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NO I.D. HEADS FOR
THE TOWER

Dion "No I.D." Wilson is joining Steve Barnett's Capitol Music Group as EVP, reporting to CMG prexy Ashley Newton, who announced the move. Wilson, most recently EVP and Head of A&R at Def Jam, will have A&R and production duties at the Tower, and will huddle with the senior team on the creative direction of all CMG labels. He'll also run his relaunched ARTium Recordings, which will also be moving into artist management and publishing.

As a producer, Wilson has worked with Jay Z, Kanye West, CommonNasBig Sean and, most recently, chart-topper Logic. His signings to ARTium/Def Jam included Common, Jhene Aiko and Vince Staples.

Newton hailed Wilson's "vast experience and esteemed stature as both a creative executive and highly influential producer," noting these skills "are crucial to our continuing commitment to Urban music and artists."

"With Dion in such an important role within the company," pronounced Barnett, "CMG has taken another important step in our revitalization and in realizing our vision for a company in which creative executives are empowered to help aritsts achieve their dreams." He also hailed Wilson's "stellar" track record as producer and exec.

Barnett added that Wilson's having no I.D. wouldn't be a problem, since the Tower's front desk long ago switched to retinal scans.

"I look forward to working with the entire Capitol team to build on the cultural impact of our music and further expand into global markets," Wilson declared. "There is a legacy of great artists and important records at Capitol, and I look forward to helping create more history and building upon the company's great brand."

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