Virgin Records Ltd.

Virgin Records Ltd.

Profile:
Record (holding) company operating from the 28th Feb 1973. Licensee of the Virgin (a.k.a. Virgin Records) brands / labels. (Formerly incorporated as "Varmerny Ltd." on the 8th Sep 1972.)

Founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson alongside Simon Draper, Nik Powell and Tom Newman.
Principal activities of the company and numerous subsidiaries included - record production, manufacturing, licensing, sound recording and exploitation of copyrights.

The company intially operated under the control of Virgin Records (Holdings) Ltd., later under renamed company Virgin Holdings Ltd., due to the Virgin Group branching out internationally into other market sectors the conglomerate Virgin Group Ltd. (later plc) is established in 1983, which becomes the immediate (ultimate) parent. Virgin Group Plc operated as 3 principal divisions: Music, Communications & Retail, in 1989 the group is demerged with the music related companies (which included Virgin Records Ltd. & its worldwide subsidiaries) being transfered to a newly incorporated (holding) company Glowtrack Ltd., in 1990 this holding company is renamed Virgin Music Group Ltd.

Principal subsidiaries of Virgin Records Ltd. as of 31st June 1991: UK Associated Virgin Labels Ltd., Charisma Records Ltd., Virgin EG Records Ltd. Circa Music Ltd., Circa Records Ltd., Siren Records Ltd., Ten Records Ltd., Virgin Classics Limited, Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd., 10 Music Ltd., Virgin Studios Ltd - (The Manor), Virgin Agency Ltd. (which was the parent of Clouseau Musique S.A. as of 1989), Virgin Overseas Ltd. (holding company for worldwide subsidiaries) - Australia - Virgin Australia Pty. Ltd., Virgin Australia Music Pty. Ltd., Belgium - Virgin Belgium SA, Virgin Belgium Publishing SA Netherlands - Virgin Benelux B.V., Virgin Benelux Publishing B.V., Virgin Holdings BV Canada -Virgin Records Canada Inc., Virgin Video Canada Inc. Denmark - Virgin Records Denmark ApS Italy - Virgin Dischi S.R.L., Spain - Virgin España, S.A. Ediciones Musicales Virgin SA France - Virgin France S.A., Editions Virgin Musique SA, Delabel SA, Greece - Δίσκοι Virgin ΕΠΕ, Virgin Music EPE Japan - Virgin Japan Ltd New Zealand - Virgin Records NZ Ltd. Norway Virgin Records Norway AS Sweden - Virgin Scandinavia AB, Virgin Music AB Germany - Virgin Schallplatten GmbH, Song Edition Virgin Schallplatten GmbH CokG USA - Virgin Records America, Inc., Virgin Music America, Inc., Virgin Records, Inc., Cardiac Records, Inc., Caroline Records, Inc., Caroline Records, Calif. Inc., Charisma Records America, Inc., Virgin Music, Inc., Virgin Songs, Inc. Hong Kong - Virgin Records (HK) Ltd., Virgin Music Publishers (Hong Kong) Ltd.

On the 1st June 1992, Virgin Records Group Ltd. was sold by Richard Branson to Thorn Emi Plc. which would later become EMI Group Plc in 1996, since 2012 the company has been ultimately owned by Vivendi S.A. and forms part of the Universal Music Group, as of 2017 Virgin Records Ltd. remains an immediate subsidiary of Virgin Music Group (unlimited) - (Formerly legally known as Virgin Music Group Ltd.), which is subsequently a wholly owned subsidiary of EMI Group Ltd. (formerly known as EMI Group Plc) and controlled by that company.

On 25th April 2017 Bolloré Group became the ultimate parent.

Note:
The Virgin imprint (trademark) and other associated Virgin brands used by Virgin Records Ltd., its subsidiaries or affiliates have always remained under the direct control of Richard Branson through his IP holding company Virgin Enterprises Ltd., which licenses the rights to use these trademarks. (This company did not form part of the sale to Thorn EMI plc.)

