Def Jam

  1. 50 Cent, Kanye West Continue Rivalry On 106 & Park

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cent and Kanye West appeared on BET's 106 & Park yesterday, further promoting their retail battle -- their new albums, "Curtis"(Aftermath/Interscope) and "Graduation" (Roc-A-Fella Records/Def Jam) respectively, hit ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Dupri: Janet Jackson Inks With Island Urban

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Janet Jackson has followed her boyfriend Jermaine Dupri from Virgin to Island Def Jam, Billboard.biz has learned. "She's on Island, but it's more or less [Def Jam CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid's] project," Dupri says. ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Jay-Z Touring To Spread Water Crisis Awareness

    August 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT MTV documentary on issue will air Nov. 24. Def Jam president Jay-Z will trek to several countries plagued by the world's water crisis for the MTV documentary "Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life," which will air Nov. 24 on MTV stations w ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. BMI To Honor Babyface, Reid

    June 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Two co-founded LaFace Records Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Island Def Jam chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid will be honored as BMI Icons during the performing rights organization's sixth annual Urban Awards. The presentation ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Noreaga To Release All-reggaeton Album

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Set to drop in March. Queens, NY-based rapper Noreaga has inked a deal with Def Jam CEO Jay-Z’s new world music label, Roc-LA-Familia to release an all-reggaeton album. The album, titled “Nore a La Familia” is set to drop in March 2006 and will fe ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  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. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Bronfman's WMG Buy Expected To Close Sunday

    February 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST The sale of Warner Music Group (WMG) to an investment group led by former Seagram executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. is expected to close Sunday (Feb. 29), with funds for the $2.6 billion deal being wired t The sale of Warner Music Group (WMG) to an inv ...

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