Island Records UK Elevates Louis Bloom to President

Annie Christensen, Natasha Mann, Alex Boateng, Louis Bloom, Liv Nunn and Steve Pitron
Courtesy of Island Records

Annie Christensen, Natasha Mann, Alex Boateng, Louis Bloom, Liv Nunn and Steve Pitron

Bloom replaces Darcus Beese and will lead a newly organized team that includes Alex Boateng as president of urban, Natasha Mann and Olivia Nunn as co-managing directors, and Steve Pitron as svp.

Island Records UK has appointed longtime head of A&R Louis Bloom as its new president, replacing Darcus Beese, who recently announced a move across the pond to lead the UMG label's U.S. operations. Bloom, who has been at Island for 16 years, steps into the role immediately.

Formerly at RCA, Bloom joined Island in 2002 as a junior A&R manager before taking the top role in the department in 2008. He is credited with signing the multi-multi-platinum quartet Mumford & Sons -- which would be enough to secure a promotion for most -- as well as Hozier, Gotye, Ben Howard and John Newman, among others.

"Louis grew up surrounded by music and his passion for everything Island stands for runs deep," commented David Joseph, Universal Music UK's chairman and CEO. "He has already been a huge part of Island’s recent success and understands the legacy and responsibility of what he is taking on. He is an exceptional executive who I know has the team and determination to write an exciting new chapter for the label."

Island is using the occasion of Beese's departure -- and Bloom's elevation -- to announce a series of additional internal promotions, including Alex Boateng as president of urban; Natasha Mann and Olivia Nunn as co-managing directors; and Steve Pitron as svp, Island Records and promotions. (Mann and Nunn's appointments would appear to displace longtime MD Jon Turner, but Island said he is getting an "exciting new role" at the label that will be announced shortly.)

Boateng joined Island as a marketing consultant in 2009 and over the years has worked on campaigns for Taio Cruz, Drake, Jessie J, Dizzee Rascal and The Weeknd. Last year he created the UK's first major label urban division in response to increased popularity of urban music and culture in the U.K. Newly appointed MD's Mann and Nunn, who separately have driven campaigns for the likes of Mumford & Sons, PJ Harvey, Drake and Ariana Grande, among many others, are stepping into their roles just 18 months after being promoted to marketing directors in November 2016. Pitron, the director of promotions since 2016, has worked on the UK campaigns for Amy Winehouse, Florence + the Machine, Nicki Minaj and others.

The promotions follow the departure of Beese after 29 years at the label. His career includes working with Amy Winehouse, Florence Welch and breakout star Sigrid, as well as leading Island Records U.K. since 2013. He is replacing David Massey as president of Island Records in the U.S. effective July 1.

On his newly solidified team, Bloom added "To have contributed to the Island legacy over the past 16 years has been a genuine honour and to now be given the opportunity to lead this amazing label and help shape our future in what are hugely exciting times is an enormous privilege and a fantastic challenge that myself and the outstanding Island team are relishing.  I want Island to be the number one label and home for culture and creativity."


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