RCA Records retires Jive, J Records, and Arista

Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that RCA Records has folded J Records, Arista Records, and Jive into parent label, RCA. The label issued a statement to EW explaining that the move was “an effort to refresh RCA Records,” and “all label imprints (J Records, Arista Records and Jive) will now be under the the iconic RCA Records label.” Among the artists who will be affected by the change are Jive tentpoles (Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake), singers from Arista (Alicia Keys, Pink, Usher), and J Records acts, including Pitbull.

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  • lisa g.

    J records had a nice run.

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    • PN

      I thought that J Records had a good run as well. I followed their albums since 2003 and 2004. I think that those recent albums on Jive, J and Arista didn’t perform well and RCA wants to regain their sales success and name. RCA hasn’t really made that much noise the last few years.

      • lisa g.

        I suppose ur right. But RCA sounds Soooo old! Lol

    • wakeforce

      Alicia Keys is on J, not Arista.

  • Dave

    do what?

  • DRG

    Arista Records — that monstrosity of egomaniac Clive Davis that unleashed Barry Manilow, The Bay City Rollers, Taylor Dane, and of course, Milli Vanilli on the world. Good riddance.

    • Rick

      Boom. Roasted.

    • carole

      Paying out to much payola?
      Such crooks. You reap what you sew.

  • Matt Bjorke

    This doesn’t mean the “imprints” are gone, just that it’ll say Jive/RCA or J/RCA or Arista/RCA. There’ll just be imprints under the RCA logo, similar to how “Columbia Nashville” is now under “RCA Nashville” in Nashville.

    • lisa g.


    • Acaseofgeo

      Oh hi lisa g!!!! But the headline uses the word “RETIRES”. Now, is that the creative EW writers using their own jingo, thus muddying up the report and the real intention of RCA? Or is RCA really retiring them? I know Arista is Clive’s baby but there were some great records released on Arisa (Louise Tucker, Lisa Stansfield and some Dionne Warwick.)

      • lisa g.

        Out of the 3 names, J records has had the most recent success! The name RCA reminds me of the 70s

      • Acaseofgeo

        But lisa g, you like the “old” music, or something like that based on your comments about Adele, so the 70’s is sort of your milleau, no?????

      • lisa g.

        Yes! I love the 70s-90s.

  • Hali

    It also means that they’re dropping everyone who doesn’t bring in millions upon millions of dollars… a friend of mine’s band was signed to Jive and they’re independent again because of this.

    • Acaseofgeo

      Well then they’ll get to keep more of the money they bring in, won’t they?

  • Dinjab

    WTF is Pitbull? Sometimes I read these bits of music news, and I just wring my hands and curse the children of today.

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