Virgin EMI Records
Virgin EMI Records is a British record label owned by the Universal Music Group, formed in 2013. Virgin EMI Records was founded in March 2013 through the merger of Mercury Records UK and Virgin Records, it operates two distinct marketing streams -- Virgin and EMI Records. Virgin EMI became one of Universal Music UK's front-line labels, alongside Polydor Records, Island Records, Decca Records, a newly established Capitol Records UK. Mercury Records UK, which traditionally released International Island and Def Jam artists in the UK will now operate as an imprint under Virgin EMI along with Universal Island, which released Republic Records artists in that country The new label will replace Mercury and Virgin as the releasing label in the UK, for Def Jam and Island US's international roster as well as Virgin Records America artists. Virgin EMI's artists include Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and the Machine, Lewis Capaldi, Corinne Bailey Rae, Katy Perry, Emeli Sande, The Chemical Brothers, Slaves, The Libertines, Jake Bugg, Fall Out Boy, Chase & Status, Avicii, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Loyle Carner, Martin Solveig, Bon Jovi, The Vamps, George Michael, The Stone Roses, HRVY, Vic Mensa, Massive Attack, Avenged Sevenfold, Paul Simon and Konan, Katy B, Amy Macdonald, Duke Dumont, Kanye West and Four of Diamonds.
Furthermore, Mike Oldfield, whose Tubular Bells album launched the original Virgin Records, is a Virgin EMI artist. Official website Virgin 40 official website Discography Virgin EMI at LabelsBase
Matthew Albert Costa is an American singer-songwriter from Huntington Beach, United States. He has 13 independent releases: 7 self-recorded EPs, 6 complete LPs, 4 of which are released via Brushfire Records, his first album in five years, Santa Rosa Fangs, was released on May 18, 2018, on Dangerbird Records. Matt Costa, of Portuguese descent, states that his father works in the airline business. In early 2003, Matt's homemade demo reached No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont, who offered to record more demos for Costa in his home studio; those first recordings led to two EPs that Dumont distributed themselves. These were combined and mixed by Phil Ek in order to form Costa's first full-length CD entitled Songs We Sing. Costa spent the summer of 2005 opening on Jack Johnson's summer tour, he has since toured with Modest Mouse, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, G. Love & Special Sauce, Death Cab for Cutie. Costa joined Jack Johnson for his 2006 European tour, he has contributed to the Jack Johnson and Friends Curious George soundtrack.
This song was taken from his The Elasmosaurus EP. Costa has toured extensively in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and South America; the video for Costa's first single "Cold December" was released February 2, 2006. On July 31, 2007, he released a song titled "If You Took To Me" as part of the environmentally minded polar bear documentary Arctic Tale and its soundtrack. On October 7, 2007, Matt released the first single, "Mr. Pitiful," from his record Unfamiliar Faces; the song "Mr. Pitiful" was used during a scene with Paul Rudd in the movie I Love You, the redband trailer for the film Youth in Revolt starring Michael Cera, the movie Marmaduke; the song is featured during the opening credits of The Answer Man. Apple used an instrumental cut of this song for the worldwide iPhone 3GS ads. On December 23, 2008, Costa married. Mobile Chateau, Matt's third album, was released on September 2010 via Brushfire Records; the record was recorded at Pheasant Studios in Santa Ana, California as Costa's first solo production.
In 2012, he released an EP titled Sacred Hills EP. His fourth album, which he decided to self title, was released in 2013, it contained some songs from his released EP such as "Loving You" and "Good Times". Shortly after the release of the Self-Titled album, along came a Deluxe and commentary version of the album, his song "Good Times" was featured at the end of an episode of the third season of HBO's Girls in 2014. In 2015, Costa released a sting of self recorded EPs. First of the storm came Eucalyptus EP, with its acoustic style. Mid year brought Cat Mosta EP; the end of the year carried the EP titled Neon Brain EP. Before the year ended, he released. Costa began 2016 with another EP called Anchor and The Albatross EP, he released an album for a documentray titled Orange Sunshine. The documentary revolved around The Brotherhood of Eternal Love; the album held a psychedelic rock style. Ending 2016, Matt released a small bunch of songs recorded live when he had gone on a trip to London. In 2017, the single Where Have All my Heroes Gone was released.
