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Hip-Hop Producer J.R. Rotem Inks Deal With Epic, Launches New Label

Posted By on December 1, 2006

Multi-platinum producer Jonathan "J.R." Rotem has entered into a deal with Epic Records and is launching his own record label, Beluga Heights, which will be run out of Rotem's Chalice Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California.

Rotem, who produced Rihanna's #1 Billboard single "S.O.S.," Rick Ross' "Push It" 50 Cent and Olivia's "Best Friend" and the titled track to Game's album Doctor's Advocate.

Recently Rotem produced tracks for the likes of 50 Cent, Lil' Kim, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Britney Spears.

"I think I have the ability to both make hits and help make artists," Rotem said in a statement. "I don't want to overstate things, but I'm very excited about my forthcoming work."

The first artist signed to the Beluga Heights is 16-year-old Miami-based rapper Sean Kingston, who is in the studio with Rotem working on his debut album.

"The deal was designed so that J.R.'s relationship to Epic will be what Dre's relationship is to Interscope. He'll be the musical ear and face of the label," said J.R.'s manager Zach Katz who is co-owner and CEO of the label.