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Roc Nation
Type Limited liability company
Industry Entertainment
Founded 2008
Founder(s) Jay-Z
Headquarters New York City, U.S.
Beverly Hills, U.S.
Area served Worldwide
Owner(s) Jay-Z [1]
Divisions StarRoc
Takeover Roc Nation
Website Official website

Roc Nation, LLC is an American entertainment company founded by Jay-Z. The record label wing is distributed by Universal Music Group.[2]


In April 2008, Live Nation partnered with Jay-Z to create Roc Nation.[3][4][5] Roc Nation also has a record label named Star Roc and an entertainment company named Takeover Roc Nation, located in the United Kingdom, and it also covers Europe; the company was distributed by Sony Music Entertainment at first, and partners with Live Nation.[6][7]

In 2008, Jay-Z and Norwegian songwriters-producers Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen of the production duo Stargate formed the record label Star Roc. The label is a 50/50 partnership between Stargate and Jay-Z's Roc Nation entertainment company, which he signed in the same year to Live Nation. StarRoc is headquartered at Jay-Z's recording studio, Roc the Mic, in Manhattan, New York City, United States.[8][9][10][11]

In 2011, Roc Nation announced a worldwide partnership with the international artist management company Three Six Zero Group.[12]

In early April 2013, Roc Nation formed a new sports management division, Roc Nation Sports.[13] The new company will act as an intermediary between high-profile athletes and the sporting teams and companies seeking to capitalize on their abilities, just as any traditional sports management agency would. It was also announced that week that Jay-Z signed a multi-year deal with Universal Music Group to distribute all future Roc Nation albums.[2]

Signed artists[edit]

Jay-Z (pictured) was the founding member of the Label "Roc Nation".
Act Year signed Roc Nation albums Star Roc albums
Jay-Z Founder 2
J. Cole[14][15] 2009 2
Rita Ora[16] 2009 1
Bridget Kelly[17] 2010
Alexis Jordan[18] 2009 1
Hugo[19][20] 2010 1
Jay Electronica[15][21][22] 2010
Willow Smith[23] 2010
Mayaeni[24] 2012
Arlissa[25] 2013
Calvin Harris[26] 2013
DJ Mustard[27] 2013
Willie Jae 2013
Alexa Goddard[28] 2014
Rihanna[29] 2014
Romans[30] 2014
Corey-Jackson Carter[31] 2014
J. Cole

Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born January 28, 1985), better known by his stage name J. Cole, is a German-born American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Fayetteville, North Carolina. In 2009, he became the first artist to sign to Jay-Z's Roc Nation label. His long-awaited debut album titled Cole World: The Sideline Story was released on September 27, 2011. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, Top R&B Albums and Top Rap Albums chart, selling more than 218,000 in its first week sales.[32] He received a nomination for Best New Artist at the 54th Grammy Awards.

J. Cole was the first act to be signed to the label in 2009.
Rita Ora was the first act to be signed to Roc Nation to score a number one album in the UK.
Alexis Jordan was previously a contestant on America's Got Talent until signing a joint deal with Roc Nation and Star Roc.
Rita Ora

Rita Ora (born 26 November 1990) is a British recording artist. Ora signed the deal with Roc Nation in December 2009.[33] Ora's debut album, Ora, was released on 27 August 2012 and debuted at the top the UK Albums Chart.[34] It was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.

Bridget Kelly

Bridget Kelly (born April 8, 1986) is a pop/R&B singer and songwriter from New York City.[35] She is a graduate from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan.[35] She is signed to Roc Nation.[36][37] Kelly has regularly filled in for Alicia Keys when performing the song Empire State of Mind with Jay-Z.

Alexis Jordan

Alexis Jordan (born April 7, 1992)[38] is an American singer and actress from Columbia, South Carolina. Jordan rose to fame as a contestant on the first season of America's Got Talent in 2006. After being eliminated from the show, she began to upload cover songs to YouTube, which received millions of views. The exposure led Jordan to the attention of Norwegian production team Stargate and American rapper Jay-Z, who both went on to sign her to their label StarRoc, their joint label.[39] Her debut single, "Happiness", was released in September 2010, and reached number one in the Netherlands and Norway,[40] and also became a top-three hit in Australia and the United Kingdom. Jordan's self-titled debut album was released on February 25, 2011.[41]


