Def Jam Music Group

  1. Shawn 'Pecas' Costner Named EVP of Def Jam Recordings

    May 14, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Shawn "Pecas" Costner has been promoted to EVP of Def Jam Recordings, it was announced today by Island Def Jam Music Group president and COO, Steve Bartels, in a statement. Costner will be responsible for coordinating release schedules ...

  2. Afrojack's Universal Deal: Inside The Hitmaker's Major Move

    March 18, 2013 11:34 AM EDT One of dance music's biggest stars has expanded his business with an eye on further mainstream success. Grammy Award-winning producer Afrojack has signed an exclusive worldwide deal with Universal Music Group, clearing the way for Island R ...

  3. The Killers Come Back

    July 19, 2012 6:25 PM EDT ''Ihad a good feeling about it," Killers frontman Brandon Flowers says about "Runaways," the anthemic new single from the Las Vegas rock group. The soaring number, which heralds "Battle Born," the band's fir ...

  4. Backbeat: Young Jeezy Does It The 'Jeezy Way' @ NYC Screening of 'A Hustlerz Ambition' Doc

    November 30, 2011 3:48 PM EST Def Doc: Island Def Jam Music Group's President Steve Bartels, Young Jeezy , Island Def Jam VP of Lifestyle Shawn "Pecas" Costner, at the New York screening of the documentary "A Hustlerz Ambition" Rapper Young Jeezy' ...

  5. Backbeat: Big Sean Launches 'Rising Icons' Season Three in NYC

    October 12, 2011 3:05 PM EDT Big Sean performs at the "Rising Icons" and Grey Goose party Monday night (Oct. 10). On Monday night (Oct. 10), at NYC's Good Units, "Rising Icons," in partnership with Grey Goose, launched their third season with G.O.O.D. ...

  6. Can Doug Morris Lead Sony Past Universal Music Group to Be the No. 1 Label?

    June 24, 2011 11:45 AM EDT As Doug Morris moves on from his 15-year tenure at the helm of No. 1 U.S. music company, Universal Music Group, to his new job as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, will he be able to drive the No. 2 major into the top spot? The industry will know s ...

  7. BACKBEAT: Taio Cruz, IDJ Execs Celebrate Sales Milestone

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT From left, Island Def Jam Music Group VP of marketing Garrett Schaefer, Taio Cruz, Mercury Records president David Massey and IDJMG VP of digital and mobile sales Russell Fink celebrate Cruz achieving combined digital sales of 6 million for his hi ...

  8. Lewis Launches Label With Def Jam/Universal

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Former boxing promoter Butch Lewis is stepping into the music arena with Voicez Music Group, a new joint venture with Def Jam/Universal Records. Under terms of the joint venture, Def Jam will market and promote Voicez Music Group releases. The fir ...

  9. IDJ Extends Deal With Disturbing Tha Peace

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Contrary to online rumors that Island Def Jam cut Disturbing Tha Peace artists Bobby Valentino, Shareefa and newcomer Steph Jones from its roster, Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid instead extended the independent l ...

  10. Bartels Promoted To IDJMG President/COO

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Island Records president and Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG) COO Steve Bartels has been promoted to president/COO of IDJMG. In this newly created role, Bartels will oversee all day-to-day operations of the company and its labels and will report ...

  11. The Music Industry Reponds To Katrina

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Updated: Friday, Sept. 16. While the devastating impact from Hurricane Katrina is still being assessed, the music industry continues to respond with a variety of donations, charitable events and assistance. Here is a short list of Web sites where ...

  12. Russell Simmons Starts Label With IDJ

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid announced April 13 that the company has formed a 50/50 joint-venture deal with Russell Simmons' latest venture, the Russell Simmons Music Group NEW YORK -- Island Def Jam Music ...

  13. Russell Simmons Starts Label With IDJ

    April 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Reverend Run, Buddafly on RSMG roster. Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid announced this morning (April 13) that the company has formed a 50/50 joint-venture deal with Russell Simmons' latest venture, the Russel ...

  14. Liles Out Again As Def Jam Prez

    July 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Departure latest in topsy-turvy year for IDJ. Kevin Liles has exited as president of Def Jam Recordings. The announcement was made today (July 8) in a press statement from Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid. In the s ...

  15. Trackboyz Run To Def Jam For Label Deal

    June 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Hit producing duo the Trackboyz have signed a two-year label deal with Def Jam for Trackboyz Entertainment. This marks Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid's first major deal since Hit producing duo the Trackboyz ...

  16. Trackboyz Run To Def Jam For Label Deal

    June 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Hit producing duo the Trackboyz have signed a two-year label deal with Def Jam for Trackboyz Entertainment. This marks Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid's first major deal since Hit producing duo the Trackboyz ...

  17. Layoffs Loom As WMG Buyout Finalized

    March 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST With the ink less than 24 hours dry and the $2.6 billion wire transfer having finalized the deal this morning (March 1), the new owners of the Warner Music Group are gearing up to slash 1,000 jobs wor With the ink less than 24 hours dry and the $2 ...

  18. Def Jam Prez Kevin Liles Exits Post

    February 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Def Jam/Def Soul president Kevin Liles has resigned his post. He exits Universal Music Group less than two weeks after Island Def Jam Music Group chairman/CEO Lyor Cohen left the major to take over as Def Jam/Def Soul president Kevin Liles has res ...