Institutional research

Robyn Rihanna Fenty born on February 20, 1988, in Barbados signed with Def Jam records which is  American record label, focused predominantly on hip hop and urban music, owned by Universal Music Group. Current artists include Iggy Azalea, Logic, Big Sean, Kanye West, Leona Lewis, 2 Chainz, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Mother Mother,  Jeremih, Ludacris,among others.

The first releases with Def Jam Recordings catalog numbers were LL Cool J’s “I Need a Beat” and the Beastie Boys’ “Rock Hard,” both in 1984. The singles sold well, eventually leading to a distribution deal with CBS Records (which would later become Sony Music Entertainment) through Columbia Records the following year. This created a short-lived subsidiary label called OBR Records.

In 2001, Lyor Cohen announced Def Jam Germany, the first international Def Jam company. This increased the label’s presence around the world.

Under Jay-Z’s leadership, Def Jam launched the successful careers of contemporary R&B singers Rihanna and Ne-Yo.

On March 14, 2012, it was announced that former Warner Bros. Records executive Joie Manda would become the first President of Def Jam since Jay-Z

Rihanna has “left” her longtime label, Def Jam, joining the label company Roc Nation. The singer’s next album, the follow-up to 2012’s “Unapologetic,” will still be distributed by Def Jam.

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