MTV reports, L.A. Reid resigned from his post as chairman of Island Def Jam Records on Thursday and will join Simon Cowell’s “X Factor” as one of the show’s judges, according to a statement from the label sent to the BBC.
A memo from Reid obtained by MTV News opens with a quote from Colin Powell: “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.”
Reid goes on to say, “After much consideration, I have decided to leave my position as Chairman of the Island Def Jam Music Group. I have always thrived on growth and the next great challenge, and I look forward with much enthusiasm to what the future holds.
“I am extremely proud of our beautiful roster and all we have accomplished in my seven years with IDJ,” the note continues. “We continue to have incredible success together with today’s most phenomenal superstars — Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Bon Jovi, Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, The Killers, The-Dream, Chrisette Michele, Jeezy and Ludacris to name a few. I want to thank all of you for your amazing contributions.”