We further hear that Gotti is aiming to advise rapper Drake while Cohen, as Page Six previously reported, has been giving career advice to Kanye West. “If Lyor and Irv do work together, it’s possible they’ll have two of the biggest hip-hop stars under their management,” said a music insider after a photo showing Drake and Gotti meeting together appeared online. The deal between Cohen and Gotti was struck this week, sources say. Cohen, who exited Warner in September, has been quietly setting up his new company amid speculation over which of his old colleagues at Warner, or his previous label, Island Def Jam, he would bring onboard. A former Def Jam A&R exec who borrowed his industry moniker from Mafia don John, Gotti founded Murder Inc. records in 1997. He produced Jay-Z’s first hit “Can I Get a . . . ” as well as an album for “A Thousand Miles” singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton. The label was partially owned by Def Jam, and the violent-sounding Murder Inc. name was later changed to The Inc. But in 2005, Gotti was indicted for money laundering as part of a high-end drug ring along with his brotherChris Gotti. Both were later acquitted. Since then, Gotti tried to mount a comeback, launching a campaign last year to become president of Def Jam. However Gotti lost out on he job to Joie Manda, and sources told us Gotti’s past probably hurt his chances. “If you don’t want to hire me — the best man for the job, the man who will die for it — cool, I understand. You think . . . the feds may come in here again if you hire me, cool,” he told MTV News.”

Source: New York Post

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It Is Being Reported That Lyor Cohen Is Leaving Warner Music Group To Develop Talent Management Company

This past Tuesday (September 25), I reported that after eight years with Warner Music Group, music executive Lyor Cohen is stepping down as Chairman/CEO on September 30. Read the original story here! According to the New York Daily News, Cohen stepped down to develop a talent management agency. Below are some excerpts:

“A source close to Cohen tells Confidenti@l exclusively that the 52-year-old music mogul, who has worked with the Beastie Boys and Foxy Brown, has been secretly developing a talent management company for the past two years while working at Warner. Now he has “decided the time is right to move forward,” the source says.”

“As WMG enters its next chapter, I’m ready to begin mine,” Tory Burch’s longtime beau mysteriously hinted in an internal memo to staffers. “I can’t yet announce what I’ll be doing next; I can only say that it will be something where I can work my entrepreneurial muscles and partner with artists.”

Cohen is so private about his new business venture that the insider says he only refers to his new company by a “nonsensical” code name in emails and phone calls. (Our source declined to crack Cohen’s code for us.)

““He’s working to bridge the gap between label and management,” says a second source, indicating Cohen wants to help record companies and bands work together more cohesively. ‘He has for some time now.'”

Source: NYDN

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Grand Opening, Grand Closing: Lyor Cohen Stepping Down As Warner Music Chairman/CEO

After eight years with Warner Music Group, music executive Lyor Cohen is stepping down as Chairman/CEO on September 30. It is rumored that former EMI CEO Roger Faxon will take over as Chairman/CEO of Warner. Below are some excerpts from Billboard:

To all the artists and employees who live and die for the music every day, and who personally sacrifice for the good of the creative process: ‘keep on keepin’ on’ in the tradition of a company that respects and honors the artistic community,” said Cohen

Len Blavatnik, chairman and founder of Access Industries (they purchased Warner last year), said, “I personally want to thank Lyor for his dedication and contributions to Warner Music.  He has been both a business partner and personal friend and I wish him only the best.”

Stephen Cooper, WMG’s CEO, said, “Lyor Cohen has built something very special here.  While we understand his desire to move on to his next challenge, the enduring success of our recorded music division will serve as a great testament to the progress we’ve made during Lyor’s time at WMG.  We are grateful for Lyor’s contributions, and we wish him the best.  I’m confident that given the strength of our talented management team in Recorded Music, we’ll be able to drive further success.”

Lyor Cohen is good person and someone who I look up to in this industry. I last saw him back in May at the MMG Press Conference at the Eventi Hotel in Manhattan. Lyhor, I wish you the best of success in all of your future endeavors.-Don Bleek

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Diddy, Lyor Cohen & Swizz Beatz Joins The Bawse (Rick Ross) At NYC Press Conference, Ross Announces Omarion Is Signed To The Label & Gives LP’s Release Dates

Yesterday, Wednesday (May 2), I (Don Bleek) attended the Rick Ross/MMG (Maybach Music Group) Press Conference at Eventi Hotel in Manhattan, New York. The conference started about 2pm EST and was hosted by Hip-Hop journalist/blogger Elliott Wilson.

After Wilson welcomed a large group of industry journalists, bloggers, music executives, videographers and media personalities, the conference began with a visual of Rick Ross journey to success, followed by a speech from Warner Music Group Chairman and CEO Lyor Cohen who spoke highly of Ross’ artistry and business decisions. “He has the biggest office in the world, that’s called the streets,” said Cohen who hasn’t spoken publicly at a press conference in almost 18 years, when he introduced Roc-A-Fella.

The music speaks for itself. As far as the artists, it was a natural bond. Self-made is all about breaking the mode and doing what’s in the norms,” said Ross when Wilson asked him about social media and his MMG brand. “It’s about being able to do it yourself, carrying on the weight. It’s about content. I always wanted more content, letting people seeing us being in the studio,” added Ross.

After a great speech by Lyor, the next thing on the press agenda was Wilson asking Ross a couple of questions. Music producer and fashion designer Swizz Beatz then proceeded to the podium where both Swizzy and Ross announced they’ll be doing a ‘Big & Tall’ clothing line for Reebok. “I’m honored Reebok allowed me to open up the lane with Rick Ross,” said Swizz Beatz. “The art of Hip-Hop is to expand. Thanks Swizz for giving me the opportunity,” said Ross.

Entertainment mogul Diddy followed up and detailed his relationship with Ross from the beginning to the current time. “Ross is a pioneer, to have a relationship with him, this is not by accident,” Diddy stated with tons of confidences. “Rich Forever set the tone and changed the game. He puts out so much work that he overwhelms the marketplace,” added Diddy.

Diddy and Swizz Beatz cleared the podium to make room for MMG’s recording artists Wale and Meek Mill. Wale announced that Self Made Vol. 2 arrives on June 26. The first single from the album, “Bag Of Money” visual premiered on BET’s “106 & Park” last night Wednesday (May 2). Before leaving the podium, Wale announced that his third solo effort will arrive at the end of this year or the first week in January. Philly’s own Meek Mill announced that his debut album, entitled Dreams & Nightmares drops August 28. “I named it Dreams & Nightmares because it gives both sides of my story,” said Mill. Next Monday (May 7), Mill will release his highly anticipated Dream Chasers 2 mixtape. Bad Boy rapper French Montana was also in attendance and he announced that his debut, Excuse My French will drop July 17.  The first single from his disc “Pop Dat” Ft Uncle Luke, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Drake will be out soon.

The conference also served as a platform to announce the signing of R&B singer Omarion. About two weeks ago, a picture of Omarion in the recording studio with Rick Ross started speculations that he was going to sign with “The Bawse.” Those speculations were indeed true. It’s official, the former B2K singer has been added to the MMG team. Ross introduced Omarion who declared himself ‘Maybach O’. He is planning to drop an EP sometime this year. At the conference, we got a chance to watch the preview of his visual “Let’s Talk” Ft. Rick Ross.

The biggest announcement of the conference was when Ross announced that his fifth studio LP, God Forgives, I Don’t will arrive on July 31. A single should be out within the next few weeks.

Words by Donovan “Don Bleek” Moore

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