Jermaine Dupri Named President of Island Urban Music

jdupri.jpgProducer and songwriter Jermaine Dupri has been appointed president of Island Urban Music, a newly created division of Island Def Jam Music Group. In his new role, Dupri will oversee Island’s entire urban music division, while additionally providing his production services to artists within the entire Universal Music Group family of record labels. Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Chairman of Island Def Jam, officially made the announcement today after several weeks of speculation about where Dupri would land following his abrupt resignation as President of Urban Music at Virgin Records in October of 2006. JD will report directly to Reid and Island Def Jam President and Chief Operating Officer Steve Bartels, and will be based in New York and Atlanta.

“Jermaine’s career has grown from strength to strength over the years,” said Mr. Reid. “As a producer and songwriter and recording artist in his own right, as a respected label executive and entrepreneur, and as a highly esteemed developer of new talent. His deep ties to Atlanta’s creative R&B and hip-hop community have been the springboard to working with the greatest names in contemporary music. This is a tremendous step forward for Island Records and its established roster of artists who will benefit enormously from Jermaine’s presence.” The move will reunite Dupri with Reid, who previously ran Arista Records when the producer moved his So So Def label to the company in 2003. “I’m so excited to be reunited with L.A. Reid because most of my biggest hits were when he and I worked together,” said JD. “And then to be working side by side with Steve Bartels—I don’t think there’s a better team because he’s by far the best in the game. I can’t wait for us to start stuntin’ on y’all.”

  • paid in full

    good move for JD

  • derfla the hus’la

    good for him…….but dude has to step up he’s game he been bringing us trash lately j-kwone,nelly, chingy,frenchize boyz……wtf?

  • D

    Milk Dud.

  • Young

    Ummm I like how dude trying to hate on Nelly dude den sold like 40million LOL stop hatein dude err time he comeout he sales BIG….

  • THE NOTORIOUS COREY

    HE SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT JANET WITH HIM!!! THEY DONT WANNA SEE HER SUCCEED NO MORE OVER THEIR AT VIRGIN!!!!! JANET DESERVES TO BE BACK ON TOP!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Stax On Deck

    Big Ups to Jermaine. He been doin it along time. Alien-head-ass nigga…

  • rap

    fuck that midget motherfucker. fucking some old ass 40 year old pussy. can you just imagine how janet pussy look about now? this gay midget always in every song for no reason. he saids yeah all thru janet crap bag of a song. Don’t get me started on franchize boys.

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  • Atl’s own

    good move!

    connect the A to NY direct!

    maybe dem lames can stop bitchin’ and start sellin’ records again!

  • creepa 101

    nigga look like a burned Humpy Dumpy with his egg shaped head..!

  • nation

    >> I can’t wait for us to start stuntin’ on y’all.

    smh

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  • http://www.myspace.com/kaviarthachokolatekoveredfreak Kaviar

    Hmmmm….I wonder how thats gonna stack up against Jay’s Gig at Def Jam…

    Island/Def Jam anybody?

    we’ll see who signs the best talent now….

    who is on Island urban music roster anyway?

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    That is a good move for you, now you can take it back to the basics, making that shit. well my niggers got the REAL HIPHOP everybodys bin looking for, just listen.
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  • thecoolguy

    man jd is wack boy, he talking bout atl but he grew up in the suburbs of atl the entire so so def camp is wack, dfb, bow wow, da brat and all of’em

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    Mmmm…Hov vs Lil man?! is that even a question…Cumon!!!!
    Good luck to him nevertheless…