As Def Jam continues its reboot under new chairman/CEO Paul Rosenberg, the label today made a series of announcements surrounding its A&R department. Steven Victor, Def Jam's executive vp/head of A&R, revealed that Noah Preston has been promoted to senior vp A&R, while Alexander "AE" Edwards has joined the team as a vp A&R. In addition, Victor and Edwards signed a record deal with Jacksonville, Florida's YK Osiris, and Def Jam inked a joint partnership with producer Ronny J and his Listen Up Forever Records.
The executive moves are some of the most significant since Victor officially shifted over to Def Jam full time from his previous A&R position within the Universal Music Group last October, and are the latest in the new-look top ranks at the iconic hip-hop label. Rosenberg, who officially began his reign at the turn of this year, has also brought on Loud Records co-founder Rich Isaacson as his general manager, hired former Complex chief content officer Noah Callahan-Bever as executive vp in charge of revamping the label's branding efforts, and elevated longtime promotions veteran Nicki Farag to the top spot in the promotions department, which made her the first woman in the label's 30-plus year history to hold that position.
Regarding the moves announced today, Victor struck an optimistic tone. "Our industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace but music and artistry will always remain at its core," he said in a statement. "I'm excited about the direction, energy and creative conversations we are having here at the label and within the creative communities. The A&R team we are building continues Def Jam’s legacy of discovering and developing some of the greatest talent in the world, setting us up for a successful future."