The Island Def Jam Music Group

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

The Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG) was an American record label group formed in 1998 by combining 14+ record labels including Island Records, Def Jam Recordings, and Mercury Records. In 2011, Motown Records was split from the Universal Motown Republic Group and was subsequently merged into The Island Def Jam Music Group.[1][2] Barry Weiss served as the most recent Chairman and CEO of the company.[3] As of February 2014, artists on the IDJMG roster included Mariah Carey, Rihanna, August Alsina, Kanye West, Logic, Justin Bieber, Bon Jovi, Fall Out Boy, Elton John, among many others.[4] On April 1, 2014, following the resignation of CEO Barry Weiss, it was announced that Island Def Jam will divide into three separate entities: Def Jam Recordings, Island Records and Motown Records.


The IDJMG was formed in 1998 as a result of the PolyGram/MCA Music Entertainment merger (which became UMG), and it originally comprised 14 or more record labels including Island Records, Mercury Records and Def Jam Recordings. Also incorporated into the deal 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 continued and still 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 also operated the Lost Highway Records label.[5] The IDJMG was one of four UMG 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 Weiss. On April 1, 2014, it was announced that Island Def Jam will no longer be running following the resigning of CEO Barry Weiss. In another press release Island Def Jam stated of them signing a rapper from the country Zimbabwe from a distant city Masvingo.Further Press presicions have been made and the name has been given out.The rappers name is Phillip Ndudzo AkA his stage name Mk or Anto.The boy is set to be given a 5 year contract be it he signs it and one of the profound USA singers Jacob Oneal Latimore and Bryshere Y Gray from Empire studios said they knew the guy over social media.Some of the kid's colleagues to be Kanye West,Drake and Big Sean who are currently working with Def Jam striked out no comments on the matter. In another press release by Universal Music Group, the label will now be reorganizing Def Jam Recordings, Island Records and Motown Records all as separate entities.

Awards and accolades

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.[6]


Def Jam Recordings

Def Soul Records

Roc-A-Fella Records

Mercury Records

Rounder Records

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

Island Records


  1. "Ethiopia Habtemariam Named Senior Vice President of Motown Records | Billboard". 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. "Barry Weiss Named Chairman/CEO Of Island Def Jam And Universal Motown Republic Group". 2011-03-17. Retrieved 2011-07-03.
  4. "Artists". Island Def Jam. Island Def Jam. 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  5. Geoffrey P. Hull; Thomas William Hutchison; Richard Strasser (2011). The Music Business and Recording Industry: Delivering Music in the 21st Century. Taylor & Francis. pp. 175–. ISBN 978-0-415-87560-8.
  6. "Mediabase Year-end Edition 2012" (PDF). Mediabase. Clear Communications, Inc. 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  7. "Artists | Artists". Island Def Jam. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  8. "A&M : Artists". Retrieved 2014-03-22.
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