Costa's first album in five years, Santa Rosa Fangs, was released on May 18, 2018, on his new record label Dangerbird Records. Matt released Santa Rosa Fangs in which he storytells the meaning behind the album and connects his real life with the fictional one he had created in the album. Two songs, Lovely Saturday and Evening Star were included in the edition. 2003: Matt Costa EP 2005: The Elasmosaurus EP 2012: Sacred Hills EP 2015: Eucalyptus EP 2015: Cat Mosta EP 2015: Neon Brain EP 2016: Anchor & the Albatross EP 2005: Songs We Sing 2006: Songs We Sing 2008: Unfamiliar Faces 2010: Mobile Chateau 2013: Matt Costa 2018: Santa Rosa Fangs 2006: "Cold December" 2006: "Sweet Thursday" 2006: "Sunshine" 2008: "Mr. Pitiful" 2010: "Witchcraft" 2013: "Good Times" 2006: A Brokedown Melody Soundtrack 2006: Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George 2006: Brushfire Records Winter 2006 Music Sampler 2007: Arctic Tale 2012: "Vienna" plays continually on in-room cable at the Marriott Vienna in Austria The Official Matt Costa Website Matt Costa discography at MusicBrainz Matt Costa collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive
Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is an American global music corporation, a subsidiary of the French media conglomerate Vivendi. UMG's global corporate headquarters are located in California, it is considered one of the "Big Three" record labels, along with Warner Music Group. Since 2004, the corporation is no longer related to the film studio Universal Studios. Universal Music was once the record company attached to film studio Universal Pictures; the company's origins go back to the formation of the American branch of Decca Records in September 1934. The Decca Record Co. Ltd. of England spun American Decca off in 1939. MCA Inc. merged with American Decca in 1962. In November 1990, Japanese multinational conglomerate Matsushita Electric agreed to acquire MCA for $6.59 billion. In 1995, Seagram acquired 80 percent of MCA from Matsushita. On December 9, 1996, the company was renamed Universal Studios, Inc. and its music division was renamed Universal Music Group. In May 1998, Seagram purchased PolyGram and merged it with Universal Music Group in early 1999.
With the 2004 acquisition of Universal Studios by General Electric and merging with GE's NBC, Universal Music Group was cast under separate management from the eponymous film studio. This is the second time a music company has done so, the first being the separation of Time Warner and Warner Music Group. In February 2006, the label became 100 percent owned by French media conglomerate Vivendi when Vivendi purchased the last 20 percent from Matsushita. On June 25, 2007, Vivendi completed its €1.63 billion purchase of BMG Music Publishing, after receiving European Union regulatory approval, having announced the acquisition on September 6, 2006. Doug Morris stepped down from his position as CEO on January 1, 2011. Former chairman/CEO of Universal Music International Lucian Grainge was promoted to CEO of the company. Grainge replaced him as chairman on March 9, 2011. Morris became the next chairman of Sony Music Entertainment on July 1, 2011. With Grainge's appointment as CEO at UMG, Max Hole was promoted to COO of UMGI, effective July 1, 2010.
Starting in 2011 UMG's Interscope Geffen A&M Records will be signing contestants from American Idol/Idol series. On January 2011, UMG announced it was donating 200,000 master recordings from the 1920s to 1940s to the Library of Congress for preservation. In March 2011, Barry Weiss became chairman and CEO of The Island Def Jam Music Group and Universal Republic Records. Both companies were restructured under Weiss. In December 2011, David Foster was named Chairman of Verve Music Group. In 2011, EMI sold its recorded music operations to Universal Music Group for £1.2 billion and its music publishing operations to a Sony-led consortium for $2.2 billion. Among the other companies that had competed for the recorded music business was Warner Music Group, reported to have made a $2 billion bid. IMPALA opposed the merger. In March 2012, the European Union opened an investigation into the acquisition The EU asked rivals and consumer groups whether the deal would result in higher prices and shut out competitors.
