The-Dream made his name producing a formidable catalog of hits for artists like Beyoncé, Rihanna and Mariah Carey, and now he's stepping into a new role where he'll be grooming the next generation of stars. The singer/songwriter/producer has been appointed the executive vice president of A&R at Def Jam Records.
In the new position, The-Dream will be responsible for recruiting new talent as well as overseeing the label's current roster. He will also produce music for Def Jam artists and expand his own Radio Killa Records imprint.
“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 statement. “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 and 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!’”
Barry Weiss, Chairman and CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown, added that he views The-Dream as a unique asset. “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.”
Projects currently on the hitmaker's slate include new albums from Rihanna and Pusha-T as well as his own long anticipated fourth album The Love IV.
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