Also appears as - Virgin Records Ltd / Virgin Records Limited / Virgin Rec Ltd
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Contact Info:
Registered office address:
Virgin Records Limited
4 Pancras Square,
London,
N1C 4AG

(obsolete)
364-366 Kensington High Street,
London,
W14 8NS

(obsolete)
27 Wrights Lane,
London,
W8 5SW

(obsolete)
Crown House, 72 Hammersmith Road,
London,
W14 8UD

(obsolete)
4 Tenterden Street,
London,
W1A 2AY

(obsolete)
120 Campden Hill Road,
London,
W8 7AR

(obsolete)
95/99 Ladbroke Grove,
London,
W11

(obsolete)
2-4 Vernon Yard,
119 Portobello Road,
London,
W11

(obsolete)
First address as of 1973.
130 Notting Hill Gate,
London,
W.11.
Sites:
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
01 Dread Beat An' Blood  album cover Linton Kwesi Johnson Dread Beat An' Blood(LP, Album) Heartbeat Records (2), Heartbeat Records (2) 01 USA & Canada 1981 Sell This Version
1C 3 LP 152-7941471 The Best Of 1980-1990  album cover Various The Best Of 1980-1990(3xLP, Comp) EMI, EMI 1C 3 LP 152-7941471 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
1C 148-29 653/54 Unlimited Edition  album cover Can Unlimited Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Harvest 1C 148-29 653/54 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
1CD 9143 Total Hits Vol. 2  album cover Various Total Hits Vol. 2 (Comp) 1CD 9143 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
1 PA Solsbury Hill  album cover Peter Gabriel Solsbury Hill(7", Single, Promo) Virgin, Charisma 1 PA Europe 1990 Sell This Version
2GHS 4036 English Settlement  album cover XTC English Settlement (Album) 2GHS 4036 US 1984 Sell This Version
2J 062-97240 Ommadawn  album cover Mike Oldfield Ommadawn(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2J 062-97240 Greece 1975 Sell This Version
2J 062-97623 Ricochet  album cover Tangerine Dream Ricochet(LP, Album) Virgin 2J 062-97623 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 062-98109 Rubycon  album cover Tangerine Dream Rubycon(LP, Album) Virgin, Columbia 2J 062-98109 Greece 1975 Sell This Version
2J 062-98508 The Odyssey  album cover David Bedford The Odyssey(LP, Album) Virgin 2J 062-98508 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 062-98570 L  album cover Steve Hillage L(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2J 062-98570 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 064-98572 Stratosfear  album cover Tangerine Dream Stratosfear(LP, Album, Gat) Virgin 2J 064-98572 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2LA 813 Film Music 1966-1987  album cover Ennio Morricone Film Music 1966-1987(2xLP) Bertelsmann De Mexico, S.A. 2LA 813 Mexico Unknown Sell This Version
2POINCDJ 001 Dance With You (Nachna Tere Naal)  album cover Rishi Rich Project* Featuring Jay Sean & Juggy D Rishi Rich Project* Featuring Jay Sean & Juggy D - Dance With You (Nachna Tere Naal)(CD, Single, Promo) TwoPoint Nine Records, Virgin 2POINCDJ 001 UK 2003 Sell This Version
3RANGE-21 New Wave  album cover The Auteurs New Wave(CD, Album, RE + CD, Album) 3 Loop Music 3RANGE-21 UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
3RANGE-22 Baader Meinhof  album cover Baader Meinhof Baader Meinhof(CD, Album, RE) 3 Loop Music, 3 Loop Music 3RANGE-22 UK 2014 Sell This Version
3RANGE-30 How I Learned To Love The Bootboys  album cover The Auteurs How I Learned To Love The Bootboys(CD, Album, RE + CD, Album) 3 Loop Music 3RANGE-30 UK 2014 Sell This Version
4KM 12650 That's The Way Love Goes  album cover Janet Jackson That's The Way Love Goes(Cass, Single) Virgin, Virgin 4KM 12650 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12653 Can't Help Falling In Love  album cover UB40 Can't Help Falling In Love (Single) 4KM-12653 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12681 Higher Ground  album cover UB40 Higher Ground(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12681 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38406 Dream Of Me (Based On Love's Theme)  album cover Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Dream Of Me (Based On Love's Theme)(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38406 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38417 Nice And Lovely  album cover Shaggy Featuring Rayvon Shaggy Featuring Rayvon - Nice And Lovely(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38417 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38482 Boombastic / Summer Time  album cover Shaggy Boombastic / Summer Time(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38482 US 1995 Sell This Version
