Island Records

Iceland Records is a music label and forms a part of Iceland Def Jam Music Group. This is now part of Universal Music Group, itself a subsidiary of Vivendi (until 2006 Vivendi Universal).


Iceland Records was founded by Chris Blackwell in Jamaica in 1959. Because of the then independent label originally Jamaican music should only be laid, as soon sublabels Surprise Records, Sue Records, Jump Records, Black Swan Records Aladdin Records were outsourced.

The company had become one of the major record companies in the 1970s and 1980s. The distinctive logo with the palm tree was to be seen on many famous albums, since the company was responsible for some influential artists of the last four decades, so among other things, Bob Marley and U2.

Finally, Iceland Records was bought in 1989 by the major label PolyGram, merged in 1999 with Def Jam to Iceland Def Jam Records and is about some intermediate stations now owned by Vivendi (formerly Vivendi Universal).

Iceland Records has or had, among others, the following artists under contract: