Def Jam Records

  1. Russell Simmons Shooting TV Pilot, Producing Rap Opera & Spending Millions on Movies

    June 20, 2014 12:01 PM EDT Russell Simmons is climbing off the yoga mat. The hip-hop impresario-turned-lifestyle guru, author of the New York Times best-seller Success Through Stillness, moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles early in 2014. Now, he is launching a flurry o ...

  2. Billboard Power 100: Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter and Beyonce Knowles

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 13 Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter & Beyoncé Knowles Artists, Founders Roc Nation; House of Dereon Twitter: @S_C and @beyonce The Power of Love... Want to talk power? Less than a week after her birth, Jay-Z and Beyonce's daughter, Blue ...

  3. Backbeat: Billboard, Target Celebrate With CAA, IDJ, Pitbull, Busta Rhymes, Estelle @ Pre-VMAs Dinner

    August 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT The Bangs: Grammy-winning singer Estelle (left) and Tracy Nguyen of Industry Public Relations (Photo: Brian Dowling) Target, Billboard magazine and Translation Advertising joined forces Saturday night at Wolfgang Puck's steakhouse Cut in Beve ...

  4. Hicks Named Def Jam Executive VP

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Chris Hicks has been named executive vice president at Def Jam Records, a source told Billboard.biz. Hicks was previously senior VP of A&R for Warner Music Group and Warner Chappell Music. Hicks, a Richmond, California native-cum-Atlanta resid ...

  5. DJ Khaled Pacts With Def Jam

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Miami-based DJ Khaled has signed a deal with Def Jam Records to distribute, market and promote his We The Best Music independent record label. As first broken on Billboard.com, MC Ace will be the first release from We The Best's roster. K ...

  6. Jay-Z Loses Stadium Name Bid

    October 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter's bid to name The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority after his clothing company, Rocawear, was declined, reports the Associated Press. Instead, the venue decided to award naming rights to clothing maker ...

  7. 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 ...

  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. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Roc-A-Fella Co-Founders Form New Co

    January 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash has formed a new music company, the Damon Dash Music Group, with Kareem "Biggs" Burke. The two co-founded Roc-A-Fella with Jay-Z. Former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash has formed a new music ...

  12. 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 ...