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).