Def Jam, Island and Motown now standalone labels at Universal in US

Universal Music Group has closed its Island Def Jam Group in the US, spinning out Def Jam Recordings, Island Records and Motown Records into three standalone frontline labels.

In 1999, Def Jam, Island and Motown were consolidated into the Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJ), which has operated out of Universal’s East Coast office. The brand will now cease to exist, with all three labels boasting their own A&R and marketing operations.

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