Philadelphia native, Don Cannon, named VP of A&R at Def Jam.


Def Jam Recordings expands its A&R strength with the appointment of award-winning record producer and DJ Don Cannon to Vice President, A&R.  The announcement came in this morning on the heels of Sha Money XL’s departure to take a post at Epic Records.  Mr. Cannon will oversee current and new artist projects, and will actively seek out, discover and sign new talent to the label.  Mr. Cannon will be based in Atlanta, and will report directly to Ms. Kwak, Executive VP of A&R, while working closely with Steve Bartels, President & COO, Island Def Jam Music Group.

“Don Cannon is exactly the kind of multi-faceted producer and modern-day A&R executive who understands the Def Jam mission and culture and where we are headed for the future,” said Ms. Kwak.  “He has already worked with some of our most successful artists, and we look forward to the fresh talent he will bring to the label.”

“A music person can only dream about being at Def Jam, the most important  hip-hop destination in the world,” said Mr. Cannon.  “I feel I have a cutting edge vision for where the culture and hip-hop are heading and I’m excited to be joining the team.  I’m already working 24/7 to drive the innovation of music forward and I’m confident we’ll land some big successes in the very near future.”

We wish you a huge congrats Don!  Clark Atlanta University stand up!

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