Rick Rubin Offered Top Spot At Columbia

Super

producer Rick Rubin, founder of Def Jam Records, has been offered a job as co-chairman

of Columbia Records, according to an article published today (Feb. 5) in the New

York Times. Rubin,

44, is acclaimed for his work with major artists such as LL Cool J, Run DMC, Beastie

Boys and even Johnny Cash.His

own label, American Recordings, became a subsidiary label under Warner Bros in

July of 2005. Warner

Bros. was already scheduled to receive the rights to American’s catalog this

year, which includes recordings by Johnny Cash, Slayer, Danzig, the Jayhawks,

the Black Crowes and others.Rubin

is allegedly in negotiations with executives at Warner Bros. to be released from

his contract early. As

the new co-chairman of Columbia Records, Rubin would be expected to have a hand

in everything from signing artists to creating marketing campaigns and help to

attract new artists and to forge a more creative spirit for the label.Neither

Rubin, nor Warner Bros. offered comment.

Rubin founded Def Jam Recordings in 1982 while in high school in Long Beach, CA.

He later moved to New York to attend New York University, and while there, he

met Russell Simmons and eventually established Def Jam, which was originally distributed

by Columbia/CBS.American

Recordings was founded by Rubin in 1988 after a split with Def Jam due to differences

with then-president Lyor Cohen. Cohen is currently the CEO of Warner Music Group,

the parent company of Warner Bros. Records. Since

its inception, American Recording has made many musical discoveries, including

The Geto Boys, the Black Crowes and System of a Down.Rubin

is up for Grammy’s for his production on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Stadium

Arcadium, the Dixie Chicks’ Taking the Long Way and Justin Timberlake’sFutureSex/LoveSounds.He

is also nominated for Producer of the Year. In

recent years he has also overseen Billboard Top 10 entries by System of

a Down, Shakira, Neil Diamond and Audioslave while collaborating on a critically

acclaimed series of late-career releases by Johnny Cash.

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