*Complex Magazine is reporting that Rihanna “left” her longtime label, Def Jam, to record under its in-house imprint at Shawn “Jay Z” Carter’s management company Roc Nation. However, the singer’s follow-up to 2012’s “Unapologetic” will still be distributed by Def Jam, with an announcement on official plans expected “soon,” according to sources.
Roc Nation — a full-service entertainment company attached to music, sports, management and publicity — is led by Jay Z, who signed Rihanna during his stint as president of Def Jam nearly a decade ago. Though Jay Z left Def Jam in 2009 to start Roc Nation, he and Rihanna have maintained both a business and artistic relationship.
In 2009 she was a guest vocalist on “Run This Town,” Jay Z’s Kanye West-assisted single from his Atlantic Records-distributed album “The Blueprint 3.” Weeks prior to dropping her fifth solo album “Loud” in 2010, Rihanna announced that she had enlisted the managerial services of Jay Z and Roc Nation. In 2011, Jay was a featured artist on the title track of Rihanna’s sixth album “Talk That Talk.”