Virgin EMI Records

Virgin EMI Records

Virgin EMI
Parent company Universal Music Group[1]
Founded March 2013 (2013-03)
Founder EMI Records
(after UMG incorporates EMI as a brand/record label)
Distributor(s) Virgin EMI Records (United Kingdom)
Republic Records (United States)
Def Jam Recordings (United States)
Capitol Records US (United States)
Virgin Records America (United States)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Location London, England
Official website .com.virginemirecordswww
Virgin EMI logo (Oldest Types).

Virgin EMI Records is a British record label owned by the Universal Music Group that was formed in 2013.


Virgin EMI Records was founded in March 2013 through the merger of Mercury Records UK and Virgin Records.[2] It operates two distinct A&R and marketing streams—Virgin and EMI Records.[3] Virgin EMI became one of Universal Music UK's front-line labels, alongside Polydor Records, Island Records, Decca Records, and a newly established Capitol Records UK. Mercury Records UK, which traditionally released International Island and Def Jam artists in the UK will now operate as an imprint under Virgin EMI along with Universal Island, which also released Republic Records artists in that country[3] The new label will replace Mercury and Virgin as the releasing label in the UK, for Def Jam and Island US's international roster as well as Virgin Records America artists.[3]


Virgin EMI's artists include The Strypes, The Libertines, Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber, Jake Bugg, Lethal Bizzle, Pixie Lott, Chase & Status, deadmau5, Iggy Azalea, Elton John, Kevin McHale, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Emeli Sande, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, U2, Bon Jovi, The Vamps, Cage the Elephant, Willie Nelson, Vic Mensa, Massive Attack, Alice in Chains, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Krept and Konan and Kanye West.[3][4] Furthermore Mike Oldfield, whose Tubular Bells album launched the original Virgin Records, is also a Virgin EMI artist.


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External links

  • Official website
  • Virgin 40 official website
  • Discography