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Republic Records has promoted David "Davey Dee" Ingenloff from National Director of Rhythm Crossover Promotion to Vice President of Rhythm Crossover Promotion, effective immediately. This announcement comes directly from Executive Vice President Charlie Walk and Senior Vice President, Promotion Gary Spangler.
Davey Dee will spearhead and execute crossover initiatives at rhythm radio, introducing and breaking pop and urban singles at the format in the process. He’ll direct the department’s efforts in order to effectively maintain and bolster the roster’s presence at rhythm. Current priorities include Ariana Grande, Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Drake, and many more.
About this promotion, Walk states, “Davey continues to flourish as one of the iconic rhythm promotion executives. His relationships with artists, DJs, mixers, and the community gives him the edge over everyone else.”
Spangler agrees, "Davey's knowledge and influence at the Rhythm format is second-to-none. He has been an integral part of shaping our department to be the #1 market share leader it is today. He undoubtedly belongs at the helm."
Meanwhile, Davey Dee comments, “It’s an absolute honor to oversee this department. I’m looking forward to working closely with the incredible team we have in order to increase the profile of the entire roster at rhythm. I also want to sincerely thank Charlie Walk, Gary Spangler, and Monte and Avery Lipman for this opportunity.”
Davey Dee began his career at Motown Records in 1996. In 2000, he joined the team at London-Sire Records for two years before returning to Motown in 2004. 2011 saw him join Republic Records as National Director of Rhythm Crossover Promotion.
Karlie Hustle resigned from the Music Director post at Rhythmic WQHT (Hot 97)/New York on Friday (8/15). "I've made the decision to resign my position as Music Director at Hot 97", Hustle wrote via an Instagram post. "I will remain through the end of the month to assist in the transition of duties. SIDEBAR: No. I am not going to a New York radio competitor. Thanks to Ebro Darden, I've spent the past three years living my dream in New York City, working at what I believe to be the most important radio station in the world. I've been empowered to run the Hot 97 Who's Next Live platform and the Summer Jam Festival Stage. I've appeared on a TV show and had the chance to guest host on the morning show as a fill-in. I've been a part of launching the careers of future stars from behind the scenes. These are amazing experiences that I cannot express proper gratitude for here. These past few years have given me the confidence and the enhanced platform to start my own business. I will redirect my time and attention fully to my #HustleBowTie endeavor and the overall K. Hustle brand (buy a tie dammit: karliehustle.com). I will also be taking time to explore a host of new possibilities that I've been afforded as the result of the 13 years, six cities and six radio stations it's taken for me to arrive at this juncture. I'm excited to step out on my own two once again and see what I'm truly made of. I'll never forget the team at Hot 97 for being so warm and embracing this girl from the West so fully. Thank you all!"
Lil Wayne appeared on ESPN's SportsCenter Friday morning (8/15) to reveal the album cover and release date for Tha Carter V. Weezy said the album will drop on October 28 and the cover is adorned with a photo of Wayne as a toddler along with his mother (unbeknownst to her).
"I didn't tell her about the picture I was using for the album," the rapper said of his mother. "I know personally she doesn't really like that picture of herself." But Wayne, who regularly uses a baby picture of himself on his albums, said this release is special to him and including his mother was "more than an accomplishment, it was an achievement." Tha Carter V comes three years after the release of Tha Carter IV, and it could be Wayne's final solo album ever. "I've been rapping since I was eight years old. That's a long time," he recently told MTV. "I'd like to do so many more things, and when I like to do something, I end up loving to do it real quick. When I love to do something, I'm fully focused on it and it only. Music is sometimes not that 'it'."
One of the other things Wayne is focusing on is his new sports agency business. The rapper recently formed a partnership with PolarisSports and his first client is international soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. On the flip side, Weezy also recently told MTV that he will be dropping another project called Da Other Album two months after Tha Carter V hits stores.
Meanwhile, the Drake vs. Lil Wayne co-headlining tour kicked off last week and is set to wrap on September 27 in Woodlands, TX.
Taylor Gang Records, the label founded by hip hop superstar Wiz Khalifa, announced today that they have selected INgrooves for global distribution and marketing. The first release expected under the new deal is an EP by the Pittsburgh-based rapper Chevy Woods who’s currently making noise with his single “30 Deep,” which is getting airplay on radio across the country and on MTV. Other artists on the label include Academy Award winner and Three 6 Mafia member Juicy J, who is also an executive at the label, Ty Dolla $ign, Courtney Noelle, Chevy Woods, Tuki Carter and Berner.
“I’m really excited about this new partnership and can’t wait to start pushing projects out!” exclaimed Wiz Khalifa.
“We are longtime fans of Wiz, and he has unsurprisingly assembled an impressive artist roster and executive team at Taylor Gang,” says Amy Dietz, General Manager of INgrooves, “We look forward to partnering with them and bringing Taylor Gang’s artistic vision to listeners everywhere.”
Def Jam Records will continue to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a concert on October 16 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. The all-star extravaganza features Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, DMX, Foxy Brown, Ja Rule, Redman, Method Man, Warren G, old school hip-hop greats EPMD and many more.
Nicki Minaj has joined the lineup of the 2014 MTVVideo Music Awards, performing her new single "Anaconda" live. The VMAs take place on Sunday, August 24. "Anaconda" appears on her upcoming album The Pink Print, which is expect out in late 2014.