Hugo Chakrabongse Levy (born 6 August 1981), known under the mononym Hugo, is a half-Thai Royal Family, half-British singer-songwriter. Based in New York City and signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation label, his musical style has been dubbed by Roc Nation as "gangsta-rock". He is best known for his bluegrass cover of Jay-Z's "99 Problems", and his debut album, Old Tyme Religion, was released on May 10, 2011.[42]

Willow Smith signed to Roc Nation in 2010.
Jay Electronica

Timothy Elpadaro Thedford (born September 19, 1976), better known by his stage name Jay Electronica, is an American hip hop recording artist, and record producer, currently based in London, United Kingdom.[43] Jay Electronica first gained significant attention after the release of the musical composition Act I: Eternal Sunshine (the pledge), made available on a MySpace page in 2007. It is fifteen continuous minutes of music, without drums, built from Jon Brion's soundtrack to the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. In late 2009 he released two songs, both produced by Just Blaze, "Exhibit A (Transformations)" and "Exhibit C" the latter of which won a Sucker Free Summit Award for Instant Classic. On November 12, 2010, it was announced Jay Electronica had become an official member of Jay-Z's Roc Nation record label.[44]

Willow Smith

Willow Camille Reign Smith (born October 31, 2000) is an American child actress and singer. In the fall of 2010 she saw success the release of her singles "Whip My Hair", "21st Century Girl", and soon signed to her current mentor, Jay-Z's, record label Roc Nation. "Whip My Hair" has peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. The video was nominated for Video of the Year at the BET Awards of 2011.[45]


Rihanna is a Barbadian recording artist and actress. In October 2004, At age 16, she moved to the United States to pursue a recording career and began recording demo tapes under Rogers' guidance, subsequently signing a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for Jay-Z. Rihanna released an eponymous book and announced that she would henceforth be managed by Jay-Z's label Roc Nation in October 2010.[46][47][48][49][50] In May 2014, Rihanna left Def Jam Recordings to sign fully with Roc Nation.

Formerly signed
K Koke

Kevin Georgiou (born 22 May 1985), better known by his stage name K Koke, is an English rapper of Greek Cypriot descent from Stonebridge, North West London. His first mixtape Pure Koke Volume One was an underground success. Volume 1 was given away for free on various online outlets. Having gained considerable critical acclaim within the UK rap scene, he has recently signed with Roc Nation along with a distribution deal with Sony Music Entertainment for worldwide releases and RCA Records only for U.K. releases.[51][52][53]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Alexis Jordan 11 87 28 96 9
Old Tyme Religion
Cole World: The Sideline Story 52 4 36 36 25 1
Ora 24 101 63 2 24 15 1
Born Sinner
  • Artist: J. Cole
  • Released: June 18, 2013
  • Label: Roc Nation, Dreamville, Columbia
  • Formats: CD, digital download
14 2 11 27 7 1
Magna Carta Holy Grail
  • Artist: Jay-Z
  • Released: July 4, 2013 (Samsung exclusive)
    July 9, 2013 (Official release)
  • Label: Roc Nation, Roc-A-Fella, Universal
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
2 1 2 1 1

Managed acts[edit]

The following are acts under Roc Nation management only (not signed to Roc Nation record label).


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Shakira (left) and Kylie Minogue (right) are two acts that are managed by Roc Nation.

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter. In January 2012, the international singer-songwriter signed a contract with Roc Nation to produce her new 3 albums (the first will sales out in 2013) and manage her next 2 world tours that will be co-produced by Live Nation, who has sold nearly 70 million records.[59][60]

Kylie Minogue is an Australian singer-songwriter and actress who has sold nearly 90 million records worldwide. In February 2013, the international pop star signed a management deal with Roc Nation. Minogue released her twelfth studio album, first under Roc Nation management Kiss Me Once on March 14, 2014, and the lead single Into The Blue precedes the release.[61]

Casey Veggies[62] is an American rapper from Inglewood, California. Since 2007, the young artist has released 5 independent record label mixtapes.

Elijah Blake[63][64]

Mark Ronson[65][66] is an English DJ, musician, music producer, artist and co-founder of Allido Records. He currently works with his band, Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.

