Report: Ciara to Reunite with L.A. Reid at Epic

L.A. Reid and Ciara

Antonio “L.A.” Reid quietly began his new job as head of Epic Label Group earlier this month. The music mogul is assembling his roster of talent, which may include Ciara and Usher.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ciara will reunite with her former boss at his new venture at Sony. She asked to be released from her contract with Jive earlier this year after the underwhelming performance of her latest album Basic Instinct.

Another one of Reid’s discoveries, Usher, may also be making the shift from Jive to the restructured Epic. Reid was instrumental in launching the R&B phenom’s career 17 years ago.

Additionally, there is chatter that the 55-year-old executive is trying to bring Mariah Carey to Sony from her current home at Island Def Jam. She released her comeback album The Emancipation of Mimi under Reid’s watch and was previously signed to Columbia Records.

Another diva, Jennifer Lopez, may also return to Epic with the “X Factor” judge. She left the label last year to join Reid at Island Def Jam, where she released her album LOVE? and scored the chart-topping hit “On the Floor.”



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53 Comments

  1. Yan

    Don’t do that J.lo

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    listen Reply:

    @Yan, the future of the music business depends on the discovery of NEW talent. why would you hire L.A. to helm Epic if all he is doing is resigning all of his old artists who have been in the business for a significant amount of time and no longer have the buying power that they did during their prime? this is why the record companies are failing: poor decisions. music is dying right before our eyes. so sad.

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  2. listen

    yess Ciara! This is a great move for Ciara!

    L.A. Reids label with Ciara, Usher, Mariah Carey, and J.lo is gonna be AMAZING! EPIC!

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    listen Reply:

    @listen, and somebody chose to use my screenname as i definitely didn’t write this message above. ciara is irrelevant. she can’t sing live, and she’s played out as a “performer”. next.

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    Listen.2 Reply:

    @listen, sweetie anyone can have the sane name, its like being named mary… Oh and ur irrelevent

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  3. darb dab

    Looks like he is pulling all talents he discovered to be under him and the ones he had great success with and give them the proper shine. Music labels are so fickle now a days maybe la can do right by them under different label

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  4. mikaju

    im relieved cici is doing fine this time

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  5. Will

    This would be a really great move for Ciara. Epic will hopefully get her career back on the right track and give her a more profound sound for her next LP.

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  6. bye bye

    LMAO

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  7. Thisisreallynotcool

    This is cool but wud epic change ciara and usher since they were both unserious at a point?

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  8. LOL

    I think that would be a great idea. Under his watch Ciara’s career was HOT but then the people at jive tried to make her pop and ruined everything. I hope its true. However Jennifer needs to stay at Def Jam.

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  9. Michelle

    I’m so overjoyed with happiness. Ciara is so talented. She been thru so much. I’m glad she didn’t give up. I love her and will continue to support.

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    thecool Reply:

    @Michelle, I feel the same way

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  10. Ciara to reunite with L.A. Reid at Epic « CIARAFEVER.COM – Your 24/7 source for everything about miss Ciara

    [...] According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ciara will reunite with her former boss at his new venture at Sony. She asked to be released from her contract with Jive earlier this year after the underwhelming performance of her latest album Basic Instinct Source: Rap-Up.com [...]

  11. Music

    This is good for Ciara cause really I think the best move for her would be to go back to her roots and be that Atlanta Peach she was in Goodies and Ciara: The Evolution, Usher is already doing good, and I really don’t care about Jennifer Lopez but if it helps her career more then go on with your bad self

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    meme Reply:

    @Music, dnt start that sh** about goin back to roots. its ciara fans that have her in the mess now making her go backwards instead of forward. Goodies was 2004, we need to move on now. Thats music is dated, ciara style and music need to be more modern. She needs to go the britney spears route. like seriously, i can so hear her singing bitney i wanna go.

