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According To L.A. Reid, Hair Can Make Or Break An Artist

February 21st, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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India. Arie’s “I Am Not My Hair” certainly wasn’t the tune record executive/musician L.A. Reid was singing on recent visit to The Real.

In an effort to promote his new book “My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next,” which chronicles his 25 years in the music industry and all the battles and triumphs he spoke with the ladies about grooming artists like Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Ciara and Rihanna   into stars and much more.

When co-host Tamara Mowry-Housley asked Reid what were the most important things that go into a pop stars image, he answered, “talent, personality, and the big thing is hair.”

“You got to have the hair [right]. I’m looking at the hair the minute you walk in. The hair is as important as the chorus of the song. We make choruses so people will sing along. You do the hair so people will imitate it. So if the hair is not right you miss half the battle.”

While we know a well groomed and on point mane can boost both your mood and confidence, is it really that big of a factor of making or breaking your career as a successful artist in today’s music industry?


Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “CrazySexyCool”

November 15th, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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It’s one of our favorite albums and we’ve all seen VH1’s biggest TV movie, “The TLC Story: CrazySexyCool.” Nevertheless, MadameNoire compiled a list in celebration of CrazySexyCool‘s 20th anniversary as one of the best selling R&B albums of all time.

Like for example, this album made TLC the biggest girl group in the world at the time, which they are still one of the biggest to this day. Their success makes sense — watching them grow into sexy, sophisticated women. They created an album representative of their personalities as well as how each member was portrayed in the media — taking on their personas. Left Eye named the album as she did all their other albums. She was crazy, Chilli was sexy and T-Boz was cool.

New Michael Jackson Album “Xscape” — Composed From The King Of Pop’s Vault — Drops In May

March 31st, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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On the cusp of his death’s fifth anniversary, Epic Records plans to release new Micheal Jackson music!

Entitled Xscape, the album will debut on May 13. The idea to create the album was conceived by Epic CEO L.A. Reid, who chose eight songs and handed them over to the lead producer of the project, Timbaland, to “contemporize” the records for 2014 consumption, Gawker reports.

In a statement released by L.A. Reid:

“Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with.We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”

Fans who rather hear the un-contemporized version with Jackson’s authentic vocals can pay extra for the Xscape Deluxe edition, The Los Angeles Times reports. The album will able available for pre-order tomorrow, April 1. The album’s title track was written by Jackson, produced by Rodney Jerkins and was originally intended for Jackson’s 2001 Invincible album. Stargate team producers Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon and John McClain also worked on Jackson’s posthumous album.

Despite the excitement revolving around the album, some believe it’s an unsavory act of business simply intended for record companies seeking to make more money off of dead entertainers. Do you agree?

Carl Payne Talks Playing L.A. Reid In The TLC Biopic And Struggling To Get Work After “Martin”

October 18th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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There is tons of controversy surrounding VH1’s highly anticipated biopic, CrazyS*xyCool: The TLC Story. Much of that controversy has to do with people who are unhappy with the way they have been portrayed in the film. A great example is Perri “Pebbles” Reid, the ex-wife of mega producer L.A. Reid and former manager of TLC. Earlier this week she took to her Twitter account and threatened to take legal action against the group’s remaining members, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins. There hasn’t been much said about how L.A. Reid feels about his role in the film as of yet. But the actor who was cast to play L.A., Carl Payne, says he’s not too concerned with the controversy that surrounds this role.

“At the end of the day, if somebody feels some sort of way about it, then maybe that’s a good thing. I must have done something right,” Carl told Sister 2 Sister.

There has also been a lot of back and forth between the ladies and Pebbles regarding accusations that Pebbles mismanaged the group’s money. Carl says that he wouldn’t be surprised if the accusations were true, since these things happen all of the time in Hollywood.

“None of that surprised me at all. It’s like par for the course. I’ve heard and seen it happen a million times.”

He also shared why he chose to watch old interviews of L.A. to pick up his mannerisms, as opposed to sitting down and meeting with him personally.

“My contract was to read the script and do it well. That’s it…on to the next job.”

The 44-year-old actor went on to discuss life after Martin and why many producers didn’t want to take a chance on him after he played such a silly role on the sitcom.

“They didn’t even really want me in the room.”

Thankfully, some folks eventually decided to give him a chance to prove himself.

“It got easier because there were some people brave enough to give me an opportunity and they weren’t disappointed. “You just want your shot. It’s one thing if you get stopped before you get to the door, but at least let me in there.”

Carl Anthony Payne To Play L.A. Reid In Forthcoming TLC Biopic

March 15th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Earlier this week when we reported that Rochelle Aytes had been cast to play Perri “Pebbles” Reid in VH1’s much talked about TLC biopic, some of you let us know that you were interested in finding out if Antonio “L.A.” Reid would have a role in the film and who was being cast to play his character. We’ve just learned that Carl Anthony Payne II, most commonly known for his role as Cole on 90’s sitcom, Martin, is slated to play the infamous music mogul who is credited for the multi-platinum sales of artists such as Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton and Kanye West, reports The YBF.

In case you are unsure of the role that Reid played in the makings of TLC, he is the former husband of Perri “Pebbles” Reid, the woman credited for discovering and developing TLC. The group eventually filed bankruptcy and broke away from Pebbles, accusing her of mismanaging their money.

 “TLC wanted Pebbitone out of their lives and the only way they could get out was to file bankruptcy,” Reid once told NY Mag.

It appears that the TLC drama had a lasting impact in the personal lives of Pebbles and Antonio as well. He described the group’s breaking away as “one of the breaking points in my marriage.”

