Island Def Jam executive L.A. Reid officially resigns: Read his letter to the staff here


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After seven years of cultivating the careers of Island Def Jam superstars like Rihanna, Kanye West, and Justin Bieber, Island Def Jam Chairman L.A. Reid resigned this morning. In a letter to his staff, Reid explains that he’s “always thrived on growth and the next great challenge, and I look forward with much enthusiasm to what the future holds.” This seemingly sets the table for the record executive to join Simon Cowell as a judge on the new singing competition series The X Factor.

Read L.A.’s full letter to his staff after the jump.

To my Island Def Jam family:

After much consideration, I have decided to leave my position as
Chairman of the Island Def Jam Music Group.

I have always thrived on growth and the next great challenge, and I
look forward with much enthusiasm to what the future holds.

I am extremely proud of our beautiful roster and all we have
accomplished in my seven years with IDJ.  We continue to have
incredible success together with today’s most phenomenal superstars —
Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Bon Jovi, Jennifer
Lopez, Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, The Killers, The-Dream, Chrisette Michele,
Jeezy and Ludacris to name a few.

I want to thank all of you for your amazing contributions.

With Warm Regards —

What do you think Reid’s next move will be?

Read more:
L.A. Reid: A Day in the Life of a Music Mogul

Comments (17 total) Add your comment
  • GWS

    Good for Chrisette Michelle on making that list! haha

    • bruno

      uhhh, didn’t want to mention pink tho apparently. kinda rude.

      • Troy

        Pink is on LaFace/Arista, which are Sony labels. So yes, he signed her, but not to Island/DefJam. He’s only been there seven years; Pink arrived earlier than that.

      • Jessie

        He is amazing and TeacherDatingSite was brilliant

  • Kelly

    If he’s responsible for Rihanna, Kanye West, and Justin Bieber, he should be sentenced to death.

  • rita

    L.A. Reid is going straight to Sony. I believe they have a chair waiting for him.

    • Michael

      Again with Sony, he really should be careful after the way he butchered Arista records back in the 2000-2005 after Clive Davis said goodbye.

  • tlj

    He is headed to Sony to take over RCA/Jive Label Group

    • Elizabeth

      Good – maybe Jive wont be such a meat grinder anymore and they’ll actually cultivate the artists they sign.

  • Kana

    I read he was going to be a judge on Simon Cowell’s show the American version of The X Factor.

  • efrain

    He also signed TLC!

  • rhagans23

    yes, chrisette michele should be on that list of great people. after all she is one of best singers in the business, bar none.

  • TRT

    I hope Mimi goes with you. Get her on Sony with you and Clive!

  • Rob

    The only reason people even know the name “L.A. Reid” is because of Babyface. Period. L.A. has made a career off of riding the coattails of others, essentially stealing money (hence, the reason Face left), getting lucky on occasion, and running up huge debt for labels. Period.

  • Platinum p

    I just want to wish reid the best what ever he decide! If it wasnt 4 mr.reid where would music be today

  • Platinum p

    Also 4the hataz yall just mad cause reid is waaay pass ballin!

  • Tina Miller

    Heyy wassup im tina n i want to noe if yuhh can sighn me in island def jam to a record lable i do music hip hop n R&B so please comment back n pease help me follow my dreams :P

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