Island Records Australia

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Island Records Australia
Parent companyUniversal Music Australia, Universal Music Group
FounderMichael Taylor
Distributor(s)Universal Music Australia
Country of originAustralia
LocationSydney, Australia

Island Records Australia is an Australian record label that was launched in 2007 by Michael Taylor (now serving as managing director, Universal Music Australia).[1] It is part of the Universal Music Group and is the Australian variant of Island Records. Taylor describes "Island Australia (as) a home for artists who cut their own path, who start from the left, and who, in time, come into the mainstream on their own artistic terms".[1] Island Records Australia is now headed by Nicole Richards.[2] [3]

Island Records Australia is the label home for established artists Dean Lewis, Tame Impala, Matt Corby, Broods, Hilltop Hoods, Havana Brown, and Vera Blue, along with emerging artists Baker Boy, Eliott, Winterbourne, Running Touch and Peach PRC.

In 2020, Island Records Australia had the #1 streaming Australian artist with Hilltop Hoods,[4] won 5x ARIAs including Album of the Year with Tame Impala,[5] and hit 5 billion streams with Dean Lewis' debut album, A Place We Knew.[6] In March 2020, during the COVID-19 lockdown, Island Records Australia launched their Live From The Island livestreaming series where a number of artists on the roster performed their music live online for fans, and hosted trivia nights and live painting sessions.[7][8]

Songwriting Invitationals[edit]

Island Records Australia is a co-sponsor of The Invitational Group's 'Bali Songwriting Invitational',[9][10] and 'Tuscany Songwriting Invitational' – 10-day song-writing events for artists, songwriters and producers held in private villas in Ubud, Bali and Camporgiano, Italy. Attendees at past events include; Nick Jonas, Kesha, Demi Lovato, Noah Cyrus, Oak Felder, Steve Lillywhite, Cathy Dennis, Taylor Parx, and Brian Lee.[11] Other co-sponsors include APRA AMCOS and Milk & Honey Music Management.[11]

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  1. ^ a b "Hot Seat: Mike Taylor – Island Records". The Music Network. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Nicole Richards promoted to head of Island Records Australia". The Music Network. 20 March 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  3. ^ Challenor, Jake (29 September 2022). "Michael Taylor Exits Universal Music Australia". The Music Network. Retrieved 11 February 2024.
  4. ^ "Spotify Has Revealed The Details Of Australia's 2020 Listening Habits & Tones And I Cannot Be Stopped". Music Feeds. 2 December 2020. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Tame Impala, Sampa The Great Dominate 2020 ARIA Awards". Billboard. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Dean Lewis announces global live stream event". TotalNtertainment. 28 March 2021. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  7. ^ "ISLAND RECORDS AUSTRALIA continues new live streaming series: LIVE FROM THE ISLAND". Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Island Records Australia's streaming series gets interactive with fans". The Industry Observer. 9 April 2020. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  9. ^ Br, Lars; le (8 February 2013). "The Hot Seat: Mike Taylor, Island Records". Lars Brandle. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  10. ^ "Bali Songwriting Invitational 2013". Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  11. ^ a b "UMPG Australia, APRA AMCOS & more host 10th Songwriting Invitation in Bali". The Music Network. 24 April 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2021.

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