Island Records

  1. David Massey Named President of Island Records

    February 08, 2013 10:51 AM EST David Massey has been named president of Island Records, in what is described in a press release as a “further expansion of the Island Def Jam Music Group’s A&R and creative initiatives.” The appointment, which was announced by Barry Weiss, ...

  2. 'American Idol' Creator Simon Fuller to Bid on EMI Assets

    October 08, 2012 6:54 PM EDT Simon Fuller, the Spice Girls svengali and creator of the TV format behind American Idol, is looking to submit a bid for all the EMI businesses that Universal Music Group must sell. Vivendi-owned UMG recently won regulatory approval of its $1.9 bi ...

  3. Melissa Victor Gets VP Stripes at Island Def Jam

    August 20, 2012 6:29 PM EDT Melissa Victor, Justin Bieber's longtime press representative, has been promoted to vice president, media and artist relations at Island Def Jam Music Group. Department head and EVP Laura Swanson made the announcement, praising Victor, who al ...

  4. Billboard Power 100: Steve Bartels

    January 26, 2012 10:23 PM EST No. 53 Steve Bartels President/COO Island Def Jam Music Group Twitter: @IslandRecords Taking Care of Business... When Antonio "L.A." Reid (see No. 37) was chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, Steve Bartels oversaw business operations ...

  5. Andrew Kronfeld Named Universal Music President of Global Marketing

    August 30, 2011 6:41 AM EDT Universal Music Group has promoted Andrew Kronfeld, 42, to the newly created position of President, Global Marketing. For the past two years, Mr. Kronfeld, has served as Executive Vice President, International Marketing, UMGI. Mr. Kronfeld will re ...

  6. Elton John Forms New Company: Rocket Music Entertainment Group

    June 30, 2011 4:28 PM EDT Elton John , who recently left Twenty-First Artists, the management company he co-founded in 1999, has formed a new music company called the Rocket Music Entertainment Group. The company "is set up to be an all-encompassing music company with ...

  7. BACKBEAT: Annie Lennox Previews New Christmas Album

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Annie Lennox is getting ready to release a Christmas album and gave a very special preview to a VIP crowd in London on September 28. “Christmas Cornucopia” is due November 15 in the United Kingdom on Island Records and the 16th in the United State ...

  8. The Monetization of Mimi: Mariah CD To Have Ads

    August 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As music sales continue to drop like they’re not so hot throughout the industry, Island Def Jam Music Group is jamming on a new business model: integrating brands into artists’ CD booklets. The first deal, created for the Mariah Carey release Memo ...

  9. AIM Members Urge BBC To Back Indies

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A vote of the AIM membership has approved a proposal for the U.K. independent music companies' trade body to lobby the BBC to play a wider range of independent music on national top 40 station Radio 1 and AC network Radio 2. The proposal won ...

  10. Penguin Jams With Island Records On Web

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Penguin is to launch a music initiative in collaboration with Island Records on its teen website "Spinebreakers." "Breakers" will launch on July 6. Once a month Island Records artists, or their albums and videos pitched by Isla ...

  11. Island 50 Celebrations To Hit U.K. In May

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Island Records will launch its 50th anniversary 'Island 50 Festival' program by staging a weeklong residency at London's Shepherds Bush Empire under the banner 'Island Life.' Commencing May 25, the event will feature acts ...

  12. International Music Summit Confirms Speakers

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Techno artist Richie Hawtin and Marc Marot, head of SEG Entertainment U.K., have been revealed as keynote speakers at the second annual International Music Summit (IMS). The event takes place on the Spanish island of Ibiza May 27 to 29, with the c ...

  13. British Music PR Giant Rob Partridge Dies

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. music industry veteran Rob Partridge has died following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 60. Partridge, born Robert John Partridge on June 2 1948, was the founder and owner of London-based music PR and artist management company Coalition ...

  14. BMG Names Butzky Strategic Marketing VP

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Claudia Butzky has been named VP of strategic marketing for the BMG Label Group. Butzky reports to Donna Clower, senior VP of that department, and will continue to be based in New York. Butzky was most previously VP of digital sales and retail mar ...

