dailyphoto080411.jpgDupri to Head Label Launched by TAG
Procter & Gamble Co. has partnered with record label company Island Def Jam Music Group to launch a music company tied to its TAG men’s deodorant and body spray. Jermaine Dupri, an Atlanta-based rapper and music producer, will act as president of the New York-based venture and will play a key role in identifying and developing its musical talent. The label, called TAG Records, is an effort by the brand to connect with the urban market by providing opportunities for aspiring hip-hop talent. Those artists will merge their music with brand marketing for TAG, and will be promoted through a multimillion-dollar campaign, including television, print, radio, computer and event marketing. (Continue Reading…)

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  • Jermaine Dupri will not be signing artists. He will be signing spokesmen for Tag body spray. He just created the first marketing/record label.

    Island/Def Jam will get all the money from this deal and when they are through with the artists they will just throw them away. The poor artists will have no credibility after shilling body spray and will be back working at McDonald’s.

    This deal is bad for artists, music, and the industry. It will encourage other declining record companies to follow. And, who knows what will happen; we might have to listen to MC Donald and the Grill Master on the radio!