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L.A. Reid

Antonio "L.A." Reid (born June 7, 1956) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning US record executive, songwriter, and record producer. Best known as the co-founder of LaFace Records, he is responsible for signing and helping bring Mariah Carey, Pink, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Kanye West, Avril Lavigne, Toni Braxton, TLC, Usher, Ciara, OutKast, and Dido to multi-platinum album sales. He currently serves as Chairman & CEO of Epic Records. He is the President and chief executive of Hitco Music Publishing, based in Atlanta and was the chairman and chief executive officer of Island Def Jam Music Group until 2011, when he signed up to appear as a judge on the 2011 U.S. version of The X Factor. Reid was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is one of four children of Emma Reid, a seamstress and interior decorator. His father was mostly absent. He was raised in the Mount Auburn and Madisonville neighborhoods in Cincinnati's east side.

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Jackie Jackson -- I'm In Tears Over MJ's New Album

Jackie Jackson
I'm In Tears Over MJ's New Album

Michael Jackson's new album could cause a whole new rift in the Jackson family -- Jermaine told us he was against it ... but brother Jackie says he's so excited about the new cd, it made him cry.… READ MORE >

X Factor's Epic Fail -- REJECTS Next Justin Bieber

'X Factor'
Epic Fail Rejects Next Justin Bieber

"X Factor" -- the freshly cancelled singing competition show -- didn't help its chances of survival by booting a contestant who could have become the next Justin Bieber.17-year-old John Lindahl… READ MORE >

- 203 days ago
Simon Cowell -- LOSES $20k 'X Factor' Bet to L.A. Reid

Simon Cowell
LOSES $20,000 Bet to L.A. Reid

Simon Cowell has TWENTY THOUSAND reasons to cry over Thursday night's "X Factor" results show -- and it's all thanks to a rich-person bet he made with L.A. Reid. TMZ has learned ... Simon and… READ MORE >

- 635 days ago
Khloe Kardashian & Mario Lopez -- Officially Sign On to 'X Factor'

Khloe K & Mario Lopez
Officially Sign On to 'X Factor'

It's official ... Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez will be the new co-hosts of "X Factor" ... TMZ has confirmed with sources connected to the show. We broke the story ... Khloe and Mario had been… READ MORE >

- 702 days ago
Marc Anthony -- Set To Battle Justin Bieber ... on 'X Factor'

Marc Anthony
Set to Battle Bieber ... on 'X Factor'

Watch out Justin Bieber -- Marc Anthony took a cue from your playbook and just signed up to be the next celebrity mentor on "X Factor" ... LET THE BATTLE BEGIN. Sources close to Marc tell us ...… READ MORE >

- 744 days ago
Justin Bieber -- Tapped for 'X Factor'

Justin Bieber
Tapped for 'X Factor'

Simon Cowell has a new enemy ... Justin Bieber -- 'cause the pop star has teamed up with rival "X Factor" judge L.A. Reid to become a celebrity mentor on the upcoming season of the show. TMZ has… READ MORE >

- 750 days ago
Mariah Carey -- Hangs with 'X Factor' Rival Before Scoring 'American Idol' Gig

Mariah Carey
Hangs with 'X Factor' Rival Before Scoring 'Idol' Gig

Just a day or so before being named the newest "American Idol" judge, Mariah Carey was hanging out with some of her biggest competition ... "X Factor" judge L.A. Reid.Mimi and L.A. were spotted… READ MORE >

- 786 days ago
'X Factor' -- God Has Enough ... Shuts Down Auditions

'X Factor'
God Has Enough, Shuts Down Auditions

There was electricity in the air at the "X Factor" auditions in Greensboro, NC today ... because the production truck was struck by lightning ... TMZ has learned. Sources at the scene tell us ...… READ MORE >

- 800 days ago
L.A. Reid -- Britney Spears Would Have Won 'X Factor'

L.A. Reid
Britney Spears Would Have WON 'X Factor'

If "X Factor" existed before Britney Spears was famous ... and she competed on the show ... Brit would easily have won the grand prize -- this according to "X Factor" judge L.A. Reid.Mr. Reid was… READ MORE >

- 827 days ago
'X-Factor' -- All Four Judges Walk Off!

'X-Factor'
All Four Judges Walk Off!

All four "X-Factor" judges just pulled a Britney and high-tailed it off set, TMZ has learned, after witnessing the worst audition in the history of auditioning. Sources at the taping in Kansas… READ MORE >

- 830 days ago

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