  15. Marley Ringtones Strike Discord

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The lawsuits haven't even been filed yet, but already the dispute over Bob Marley's ringtones is heating up. Last month, Verizon Wireless struck an exclusive licensing deal with Universal Music Group for the entire Bob Marley catalog. Th ...

  16. Winehouse Hospitalized, Cancels Gigs

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amy Winehouse has pulled a stretch of European concerts after being admitted to the hospital suffering from "severe exhaustion." The artist was discharged from London's University College Hospital yesterday afternoon just hours afte ...

  17. IDJ To Revive Mercury Imprint

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam is reviving the Mercury imprint in the U.S. and has tapped veteran Sony Music A&R executive David Massey to serve as president of the division. Mercury -- which over the years has served as the U.S. home to acts like Bon Jovi, J ...

  18. Goldstein Exits Verve

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Verve Music Group president/CEO Ron Goldstein exited the company Dec. 6. He is being replaced by Bruce Resnikoff, president of Universal Music Enterprises, who will now oversee both companies. Although managed by Resnikoff, the Verve Music Group w ...

  19. Roppo Upped At Island Def Jam

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Promoted to senior VP of sales. Jim Roppo has been promoted to senior VP of sales at Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG). He is based in New York and reports to Steve Bartels, president of Island Records & COO of IDJMG. Most recently Roppo serv ...

  20. Island Def Jam Promotes Peluso

    October 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gabrielle Peluso has been promoted to senior VP of video promotions for Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG). Peluso, who is based in New York, will report directly to Steve Bartels, president of Island Gabrielle Peluso has been promoted to senior V ...

  21. Island Appoints Lowenberg Senior Marketing VP

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Most previously held same role at Virgin. Adam Lowenberg has been appointed senior VP of marketing at Island Records. He reports to Steve Bartels, president of Island Records and COO of Island Def Jam Music Group, and is based in New York. In his ...

  22. IDJMG Launches New Promo Units

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Def Con II to focus on joint-venture projects Island Def Jam Music Group has created a specialized unit within its promotion department called Def Con II. Def Con II will focus on projects released through Def Jam's joint venture partners, wh ...

  23. Stevenson Promoted To Exec At IDJMG

    February 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Deal includes new joint venture imprint. Rob Stevenson has been promoted to executive VP of A&R for Island Def Jam Music Group. At the same time, he has been named president of Stolen Transmition Records, his new joint venture label imprint wi ...

  24. Imber Broadens Role At Island Def Jam

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Label veteran to oversee multiple departments. Mitch Imber has been named senior VP of sales and marketing for Island Def Jam Music Group. In his new position, Imber will oversee IDJ's sales, marketing, production, strategic marketing and adm ...

  25. IDJMG Promotes Thompson to EVP Of Promotion

    May 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Greg Thompson has been appointed executive VP of promotion for Island Def Jam Music Group. In this new position, Mr. Thompson will oversee the activities of IDJ's promotion (excluding urban promotion Greg Thompson has been appointed executive ...

  26. Jim Swindel Heads To Gibson

    July 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Instrument maker hires vet as exec VP. Veteran music industry and entertainment executive Jim Swindel has joined Gibson Guitar Corp. as executive VP, entertainment relations. For Gibson, which manufactures musical instruments bearing the Gibson, E ...

  27. Bartels Named Island Records President

    April 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Former Arista Records executive VP of promotion Steve Bartels has been named president of Island Records, according to sources. Bartels is expected to take his new post today (April 26). Former Arista Records executive VP of promotion Steve Bartel ...

  28. Warner Combines Atlantic, Elektra Labels

    March 31, 2004 12:00 AM EST As expected, Warner Music Group today announced the merger of Atlantic and Elektra. Those labels, along with Lava, will be combined under the Atlantic Records Group banner. As expected, Warner Music Group today announced the merger of Atlantic and ...

  29. UMI Gets Early Marley Catalog

    January 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST The early work of Bob Marley and the Wailers is to be re-released by Universal Music International (UMI) through a 10-year exclusive licensing deal with JAD Records, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based lab The early work of Bob Marley and the Wailers i ...