Jay-Z and Norwegian songwriting/production duo Stargate have joined forces to form StarRoc, a new record label and publishing company under Jay-Z’s Roc Nation venture with Live Nation.
According to Billboard, “the focus is to find new talent and develop artists through mutually beneficial global partnerships which include music distribution, publishing, touring and merchandising.”
Stargate (Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel S. Eriksen) has produced several big hits for artists Jay-Z nurtured while president of Def Jam, including Rihanna and Ne-Yo. The duo is currently represented on the Hot 100 by Ne-Yo’s “Closer” (No. 7), Rihanna’s “Take a Bow” (No. 27) and Jennifer Hudson’s “Spotlight” (No. 41).
Stargate work will be heard on upcoming albums from Lindsay Lohan, Beyonce, Monica, R. Kelly and Keyshia Cole.
Meanwhile, Jay-Z’s new album, “Blueprint 3,” is expected before year’s end. It’s his last under contract for Def Jam before he begins recording for Live Nation.