The partitioning of Arista into the other label groups within BMG has begun, sources say. Of Arista's 170 staffers, 50 to 60 are expected to find new positions in the BMG family.

The partitioning of Arista into the other label groups within BMG is under way, sources say. Of Arista's 170 staffers, 50 to 60 are expected to find new positions in the BMG family.

The Arista label, with its own scaled-down A&R and marketing staffs, will be placed within the RCA Music Group, alongside J and RCA. Artists on Arista imprints such as So So Def and Star Trak will be placed within Zomba, as will those on LaFace, sources say.

While Arista will continue as an imprint, it will not retain all of its artists. Pink will go to Jive, and Avril Lavigne will go to RCA. Other Arista artists -- including Whitney Houston, Kenny G, Dido, Sarah McLachlan and Aretha Franklin -- are also slated to stay within RCA Music Group, but it is not known if they will be at Arista, J or RCA.

In other BMG news, the recently rechristened RCA Victor Group is seeing its staff divided in two. Jeb Hart, senior VP of worldwide marketing, and others will work frontline RCA Victor Group artists, like Rachael Yamagata, through the RCA label. Sales staffers and some in marketing have been assigned to BMG Strategic Marketing, and will work the RCA Victor catalog, sources say. As part of the changes about a dozen RCA Victor Group staffers are said to have been let go today.

BMG declined comment.