1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Iggy Azalea Signs to Island Def Jam

    April 23, 2013 5:33 PM EDT Iggy Azalea has had her fair share of label drama. The Australian-born rapper signed to Interscope last year but parted ways after she and the label didn't see eye-to-eye on her management deal with T.I.'s Grand Hustle imprint.   All ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Backbeat: Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, Oh Land Rock Elle's Women in Music Awards With Jason Flom, Scooter Braun, More

    April 13, 2012 3:44 PM EDT Singer Jessie J (center) receives a plaque from LAVA Records President/CEO Jason Flom (right) at ELLE's in Women Music 2012 at event in L.A. for selling over 12 million copies worldwide of her album Who You Are. (Photo: WireImage) At Elle mag ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Karen Kwak Named Exec. VP/Head of A&R at Island Def Jam; Keith D'Arcy named VP at Universal Publishing

    August 22, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 Island Def Jam Names Karen Kwak Executive Vice President/Head of A&R Island Def Jam, a division of Universal Music Group, has appointed Karen Kwak to Executive Vice President/Head of A&R, in an expansion of its A&R operation. Kwak will now ...

  9. Jeremih

    April 15, 2009 3:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 <sub_headline>Jeremih Lights Up Hot Debut With 'Birthday Sex'</sub_headline> Jeremih knows all about getting his cake and eating it too—just read the lyrics to his lead single, "Birthday Sex." Over a dawdling, piano-b ...

  10. Kwak Promoted At Island Def Jam

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Karen Kwak has been promoted to executive VP of A&R operations for Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG). Kwak is based in New York and will continue to directly report to Antonio "L.A." Reid, chairman of IDJMG. Most recently, Kwak serv ...

  11. 'Umbrella' Writer The-Dream Preps Solo Debut

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Atlanta-based singer/songwriter The-Dream, who penned Rihanna's chart-topper "Umbrella, will release his debut album, "Love Me All Summer, Hate Me All Winter," Dec. 11 via Island Def Jam. First single Atlanta-based singer/songwri ...

  12. The-Dream

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The day 27-year-old Terius "The-Dream" Nash signed his first major publishing deal four years ago, he called Checkers restaurant, where he waited tables, quit his job and hit the golf course. The day 27-year-old Terius "The-Dream" ...