Kanye West is establishing a label, Getting Out Our Dreams, in association with Sony Music Label Group U.S. The artist/producer, who remains signed to Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam, has also entered into a production pact with Sony.
The first release under the long-term label/production deal is John Legend’s major-label debut, “Get Lifted,” due in December. Singer/keyboardist Legend appears on West’s 2004 solo debut, “The College Dropout.”
“The College Dropout” has sold 2.3 million units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and yielded such hits as “Through the Wire” and “Jesus Walks.” A sought-after producer, West has collaborated on projects with Twista, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Ludacris and Janet Jackson, among others.
West is nominated for three honors at the American Music Awards, to be handed out Nov. 14 live on ABC: favorite rap/hip-hop male artist and album (for “The College Dropout”) as well as favorite new artist.