Has Rihanna Left Longtime Label Def Jam?
Tue, 06 May 2014 10:43:46
Has Rihanna exited the label that has been her record company home for nearly a decade?
Here is the history. Rihanna signed with Def Jam, part of the Island Def Jam Music Group, or IDJMG, in 2005, when Jay-Z was the label president. He is her mentor. She is his protégé.
She issued all seven of her albums on Def Jam. Her last was 2012's Unapologetic.
Back in 2009, the Hova left Def Jam and formed his Roc Nation label as part of his mega contract with Live Nation.
In October 2010, Rihanna parted ways with manager Marc Jordan and signed with her mentor's Roc Nation management arm.
Now, according to Complex, RiRi has signed to Roc Nation's label, as well.
Why would she leave? Well, there have been massive changes at Ri's label. Universal Music Group, the corporate parent of IDJMG, split the company into three record labels: Def Jam, Island and Motown. That meant that RiRi left Island Def Jam as a whole for the Def Jam entity. And now it seems that she left Def Jam altogether for Roc Nation.
Still with us?
Want some of the proof of RiRi's exit for Roc Nation?
Well, her Roc Nation website profile has been updated and says she is signed to the label. Also, the Def Jam website has listed Rihanna in its "Legacy" section.
She has fulfilled her Def Jam contract, so she's not in breach. And moving her to the "Legacy" lineup is a reference to the past.
This is a very quiet change. How did they keep it a secret?
What is your fave Rihanna jam?