U.K. Rapper Stormzy Signs With 0207 Def Jam and Universal
British rapper Stormzy , one of the most successful British musical artists to emerge in the past decade, is the first signing to Universal Music Group’s newly launched 0207 Def Jam record label. St…
’s newly launched 0207 Def Jam record label. Stormzy has spent much of his professional career with Warner Music’s label Atlantic, which distributed his Merky label.Stormzy is pictured above in October with (L-R): Tobe Onwuka (Stormzy’s manager), Alec Boateng (co-president, 0207 Def Jam), Sir Lucian Grainge (Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group), Alex Boateng (co-president, 0207 Def Jam) and David Joseph (Chairman & CEO, Universal Music UK).
He is a three-time Brit Award winner, including Best Male Artist in 2018 and 2020 and Best Album in 2018. He has had three U.K. No. 1 singles and has won multiple BET Awards and a MTV EMA. He has headlined Glastonbury festival, the biggest festival in the U.K. His debut album, “Gang Signs And Prayers,” was the first grime album to top the British charts.
The news was announced via a spare photograph and Instagram post on Monday morning. 0207 Def Jam’s recently appointed co-head Alec Boateng worked extensively with Stormzy over his years as co-head of A&R at Atlantic U.K., where he also worked with Burna Boy, Rita Ora, Kojo Funds, and others, as did the new label’s marketing director Jacqueline Eyewe. headtopics.comRead more: Variety »
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