Rumors about RiRi’s change of scenery began swirling online on Monday (May 5), when Complex pointed out that Def Jam’s website listed her under the “Legacy” artist section, and Roc Nation’s said that the singer was not only managed by the outfit, as she has been since 2010, but also on the label.
MTV News has learned that the label change occurred in April 2013, when Hov partnered Roc Nation with Universal Music Group. According to our source, Def Jam will still play a role in the marketing and promotion of the pop star’s music, but she is technically a Roc Nation artist and it is unclear whether the Def jam logo will appear on her next release.
Now, she joins J. Cole, Rita Ora, Jay Electronica and more at the house that Hovie built. The move, while surely notable, isn’t completely surprising. RiRi was first brought to the Def Jam by Jay in 2005, during his days as President. She went on to release seven album through the storied label.
Rihanna’s last album, Unapologetic, was released in 2012.