Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)

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Island Records (UK and worldwide)

Originally formed as an independent record label in Jamaica, this company was incorporated in the UK and later the US. It was the largest independent record company in history when it was sold to PolyGram. PolyGram was subsumed by Universal Music Group in 1998, but the Island name and logo live on in a confusing hierarchy of companies, joint ventures, mergers, label groups and imprints.

Records released with the Island label in Australia, France and Germany, for example, are to be filed here.

CHECK THE LABEL CODE: On many newer UK/European releases the label code is LC-01846, NOT LC-00407. Such releases should be added to Universal Island Records and not here.

Using the logos on the back cover can also help tell the difference, this imprint (00407) generally has the one palm tree Island logo, the other imprint (01846) generally has 2 logos, one of 'Island Records Group', and another of 'Universal Records'.

Annotation last modified on 2008-10-22 16:52 UTC.


Island Records is a multinational record label owned by Universal Music Group. It was founded in 1959 by Chris Blackwell, Graeme Goodall, and Leslie Kong in Jamaica, and was eventually sold to PolyGram in 1989. Island and A&M Records, another label recently acquired by PolyGram, were both at the time the largest independent record labels in history, with Island having exerted a major influence on the progressive music scene in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s. Island Records operates four international divisions: Island US, Island UK, Island Australia, and Island France (known as Vertigo France until 2014). Current key people include Island US president Darcus Beese, OBE and MD Jon Turner. Partially due to its significant legacy, Island remains one of UMG's pre-eminent record labels.

Artists who have signed to Island Records include Bob Marley, Nick Drake, Queen, Jethro Tull, Grace Jones, King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Brian Eno, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Sabrina Carpenter, Avicii, Poppy, Cat Stevens, Kevin McDermott Orchestra, Tove Lo, Sparks, the Cranberries, Tracy Bonham, Roxy Music, Bishop Briggs, Hozier, Blackbear, Pulp, Fall Out Boy, the Killers, Loser, Leona Lewis, U2, Mumford & Sons, Iggy Azalea, Amy Winehouse, Tom Waits, Ben Howard, James TW, Florence and the Machine, Sigrid, John Newman, Local H, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Sandy Denny, Disclosure, Big Shaq, the Weeknd, Keane, Annie Lennox, JP Cooper, PJ Harvey, Janet Jackson, John Martyn, Nick Jonas, KSI, Robyn, Shawn Mendes, Jessie J, Scarlxrd, Laleh, and the Streets.

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