Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid Officially Named Head of Epic Records

Relax — he’s still going to be a judge on “The X Factor”

Last Updated: July 18, 2011 @ 1:57 PM

Antonio "L.A." Reid was officially named head of Epic Records on Monday, a long-expected move that TheWrap confirmed in June.

Reid — who will do double duty as a judge on Simon Cowell's Fox singing competition show "The X Factor" in the fall — will carry the title of chairman-CEO, a fitting role for the man who topped Island Def Jam from 2004 to 2011.

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The move has been seen as inevitable since March, when Reid fled his chairman position at IDJ.

Epic Records, which has first dibs on "X Factor" performers, is a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment. The label is expected to merge with Jive Records, which Reid will also oversee.