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Jul 14, 2014, 10:00 ET

VH1 LOVE & HIP HOP: MUSIC FROM THE SERIES Set For August 19th Release On Def Jam Recordings!

 Def Jam artists Iggy Azalea, Common and August Alsina headline the all-star musical roster inspired by the hit franchise Love & Hip Hop....

Jun 04, 2014, 08:52 ET

Common Signs To No I.D.'s Artium/Def Jam Recordings

 Two-time Grammy Award®-winning Chicago rapper, actor Common has fulfilled a life-long goal with the announcement of his signing to No...

Apr 23, 2014, 09:00 ET
AUGUST ALSINA'S TESTIMONY (NNTME/DEF JAM) REIGNS AS THE TOP ARTIST DEBUT ON THE BILLBOARD 200; ENTERS SOUNDSCAN R&B CHART AT #1 AND #2 OVERALL ON FIRST WEEK SALES OF 67,000 COPIES! (PRNewsFoto/Def Jam Recordings)

August Alsina's Testimony (NNTME/Def Jam) Reigns As The Top Artist Debut On The Billboard 200; Enters Soundscan R&B Chart At #1 And #2 Overall On First Week Sales Of 67,000 Copies!

With first week sales of 67,000 copies, young New Orleans singer August Alsina enters at #1 on the Soundscan R&B chart and #2 on the overall...

Feb 11, 2014, 09:00 ET
MARIAH LAUNCHES NEW SINGLE "YOU'RE MINE (ETERNAL)" ON FEBRUARY 12TH.  (PRNewsFoto/Island Def Jam Music Group)

The Wait Is Over -- Global Superstar Mariah Carey Announces May 6th Album Date for The Most Anticipated Release of the Year!

 Multi-platinum global superstar Mariah Carey explodes into the new year with "You're Mine (Eternal)," her brand new single which she wrote...

Jan 29, 2014, 09:00 ET
DEF JAM RECORDINGS CELEBRATES HISTORIC 30th ANNIVERSARY!  (PRNewsFoto/Def Jam Recordings)

Def Jam Recordings Celebrates Historic 30th Anniversary

 Universal Music Group will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Def Jam Recordings, the label credited with spreading rap music from...

Jan 15, 2014, 16:04 ET

Hip-Hop Crooner August Alsina Sets April 15th Release For TESTIMONY, Debut Album On NNTME/ Def Jam Recordings

  New Orleans newcomer August Alsina offers an inspirational tale of surviving one of America's most treacherous cities with TESTIMONY, his...

Oct 21, 2013, 10:00 ET
JHENE AIKO JOINING DRAKE FOR CURRENT NORTH AMERICAN TOUR!!!  (PRNewsFoto/Def Jam)

Jhene Aiko Joining Drake For Current North American Tour!!!

Jhene Aiko, the only female artist on this year's 10th Anniversary Rock The Bells Hip-Hop Festival tour, is joining Drake...

Sep 06, 2013, 09:54 ET
KANYE WEST ANNOUNCES 7-WEEK, 23-CITY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR, OPENING OCT. 19th IN SEATTLE, PRESENTED BY AEG LIVE.TICKETS FOR THE YEEZUS TOUR GO ON SALE STARTING FRIDAY, SEP. 13th.  (PRNewsFoto/Def Jam)

Kanye West Announces 7-Week, 23-City North American Tour, Opening Oct. 19th in Seattle, Presented by AEG Live

 21-time Grammy Award®-winner (and 52-time Grammy® nominee) Kanye West will return to the road this fall for THE YEEZUS TOUR - a...

Jul 23, 2013, 13:22 ET

The Wanted To Release New Single "We Own the Night," Prelude To New Album, WORD OF MOUTH, Arriving September 17th On Island Records!

Red-hot British pop-vocal sensation The Wanted follow up last weekend's season finale of their E! network summer TV series The Wanted Life, with...

Jun 20, 2013, 11:06 ET
Avicii To Release First Album #TRUE On PRMD/Island Records September 17. (PRNewsFoto/The Island Def Jam Music Group, Mark Seliger, courtesy of Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply)

Avicii To Release First Album #TRUE On PRMD/Island Records September 17

 Two-time Grammy nominated superstar producer/djay Avicii, aka Tim Bergling, will release #TRUE, an...

May 06, 2013, 07:00 ET
MARIAH CAREY LAUNCHES NEW SINGLE "#BEAUTIFUL" FEATURING MIGUEL!  (PRNewsFoto/Island Def Jam)

Mariah Carey Launches New Single "#Beautiful" Featuring Miguel!!!

 Multi-platinum global superstar Mariah Carey caps her season on FOX's American Idol with today's world­wide launch of her new single,...

Apr 23, 2013, 08:00 ET
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Jan 09, 2013, 13:34 ET
Justin Bieber To Release New Acoustic Album, BELIEVE ACOUSTIC, On January 29th.  (PRNewsFoto/The Island Def Jam Music Group)

Justin Bieber To Release New Acoustic Album, BELIEVE ACOUSTIC, On January 29th!!

 RBMG/Island Def Jam Music Group global superstar Justin Bieber is celebrating 2013 in style by announcing the release of his new acoustic...

Nov 12, 2012, 13:23 ET

"7 Countries, 7 Days, 7 Shows"!!!

 The subject of global speculation shrouded in secrecy for one solid month is finally revealed as worldwide superstar Rihanna announces the...

Oct 31, 2012, 12:56 ET

Rihanna Readies November Takeover!

Worldwide superstar Rihanna, currently dominating global charts with "Diamonds," the fastest-rising single of her career to date, and the first...

Oct 25, 2012, 19:15 ET
FROM FINALLY FAMOUS TO THE HALL OF FAME: BIG SEAN PREMIERES NEW SINGLE "GUAP" & ANNOUNCES DEC. 18TH RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM HALL OF FAME.  (PRNewsFoto/The Island Def Jam Music Group)

From Finally Famous to the HALL OF FAME: Big Sean Premieres New Single "Guap" & Announces Dec. 18th Release Date for New Album HALL OF FAME

 Detroit rapper Big Sean, named Best New Artist at the 2012 BET Awards and GQ's "hottest rookie," is set to premiere his brand new...

Oct 11, 2012, 12:57 ET
RIHANNA ANNOUNCES 7TH STUDIO ALBUM UNAPOLOGETIC SET FOR WORLDWIDE RELEASE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH.  (PRNewsFoto/Island Def Jam)

Rihanna Announces 7th Studio Album UNAPOLOGETIC Set For Worldwide Release Monday, November 19th

Worldwide superstar Rihanna - the "#1 Person On Facebook" with over 61.7 million Likes - has once again ignited record charts around the world...

Oct 09, 2012, 08:00 ET
DEF JAM RECORDINGS APPOINTS THE-DREAM EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF A&R.  (PRNewsFoto/Def Jam Recordings)

Def Jam Recordings Appoints The-Dream Executive Vice President of A&R

Def Jam Recordings, a division of Universal Music Group (UMG), expands its A&R senior management team with the appointment of multi Grammy...

Sep 24, 2012, 08:00 ET
Rihanna Reignites With New Single "Diamonds"; Worldwide Premiere September 26th.  (PRNewsFoto/Island Def Jam)

Rihanna Reignites with New Single "Diamonds"; Worldwide Premiere September 26th: Global Radio Launch at 8am EST & Global iTunes Launch at 9am EST

 Fresh off her buzzworthy headlining performance at Friday's massive iHeartRadio Festival, and her spectacular opening performance at the 2012...