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Sha Money XL Leaves Def Jam For Epic; Shawn “Pecas” Costner Named EVP Of Def Jam

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Gosh! The Def Jam umbrella continues to make some major changes! Back in March, Joie “IE” Manda left his spot as the President of Def Jam to take on a new position as President of Urban Music at Interscope Records. Yesterday, Monday (May 13), Sha Money XL, former SVP of A&R for Island Def Jam (he spearheaded 2 Chainz and Big K.R.I.T. projects) left his position after three years. He’s heading to Epic Records, where he has been named EVP of Urban A&R. There, he will oversee artist development and certain aspects of their recording processes, as well as being tasked with further development of Epic’s urban roster.

According to Billboard, In a statement, Epic chairman and CEO Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid stressed his confidence in Sha Money, saying that “Sha Money has time and again proven to be a cultural leader and has my complete support in ushering in the next generation of hip-hop stars,” write LA Reid in a statement.

As I embark on this new Epic journey,” remarked Sha Money, “I have a great vision for what the new record industry should be like, the music, the experience and lifestyle.”

Sha Money has also served as president of 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records.


After three years of being SVP of Island Def Jam, earlier today Tuesday (May 14), it was announced that the label promoted Shawn “Pecas” Costner to EVP of Def Jam Recording. It was announced by Island Def Jam Music Group president and COO, Steve Bartels, in a statement. Costner duties will include being responsible for coordinating release schedules with artists, supporting new signings, as well as helping to “lock in and coordinate all frontline activities,” according to the release.

According to Billboard Biz, “Costner joined Island Def Jam eight years ago as VP of Lifestyle Promotion before being promoted to SVP in 2010. Prior to his time at Island Def Jam Coster had worked, in various capacities, for the promotions departments at V2 Records (director of Rap Promotions), Elektra and Arista (director of Urban Promotions for the Northeast Region).”

I am thrilled to announce this well-deserved promotion,” wrote Bartels.  “I have worked with Pecas for many years and have watched him grow significantly over that time.”

Def Jam is the greatest hip-hop label in the world and it is an honor and a privilege to work with such incredible artists every day,” wrote Mr. Costner. “I am appreciative of Steve Bartels for his leadership and his continued faith in me as we move the Def Jam brand into the future. With our talented staff, an unprecedented roster of superstars and an exciting crop of newcomers, we are poised to win big in 2013 and beyond.”

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Source: Billboard | Billboard Biz

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A Get Together In NYC: Def Jam Records VP Shawn “Pecas” Costner Hosts Private Dinner With Grey Goose Cherry Noir & Friends

Last night Thursday (March 29), was an industry get together in NYC. Def Jam Records VP, Shawn “Pecas” Costner, hosted a GREY GOOSE Cherry Noir exclusive preview tasting and dinner with Chef Cynthia Sestito and friends at 632 Hudson. A highlight of the evening included a surprise appearance by Jay-Zwho came by for dinner to support Pecas and his Def Jam colleagues.  Jay-Z also made a specific request for the GREY GOOSE® Cherry Noir Midnight Highball to have with his meal. Other notable guests in attendance included DJ Khaled, Jessica White, Angie Martinez, Miss Info, DJ Suss One, Larry Cerullo, and Steve Tallides.

The evening kicked off with a casual cocktail reception, where arriving guests nibbled on delectable tray-passed hors d’oeuvres and sipped on GREY GOOSE® Cherry Noir Midnight Highball cocktails. Following the cocktail hour, guests were prompted upstairs for dinner into the candle-lit dining area where Pecas formally welcomed guests and Chef Cynthia Sestito introduced the evening’s cherry-inspired menu. GREY GOOSE Master Mixologist, Nick Mautone, was also on hand, crafting delicious Cherry Noir cocktails to pair with menu selections and to introduce the inspiration behind his cocktail each time a pairing was served. At the conclusion of the evening, Pecas raised a glass to his Chef Cynthia Sestito and guests, thanking GREY GOOSE and all of his friends who joined for the occasion, as well as reminding guests to share their thoughts about the experience at #cherrynoir. Peep the pictures below:

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