Rick Rubin to Join Columbia Records
Def Jam Records co-founder and renowned producer Rick Rubin has accepted an as of yet unspecified executive position at Columbia Records. According to Reuters, the label officially announced the hiring on Monday (May 14), although details as to what Rubin’s exact role will be were not provided. The statement did say that Rubin will "form a dynamic and creative executive partnership" alongside current Columbia chairman Steve Barnett under the guidance of Sony Music Label Group president Rob Stringer. Under the agreement, Rubin will bring his label, American Recordings, to Columbia. Currently distributed by Warner Music Group, the label includes artists such as Dan Wilson and heavy metal band Slayer. Despite his new position as an executive, the famed producer will continue to work on music for a variety of artists at other major record labels. Rubin won 5 Grammy’s earlier this year for his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dixie Chicks. Rubin famously co-founded Def Jam Records with Russell Simmons from his NYU dorm room in the early 1980’s.