1. Def Jam Raises Label Vet Nicki Farag to VP Promotion

    June 16, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Farag has risen from assistant to vp promotion in her decade-plus working for the label. Nicki Farag has been upped to vice president promotion for Def Jam Recordings by evp promotion Rick Sackheim. In this new post, Farag’s duties will help strat ...

  2. How Universal Music Group's New Top-Level Troika Brings Peace (For Now)

    April 04, 2014 2:02 PM EDT Island Def Jam Motown is no more. Instead, three free-standing fiefdoms will curry market share favor in a friendly firefight. Universal Music Group’s April 1 announcement that it was splitting Island Def Jam and Motown into three standalone la ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Backbeat: Russell Simmons, Barry Weiss, Kanye, 2 Chainz Celebrate Def Jam's 30th In Austin

    March 12, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Def Jam records celebrated its 30th anniversary at SXSW with a star-studded showcase, which included performances by 2 Chainz, Pusha T, YG, and a host of top picks from the Def Jam Roster. 
 SXSW Executive Strategies - Def Jam's Sickamore: &# ...

  5. Avicii's Dance/Folk Hit 'Wake Me Up!' Tops Triple A Chart

    October 14, 2013 12:05 PM EDT The EDM cornerstone scores the unlikely feat of topping the adult alternative and dance airplay tallies Avicii's dance/folk fusion hit "Wake Me Up!" (featuring vocals by Aloe Blacc) rises 2-1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based ...

  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. Trey Songz, Melissa Etheridge, Valerie Simpson, 'Les Miserables' Honored at Recording Academy's New York Gala

    June 28, 2013 11:03 AM EDT The importance of music education was celebrated as Trey Songz, Melissa Etheridge, Joshua Bell, "Les Miserables"' composers Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Ashford & Simpson were honored at the Ne ...

  8. Shawn 'Pecas' Costner Named EVP of Def Jam Recordings

    May 14, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Shawn "Pecas" Costner has been promoted to EVP of Def Jam Recordings, it was announced today by Island Def Jam Music Group president and COO, Steve Bartels, in a statement. Costner will be responsible for coordinating release schedules ...

  9. Backbeat: Steve Bartels, L.A. Reid, Tom Poleman, Alissa Pollack More at Taste of Hope Auction

    March 26, 2013 5:05 PM EDT Old friends, old rivals, and new music: the buzz at the 7th annual Taste of Hope entertainment industry dinner held last Thursday at New York City’s Three Sixty was decidedly upbeat as major music executives united in the name of charity – and b ...

  10. Afrojack's Universal Deal: Inside The Hitmaker's Major Move

    March 18, 2013 11:34 AM EDT One of dance music's biggest stars has expanded his business with an eye on further mainstream success. Grammy Award-winning producer Afrojack has signed an exclusive worldwide deal with Universal Music Group, clearing the way for Island R ...

  11. Backbeat: Kylie Minogue, Deadmau5, Stargate, Steve Bartels, More at Roc Nation Bash

    February 11, 2013 4:02 PM EST Above: Timbaland performs with a bear hat at the Roc Nation and Three Six Zero Grammy party to benefit Children's Hospital Orthopedic Center at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Hollywood was rocking after the Grammys on Sunday night, and ...

  12. David Massey Named President of Island Records

    February 08, 2013 10:51 AM EST David Massey has been named president of Island Records, in what is described in a press release as a “further expansion of the Island Def Jam Music Group’s A&R and creative initiatives.” The appointment, which was announced by Barry Weiss, ...

  13. L.A. Reid, Steve Bartels, More Trumpet the Power of Radio at Advertising Week Panel

    October 01, 2012 6:40 PM EDT Heads up to emerging artists: If you want to impress L.A. Reid, think about what your music might sound like on FM airwaves. "The deepest and most sincere feeling I get is when I meet an artist and they have that steel in their eyes and they ...

  14. Backbeat: Jay-Z, Lyor Cohen, Julie Greenwald, Island Def Jam Execs at Barclays Center's 40/40 Club Launch

    September 28, 2012 2:29 PM EDT Jay-Z arrives at the grand opening of the 40/40 Club inside the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn Thursday night. (Photo: Dan Rys) Walking up to the calm, subdued exterior of the Barclays Center last night (Sept. 27), it was hard not to imagin ...

