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Virgin Records is a British independent record label founded by the English entrepreneur, Richard Branson back in 1972. The company grew to be a worldwide music phenomenon, with platinum performers such as Roy Orbinson, Devo, Genesis, Keith Richards, Janet Jackson, Culture Cub, Simple Minds, Lenny Kravitz, The Smashing Pumkins, Mike Oldfield, Spice Girls, and more on their list of artists. The british record is currently owned by Universal Music Group, as after its purchade of EMI in 2012, UMG reorganized its British operations to create Virgin EMI Records on March 2013 which absorbed Mercury Records UK.
The british label's first recording studio was built in Oxfordshire, and Mike Oldfield was the first one who recorded his very first album (''Tubular Bells'', 1973)with the help of Branson's team and was sold in over 15 million copies. The song was an instant smash, staying on the UK charts for 247 weeks. Using the momentum of Oldfield's success, Branson then signed other aspiting musical group to label, including the Sex Pistols. Artists such as the Culture Club, The Rolling Stones, and Genesis would follow, helping to make Virgin Music one of the top six record companies in the world.
Virgin Records celebrated in 2012 a Landmark of 40 years since the label was founded with the pop-up art exhibition launced in Holborn, London, and gave the public the wonderful opportunity to see all that Virgin has brought to the limelight over the past years.The record company currently have more than 200 companies in more than 30 countries, including United Kingdom, The United States, Australia, Canada, Asia, Europe, and South Africa.
Without a doubt, few record companies have the sheer breadth and depth of talent that Virgin Records has had, and there is barely an inch of music that has been untouched by the british records label. Its roster features everyone from Janet Jackson to The Smashing Pumpinks, The Chemical Brothers to Aaliyah, Daft Punk to Victoria Beckam. Starting out as a tiny progressive rock label with Mike Oldfield as its star, it soon moved to the oh-so-seventies punk rock by signing the Sex Pixtols. Then came the 80s and with it Culure Club, Human League and Simple Minds, which all helped Virgin Records become the world's largest independent record label. The Spice Girls, Mariah Carey and Brit Pop defined the 90s and, today, the label is still going strong with the likes of Bastille, Laura Marling, Jake Bugg, David Guetta, Naughty Boy, lenny Kravitz, Daft Punk, Emeli Sande, all riding high in the charts and the airwaves.