Don Cannon Appointed Vice President, A&R, Def Jam Recordings

Don Cannon Named Vice President Of A&R At Def Jam

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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, it was announced today by Karen Kwak, Executive Vice President/Head of A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group.

Don Cannon will oversee current and new artist projects, and will actively seek out, discover and sign new talent to the label. Cannon will be based in Atlanta, and will report directly to Kwak, while working closely with Steve Bartels, President & COO, Island Def Jam Music Group.

Kwak stated,


“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. 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.”

As one of the world’s most well-known and highly respected celebrity DJs and producers, the Grammy®-nominated “DJ Don” Cannon has worked alongside a who’s who of hip-hop’s most innovative artists, from Def Jam artists Pusha T, Jeezy, Nas, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Ludacris and Big Sean to JAY-Z, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, OutKast, T.I, the Game, 50 Cent and more.

Speaking of his new position, Don Cannon added,

“A music person can only dream about being at Def Jam, the most important hip-hop destination in the world. 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.”

Congratulations Cannon…

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