Sony-owned record label absorb labels of Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson

Executives at US record label RCA have announced the company is shutting down Arista, Jive and J Records.

Between them, the trio of imprints, owned by parent company Sony, are currently home to the likes of Britney Spears, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Whitney Houston and Outkast.

All of the artists currently signed to those labels will be folded into the RCA Records roster.

RCA president and COO Tom Corson told Hollywood Reporter: “The path we’ve taken is to refresh RCA, so we’re going to retire those brands. There may be a reason down the line to bring them back, but it’s a clean slate here.”

According to Corson, the move towards dropping existing labels and consolidating under the RCA banner has been supported by the musicians signed to the various labels.

“The artists have all been supportive. We didn’t make this move without consulting our artists, and we haven’t had any push-back,” said Corson. “Frankly, they’re the brand. We’re defined by our artists.”