Def Jam Recordings

  1. WMG To Pick Up American

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rick Rubin is moving his American Recordings label to Warner Music Group, a source confirms. Rick Rubin is moving his American Recordings label to Warner Music Group, a source confirms. The label, which is currently distributed by Universal Music ...

  2. New Business Launches

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST This Week's Stories: Roc-A-Fella co-founders form new company; Uni South launches management division This Week's Stories: Roc-A-Fella Co-Founders Form New Co. By Carla Hay NEW YORK -- Former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash has formed ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Rap Mogul, Drug Kingpin Surrender to Feds

    January 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Inc. linked to drugs, murder, money-laundering. NEW YORK (AP) -- The hip-hop label behind music superstars Ashanti and Ja Rule was part of a murderous criminal enterprise that protected its interstate crack and heroin operation with calculated ...

  5. Costner Named IDJMG VP

    January 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Shawn "Pecas" Costner, former urban promotion national director for Jive/Zomba, has been named VP of urban promotion for Def Jam/IDJMG. Shawn "Pecas" Costner, former urban promotion national director for Jive/Zomba, has been na ...

  6. Virgin Mobile Gets 'Dibs' On Ashanti, Ja Rule Ringtones

    December 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST Virgin Mobile is offering its customers exclusive ringtones of tracks from current albums by Ashanti and Ja Rule. Both artists are signed to Universal Music Group's Def Jam label. Virgin Mobile is offering its customers exclusive ringtones of ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Ludacris Signs Uni Pub Deal

    November 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Ludacris has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group for future works. Ludacris has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group for future works. The rapper, who r ...

  10. Ja Rule Manager, Others Face Charges Related To The Inc. Probe

    November 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Ron Robinson, personal manager for rap artist Ja Rule, was arraigned Nov. 17 in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., on charges of money laundering and money-laundering conspiracy involving more tha NEW YORK -- Ron Robinson, personal manager for ...

  11. Ja Rule Manager Faces Money-Laundering Charges

    November 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sources: Case stems from probe of The Inc. Ron Robinson, personal manager for Ja Rule, was arraigned today (Nov. 17) in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., on charges of money laundering and money-laundering conspiracy involving more than $1 mi ...

  12. Source: Jay-Z, IDJ Still In Negotiations

    October 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A source is denying that Island Def Jam is close to a deal to make rap mogul Jay-Z its president. Negotiations are ongoing, but no details have been finalized, says the source. A source is denying that Island Def Jam is close to a deal to make rap ...

  13. Island Def Jam Ups Peluso

    October 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group has promoted Gabrielle Peluso from director to VP of video promotion. Island Def Jam Music Group has promoted Gabrielle Peluso from director to VP of video promotion. Peluso, who joined the company in 1996, will be respo ...

  14. Kanye West Starts Label With Sony

    October 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West is establishing a label, Getting Out Our Dreams, in association with Sony Music Label Group U.S. The artist/producer, who remains signed to Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam, has also entered into a prod Kanye West is establishing a label, Getting Ou ...

  15. Island Def Jam Ups Mattera

    September 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Larry Mattera has been promoted from VP to senior VP of new media for Island Def Jam Music Group. Mattera will oversee the group's new-media strategy. Larry Mattera has been promoted from VP to senior VP of new media for Island Def Jam Music ...

  16. Island Def Jam Ups Mattera

    September 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT New-media exec named senior VP. Larry Mattera has been promoted from VP to senior VP of new media for Island Def Jam Music Group. Mattera will oversee the group's new-media strategy, including content development, online marketing, digital co ...

  17. Kudler Named Island Def Jam's VP Of Business And Legal Affairs

    August 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group has promoted Heath Kudler to VP, business and legal affairs. NEW YORK -- Island Def Jam Music Group has promoted Heath Kudler to VP, business and legal affairs. Kudler will be responsible for negotiating and drafting con ...

  18. Island Def Jam Ups Kudler

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Business and legal VP based in New York. Heath Kudler has been promoted from senior director to VP of business and legal affairs for Island Def Jam Music Group. Based in New York, Kudler will oversee contract negotiation and legal advice among the ...

  19. Kevin Liles Lands At WMG

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Executive VP reports to Lyor Cohen. Warner Music Group ended speculation on the fate of Kevin Liles today (Aug. 11). The former Def Jam Records president was named executive VP of WMG. Based in New York, Liles reports to Lyor Cohen, WMG's cha ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Island Def Jam Names Gawley VP Of Business And Legal Affairs

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Steve Gawley named VP of business and legal affairs at Island Def Jam Music Group. Island Def Jam Music Group has named Steve Gawley as senior VP of business and legal affairs. Gawley will serve as the company's chief legal officer, focusing ...

  22. Island Def Jam Taps New Legal SVP

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Steve Gawley has been named senior VP of business and legal affairs for Island Def Jam Music Group, effective immediately. Gawley will become the company's head legal officer, running the business and Steve Gawley has been named senior VP of ...

