Paul Rosenberg, Eminem’s longtime manager and business partner and president of Shady Records, has been appointed the new CEO of Def Jam Recordings. Billboard has confirmed the appointment, which will take effect at the beginning of 2018. The news was first reported by HITS.
Rosenberg will succeed Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels, who will stay in place until the transition. As the founder and CEO of the New York-based management firm Goliath Artists Inc., Rosenberg oversees the careers of hip-hop superstar Eminem, Danny Brown, Action Bronson and others. In addition to launching Shady Records with Eminem and serving as producer of Eminem’s SiriusXM satellite radio station Shade45, Rosenberg has also garnered credits as an executive producer of such films as 8 Mile and Southpaw and for television shows including Showtime’s rap-battle reality series The Next Episode, MTV’s Gone Too Far and Viceland’s Fuck, That’s Delicious series.
The label distributes releases of various record labels, including Kanye West’s GOOD Music, Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace, and ARTium Recordings. Current artists include Iggy Azalea, Logic, Big Sean, Kanye West, Leona Lewis, 2 Chainz, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Mother Mother, Afrojack, Jeezy, Jeremih, Ludacris, Alesso, Pusha T, Desiigner and Jhené Aiko among others.