The Def Jam artist roster has always been synonymous with the greatest in hip-hop, and I intend to carry that tradition into the future.” Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Barry Weiss says: “As we look to expand Def Jam and our creative urban music activities even further, there is no one better to lead them than Joie. Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world leader in music-based entertainment, with a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. Def Jam’s track record of introducing culturally significant artists is a direct result of the entrepreneurial brilliance that Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin instilled in the label from inception. Committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship, UMG fosters the development of services, platforms and business models in order to broaden artistic and commercial opportunities for our artists and create new experiences for fans. The Boateng twins, Alec and Alex, who have been prime movers in the British urban music scene for over a decade, have been announced as the Co-Presidents of Universal Music UK’s new label, 0207 Def Jam Founder of NY Label Def Jam Russell Simmons wanted to capitalize off of the success of southern rap. The Def Jam name has meant so much to me for so long, and it’s a dream come true to be able to be a part of the next chapter in the label’s storied legacy. The move comes just hours after it was confirmed that Paul Ros… McNair is a graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore. Paul comes from a place where artists and creativity come first. Jay-Z -- artist, producer and entrepreneur -- has been named president and CEO of Def Jam Recordings. NEW YORK, February 21, 2020 — Def Jam Recordings announced today changes to its senior management structure. Rosenberg will report to Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, and be based in Def Jam’s New York headquarters. This Week in Rap Music: Def Jam President. I am confident the label rests in the sure hands of not just a music executive but a man who cares deeply about the artists and will continue this legacy of Def Jam forward.”, Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam, said, “I consider Def Jam my foundational legacy and could not be more grateful with the great care with which Lucian and Michele Anthony have brought it to a new generation. Jay-Z -- artist, producer and entrepreneur -- has been named president and CEO of Def Jam Recordings. Universal Music Group said on Monday that rap artist and hip-hop mogul Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter is stepping down as president of its Def Jam Records unit, effective by the end of the year. The former Def Jam President opens up to Forbes' Zack O'Malley Greenburg on what it takes to make it as a music executive. In making the announcement, Grainge said, “Over the past four decades, Def Jam has played a pivotal role in elevating hip hop into what is today the world’s most culturally impactful musical genre. Def Jam Recordings is a unit of Island Def Jam Music Group, a unit of Vivendi Universal’s Universal Music Group. Last year, DMX said Jay’s run at Def Jam forced him to leave the label. He will report directly to Antonio "LA" Reid, chairman of the Island Def Jam Music Group. I’m thrilled to be able to meet Lucian’s challenge of carrying the company forward with new goals and great expectations.”. He is also President of Shady Records, a label launched by Eminem and Rosenberg that released breakthrough albums from hip-hop acts including 50 Cent, D12, Obie Trice, Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse and Bad Meets Evil (Eminem’s collaboration with Royce Da 5’9”). The move comes just hours after it was confirmed that Paul Ros… Farag has moved up from SVP/Promotion to EVP and Head Of Promotion for the Universal label, making her the first woman to have the title in Def Jam’s 34-year history. In the interim, He will continue to serve as a consultant to Def Jam on its legacy artists, while also remaining the principal of Goliath Artists, Inc., the management firm that handles Eminem among others. Thank you for registering! A Detroit native, Rosenberg is also an attorney. Find out more at: http://www.universalmusic.com. Looks like Jay-Z can loosen up his tie a little more. Highly-respected industry veteran Marcus Grant has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Digital Commerce at Def Jam Recordings. Another cites DJ Jazzy Jay as their connector. "Yes and no," Nas said about being offered the presidency. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter said Monday that he will leave his post as president of Universal Music Group’s Def Jam Records label after his contract expires this year. The rapper, who was named Def Jam president three years ago, said in a statement that it is “time for me to take on new challenges.” He began hogging the … Please check your spam folder for the email, if it does not arrive, click this link... SIGN UP TO THE NEWSLETTER BELOW, USING YOUR SOCIAL ACCOUNT OR EMAIL, Def Jam Recordings Announces Changes to Leadership Structure, Subscribe me to the Universal Music newsletter. The news was announced today (December 3) by Theda Sandiford, Senior Vice President, Commerce and Digital Marketing. The company also announced Naim McNair, Senior Vice President of A&R at UMG, will expand his responsibilities with the added title of Senior Vice President, A&R at Def Jam Recordings, bringing significant experience and creative leadership to the label. Rosenberg will continue to oversee the career of Interscope Records/Aftermath