'The album is exceptional': Island talks global ambitions for Dermot Kennedy

Andre Paine

Island Records president Louis Bloom has spoken to Music Week about the label’s ambitions for a “massive” album from breakthrough act Dermot Kennedy.

The Irish artist’s debut, Without Fear, is released on October 4. He has already amassed more than 640 million streams globally, according to Island.

“He’s redefining the singer-songwriter genre because he’s got an innate love of hip-hop and pop music,” said Bloom. “He’s a cross-genre act, which helps with playlisting because he’s not just in one lane.

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