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    Phoenix_Wright Reply:

    @meme, I have to agree with u on the point about moving forward. Not too sure I want her doing the modern pop sound (I’m not really a fan of Britney’s latest songs). I don’t think she needs that much of a huge switch. She needs something fresh of course and a label that is going to really stand behind her because a lot of the songs on her last album could have charted, but her label didn’t have her back.

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    Music Reply:

    @Phoenix_Wright, Y’all both have good points music does need to evolve but why must it evolve horribly I mean look at Mary J. Blige Love No Limit, R. Kelly Bump N Grind, Aaliyah Rock The Boat, Fantasia Truth Is, and Keyshia Cole I Should Have Cheated and look at some of the music made in 2010 and 2011 and hink about it very hard and say you’re happy with it, and while you’re watching those videos read how many comments say music needs to go back to the way it is cause that’s what I agree with. Mix early 90′s with early and mid 00′s and that’s good music.

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  12. meme

    yessss. im so happy to hear this news. i still have hope for cici. cnt wait for new music

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  13. Brown Sugar

    Unless the American Public becomes OBSESSED with Ciara, I doubt that she will shine brighter HERE than Rihanna!

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    meme Reply:

    @Brown Sugar, wa does rihanna have to do wit this? im sorry im a rihanna stand but seriously? stop this mess plz

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  14. sleazy

    If this is true it will be great I know he will promote ciara and give her the success she deserves jive is a shady label that’s why sony their parent label dropped them jive artist wasn doing really good like they always do britney. Ciara. Usher etc I think it would be a great move for all and La really seems interested in all of them and get their careers where it use to be especailly ciara who’s career took a major blow! Here is to ciara being on top again

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  15. Jalin

    Great news, Ciara will be back on top. It’s about that time. Loves it! HUGE smiley face.

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  16. YOOSONDALOOSE

    YES! Go Ciara, this will do her career wonders hopefully! She deserves this!

    @YOOSONDALOOSE on twitter!

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  17. Jane Doe

    *Kanye Shrug*

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  18. AnTwaun

    *crosses fingers* this news is fucking AMAZING, all we need is Ci herself to confirm it. I have so much faith in LA, he did a damn good job with Ci during her goodies era but Ima need her not to try to re-create that era again, its time to move on & make WW music/hits

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  19. Teyah

    She’s lost that momentum she had with her first two albums. Even if she’s with LA Reid, he ain’t gonna save her ass from flopping. She needs to take a 2 year break, its too early to be releasing new music after Basic Instinct flopped in December! LOL

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    Onemil02 Reply:

    @Teyah, Ignorant…

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    Teyah Reply:

    @Onemil02, No just stating the facts!

    If she releases the same type of music she did with Basic Instinct, The Evolution & Goodies..she will still flop! I suggest if she wants a hit go with dance-pop, something like J-Lo’s “On the Floor”. I can so see Ciara singing that song.

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    Will Reply:

    @Teyah, I think if Ciara drops a track along the lines of Kelly Rowlands Motivation or a song written by Rico Love she could be back on top. All she needs is better song writers and a variety of producers that can bring her a new sound.

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    meme Reply:

    @Will, i disagree becuz Ride had the exact same vibe as motivation and it didnt bring her back. she doesnt need to make urban music period. she needs to go pop.

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    Huh Reply:

    @Onemil02, the 5 year old “lol is what makes her sound like a imature dumb ass hater

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  20. eddie

    so Reid leaves Def Jam then tries to bring people from Def Jam to Epic?! GO SOMEWHERE!!!!

    if you cared for those artists you would never have left DeF Jam in the first place. Interscope and Def Jam are two biggest labels out right now and for Reid to leave is understandable but don’t try to bring other artists down with you…

    who knows what this can do for ciara’s career. We’re just going to have to wait but Its usher’s career im particularly interested about. Just My Opinion…

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  21. Alicias certified homewrecka

    This looks like Rihanna’s career will go south. And for two reasons, she’s mo longer with def jam and she’s sign to the roc. The roc has subpar promotion techniques.

