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Jermaine Dupri Out As Head Of Island Records Urban Division

AllHipHop.com has received an exclusive report that Atlanta-based

producer Jermaine Dupri’s tenure as President of Island Records Urban Music has

come to an end. A formal announcement of his departure from the position, which

he has held for nearly two years, may come as early as Thursday (Jan

8).

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source close to the situation

confirmed to AllHipHop.com that Dupri has in fact been terminated effective

immediately.

The

Island Records Urban Division was created within the Island Def Jam Music Group

a short time prior to Dupri’s hiring in February 2007. In the position, he oversaw

the label’s entire urban music operations, reporting directly to label Chairman

Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Steve Bartells, President of Island Music and COO of the

Island Def Jam Music Group.

 Having enjoyed

tremendous success with Island Records songbird Mariah Carey on The Emancipation of Mimi, Dupri’s duties

also included providing production for the Music Group’s entire

roster.

In

April 2008, Island/Def Jam announced the creation of TAG Records, a new venture

with Procter & Gamble’s TAG brand to be helmed by Dupri. The partnership

created a new marketing module that allowed for new talent, like So So Def/TAG

artist Q, to be cross-promoted in conjunction with TAG body sprays through

print, television, radio, and digital advertising.

No

word on how Dupri’s departure will affect TAG Records, nor the roster of artists

on So So Def, which has been distributed through Island Urban since

2007.

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