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Vertigo Records
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Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 1960s
Status Active
Distributing label Mercury Records UK
Genre Various
Country of origin UK
Official Website

Vertigo Records today is a UK-based record label operated by Mercury Music Group (UK).



Vertigo Records was the name Philips Records chose in the sixties for its record sub-label to counter the progressive labels of its rivals EMI with Harvest Records and Decca Records with Deram Records.

Early days

Some of the first artists to sign included Ian Matthews, Black Sabbath, Mike Absalom, Dr. Z, Catapilla, Cressida, Colosseum, Gentle Giant, Jade Warrior, Nirvana (UK band), Kraftwerk, Ben, Keith Tippett Group, Tudor Lodge, Streetwalkers and Magna Carta.


After Philips Records was renamed to Phonogram Records in 1972 and released albums in Europe by bands including, Streetwalkers, Status Quo, Thin Lizzy, Dire Straits and Tears for Fears.


Now part of the Universal Music Group, Vertigo is a division of Mercury Music Group (UK), which in turn is a frontline music group operation of Universal Music UK. It distributes Razorlight, Metallica (outside the US and Canada) and Dire Straits (except the US). More recent signings include The Rapture, The Killers (UK/√Čire), One Night Only, Noisettes and Thee Unstrung 2004-2005.


The earliest records released:[1]


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