[BlindGossip] There are lots of rumors flying as to why this famous performer is switching professional teams.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not because she is jealous that another performer that the company reps is getting more attention than her. It’s because she and her boss got into a huge fight about her personal life!
You see, her former company did more than make her a professional success. When the performer ran into some serious trouble with an old beau, the management company did everything possible to protect her and get her personal and professional life back on track. They exhibited tremendous loyalty to her to the point of alienating others in the industry.
And what does she do to thank them? Make questionable videos and try to get back together with the beau who almost ruined her career. Both of these actions are real slaps in the face to those at the top of their game who worked so hard to build and protect her career.
So they let her go. You can’t manage someone who is so determined to undermine her own success.
It’s Rihanna, JayZ and Beyonce!
The “old beau” is Chris Brown.
When Rihanna started making some noise about leaving JayZ’s Roc Nation management company last year, everyone thought that it was because JayZ was forcing her to take a break so all the focus would be on Beyonce’s baby and Beyonce’s new album. Nope.
It was actually because Rihanna didn’t like JayZ trying to control her love life!
JayZ had spent several years taking Rihanna’s career to the next level (you might recall that her first big commercial hit was Umbrella with JayZ). He managed her to stardom, only to watch everything get thrown into turmoil when Chris Brown started beating on her. He helped to get her away from Chris Brown, get her healthy, and get her career back on track again.
Understandably, when JayZ found out that Rihanna was creeping around with Chris Brown again, he was furious. He asked her to stop, and she refused. Then she threatened to leave Roc Nation. Reports started popping up that she had fired JayZ. Lots of arguments and threats back and forth. As of today, she’s still at Roc Nation, but as long as she insists on seeing Chris Brown, this power struggle isn’t over yet.
Lots of you got this one right. Sweetie Pie was first!
Well, this is fascinating!
Rihanna has suddenly signed with Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s record label! She was formerly signed with Def Jam but managed by Roc Nation. Now Jay-Z now has total control over her.
The legal relationship between artists, management and record labels can be complicated. If you want to know more about Rihanna’s history, this article from Complex explains it pretty well:
Rihanna Has Left Def Jam and Signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation Label
When Rihanna first signed her record deal with Def Jam in 2005, she said then-label-president Jay Z wouldn’t let her out of the office until the 17-year-old signed on the dotted line. Six months later her debut album Music of the Sun hit the charts. Since then, she released all seven of her albums—including 2012’s Unapologetic—on Def Jam. But much has changed since then.
In 2009, Jay left his presidential role at Def Jam for his own Roc Nation label, formed as part of his multi-million-dollar contract with Live Nation. In October 2010, Rihanna parted ways with her former manager Marc Jordan and signed with Jay’s Roc Nation management team.
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 power 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 its “Legacy” section, along with folks like Amerie, Ashanti, and Public Enemy.
This is major news—one of the world’s biggest pop stars switching labels—but somehow the whole thing has been kept under wraps. Def Jam and Roc Nation have always had a very close working relationship, but the Rihanna signing is a game-changer for Roc Nation, as RiRi will become the label’s biggest star—with the possible exception of Jay himself.
Rihanna’s publicists at 42 West have yet to comment, but we reached out to some well-placed sources who confirmed that Rihanna is now a Roc Nation artist—signed to both the label and the management company. Which makes sense—having fulfilled her Def Jam album contract, she’s back with Hov at the Roc. The big question now is when can we expect Rihanna’s first Roc Nation release? Only time will tell.
A major artist switched labels. Where’s the press release? Where’s the formal announcement? Where’s the fanfare? Jay-Z owns a one-millionth percentile of the Brooklyn Nets, and there were tons of press releases, articles and interviews. Jay-Z owns 100% of Rihanna, and all we get are crickets? That’s weird, people!
Anyway, that’s the business stuff. Just so you know where some other artists hang their hats: Beyonce is signed with Columbia (which is part of Sony BMG). Rihanna and Rita Ora are now with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. Solange isn’t signed with any label except her own. Of course, models and actresses and fashion designers aren’t signed to any record label.
Did you know that Jay-Z was on his way to Rihanna’s post-Met Ball party when the elevator fight occurred? He was going to go to the party without Beyonce and Solange.
The earliest article we could find about Rihanna’s signing with Roc Nation was dated May 5th. The Met Ball was on May 6th. Of course, we don’t know if Rihanna’s sneaky signing with Roc Nation and Jay-Z going to Rihanna’s party alone was the catalyst for the Carter-Knowles blowup. Perhaps the one-two timing of these events is purely coincidental.
Then again,perhaps not.
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