If a multi-platinum artist leaves the most storied Hip Hop label of all time and no press release is sent, did it really happen? According to reports, Rihanna has left Island Def Jam and has signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation.
Rihanna has always been managed by Jay Z’s Roc Nation label but appears to now be a signed artist. On Def Jam’s official site, Rihanna is not listed in the ARTIST section with such current artists as Kanye West, Frank Ocean and former rival Teyana Taylor. Rihanna enlisted Jay Z’s Roc Nation as help with her management in 2010, however the site now has Rihanna as a LABEL artist along with J. Cole, Jay Electronica and others:
Earlier this year there were big changes at Island Def Jam Music Group. CEO Barry Weiss stepped down and Universal Music Group, the corporate parent of IDJMG, dissolved the company into three distinct record labels: Def Jam, Island, and Motown. As a result Rihanna—along with Kanye West and some others—left Island Def Jam and joined CEO Steve Bartels at the now-revamped Def Jam with No I.D. and Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua serving as executive Vice Presidents and heads of A&R.
But now it appears that Rihanna has very quietly made another move. Within the past few weeks, her Roc Nation website profile has been updated to specify that she’s not just managed but also officially signed to the label—joining the likes of Calvin Harris, DJ Mustard, J. Cole, Jay Electronica, Rita Ora, and of course, Jay Z. (Roc Nation management represents many other stars.) Meanwhile, the Def Jam website now lists Rihanna under “Legacy” section, along with folks like Amerie, Ashanti, and Public Enemy.
(AHH – Complex)