4KM-38526 UB40 Kingston Town(Cass, Single) Virgin, DEP International, Virgin 4KM-38526 US 1995 Sell This Version
4KM-38604 2 Become 1  album cover Spice Girls 2 Become 1(Cass, Single) Virgin, Virgin 4KM-38604 US 1997 Sell This Version
4M 217 H To He Who Am The Only One  album cover Van Der Graaf Generator H To He Who Am The Only One(LP, Album, RE, Gat) 4 Men With Beards 4M 217 US 2012 Sell This Version
4m531 Love Zombies  album cover The Monochrome Set Love Zombies(LP, Album, RE, 180) 4 Men With Beards, 4 Men With Beards 4m531 US 2012 Sell This Version
4XV-17182 Songs From The Original Motion Picture Absolute Beginners (The Musical)  album cover Various Songs From The Original Motion Picture Absolute Beginners (The Musical)(Cass, Album, Dol) EMI America 4XV-17182 US 1986 Sell This Version
4Y-38466 You Want This  album cover Janet Jackson You Want This(Cass, Maxi) Virgin 4Y-38466 US 1994 Sell This Version
5D-0645 Live At Raji's  album cover The Dream Syndicate Live At Raji's(Cass) DRO 5D-0645 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
07VA-1006 僕のプリティー・ガール = All You Pretty Girls  album cover XTC 僕のプリティー・ガール = All You Pretty Girls (Single) 07VA-1006 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07VA-1007 Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty • Four)  album cover Eurythmics Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty • Four)(7", Single, Promo) Virgin 07VA-1007 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07VA-1009 The Medal Song = メダル・ソング  album cover Culture Club = カルチャー・クラブ* Culture Club = カルチャー・クラブ* - The Medal Song = メダル・ソング (Single) 07VA-1009 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
07VA-1012 Don't Go Down That Street (危ないSTREET(シングル・ヴァージョン))  album cover Culture Club Don't Go Down That Street (危ないSTREET(シングル・ヴァージョン)) (Single) 07VA-1012 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
07VA-1017 Don't You (Forget About Me) = ドント・ユー?  album cover Simple Minds Don't You (Forget About Me) = ドント・ユー?(7", Single) Virgin 07VA-1017 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
07VA-1026 Alive & Kicking (アライヴ・アンド・キッキング)  album cover Simple Minds Alive & Kicking (アライヴ・アンド・キッキング)(7", Single) Virgin 07VA-1026 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
07VA-1027 A Good Heart  album cover Feargal Sharkey A Good Heart(7", Single, Promo) Virgin 07VA-1027 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07VA-1031 Absolute Beginners  album cover David Bowie Absolute Beginners(7", Single) Virgin 07VA-1031 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07VA-1038 National Avenue (Sunday Afternoon)  album cover Red Guitars National Avenue (Sunday Afternoon)(7", Single, Promo) Virgin 07VA-1038 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07VA-1043 All The Things She Said  album cover Simple Minds All The Things She Said(7", Single) Virgin 07VA-1043 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07VA-1045 God Thank You Woman  album cover Culture Club God Thank You Woman(7", Single) Virgin 07VA-1045 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07VA-1053 (Forever) Live And Die  album cover Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (Forever) Live And Die (Single) 07VA-1053 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07VA-1054 In Your Eyes  album cover Peter Gabriel In Your Eyes (Single) 07VA-1054 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
8XV 2001 Tubular Bells  album cover Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells(8-Trk, Album) Virgin 8XV 2001 UK 1974 Sell This Version
8XV2043 Ommadawn  album cover Mike Oldfield Ommadawn(8-Trk, Album) Virgin 8XV2043 UK 1975 Sell This Version
8XV 2044 Ricochet  album cover Tangerine Dream Ricochet(8-Trk, Album) Virgin 8XV 2044 UK 1975 Sell This Version
8XV-2129 Drums And Wires  album cover XTC Drums And Wires(8-Trk, Album) Virgin 8XV-2129 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
