X Factor USA judge LA Reid has made a move that will have the entire music industry stirring. For the former Island Def Jam executive, who is responsible for the likes of Pink and Rihanna, has been confirmed as the new chairman of the Sony Music subsidiary –Epic Records.
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The former president of Arista Records will begin work at Epic in July. The company is currently in the middle of a large restructure.
Once completed, Reid will combine artists from the re-built Epic with artists from Jive records which include Pink and Usher to complete the venture.
Expected to take the label into a more Urban direction, it’s still unsure if the winner of X Factor USA will sign to directly to Reid or to Simon Cowell whose own label SYCO is also the property of Sony Music.
What is certain, however, is that this a major blow thrown in the on-going ‘battle’ between his old stomping ground Universal Music and Sony Music.
Randomness: One has to wonder if Mariah Carey – who has long touted Reid as her right hand man, will make the move to Epic herself. Speculation has indeed been rife for months.