News: Jay-Z Signs Booty Shaking Star, Adds Newest Roc Nation Member

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 5:38PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Booty shaking singer Shakira has reportedly taken her talents to Jay-Z's Roc Nation management team, joining a clientele list which includes Rihanna, Wale and Melanie Fiona.

While details are still piling up, the move was revealed Monday (February 20) afternoon.

The superstar Colombian singer has signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation for management, has learned. The news definitely marks a coup for Roc Nation. With worldwide appeal, Shakira has sold more than 60 million albums and won 12 Billboard Latin Music Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards and two Grammy Awards. With the signing to Roc Nation for management, Shakira joins the likes of Rihanna, Wale, Santigold and Melanie Fiona, who are all signed under Roc Nation's management umbrella. Managed producers under Roc Nation include Jahlil Beats, No I.D. and S1. Signed Roc Nation artists of course include the company's founder, Jay-Z, J. Cole, Jay Electronica, Rita Ora and Willow Smith, the daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. (XXL Mag)

In late December, singer Ester Dean announced her signing to Roc Nation.

"I'm so Grateful 4 my Team Past and Present! Bringing in the New Year with my new Team @RocNation 2012 #JayBrown #Tata #Omar," she tweeted December 31st. (Ester Dean's Twitter)

Back in 2010, Grammy-winning singer Rihanna joined forces with Jay's management team.

The singer announced Wednesday (October 20) that she will now be managed by mentor and former Def Jam exec Jay-Z's Roc Nation company. The chart-ruling singer spilled the beans to The Associated Press, saying in a statement she's "so excited to take this next step in my career." The "Only Girl in the World" singer joins songstress Melanie Fiona, spitter Wale and DJ/producer Mark Ronson as other faces handled by the management arm of Hov's multi-pronged firm. (MTV)

Recently, Jay-Z spoke on the label side of operating Roc Nation.

"I think running a label is a bit like having kids," Hov told MTV News while in New York to promote two charitable Carnegie Hall concerts in February. The Roc Nation CEO's answer came in response to criticism that he could have done more to endorse J. Cole, who dropped his debut, Cole Word: The Sideline Story, in September. "When you know someone needs more help, you help them," Jigga said. "When you see that someone can make it on their own ... you see Kanye or J. Cole, you see that sort of talent -- you let that talent be. You let that talent find its way." (MTV)

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