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L.A. Reid to Def Jam: Farewell Letter!

L.A. Reid to Def Jam: Farewell Letter!

L.A. Reid has officially stepped down as Island Def Jam chairman.

His letter sent to his staff started off with a quote from Colin Powell: “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.”

And here’s the rest of L.A.‘s letter as obtained by

“To my Island Def Jam family: After much consideration, I have decided to leave my position as Chairman of the Island Def Jam Music Group.

“I have always thrived on growth and the next great challenge, and I look forward with much enthusiasm to what the future holds.

“I am extremely proud of our beautiful roster and all we have accomplished in my seven years with IDJ. We continue to have incredible success together with today’s most phenomenal superstars – Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey (she reportedly will follow L.A.), Kanye West, Bon Jovi, Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, The Killers, The-Dream, Chrisette Michele, Jeezy and Ludacris to name a few.

“I want to thank all of you for your amazing contributions.

“With Warm Regards -

Yesterday, it was announced that L.A. would be joining the judging panel on The X-Factor – his leaving Def Jam early frees up his schedule to join Simon Cowell‘s show!

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  • Dubya Bush

    I’d like to see Mariah Carey as a judge though I have to be honest, I can’t imagine her being a very likeable judge or an outright bitch either.

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  • hunter

    I am confused, does it also say Mariah Carey will follow L.A Reid to be a judge on the panel. Would love to see Mariah, but I know she is pregnant and due to have her baby so I don’t know how that will work out. I am all for American Judges. I will be pissed if that choose that hag from the UK with no singing talent or career in the u.s. The call her Cheryl Cole (a troll).

  • lilia mazunina


  • jento


    Sony music also produces albums for the winners of the X FACTOR.

  • LEB

    He looks very sneaky and untrustworthy. Good riddance!

  • jento

    btw JLO looks so beautiful in that picture with Reid…WOW!

  • Erika

    L.A. is one HOT sugar daddy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • anoymous

    Did Def Jam not dump JLO contract last year??

  • henry

    @anoymous: JLo and Sony MUTUALLY parted ways, and Island Def Jam signed JLo.

  • In The Know

    Lucian simply wouldn’t tolerate the “Executive as Star” mentality that LA is………this news is months old Jared…………..being that you’re in bed with Charlie (and good for you btw)………..why post old music business news?

    LA is a fantastic choice for X-Factor. Witty, engaging, and credible.

  • She Stinks!

    Since when is that JHO a ‘phenomenal superstar’?????

    That old, used up, broke down, worn out J-Slop can’t sing a note. The only thing she is phenomenal at is picking the correct men to service – so she could get ahead in the entertainment industry with zero talent. I’m sure she must of ‘done’ someone to get on this record label, considering her horrid ‘singing’. She’s such a fraud, its disgusting. Nails down a blackboard sound better than any JHO record.

  • She Stinks!


    No, SONY DUMPED JHO because she couldn’t sell a CD, and they figured out she is a fraud and can’t sing. She did somebody, or had a gang bang, at Def Jam to get a contract.