Def Jam Recordings

  1. Jorg Joins IDJ As Senior Digital VP

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Christian Jorg is appointed senior VP, new media and commerce, for the Island Def Jam Music Group. In his new post, Jorg will oversee all of IDJ's business activities in the digital and mobile space. Based in New York, Jorg will report direct ...

  2. Industry Execs Discuss Rap Lyrics

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of Don Imus' firing for his on-air slur about the Rutgers women's basketball team, a high-powered group of music-industry executives met privately Wednesday to discuss sexist and misogynistic rap lyrics. During the furor that ...

  3. IDJ To Revive Mercury Imprint

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam is reviving the Mercury imprint in the U.S. and has tapped veteran Sony Music A&R executive David Massey to serve as president of the division. Mercury -- which over the years has served as the U.S. home to acts like Bon Jovi, J ...

  4. Mannie Fresh Inks New Deal

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mannie Fresh, former Cash Money Records in-house producer, recently signed a production deal with Def Jam Records. According to an interview on New Orlean's WQUE, Fresh says he will produce Def Jam artists as well as sign new artists to the l ...

  5. Johnson Named A&R VP At J/Arista

    February 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jaha Johnson has been named VP of A&R for J/Arista. Johnson will report directly to Clive Davis, chairman and CEO of BMG U.S. and will be based in the company's New York headquarters. Prior to joining J/Arista, Johnson co-founded Content, ...

  6. CKY Races To Sign Global Deal With Roadrunner

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Netherlands-headquartered indie label Roadrunner Records has signed CKY, the Pennsylvania rock band, to a global deal. New releases are expected next year. The act, which released its debut album "Volume 1" in 1999 on U.S.-based Volcom E ...

  7. Roppo Upped At Island Def Jam

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Promoted to senior VP of sales. Jim Roppo has been promoted to senior VP of sales at Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG). He is based in New York and reports to Steve Bartels, president of Island Records & COO of IDJMG. Most recently Roppo serv ...

  8. Island Def Jam Promotes Peluso

    October 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gabrielle Peluso has been promoted to senior VP of video promotions for Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG). Peluso, who is based in New York, will report directly to Steve Bartels, president of Island Gabrielle Peluso has been promoted to senior V ...

  9. TNT Taps Jay-Z For NBA Ads

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Turner Network Television has tapped Def Jam president Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter to star in a series of eight 30-second ads promoting the 2006-07 NBA season on TNT. The first Jay-Z promo spot, dubbed "The Truth About Stardom," begin ...

  10. TNT Taps Jay-Z For NBA Ads

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Will star in a series of eight 30-second spots. Turner Network Television has tapped Def Jam president Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter to star in a series of eight 30-second ads promoting the 2006-07 NBA season on TNT. The first Jay-Z promo spot, d ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Island Def Jam Names Fischer To Senior Role

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Mark Fischer has been appointed senior VP of promotion, rock formats for Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG). Fischer reports to Greg Thompson, executive VP of promotion of IDJMG, and is based in New Y Mark Fischer has been appointed senior VP of p ...

  13. WMI, American Recordings Clinch Global Pact

    August 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music International has forged a deal with Rick Rubin's American Recordings imprint which binds the companies on a worldwide basis. Warner Music International has forged a deal with Rick Rubin's American Recordings imprint which b ...

  14. Nas Signs With CAA

    July 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Artist recently inked joint venture with Def Jam. Artist recently inked joint venture with Def Jam. News ...

  15. Nas Signs With CAA

    July 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Nas has signed with Creative Artists Agency for representation in all areas. The artist recently entered into a joint venture deal with Def Jam Records, helmed by Jay Z, through Nas’ own record labe Nas has signed with Creative Artists Agency for ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. IDJ Ups Olesen To Senior VP

    April 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Will oversee top 40 promotion department. Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG) has promoted Erik Olesen to senior VP of top 40 promotion. In his new role, Oleson will oversee the direction of the top 40 promotion department at all levels and lead ra ...

  18. IDJ Partners With Hoop It Up Basketball Tour

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Trek to make 51 stops nationwide. Austin, Texas-based Team Championships International has tapped Island Def Jam Music Group to be the official music partner of its 18th annual Hoop It Up 3on3 Natonal Basketball Tour. Running March through August, ...

  19. IDJ Partners With Hoop It Up Basketball Tour

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Trek to make 51 stops nationwide. Austin, Texas-based Team Championships International has tapped Island Def Jam Music Group to be the official music partner of its 18th annual Hoop It Up 3on3 Natonal Basketball Tour. Running March through August, ...

  20. Stevenson Promoted To Exec At IDJMG

    February 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Deal includes new joint venture imprint. Rob Stevenson has been promoted to executive VP of A&R for Island Def Jam Music Group. At the same time, he has been named president of Stolen Transmition Records, his new joint venture label imprint wi ...

  21. Nas Launching Own Imprint With Def Jam

    January 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST 'Jones Experience' is key component of deal. When Nas' first album under his new Def Jam Recordings pact is released later this year, it will be on his own imprint, the Jones Experience. The joint venture is a key component of the n ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Columbia Taps New Senior VP

    December 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Ken Lane formerly held similar role at IDJ. Former Island Def Jam Music Group senior VP of promotion Ken Lane joins Columbia Records Group for a similar position. Lane, who exited IDJMG earlier this year, replaces Stu Bergen, who recently exited C ...

