The Island Def Jam Music Group

  1. Universal Music Group Cutting East Coast Staff (Updated)

    April 11, 2014 6:24 PM EDT With the splitting up of the Island Def Jam Music Group into three labels, the Universal Music Group is recalibrating the staffing at its East Coast labels. While sources say about 12* staffers have been let go over the last two days, other source ...

  2. Island Def Jam Motown Reorganizes, Barry Weiss Steps Down

    April 01, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Universal Music Group announces that Def Jam, Island and Motown Records will function as standalone labels. Universal Music is reorganizing its Island Def Jam Motown group into three standalone labels and promoting some key executives in the ...

  3. Russell Simmons & John Singleton Partner On HBO Series ‘Club Life: Miami’

    December 05, 2013 3:26 AM EST John Singleton is heading to HBO. The Oscar-nominated Boyz n the Hood writer-director-producer is developing drama "Club Life: Miami" with hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons at HBO. "Club Life: Miami" is set against the South Beac ...

  4. Epic Records Names Shalik Berry VP of A&R

    September 20, 2013 9:32 PM EDT Shalik Berry has joined Epic as VP of A&R, Billboard has learned. In his new role, the Los Angeles-based Berry will focus on urban music and report to Epic chairman/CEO L.A. Reid. Billboard Power 100: Antonio "L.A." Reid Berry is c ...

  5. Dan Kruchkow Promoted to CMO and Head of Digital Strategy at Crush Management

    July 25, 2013 12:26 PM EDT Crush Management announced in a statement today (Jul. 25) that longtime Head of Digital, Dan Kruchkow has been promoted to CMO of the company and will take on the new position in addition to keeping up with his duties as Head of Digital Strategy ...

  6. Don Cannon Named Def Jam VP of A&R

    July 08, 2013 11:10 AM EDT Def Jam Recordings has named Don Cannon VP, A&R, according to a statement by Karen Kwak, EVP, head of A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group. Mr. Cannon will oversee current and new artist projects, and will actively seek out, discover and si ...

  7. FutureSound Panel Explores Why Digital Licensing Is 'Still Painful,' But Getting Less So

    November 17, 2012 9:53 AM EST (L-R): Jon Vanhala, SVP Digital & New Business, Island Def Jam & Universal Republic, Universal Music Group; Richard Conlon, SVP Corporate Strategy, Communications & New Media, BMI; John Frankenheimer, Partner & Chairman Emeritus, L ...

  8. Dallas Austin Named Senior VP of A&R at Island Records

    October 15, 2012 3:20 PM EDT In the latest announcement of an established hitmaker scoring a top A&R role at a major label , the Island Def Jam Music Group announced today that veteran songwriter/producer Dallas Austin will be joining the company as a Senior Vice Presiden ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Melissa Victor Gets VP Stripes at Island Def Jam

    August 20, 2012 6:29 PM EDT Melissa Victor, Justin Bieber's longtime press representative, has been promoted to vice president, media and artist relations at Island Def Jam Music Group. Department head and EVP Laura Swanson made the announcement, praising Victor, who al ...

  11. Photo Finish Records' Matt Galle Moves His Label From Atlantic to Island Def Jam

    August 10, 2012 12:14 PM EDT Paradigm Talent Agency agent and Bamboozle Festival co-founder Matt Galle is bringing his Photo Finish Records to Island Def Jam. The label, which Galle launched in 2006, had been under the Atlantic Records umbrella for the last five years, where ...

  12. 40 Under 40: Eric Wong

    August 02, 2012 4:02 PM EDT Eric Wong Executive VP of Marketing, Island Def Jam Music Group; Founder, Eric Wong Management Website: islanddefjam.com Twitter: @thisiswong Marketing Mind Two decades after landing his first music industry internship as a 16-year-old high school ...

  13. Matt Voss Promoted to Executive Vice President of UMG's International, East Coast Labels

    July 31, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Today (July 31), Universal Music Group announced that Matt Voss has been promoted to Executive President of International, East Coast Labels. The announcement was made by Ivan Gavin, Chief Operating Officer of East Coast Lavels who Voss will repor ...

  14. Joseph Schmidt Named CFO of Universal Music Group's East Coast Labels

    July 03, 2012 1:58 PM EDT Universal Music Group named Joseph Schmidt Chief Financial Officer, East Coast Labels, Ivan Gavin, The news was announced by Ivan Gavin, UMG's COO of East Coast Labels. Schmidt, who is based in New York City, formerly acted as Vice President, ...

