New Deal: Gee Roberson Named Chairman of Geffen Records

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According to Billboard.com, Gee Roberson (co-CEO of HIP HOP SINCE 1978) has been named the chairman of Geffen Records. The deal was in the works for weeks. Roberson also handles management for Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj. Roberson will report to Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine. Below is how Billboard is reporting the story:

Based in New York, Roberson will oversee the creative direction and operations of Geffen Records, with a special focus on discovering and nurturing new artists. He will also be charged with expanding the reach of the label into numerous areas, including digital direct-to-consumer, merchandising, touring and management, according to a press release.

“Gee has a unique combination of talents that the music industry really needs running a record company today,” Iovine said in a statement.

Roberson began his music industry career under the tutelage of Jay-Z at Roc-A-Fella Records, where he rose to senior VP of A&R. He later moved to Atlantic Records as senior VP of A&R, heading up the label’s urban music division.

It was unclear at press time whether Roberson will continue in his role at Hip Hop since 1978.

Additional Reporting: Billboard.com

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