Rihanna Leaves Def Jam, Signs with Roc Nation
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.