2004 – Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart are the lead performers on the “Alfie” soundtrack, released on Virgin. Jagger sings lead on about one-third of the songs, including first single “Old Habits Die Hard.” Another version with Jagger, Stewart and Sheryl Crow is included as a bonus track.
2004 – ‘Frisco noisemakers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club announce they have left their label Virgin. Robert Turner says, “This is actually the greatest day in our band’s somewhat short history.”
2003 – The 20th annual MTV Video Music Awards begin with a big surprise, with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera singing Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” while decked out in racy wedding attire similar to what the Material Girl wore during her performance of the song at the 1984 ceremony. Madonna herself then appears to sing […]
2003 – Listener to the U.K.’s Virgin radio declare the top 3 greatest songs of the past 20 years to be Oasis’ “Wonderwall,” The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony,” and R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts.”
2003 – Reggae artist Ziggy Marley releases his first solo album, “Dragonfly,” via Private Music. The oldest son of Bob Marley, the artist fronted the Melody Makers through nine studio albums on Capitol, Virgin, and Elektra.
2003 – Kevin MacMichael, guitarist with ’80s hit-makers Cutting Crew (“(I Just) Died in Your Arms”) dies aged 51. Kevin Scott Macmichael (7 November 1951 – 31 December 2002) was a Canadian guitarist, songwriter and record producer, best known for being a member of the 1980s English based pop-rock band, Cutting Crew, who had a […]
2002 – Lonnie Donegan, known as the “king of skiffle’ dies in his sleep in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England. He is 71. Lonnie Donegan MBE (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002) was a skiffle musician, possibly the most famous of them all, with more than 20 UK Top 30 hits to his name. He is […]
2002 – Nine Inch Nails makes its first ever instore signing appearance at the Virgin Megastore in New York’s Times Square.
2001 – Michael Jackson makes his first-ever instore appearance at the Virgin Megastore in New York’s Times Square. The event is broadcast live on MTV’s “Total Request Live.”
2001 – In anticipation of the November 20 release of his latest solo album, Virgin establishes the online Mick Jagger Preview Jukebox. The site features 90-second clips of all the tracks on Jagger’s “Goddess in the Doorway,” his first solo album since 1993’s Wandering Spirit.
2001 – For the first time ever, the Recording Academy agrees to accept a downloadable single for Grammy consideration. Virgin Records releases two singles, “Dig In,” by Lenny Kravitz and “God Gave Me Everything” by Mick Jagger are released to digital retailers via Liquid Audio.
2001 – Bluesman John Lee Hooker, believed to be 83, dies of natural causes at his home in Los Altos, Calif. The singer/guitarist began his career in 1949, when his Modern Records single “Boogie Chillen” became a No. 1 R&B hit. Lyrics: Boom boom boom boom I’m gonna shoot you right down, right offa your […]