Nigerian-American RCA records executive vice president of A&R, Tunji Balogun is headed to Def Jam records as it’s new chairman and CEO.
Balogun who joined RCA in 2015 following seven-and-a-half years at Interscope as an A&R exec was responsible for signing artists such as singer Khalid, Brockhampton, Normani (via Syco) and Bryson Tiller.
Balogun also co-founded the label Keep Cool in 2018, a joint venture with RCA, alongside Courtney Stewart, Jon Tanners and Jared Sherman. He was elevated to EVP that same year.
About Def Jam:
Def Jam recordings was founded by Russell Simmons and was the home of super stars such Jay-Z, DMX, LL Cool J, Rihanna just to name a few.
Def Jamâ€™s previous CEO was Paul Rosenberg, Eminemâ€™s longtime manager, who joined the label in Jan. 2018 and left two years later. Rosenberg maintains his role as president of Shady Records, Eminemâ€™s joint venture with UMGâ€™s Interscope Geffen A&M.