Def Jam Recordings discography

  1. Russell Simmons & John Singleton Partner On HBO Series ‘Club Life: Miami’

    December 05, 2013 3:26 AM EST John Singleton is heading to HBO. The Oscar-nominated Boyz n the Hood writer-director-producer is developing drama "Club Life: Miami" with hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons at HBO. "Club Life: Miami" is set against the South Beac ...

  2. Hitmaker The-Dream Named Executive VP of A&R at Def Jam

    October 08, 2012 8:30 PM EDT Writer and producer the-Dream (real name: Terius Nash), who has worked with Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Justin Bieber, among other hit artists, has been appointed executive VP of A&R at Def Jam. According to a statement i ...

  3. Fresh To Def

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Is Def Jam getting its groove back? Venerable hip-hop label Def Jam has recently scored four consecutive No. 1 debuts on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The label's string of chart-topping titles includes Frank Ocean's ...

  4. What Role Did Rick Ross Play in Joie Manda's Appointment as Def Jam President?

    March 14, 2012 8:32 PM EDT Early today, Def Jam Recordings announced that longtime Warner Bros. Records executive Joie Manda will be the label's new president -- the first since Jay-Z vacated the position on Christmas Eve, 2007. Although it's unclear when talks be ...

  5. Joie Manda Appointed President of Def Jam -- First in Role Since Jay-Z

    March 14, 2012 11:49 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group today (March 14) announced the appointment of Joie Manda to President of Def Jam Recordings. The announcement was made by Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam , to whom he reports. Man ...

  6. Urban Power List: Joie Manda

    January 17, 2012 5:28 PM EST Joie Manda President, Def Jam Recordings Website: DefJam.com Twitter: @joeyie Going For The World Title In March, Joie Manda left his two-year tenure as head of urban music at Warner Bros. Records to become president of Def Jam Recordings . It mar ...

  7. Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (Excerpt)

    August 08, 2011 6:44 AM EDT In an excerpt from a new book, early Def Jam Recordings Execs Lyor Cohen, Russel Simmons, Rick Rubin, Chris Lighty, Kevin Liles, Julie Greenwald and Todd Moscowitz tell it like it was--at the founding of perhaps "The Last Great Record Label ...

  8. Read: L.A. Reid's Farewell Letter To The Island Def Jam Staff

    March 17, 2011 11:21 AM EDT In the wake of yesterday's news that Antonio "L.A." Reid will be leaving his post at Island Def Jam to become a judge on Simon Cowell's "X Factor" (and possibly to join his old boss Doug Morris at Sony), Billboard.biz ...

  9. Eminem, Fabolous and Others To Celebrate Def Jam 25 At VH1 Hip Hop Honors

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Eminem was never a part of Def Jam Records, but the rapper is going to join the likes of Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Ludacris, Method Man and many others to celebrate the legendary label during this year's 6th annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors. ...

  10. JAY-Z: HE'S A BUSINESS, MAN

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT At just about any given moment of any given day—including this sunlit June Friday afternoon—Jay-Z is a busy man. Sitting on a swivel chair at his Roc the Mic studios in downtown Manhattan with a glass of Santa Margherita white wine in hand, he tac ...

  11. Teairra Mari Returns With New Interscope Project

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Teairra Mari, who scored a hit in 2005 with “Make Her Feel Good,” is back with a new label—Interscope—and a new single, “No No No.” Managed by Cudda Love of Fo Real Entertainment—whose roster includes Nelly—Mari is in the midst of completing her y ...

  12. Top Rap Acts Weigh Options As Record Deals End

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As a string of high-profile hip-hop artists near the end of their record contracts, a question looming over their pending free agency isn't which major label they'll sign with but whether they should sign with a major at all. One promine ...

  13. LL Cool J Heads Toward Def Jam 'Exit'

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper LL Cool J is gearing up to release his next album, "Exit 13," July 18 via Def Jam. The veteran artist released the first single, "I Cry" featuring R&B singer Lil' Mo, yesterday (May 21) on the Web. "Exit 13 ...

  14. Jay-Z Steps Down As Def Jam President

    December 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter will step down as Def Jam Records president when his contract expires this year, he and Universal Music Group announced today (Dec. 24). The rapper will continue to record for Roc-A-Fella, the label he co-founded in ...

  15. LL Cool J Hints At New Album, Takes Shot At 'Cats'

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rapper LL Cool J hinted he may be dropping an album of new material in the coming months and opened a new chapter in an ongoing feud with Def Jam President Jay-Z, during an interview with internet show Blok TV. "Honestly, I love the c ...

