Saturday, May 18, 2024

Statement from Universal Music about Kanye West: Deal Over, “No Place for Antisemitism in Our Society”


Universal Music’s Def Jam has just sent this announcement. Their relationship with Kanye West is over.

It doesn’t matter much. West’s record sales and streaming numbers have completely bottomed out in the last week. All of last week he averaged 10,0000 “copies” a day of albums. This week, the numbers are around 100.

Here’s the statement:

“Def Jam’s relationship with Ye as a recording artists, its partnership with the GOOD Music label venture and Ye’s merchandise agreement with Bravado all ended in 2021.

“There is no place for antisemitism in our society. We are deeply committed to combating antisemitism and every other form of prejudice.”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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