Thursday, July 26, 2007
Rap star Jay-Z may bid adieu to American record label Island Def
Jam and join its rival Columbia. Insiders have revealed that the
singer is in negotiations with music bosses at Columbia, which is
the home of his girlfriend Beyonce. The joining of Jermaine Dupri
as president of the Island Urban music division in February is
reported to be the reason behind Jay-Z's decision to break his
association with the firm.
"There isn't room for two kings at one label. Why would Island
bring in another power-hitter urban guy?" the New York Daily News
quoted a source as saying.
Columbia may have a strong inclination towards hiring Jay-Z
because the rapper may take with him ownership of his own master
recordings. Furthermore, the firm's co-chair Rick Rubin has been
planning to create a supergroup of staff.
creating a supergroup of staff. So it would make sense that he
would want Jay on his side," a source said.
The representatives for Columbia and Island Def Jam were
unavailable for comment.