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    Teyah Reply:

    @Alicias certified homewrecka,

    whats this got to do with Rihanna? She’s still with Def Jam but her management company is Roc

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  22. BitchPlease

    That’s good for Ciara :)I think Russell Simmons is taking Def Jam under his wings and notice LA Reid is only taking the people he discovered to Epic.

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  23. Bryan

    Hope this is true. Epic Record is a great label that support their artists unlike Jive.

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  24. Phoenix_Wright

    Happy for her, I look forward to the music =).

    Damn at all them possibly moving though. For some maybe Mariah will go but I’m not sure about J.Lo and Usher

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  25. Ice

    L.A. Reid is the way to go, I hope they all go back to their roots.

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  26. Dave

    Great news. To the haters, Ciara’s gonna shine regardless if you co-sign or not.

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  27. andres

    ilove all of cici 4 albums all of the songs and everything. My favorit being fantasy ride yup!!! anywayzz love u cici and wish u the best i will always support her no matter wat bc she is pure talnt !!

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  28. LilRoyalty

    Good 4 CiAra..Do it

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  29. Stacy

    I wish Ciara the best. She’s a great artist :)

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  30. Deontae

    I am so happy for Ciara! She deserves this so much! I hope these allegations are true, this would be the perfect career move for her, since it has been shown that LA Reid really cares for Ciara’s success. He sees the talent we see in Ciara.

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  31. jazzy j

    ciara truly and honestly deserve this award she is great artist

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  32. jazzy j

    @ listen what u kno about talent ciara can sing,dance and one of the best entertainers out there today sweetie if u were listening reid no my bad if u can read reid says hes looking for talent and guess what he found ciara bitcauh!!! seriously @ listen get lost

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  33. CandyAppleLA

    Good things are coming Ciara’s way!!!! God is so good!!! She deserves this so much, it’s ridiculous!!!

    She’s so talented. Versatile Dancer, Smooth/Sensual Singer, Beautiful on the inside and out, and so much more!

    LA made that right move. He’s going to take Ciara’s career to all new heights.

    I could cry, but I’m saving it for later….

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  34. Tea_Spiller

    so happy for ci, but im about to call out alot of her fans on twitter they are so impateint and stay running they mouths and its the same ones over and over like @sherlz @ms_swayze @missjazzypha @iamteamciara @ciarasongz @ill_will91 @antisocialpysko @wildivory92 @casellono and all them other bums yeah yall getting called out be talking all that trash saying how ci is taking too long and blah blah this and that lmfaooooo! teamciara is getting called out!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    NeverB3nPerfect Reply:

    @Tea_Spiller, You, My Dear Are Pathetic. Who Cares What Ciara’s Fans Think This Post IS About Ciara. Instead Of Trying To Bash A Team You Are With You Should Be Writing Those Individuals On Twitter Since You Chose To @ Them On Here. smh You’re Just Sad Yo!

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  35. @materialmayne

    im so happy for ciara! i new some good news was gonna come bc of her latest tweets. she has all the talent and potential to be great she just needs the right team! she is a true hustler though. who else is booking stages left and right even though she had two disappointing back to back! #teamCIARA

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  36. Marquis / Ciara STAN/FAN

    @Tea_Spiller WHAT THE FUCK?? How Do We Complain ?? And I Am @Casellono I LOVE THE SHIT OUT OF CIARA. I Complain Cause She’s Talking To Long ?? How Do You SOUND DUMB ASS ? Ciara Has All The Time She Has.!! even if i wanted her to hurry up with the album. it would not happen. SO SHUT YO ASS UP.! :) Thanks And Have A Good Night.!!!!! #TEAMCIARA BITCH !!

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  37. thecool

    This has got me hyped. God is good and Wifey bout to kill things

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  38. 0_o

    Love Love me some Ciara!!!! Many may doubt her but know my girl is talented. I wish Ciara not only much success but just true happiness in whatever she chooses. She gets so much hate I don’t know why but I just guess their just threaten. Whatever directions she choosing to go I pray that God has her in his plans. Love You Ci =)

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