Afrojacks Signs With Island Def Jam and Universal Music Group
Grammy Award-winning producer-DJ, Afrojack, has been signed to an exclusive worldwide deal with Island Records and Universal Music Group (UMG), through Afrojack’s label Wall Recordings.
Under terms of the agreement, Island Records, a division of Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJ), will now take over radio promotion and sales in the U.S. for “As Your Friend” featuring Chris Brown, Afrojack’s new single on his self-owned label, Wall Recordings. The track, which quickly garnered massive radio support in the EDM scene, drops hard this week in the US on pop radio and media airwaves.
“I want to take my music to the next level, both creatively and from a business point of view. Partnering up with Island Records will give me the chance to do both, so I am very happy we were able to make a deal. Island/UMG will promote my releases with very strong support and with great people working my music around the world,” said Afrojack.
“This deal is an ideal combination of Wall Recordings’ strength as an independent with the worldwide marketing and distribution infrastructure that Island/UMG can provide us with,” added Hugo Langras, Afrojack’s Manager. “We are very happy with this agreement, as it will allow us to take Afrojack’s career as a recording artist to the next level, while safeguarding his independence and stature in the EDM world.”
“Afrojack is one of the most important and prolific artists, DJs and producers in the world and we’re incredibly excited that he’s chosen to partner with us for the next stage in his career,” said Andrew Kronfeld, President Global Marketing.
“Afrojack has won global acclaim for his production genius, and Barry Weiss, Steve Bartels, Karen Kwak and I did everything in our power to ensure that he join us at Island Records in the US,” said David Massey, President of Island Records. “His stellar track record speaks for itself and we’re thrilled to join forces with an artist who continues to transform the musical landscape.”
Internationally “As Your Friend” will be released by Wall Recordings, Island Records UK and UMG’s PM:AM Recordings. The track was written by Afrojack, Chris Brown, Leroy Styles, DJ Buddha, Polow da Don and Nadir Sakir and produced by Afrojack with co-production by Leroy Styles, DJ Buddha and Polow da Don. Afrojack’s debut album is currently scheduled for fall of 2013.
Cop “As Your Friend” on iTunes.