Launch of Def Jam in India
Universal Music Group announced the launch of Def Jam Indiaa new label division within India and South Asia dedicated to representing the region’s top hip-hop and rap talent. According to the announcement, Def Jam India “will follow the Def Jam Recordings label plan.” The First Signings of Flagship Artists to Join Def Jam India are rappers Dino James and Fotty Seven, who will release singles titled “Lost” and “Banjo” respectively this month. The news follows the 2020 launch of Def Jam labels in Africa and Vietnam.
Since its founding by Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons in 1984, Def Jam has been one of the biggest and most influential labels of decades, with classic releases over the years from LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Method Man, Ghostface, DMX, Ludacris, the Roots, Young Jeezy, Frank Ocean, Logic and, via a deal with the Roc-A-Fella and Roc Nation labels of Jay-Z, Jay, Kanye West, Rihanna and d ‘others.
Speaking at the launch, Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO, Universal Music India & South Asia said, “The launch of Def Jam India Couldn’t come at a better time for the music in India. Our national hip-hop and rap artists are quickly becoming some of the region’s most exciting talent, taking their rightful place alongside mainstream national and regional pop, and what better home for these artists than Def Jam, the pioneering global home of the hip-hop. Def Jam India will be steeped in and inspired by local street and rap culture, Indian unique multilingual sounds and streams, which will allow us to showcase new artists across the country and region, and beyond.
Tunji Balogun, CEO of Def Jam Recordings, said: “We are delighted to welcome Def Jam India to the global Def Jam family, following our recent launches in the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. Hip-hop reflects the pulse of global youth culture and tells new stories and voices in real time. Def Jam India will offer audiences around the world the opportunity to discover and experience Indian hip-hop culture at its best and showcasing the next generation of cutting-edge artists emerging from the region.
+ Primary wave musicca entered into an agreement to market and administer the catalog of the legendary American composer Henry Mancini. As part of the deal, Primary Wave will now represent the late composer’s music publishing catalog as well as his name and likeness.
Considered one of the greatest composers in the history of cinema, Mancini won four Oscars (including two for the songs “Moon River” and “Days of Wine and Roses”), a Golden Globe and an incredible twenty Grammys. Awards his unprecedented five-decade career.
This deal includes music that encompasses some of Mancini’s most popular compositions, such as the Oscar-nominated songs “Charade” and “Dear Heart” and themes such as “The Music from Peter Gunn” – which in 1959 was the first album to win the Grammy for album of the year – and the indelible “Pink Panther Theme”.
+ The country music academy made new hires in several departments. Lori Kraft joined the team as Creative Director and Brand Design; Steve Mekler joined as director of brand marketing and partnerships; Jennifer Davis joined as event manager; Rebecca Fisher joined as Head of Strategic Partnerships; Jesse Knutson joined as head of publicity and media relations; and Kristan Pridgen joined as executive assistant to CEO Damon Whiteside.
“With the ACM Awards just weeks away, there couldn’t be a better time to continue growing our team with the additions of Lori, Steve, Jennifer, Becca, Jesse and Kristan,” Whiteside said. “Each new member of our team is already making an impact and brings a unique set of skills to the Academy. Their passion and enthusiasm will undoubtedly help Academy achieve new levels of success for our members and the country music community as a whole.
+ Universal Music Group named Richard Cusick product manager, global e-commerce. According to the announcement, in the newly created role, Cusick create a product team responsible for translating UMG’s business goals into innovative products and experiences across e-commerce, Web3.0, and direct artist and fan-driven initiatives. He will serve as an intermediary and key partner between UMG’s management team and the engineering organization. Cusick will be based in Santa Monica and will report to Richelle Parham, president of global e-commerce and business development.
Cusick’s experience in the music industry began at Gemstar-TV Guide (now Xperi), where he led business development and digital media. Cusick later managed Yahoo!’s entertainment and lifestyle properties, including Yahoo! The music. Cusick led the acquisition of six companies that became Gracenote, one of the entertainment industry’s leading data providers. Until recently, he was an advisor at Audible Magic, a content identification solution for social platforms such as SoundCloud, DailyMotion and Facebook.
Parham said, “To help our artists maximize their creative and commercial potential, UMG continues to expand our mission well beyond the typical boundaries of a traditional music company, particularly in the products, services and experiences we we are able to provide. With Richard joining us in the newly created role of Chief Product Officer, we will accelerate our efforts to bring fans even closer to their favorite artists and music through expanded products and “always on” experiences.
+ Sony Music Edition today announced the promotion of Alison Hook to the Senior Vice President, Sampling and Copyright Infringement, UK and International.
In her new role, Alison will oversee the company’s sampling and copyright infringement matters and further strengthen relationships with companies in the UK and overseas. Additionally, Hook will continue to modernize the sampling process to ensure efficient handling of royalties and credits. She is based in the company’s UK office and reports to co-chief executives David Ventura and Tim Major.
“Alison’s elevation within the company is essential in our relentless efforts to improve our service to songwriters. We have all seen the explosion in sampling activity over the past few years, which is become key to how music is created by new music makers,” Ventura and Major said. “This new role is tailor-made for Alison, who has never stopped protecting the interests of songwriters. over the past two decades. Her experience, professionalism and fairness make her a unique senior executive and we are fortunate to work with her.
+ Indian pop singer Armaan Malik has partnered with Warner Music India to launch a new label, Always Music Global. The label will release, market and position Hindi pop music across the globe.
As part of the partnership, Always Music Global will release Malik’s unfilmed Hindi music, while working with him on building IPs, backed by Warner Music’s extensive distribution network and infrastructure. India. The agreement is also an extension of WM IndiaIntends to expand its roster of outstanding artists by identifying talent that can enable them to strengthen their position and reach.
Malik said: “I am humbled and honored to embark on a new chapter in my career with this unique collaboration between my label Always Music Global and Warner Music. India. Highlight Indiahe global pop music has been a lifelong dream of mine, and I look forward to working towards it. ”
Alfonso Perez-Soto, President of Emerging Markets, Warner Recorded Music, added: “This is a historic signing for Warner Music. India. Armaan comes from a family of musicians and his musical training ranges from Hindustani classical music to Berklee College of Music. He is a truly creative artist, who has had incredible success as a singer and actor. His songs are already reaching fans around the world and we’re thrilled to help build an even bigger global audience for his incredible music.