EMI Records - EMI Records

EMI Records
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Foundation 1972
Headquarters UK
Production Virgin EMI Records
Headquarters EMI y Universal Music Group
Website http://www.virginemirecords.com/

EMI Records is a British record label . It was founded by the EMI company in 1972 as its flagship label and launched in January 1973 as the successor to its Columbia label . The EMI seal was launched all over the world. [ 1 ]


"EMI Records Ltd." as a legal entity it was founded in 1957 as the UK EMI manufacturing and distribution nexus . He handled several EMI stamps. [ 2 ] The global success that EMI enjoyed in the 1960s exposed the fact that the company had rights to trademarks only in some parts of the world, primarily His Master's Voice and Columbia , while RCA Victor Records and American Columbia Records held the rights to those marks in North America .

Through the purchase of Oriole Records , American Columbia began to form its own operations in the United Kingdom, and changed its name to its parent company CBS (the legal designation of the mark carries the full name of the parent company, "Trade Mark of Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. "). CBS Records International began to become a huge success, and a serious rival to EMI in the UK.

EMI Records picked up the payroll for English Columbia and signed new contracts that became global hits, including Kraftwerk , Queen , Pink Floyd , Olivia Newton-John , Iron Maiden , Kate Bush , Sheena Easton, and Robbie Williams (although some of those artists were on different labels in the United States , not on Capitol Records which belonged to EMI).

In 2010, EMI Records opened a country music division , EMI Records Nashville, which includes Troy Olsen, Alan Jackson , Kelleigh Bannen, and Eric Church on its payroll. EMI Records Nashville operates as a sister label to Capitol Nashville. [ 3 ]

Australia's most prolific artist , country singer Slim Dusty , signed with the Columbia Graphophone Company for the Regal Zonophone label in 1946 and remained with EMI until his death in 2003, selling more than seven million records for the label in Australia until 2007.


At present, EMI Records is the only record label (under the Virgin EMI Records name ) to still carry the EMI brand after the Universal Music Group's acquisition of EMI in September 2012. EMI Christian Music Group was renamed to Capitol Christian Music Group. EMI Classics was sold to Warner Music Group in February 2013. Following European Union regulatory approval , EMI Classics was taken over by Warner Classics in July 2013.

Some EMI Records artists such as Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel , David Bowie , Duran Duran , Marillion , Pink Floyd , and Kajagoogoo are considered part of Parlophone , which was also acquired by Warner. Kate Bush's first three albums were also part of the deal, but her remaining production (from 1981 onwards) was owned by her own company, and EMI only held the licenses, which it took back in 2011. Queen had been moved from EMI to Universal with the sale of EMI, and its catalog is now managed by Virgin EMI Records (which absorbed Island Records) outside of North America . [ 4 ]

In Japan , Universal Music Japan did a label reorganization in February 2014, moving more than half of the artists from EMI Records Japan to Nayutawave Records, simply renamed EMI Records.

See also


  1. ^ "Billboard - Google Books" . Google Books (in English) . December 23, 1972 . Retrieved January 3, 2015 .
  2. ^ "Billboard - Google Books" . Google Books (in English) . April 29, 1957 . Retrieved January 3, 2015 .
  3. ^ "Capitol Announces EMI Records Nashville" . Music Row (in English) . March 12, 2010.
  4. ^ "Parlophone - CDs and Vinyl at Discogs" . GS disk (in English) . Retrieved January 3, 2015 .