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Lyor Cohen (2014)

Lyor Cohen is an American music industry executive, and until September 2012, he was the North American Chairman and CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Music Group. Cohen has been actively involved in hip-hop at various top labels for more than 30 years, as the industry grew from the margins of pop culture to the mainstream. He started by managing highly successful rappers for pioneering firm Rush Productions, then led Def Jam Recordings, the hip-hop genre’s top record label at the time, ”the most important black music company since Motown” according to Newsweek. After Def Jam, Cohen successively assumed the leadership of two of the music industry’s major labels - the Island Def Jam Music Group, and the Warner Music Group – which represent popular musicians of all genres. Cohen’s closest associates have included his longtime friend and partner Russell Simmons, rapper Jay-Z and Atlantic Records chairman Julie Greenwald, and Jon Bon Jovi. Rapper Kanye West dubbed himself “the Lyor Cohen of Dior Homme” on a 2010 recording. In September 2012 Cohen resigned from the Warner Music Group.

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About the Lyor Cohen Interview

Hi, I’m Lyor Cohen, CEO of 300 Entertainment.

I am a creative business music executive and have helped develop the careers of artists like Public Enemy, JAY Z, Kanye West, The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, Mariah Carey, Bruno Mars, fun., Ed Sheeran, Run DMC, Michael Buble, , LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Paramore, and many more.

Today, my new music company 300 Entertainment launched our new website and debuted our #itsanewday commercial! Watch it at http://300ent.com/

So, let’s go. I’m sitting in our new office, waiting for your reddit questions. Victoria's helping me out a bit today. Ask me anything!

photo proof: http://imgur.com/aoNvo4U


Edit: Thank you for taking the time to ask me questions. And I hope 300 stays on your radar. I am going to jump on my twitter account now @LyorCohen if you have any further questions for the next few minutes tweet at me with #itsanewday.

Lyor Cohen Oct 21, 2014