While we’re not exactly sure what TLC had to do with the demise of the Reids’ marriage, hopefully the movie will provide us with some sort of insight.

The storyline sounds like it has all of the makings of a great biopic.

What do you think of Carl playing L.A. Reid?


Over It: L.A. Reid Peaces Out Of The ‘X Factor’

December 14th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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The judging panel of the “X Factor” will have a little less color next season as L.A. Reid has decided not to return to the singing competition. In an interview with Access Hollywood, he said:

“I have decided that I will not return to ‘The X Factor’ next year. I have to go back and I have a company to run that I’ve kind of neglected and it saddens me a little bit, but only a little bit.”

That “only a little bit” sounds like there may have been some sketch things going on — like Simon got on his nerves, like he eventually gets on all of the other judge’s bad sides but Reid said that’s not the case:

“I love Simon. We have a great relationship, we have fun together, we talk, we laugh, we do bad things, we’re friends. I owe so much to Simon. I really have a lot [of] respect for him and I always will. I support him, I support the show and I’ll always be in business with him.”

As for his feelings on getting back to the office and handling his business as chairman and CEO of Epic Records, Reid said:

“[X Factor] was a nice break, it was a nice departure from what I’ve done for the past 20 years, but now I gotta go back to work.

“I have a huge responsibility to a roster of artists and it’s kind of time for me to stop doing the ‘me’ show,” he said.

“I’m not ruling out ever coming back, but I’m definitely not coming back next year,” he said. “I have a job to do and once I get some work done and get some momentum then maybe I’ll revisit the idea a little later.”

Looks like “X Factor” is about to be on that “American Idol” scramble. Will you miss L.A. Reid?

It Was Great While It Lasted: 6 Memorable R&B Musical Divorces

December 12th, 2012 - By Jasmine Berry
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As an artist, finding a producer who can bring out the best in your voice and arrange hit records is hard. And for those lucky few who do, staying together can be even harder. For the artists on this list, we loved the music they made with their producers, but just like divorces in real life—some we hated to see separate, while others were clearly for the best.


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Brandy and Rodney Jerkins

Although Rodney Jerkins didn’t begin working with Brandy until her second album “Never Say Never,” the musical match helped boost her into super-stardom. Together they made a unique sound and we all loved it. With hits like “The Boy is Mine,” “What About Us?” and “Almost Doesn’t Count,” the duo was on a roll. So, we were all surprised when the two went their separate ways after the success of the “Full Moon” album.

On Brandy’s fourth studio album, “Aphrodisiac,” Jerkins did not produce one song; instead she turned to producer Timberland to create the majority of the CD. The album had little success, and she returned to Jerkins and the Darkchild crew to produce her fifth studio album “Human,” but it was too late, the musical magic was long gone between the two. The reason they parted ways in the first place is still a bit unclear, but tension remains high between the two judging by the brief run of Brandy’s family reality show when they had dinner together.

Bey, Jay & More Celebrate Launch of Erica Reid’s New Book, “Thriving Child”

May 9th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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Bey and Jay and their little teases of affection are too cute.

The proud parents were spotted at a private residence yesterday evening for the launch of Erica Reid’s new book, ‘The Thriving Child’.  Erica wrote the book in an effort to teach successful parenting through allergies, asthma and other common challenges that new parents may have while raising their children.

Also in attendance at the private launch was Erica’s husband LA Reid, Tina Knowles and Mary J. Blige.

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Janet Jackson Tells Simon Cowell Thanks, But No Thanks to “X Factor” Gig

March 2nd, 2012 - By madamenoire
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Darn! As much as we would have loved to see Janet sitting next to Simon and L.A. Reid (he hasn’t been fired yet, right?) on the show The X Factor, Jackson says a busy schedule and other commitments will not make her available for the reality TV singing competition.

Rumors have been flying for a few months now that Jackson had been contacted about the opportunity to fill either Paula Abdul or Nicole Scherzinger’s seats on the show, even though her camp says there were no meetings about it, this is what she had to say about it all in a statement to E! News: “[I’m] very flattered that ‘X Factor’ let me know that I was being considered for next season, but it just wouldn’t be possible.”

Word on the street, or according to E! News that is, is that Jackson is busy working on another Tyler Perry film (HERE we go…), as well as finishing up touring at this time. Therefore, Simon Cowell and his people are going to have to keep looking. While I’m a fan of Christina Aguilera on The Voice, I’m kind of glad Janet won’t be a judge on The X Factor, because when a star usually jumps at these kinds of opportunities, it can often signal that their actual career as performers is on the decline…just saying (am I lying?). Janet still has a good number of years to drop it low and pick it back up real fast before she needs to sit behind anybody’s table.

So who could be a replacement?

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L.A. Reid's 4 Tips for Music Exec Hopefuls

September 21st, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Black Enterprise) — It took one phone call to get Antonio “L.A.” Reid on board as a judge for The X Factor. “I always liked the idea of music platforms to discover and identify talent,” says the longtime music executive. “In the music industry, we have often struggled with those platforms. Simon [Cowell] talked to me about it, and I loved the idea and signed on.”  The 55-year-old, who, in July, was officially named chairman and CEO of Epic Records, says The X Factor, which premieres Wednesday night on Fox, is not a retread of American Idol and The Voice. “What really separates it are the people,” says Reid. “So many shows have a similar format.” Jay Leno’s format is not so different from David Letterman’s, he points out. “The format is a talk show. The difference is the personalities on those shows.”

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