In life and in Hollywood, there are times when the underdog or the one underestimated, may end up on top. Just ask L.A. Reid who was wrong about a prediction in the music industry.
In an excerpt of his new book Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next by L.A. Reid with Joel Selvin, Reid shares that he believed Teairra Mari (who now stars on Love & Hip Hop Hollywood) would be more successful than Rihanna. He writes:
After signing Rihanna, Jay Z and his team did the A&R for her first album, and I had nothing to do with it. The funny thing about Rihanna’s success was that we signed two girls at that time — Rihanna and a lovely young lady named Teairra Mari. We had an in-house company showcase and Beyoncé happened to be there with Jay Z. Teairra Mari, Rihanna, a four-girl group called Black Butterfly and Ne-Yo performed. At the label, we thought Teairra Mari would be the big star. We spent more time on her, did more work on her, paid more attention to her. Rihanna already had a hit with “Pon De Replay,” but we still thought it was the other girl. A bell went off for me, however, when, after the showcase, Beyoncé came up to me. “That Rihanna girl,” she said, “she’s a beast.”