  15. Backbeat: Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona Rock Pepsi/Billboard's Summer Beats Show Honoring Michael Jackson's 'Bad'

    August 30, 2012 1:49 PM EDT (L-R): Frank Cooper, chief marketing officer of global consumer engagement at PepsiCo, arrives at the Billboard/Pepsi Summer Beats show last night with Prometheus Global Media CEO Dottie Mattison and Bozoma Saint John, cultural branding marketer a ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. The Killers' Flowers: 'Runaways' Is 'A Great Starting Point' for Album

    July 22, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 ''I had a good feeling about it," Killers frontman Brandon Flowers says about "Runaways," the anthemic new single from the Las Vegas rock group. The soaring number, which heralds "Battle Born," the band's firs ...

  18. The Killers Come Back

    July 19, 2012 6:25 PM EDT ''Ihad a good feeling about it," Killers frontman Brandon Flowers says about "Runaways," the anthemic new single from the Las Vegas rock group. The soaring number, which heralds "Battle Born," the band's fir ...

  19. VH1's Rick Krim, MTV's Amy Doyle Honored at UJA Luncheon by Pink, Rob Thomas, Judy McGrath, Van Toffler, Many More

    July 13, 2012 3:30 PM EDT (L-R): Clear Channel's John Sykes, VH1 EVP Rick Krim, Universal Republic/Island Def Jam's Barry Weiss, MTV EVP Amy Doyle, and Glassnote founder Daniel Glass. (Photo: Michael Priest) The music business has more than its share of industry- ...

  20. Justin Bieber: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 11, 2012 3:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 The first time we meet, on the set for his Billboard cover shoot, Justin Bieber accidentally moonwalks, Michael Jackson-style, right back into me. It's a moment of youthful spontaneity that at once confirms he's not kidding around about hi ...

  21. The Prince Of Pop

    June 06, 2012 3:45 PM EDT 0 0 The first time we meet, on the set for his Billboard cover shoot, Justin Bieber accidentally moonwalks, Michael Jackson-style, right back into me. It's a moment of youthful spontaneity that at once confirms he's not kidding around about his ...

  22. How Radio Got Back With Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend'

    June 04, 2012 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 After a lofty launch, then significant chart declines, the teen star's single is gaining in airplay once again. Radio's relationship with Justin Bieber 's "Boyfriend" is back on track. Nine weeks ago, the song debuted on Bil ...

  23. Rick Ross Has 'Clinical Direction' To New Signings, Says Def Jam President

    May 04, 2012 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 On May 2, Rick Ross and the major players of his Maybach Music Group label assembled at New York's Eventi Hotel to announce the upcoming plans and further expansion of the Warner Bros. hip-hop imprint. MMG's next posse album, "Self Ma ...

  24. Maybach Music Day: Label Signs Omarion, Sets Rick Ross Album Release Date

    May 02, 2012 5:47 PM EDT As soon as an invite to a Maybach Music Group -- Rick Ross' Warner Bros. imprint -- press conference hit many inboxes, theories of what would be discussed sprung up across many timelines. Is Rick Ross signing Omarion ? Is Rick Ross signing Ma ...

  25. Maybach Music Day: Label Signs Omarion, Sets Rick Ross Album Release Date

    May 02, 2012 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 As soon as an invite to a Maybach Music Group -- Rick Ross ' Warner Bros. imprint -- press conference hit many inboxes, theories of what would be discussed sprung up across many timelines. Is Rick Ross signing Omarion ? "Is Rick Ross signi ...

  26. The Wanted's 'Glad You Came' Tops Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 Chart

    April 09, 2012 12:24 PM EDT U.K. vocal group the Wanted becomes the first boy band to rule Mainstream Top 40 with a debut single since Hanson spent eight weeks at No. 1 with "MMMBop" in 1997, as "Glad You Came" (Island Def Jam) rises 2-1. The Wanted is th ...

  27. Most Wanted: 'Glad You Came' Crowns Pop Songs

    April 09, 2012 11:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 U.K. vocal group the Wanted is the first boy band to lead the list with a debut single since 1997. U.K. vocal group the Wanted becomes the first boy band to rule Billboard's Pop Songs chart with a debut single since Hanson spent eight weeks at ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Eric Wong Named EVP, Marketing At Island Def Jam

    February 24, 2012 12:26 PM EST 0 0 Island Def Jam's President and COO Steve Bartels yesterday announced that the label has named Eric Wong as Executive Vice President, Marketing. The appointment marks a return to the company for Wong, who had previously worked as Vice President of ...

  30. Gabrielle Peluso Promoted to General Manager @ Def Jam Recordings

    February 07, 2012 12:25 PM EST 0 0 Island Def Jam today announced that Gabrielle Peluso would be taking over as General Manager, Def Jam Recordings, a promotion from her prior position as Senior Vice President, Video Promotions at Island Def Jam Music Group. Her previous responsibiliti ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Asher Roth Calls Def Jam Deal 'A Win-Win for Everybody'

    November 22, 2011 12:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Asher Roth tells Billboard.com that signing to Def Jam Recordings, a deal that was officially announced on Tuesday (Nov. 22), marks a "win-win for everybody" as he preps the March release of his sophomore album, "Is This Too Orange?&q ...

