Grammy Award winning artist The-Dream has been appointed to be the new Executive Vice President of A&R for his record label Def Jam Recordings. His new position was announced today by Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown, and Karen Kwak, Executive Vice President/Head of A&R at Island Def Jam Music Group.
Barry Weiss commented on The-Dream’s new position, saying, “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.”
In his new position, The-Dream will oversee projects by new artists and ones already established on the Def Jam roster. He will also actively seek out new talent for the label. The-Dream is currently working with Rihanna and Pusha T on their upcoming releases. Read The-Dream’s comments on his new position below.
“I am committed as I have been previously to bringing the power of belief in the artist back to the forefront. 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 Beyonce, 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!”