Imran Majid and Justin Eshak have been named co-CEOs of Island Records, the home of artists such as Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Sean Paul and Skip Marley.
Eshak and Majid are described by the Universal Music Group as “one of the most dynamic and successful artist development teams in the music industry”.
The duo’s appointment to Iceland on January 1, 2022 marks a return to UMG for Majid and Eshak, who met at UMG’s Republic Records in 2004 where they worked as A&R executives.
Majid and Eshak will be based out of Iceland’s New York headquarters reporting to UMG Chairman and CEO Sir Lucian Grainge.
Sir Lucian Grainge said, “Island Records has a long, successful track record in discovering, promoting and breaking some of the most famous artists in the world.
“Island Records has a long and successful track record in discovering, nurturing, and breaking some of the world’s most famous artists.”
Sir Lucian Grainge
“With a well-deserved reputation as creative A&R leaders, marketers and strategists, Imran and Justin are progressive, modern record managers who will use the DNA of Iceland to lead the label into the future.”
“We just love music and discover artists with a new sound or a new perspective.”
Imran Majid said, “Justin and I are excited to lead Island Records into the future and look forward to working with the label’s existing list of iconic artists to help break Icelandic artists of the future.
“Over the course of our careers, Justin and I have not only built a relationship of trust between the two of us, but we’ve also cultivated that trust in our relationships with artists, managers and producers.
“We just love music and discover artists with a new sound or a new perspective. This is an incredible time to return to UMG and we can’t wait to get started. “
“Island Records is the outstanding home for innovative and independently thinking artists.”
Justin Eshak added, “Throughout its history, Island Records has been the preeminent home for innovative, independent-minded artists.
“Imran and I look forward to continuing this legacy by making a long-term commitment to developing artists and nurturing a diverse cadre motivated by creative and commercial success.
“We are grateful to Sir Lucian for this opportunity and can’t wait to work with the Icelandic artists and staff.”
As heads of Island Records in the United States, Majid and Eshak will succeed Darcus Beese, who became President of Island Records in the United States in 2018, before stepping down from office earlier this year.
Beese confirmed this week that he is moving to Warner Music UK in London in a position as EVP. Beese will also set up a joint venture label with Warner later this year.Music business worldwide