On September 21, 2012, the sale of EMI to UMG was approved in Europe and the United States by the European Commission and Federal Trade Commission respectively. However, the European Commission approved the deal only under the condition the merged company divest one third of its total operations to other companies with a proven track record in the music industry. UMG divested Mute Records, Roxy Recordings, MPS Records, Cooperative Music, Now That's What I Call Music!, Universal Greece, Sanctuary Records, Chrysalis Records, EMI Classics, Virgin Classics, EMI's European regional labels to comply with this condition. UMG retained The Beatles and Robbie Williams; the Beatles catalogue was transferred to UMG's newly formed Calderstone Productions, while Williams' catalogue was transferred to Island Records. Universal Music Group completed their acquisition of EMI on September 28, 2012. In November 2012, Steve Barnett was appointed CEO of Capitol Music Group, he served as COO of Columbia Records. In compliance the conditions of the European Commission after purchase of EMI, Universal Music Group sold the Mute catalogue to the German-based BMG Rights Management on December 22, 2012.
Two months BMG acquired Sanctuary Records for €50 million. On November 8, 2012, Universal Music and Hewlett-Packard launched a marketing operation that allows customers with an HP computer with HP Connected Music software to access music from Universal artists, as well as exclusive content. On February 8, 2013, Warner Music Group acquired the Parlophone Label Group for $765 million. In February, Sony Music Entertainment acquired Universal's European share in Now That's What I Call Music for $60 million. Play It Again Sam acquired Co-Operative Music for £500,000 in March 2013. With EMI's absorption into Universal Music complete, its British operations will consist of five label units: Island, Decca, Virgin EMI and Capitol. In April 2013, Universal Music Greece was sold to Victoras Antippas, who renamed the company Cobalt Music. Edel AG acquired the MPS catalogue from Universal in January 2014. On March 20, 2013, UMG announced the worldwide extension of their exclusive distribution deal with the Disney Music Group, excluding Japan and Russia.
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Afie Jurvanen, known by his stage name Bahamas, is a Canadian musician born in Toronto, raised in Barrie, Ontario. He is of Finnish ancestry. Jurvanen taught, he worked with a variety of musicians that includes The Lumineers, Howie Beck, Jason Collett, Jack Johnson, The Weather Station, Zeus. Downtown Music Publishing represents Bahamas songs. Jurvanen recorded his debut album, Pink Strat, in a cabin in rural Ontario in 2008, he released the album under the name Bahamas in 2009 and was subsequently nominated for a 2010 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Solo. Jurvanen released his second album, Barchords on February 7, 2012; the album received nomination at the 2013 Juno Awards for the Adult Alternative Album of the Year. Jurvanen received a nomination for Songwriter of the Year for the tracks "Be My Witness", "Caught Me Thinking", "Lost in the Light". Jurvanen released his third album, Bahamas Is Afie on August 19, 2014; the album received first place on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2014.