  15. Backbeat: The Weeknd's London Debut, With Katy Perry, Florence Welch, Barry Weiss, David Joseph, More

    June 07, 2012 7:24 PM EDT London's Wilton Music Hall hosted The Weeknd 's debut London show earlier tonight (June 7). Rumored to have sold out within two minutes, the gig lasted just an hour, but equally interesting as the vocal acrobatics taking place onstage wa ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Joie Manda Appointed President of Def Jam -- First in Role Since Jay-Z

    March 14, 2012 11:49 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group today (March 14) announced the appointment of Joie Manda to President of Def Jam Recordings. The announcement was made by Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam , to whom he reports. Man ...

  18. Backbeat: Rihanna, Deadmau5 Play Roc Nation/Three Six Zero Grammy Afterparty; Execs Get Down

    February 13, 2012 3:15 PM EST Singer Rihanna performs at the Three Six Zero Group's & Roc Nation Grammy afterparty charity concert benefitting Children's Hospital of Los Angeles at House of Blues Sunset Strip on Feb. 12, 2012. ( Photo: Arnold Turner) Rihanna kept ...

  19. Billboard Power 100: Steve Bartels

    January 26, 2012 10:23 PM EST No. 53 Steve Bartels President/COO Island Def Jam Music Group Twitter: @IslandRecords Taking Care of Business... When Antonio "L.A." Reid (see No. 37) was chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, Steve Bartels oversaw business operations ...

  20. Billboard Power 100: Barry Weiss

    January 26, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 18 Barry Weiss Chairman/CEO Universal Republic & Island Def Jam Twitter: @WeissBarry The Man With The Plan... In the summer of 2010, then-RCA/Jive Label Group chairman/CEO Barry Weiss, son of industry legend Hy Weiss, found himself in a sp ...

  21. Exclusive: Ne-Yo Joins Motown Roster, Also Appointed Senior VP of A&R

    January 24, 2012 7:24 PM EST Left to right: Barry Weiss, Ne-Yo and Ethiopia Habtemariam Singer/songwriter Ne-Yo is moving from Def Jam to Motown Records, the company told Billboard.biz exclusively today. In addition, the Grammy Award-winning artist will bring his Compound Ent ...

  22. Chris Anokute Named Senior VP of A&R at Island Def Jam

    December 08, 2011 2:37 PM EST Chris Anokute, has been appointed Senior Vice President, A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group, according to an announcement by Karen Kwak, Executive Vice President / Head of A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group. Anokute is best known for his A&R ...

  23. Peter Thea Named Executive VP of Universal Republic, Island Def Jam

    November 15, 2011 12:50 PM EST Universal Republic/Island Def Jam chairman and CEO Barry Weiss announced today that the company has appointed Peter Thea as Executive Vice President of Universal Republic & Island Def Jam, in a move to expand management in the labels' A&a ...

  24. Island Def Jam Partners With Breyon Prescott's Chameleon Entertainment

    September 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Island Def Jam is partnering with producer Breyon Prescott to launch the latter's Chameleon Entertainment. Prescott, whose A&R and producer credits include projects with Jamie Foxx, Angie Stone, Brandy and Kanye West, will also serve as e ...

  25. Island Def Jam Reorganizes Promotion Department's Executive Staff

    August 31, 2011 9:03 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group has reorganized the executive staff of its promotion department, EVP of Promotion Rick Sackheim announced in a statement released today, highlighting four appointments: Todd Glassman has been appointed Senior Vice Presid ...

  26. Brandon Creed Appointed to A&R Post at Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown

    August 15, 2011 5:18 PM EDT Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown announced today that Brandon Creed, manager of Bruno Mars, will be serving as an A&R consultant to both companies. He will report to Barry Weiss, chairman & CEO of both companies. "As we co ...

  27. Ethiopia Habtemariam Named Senior Vice President of Motown Records

    August 10, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Ethiopia Habtemariam, Senior VP of Motown Records Universal Music Group today announced what it described as "the first in a number of new appointments at Motown Records" in promoting Ethiopia Habtemariam to Senior Vice President of Moto ...

  28. Tom Whalley, Rob Stevenson In Talks to Join Universal Music Group: Sources

    July 28, 2011 6:10 PM EDT The reshaping of the Universal Music Group continues. With executives like Motown president Sylvia Rhone turning down an offer from the company to run a to-be-created rights-management company and Universal Motown Republic Group chairman Mel Lewin ...

  29. Motown Update: Label to Share Resources With Island Def Jam

    July 26, 2011 6:03 PM EDT When the planned installation of Ethiopia Habtemariam as the head of Motown Records finally occurs, the label will move out of the Universal orbit and instead share resources with the Island Def Jam Group, sources tell Billboard.biz. Habtemariam, ...

