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"We couldn’t be happier to welcome [Chris Lighty] and his Violator Records imprint into the Jive family."
—Barry Weiss, Jive Records

LIGHTY ALIGHTS AT JIVE

Veteran Manager/Record Executive Joins Label as Sr. VP, Retains Presidency of Violator

Chris Lighty is now officially Jive.

The veteran record executive and artist manager has been named Senior Vice President for the label, while maintaining the title of President of Violator Records, which will now come under the Jive umbrella.

The announcement was made by Jive President Barry Weiss and Sr. VP Peter Thea, who immediately put two more bullet holes in Lighty client 50 Cent to celebrate.

Lighty will take on A&R responsibilities, and has brought in former Loud Records act Mobb Deep as his first signing. Their first album under the Violator/Jive deal will come out in August, to be preceded in July by the V3 compilation, the third in a series of albums featuring the Violator roster which have previously been certified gold and platinum.

Commented Weiss: "Chris has a long history with Jive Records, dating back to the late ‘80s, when he managed A Tribe Called Quest. We couldn’t be happier to welcome him and his Violator Records imprint into the Jive family. His proven track record and innovative, entrepreneurial spirit makes Jive, Chris and Violator a natural fit. But we have to draw the line at allowing 50 Cent to use the office parking garage."

Added Lighty: "I have known Barry and Jive for the length of my career. This is who I feel the most comfortable with and I expect to continue my learning curve here at Jive. The talent this label has on the roster is second to none and I look forward to working with everyone."

Lighty’s Violator management stable was part of Mike Ovitz’s AMG, though it was not among the properties that ended up going to The Firm when it purchased the assets of the company. Lighty’s clients include, aside from 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott and Mobb Deep.

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