Entertainment artist Eminem and run Shady Records. SANTA MONICA, August 3, 2017 — Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, today announced that Paul Rosenberg, one of the industry’s most prominent managers and record label executives who is renowned for developing and supporting the careers of artists including Eminem, 50 Cent and D12, among others, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Def Jam Recordings, effective January 1, 2018. Get news from your favorite artists before everyone else. Shakir Stewart (April 12, 1974 – November 1, 2008 [citation needed]), a native of Oakland, California, was a US record executive in a number of companies, the latest being Def Jam.At the time of his death he was the Senior Vice President of Island Def Jam Music Group and the Executive Vice President of Def Jam. "I don't know … "In [DMX's] mind he was like, 'I won, I'm better than you.' In what it describes as a strategic move to strengthen and restructure the top levels of its executive leadership team, Def Jam Recordings has promoted Rodney Shealey to Executive Vice President of… Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world leader in music-based entertainment, with a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. His move to management followed his 2003 retirement from recording. We've been spending so much time lately on the U.S. Presidential race (snooze) that I kind of wish the search for the new Def Jam president were as … He supports artists taking creative risks and backs them 100% when they do. Def Jam Recordings has promoted three of its promotion executives, Nicki Farag, Noah Sheer and Keith Rothschild. In what may be the first signal of the next era of Def Jam Recordings, Naim McNair has been named senior VP of A&R at the company. Previously SVP/Rhythm-Crossover & Dance Promotion, Sheer is now EVP/Rhythm & Lifestyle Promotion. Paul is one of the true mentors for talent and executives in this business and I could not be prouder of continuing and expanding my long-standing support of Universal and of Def Jam’s incredible great new leadership under Paul at a time when hip hop is at yet another high-water mark.”, Rick Rubin, Def Jam co-founder and legendary music producer, said, “Def Jam is a place where artists are free to express themselves, their creativity and their vision. The Southside Chicago native was formerly the Executive Vice President of A&R at the label, and has now been promoted to Executive Vice President of the whole company, and the co-head of A&R alongside Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua. Jeff Harleston, Def Jam. In 2015, he served as Executive Producer of The Weinstein Company’s Southpaw. Def Jam Recordings Chairman & CEO Paul Rosenberg has decided to step down from his position to launch Goliath Records, a new joint venture with Universal Music Group (UMG). During that time, Steve played a pivotal role in the success of Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Big Sean and most recently breaking Alessia Cara, among many others.”, Bartels said, “It has been my honor and privilege to helm Def Jam Recordings. 070 Shake ; 2 Chainz ; Alessia Cara ; Amir Obe ; Ashton Travis ; Beau Young Prince ; Big Sean ; Bino Rideaux ; Bobby Sessions ; … Thank you for registering! Nas thinks that Def Jam could make stronger moves for the hip hop game. Featuring the most comprehensive catalog of recordings and songs across every musical genre, UMG identifies and develops artists and produces and distributes the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music in the world. Def Jam Artist Roster View All Artists. Paul has also served as Executive Producer for the Showtime rap-battle reality series The Next Episode, MTV’s series Gone Too Far, and Fuse’s A Different Spin. The former Def Jam President opens up to Forbes' Zack O'Malley Greenburg on what it takes to make it as a music executive. Paul brings with him not only a remarkable record of success in hip hop, but an entrepreneurial drive and a deep passion for artist development that will build upon Rick and Russell’s enduring legacy.”, Grainge added, “I would like to thank Steve Bartels for his sound leadership of Def Jam since 2014 when the label returned to its roots as a standalone company within UMG. Rosenberg will also maintain his role as President of Shady Records, Eminem’s joint venture with UMG’s Interscope Geffen A&M. LOS ANGELES – Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter said Monday that he will leave his post as president of Universal Music Group’s Def Jam Records label after his contract expires this year. Steve Bartels, who has decided to step down as CEO of Def Jam, will remain at the company until the end of the year. Rosenberg is the founder and CEO of Goliath Artists Inc., a New York-based management firm that handles the careers of global superstar Eminem, Danny Brown and others. He is the Vice President of the Artists and repertoire (A&R) division of ‘Def Jam Recordings.’ As the Vice President of Def Jam Recordings’ A&R, Alexander Edwards is responsible for overseeing the artistic development of songwriters and recording artists. He first joined the promotions division of Def Jam in 2007. UMG is in the process of identifying a new CEO of Def Jam Records in the U.S. Presidents 01/15/2008 03:53 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011 Ever since we rang in the new year a few weeks ago, the hip hop world has been jabbering nonstop about who will take over for Jay-Z as Def Jam president. Universal Music Group is a Vivendi company. 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