The-Dream had close business ties as a songwriter to his home label Def Jam, along with keeping an ear out for talent. Today, the mega-hitmaker was officially announced as the new Executive Vice President of A&R at the storied label.

“I am committed as I have been previously to bringing the power of belief in the artist back to the forefront,” The-Dream said in a statement. “Music means more than just a download, it’s life to the culture and also the people who listen. This is a new exciting yet critical time for music – ‘You Meet Change with Change!'”

Announced Monday by Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown, the multi-Grammy Award winning artist will oversee current and new artist projects, actively seek out, discover and sign new talent to the label, and will work closely as a producer for artists on the Def Jam roster and its affiliated labels.

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