  25. Lane Walks Into Columbia Post

    December 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former Island Def Jam Music Group senior VP of promotion Ken Lane joins Columbia Records Group for a similar position, sources say. Former Island Def Jam Music Group senior VP of promotion Ken Lane joins Columbia Records Group for a similar positi ...

  26. Radio Show Panel: Reporting Adds 'Root Of A Lot Of Evil'

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Radio and recording industry executives grappled with their changing relationship in the post Eliot Spitzer-Sony BMG settlement climate at the National Assn. of Broadcasters Radio Show on Sept. 23. PHILADELPHIA -- Radio and recording industry exec ...

  27. NAB Discusses Add Reporting Fate

    September 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Dickey: 'It's the root of a lot of evil.' Radio and recording industry executives grappled with their changing relationship in the post Eliot Spitzer-Sony BMG settlement climate at the National Assn. of Broadcasters Radio Show today ...

  28. Lava Names Sr Promotion VP

    September 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Mike Easterlin most recently with Island Def Jam. Mike Easterlin most recently with Island Def Jam. News Mike Easterlin ...

  29. WEA Names CFO

    August 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Matt Signore moves to role from Island Def Jam. Matt Signore moves to role from Island Def Jam. News Matt Signore ...

  30. Rihanna Makes 'Play' For Stardom

    August 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Having never even seen a celebrity in person, much less been in a room with one, several months ago this summer's breakout star Rihanna found herself auditioning for Def Jam Recordings president/CEO J Having never even seen a celebrity in per ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Def Jam Mobile Launches In Europe

    June 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Offering is joint-venture with AG Interactive. Def Jam Mobile, the wireless entertainment business co-owned by Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons, has launched its European operation in London. Unveiled yesterday (June 16) at the Mobile Enter ...

  34. Def Jam Mobile Launches In Europe

    June 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Def Jam Mobile, the wireless entertainment business co-owned by Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons, has launched its European operation in London. Def Jam Mobile, the wireless entertainment business co-owned by Def Jam Records founder Russell ...

  35. New York Court Overturns TVT Decision

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Multi-million dollar award now just thousands. New York's Second Circuit Court of Appeals today (June 14) overturned an earlier court's decision in favor of TVT, in the indie label's suit against the Island Def Jam Music Group, Univ ...

  36. Imber Broadens Role At Island Def Jam

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Label veteran to oversee multiple departments. Mitch Imber has been named senior VP of sales and marketing for Island Def Jam Music Group. In his new position, Imber will oversee IDJ's sales, marketing, production, strategic marketing and adm ...

  37. IDJMG Promotes Thompson to EVP Of Promotion

    May 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Greg Thompson has been appointed executive VP of promotion for Island Def Jam Music Group. In this new position, Mr. Thompson will oversee the activities of IDJ's promotion (excluding urban promotion Greg Thompson has been appointed executive ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Damon Dash, IDJ Call It Quits

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Joint venture off after three months. 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. Word of an official split could co ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Rhythm & Blues

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Grammy Award-nominated songwriter/producer Sean Garrett shows no signs of slowing down: He is set to executive-produce the debut album by Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam signee Teairra Marí. Read Gail Mitche Grammy Award-nominated songwriter/producer ...

  44. Artemis Names Marketing VP

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rioux joins from IDJ. Artemis Records has named Lisette Rioux as VP of marketing and artist development. Rioux joins Artemis from Island Def Jam Music Group, where she was director of artist development. She previously worked at Sire Records Group ...

  45. IDJ Names Marketing Chief

    March 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam Music Group has named Greg Thompson as executive VP of marketing. Thompson joins IDJ from Warner Music Group, where he has served as executive VP/GM of Elektra since 1999. Island Def Jam Music Group has named Greg Thompson as execut ...

  46. IDJ Names Marketing Chief

    March 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam Music Group has named Greg Thompson as executive VP of marketing. Thompson joins IDJ from Warner Music Group, where he has served as executive VP/GM of Elektra since 1999. Island Def Jam Music Group has named Greg Thompson as execut ...

  47. Milian's 'Dip It Low' At Center Of Suit

    March 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST A group of copyright owners filed an infringement lawsuit on Feb. 22 over Christina Milian's "Dip It Low." The Island Def Jam track peaked at No. 5 on The Billboard Hot 100 in August 2004 and was nomi NEW YORK -- A group of copyrigh ...

  48. IDJ Names Field Marketing VP

    February 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Calitri takes expanded role. Island Def Jam Music Group has named Joe Calitri as VP of field marketing. He has served as Island Records senior director of sales and field marketing since 2001. Calitri's responsibilities include overseeing fie ...

  49. Milian's 'Dip It Low' At Center Of Suit

    February 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST A group of copyright owners yesterday (Feb. 22) filed an infringement lawsuit over Christina Milian's "Dip It Low." The Island Def Jam track peaked at No. 5 on The Billboard Hot 100 in August 2004 and A group of copyright owners yes ...

  50. WMG Picks Up American

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rick Rubin is moving his American Recordings label to Warner Music Group, chairman/CEO Edgar Bronfman, Jr. announced on Feb. 11. NEW YORK -- Rick Rubin is moving his American Recordings label to Warner Music Group, chairman/CEO Edgar Bronfman, Jr. ...

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