Hip-hop executive Joie Manda is mixing things up. Manda's stepping down as President of Def Jam Records.
In a statement to Billboard.com, Manda says he's leaving his post in order to move back to Los Angeles, citing "personal reasons." He won't be leaving Def Jam's parent company, the Universal Music Group, altogether, however. Joie will head over to Interscope Records to take on the title of President of Urban Music.
He says he's "looking forward" to joining the Interscope family. Manda adds that despite the competitive music marketplace, Interscope is "uniquely positioned for success."
Joie was appointed President of Def Jam just last year. He was the first person to fill the role since Jay-Z vacated the position back in 2007.
Before he signed on with Def Jam, Joie was the President of Urban Music at Warner Bros. Records and played an integral part in signing artists such as Common, Waka Flocka Flame and Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group.
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