L.A. Reid was chose by Simon Cowell as a judge on The X Factor so it’s safe to say he has an eye for talent and maybe he does. That is if you forget he ever dropped Lady Gaga from his record label.
Speaking to Access Hollywood (via StarPulse), Reid says he signed Gaga but had a bad day and fired her after listening to some of her demos which were works in progress. Lady Gaga eventually signed to another label and now she’s a big international star, known all over the world with 14 million plus Little Monsters.
He tells Access Hollywood,
“This artist came to my office… she played piano, she had on white go-go boots – like, all the way up to here, thigh high boots – she sat down at that piano, she played and she sang. When she was done, I said, ‘You are an amazing artist, a true star, and you will change music,’ and I signed her. Her name was Lady Gaga.”
“Then, a few months later, I got her demos, and it was a work in progress, and I was having a bad day. I’m telling you, I was having a bad day. And I said, ‘You know what? I really don’t like it. Let her have her freedom, let her go find her career.’ It was the worst thing I’ve ever done.”
“I felt bad, but I swear to you, like a month later Justin Bieber came and redeemed me, so, you know, I survived it all. But I’m a little bit jealous, because the Twitter following, for example, the biggest ones are Bieber and Lady Gaga, so I would have felt like the king of the world! Instead I felt like half the king.”