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Dupri to leave Island Def Jam

By | Published on Thursday 8 January 2009 reports that producer Jermaine Dupri will depart from his role as President of Universal Music US’s Island Records Urban division, maybe as soon as today. He has been with the major for nearly two years, moving there after a stint heading up urban music for EMI’s Virgin US.

It’s not clear what Dupri’s departure will mean for the TAG Records venture, a joint venture between Island Def Jam and the TAG body spray brand, launched last year and designed as a platform through which to foster marketing partnerships between Island’s urban artists and TAG products. Dupri headed up that venture.

It also remains to be seen if Dupri has another major label post to go to, and whether he’ll take his own label So So Def with him.