Antonio Marquis “L.A.” Reid is reportedly leaving Epic Records. The 60-year-old music veteran was chairman of Epic and joined the Sony Music label in July 2011. While with the label, he was responsible for signing DJ Khaled, Travis Scott, Future and others. He is also responsible for bringing Mariah Carey back to Sony fold.
Reid’s business acumen has helped to bring numerous music acts to multi-platinum sales, including Fifth Harmony, Kenneth Babyface Edmonds, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, Boyz II Men, Outkast, Toni Braxton, TLC, Mariah Carey, Avril Lavigne, Paula Abdul, Pink, Justin Bieber, Meghan Trainor, Rihanna, Kanye West, Usher, Ne-Yo, 21 Savage, Young Jeezy, Ciara, Zara Larsson, Jidenna, Jennifer Lopez, Future, Travis Scott and Rick Ross.
Reid was also the founder and CEO of Hitco Music Publishing, based in New York, and was the chairman and CEO of the Island Def Jam Music Group for six years until his move to Epic in 2011.
He appeared as a judge on the first two seasons of the U.S. version of the television show The X Factor, but in December 2012 announced he would not be back for the show’s third season, saying he wanted to focus on his leadership at Epic Records.
LA has yet to confirm his departure and his next career move has not yet been revealed.
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