The Island Def Jam Music Group

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The Island Def Jam Music Group
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Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 1998; 19 years ago (1998)
Defunct 2014; 3 years ago (2014)
Status Defunct
Distributor(s) Self-distributed
(In the US)
Virgin EMI Records
(In the UK)
Universal Music Group
(Worldwide)
Genre Various
Country of origin United States
Location New York City
Official website islanddefjam.com

The Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG) was an American record label group formed in 1998 by combining the operations of 14+ record labels including Island Records, Def Jam Recordings, and Mercury Records. In 2011, Motown Records was split from The Universal/Motown Records Group and subsequently became a division of The Island Def Jam Music Group.[1][2] On April 1st 2014, Universal Music announced that Island Def Jam's operations would be separated between three entities: Island Records, Motown Records, and Def Jam Recordings.

Today, The Island Def Jam Music Group continues to possess one of the most impressive and most extensive music catalogues in the record industry, with ownership of music copyrights dating back to the 1940's.

History[edit]

In 1998, The Seagram Company acquired the PolyGram Group Distribution, Inc. family of labels and merged them with the Seagram owned MCA Music Entertainment family of labels, forming what is now known as Universal Music.

Following the formation of Universal Music Group was the creation of The Island Def Jam Music Group, a company founded through the integration of more than 14 record labels, including former PolyGram flagship labels: Island Records, Mercury Records, and Def Jam Recordings.

Despite being a new organization, Island Def Jam quickly made a name for itself in the music industry. The label gained notoriety for its untraditional and innovative approach when it came to breaking new artists, creating joint ventures, acquisitions, internet marketing, etc. IDJ had a great A&R team that oversaw chart-topping talent such as Jay-Z, Bon Jovi, DMX, Elton John, & Ashanti (among others). These savvy business moves are the reason IDJ prospered.

In 2000, IDJMG announced that they would be launching Def Jam Germany, the first international Def Jam brand/label. This move expanded urban music into a global phenomenon.

In 2001, Island Def Jam created a country label, Lost Highway Records. The label operated as an imprint of IDJ's Mercury Records division.

In Summer 2001, Island Def Jam acquired a controlling interest in the legendary rock label, Roadrunner Records.

In December 2004, Island Def Jam acquired the remaining 50% interest in Roc-A-Fella Records, the other 50% had been purchased by former Def Jam parent company, PolyGram, in 1997.

In 2011, Motown Records became an imprint of The Island Def Jam Music Group.

In April 2014, UMG announced that Island Def Jam would cease to exist. IDJ's operations were split up/separated between its flagship labels: Island Records, Def Jam Recordings, and Motown Records.

Today, The Island Def Jam Music Group continues to possess one of the most impressive music catalogues in history.

Awards and accolades[edit]

According to the 2012 radio airplay analysis of music industry service Mediabase, IDJMG became the number-one rhythmic label with seven number one songs played on Rhythmic radio stations from Rihanna, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Ne-Yo, and Justin Bieber.[3]

Divisions/Labels[edit]

American Recordings (now distributed by Republic Records)[edit]

Capricorn Records[edit]

Def Con II[edit]

Def Jam Recordings[edit]

Def Jam Germany[edit]

Def Jam Japan[edit]

Def Jam UK[edit]

Def Jam South[edit]

Def Soul Records[edit]

  • Def Soul Classics

Island Records[edit]

Lost Highway Records[edit]

Mercury Records[edit]

Motown Records (now a part of Capitol Music Group and Virgin EMI)[edit]

  • Motown Gospel

Roadrunner Records (now a part of the Atlantic Records Group for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S.)[edit]

Roc-A-Fella Records[edit]

Rounder Records[edit]

Rush Associated Labels[edit]

Vertigo Records[edit]

Notable Artists[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ethiopia Habtemariam Named Senior Vice President of Motown Records | Billboard". Billboard.biz. 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  2. ^ Sisario, Ben (2011-08-10). "A Young Music Executive Takes Over at Motown". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "Mediabase Year-end Edition 2012" (PDF). Mediabase. Clear Communications, Inc. 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 

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