Island Traces Up New Management in Justin Eshak and Imran Majid

Island Data has presented Justin Eshak and Imran Majid positions because the label’s new co-heads, and a couple of resources inform Selection the pair has approved.

Eshak and Majid, pictured proper and left above, respectively, have been maximum just lately govt VPs and co-heads of A&R at Columbia Data, roles they’d held since 2018.

The 2 change former president/CEO Darcus Beese, who introduced he used to be stepping down to go back to his local U.Ok. remaining month. Whilst the label loved good fortune throughout Beese’s stint with Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato (whose new album, “Dancing With the Satan,” drops subsequent week) and just lately signed Sabrina Chippie, it has no longer had a top profile and resources say there used to be disappointment with its failure to draw hip-hop skill — a scenario the appointment of Eshak and Majid appears to be like more likely to cope with.

Majid joined Columbia in 2013, signed rapper Lil Tjay and labored intently with rapper Russ, pop singer Rachel Platten and duo Ayo & Teo. He started his occupation in 2004 as an assistant within the A&R division at Common Motown Data Staff earlier than transferring over to Republic.

Eshak additionally joined Columbia in 2013 and, consistent with a press unencumber, performed an integral position within the signing and building of Hozier, whose debut album offered over 2 million copies locally, in addition to Ruth B and Leon Bridges; he additionally labored intently with The Chainsmokers. Previous to becoming a member of Columbia, he spent 5 years at Mick Control and started his occupation in 2003 at Republic Data.

The transfer additionally resolves the truth that two of Common’s New York-based labels didn’t have everlasting CEOs — Def Jam has been run by means of UMG basic recommend Jeffrey Harleston since Paul Rosenberg’s departure in February of remaining yr. Alternatively, resources say that Island is administered extra as a boutique imprint than a stand-alone; a lot of its infrastructure is treated by means of UMG itself or the Republic label, which handles its radio promotion and different purposes.

Columbia has observed a string of recent artists notch hits just lately, together with Lil Tjay’s “Calling My Telephone” (No. 6 on Rolling Stone’s Most sensible 100 songs this week) and Child Laroi (“With out You,” No. 34), along with the endurance of 24kgoldn’s “Temper” feat. Ian Dior. The exits of Eshak and Majid follows information that Shawn Vacation, co-head of City at Columbia, is leaving to begin a brand new label and publishing undertaking with Irving and Jeffrey Azoff on the finish March.