12 DEP 6 I've Got Mine  album cover UB40 I've Got Mine(12") DEP International, DEP International, DEP International 12 DEP 6 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12INCHPYTHON Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life (The Unofficial England Football Anthem)  album cover Monty Python Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life (The Unofficial England Football Anthem)(12", Single, Ltd, Num) Virgin EMI Records, Virgin EMI Records 12INCHPYTHON Europe 2014 Sell This Version
12 IS 270 Addicted To Love  album cover Robert Palmer Addicted To Love(12", Single) Island Records 12 IS 270 UK 1986 Sell This Version
14C 062-98896 Romance 76  album cover Peter Baumann Romance 76(LP, Album) Virgin 14C 062-98896 Greece 1977 Sell This Version
14VA-9004 Words With The Shaman  album cover David Sylvian, Jon HassellSteve Jansen, Holger Czukay David Sylvian, Jon HassellSteve Jansen, Holger Czukay - Words With The Shaman (EP) 14VA-9004 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
14VA-9005 Absolute Beginners  album cover David Bowie Absolute Beginners(12") Virgin 14VA-9005 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
14VA-9010 Stories Of Johnny  album cover Marc Almond Stories Of Johnny(12", Single, Promo) Virgin 14VA-9010 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
14VA-9015 A Little Girl Dreams Of Taking The Veil  album cover David Sylvian A Little Girl Dreams Of Taking The Veil (Single) 14VA-9015 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
14VA-9016 Human  album cover Human League* Human(12", Single) Virgin 14VA-9016 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
14VA-9017 (Forever) Live And Die  album cover Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (Forever) Live And Die (Single) 14VA-9017 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
14VA-9019 When The Wind Blows  album cover David Bowie When The Wind Blows(12", Promo) Virgin 14VA-9019 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
14VA-9022 Over The Hills And Far Away  album cover Gary Moore Over The Hills And Far Away(12", Maxi) Virgin, 10 Records 14VA-9022 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
14VA-9024 Keep Me In Mind  album cover Boy George Keep Me In Mind(12", Maxi) Virgin 14VA-9024 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
15VB-1041 Time  album cover Culture Club Time(12", EP, RE) Virgin 15VB-1041 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
18VB-1023 Love Is Love  album cover Culture Club Love Is Love (Single) 18VB-1023 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
18VB-1036 Don't You (Forget About Me)  album cover Simple Minds Don't You (Forget About Me) (MiniAlbum) 18VB-1036 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
18VB-1089 Rodrigo Bay  album cover Working Week Rodrigo Bay (MiniAlbum) 18VB-1089 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
18VB-1097 A Woman's Story (Some Songs To Take To The Tomb - Compilation One)  album cover Marc Almond A Woman's Story (Some Songs To Take To The Tomb - Compilation One) 18VB-1097 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
18VC-1036 Don't You (Forget About Me) = ドント・ユー?  album cover Simple Minds Don't You (Forget About Me) = ドント・ユー?(Cass, MiniAlbum) Virgin 18VC-1036 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
20VB-1083 The Basics  album cover Scritti Politti The Basics(12", MiniAlbum, Comp) Virgin 20VB-1083 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
20VB-1112 Alive And Kicking -(84/85/86)-  album cover Simple Minds Alive And Kicking -(84/85/86)- (EP) 20VB-1112 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
20VB-1114.5 Gone To Earth  album cover David Sylvian Gone To Earth(2xLP, Album, Promo) Virgin 20VB-1114.5 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
20VB-1015·16 Exorcising Ghosts  album cover Japan Exorcising Ghosts (Comp) 20VB-1015·16 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
20VB-1114•15 Gone To Earth  album cover David Sylvian Gone To Earth(2xLP, Album) Virgin 20VB-1114•15 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
20VB-1123・24 Plays Live  album cover Peter Gabriel Plays Live(2xLP, Album, RE) Virgin, Charisma 20VB-1123・24 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
20VB-1166-67 Live In The City Of Light  album cover Simple Minds Live In The City Of Light (Album) 20VB-1166-67 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