Bahamas Is Afie received a nomination for Adult Alternative Album of the Year At the Juno Awards of 2015, Jurvanen received nomination for Songwriter of the Year for "All the Time", "Bitter Memories" and "Stronger Than That". He won the awards in both categories. Jurvanen tours with drummer Jason Tait and backing vocalist Felicity Williams. Bahamas opened for Jack Johnson, Robert Plant, The Lumineers and City and Colour. Jurvanen released his fourth album, Earthtones on January 19, 2018. Bahamas began their Canadian tour for Earthtones on January 18, 2018, the Earthtones World Tour and recruited Zach Gill to open the shows. Pink Strat Barchords Bahamas Is Afie Earthtones Jurvanen lived in The Junction neighborhood of Toronto with his wife and two children, until December 2018 when they relocated to Nova Scotia. Official website
180 Degrees South: Conquerors of the Useless
180 Degrees South: Conquerors of the Useless, or 180° South, is a 2010 documentary directed by Chris Malloy that covers the journey of Jeff Johnson as he travels from Ventura, California to Patagonia, Chile retracing the 1968 trip that Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins took in their Ford E-Series Econoline Van. After finding footage of the 1968 expedition, Johnson decided to make climbing the Corcovado Volcano in Patagonia as his life goal and, after speaking to Chouinard and Tompkins, planned his own journey; the subtitle of the film comes from Lionel Terray's mountaineering autobiography, Les Conquérants de l'inutile. The film emulates the 1968 trip made by Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia, but rather than by land, Jeff Johnson travels by sea from Mexico and south along the west coast of Chile; the film opens with original home movie footage as taken by Chouinard and Tompkins, continues with Johnson's own footage, in which he includes surfing and climbing as the film follows Johnson signing on with a small boat heading for Chile, his being delayed for several weeks on Easter Island, his meeting travel partner Makohe, in his reaching Patagonia, Johnson meeting with Chouinard and Tompkins.
The film concludes with his attempt to climb Cerro Corcovado, an attempt, halted 200 feet from the summit out of concerns for safety. Yvon Chouinard Doug Tompkins Kris Tompkins Jeff Johnson Keith Malloy Makohe Timmy O'Neill The film debuted February 10, 2010 at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, followed in April 2010 by limited theatrical release, as well as festival screenings at the Newport Beach International Film Festival; the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray in June 2010, followed by additional festival screenings in September 2010 at the Asbury Park Independent Film Festival, in November 2010 at the Banff Film Festival and Save the Waves Film Festival. The film had theatrical release in Japan in January 2011. Seattle Post Globe wrote "180° South is a thinking person’s adventure film, one that stimulates the mind rather that the adrenal gland," in that it "is not one of those extreme sports movies set to heavy metal music in which daredevils boast of pitting themselves against nature."
The reviewer notes that while the film instead has a message of conservationism, the director "does not pitch this conservation message in a fit of hysterical propaganda, as have the directors of so many ecological horror documentaries on topics ranging from global warming to the corn syrup in our peanut butter." He writes "The regard for the planet shown in 180° South comes from the quiet, philosophical nature of the people profiled in the film, who realize there is more adventure in the preservation of nature than in its conquering."Minneapolis Star-Tribune praised the film by writing "If you are this close to chucking it all in, packing your bags and going vagabond, by all means do not see "180° South." Director Chris Malloy's eco-tourist documentary could stoke your wanderlust to the point of no return." They noted that the cinematography tended to meander at times and did not allow the viewer to learn much about Johnson himself, but that the film began to "brighten" after Johnson meets with Chouinard and Tompkins at the wildlife preserve that Tompkins founded in Patagonia in 1991.
Spectrum wrote that the beginning of the film was deceptive in that its initial "Conversations of high adventure spliced between footage of rock climbing and mountaineering may trick the viewer into thinking this is a film about extreme sports," but that the "main clue that hints at a different purpose is the chill sound track." They expanded that it was not until after Johnson's unscheduled delay on Easter Island that viewers "first learn what 180° South is most about," when "the theme of ecological conservation is played out in conversations about national parks, hydro-electric dams, indigenous wildlife, sustainable farming, commercial fishing and development models." They note that the final two-thirds of the film shares the "intrinsic tension between conservation on the one hand and the mass-produced technological innovations that make the trip and film possible on the other". The Washington Post writes "Chris Malloy's film strikes so into the heart of Patagonia's wilderness we come to feel at home there".
