Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Nigeria’s Tunji Balogun emerges Def Jam CEO

The label has successfully signed a lot of remarkable artists like Justin Bieber, Big Sean, Kanye West and Rihanna.

• August 10, 2021
Tunji Balogun
Tunji Balogun

Nigerian American record label executive Tunji Balogun is on his way to multinational record label Def Jam Records as CEO.

Mr Balogun started his career as an intern in Warner Brothers Records and successfully grew in his craft, including as executive vice president for RCA Records.

On Monday, Variety reported that Mr Balogun will be the new CEO of Def Jam Records, a 35-year-old American music record label mainly focused on the creation and dissemination of hip hop, pop, and urban music. He will replace Eminem’s prominent manager Paul Rosenberg.

The label has successfully signed a lot of remarkable artists like Justin Bieber, Big Sean, Kanye West and Rihanna.

The American-based Nigerian joined his previous label RCA in 2015, where he played a significant role in signing artists like H.E.R, Khalid, SZA, and many more.

However, after Mr Balogun emerged as the top executive at Keep Cool Label, a record label he co-founded with RCA, alongside other executives like Courtney Stewart, Jon Tanners, and Jared Sherman, his fans are now looking forward to his fresh exploits at Def Jam.

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

U.S. Consulate in Lagos


Lagos sees over 200% rise in visa approvals as U.S. intensifies consular services after COVID-19 pandemic

In Lagos, 42,329 American visas were approved in the year 2022 alone, a high figure compared to the 11,533 visas granted in 2021.

Peter Nwaoboshi


N805 Million Fraud: Delta senator Nwaoboshi finally lands in prison after hiding for months

On July 1, 2022, the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal sentenced Mr Nwaoboshi to prison after it convicted him on a two-count charge of money laundering.

Armed herdsmen

Port Harcourt

Ijaw leaders raise alarm over influx of armed herdsmen into Niger Delta

They called on “the Niger Delta states to properly enforce their anti-open grazing laws and protect lives and property.

Paradigm Initiative (PIN)


PIN launches new project to provide digital security for Nigerians 

PIN developed the Ayeta toolkit—named after the Yoruba word for “bulletproof”—to give human rights activists tips on digital security.

APC and PDP flags


PDP, APC oppose election postponement

The two major political parties in Nigeria have spoken against the touted postponement of the general elections billed for February 25 and March 11.

Trading floor


Indices up by 0.23% at equities market 

The market capitalisation which opened at N29.575 trillion inched higher by N69 billion or 0.23 per cent to close at N29.644 trillion.