Best known as the co-founder of LaFace Records, alongside Babyface. He became the CEO of Epic Records in 2011.
He performed with the R&B group The Deele in the 1980s.
His music-industry knowledge and connections helped Rihanna and Justin Bieber become international sensations.
He married longtime partner Erica Holton in 2000 after previously being married to Perri Reid from 1989 to 1996.
He was a judge on the U.S. version of The X Factor in 2011 with Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Nicole Scherzinger.