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Def Jam Recordings’ EVP of A&R Steven Victor has strengthened his team with the promotion of Noah Preston to Senior Vice President, A&R and the appointment of Alexander “AE” Edwards as Vice President, A&R.
Noah PrestonPreston (left) joined the Def Jam A&R department in 2009 and has served as Vice President since 2014. He signed Grammy-nominated artist Logic in 2012 and has also played a key role in the success of Jhene Aiko. “Def Jam is an incredibly supportive environment that truly nurtures creative talent,” said Preston. “Def Jam has afforded me the opportunity to work with artists I’m passionate about, along with a team I’m truly fortunate to work with. I appreciate and thank [Chairman & CEO] Paul Rosenberg and Steven Victor for allowing me to continue my future here at this great label.”
Alexander EdwardsOakland native “AE” (right) is a frequent collaborator with Tyga and his Last Kings Records. AE and Victor recently signed 18-year-old YK Osiris, whose track “Valentines” generated 4 million YouTube views in less than a month. “Both Steven Victor and Paul Rosenberg built their careers developing artists, so it’s exciting for me to be part of a legendary label that understands artists and the culture,” said Edwards. “I was raised by the culture; I was influenced and impacted by it. We have the opportunity to sign and develop important, cultural artists based not only on ‘likes,’ but also on instinct; to look past the data and recognize something special. It’s a super exciting time to be here at Def Jam.”
Victor said, “Our industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace but music and artistry will always remain at its core. I’m excited about the direction, energy and creative conversations we are having here at the label and within the creative communities. The A&R team we are building continues Def Jam’s legacy of discovering and developing some of the greatest talent in the world, setting us up for a successful future.” And speaking of that future, Def Jam has signed an exclusive joint venture deal with New Jersey-bred Ronny J and his Listen Up Forever Records imprint.

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Apple and Spotify represent two of the most popular music streaming services, each responsible for hundreds of millions of downloads. Attempting to capitalize on a widening hip-hop market, Spotify has recently persuaded industry titan, Carl Chery, from Apple.

This move indicates a potentially large shift in Apple’s previous control over the hip-hop market. Chery, who has long headed Apple’s hip-hop programming, holds considerable influence not only in music streaming services, but also in the music industry in general. Chery was directly responsible for signing exclusives from Chance the Rapper and introducing such artists as Cardi B, Post Malone, and Khalid.

It is still unclear when Chery will be formally leaving Apple and how much business he will take with him when he does.

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97.9 The BeatKBFB-Dallas’ 97-9 THE BEAT lands sister station WCKX-Columbus POWER 107.5’s Lil D for middays. Lil D had been doing nights in Columbus.

Radio One/Dallas VP/Programming & Operations Mark McCray commented, “Lil D has the spirit, energy and talent that will allow us to grow our footprint as one of the biggest radio stations in the DFW. We are excited to welcome her to our team of talented personalities.”

A Shreveport native, Lil D added, “I’ve wanted to work in Dallas since I began radio 13 years ago, so to get this opportunity means the world to me. Thanks to Mark McCray, VP/Market Manager Tami Honesty and everyone at Radio One for believing in me.”

Look for LIL D to debut in BIG D early in MAY.

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Jay AndinoThe Orchard1Jay Andino has been named VP of The Orchard’s new Urban Division.  He will oversee urban strategy and operations.  His duties will also include oversight of relationships, acquisitions, and sales/marketing.

Andino commented, “I am extremely excited to be working with the great collection of experienced and developing talent at The Orchard to build this new Urban Music Division.  We are in a unique position to extend a global value proposition to our label partners and future signings.”

Most recently Andino was National Director of Urban & Rhythm Promotions for 300 Entertainment.  His resume also includes Interscope Records and SRC Records.

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FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has announced her resignation at what she called her final public meeting. Clyburn, who joined the Commission in 2009 and served as Acting Chairman in 2013, did not give a specific date for her departure but said she will be leaving before the May 10th Open Meeting, adding, “I’ve done all I know to do, and it’s time for me to serve in another way.”

Clyburn has repeatedly opposed efforts by the Republican-led FCC under Donald Trump and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to end net neutrality rules and loosen media ownership limits and other regulations. In December, she told Internet users that with the end of net neutrality, “The agency that is supposed to protect you is abandoning you.”

NAB Pres./CEO Gordan Smith offered the following statement: “Mignon Clyburn has served the Commission with distinction, dedication and humility over the past eight years. She has been a passionate voice on behalf of consumers and a champion of diversity in the media marketplace during her tenure. NAB and AMERICA’s broadcasters wish Commissioner Clyburn well on her future path.”

Chairman Ajit Pai, frequently at odds with Clyburn during their tenure on the Commission together, said in a statement, “I congratulate Commissioner Clyburn on her distinguished tenure at the FCC. She has been a tremendous leader and a committed public servant throughout her time here. As the first woman to head the agency, she led skillfully through a transition and put her stamp on the Commission, including through her steadfast leadership in telehealth, media diversity, and digital inclusion. I have enjoyed working with her and, even when we have not seen eye-to-eye on policy, I have always held her candor and thoughtfulness in the highest regard. She’s been a wonderful colleague and friend. I wish her nothing but the best and sincerely thank her for her service.”

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