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MERRY DEFCEMBER, AND PASS THE JAM


On the heels of their "Def Jam the 13th" campaign last month, which saw multiple new releases on the label swarm the marketplace, Steve Bartels and team are launching their "Defcember" initiative with three new albums: Jeremih's Late Nights, Rick Ross' Black Market and Babyface's Return of the Tender Lover.

Also on the docket for Defcember: August Alsina's This Thing Called Life (12/11) and Pusha T's elaborately titled KING PUSH: Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude (12/18)

Two versions of Black Market currently sit in the iTunes Top 10, while Late Night is #17 and Lover is now at #27. Def Jam is of course now also seeing huge album and single sales for Justin Bieber and growth on newcomer Alessia Cara.

AJR ORBITS MERCURY
The Met brothers have a new label home. (5/18a)
TOP 20: KENDRICK
LEADS THE WAY
Another record-breaking debut week. (5/18a)
GREEN AS EVER
A think piece—cool! (5/18a)
LIVE FROM NEW YORK, IT'S HARRY ON APPLE
Won't be long now. (5/18a)
AN OPEN LETTER TO
KEVIN WEATHERLY
We can't wait to see what he's got up his sleeve. (5/18a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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