The Island Def Jam Music Group
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The Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG) was an American record label group formed in
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
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,
In December 2004, Island Def Jam acquired the remaining 50% interest in
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.