Virgin EMI Records

Virgin EMI
Parent company Universal Music Group[1]
Founded March 2013 (2013-03)
Founder EMI Records (after Universal Music Group absorbed EMI)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Location London, England
Official website

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 Taylor Swift, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Chemical Brothers, Slaves, The Libertines, Arcade Fire, Jake Bugg, Lethal Bizzle, Fall Out Boy, Chase & Status, Metallica, Avicii, Elton John, Chvrches, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea, Emeli Sande, Paul McCartney, Martin Solveig, Bon Jovi, The Vamps, The Tide, Tom Jones, George Michael, The Stone Roses, Vic Mensa, Massive Attack, Avenged Sevenfold, Paul Simon, Krept and Konan, Katy B, Amy Macdonald, Duke Dumont and Kanye West.[3][4] Furthermore, Mike Oldfield, whose Tubular Bells album launched the original Virgin Records, is also a Virgin EMI artist.


  1. "UMusic". Universal Music UK. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  2. "Universal Music UK Announces Launch of Virgin EMI Records". Billboard. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Universal launches Virgin EMI Records, Capitol UK coming next month". Music Week. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  4. 4 "Universal Music launches Virgin EMI Records" Check |url= value (help). BBC News. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.

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