July 19, 1990 |
The co-head of Virgin Records, the company whose roster includes such best-sellers as Paula Abdul, Soul II Soul and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, says that he believes it's time for the record industry to strike back against what he perceives to be a national "witch hunt" against pop music.
July 5, 1987 |
Why would Simple Minds, the critically acclaimed Scottish rock group, put out two records at the same time? That's right. If you walk into a record store later this month, you'll find two "new" records from the band--"In the City of Light," a live double album from A&M Records, and "Sister Feelings Call" from Virgin Records. What has the band up in arms is that the Virgin disc isn't new at all.
June 11, 1989 |
On a sun-dappled spring afternoon, employees and guests gather on the patio of the Warner Bros. Records building in Burbank to watch a private performance by Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe. It's a joint welcoming gift from the two celebrated artists, who have come to Warners after long stints at CBS Records. Between songs, an ebullient Costello expresses his gratitude to the Warner Bros. staff. "Spike," his musically complex label debut, has sold more than a half-million copies since its release in January, and he has a potential hit single in "Veronica."
August 10, 1993 |
British conglomerate EMI Music said Monday that Jeff Ayeroff and Jordan Harris, founders and co-chairmen of Virgin Records' American division, have resigned. Succeeding them as chief executive is Phil Quartararo, 37, who has been president of Virgin Records America Inc. since last year. The much-anticipated resignations could cost the company as much as $12 million in contract buyouts, sources said. Ayeroff and Harris are leaving despite the three years each has remaining on his contract.
November 16, 1994 |
Columbia Records Starting a West Coast Label: The company said the new label--which is yet to be named--will be headed by the former Virgin Records team of Jeff Ayeroff and Jordan Harris and will be based at Sony Music's Santa Monica complex. Ayeroff and Harris were co-chairmen of Virgin Records America through 1993. They will report to Don Ienner, chairman of Columbia Records Group. The staff of Columbia's Chaos Records will be incorporated into the company.