Jermain Dupri To Sony?
January 20, 2009 at 5:21 AM (PT)
Now that JERMAINE DUPRI has cut ties with Island Def Jam (NET NEWS 1/9), what’s next for the music mogul and his SO SO DEF imprint? RAP-UP.COM writes that reports have already begun surfacing that J.D. is headed back to SONY MUSIC.
SO SO DEF started out in 1993 as a joint venture with COLUMBIA RECORDS. After DUPRI’s distribution deal ended, he ventured to ARISTA RECORDS in 2002. In 2004, SO SO DEF shifted from ARISTA to ZOMBA MUSIC GROUP because of the SONYBMG merger. In 2005, SO SO DEF moved again, this time to VIRGIN RECORDS. DUPRI had a falling out with VIRGIN in 2006, which resulted in him leaving the label for ISLAND DEF JAM, where he most recently was let go from his post as President of Urban Music.
"I haven’t spoken to (ISLAND DEF JAM Chairman) L.A. (REID) in three months. I don’t know if it’s amicable considering that they claim they put me out. I feel like it’s not amicable,"DUPRI told ESSENCE.COM about his departure from ISLAND DEF JAM.