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V2 Records
V2 RECORDS (or V2 MUSIC) is a record label that was purchased by Universal Music Group in 2007. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Current "> It was distributed in the US by BMG ; however it left for WEA shortly after the formation of Sony BMG . Its headquarters were located at 14 East 4th Street in Manhattan , the former US home of Island Records , which was in the same building as the former Greenwich Village branch of Tower Records . In April 2005, COOPERATIVE MUSIC was set up by the V2 MUSIC GROUP as a transnational marketing and distribution operation which licenses independent labels, as opposed to individual artist companies which is the standard industry practice, for release in Europe, Australia and Japan
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Universal Music Group
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP (also known in the United States
United States
as UMG RECORDINGS, INC. and abbreviated as UMG) is an American global music corporation that is a subsidiary of the French media conglomerate Vivendi . UMG's global corporate headquarters are in Santa Monica
Santa Monica
, California
California
. It is considered one of the "Big Three " record labels, along with Sony Music and Warner Music Group
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Richard Branson
SIR RICHARD CHARLES NICHOLAS BRANSON (born 18 July 1950) is an English business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He founded the Virgin Group , which controls more than 400 companies. Branson expressed his desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age. At the age of sixteen his first business venture was a magazine called _Student_. In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores . Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic airline and expanded the Virgin Records music label. In March 2000, Branson was knighted at Buckingham Palace for "services to entrepreneurship". For his work in retail, music and transport (with interests in land, air, sea and space travel), his taste for adventure, and for his humanitarian work, he became a prominent figure
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Fontana Distribution
FONTANA DISTRIBUTION is a division of San Francisco-based Isolation Network . A minority stake of the company was owned by Universal Music until INgrooves acquired Fontana Distribution
Fontana Distribution
from UMG in 2012 to form INgrooves Fontana. CONTENTS * 1 Profile * 2 Fontana Distribution-affiliated labels * 3 Divisions * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links PROFILEFontana deals in distribution, as well as in a range of sales, marketing, and back office support services, for a diverse roster of independent record labels and their artists. The company takes its name and logo from the Fontana Records
Fontana Records
label; it was initially launched by Universal Music
Music
Group in 2004 and later sold to Isolation Network in 2012. The company includes a UK-based operation, Fontana International, which handles territories outside of North America
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Hostess Entertainment
HOSTESS INCORPORATED (ホステス株式会社, Hosutesu Kabushiki Gaisha), DBA HOSTESS ENTERTAINMENT (ホステス・エンタテインメント, Hosutesu Entateinmento) UNLIMITED , is a Japanese independent music company, representing Western alternative artists and labels in Japan
Japan
, such as the Beggars Group (4AD /XL /Matador /Rough Trade ), Domino Records , V2 Records
V2 Records
, Brassland and PIAS UK Distribution . Artists signed to Hostess include Adele
Adele
, Radiohead , Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys
, Warpaint , Mogwai
Mogwai
, Theme Park , The xx
The xx
, Bon Iver
Bon Iver
and Vampire Weekend . It was founded in 2000 by ANDREW "PLUG" LAZONBY, an alumnus of Royal College of Music
Royal College of Music

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United Kingdom
The UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND, commonly known as the UNITED KINGDOM (UK) or BRITAIN, is a sovereign country in western Europe. Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland , the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
includes the island of Great Britain
Great Britain
, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland
Ireland
and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
is the only part of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
that shares a land border with another sovereign state‍—‌the Republic of Ireland
Ireland

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Record Label
A RECORD LABEL or RECORD COMPANY is a brand or trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos . Sometimes, a record label is also a publishing company that manages such brands and trademarks, coordinates the production, manufacture , distribution , marketing, promotion, and enforcement of copyright for sound recordings and music videos; also conducting talent scouting and development of new artists ("artists and repertoire" or "A and maintains contracts with recording artists and their managers. The term "record label" derives from the circular label in the center of a vinyl record which prominently displays the manufacturer's name, along with other information
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Virgin Records
VIRGIN RECORDS is a British-American record label founded by English entrepreneurs Richard Branson , Simon Draper, Nik Powell , and musician Tom Newman in 1972. The company grew to be a worldwide phenomenon over time, with the success of its platinum performers such as Janet Jackson , Roy Orbison , Devo
Devo
, Genesis , Keith Richards , the Human League
Human League
