L.A. Reid has officially resigned from his position as the Chairman of the Island Def Jam Music Group. The announcement comes one day after Reid was revealed to become a judge on Simon Cowell’s X-Factor talent competition.

Reid, who had been in charge at the company since 2004, sent the following letter out to IDJ staffers:

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, 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 –


Ironically, it’s also been rumored that Mariah Carey is leaving the label after she delivers one more album to the company later this year.  It’s believed that Carey will be returning to her original label home, Sony, whom she left in 2000 after divorcing the company’s president, Tommy Motolla.  L.A. Reid is also believed to be moving over to Sony, where he will join his former boss, Doug Morris.

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