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LaFace Records
Parent company Sony Music Entertainment
Founded 1989
Founder Antonio Reid
Kenneth Edmonds
Status Active
Distributing label RCA/Jive Label Group
(In the US)
RCA Records
(Outside the US)
Genre Various
Country of origin US
Official Website Official website of LaFace Records

LaFace Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony Music Entertainment.

Company history

LaFace was formed in 1989 as a joint venture between the producing duo Antonio "L.A." Reid & Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, and Arista Records. The combined nicknames of the duo's successful production company inspired the name of the label. LaFace went on to become a successful label throughout the 1990s, responsible for producing popular acts such as TLC, Toni Braxton, OutKast, P!nk, Usher, Goodie Mob, Donell Jones, Pressha and Cee-Lo. Towards the end of the decade LaFace produced fewer artists and Babyface began to focus more on his own music career. The label was acquired completely by Arista and BMG in 1999. In 2001, L.A. Reid was appointed Chairman/CEO of Arista. As a result of Reid's promotion, LaFace was dissolved as most of its prominent acts moved up to the main Arista label to work under Reid.

In 2004, after the corporate restructuring of the BMG labels, LaFace was reactivated as one quarter of the newly reconstructed Zomba Music Group. Most of its former roster that had moved on to Arista returned to the company, upon its reactivation.

Some notable LaFace artists

† = Deceased

See also

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