Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid, ousted from the top job at Arista Records barely a month ago, was named chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group on Tuesday. The appointment is effective Thursday, Universal officials said. “We couldn’t be happier to be working with an executive who has the range of talents that Antonio brings to the company,” Doug Morris, UMG’s chairman and chief executive, said in a statement. Reid replaces Lyor Cohen, who started Def Jam 21 years ago and left Island Def Jam last month to head Warner Music Group.
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