, Culture Club , Simple Minds , Lenny Kravitz , dc Talk
Talk
, the Smashing Pumpkins , Mike Oldfield
Mike Oldfield
, Spice Girls
Spice Girls
and more on their list of artists. It was later sold to Thorn EMI in 1992
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EMI
BROKEN UP: EMI Music Publishing
EMI Music Publishing
acquired by consortium led by: * Sony/ATV Music Publishing and comprising Sony Corporation of America * The Estate of M
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Morgan Stanley
MORGAN STANLEY (NYSE : MS) is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services. It is headquartered at 1585 Broadway in the Morgan Stanley Building , Midtown Manhattan , New York City. With offices in more than 42 countries and more than 55,000 employees, the firm's clients include corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. Morgan Stanley, formed by J.P. Morgan "> The Morgan Stanley Building Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services corporation that, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, advises, and originates, trades, manages and distributes capital for, governments, institutions and individuals. The company operates in three business segments: Institutional Securities, Wealth Management, and Investment Management
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Financier
An INVESTOR allocates capital with the expectation of a future financial return. Types of investments include: equity , debt securities , real estate , currency , commodity , token , derivatives such as put and call options , futures , forwards , etc. This definition makes no distinction between those in the primary and secondary markets. That is, someone who provides a business with capital and someone who buys a stock are both investors. An investor who owns a stock is a shareholder
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Gee Street Records
GEE STREET RECORDS was a British hip hop record label started by Jon Baker in 1985. The label's name came from its original location, a converted warehouse on Gee Street in London
London
. Between 1980 and 1984, label head Baker lived in New York City
New York City
. After returning to London
London
in 1984, Baker became a hip hop promoter. In 1985, Baker opened Gee Street records and began releasing white-label dance and hip hop records. Many of these broke new ground. The label developed a roster of prominent domestic UK acts, including DJ Richie Rich , Outlaw Posse , and Stereo MC\'s , and US acts, including P.M. Dawn , Doug E. Fresh , Gravediggaz
Gravediggaz
, and New Kingdom . In 1990, Gee Street was acquired by Chris Blackwell\'s Island Records
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Junior Boy's Own
JUNIOR BOY\'S OWN is a London
London
, UK -based record label specialising in dance music . Underworld , The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers
and X-Press 2 are its most successful artists. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Artists * 3 Selected discography * 4 See also * 5 External links HISTORYTerry Farley joined Andrew Weatherall
Andrew Weatherall
, Cymon Eckel, Pete Heller
Pete Heller
and Steven Hall to form Boy's Own Recordings (1990–1993). In 1992 Farley and Hall began Junior Recordings Ltd., which started to use the name Junior Boy's Own and is also shortened to JBO. Weatherall left to start his label and band Sabres of Paradise
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Blue Dog Records
BLUE DOG RECORDS was an independent London
London
record label located in offices above the original Barfly Club (The Falcon, Camden ). Started in 1997 by Nick Moore and Jeremy Ledlin it was licensed and distributed by Richard Branson ’s V2 Records
V2 Records
, and had a mostly guitar band roster of artists including The Crocketts
The Crocketts
, Daytona, Contempo , Murry the Hump , Sona Fariq and Super J Lounge . Many of the acts who released their first singles on Blue Dog were then snapped up by bigger labels, with Sona Fariq signing to Warners , Contempo signing to London
London
, Murry the Hump signing to Beggars Banquet , and Crashland to Independiente /Sony
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Big Cat Records
BIG CAT RECORDS is a UK record label. It launched around 1990 and originally specialized in industrial and noise-rock releases. Operated a US office in NYC for a few years. Purchased by V2 Records in 1996, at which point their roster became much more diverse in style. Artists include Cop Shoot Cop , Foetus , Paul Schütze , Pavement , Shudder To Think, Lotion , Blumfeld , Broken Dog , Experimental Audio Research , One Minute Silence and Grandaddy . The newest artist is Young Prince. REFERENCES * http://recordlabelhistory.blogspot.com/2008/12/v2-records-v2-music.html * http://www.discogs.com/label/117950-Big-Cat This article about a United Kingdom record label is a stub . You can help by expanding it . * v * t * e Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Big_Cat_Records additional terms may apply
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Luaka Bop
LUAKA BOP is a world music -oriented record label established by musician and record producer David Byrne , former lead singer and guitarist for the art rock –new wave band Talking Heads . Originally established in 1988, the label has been wholly independent since leaving V2 Records in 2006. Previously the label had distribution relationships with Warner Bros. Records and Narada /Virgin /EMI Records . Luaka Bop
Luaka Bop
has released compilations representing sounds from around the world, as well as full-length albums, EPs, and singles from individual artists, including Byrne himself. BRAZIL CLASSICS, the label's first compilation series, consists of seven albums surveying genres ranging from