Angie Martinez


UMG Dissolves Island Def Jam, Barry Weiss Steps Down

Universal Music Group says goodbye to Island Def Jam. That's not the only change UMG made, CEO Barry Weiss has stepped down and from now on Motown Records, Island Records and Def Jam Recordings will work as one.

UMG CEO Lucian Graige Says:

“At UMG, our labels are empowered to be entrepreneurial and take creative risks. By re-establishing Def Jam, Island and Motown as standalone labels within the UMG family, we’re positioning them to recapture the uniqueness of their brands and serve artists with the singularity of vision, focus and creativity that was at the core of their original success.”

There was some good that came out of this abrupt adjustment. Producer No I.D. and Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua as Executive VPs and Co-Heads for Def Jam.