Words by Nic Angeles
Island Records has arrived in the Philippines, as announced by Universal Music Philippines. Standing as the first Asian division of the label, Island Records Philippines debuts in the country with its flagship roster of Filipino artists—Juan Karlos, Over October, Lala Vinzon, Zack Tabudlo, Fern., and One Click Straight.
Island Records PHILIPPINES launched a flagship roster that includes some of the most popular and respected Filipino talent including; juan karlos, Over October and Isabela Vinzon, alongside new label signings Zack Tabudlo, Fern. Official and One Click Straight. #IslandRecordsPhillipines 🏝🇵🇭
Posted by Island Records PH on Thursday, July 23, 2020
Dedicated to helping the best Filipino music talent achieve local success whilst reaching new audiences worldwide, Island Records Philippines opens a new chapter in the illustrious history of the iconic label. It was in 1959 when Island Records was founded in Jamaica by Chris Blackwell, and it has since helped shape and influence global artist and music culture. “I’m so proud to hear that Island Records has started in the Philippines. One Love,” says Blackwell.
“We are excited to launch Island Records here in the Philippines and to build our own family of local artists that can further extend the huge legacy of Island within the region and beyond,” says Universal Music Philippines Managing Director Enzo Valdez. “In the coming years, we will look to establish Island as a home to some of the most impactful and important artists from the Philippines, whilst introducing them to new audiences around the world through UMG’s unrivalled global network of companies around the world.”
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We are excited to announce the launch of Island Records Philippines! The @IslandRecords division will be dedicated to helping the best Filipino music talent achieve domestic success whilst reaching new audiences worldwide. 🌟 pic.twitter.com/MCan5ZNIxB
— Universal Music Group (@UMG) July 23, 2020
The news of Island Records’ newest outpost was announced via a virtual live-streaming press conference that featured performances from the label’s roster of artists, alongside video messages of welcome and support from across the global Island Records family: Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell, Darcus Beese, President, Island Records U.S., Louis Bloom, President, Island Records U.K. and artists including; PUBLIC; Skip Marley; Johnny Orlando; Olivier O’Brien; Keshi; Jack Ross and Banners. PULP