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Jermaine Dupri

Jermaine Dupri Appointed President Of Island Records

Posted By on February 7, 2007

Universal Music Group named Jermaine Dupri the new president of urban music for Island Records today (February 7).

According to Billboard.com, the hip-hop mogul, who has produced hits for artists such as Mariah Carey, Usher, Bow Wow and Da Brat, is set to take over the position at Island, after vacating his post at Virgin Records. As previously reported by SOHH, Dupri recently stepped down from his position as president of urban music at Virgin, apparently after the lackluster sales of Janet Jackson's latest release 20 Y.O., which Dupri co-executive produced.

During his stint at Virgin, Dupri was responsible for signing Atlanta group Dem Franchize Boys and also was involved with Big Boi's Purple Ribbon label.

Dupri will be reunited with Antonio "L.A" Reid, who is chairman of the Island Def Jam Music Group, as well as friend Jay-Z, president of Def Jam.