Universal Music Music UK Launches Virgin EMI Records
March 19, 2013 at 4:26 AM (PT)
UNIVERSAL MUSIC UK Chairman/CEO DAVID JOSEPH has announced the launch of VIRGIN EMI RECORDS -- bringing together the newly reinvigorated VIRGIN RECORDS and its UNIVERSAL MUSIC sister company MERCURY RECORDS. VIRGIN EMI RECORDS will be an immediate contender for the UK’s number one label,
VIRGIN EMI RECORDS will operate two distinct A&R and marketing streams -- VIRGIN and EMI.
JOSEPH sais, "Virgin EMI will be a creative powerhouse for the UK music industry. It has an exceptionally strong A&R line-up, with sensational domestic and international artists, combined with the ethos which has served the company so well over the past 40 years."
VIRGIN EMI RECORDS will be led by TED COCKLE, who joined VIRGIN as President in JANUARY from sister label ISLAND. He said, "Having filled the top two positions in the albums chart this month for the first time since the SPICE GIRLS and THE VERVE did it in 1998, VIRGIN is already feeling ready to compete at the very highest level. In the label's 40th year, to have this incredible line-up of British artists and U.S. repertoire of such pedigree it feels like VIRGIN EMI will have everything in place to help the very best talent flourish fully."