So after months of hints and rumors, it looks like Island Def Jam chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid will leave his post to be a judge on Simon Cowell’s talent reality show, “The X Factor,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Cowell had been pursuing Reid for months, but there were complications: Cowell is connected to Sony Music through his Syco label, which will have the first right to release albums from “X Factor” winners. Island Def Jam is part of Universal Music Group, which now handles the “American Idol” music releases after taking them over from Sony Music following Cowell’s departure from the judge’s chair. So you can see why UMG wasn’t about to agree to Reid serving as a judge for what amounts to a rival show, even though his contract is up in December. “X Factor” debuts on Fox in September.
Now that hurdle has been cleared. It also answers a few other questions that have nothing to do with “X Factor,” which we’ll return to in a minute.
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