  33. Could Rihanna Be Bigger Than the Beatles on the Billboard Hot 100?

    November 04, 2011 1:46 PM EDT "We are watching history in the making." So said Island Def Jam president/COO Steve Bartels Wednesday, regarding Rihanna's "We Found Love" (featuring Calvin Harris) making her the seventh artist in the Hot 100's 53-ye ...

  34. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Traci Lords

    November 04, 2011 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Now with 11 Hot 100 No. 1s, what chance might Rihanna have at passing the Beatles for the most leaders in the chart's history? BIGGER THAN THE BEATLES?: "We are watching history in the making." Island Def Jam president/COO Steve Barte ...

  35. Exclusive 'Watch The Throne' Release Windows Imperil Long-Term Health of Music Retailers

    September 01, 2011 9:34 AM EDT Jay-Z, Kanye West and their respective labels dissed both the digital and brick-and-mortar account base by giving iTunes an exclusive four-day window on their album Watch the Throne (Roc-a-Fella/Roc Nation/Def Jam) and then giving Best Buy an 11 ...

  36. Protecting The 'Throne': How Jay-Z & Kanye Beat the Leaks

    August 15, 2011 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A week before the release of their album "Watch the Throne", Jay-Z and Kanye West threw a star-studded listening session at the Hayden Planetarium in New York's American Museum of Natural History. The most striking aspect of the event ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Kerli Lands Atop Dance Charts With Help From Her 'Moon Children'

    May 09, 2011 12:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 While Lady Gaga courts her Little Monsters, Island Def Jam's Kerli is busy nurturing her own community of followers christened Moon Children. And with them in tow, Kerli recently landed atop Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart with her firs ...

  39. 'L.A.' Reid Leaving Island Def Jam To Become 'X Factor' Judge

    March 16, 2011 6:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Antonio "L.A." Reid will leave his job as chairman of Island Def Jam to become a judge on Simon Cowell's upcoming show "The X Factor," a source familiar with Cowell's offer confirmed to Billboard Wednesday. Reid accepte ...

  40. Brandon Flowers Wanted to 'Summon Spirits of the Desert' with 'Flamingo'

    September 10, 2010 3:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 While announcing the arrival of his solo career, Brandon Flowers made it clear that his band, the Killers , isn't breaking up. In fact, the singer says that the point of "Flamingo," due Sept. 14 on Island Records, was to deliver these ...

  41. IDJ Names McHugh Senior VP

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 Island Def Jam Music Group has named Jonathan McHugh senior VP of film, TV and soundtracks. He will be based in Los Angeles and report to IDJ president/COO Steve Bartels and IDJ chairman Antonio "LA" Reid. In his new role, McHugh will seek m ...

  42. Mark DiDia Joins Island Records

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST 0 0 Industry vet Mark DiDia is joining the Island Records as executive VP/GM, reporting to president Steve Bartels. DiDia was most previously last seen over at Columbia, where he spent a year-and-a-half as part of the management triumvirate alongside Stev ...

  43. Reports: Jermaine Dupri Exits Island

    January 09, 2009 1:29 PM EST 0 0 0 Less than two years after becoming president of Island Records Urban Music, Jermaine Dupri exited the post this week, according to reports. The Island Records Urban division was created within the Island Def Jam Music Group a short time prior to Dup ...

  44. Karina Pasian

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "It's crazy. It's all just really crazy," says an astounded Karina Pasian when asked about the current status of her music career. "It's crazy. It's all just really crazy," says an astounded Karina Pasian when ...

  45. Together Again: Janet Jackson

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Breezing past a table of talking suits, Janet Jackson makes her way to the not-entirely-private backroom of New York's Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar, with her chef, Cheo, in tow. Breezing past a table of talking suits, Janet Jackson makes her way to th ...

  46. Bartels Promoted To IDJMG President/COO

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Island Records president and Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG) COO Steve Bartels has been promoted to president/COO of IDJMG. In this newly created role, Bartels will oversee all day-to-day operations of the company and its labels and will report ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Bartels Named Island Records President

    April 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Former Arista Records executive VP of promotion Steve Bartels has been named president of Island Records, according to sources. Bartels is expected to take his new post today (April 26). Former Arista Records executive VP of promotion Steve Bartel ...