Sony Music Relaunch Legendary Label Arista Records [Original Home Of Whitney Houston, Usher, & More]

Published: Monday 9th Jul 2018 by Sam

Arista Records, the original label home of megastars such as Whitney Houston and Usher, is back.

Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer made the announcement today.

Details below on the return of one of the most prestigious imprints in music after the jump…

Per a statement issued this morning, it was revealed that industry force Dave Massey, who previously headed up Island Records, will take on leadership of the revived label. He’s pictured above (center) alongside Stringer and former Arista head Clive Davis – the latter of whom blasted the label into the stratosphere with the success of his muse Whitney Houston in the 80s and 90s.

At the turn of the new millennium, a fall-out between Davis and Sony’s then-owners BMG saw him leave Arista and establish J Records under the Sony umbrella in 2004 – taking many of his key artists with him.

Both labels folded in 2011 and acts from their respective rosters were spread across Sony’s remaining pillars – including RCA, Columbia, and Epic.

With this revived incarnation, it’ll be uber intriguing to see how much the new Arista adheres to its classic fabric. Will it skew more Urban? House powerhouse vocalists ala Houston? Or drive in an altogether different lane?

For now though, what seems certain is that Sony are both excited and dedicated to the venture.

Speaking in statement Stringer said:

“We are excited to be reintroducing the iconic Arista brand as a full major label under the leadership of David Massey. David is a visionary and progressive talent developer and his recent success at breaking new artists around the world only highlights his remarkable consistency of creative success year after year. As well as releasing new music to the world, David will use his vast experience in building new publishing and artist management ventures that will enhance Sony Music’s overall music strategy.”

While Massey added:

“I want to thank Rob Stringer for the phenomenal opportunity to return to Sony Music in an expansive new partnership and lead the next chapter of Arista Records. Clive Davis made the Arista name synonymous with tremendous creativity and great songs, and I look forward to continuing that identity by working with the many talented people at Sony to build a new roster of hit artists. I am also excited to join forces with Sony to drive additional growth through artist management and music publishing.”

Davis weighed in, expressing his delight too:

“I am really delighted to see the Arista name return to a place of prominence under an executive with the talents of David Massey. David is a true music man who has tremendous respect for artistry, and he is the ideal choice to carry on the label’s great tradition.”

We’re excited about the next chapter of Arista. Are you?

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  1. SMH July 9, 2018


  2. Bam July 9, 2018

    If they can work to develop and bring exciting male and female r&b acts back into mainstream I’ll be more than excited.

  3. Camel wife July 9, 2018

    Maybe they can finally get Jennifer Hudson to fill in whitney Houston shoes

    • China July 9, 2018

      NEVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR she does not have the MAGIC whitney had. Jennifer is a TRIBUTE singer. A church singer…..who screams at the drop of a hat……or dollar. SCREAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. Clive needs to work on Alicia Keys …we liked her better when she was gay

      • Jasmine (The Real Jasmine) July 9, 2018

        Alicia does not have the voice. She was popular because of the amount of label money backing her up and her working with her old song writer for collaborations. Jasmine Sullivan would have a better chance if she lost weight because her voice is unique.

      • Intro July 9, 2018

        @jasmine. Go check out recent photos of jazmine, she lost a lot of weight actually. But that has nothing to do with her talent as a top vocalist.

    • Camel wife July 10, 2018

      Actually Jennifer Hudson I up there with Beyonce I mean she did win a oscar..she could be the next whitney if they molded her in the right direction

  4. Fancy BISH July 9, 2018

    Sign Randy Watson from Coming To America lol ? #SexxualChocolate

    • KING MELANIN July 9, 2018


  5. Blackeye July 9, 2018

    Fantasia do right by her and I would be happy

  6. Yandi July 9, 2018

    Sign Mya. Geeze, this girl’s hustle alone deserves her being signed to a major label.

  7. Camel wife July 9, 2018

    Sign Fantasia and jazmine Sullivan please and thank u

  8. MUSICHEAD July 9, 2018

    I definitely see Monica & Fantasia being signed here again

  9. justafan July 9, 2018

    Perfect label for Jojo

  10. Shae July 10, 2018

    This can be freaking HUGE and could put R&B back into the forefront. I’m going to put a Dream roster together. Some artist they need to buy out of their current contracts

    Deborah C**
    Tevin Campbell
    Celine Dion
    Auntie Patti
    Toni Braxton
    And grab Mariah even though I can’t stand her

  11. DanYiel Iman July 10, 2018

    Oh lord hopefully they sign Talent & not anyone whose already made music!!

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