The Island Def Jam Music Group
|The Island Def Jam Music Group|
|Parent company||Universal Music Group|
(In the US)
Virgin EMI Records
(In the UK)
Universal Music Group
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||New York City|
The Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG) is an American record label formed in 1999 when Universal Music Group merged two of its daughter companies Island Records and Def Jam Recordings. In 2011, Motown Records was split from the Universal Motown Republic Group and subsequently merged into the The Island Def Jam Music Group. Barry Weiss serves as Chairman & CEO of the company. IDJMG houses artists such as Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Iggy Azalea, and Adrienne Bailon.
The Island Def Jam Music Group was formed in 1999 when Universal Music Group merged two of its daughter companies, Island Records and Def Jam Recordings, as a result of the merger between Universal Music and PolyGram labels. Also incorporated into the venture was the staff, roster, and back catalog of Mercury Records, which was dismantled for several years until it was revived as a new venture in 2007. Meanwhile, the labels Island Records and Def Jam Recordings continue to operate as their own respective labels as a part of the Island Def Jam Music Group umbrella (Island has concentrated on pop and rock performers, while Def Jam has most of the group's hip hop and R&B acts). The company is also affiliated with Lost Highway Records.
The Island Def Jam Music Group is one of four Universal Music Group umbrella labels in North America to market the works of primarily mainstream pop, rock, and urban performers—the other three being Interscope-Geffen-A&M, Capitol Music Group and Republic Records. In 2011, L.A. Reid stepped down as head of the company and was replaced by Barry Weiss.
The record labels under The Island Def Jam Music Group:
- Sisario, Ben (2011-08-10). "A Young Music Executive Takes Over at Motown". The New York Times.
- "Barry Weiss Named Chairman/CEO Of Island Def Jam And Universal Motown Republic Group". Billboard.biz. 2011-03-17. Retrieved 2011-07-03.
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