Antonio "L.A." Reid is back. Less than one month after losing his job atop Arista Records, Reid has been named chairman of Universal Music Group's Island Def Jam label. He replaces Lyor Cohen, who lef

Antonio "L.A." Reid is back. Less than one month after losing his job atop Arista Records, Reid has been named chairman of Universal Music Group's Island Def Jam label. He replaces Lyor Cohen, who left the post last month to become chairman/CEO of Warner Music Group's U.S. operations under Edgar Bronfman Jr.

Reid, who was axed as president/CEO of Arista Records Jan. 13, will report to UMG chairman/CEO Doug Morris and president/COO Zach Horowitz. He officially starts his new job Thursday (Feb. 12).

"This is an amazing opportunity to work with the most talented artists and executives in the recording industry, including Doug, Zach and Jimmy [Iovine], who are the absolute best in the business," Reid says in a statement. "The Island and Def Jam brands have had such a tremendous impact on popular music culture, and it's an honor to carry this legacy into the future."

At Arista, Reid's successes included OutKast -- whose latest set "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" won the album of the year Grammy Sunday -- as well as Pink, Sarah McLachlan, Dido and Avril Lavigne.

Reid's hiring is the latest move in a major shakeup at UMG, the world music-market leader. Following Cohen's exit, Def Jam/Def Soul president Kevin Liles departed the company last week. Island Records president/IDJ executive VP Julie Greenwald is continuing negotiations with UMG to re-up her contract, sources say.

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