Hilton Rosenthal has a distinguished 47-year career as a major and indie label executive, music publisher, producer and online music pioneer.
Before moving to Sydney in the late 1990’s, Hilton’s LA-based Rhythm Safari Records generated chart successes in the USA with acts such as Carole King, Foreigner and Christopher Cross. He also produced artists including Teddy Pendergrass, Tone Loc, Harry Belafonte, Jennifer Warnes and Raffi, and supervised and produced movie soundtracks including Power of One with Hans Zimmer, and Fern Gully.
Hilton discovered and developed multi-platinum World Music artist Johnny Clegg, producing all his albums with Juluka and Savuka, and was instrumental in developing Paul Simon’s highly successful “Graceland” project.
He also co-founded Global Music One/Yourmobile.com – the first company to sell secure music downloads, and later ringtones. The company was sold to Vivendi Universal in 2001 and was later renamed Moviso.
In the 1970s, Rosenthal spent seven years at CBS Records (Gramophone Record Company) in South Africa, where he worked his way up through various positions—including A&R and marketing director—before becoming the general manager. He later formed Minc, a successful label and publisher that was sold to EMI in 1985.