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Universal Music UK launches new label 0207 Def Jam

By | Published on Thursday 26 November 2020

Alex and Alec Boateng

Universal Music UK has launched new label, 0207 Def Jam. It will serve as a frontline label in its own right, as well as acting as the UK home of Universal’s global Def Jam Recordings operations, and will be headed up by Alec and Alex Boateng.

Alex Boateng has already been at Universal for a decade, most recently as President of Island Records’ urban division. His twin brother Alec, meanwhile, moves over from Warner Music, where he was previously co-head of A&R at Atlantic.

Universal Music UK CEO David Joseph says: “Bringing the Boateng brothers together at 0207 Def Jam is an important moment in British culture. Alec and Alex have always done things their own way with success always quick to follow. They have already assembled an exceptionally talented top team with a clear vision for this exciting new chapter in the history of one of the world’s most famous labels”.

Alec Boateng adds: “Music, art and artists really, really matter. I’m super excited to play a leadership role in this brilliant new space we’re creating for amazing music and talent to live and evolve. A space which will support both our teams and our artists to be the best version of themselves”.

Alex Boateng says: “Especially in these times, this is a real privilege. I’m proud our collective journey now includes partnering a legendary label with a style that only London and the UK can provide. Looking forward to watching and guiding where the music and art takes the journey next”.

The Boatengs will both be joined by Amy Tettey, who is Managing Director of the new label. She is another longtime Universal employee and most recently worked with Alex as Finance Director at Island. Jacqueline Eyewe has been named Marketing Director and Char Grant becomes A&R Director.

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