J Records

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J Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG, and is distributed through the RCA Records Group. J was founded in 2000 by music industry veteran Clive Davis, after his ousting from Arista Records the same year, and initially operated as an independently managed company distributed through BMG. In 2001, the label hit paydirt with its inaugural release—Songs in A Minor, the multi-platinum debut album of Alicia Keys, which went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide. The same year, the label had another success with the platinum-selling debut album by O-Town. Olivia Longott was the first artist to sign to J Records.

In 2002, BMG bought a majority stake in the label, effectively obtaining principal control of the company. The same year, J began functioning under the RCA Records Group—where Davis was appointed President and CEO. In August 2005, J’s operations were merged with Arista Records, although both labels continue to release their own product.

Artists signed to J records include:

Alicia Keys
Annie Lennox
Aretha Franklin
Baby Bash
Barry Manilow
Boo
Cassidy
Chapter 4
Clyph
Emily King
Fantasia
Flyleaf
Gavin DeGraw
happyendings
I Nine
Inward Eye
J. Valentine
Jamie Foxx
Jennifer Hudson
Leona Lewis
Luke & Q
Luther Vandross
Lyric
Mashonda
Monica
One Chance
Pearl Jam
Rhymefest
Rico Love
Rod Stewart
Ruben Studdard
Say Anything
Shells
Silvertide
Smitty
Angie Stone
Taylor Hicks
Tyrese aka Black-Ty

More information available at www.jrecords.com

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