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 Jam’s previous CEO was Paul Rosenberg, Eminem’s longtime manager, who joined the label in Jan. 2018 and left two years later. Rosenberg maintains his role as president of Shady Records, Eminem’s joint venture with UMG’s Interscope Geffen A&M.

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