Capitol Music Group
|Capitol Music Group|
(US, UK, France, Sweden, Canada, Australia, NZ)
Universal Music Group
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||Los Angeles, California, United States|
Capitol Music Group (CMG) is an American-based front line umbrella label owned by Universal Music Group that oversees handling of record labels assigned to its Capitol Records division, and were inherited from its acquisition of EMI's recorded music catalog, save for Parlophone, which was sold to Warner Music Group in 2013. It is one of five umbrella labels owned by Universal Music—the other four being Interscope Geffen A&M, Island Records, Def Jam, and Republic Records. Companies under the CMG brand include Capitol Records, Virgin Records, Motown Records, Blue Note Records, Astralwerks, Harvest Records, Capitol Christian Music Group, Priority Records, Atom Factory Entertainment and Deep Well Records.
Capitol Music Group was formed in February 2007 as a merger of Capitol Records and Virgin Records America in an effort by EMI to restructure and save an average of $217 million yearly. Both Virgin Records and Capitol Records, however, remain imprints of the label.
Virgin Records CEO Jason Flom was named the head of the division, with Capitol Records CEO Andy Slater resigning after receiving a pension reportedly worth more than $15 million. As the head of the label, Flom reports directly to EMI Group CEO Eric Nicoli.
A total of 283 artists signed to Capitol Music Group, including Mims, LeToya Luckett, J. Holiday, Royal Bliss, Mack 10, Faith Evans, Fat Joe and since 2007, Katy Perry, Ferras, and Rucka Rucka Ali Prince Carter. In 2014 both Morrissey and Neil Diamond were confirmed to have signed with Capitol Records, Morrissey having signed a two album deal. However, the latter was given to Parlophone as a result of that label's sale to Warner Music.
In 2010, Virgin Records was spun off from Capitol Music Group to form Virgin Music Group; as of 2013, however, the Virgin Music Group was dissolved, resulting in Virgin Records returning to its placement under CMG.
With EMI's absorption (sans Parlophone) into Universal Music Group complete, the Capitol Music Group is now part of UMG's five label units in the UK. The Beatles have been confirmed to appear on Capitol UK.
In April 2013, Robbie McIntosh was named head of Capitol's international operations.
- 2101 Records
- Angel Records (US)
- Block Entertainment
- Capitol Records
- Caroline Distribution
- Chrysalis Records (US)
- Capitol Christian Music Group
- EMI America Records
- Get Money Gang Entertainment
- G-Unit Records
- Harvest Records
- Manhattan Records
- Motown Records
- Priority Records
- 10 Records
- Circa Records (traded as EMI/Virgin strategic marketing TV label from 90s)
- Siren Records
- Twenty Two Recordings
- Konspiracy Theory Music
- VC Recordings - also traded as Hut Records
- The RMG Music Group a unit of Twenty-Two Recordings
- Pinegrove Records
- The Trak Kartel Records
- Virgin Records America
- Metamorphosis Music
South East Conglomerate LLC
- USA Today. January 26, 2007; EMI to merge Capitol and Virgin labels; retrieved April 3, 2007
- Variety. January 25, 2007; EMI merging Capitol, Virgin; retrieved April 3, 2007
- New York Times. January 26, 2007; EMI Merging Record Labels and Ousting Capitol’s President; retrieved April 3, 2007
- Billboard Magazine. January 25, 2007; Capitol, Virgin Merged to Form Capitol Music Group; retrieved April 3, 2007
- Makena Technologies and Capitol Music Group Partner to Bring Music Artists Into There.com
- Steve Barnett to lead Capitol Music Group, L.A. Times