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Paul Rosenberg Forming Venture with Universal Music Group

Paul Rosenberg to Form Label Venture with Universal Music Group, Become Consultant to Def Jam Recordings

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Accomplished Creative Executive Naim McNair Joins Def Jam Recordings

 Def Jam Recordings announced today changes to its senior management structure. Def Jam Recordings Chairman & CEO Paul Rosenberg has decided to step down from his position to launch Goliath Records, a new joint venture with Universal Music Group (UMG). He will continue to serve as a consultant to Def Jam on its legacy artists, while also remaining the principal of Goliath Artists, Inc., the management firm that handles Eminem among others.

Rosenberg will also maintain his role as President of Shady Records, Eminem’s joint venture with UMG’s Interscope Geffen A&M.

Rosenberg said, “Lucian offered me a dream opportunity to serve at the helm of Def Jam. The experience I had running one of the greatest, most storied record companies of the modern era was incredible. I will remain forever grateful. I’ve learned a great deal, but one of the most important things I learned is that my ability to multi-task is not without limits.

My new relationship with UMG gives me the ability to continue to sign and develop talent in a more focused and streamlined way, while still dedicating the time necessary to fulfill my management duties and foster the many entrepreneurial endeavors connected with Eminem.”

The company also announced Naim McNair, Senior Vice President of A&R at UMG, will expand his responsibilities with the added title of Senior Vice President, A&R at Def Jam Recordings, bringing significant experience and creative leadership to the label.

Throughout his 20-year career, McNair has worked some of the industry’s leading producers, artists and entrepreneurs including Top Dawg, Future, Tommy Brown, Ariana Grande and Sage the Gemini, among many others. Prior to his UMG role, McNair served as Senior Vice President, A&R at Interscope, Geffen A&M and before that as Senior Vice President of A&R at Republic Records.

He previously served as an A&R executive at MCA Records and Warner Bros. Records, as well as a consultant for Epic Records and Top Dawg Entertainment. McNair is a graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore.

UMG is in the process of identifying a new CEO of Def Jam Records in the U.S.  In the interim, Jeffrey Harleston, UMG’s General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, will oversee Def Jam in addition to his current responsibilities.

Kanye West

Tino Cochino hangs with Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Chris Rock, Jonah Hill and...

EDITOR'S NOTE: I like this. "Postcard from the Road" and want to say thanks to Lisa Dollinger and Tino Cochino for sending us this press info about Kanye's event. 
I want to share the following "Postcard from the Road" from Tino Cochino, Host of YEA Networks' nationally syndicated show Tino Cochino Radio, the fastest-growing personality-driven radio show in the country. 
Tino Cochino Radio was launched to stations nationwide in mid-March by YEA Networks, which quickly signed on 25 affiliates for the next generation audio brand – including more than 50% of the 25 largest Hispanic markets in the U.S. Hosted by Tino Cochino and newly-named co-host Jackie Hollywood, Tino Cochino Radio provides Rhythmic and CHR stations with an innovative combination of topical and relatable on-air content, engaging, original video and social content, and a popular podcast.
Tino wrote the following after attending Kanye West's Album Listening Party in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, last night, where Kanye debuted his eighth studio album, Ye:
"I’m on my way from L.A. to Kanye West’s Album Listening Party in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. After about a 3-hour flight, we land in Jackson Hole…right next to a flock of private planes. We enter Grand Teton National Park, the views are amazing! Then I thought…there's going to be NO service here! THANK YOU for keeping us connected Ye! Everybody is out here. Lil Yachty was on our flight. Also in attendance: Def Jam Chief, Paul Rosenberg, Scooter Braun, Kim Kardashian West, Pusha T, Chris Rock, Jonah Hill, Fabolous, Kid Cudi, etc. The album is amazing. Everything. Lyrics, message, production. Thank you, Mr. West and the fam at Def Jam Records for the invitation and hospitality. I can't wait to share this experience on-air. Also, I gotta let you know there are a few more gems on my IG stories @TinoCochinoRadio, plus you get a little sneak at some of the tracks from “YE”."
Attached are photos of Tino Cochino taken at Kanye West's Album Listening Party in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Photos feature Tino with Jonah Hill, Chris Rock, Kim Kardashian West, and Kanye West.
Thanks for your interest in Tino Cochino's "Postcard from the Road"!