Island Def Jam Music Group

  1. Capitol Swoops In For Barnett

    October 15, 2012 9:18 AM EDT Columbia executive latest big move as Universal reworks EMI. The pending appointment of Columbia Records president Steve Barnett to run Capitol Records should go a long way in proving Universal Music Group (UMG) chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge is co ...

  2. From This Week's Billboard: Steve Barnett and Capitol: What's Next?

    October 12, 2012 3:39 PM EDT Below is the Up Front story "Capitol Swoops In For Barnett" -- a look at the executive carousel resulting from Universal's purchase of EMI -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also contains our cover story o ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Exclusive: Tom Whalley's Seven Four Ent. Signs Label Deal With Universal Republic

    April 12, 2012 1:38 PM EDT Capitol: Whalley or won't he? Universal Republic Records today will announce a label deal with former Warner Bros. Records Chairman/CEO Tom Whalley's Seven Four Ent, Billboard.biz can exclusively reveal. The announcement will be made by ...

  5. Ron Fair on Front Line Management, 'The Voice,' Darren Criss, Being His Own 'Mini-Label'

    April 03, 2012 9:13 AM EDT On Monday, it was announced that longtime music producer and executive Ron Fair, along with marketing and promotions veteran Richard Palmese, will join Irving Azoff's Front LIne Management as consultants. Home to such clients as The Eagles, C ...

  6. Billboard Power 100: Antonio "L.A." Reid

    January 26, 2012 11:56 PM EST No. 37 Antonio "L.A." Reid Chairman/CEO Epic Records Twitter: @LA_Reid The Real X-Factor... When "The X Factor" was whittling down its contestants in late fall, Antonio "L.A." Reid's dressing room became much mor ...

  7. Justin Bieber's Christmas Album to Make Charity History

    October 18, 2011 8:11 PM EDT Justin Bieber is in the holiday spirit: The singer says he's the first artist on the Universal Music roster to have part of his album sales benefit charity. Partial sales from "Under the Mistletoe," his Christmas album that is out N ...

  8. Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Signs Worldwide Deal With Island Def Jam

    June 27, 2011 10:46 AM EDT Kanye West's independent record label G.O.O.D. Music, has been signed to an exclusive long-term worldwide label agreement with the Island Def Jam Music Group, it was announced today by West, Barry Weiss (chairman & CEO of Universal Motown ...

  9. Universal Music/Motown Update: What Are the Next Moves?

    June 17, 2011 7:33 PM EDT The long-expected reconfiguration of the Universal Music Group's East Coast labels began unfolding today, leaving two separate major labels -- the Island Def Jam Music Group and Universal Motown Republic Group -- with shared services in selec ...

  10. Universal Motown Republic and Island Def Jam Announce New Structure, Layoffs Taking Place Today

    June 17, 2011 4:10 PM EDT In the wake of Sylvia Rhone's departure from Universal Motown last month, Universal Motown Republic Group and Island Def Jam Music Group today announced a new centralized back-office structure and a "mandate to dramatically increase arti ...

  11. Rihanna Partners With Nokia On 'Rated R'

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam has teamed up with Nokia on a globally streamed live performance by Rihanna, featuring songs from new album "Rated R." The artist will perform in an unidentified London location on Nov. 16, which will be filmed for free st ...

  12. The Monetization of Mimi: Mariah CD To Have Ads

    August 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As music sales continue to drop like they’re not so hot throughout the industry, Island Def Jam Music Group is jamming on a new business model: integrating brands into artists’ CD booklets. The first deal, created for the Mariah Carey release Memo ...

  13. Reports: Jermaine Dupri Exits Island

    January 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Less than two years after becoming president of Island Records Urban Music, Jermaine Dupri exited the post on Wednesday (Jan. 8), according to reports. The Island Records Urban division was created within the Island Def Jam Music Group a short tim ...

  14. Primary Wave Names Key Execs

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Primary Wave Music Publishing has appointed Aimee Berger to the position of executive director of brand partnerships. Previously, Berger was an attorney for Warner Chappell Music Publishing, Island Records and Arista. She also founded the tour pro ...

  15. Dupri To Lead TAG-Branded Record Label

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group and Procter & Gamble's TAG brand are teaming for a joint-venture hip-hop label, which will be led by Island Urban president Jermaine Dupri. "My goal is to find artists that have longevity written all over t ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Island Appoints Lowenberg Senior Marketing VP

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Most previously held same role at Virgin. Adam Lowenberg has been appointed senior VP of marketing at Island Records. He reports to Steve Bartels, president of Island Records and COO of Island Def Jam Music Group, and is based in New York. In his ...

  18. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Finalists Revealed

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Jamie Foxx tops the list of finalists for this year's Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. Foxx, who took home an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ray Charles, is a contender in eight categories includ Jamie Foxx tops the list of finalists ...

  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. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. CCE Recruits Durrani To Marketing Post

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Faisel K. Durrani has been named executive VP of marketing for Clear Channel Entertainment's music division. Reporting to CCE president of global music Michael Rapino, Durrani will be responsible for Faisel K. Durrani has been named executive ...

  23. CCE Recruits Durrani To Marketing Post

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Faisel K. Durrani has been named executive VP of marketing for Clear Channel Entertainment's music division. Reporting to CCE president of global music Michael Rapino, Durrani will be responsible for Faisel K. Durrani has been named executive ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. New Technologies Raise Legal Questions At Venues

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Developing technologies are beginning to raise new legal issues for performance venues, as the rights of patrons and artists potentially collide. That was the warning delivered by Denis Clive Braham d New Technologies Raise Legal Questions At Venu ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...