  16. Indie Label Asserts 'Power' On Rick Ross Album

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Miami rapper Rick Ross is releasing his sophomore album, “Rise to Power,” but it’s not via his current label homes, Def Jam and Slip-N-Slide. Instead, the album of refreshed early material is dropping on Sept. 18 via Texas independent Suave House ...

  17. Jay-Z Denies Def Jam Split Rumors

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After three years as Def Jam president, Jay-Z has recently been the subject of rumors that he may jump ship for Columbia Records. After all, Island Def Jam recently brought in Jermaine Dupri to head its urban division. But in an interview today on ...

  18. Jay-Z Prepares To Reclaim His 'Kingdom'

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Details are beginning to surface about Jay-Z's long-rumored comeback album, which will be his first since announcing his retirement three years ago and becoming president of Def Jam. The new disc is r Details are beginning to surface about Ja ...

  19. IDJMG Launches New Promo Units

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Def Con II to focus on joint-venture projects Island Def Jam Music Group has created a specialized unit within its promotion department called Def Con II. Def Con II will focus on projects released through Def Jam's joint venture partners, wh ...

  20. Report: Nas Splits Columbia For Def Jam

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Feud with Def Jam Pres Jay-Z ended in Oct. Feud with Def Jam Pres Jay-Z ended in Oct. News Jay-Z ...

  21. Report: Nas Joins Def Jam

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Feud with Def Jam head Jay-Z ended in Oct. Rapper Nas has signed with Def Jam, according to a New York Times report, creating a unique joint venture with his current label, Columbia. When contacted by Billboard.biz, representatives from both compa ...

  22. Def Jam Introduces Roc La Familia

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Houston-based Colombian rapper Aztek Escobar is the first artist signed to Def Jam Recordings' new label, revealed July 21 as Roc La Familia. LOS ANGELES -- Houston-based Colombian rapper Aztek Escobar is the first artist signed to Def Jam Re ...

  23. Def Jam Introduces Roc La Familia

    July 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Houston-based Colombian rapper Aztek Escobar is the first artist signed to Def Jam Recordings' new label, revealed today (July 21) as Roc La Familia. The New York-based division is headed by president Houston-based Colombian rapper Aztek Esco ...

  24. Damon Dash, IDJ Call It Quits

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint venture for the Damon Dash Music Group just three months into the deal, sources familiar with the situation confirm. NEW YORK -- Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint ve ...

  25. Damon Dash, IDJ Call It Quits

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint venture for the Damon Dash Music Group just three months into the deal, sources familiar with the situation confirm. Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint venture for th ...

  26. Rhythm & Blues

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST Atlanta fave Ludacris inks a new long-term contract with Island Def Jam Music Group for his Disturbing Tha Peace Records. Read Gail Mitchell's column. Atlanta fave Ludacris inks a new long-term contract with Island Def Jam Music Group for his ...

  27. Ludacris

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST On his fourth Def Jam South set, Ludacris proves he is much more than just a rapper with witty punch lines. On his fourth Def Jam South set, Ludacris proves he is much more than just a rapper with witty punch lines. News Ludacris ...

  28. Clear Channel TV, Simmons Team For Series

    December 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST 'Def on Demand Live' to bow next year. 'Def on Demand Live' to bow next year. News ...

  29. IDJ Buys Roc-A-Fella; Jay-Z Named Def Jam Chief

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam Music Group has acquired the 50% it did not already own in Roc-A-Fella, its joint venture with Jay-Z, Damon Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke. Additionally, as expected, Jay-Z has been name Island Def Jam Music Group has acqui ...

  30. Island Def Jam Eyes Roc-A-Fella Buy

    September 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Damon Dash is in negotiations to sell his Roc-A-Fella Records imprint to Island Def Jam, sources say. Damon Dash is in negotiations to sell his Roc-A-Fella Records imprint to Island Def Jam, sources say. Details of the deal were not available; a D ...

  31. Roc-A-Fella Signs N.O.R.E.

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Roc-A-Fella Records has inked Noreaga, aka N.O.R.E., and will release a new album by the artist in November. Roc-A-Fella Records has inked Noreaga, aka N.O.R.E., and will release a new album by the artist in November. The rapper -- one-half of Que ...

  32. PJ Harvey

    June 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Harvey returns to the raw basics for her latest Island Def Jam album. Harvey returns to the raw basics for her latest Island Def Jam album. News ...

  33. Beats & Rhymes

    February 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST Kanye West is the latest Midwestern MC to make a mark with his Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam debut, "The College Dropout." Kanye West is the latest Midwestern MC to make a mark with his Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam debut, "The College Dropout." N ...

  34. Beats & Rhymes

    February 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Kanye West is the latest Midwestern MC to make a mark with his Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam debut, "The College Dropout." Kanye West is the latest Midwestern MC to make a mark with his Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam debut, "The College Dropout." N ...