The labels that served as the home to artists such as Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and R. Kelly are soon to be no more. Recently installed RCA Records CEO Peter Edge and President/COO Tom Corson officially announced the end of the legendary Arista and Jive Records. J Records, which was created by Clive Davis in 2000, is also done for.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Corson says “The path we’ve taken is to refresh RCA, so we’re going to retire those brands. There may be a reason down the line to bring them back, but it’s a clean slate here.”

Arista was fonded in 1974 by Davis and was home to Houston, Aretha Franklin and Barry Manilow, along with modern signees Usher and Pink. Jive was founded in 1977, but enjoyed its greatest success after the commercialization of Hip-Hop; artists who had been signed to the label include A Tribe Called Quest, Aaliyah, Jazmine Sullivan, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.

Many artists that had been signed to the three labels will be absorbed under the RCA Records umbrella, though there have been some cuts to the roster (including American Idol season 9 winner LeeDewyze).



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  • isolde

    NOOOOOO! BRITNEY!!!!!!!! :)

  • SMH.

  • Leonie UK

    When I get an album I can play all the way through and keep dancing, I will moan and groan, but for now nada.

  • The world is achanging…in little ways and in big ways.

  • Perverted Alchemist

    Why am I not surprised at this news? Arista hasn’t really had any big hits outside of Jennifer Hudson since they were downsized a few years back. J Records ran out of steam within the last few years, and Jive went downhill as well.When Jive Records CEO Barry Weiss left a few months ago, I saw this one coming.

    However, I do find it ironic that the guy who was responsible for the shutdown- RCA Records CEO Peter Edge- was once an A&R guy under Clive Davis ten years earlier. I wonder how Clive feels about both of his record labels being shuttered- by one of his proteges, no less!!!!