The-Dream will now need to update his résumé. Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown, just announced that Def Jam has appointed the “Love King” singer as its new Executive Vice-President of A&R.
His new position,will entail him to oversee the Def Jam’s current roster, discover and sign new talent to the label, and will work closely as a producer for artists on the Def Jam roster and its affiliated labels across all musical genres. Additionally, resources will be devoted to The-Dream’s Radio Killa label imprint as well, which recently signed August Alsina.
“I am committed as I have been previously to bringing the power of belief in the artist back to the forefront,” The-Dream said in a statment. “I share a unique view of an artist and as well as the business of music. I, with the help of many others, have ran a successful business for the last five years in the midst of the “Digital Change.” My concentration and effort will be to the artist to succeed in their dreams and goals. I’ve been a part of watching and participating in the success of many great women and men including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion to name a few. Music means more than just a download, it’s life to the culture and also the people who listen. This is a new exciting yet critical time for music – ‘You Meet Change with Change!’”
Weiss added, “The-Dream is a gifted songwriter and producer who writes from a unique cultural point of view. This rare ability sets him apart from all other writers and producers out there.”
The-Dream is working on projects including Rihanna’s seventh studio album and serving as executive producer of Pusha T’s début solo album.
Congratulations are in order for The-Dream.