Island Records has promoted Eric Wong to executive vice president / general manager at the label.
Until very recently Wong served as executive vice president of marketing at IDJ, where he created and developed strategies for Kanye West, Rihanna, Avicii and Bon Jovi, among others. He joined IDJ in 1999 and worked with a range of artists including The Killers and Fall Out Boy. He left in 2006 to juggle executive marketing positions at both Bad Boy Entertainment and Atlantic Records, where he helped guide the careers of Jay Z, Janelle Monae and others. In 2009 Wong formed Wong Management, serving as part of Mariah Carey's team, before returning to IDJ in 2011.
Universal Music Group has announced that Island Def Jam will be transformed into three separate labels: Motown Records, Def Jam Records and Island Records.
Universal said it will dismantle the Island Def Jam group and form three stand-alone labels — Motown Records, Def Jam Records and Island Records. The move will allow the labels to enhance their own marketing and publicity and A&R teams, according to Universal. Def Jam will be led by CEO Steve Bartels, who was previously president and COO of Island Def Jam. Ethiopia Habtemariam will become president of the Motown Records label, which will leave New York and return to its prior home in Los Angeles. Island will continue to be led by...
Neon Trees' new song, "I Love You (But I Hate Your Friends)" can be heard on Rdio. The band's upcoming album, Pop Psychology, hits stores April 22nd.
Track Listing 01) Love in the 21st Century
02) Text Me in the Morning
03) Sleeping with a Friend
04) Teenager in Love
05) I Love You (But I Hate Your Friends)
07) Voices in the Hall
08) Foolish Behavior
09) Living in Another World
10) First Things First
11) American Zero
Empires have signed to Chop Shop/Island Records. The band's new album, Orphan was produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, The Black Angels, Explosions in the Sky) and will be released later this year. Head to the replies to stream a new song called "How Does It Feel" and find out where you can catch the band on tour.
If you are looking for new music that will make you want to dance, but still knows how to rock, check out Neon Trees' AP.net profile for a stream of their new album, Habits. Just try to listen to "Sins of My Youth," "Animal," or "Girls and Boys in School" and not get sucked in. The record was produced by Tim Pagnotta (Sugarcult) and is now available on iTunes.
Head to the replies to check out a statement from Innerpartysystem in which they announce that they are no longer on Island Records and have launched a new fan-oriented community at innerpartysystem.net; at the before-mentioned site, you can download a mixtape featuring many of the band's remixes as well as stems of the band's songs for remixing purposes. Head to the replies for all the details.
01) Die Tonight, Live Forever
02) Last Night in Brooklyn
03) Don't Stop
05) Everyone is the Same
07) This Empty Love
08) New Poetry
09) This Town, Your Grave
10) Heart of Fire
11) What We Will Never Know
Congratulations to Ludo, who have broken the top ten single barrier with "Love Me Dead" on alternative radio, their first career top ten hit. Download their performance on Leno here (right click, save as), but be sure to check out their awesome video for the song in the replies.