Laid Off: 20 Workers At Def Jam Were Let Go, Plus The Label Hires Bruno Mars’ Manager As A&R Consultant

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According to popular Hip-Hop site,over 20 workers, along with industry executives Jonathan McHugh and Chris Hicks over at Island Def Jam/Motown were laid off. According to reports Bruno Mars’ manager Brandon Greed will act as an A&R consultant for Def Jam and Universal Republic. McHugh and Hicks will continue to do consulting work for the label and other companies.

Creed is responsible for managing the career of Bruno Mars and songwriting collective The Smeezingtons, who have crafted hits for groups like Sugababes, B.o.B, Brandy Norwood, Flo Rida, Chad Hugo, Lil Eddie, Brave New World, Bad Meets Evil and Cee Lo Green.

“As we continue to expand our creative investments, Brandon is a perfect fit,” stated Def Jam CEO Barry Weiss. “Besides being a great artists’ manager, he is also a talented A&R and creative executive. We plan to get him very involved across our labels at Island Def Jam Motown and Universal Republic.”

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