For more than 40 years, Virgin Records has been doing the unexpected and supporting the maverick, creative drive of its artists. The label has been home to some of the most groundbreaking and influential artists in music, including Mike Oldfield, Sex Pistols, Massive Attack, and the Spice Girls. In recent years, Virgin has catapulted artists such as Corinne Bailey Rae and Bastille onto the global stage, while continuing to develop exciting new talent with artists such as Eden xo, Ella Eyre, Grizfolk, Los 5, and Seinabo Sey. Since UMG’s acquisition of EMI, Virgin has stood as a pillar of the Capitol Music Group in the U.S., while its British operations were reborn as Virgin EMI Records in 2013.
For 75 years Blue Note Records has represented The Finest In Jazz. Founded in 1939 as an independent label by a German immigrant named Alfred Lion, Blue Note has since traced the entire history of the genre to become the longest-running & most-respected Jazz label in the world. Under the continued leadership of Bruce Lundvall and Don Was, Blue Note has been the home of the most prominent stars and cutting-edge innovators in Jazz today, while at the same time broadening its horizons to include quality music in multiple genres.
Capitol Records is one of the most successful and storied American labels in the history of recorded music and the flagship label within the Capitol Music Group. Founded in 1942, the label has recorded and released material by a diverse array of hugely successful and culturally important artists such as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Sam Smith, Katy Perry and countless others. The company was acquired by Universal Music Group in 2012 and is headquartered in the iconic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood.
Island Records, which celebrates its 56th anniversary in 2015, maintains its position as one of the world’s legendary record labels, a coveted destination for new and established artists of every description. Island staked its claim at the beginning of the musical revolution that shook the 1960s and ’70s, and continues that trend-spotting spirit of adventure. Today’s Island is home to a varied roster that ranges from Bon Jovi, Avicii, Fall Out Boy, Nick Jonas, and The Killers, to Shawn Mendes, The Gaslight Anthem, American Authors, Incubus, Jake Bugg, Tove Lo, Kiesza, and many more.
The Verve Music Group is home to established adult artists and a growing roster of new artists. Under the leadership of 16-time Grammy-winning producer and artist David Foster, the label has expanded its mission to include a broad array of artists—from classical crossover vocalists to progressive pop. The Verve Music Group has recently released recordings by superstars such as Rod Stewart and Andrea Bocelli. Verve’s legacy is richly-entwined in the history of legendary jazz singers, instrumentalists and innovative music. Verve’s deep catalog includes groundbreaking recordings by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Nina Simone, Chet Baker and Louis Armstrong, and dozens of other jazz greats.
For over 80 years Decca has been synonymous with quality, from the talented artists who have recorded for Decca to the excellence of their recordings. Decca Classics is the legendary label that is home to countless classical music stars including many of the top musicians and performers in the world today who are building on this priceless legacy including Cecilia Bartoli, Riccardo Chailly, Valentina Lisitsa, Nicola Benedetti, Leonidas Kavakos and Pumeza Matshikiza. Throughout his long and distinguished career, Decca was the exclusive label for the most successful classical recording artist in history, Luciano Pavarotti.
Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Florence + the Machine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Jacquees, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd, Belly, NAV), Young Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, The Dream), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country...
Def Jam Recordings was founded in 1984 by Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons, and has represented the very best in cutting edge music and youth culture for 30 years. Def Jam Recordings began as a maverick independent label inspired by a punk ethos and the emerging sound of hip-hop, pioneering iconic stars like LL Cool J, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. Over the following two decades, Def Jam established its dominance with acts like Jay-Z, DMX, Ja Rule, Method Man & Redman, Ludacris, Rihanna, Jeezy, and Kanye West. Now in its 30th year, Def Jam’s music and lifestyle has grown into a global brand – synonymous with creativity and authenticity – encompassing a diverse roster of marquee and emerging stars like Kanye, Justin Bieber, Rick Ross, Frank Ocean, Iggy Azalea, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, YG, Afrojack, 2 Chainz, Alesso, The Roots, August Alsina, Jhene Aiko, among others.
Combining the legacies of three of the most influential record labels in modern music history, Interscope Geffen A&M embarked on a new tradition of musical achievement with its unification on January 1, 1999. Interscope Geffen A&M is a major force in global music, developing chart-topping artists across a wide range of musical genres including rock, rap, pop and alternative.
In its classic era, the seminal music scene of the 1960s, Motown’s artists were among the most popular, establishing a standard of excellence and sophistication that has never been surpassed. Calling itself “The Sound Of Young America,” the instantly recognizable and often-imitated Motown Sound blended distinctively passionate singers, overlaying them with timeless songwriting.
UMG Nashville consists of Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Records Nashville, MCA Nashville and Mercury Nashville. Together their roster of artists reads like a who’s who of Music Row stars, including Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Easton Corbin, Billy Currington, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Shania Twain and Keith Urban.