Producer The-Dream Named Executive VP of A&R at Def Jam

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  • The-Dream (Terius Nash) has a new desk job at Def Jam.

    The producer, who has created hits for Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Justin Bieber, among others, has been appointed Executive Vice President of A&R at Def Jam, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    According to a statement released Monday (Oct. 8), The-Dream “will have a comprehensive, broad reaching A&R portfolio.” His responsibilities at the division of Universal Music Group will include overseeing the progress of current and new artist projects, signing new talent to the label and working in a production capacity with artists on the Def Jam roster.

    In his new position, The-Dream will work closely with Barry Weiss, chairman and CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown; Karen Kwak, head of A&R at Island Def Jam Music Group; Joie Manda, president of Def Jam Recordings; And Steve Bartels, president and COO of Island Def Jam Music Group.

    Currently, The-Dream is working with Rihanna on her upcoming Def Jam album and with Pusha T on his solo debut for G.O.OD. Music. The label will also devote additional resources to The-Dream’s Radio Killa label imprint.

    “Music means more than just a download, it’s life to the culture and also the people who listen,” The-Dream stated. “This is a new exciting yet critical time for music — ‘You Meet Change with Change!’”
     

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