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G. Love & Special Sauce
G. Love & Special Sauce is an alternative hip hop band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, they are known for their unique, "sloppy", "laid back" blues sound that encompasses classic R&B. The band features Garrett Dutton, better known as G. Love, Jeffrey Clemens on drums, Jim Prescott on bass; the band formed in January 1993 when Dutton was performing at The Tam O'Shanter. Here he met drummer Jeffrey Clemens. Dutton and Clemens began working as a duo, were joined a few months by bassist Jim Prescott and became the house band at The Plough and Stars in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1994, they released their self-titled debut album on Okeh Records. On the strength of the single "Cold Beverage", due in part to the song's rotation on MTV, the album nearly went gold. Trying to capitalize on the success of the album, the group subsequently toured eventually landing a spot on the H. O. R. D. E. Tour. In 1995, they released their follow-up album Coast to Coast Motel. Although it did not sell as well as the first album, it is considered by many critics as the stronger of the two.
On tour following the release of the second album, the group nearly broke up, due to disagreements about the group's finances. Deciding on a hiatus the three members went their separate ways. By October 1997 the group had reconciled their differences and released their third album, Yeah, It's That Easy, which along with their own work, showcased their collaboration with several other bands and musicians, including All Fellas Band, Philly Cartel, King's Court, Dr. John; this soul-influenced album was more similar to their debut album than their previous release. Soon after G. Love & Special Sauce set out on another world tour, returning to Philadelphia in 1999 for the release of their fourth album, Philadelphonic. Philadelphonic was followed up with Electric Mile in 2001, an album that shows the wide-ranging influences of the trio, incorporating hip-hop, psychedelica and soul in equal and ambitious measure; the road band, Mile was followed by extensive touring. During this time they performed as the house band for Comedy Central's show Turn Ben Stein On, which ran from 1999-2001.
In summer 2005, the band featured in an advertisement for the launch of Coca-Cola Zero, featuring the group's own unique version of the noted Coca-Cola advertising song "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing". On June 24, 2008, Superhero Brother was released. On January 15, 2009, G. Love announced on the band's website that bassist Jimi "Jazz" Prescott is no longer a member of the band. On January 21, 2014, G. Love posted a release containing the announcement of the album Sugar, stating that Jimi Prescott had returned to the band. In 2014 Cadillac released a commercial featuring Come Up Man. G. Love has released three solo albums, his first, The Hustle, was the first G. Love release under Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records banner. Johnson had been a guest on the Special Sauce album Philadelphonic. G. Love performed a series of shows in 2004 with Jack Johnson and fellow Brushfire Records artist Donavon Frankenreiter, the trio found time to issue a brief live EP, his solo albums include: Oh Yeah The Hustle #100 US Lemonade #39 US Fixin' to Die #36 US G. Love and Special Sauce #32 Heatseekers Coast to Coast Motel #122 US #3 Heatseekers Yeah, It's That Easy #120 US #3 Heatseekers Philadelphonic #113 US #1 Heatseekers Electric Mile #138 US #4 Heatseekers Superhero Brother #63 US Sugar #49 US Love Saves the Day The Hustle Lemonade Fixin' to Die Back in the Day In the Kings Court Oh Yeah G. Love Has Gone Country Front Porch Loungin' Long Way Down The Best of G. Love and Special Sauce Playlist: The Very Best of G. Love & Special Sauce A Year and a Night with G. Love and Special Sauce CD/DVD Philadelphonic.com G. Love & Special Sauce collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive Timo Shanko's website Cadillac ATS commercial featuring Come Up Man Garrett sits down with Ira Haberman of The Sound Podcast for a feature interview
From Here to Now to You
From Here to Now to You is the sixth studio album by singer-songwriter Jack Johnson. The album was released on September 17, 2013; the album's first single "I Got You" was released on June 10, 2013. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 117,000 copies in the United States; the album debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums chart and on the US Billboard Digital Albums chart, Top Rock Albums chart, Alternative Albums chart and Folk Albums chart. All lyrics written by Jack Johnson. Jack Johnson – vocals, ukulele, percussion Adam Topol – drums, percussion Merlo Podlewski – bass, vibes, guitar Zach Gill – piano, vibes, accordion, vocals, bass kalimba Ben Harper – vocals, weissenborn slide guitar on "Change"