Violator founder moves label

Scant weeks after ending his 11-year association with Island/Def Jam Records, Violator Records founder-CEO Chris Lighty has taken an exec veep post with Loud Records.

All Violator artists currently signed to Island/Def Jam (Foxy Brown, Mysonne, the Cru) will remain with the UMG-distributed label, but the Violator label itself now will be part of the RED-distributed Loud operation.

“I’m extremely excited about Chris Lighty joining the Loud family,” Loud CEO Steven Rifkind told Daily Variety. “This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time.”

Lighty also co-heads Violator Management, which recently merged with Michael Ovitz’s Artists Management Group (Daily Variety, Jan. 20). Violator’s management clients include Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Q-Tip, Noreaga and Mobb Deep, the last of which already records for Loud.

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