Jermaine Dupri, producer of three No. 1 hits from Usher's Confessions, has been appointed president of Virgin Records Urban Music, a new division at the label.

Jermaine Dupri, producer of three No. 1 hits from Usher's Confessions, has been appointed president of Virgin Records Urban Music, a new division at the label.

As part of the deal, he will bring the So So Def label into the Virgin family and will oversee Virgin's entire urban music operation. He will also record as a solo act and produce artists on the Virgin roster, as well as provide his production services to the entire EMI family of labels.

Based in New York and Atlanta for the newly-created position, Dupri will report directly to Virgin Records chairman/CEO Matt Serletic.

Dupri was 19-years-old when he produced his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 record, Kris Kross' 1992 single, "Jump." The 5 million-plus sales of the teen duo's Ruffhouse/Columbia album led to the 1993 establishment of the So So Def label.

A six-time Grammy nominee, Dupri is twice-nominated this year for the Best R&B Song for co-writing "Burn" and "My Boo," and he shares the nomination for Album of the Year for his production and engineering/mixing work on Confessions.

Dupri has also produced, executive-produced, remixed or recorded with such artists as TLC, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Aaliyah, Jay-Z, Chingy, Ludacris and Toni Braxton.