R.I.P: Arista, Jive and J Records
Parent company RCA closes casket on well known labels
The labels that brought you Outkast, Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, KRS-One, UGK and even Jimmy Cozier guy ('memba him?) are no more.
RCA has announced they are dissolving Arista, Jive and J Records, taking the leftovers and lumping it under their umbrella. RCA has found a lot of recent success on the backs of artists like Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ke$ha and Pitbull and plan on rebranding themselves in the process.
"My vision for RCA is to be more of a music company," said RCA CEO Peter Edge to The Hollywood Reporter. "You have to reinvent, and that's what we're doing."
Edge also says that RCA will investing their energies into rock music more than anything else. During the entire interview he made no mention (nor was he asked) about the status of non-rock groups on the label.
We're hoping that this doesn't mean the long awaited Outkast reunion album doesn't get lost in the shuffle.