Rihanna Leaves Def Jam, Signs with Roc Nation

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Rihanna is taking her relationship with Roc Nation to the next level. The pop superstar has fulfilled her deal with Def Jam Records and is now officially signed to Jay Z’s label.

Complex was first to point out that Def Jam’s website listed Rihanna under the “Legacy” artist section. Roc Nation’s website was also updated to reflect that she is signed to the company as an artist, where she has been managed since 2010.

A source at Def Jam confirmed the reports to MTV News.

The label change occurred in April 2013, when Roc Nation partnered with Universal Music Group. While she is now technically a Roc Nation artist, Def Jam will still help market, promote, and distribute her music.

According to Billboard, Def Jam recently met with the singer to discuss her plans, while an official announcement on her next album is expected “soon.”

Rihanna was signed to Def Jam by Jay Z in 2005 while he was president. She released seven albums through the label including most recently Unapologetic in 2012.

In February, Variety reported that Rihanna was working on a concept album based on the animated film Home.



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29 Comments

  1. what

    LMAO

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    valerie Reply:

    @what,
    She knows that she can control camel and bey and get everything she wants out of them scary a-holes.

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  2. MMG-SUEDE

    I don’t know why but I feel her next album gon be her best album for real

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    You Mad? Reply:

    @MMG-SUEDE, I’m thinking the same thing!

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  3. AfRIHcanNAVY @_MissMajola

    I hope Jay doesn’t turn her into a flop like all other artists signed to RocNation are. #RihNavy

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    EL Reply:

    @AfRIHcanNAVY @_MissMajola,

    “…Def Jam will still help market, promote, and distribute her music.”

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    MVRII Reply:

    @AfRIHcanNAVY @_MissMajola, Rihanna has too much of a fan base to flop. That’s how your albums flop. It depends on your fanbase and if the music on the album is good.

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    Kay Reply:

    @MVRII, everyone on roc nation is balling. Jay knows what he’s doing. There’s no way on God green earth riri shit will flop. No way.

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    ReallyTho Reply:

    @AfRIHcanNAVY @_MissMajola, she been signed to JAY Z when he was running def jam for a few years , he left def jam to put full focus on roc nation , at the same time she was signed to him and def jam records he discovered her so now she leaving def jam (they will still promote her music) while she with roc nation. can you read or nah ?

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    ok Reply:

    @ReallyTho, this comment was highly unnecessary.

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    diana Reply:

    @AfRIHcanNAVY @_MissMajola, She’s going to flop. Blame it all on him, attack, and he’ll be in court just like chris brown. cant wait.

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  4. Jamie

    Hopefully her next album is her best. she should flourish under Roc nation.

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  5. Meme

    I don’t know how I feel about this. I’m just not a fan of artist managing other artist. Both diddy and jay had so many great artist go nowhere under their name. I mean Rihanna name alone will sell regardless of what label she’s on but I just feel she needs a power house label and not some lil label like roc nation that’s going to use her as a cash cow.

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    Hovi baby Reply:

    @Meme, are you stupid? Some lil name label? Roc nation is as big as they come dummy. Universal music group is disturbing her music and Def jam is still marketing. What other record label has a sport agenc but roc nation? How dare you. Riri is showing her loyalty to Hov so stfu Meme

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    troof Reply:

    @Hovi baby, Cash Money Sports Management Company

    Birdman & Slim making moves too.

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    Hovi baby Reply:

    @troof, Ummm cash money is irrelevant lol no sports stars signing with them. Roc nation has Kevin Durant and Skyla diggins for crying out loud lmao.

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  6. Beyzus

    Rihanna is only a money making machine for Jay. So she still with Def Jam so I imagine they getting a cut and now she a artist for Roc Nation so Jay getting his cut. Now who will get the major songs Bey or Rih. Does Roc Nation have any artist that they sign who are having major success commercially. Kanye don’t count b/c he was with Def Jam. Maybe Jay will be like Diddy for Rihanna. I’ve had enough of this chic maybe Roc Nation will end her career. Tired of her ass.

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  7. On the run

    Why hasn’t Beyonce and Riri haven’t done work together? They haven’t even been seen together in years? Is it me or is that a coincidence?

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    hilarybanxxx Reply:

    @On the run, I noticed they only take a pic together like every two years and everyone always says Bey doesn’t like Rihanna for some reason. Maybe now they will since she’s signed to the ROC.

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    Jaja Reply:

    @hilarybanxxx, yeah i think something definitely going on between those two but who cares anyway. They all winning. It’s the R O C

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    Taylor Reply:

    @On the run, girl I was thinking the same thing. We all know that if Bey and Rih were to hook up and make a song it was slay. People always feedin into that BS rumor about her and KK not liking each other, it should be with Rihanna. You hardly ever see those two together

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    Jamie Reply:

    @Taylor, Maybe Beyonce feels some kinda of way about riri. Her and Kim don’t get along either so maybe Beyonce not all that nice. Who knows smh.

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  8. ac527

    Ring the alarm

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  9. Dear Summer

    Why she didn’t sign with Drake?

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  10. CoCo

    Not Nice! After accomplishing so much….

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  11. ri

    ummm this could go either way. I just feel like this is a test , idk we shall see. Like you really think Rih goin to get the best songs over bey now? oh man this could get ugly

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    Bitches In Paris Reply:

    @ri, ho just stop reaching

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  12. Yolda deyah to life

    Nice of her

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  13. Javis

    What alit of yall are missing is that she technically always been w/ Jay Z doe n still is

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