Universal launches Def Jam Africa to sign hip-hop, Afrobeats & trap artists from across the entire continent

‘It is a historic achievement that we’re now able to bring this iconic label to Africa.’
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Universal launches Def Jam South East Asia and Astralwerks Asia

Announcements coincided with the official opening of UMG’s new regional headquarters for South East Asia, in Singapore’s arts and heritage district
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Rodney Shealey named EVP at Def Jam Recordings, as Theda Sandiford steps up to SVP role

“Rodney and Theda are seasoned, veteran leaders who have earned the respect of their colleagues throughout Def Jam, UMG, and the industry at large.”
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Kanye West Sues Roc-a-Fella, Def Jam, UMG, EMI and More

Kanye West has filed a pair of lawsuits against EMI Music Publishing and Roc-a-Fella Records, UMG Recordings, Def Jam and merchandiser Bravado International Group in an apparent attempt to free himself of all contractual obligations. The complaints were filed on Friday (January 25) in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to… Continue Reading

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Theda Sandiford upped to SVP, International Commerce & Digital Marketing at Republic, Island, Def Jam

Sandiford previously served as Vice President of Commercial Partnerships, Streaming at Universal Music Group
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