Paul Rosenberg Replaces Steve Bartels as New CEO of Def Jam Recordings


Universal Music Group (UMG) has announced that highly accomplished music manager and record executive Paul Rosenberg will become CEO of Def Jam Recordings starting January 1, 2018.

He will replace Steve Bartels, current CEO of Def Jam, who recently decided to vacate the top position at the iconic hip-hop label. Bartels will remain in his role until the end of the year, directing the company until Rosenberg transitions into the position.

Rosenberg, a Detroit native, who is the founder and CEO of artists management company Goliath Artists Inc. (home to Eminem and Danny Brown), and President of Shady Records, will report directly to UMG Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge, and operate out of Def Jam’s New York office.

Decades following the label’s success spearheaded by visionaries Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons, Grainge is betting on Rosenberg to follow in their footsteps, stating: “Paul brings with him not only a remarkable record of success in hip hop, but an entrepreneurial drive and a deep passion for artist development that will build upon Rick and Russell’s enduring legacy.”

A staple in the world of hip-hop, Rosenberg said, “I can’t overstate what an honor it is for me to have the opportunity to carry this brand forward. The Def Jam name has meant so much to me for so long, and it’s a dream come true to be able to be a part of the next chapter in the label’s storied legacy.”

Despite his new job as CEO of Def Jam, Rosenberg will remain active in managing the career of Eminem, running the operations of Shady Records, as well as tending to his additional responsibilities as a music manager, label executive, and media producer.

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