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#GJNEWS: DefJam President "Joie Manda" leaves for interscope.


Despite music executive Irv Gotti
campaigning for a presidential spot and being
turned down last year, Def Jam president Joie
Manda has left his post to join Interscope
Records.
 Buzz behind the unexpected decision surfaced online Thursday (March 28). Some interesting shifts of power are taking place within the music industry today. Word came down that Def Jam President, Joie Manda, has stepped down officially resigning from his position at the famed record label. He was named President nearly a year ago to the hip hop home of many legends and pioneers,


but stepped down and introduced himself as
the new President of Urban Music at
Interscope Records. (Stupid Dope)
Manda also issued a statement on his new
label home after a short stint at Def Jam.
"Despite having to move back to Los Angeles
for personal reasons, I am truly grateful to
Barry, John and Jimmy Iovine (Chairman &
CEO, Interscope Geffen A&M) for this exciting
new opportunity. I've learned a lot from Barry
in the last year and am very appreciative of
everything he has done for me. ... I am now
looking forward to being part of the
Interscope family, a company uniquely
positioned for success despite this challenging
marketplace." (Statement)
According to reports, Joie's last day will be
tomorrow (March 29).
Speaking with Billboard.biz late this morning,
Manda said that his last day at Def Jam will be
Friday and his first day at Interscope will be
Monday, and said he's "excited to roll up my
sleeves and get to work. They've done a great
job with Kendrick Lamar and I'm really excited
to build on that success." (Billboard Biz)
Last March, Def Jam CEO/Chairman Barry
Weiss officially welcomed Manda to his
powerhouse.
"As we look to expand Def Jam and our
creative urban music activities even further,
there is no one better to lead them than Joie,"
said Mr. Weiss. "He has emerged as one of the
most respected young executives in today's
Urban music landscape, possessing all the
qualifications and experience that are
essential to run Def Jam, the world's most
important hip-hop destination. The entire Def
Jam family looks forward to working closely
with Joie as he puts his unique imprint on the
next chapter in the label's storied and
successful history." (Statement)
In January 2012, Irv Gotti discussed the
aftermath behind his Def Jam presidency
campaigning.


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