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    LA Reid talks about signing Rihanna after Beyonce's encouragement


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    When famous music executive LA Reid sat down with Steve Harvey to talk about his glorious career, during the interview he shared that it was Beyonce who told him to pay attention to Rihanna. 

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    "We had a showcase and at the showcase we had two artists performing, her name is Teairra Mari, she's a really sweet girl. And the truth is I was paying a little more attention to her than I was to Rihanna. After the showcase Beyonce gave everone one of this looks and sai 'That Rihanna girl, she's a beast'... so I did a Rihanna double take". - shared LA Reid

    Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid also recounts meeting Rihanna for the first time in this exclusive excerpt from his memoir Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who's Next.

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    I first laid eyes on her in the hallway. I didn't know she was a singer or anything, just a pretty girl standing outside somebody's office. Then Jay Z burst into my office.

    "You have to see this girl," he said.We went back to his office and he introduced me. She was a startlingly beautiful 17-year-old from Barbados. She opened her audition with a Beyoncé song, singing, but the whole time piercing me with these laser eyes. I saw her determination, her commitment. I saw someone who was going to be a big star someday. My head was spinning. She sang another song, "Pon De Replay," that would become her first hit. After she was done, I looked at Jay Z.

    "Don't let her leave the building," I said.

    I left it to Jay Z's guys to close the deal, and she signed her contract that day.

    "After signing Rihanna, Jay Z and his team did the A&R for her first album, and I had nothing to do with it. The funny thing about Rihanna's success was that we signed two girls at that time -- Rihanna and a lovely young lady named Teairra Mari. We had an in-house company showcase and Beyoncé happened to be there with Jay Z. Teairra Mari, Rihanna, a four-girl group called Black Butterfly and Ne-Yo performed. At the label, we thought Teairra Mari would be the big star. We spent more time on her, did more work on her, paid more attention to her. Rihanna already had a hit with "Pon De Replay," but we still thought it was the other girl. A bell went off for me, however, when, after the showcase, Beyoncé came up to me."

     

     



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    Guest Faithz

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    Rih I am crossing my fingers that You will be Kind enough to

    drop another "Umbrella" song to shock the world, all over again, thanks

    in advance.

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    Guest Faithz

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    Waiting on your next  Cover Shoots, and a Music Video from Anti...

    And I am not in no rush, because I know you are very busy right now,

    and will get around to Music a little later.

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    Guest Faithz

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    Keep right on showing the World what you are working with, You are

    still making Waves and Making History, and how sweet it is...

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    Guest Shante

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    Beyoncé was right on the money with this one. She knew before the world. I don't know why people say they hate each other. Rihanna owe beyonce a lot.  The other girl Tierra Marie has a great voice but Rihanna has it factor.

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    2 minutes ago, Guest Shante said:

    Beyoncé was right on the money with this one. She knew before the world. I don't know why people say they hate each other. Rihanna owe beyonce a lot.  The other girl Tierra Marie has a great voice but Rihanna has it factor.

     

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    Your voice....amazing. I am thoroughly enjoying "Love on the Brain". Every time I think you can't possible awe me anymore then you have, you completely blow me away again. Keep it up. Your voice is a gift and I truly admire the fact you are who you are. You don't change for anyone. No apologizes. You are an inspiration.

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    Guest Łukasz romanczu

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    Jesteś piękna piszę po polsku bo nie znam angielskiego mam nadzieje że to przeczytasz chociaż wątpię ale pozdrawiam i całuje . Łukasz z polski . PS. Nie jestem swirem który będzie wypisywal chciałem tylko swoją opinię wyrazić . Trzymaj się .

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