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Def Jam Makes The-Dream Their Vice President of A&R

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Def Jam Recordings has appointed Teris Nash bka The-Dream as their Executive Vice President of A&R, according to a press release. As VP, he'll produce tracks for Def Jam acts and sign new artists to the label. The producer, songwriter and vocalist, profiled in FADER #68, is currently working with Rihanna on her 7th Def Jam release, due in November, with Pusha T on his solo full-length under Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint and with August Alsina, a new signee to his own Radio Killa imprint. In a statement, The-Dream wrote:

I am committed as I have been previously to bringing the power of belief in the artist back to the forefront. I share a unique view of an artist and as well as the business of music. I, with the help of many others, have ran a successful business for the last five years in the midst of the "Digital Change.” My concentration and effort will be to the artist to succeed in their dreams and goals. I've been a part of watching and participating in the success of many great women and men including Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion to name a few. Music means more than just a download, it’s life to the culture and also the people who listen. This is a new exciting yet critical time for music – ‘You Meet Change with Change!’

The-Dream self-released a free LP, 1977, last year. His long-awaited fourth LP for Def Jam, once promised for August, has no set release date.

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Def Jam Makes The-Dream Their Vice President of A&R