Natina Nimene promoted to Executive Vice President, Promotion & Artist Relations, at Def Jam Recordings

Natina Nimene has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Promotion & Artist Relations, at Def Jam Recordings.

In her ongoing role, Nimene will continue to lead the strategy, execution and management of Def Jam’s promotional campaigns, its roster of artists, and its staff.

She will continue to serve as a special liaison for core Def Jam artists including Ye, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, 2 Chainz, Jeezy, YG, as well as developing artists like Muni Long, Coco Jones, Fredo Bang and Danileigh.

Nimene is one of Billboard’s’ Hip-Hop Power Players’, ‘Women In Music’ and an ’40 Under 40 ‘honoree.

She has also been named to Billboard’s ‘Agents on Change’ and Variety’s ‘New York Women’s Impact’ lists.

Natina currently sits on the advisory board of the National Museum of African American Music, and is a member of the UMG Task Force for Meaningful Change, which was launched in 2020.

Nimene previously served as Senior Vice President, Urban Promotion, at Def Jam since 2019.

The following year, she added artist relations to her portfolio, managing talent opportunities across a spectrum of media, including radio, podcasts, community and philanthropic endeavors, as well as networks such as BET, MTV, Revolt and Fuse.

“Natina is a gifted, one-of-a-kind executive.”

Tunji Balogun, Def Jam Recordings

Tunji Balogun, Chairman & CEO, Def Jam Recordings, said: “Natina is a gifted, one-of-a-kind executive who has a rare, innate talent for connecting with artists in a meaningful way and executing their plans with care, passion and razor-sharp focus and expertise.

“Her huge impact on our label, staff and records is felt every day. More than that, she acts as an all-important emissary and beacon to our industry and culture at large.

“I’m beyond excited to congratulate Natina on this well-deserved promotion and look forward to the many wins we will achieve together.”

“I’ve been honored to work on this legendary label for over ten years, but never have I felt such optimism and belief if its leadership than at this moment.”

Natina Nimene

Natina Nimene, added: “I’ve been honored to work on this legendary label for over ten years, but never have I felt such optimism and belief if its leadership than at this moment.

Tunji’s talent and creative instincts – as well as his well-earned reputation for artist development – are unparalleled, and he has established himself as a passionate, thoughtful and inspiring leader. I’m excited to lend my energy, experience and drive to this incredible journey. ”


Ghanaian Afropop, dancehall and reggae artist Stonebwoy recently signed a global deal with Universal Music Group’s label divisions Def Jam Recordings, 0207 Def Jam and Def Jam Africa.

In February, Universal Music Group expanded the Def Jam brand into India and South Asia, with the launch of Def Jam India.

The launch of Def Jam India followed the creation of Def Jam South East Asia in September 2019.Music Business Worldwide

Natina Nimene has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Promotion & Artist Relations, at Def Jam Recordings. In her ongoing role, Nimene will continue to lead the strategy, execution and management of Def Jam’s promotional campaigns, its roster of artists, and its staff. She will continue to serve as a special liaison for core Def…

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