News: Columbia Records Urban Music Prez Let Go, Jim Jones & Clipse Projects In The Balance

Friday, Jan 16, 2009 11:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Major staff cuts at Sony Music Entertainment began yesterday including Urban Music President Kyambo "Hip-Hop" Joshua, the former A&R for Roc-A-Fella Records.

Hip-Hop wasn't the only record label executive who was let go by Sony earlier this week.

Sony's Columbia Records has laid off several of its staff members, including president of urban music Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua and urban marketing executive Al Branch. Several regional promotional staff members have also been let go. It is unclear who will follow Joshua to guide Columbia's urban department, or who will handle the projects of Jim Jones and The Clipse. Both artists were signed by Joshua. (Billboard)

With over 30 staffers fired at Sony's Global Digital Business and U.S. Sales deparment, reports have begun claiming Jermaine "JD" Dupri is headed to Sony.

Jermaine Dupri, who was recently booted from his position as president at Island Def Jam, is taking his label So So Def over to Sony. (New York Daily News)

Sony Music owns 20 popular record labels.

With headquarters in New York City, Sony Music sub-labels include Arista Records, J Records, Epic, Columbia, Jive, LaFace Records, RCA, Verity Records, Windham Hill and more. (Sony Music)

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