The-Dream is heading from the studio to the boardroom. The singer-songwriter has been named Executive Vice President of A&R at Def Jam Records.
In his new role, the 35-year-old hitmaker will oversee the label’s current roster and seek out, discover, and sign new talent, and will work as a producer for artists on Def Jam and its affiliated labels. In addition, resources will be devoted to The-Dream’s Radio Killa Records imprint, which recently signed R&B crooner August Alsina.
“I am committed as I have been previously to bringing the power of belief in the artist back to the forefront,” said The-Dream. “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!'”
Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown, 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 currently working with Rihanna on her upcoming seventh album and is executive producing Pusha T’s solo debut for G.O.O.D. Music. He has also been in the studio putting the finishing touches on his fourth album Love IV MMXII.