Virgin EMI Records

Virgin EMI
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Parent companyUniversal Music Group[1]
FoundedMarch 2013; 5 years ago (2013-03)
FounderEMI Records (after Universal Music Group absorbed EMI)
Distributor(s)

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

History

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]

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