  30. L.A. Reid's First Week at Epic Has Some Staffers Feeling 'Energized'

    July 12, 2011 12:10 PM EDT Doug Morris has yet to actually occupy his newly minted seat as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment (word is he's in Europe until the 15th), but he's made his presence known via an introductory memo sent to staff on July 6 promising to " ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. It's Official: Sylvia Rhone Leaves Universal Motown -- But May Remain at Universal Music Group

    May 20, 2011 6:27 PM EDT It's official: As speculated by Billboard.biz yesterday , Sylvia Rhone has left her post at Universal Motown -- but she may not be leaving Universal Music Group. According to sources, Rhone is still waiting on the final details of a new posit ...

  34. Sylvia Rhone, Ron Fair Expected to Exit in Forthcoming Universal Music Shuffle

    May 19, 2011 10:25 PM EDT The drumbeat is getting louder that Sylvia Rhone will exit Universal Motown Friday (May 20) or within the next few days, depending on which source you listen to. But does that departure mean the end of her days at the Universal Music Group, as som ...

  35. Barry Weiss Named Chairman/CEO Of Island Def Jam And Universal Motown Republic Group

    March 17, 2011 5:53 PM EDT It's official. Barry Weiss has been named Chairman & CEO of Island Def Jam and Universal Motown Republic Group. The appointment comes on the heels of Antonio "L.A." Reid's departure from IDJ , which was announced today. Acc ...

  36. Universal Cuts 62 Staffers Amid Top-Level Shakeups

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST Universal today confirmed that it cut approximately 60 staffers, as expected, and also hired former Sony A&R rep Larry Jackson as executive vice president of Interscope Geffen A&M, the New York Times reported . The news comes amid unconfir ...

  37. UMG Layoffs Claim Digital Execs Christian Jorg, Mark Lehmann

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST While new media and digital positions are typically immune from the downsizing taking place across the music industry, Billboard has learned Universal Music Group's layoffs this week included Island Def Jam senior VP of new media and Commerce ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 'Regis And Kelly' Call On Songwriters

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST "Live with Regis and Kelly" is calling all on aspiring musicians, composers and songwriters to take a shot at re-working the show's theme song, win $100,000 and perhaps get a break in the music business. The new theme song will be p ...

  42. Stevenson Named Virgin US President

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has appointed Rob Stevenson to president of Virgin US, effective Aug. 15. He will be based in the company's New York office and report to Nick Gatfield, president of A&R for North America, U.K. and Ireland at EMI Music. Most rec ...

  43. Lewis Launches Label With Def Jam/Universal

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Former boxing promoter Butch Lewis is stepping into the music arena with Voicez Music Group, a new joint venture with Def Jam/Universal Records. Under terms of the joint venture, Def Jam will market and promote Voicez Music Group releases. The fir ...

  44. IDJ Extends Deal With Disturbing Tha Peace

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Contrary to online rumors that Island Def Jam cut Disturbing Tha Peace artists Bobby Valentino, Shareefa and newcomer Steph Jones from its roster, Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid instead extended the independent l ...

  45. Thompson To Lead Virgin, Capitol Promo Staffs

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Greg Thompson, former executive VP at Island Def Jam Music Group, will join the Capitol Music Group staff on Thursday to lead the Virgin and Capitol promotion departments, Billboard.biz has learned. The move was revealed during a conference call w ...

  46. IDJ, Flycell Partner For Mobile Service

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam Music Group has launched the first-ever label-centric mobile subscription service in a deal with mobile and online media company Flycell. IDJ Mobile will offer subscribers exclusive online and mobile content, including ringtones, gr ...

  47. Gordy, Jimmy Jam Honored For Accomplishments

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST In honor of their industry accomplishments, Motown Records founder/chairman Berry Gordy Jr. and award-winning songwriter/producer Jimmy Jam were saluted during a luncheon today (Feb. 8). Presented by Universal/Motown, EMI and a new consortium name ...

  48. Jay-Z Steps Down As Def Jam President

    December 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter will step down as Def Jam Records president when his contract expires this year, he and Universal Music Group announced today (Dec. 24). The rapper will continue to record for Roc-A-Fella, the label he co-founded in ...

  49. Layoffs Continue At Island Def Jam

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Staffing cuts continue at Universal Music Group’s Island Def Jam division. A&R representatives Paul Pontius and Rob Stevenson have exited, following last week’s departure of executive VP of promotion Greg Thompson . Additionally, the staff of ...

  50. Island Def Jam To Launch Mobile Music Offering

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group is launching a mobile music subscription service dubbed IDJ Radio. The service will feature six streaming "radio" stations and on-demand music videos featuring hip-hop/R&B, old school classics, and Reggaeto ...

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