Rihanna has reportedly jumped the Def Jam ship and officially signed to Jay Z’s record label, Roc Nation.
Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, former Def Jam president, signed Rihanna back in 2005. Even after the Hip-Hop mogul left his role and started Roc Nation, the Barbadian princess remained at Def Jam and released seven albums under the label.
A lot has changed at Def Jam, since. Former CEO Barry Weiss stepped down earlier this year, which led to corporate parent Universal Music Group dissolving the company into three separate record labels: Def Jam, Island, and Motown. The latter has ultimately resulted in Rihanna leaving to join Roc Nation, whose team has been managing her since October 2010.
Riri’s updated profile on RocNation.com indicates she’s not only being managed by them, but fully housed. Though her publicist have yet to speak out, sources close to the singer confirmed that Rihanna is now a Roc Nation artist, signed to both the label and its management company.
It’s safe to say the Unapologetic songstress is a major asset as the label’s new biggest star. Why the news is being kept under wraps? We have no idea. The only thing left to do is wait for Rihanna’s inaugural Roc nation release.