Rihanna signed her first deal with Def Jam back in 2005 she said then-label-president Jay Z wouldn’t let her out of the office until the 17-year-old signed on the dotted line.
In 2009, Jay left his presidential role at Def Jam for his own Roc Nation label, formed as part of his multi-million-dollar contract with Live Nation. In October 2010, Rihanna parted ways with her former manager Marc Jordan and signed with Jay’s Roc Nation management team.
But now Rihanna has very quietly made another move. Within the past few weeks, her Roc Nation website profile has been updated to specify that she’s not just managed but also officially signed to the label—joining the likes of Calvin Harris, DJ Mustard, J. Cole, Jay Electronica, Rita Ora, and of course, Jay Z. (Roc Nation management represents many other stars, including Beyoncé) Meanwhile, the Def Jam website now lists Rihanna under “Legacy” section, along with folks like Amerie, Ashanti, and Slick Rick.
Rihanna signing is a game-changer for Roc Nation, as RiRi will become the label’s biggest star—with the possible exception of Jay and Beyonce.
I guess Jay and Roc Nation offered her a better deal, a bigger share of her profits maybe? I always heard her deal with Def Jam was awful seeing as she signed with them when she was 16.
In other news On Tuesday, April 29, Rihanna posted her revealing cover for French magazine Lui on Instagram which resulted in a a warning from site officials for the singer to stop sharing semi-nude photos or risk having her account permanently removed, according to TMZ.com.
The photo was deleted by Instagram and the singer responded by posting the banned pic on Twitter instead. She also appeared to mock Instagram’s rules by sharing a comical photo alongside the caption “Rih’s next magazine cover if it was up to Instagram.”