25VB-1004 Geffery Morgan...  album cover UB40 Geffery Morgan...(LP, Album) DEP International, Virgin 25VB-1004 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25VB-1008 Kissing To Be Clever  album cover Culture Club Kissing To Be Clever(LP, Album, RE) Virgin 25VB-1008 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25VB-1009 Colour By Numbers  album cover Culture Club Colour By Numbers(LP, Album) Virgin 25VB-1009 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25VB-1013 Gentlemen Take Polaroids  album cover Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids(LP, Album, RE) Virgin 25VB-1013 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
25VB-1014 Tin Drum  album cover Japan Tin Drum(LP, Album, RE) Virgin 25VB-1014 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
25VB-1017 The Killing Fields (Original Film Soundtrack)  album cover Mike Oldfield The Killing Fields (Original Film Soundtrack) (Album) 25VB-1017 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25VB-1018 ...All The Rage  album cover General Public ...All The Rage(LP, Album) Virgin 25VB-1018 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25VB-1019 The Waking Hour  album cover Dalis Car The Waking Hour(LP, Album) Virgin, Paradox Records (2) 25VB-1019 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25VB-1020 1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother)  album cover Eurythmics 1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother) (Album) 25VB-1020 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25VB-1028 Cupid & Psyche 85  album cover Scritti Politti Cupid & Psyche 85 (Album) 25VB-1028 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25VB-1033 Explorers  album cover The Explorers (2) Explorers (Album) 25VB-1033 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25VB-1034 Flaunt The Imperfection  album cover China Crisis Flaunt The Imperfection (Album) 25VB-1034 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25VB-1038 Crush  album cover Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark* Crush(LP, Album) Virgin 25VB-1038 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25VB-1043 Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder  album cover Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder - Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder (Album) 25VB-1043 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25VB-1046 Corridors Of Power  album cover Gary Moore Corridors Of Power(LP, Album, RE) Virgin 25VB-1046 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25VB-1049 Stories Of Johnny  album cover Marc Almond Stories Of Johnny (Album) 25VB-1049 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25VB-1056 Once Upon A Time  album cover Simple Minds Once Upon A Time (Album) 25VB-1056 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25VB-1058 Sparkle In The Rain  album cover Simple Minds Sparkle In The Rain(LP, Album, Promo) Virgin 25VB-1058 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25VB-1061 Feargal Sharkey  album cover Feargal Sharkey Feargal Sharkey (Album) 25VB-1061 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25VB-1065 Brilliant Trees  album cover David Sylvian Brilliant Trees (Album) 25VB-1065 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25VB-1067 Working With Fire And Steel (Possible Pop Songs Volume Two)  album cover China Crisis Working With Fire And Steel (Possible Pop Songs Volume Two) (Album) 25VB-1067 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25VB-1068 Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols  album cover Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols(LP, Album, RP) Virgin, Virgin 25VB-1068 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25VB-1086 Tales Of The Expected  album cover Red Guitars Tales Of The Expected (Album) 25VB-1086 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25VB-1093 Songs  album cover Fra Lippo Lippi Songs (Album) 25VB-1093 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25VC-1062 Alchemy - An Index Of Possibilities  album cover David Sylvian Alchemy - An Index Of Possibilities(Cass, Album) Virgin 25VC-1062 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25VD-1097-98 Live In The City Of Light  album cover Simple Minds Live In The City Of Light(2xCD, Album) Virgin 25VD-1097-98 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
28VB 1081 From Luxury To Heartache  album cover Culture Club From Luxury To Heartache(LP, Album, Promo) Virgin 28VB 1081 Japan 1986 Sell This Version