  23. Island Def Jam Taps New Legal SVP

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Steve Gawley has been named senior VP of business and legal affairs for Island Def Jam Music Group, effective immediately. Gawley will become the company's head legal officer, running the business and Steve Gawley has been named senior VP of ...

  24. Island Ups Pontius To Exec VP

    July 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Island Records has promoted Paul Pontius to executive VP of A&R. Pontius has been VP of A&R for Island Def Jam Music Group since 1999. Paul Pontius, who has been VP of A&R for Island Def Jam Music Group since 1999, becomes head ...

  25. IDJ Names Senior Publicity VP

    July 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group has named Laura Swanson to the post of senior VP, publicity and artist relations. The executive joins from Arista Records, where she held the same title since September 2000 Island Def Jam Music Group has named Laura Swa ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Def Jam, AG Interactive Goin' Mobile

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT New unit to develop digital content for cell phones. Russell Simmons and Def Jam Records are launching a mobile-entertainment unit through a partnership with AG Interactive, the new-media subsidiary of American Greetings. Under the deal, Def Jam a ...

  29. Def Jam, AG Interactive Goin' Mobile

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT New unit to develop digital content for cell phones. Russell Simmons and Def Jam Records are launching a mobile-entertainment unit through a partnership with AG Interactive, the new-media subsidiary of American Greetings. Under the deal, Def Jam a ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Def Soul Signs Isleys

    May 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT First album slated for early 2005. Def Soul Classics has signed the Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley. The veteran R&B group will release its first album for the Def Jam division in the first quarter of 2005. The brothers recently cut the ...

  33. Sources: Def Jam Promo Staff Cut

    April 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam is letting go of a handful of employees, sources tell Billboard.biz, with most of the casualties coming from the radio promotion department. Among those cut were Lauren Wirtzer, who was Island Def Jam is letting go of a handful of e ...

  34. Bartels Named Island Records President

    April 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Former Arista Records executive VP of promotion Steve Bartels has been named president of Island Records, according to sources. Bartels is expected to take his new post today (April 26). Former Arista Records executive VP of promotion Steve Bartel ...

  35. Electronic Arts, Def Jam Link For 'Vendetta II'

    April 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Video-game manufacturer Electronic Arts has extended its music-licensing partnership with Def Jam, reteaming for "Def Jam Vendetta II," which will be released in autumn for the PlayStation 2, Game Cub Video-game manufacturer Electronic A ...

  36. Simmons, Rev Run To Host U.K. Urban Seminar

    April 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons, the co-founder of Def Jam, and Reverend Run of Run DMC have been confirmed as speakers for an exclusive session during this year's Urban Music Seminar (UMS) in Lond Hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons, the c ...

  37. Def Jam, Shyne Hammering Out Record Deal

    April 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam expects to sign jailed rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow to a $3 million record contract this week, according to a source familiar with negotiations. Barrow is serving a 10-year prison term f Island Def Jam expects to sign jaile ...

  38. Kevin Liles Close To Returning To IDJ

    March 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Kevin Liles, who resigned as Def Jam president in early February, is close to re-upping with the Island Def Jam Music Group, according to sources. Kevin Liles, who resigned as Def Jam president in early February, is close to re-upping with the Isl ...

  39. IDJ's Greenwald Out, Liles Back In: Source

    March 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam's topsy-turvy 2004 is not letting up. Island Def Jam's topsy-turvy 2004 is not letting up. News ...

  40. IDJ's Greenwald Out, Liles Back In: Source

    March 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam's topsy-turvy 2004 is not letting up. Island Records president/IDJ executive VP Julie Greenwald, who will go on maternity leave April 1, is expected to extend her leave and not return t Island Def Jam's topsy-turvy 2004 is ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Source Hip-Hop Series Moves To Image

    February 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST CD collections previously went through Def Jam. CD collections previously went through Def Jam. News ...

  43. Source Hip-Hop Series Moves To Image Entertainment

    February 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST The CD series "The Source Presents: Hip-Hop Hits" has switched distribution from Def Jam Records to Image Entertainment. Def Jam released the first seven volumes in the series, which launched in 1997 The CD series "The Source Presen ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Reid Confirmed As IDJ Chairman

    February 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Antonio "L.A." Reid is back. Less than one month after losing his job atop Arista Records, Reid has been named chairman of Universal Music Group's Island Def Jam label. He replaces Lyor Cohen, who lef Antonio "L.A." Reid i ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. WMG Confirms Cohen As U.S. Chairman/CEO

    January 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group confirms that it has named Lyor Cohen as chairman/CEO of U.S. Recorded Music. Cohen, current chairman/CEO of Island Def Jam Group, will take over the role following the purchase of Warner Music Group confirms that it has named L ...

  48. WMG Confirms Cohen As U.S. Chairman/CEO

    January 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group confirms that it has named Lyor Cohen as chairman/CEO of U.S. Recorded Music. Cohen, current chairman/CEO of Island Def Jam Group, will take over the role following the purchase of Warner Music Group confirms that it has named L ...

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