With Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” at #1 – IDJ claims 5 spots in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 – Mariah Carey’s “Shake It Off at #2 and “We Belong Together” #4, Rihanna’s “Pon De Replay” at #7 and Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar We’re Goin’ Down” at #8

Success of Kanye, Rihanna, Teairra Marí and Young Jeezy underscores rejuvenation of Def Jam Recordings in 2005, under president Shawn Carter

(Sept. 7, 2005 – New York, NY) This week the Island Def Jam Music group dominates the charts with 3 albums bulleted inside the top 10 of the Billboard 200 Albums chart, led by the explosive #1 debut of Grammy award-winning Kanye West’s second Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam album, Late Registration (on first week sales of 860,330 units, an all-time high for IDJ), it was announced today by Antonio “L.A” Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group.

“This is a phenomenal moment for everyone who worked so hard to bring Kanye to the top of the charts,” said Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. ‘The Carter Administration’ served as one of the executive producers of Late Registration. The current single, “Gold Digger,” by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx, is at #1 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. “Gold Digger” is the follow-up to the album’s first release (and closing bonus track), “Diamonds From Sierra Leone.”

Along with Mariah Carey’s triple-platinum The Emancipation Of Mimi at #5 (on sales of 85,655 units), the debut of 17-year-old Barbados native Rihanna’s Music Of the Sun at #10 (on first week sales of 68,535 units),and Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy’s Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 at #11 in its 6th week out (64,354 units), adding in Fall Out Boy’s From Under The Cork Tree at #18 (in its 17th week out) and The Killers’ five-times platinum worldwide debut album Hot Fuss at #19 (in its 63rd week on the chart, the longest-running rock album inside the top 50 all year), that gives the Island Def Jam Music Group six albums inside the top 20.

“The incredible level of excitement that has been brewing all year within IDJ has literally exploded over the past few weeks,” said Antonio “L.A.” Reid, “Kanye’s #1 debut, Mariah’s reign at the top, the acclaim of The Killers and buzz-band Fall Out Boy, the domination of Young Jeezy, and the popular acceptance of our two newest teenage stars, Rihanna and Teairra Marí, all bear witness to the tenacity of our staff and the strong leadership style and music sensibility of both Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter, President, Def Jam Recordings and Steve Bartels, President, Island Records & COO, Island Def Jam Music Group.”

Mariah Carey inscribed yet another chapter in pop music history last week when she became the first female lead artist in the 47 years of the Billboard Hot 100 to occupy the #1 and #2 chart positions in the same week, with “We Belong Together” and “Shake It Off,” respectively. The biggest single in IDJ history, “We Belong Together” secured Mariah’s place as the #1 most successful female artist of all time when it became her 16th song to top the Hot 100.

This week’s chart onslaught comes in the wake of the 2005 MTV VMAs, where Kanye – winner of Best Male Video for “Jesus Walks” – led IDJ’s victors, also including Ludacris (Best Rap Video for “Number One Spot”), the Killers (Best New Artist for “Mr. Brightside”), and Fall Out Boy (the MTV2 Award for “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down”). This was the greatest number of individual artists from any one label group. The broadcast also featured show-stopping live performances from Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Ludacris featuring Bobby Valentino, the Killers, Fall Out Boy and Rihanna.