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RCA Kills Long-Running Pop Labels Arista and Jive

Despite the news yesterday that album sales are up over last year, it looks like the ongoing music-industry apocalypse is still in full swing. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that RCA is folding two long-running labels that have represented some of the biggest pop stars of the past four decades. Arista, which was founded by Clive Davis in 1974, and Jive, launched three years later by Clive Calder and helmed by Barry Weis since 1991, will both be shuttered, and their artists funneled to RCA Records. According to RCA execs, the move is a branding decision: “The concept is that there is value in branding RCA and not having it confused or diluted by other labels,” RCA president Tom Corson told THR. Although Arista only represented a handful of big names (Jennifer Hudson, Santana, Whitney Houston), Jive — the label that was largely responsible for the turn-of-the-millennium teen-pop boom — still boasts an enormous roster ranging from Pitbull and Rick Ross to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. A full list of artists currently on each label is after the jump.

Arista:
Whitney Houston
Jennifer Hudson
Santana
Sarah McLachlan
Barry Manilow
Dido

Jive:
311
Kris Allen
Apocalyptica
Atom Smash
Bei Maejor
Blow Pop
Chris Brown
Crystal Bowersox
Bullet for My Valentine
Cage The Elephant
Kevin Cossom
Asia Cruise
The Dares
Daisy Dares You
E-40
Mickey Factz
Michael Fredo
Gady
GS Boyz
Buddy Guy
Anthony Hamilton
Hotstylz
Hot Chelle Rae
Huey
Kourtney Heart
Issa Thompson
Isaiah Roulac
Samantha Jade
JLS
Bobby Johnson
Jennifer Lopez
Jessie J
Jacob Latimore
Jawan Harris
Juke Lantern
R. Kelly
Letoya Luckett
Jacob Latimore
Lil’ Mama
Living Things
Locnville
Crosby Loggins
Luke
Latoya Jackson
Lemar
Lily Allen
Lloyd
Lloyd Banks
Lil Boosie
Mac Miller
Mademoiselle Juliette
Bei Maejor
K.Michelle
Miguel
Mullage
Mýa
Miley Cyrus
Newtrament
Noé
Nelly
N Dubz
Nayomie a
One Day
O Wavy
Pitbull
Priscilla
Ryan Leslie
Rick Ross
Relient K
RichGirl
Nathan Robinson
Britney Spears
Jordin Sparks
Steps
Sway
Scorcher
Six D
Tyrese
Tina Turner
T-Pain
Tay Dizm
Three Days Grace
Travis Porter
Justin Timberlake
Usher
Vitamin C
Wakefield
Wretch 32
Youngbloodz

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