Def Jam

ISLAND DEF JAM AXE STAFF AND EXPAND ‘CREATIVE TEAMS’

Via Allhiphop.com Legendary hip-hop label Def Jam went through serious downsizing last week, when over 20 employees were laid off. Over twenty staffers, along with industry executives Jonathan McHugh and Chris Hicks were dismissed from the Island Def Jam/Motown record labels. According to reports, McHugh and Hicks will continue to do consulting work for the label and other companies. The news of layoffs come almost a month after Island Def Jam CEO Barry Weiss denied a report by TheWrap, which stated the […]

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UK MUSIC: N-DUBZ – BEST BEHAVIOUR

N-Dubz’s new single Best Behaviour will be released on the 17th October. Def Jam executives are probably hoping that this track will successfully break the group in to the US market. I personally don’t see that happening, but it will be a huge hit here. The video – Yeah the label spent some money. Your thoughts please. Hit or Miss?

UK MUSIC NEWS: N-DUBZ MISS US LABEL TALKS BECAUSE OF SNOW

According to Digital Spy UK “super” group N-Dubz were forced to cancel a showcase for Def Jam Records in New York,  after their flight was cancelled thanks to severe weather conditions. The group was supposed to meet label head LA Reid last Thursday, but blizzard conditions in New York prevented their flight from departing London. N- Dubz showcasing their music for Def Jam Records. Def Jam Records, once home to some of the greatest Hip Hop artists ever. It’s tragic. Is this what it’s come to Def Jam?

RUSSELL SIMMONS IS ANGRY AND HURT!

An article published in The NY Post has managed to get under Russell “fact finder” Simmons skin, and now the obnoxious mogul wants the world to know that his “kids are off limits!” Via Global Grind This week I have been in the gossip columns a lot…for throwing a diva fit at a Charlotte Ronson show (which may have been a bit over stated, but to be above it I sent flowers anyway, which Kevin Leong (my main designer) thought I was crazy to do ,since […]

SINGER/SONGWRITER THE DREAM NOW THE NEW EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF ISLAND/DEF JAM RECORDS

The Dream with fiancee Christina Milian Singer/song writer The Dream ( Terius Nash) has announced via his Twitter page that he is to become the new Executive Vice President of Island/Def Jam Records. Yes its true, labels are just giving executive positions to any and everybody now. Check out The Dream’s announcement via Twitter I wanna Thank everyone at Island Records/Def Jam for their faith in me and making me Executive Vice President of Island Records. Thank you to my team. my manager Mark Stewart & my attorney Aaron Rosenberg for getting […]

RUSSELL SIMMONS HOSPITALIZED

At first I thought that Russell had finally succeeded in completely disappearing up his own backside which then led to his hospitalization. But it turns out the problem is with his hand. Russell Simmons has been admitted to Mount Sinai hospital in NYC.Russell has been Tweeting about having problems with his hand. His hand is swollen and he said he’s in extreme pain: “Damn. This shi. Hurts. I wanna cut my arm off, it would hurt less.” It seems he has a very bad infection […]

VIDEO: DAMON DASH VS DEF JAM (2003)

This footage is taken from the newly released Documentary DVD ‘Choke No Joke’ . Watch Bruk Pocket chew out Def Jam staff (lol). But you know what kills me the most.. none of the staff sitting around the table tries to defend themselves….. Ok so he had a point, why were they holding a meeting about Jay-Z without informing him first? But the shouting and threatening behaviour? Oh Brukkers…… smh… lol

RUSSELL SIMMONS PUTS CHILD SUPPORT RUMOURS TO REST / LOYAL EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT SPEAKS ON BEHALF OF RUSSELL

Pregnant Kimora Lee with partner Djimon Hounsou In June of last year it was reported that mogul Russell “fact finder” Simmons, had agreed to pay his ex-wife Kimora Lee, $40,000 in child support for their two daughters Aoki and Ming. For some reason the story resurfaced again today and has forced Simmons to respond to the rumours via his blog on GlobalGrind.com He wrote…. I am reading these stories today about how a judge ordered me to pay Kimora $40,000 a month in child support and I want to […]

THROWBACK SCENE OF THE DAY: DAMON DASH BLASTS FORMER PRESIDENT OF DEF JAM RECORDS KEVIN LILES (‘BACKSTAGE – THE HARD KNOCK LIFE TOUR DVD)

‘Backstage: The Hard Knock Life Tour’ chronicled Jay-Z’s 1999 ‘Hard Knock Life’ tour, which was the highest grossing Hip Hop tour to date during that period of time. The documentary also included footage of DMX, Ja Rule, Irv Gotti, Method Man and Red Man and a behind the scenes look at what went in to organising the tour. One of my favourite scenes from the documentary involves ole Bruk Pocket (Damon Dash) and the then President of Def Jam Records Kevin Liles. Bruk Pocket rants […]

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