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Rick Rubin Joins Columbia

5/15/2007 3:42pm EDT

Revered music producer Rick Rubin has confirmed he's taking a leading role at record label Columbia. The company issued a statement yesterday revealing the Def Jam Records co-founder has been hired and will play a major part in the music group's immediate future.

His exact role has not been revealed, but the official line is he will "form a dynamic and creative executive partnership" with Columbia chairman Steve Barnett.

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