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"I look forward to coming to work everyday to make a difference for all of the artists on IDJ."
—-Erik Olesen, IDJ Sr. VP Top 40 Promo
ERIK IS READ AS IDJ SVP TOP 40 PROMO
Veteran Promo Exec Is Upped from VP
You heard it here first.

"Wreckless" Erik Olesen is upped to Senior Vice President, Top 40 Promotion for Island Def Jam Music Group by Exec. VP Promotion Greg "Roland the Headless" Thompson "Gunner."  

Olesen will oversee the direction of the Top 40 promotion staff and the execution of the department’s programs at all levels, including the development and implementation of promotional strategies at radio and at the street level on behalf of new and established IDJ artists without spending more than $150 to take a station PD to dinner.  The N.Y.-based exec will report to Thompson via IM. 

Said Greg: “Erik has proved himself to be an experienced and versatile promotion man whose resources and contacts have enabled him to lead his staff with great effectiveness. IDJ is fortunate to have such a dedicated and driven executive on the senior management team. And he belongs to the same country club as Eliot Spitzer.”

Added Olesen: “I look forward to coming to work everyday to make a difference for all of the artists on IDJ. I want to thank L.A. Reid, Shawn Carter, Steve Bartels and Greg Thompson for all of their leadership and guidance, and for having the vocation and desire to bring the best music in the business to the marketplace while creating great artists of integrity and vision.  This is an incredible opportunity for me and my family to take my career to the next level. Now, what the hell is Nas doing in my parking spot?” 

Olesen had been VP Promotion for IDJ since 2004 following a four year stint as VP Pop Promotion.  He came to IDJ from Elektra Records where he was Sr. Director of Pop Promotion.  He began his career in music at Elektra in 1998, as an assistant to regional positions in Miami, N.Y. and Atlanta.  He attended Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT, where he graduated in 1988 with a BA in Communications and Economics, neither of which has anything to do with record promotion. 

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