February 9, 2004 |
Antonio "L.A." Reid, the Grammy-winning producer who developed such acts as Outkast before losing his job running Arista Records last month, will be named chairman of the rival Island Def Jam label today, sources said. The move, which had been expected, comes less than four weeks after Bertelsmann Music Group ousted Reid in the first step of a reorganization that also has put his predecessor, industry veteran Clive Davis, back in charge of the Arista label he founded and ran for 25 years.
January 14, 2004 |
In an abrupt shake-up, Bertelsmann Music Group ousted Antonio "L.A." Reid as the chief executive of Arista Records, the label that has owned the top spot on the nation's pop chart with its double CD from rap duo OutKast. The move, announced Tuesday, was BMG's response to lackluster financial results at the New York-based label, once BMG's biggest U.S. unit. The company didn't name a successor to Reid, who sources said had about a year and a half remaining on his contract.
January 15, 2003 |
Arista Records, whose artist roster includes such acts as Avril Lavigne, has hired R&B veteran Jermaine Dupri as senior vice president in an effort to bolster its presence in black music. Dupri, who has produced or remixed top-selling recordings by such acts as Usher and Jay-Z, will report to Arista chief Antonio "L.A." Reid. Dupri also will record for Arista and oversee his So So Def imprint, which had been distributed previously through Columbia Records.
April 26, 2002 |
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, a controversial member of chart-topping American R&B trio TLC, was killed in a car crash in Honduras Thursday, a spokeswoman for her record label said. No other details were supplied by Laura Swanson, a representative of Arista Records in New York. The lineup of TLC, whose hit songs included "No Scrubs" and "Waterfalls," was rounded out by Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins. Lopes, who was in her 30s, made headlines in 1994 after she was arrested for burning down the house of her then-boyfriend, former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Andre Rison.
March 1, 2002 |
The Argyle Hotel was buzzing as BMG Entertainment execs and their friends awaited the night's big winner: Alicia Keys. The 21-year-old songstress earned five Grammys Wednesday night, marking a major win for Clive Davis. Carlos Santana was on the patio taking in the view. Jimmy Jam was checking out the buffet. Davis, the founder of J Records, was halfway through his victory lap when a friend tapped him on the shoulder. "Alicia's here," he said. Davis immediately excused himself and headed through the thick crowd.
July 10, 2001 |
Clive Davis is having the last laugh. Barely a year after being driven from power at Bertelsmann's Arista Records, Davis is back on top with a new label and a new artist. "Songs in A Minor," the debut from Davis discovery Alicia Keys, sold 236,000 copies in its first week to capture the No. 1 spot on Billboard magazine's U.S. pop rankings. It's the third top 10 debut for Davis' new J Records label in less than eight months. "What can I say?