J Records was founded in
2000 by industry veteran
Clive Davis with $150 million in financing from
BMG, after his ousting from
Arista Records the same year, and initially operated as an independently managed company distributed through BMG.
Olivia was the first artist to sign to J Records, but was later dropped due to poor album sales. In 2001, the label found success with its multi-
platinum record inaugural release,
Songs in A Minor, the debut album of
Alicia Keys, which sold over 12 million copies worldwide. The same year,
Lyric signed to the label and became the first female group act under J Records.
 By late 2001, J Records attained another success with the platinum-selling debut album by
O-Town. Later, established artists like
Jamie Foxx, and
Monica would join the J roster, the latter three going on to find multi-platinum success with the label.
In 2002, BMG bought a majority stake in the label. The same year, J Records began functioning under the
RCA Music Group, where Davis had been appointed president and CEO, and signed
American Idol winners
Ruben Studdard. In August 2005, J Records' operations were merged with Arista Records, although both labels continued to release their own product.
During the summer of 2011, RCA Music Group underwent a restructuring which shuttered J along with sister labels
Arista on October 7, 2011.
RCA Records will now start releasing all RCA Music Group releases under RCA Records.