Stargate is open for business with Jay-Z


Jay-Z and Norwegian songwriting-production duo Stargate have joined forces under the StarRoc banner, which will encompass a record label and publishing company under Jay-Z's Roc Nation venture with Live Nation.

"The focus," the principals said, "is to find new talent and develop artists through mutually beneficial global partnerships which include music distribution, publishing, touring and merchandising."

Stargate (Mikkel Eriksen and Tor Hermansen) has been behind several big hits for artists Jay-Z nurtured while president of Def Jam, including Rihanna and Ne-Yo.

Stargate work will be heard on upcoming albums from Lindsay Lohan, Beyonce, R. Kelly and others. Jay-Z's new album, "The Blueprint 3," is expected before year's end. It's his last under contract for Def Jam before he begins recording for Live Nation.

Jonathan Cohen is senior editor at Billboard.