Roc Nation

Roc Nation
Industry Entertainment
Founded 2008
Founder Jay Z
Headquarters New York City, New York, United States
Area served
Website Official website
Roc Nation Records
Founded 2008
Founder Jay Z
Distributor(s) Universal Music Distribution
Country of origin United States

Roc Nation, LLC is an American entertainment company founded by rapper Jay Z in 2008. The company has offices in New York City, London and Los Angeles. It is a full service entertainment company housing a record label, talent agency, touring and concert production company, music, film, and television production company as well as a music publishing house. The company is home to a diverse roster of recording artists, musicians and record producers such as J. Cole, Big Sean, Rihanna, Kanye West, Vic Mensa, Grimes, Demi Lovato, DJ Khaled, T.I. and The Lox. The company also has partnerships with global management companies Three Six Zero Urban Media Global Network Collective and Philymack.


In 2008, Roc Nation was founded by Jay Z. The firm has a multi-year partnership with live event company Live Nation.[1][2][3] In June 2009, Roc Nation signed a 4-year distribution deal with Sony Music.[4] In 2010, Roc Nation partnered with London-based entertainment company Three Six Zero Group.[5] In February 2013, Roc Nation signed a worldwide music publishing administration deal with Warner/Chappell Music.[6] In April 2013, Roc Nation formed a new sports management division, Roc Nation Sports, a subsidiary dedicated to sports representation for professional athletes.[7] Shortly thereafter, Roc Nation Sports also launched a boxing promotion division.[8] After the Sony deal expired, in April 2013, Roc Nation signed a multi-year partnership with Universal Music.[9] In February 2015, Roc Nation and Three Six Zero Group announced the formation of Three Six Zero Entertainment, a division representing clients in film, television and the literary arts.[10]

In November 2016, the administrator of Prince's estate authorized a copyright lawsuit against Roc Nation for putting 15 Prince albums up on the streaming service Tidal.[11]




Artist [17] Year signed Number of albums on label
Jay Z20083
J. Cole20094
Jay Electronica2010
DJ Mustard20131
Rihanna2014 1
Claudia Leitte2014
Alexa Goddard2014
Vic Mensa20151
The Lox2016 1

See also


  1. "In Rapper's Deal, a New Model for Music Business". New York Times. 2008-04-03. Retrieved 2014-09-03.
  2. "Forbes - JAY". Forbes. 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2014-09-03.
  3. "NEAR TRUTHS BY I.B. BAD". Hits Daily Double. 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2014-09-03.
  4. "Jay-Z confirms Roc Nation deal with Sony". Universal Music. 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2014-09-03.
  5. Week, Music. "Three Six Zero signs Roc Nation deal". Music Week. Music Week. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  6. "Roc Nation signs publishing administration deal with Warner/Chappell". Billboard. 2013-02-19. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  7. "With New Move, Jay-Z Enters a Sports Agent State of Mind". The New York Times. 2013-04-02. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  8. "Roc Nation Sports Signs 6 New Boxers". Sports Agent Blog. 2015-02-12. Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  9. "Universal Music Group strikes global partnership with Roc Nation". Universal Music. 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2014-09-03.
  10. "Jay Z's Roc Nation and Three Six Zero Partner to Launch Film and Television Management Arm". Billboard. 2015-02-12. Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  11. Eriq Gardner (16 November 2016). "Jay Z's Roc Nation Sued for Streaming Prince Albums on Tidal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  12. Huerta, Heidi. "You'll Be Seeing A Lot More Of Roc Nation's Brazilian Pop Artist, Claudia Leitte". MTV Networks. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  13. Brandle, Lars (November 11, 2015). "Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas Manager Partners with Roc Nation: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  14. "Welcome DJ Camilo". Roc Nation. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  15. "DJ Khaled signs management deal with Roc Nation". The Verge. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  16. "Roc Nation Welcomes New York's Own Latino DJ LOBO to the Family". Roc Nation. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  17. "Roc Nation label roster". Roc Nation. Retrieved 2014-09-18.

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