Melanie Fiona is a Canadian singer[67][68][69] who in 2007 prior to completing her debut album, Hallim met with recording artist Jay-Z and his friend Tyty. She played them some of her music and was then signed to be managed by Roc Nation.[70]

Meek Mill is an American hip hop recording artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[71] On May 10, it was announced Meek Mill signed with Roc Nation management.[72]

Santigold[73] is an American singer, songwriter, and producer. Her debut album Santogold was released to positive reviews in 2008. Her second album Master of My Make-Believe was released in April 2012.

The Ting Tings[74][75][76] are an English musical duo, consisting of Katie White (vocals, guitar, bass drums, bass guitar, cowbells) and Jules De Martino (drums, lead guitar, bass guitar, vocals, piano). They formed in December 2007 while based at Islington Mill Studios in Salford.

Haim is a three-female rock band discovered in Los Angeles, California. They are currently signed to their one-million dollar management contract with Jay-Z's label, Roc Nation.[77]

Grimes is an experimental pop music producer and artist from Canada. After her successful and critically acclaimed third album 'Visions', it gained her status in the music industry with the New York Times claiming it as "one of the most impressive albums of the year so far" in 2012. She signed to Roc Nation in December 2013 after posting the well recognised Roc Nation hand sign on her tumblr account. She is expected to release her fourth album in 2014.[78]

Formerly signed

M.I.A. is a British recording artist.[79] She officially signed with Jay-Z's Roc Nation management in May 2012.[80][81] Rihanna welcomed her to the family, tweeting, "welcome home MIA."[82] She guested during Jay-Z's set at the Radio 1 Festival in Hackney on 23 June 2012. During November 2013, it was updated by Pitchfork Media that the artist has resigned her management deal with Roc Nation to work on fashion and other ventures.[83] On January 2, 2014, it was announced that M.I.A. would leave RocNation altogether.[84]


Andrea Martin[85] is an American R&B singer, songwriter and producer. She is primarily known for writing hit songs (often with longtime partner Ivan Matias) for artists like Toni Braxton ("I Love Me Some Him"), Monica ("Before You Walk Out of My Life"), Angie Stone ("Wish I Didn't Miss You"),[86] En Vogue ("Don't Let Go (Love)"), SWV ("You're the One"), and Leona Lewis ("Better In Time"). Martin worked with The X Factor 2008 winner Alexandra Burke on a song for her debut album Overcome.

Carmen Key[87]

James Fauntleroy II[88] is an American R&B singer-songwriter. Formerly a member of The Underdogs, Fauntleroy currently works with the production group The Y's, and is the acting president of entertainment conglomerate "1500 Or Nothin". He is most known for his songs, "No Air" by Jordin Sparks (featuring Chris Brown), "Take You Down" and "Superhuman" by Chris Brown, and "Love Sex Magic" by Ciara. He co-wrote 6 tracks from Rihanna's album Rated R. As a member of the alternative music group Cocaine 80s, Fauntleroy has released a series of free EPs, for download on the group's website. A frequent collaborator of Cocaine 80s is Common. In 2011, Fauntleroy provided vocals for five songs on Common's The Dreamer/The Believer album. He appears on "Dreamer (feat. Maya Angelou)," "Gold," "Cloth," "Celebrate," and "Windows." In 2012, he contributed vocals to Kanye West's first G.O.O.D. Music collaborative album, Cruel Summer. He appears on "Clique," "Higher," "Sin City," and "The One." [89]

Makeba Riddick[90][91] (also known as "Girl Wonder") is a singer-songwriter who has been active since 2005.[92] She is originally from West Baltimore,[93] United States. Currently she is managed by Jay-Z's record label and production house, Roc Nation. Their official website describes her as one of the industry's top pop music songwriters and vocal producers.[94] Riddick is perhaps best known for her work with multi-platinum selling pop artist Rihanna for whom she has vocally produced and collaborated on three albums with including A Girl Like Me, Music of the Sun and Good Girl Gone Bad. She co-wrote and vocally produced the star's reggae influenced song "Rude Boy" from Rihanna's fourth studio album, Rated R. She also produced vocals for all the remaining tracks on the album, and co-wrote the intro track "Mad House".[93]

Ludwig Göransson[95] is a Swedish pop composer. He is best known for his work on Childish Gambino's debut album, Camp.



Audio engineers[edit]

Mixing/Mastering engineers[edit]





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