Universal Relaunches EMI Records
Universal Music Group announced the relaunch of its iconic EMI label, with 20-year UMG veteran Rebecca Allen (pictured) appointed president.

The relaunch rebrands the company from its most recent iteration as Virgin EMI, and features a roster of artists including Elton John, Paul McCartney, Mark Knopfler, Florence + The Machine, Bastille and the Queen catalog, as well as international repertoire from Justin Bieber, Lewis Capaldi, The Killers, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Taylor Swift, among others. The Virgin Records imprint will continue under the new EMI Records banner.

The announcement comes eight years after UMG acquired EMI’s recorded-music division, which was founded in 1931.

UMG chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge, said, “Growing up in London, EMI was the most iconic brand in British music. When we acquired the company, we committed to new investment, innovation, creativity and, of course, leadership. Not only have we delivered on that promise, but we continue to position EMI for the future.

“The appointment of Becky Allen is a testament to our long-term commitment, and our adamance that the EMI name will mean as much to a new generation of artists and fans as it did for mine. Becky is such a strong leader – creatively and commercially – and has the values, dedication and acumen to keep EMI as the unquestioned home for some of the UK’s greatest talent.”