Tunji Balogun is the Chairman and CEO of Def Jam Records. He is Nigerian-born entertainment heavyweight and former Executive Vice President of A&R for RCA Records, an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.
In his role, Balogun oversees a roster that includes music heavyweights like Jay-Z, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, YG, Big Sean, Logic, and Alessia Cara.
He is also the co-founder of Keep Cool, an RCA imprint, a company he co-founded alongside Courtney Stewart, Jon Tanners, and Jared Sherman in 2018.
Prior to joining RCA in 2015, Balogun spent seven and half years at Interscope, where he worked with Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, The Game, Keyshia Cole and OneRepublic, as well as signing Atlanta rapper, K Camp and bringing Los Angeles rapper Cozz to J. Cole’s Dreamville joint venture with Interscope.
At RCA, he created a lane with R&B artistes, playing an instrumental role in signing Normani, Khalid, Wizkid, H.E.R, Goldlink, Bryson Tiller, UMI, Lucky Daye, Freddie Gibbs, Madlib, Nigerian sisters, VanJess and SZA, whose signing established the label’s partnership with Top Dawg Entertainment to release her Grammy-nominated debut album ‘Ctrl’.
He was recently listed on Billboard’s R&B Hip-Hop Power Players list, as he was also instrumental in the Black Panther OST, and more recently, worked with Doja Cat, whose third studio album Planet Her in June debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 the same month.
Balogun started his career as a marketing intern at Warner Bros Records, setting aside his college aspirations to become a rapper himself. He graduated from Pomona College in 2004 in Claremont Carlifornia, and pursued a full-time job with Warner while also working at Def Jam Mobile, which was Def Jam Enterprises’ division for selling ringtones.
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