An independent record label which was started in 1996 by Richard Branson, four years after he sold Virgin Records to EMI. Over the years V2 acquired Junior Boy's Own, Gee Street Records and Big Cat Records. The label also licenses many labels, such as Wichita, Luaka Bop, City Slang and Modular.

In 2006 Branson sold V2 Records North America to Sheridan Square Entertainment for $15 million. They since have merged V2 North America with their label Artemis Records.

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Amusement Parks on Fire
Amusement Parks on Fire have announced tour dates for the next few months. The shoegaze band is currently in their hometown of Nottingham recording material for their third album and follow up to Out of the…
2009-01-08 10:30:06

Bloc Party plan digital release for Thursday
Bloc Party has announced that their new album, Intimacy, will be available for digital download on Thursday, August 21st, for the price of $10, with other formats of the album being released on October 27th. Fansite blocparty.net obtained the track listing. This is their third album and a follow-up to last year's A Weekend…
2008-08-19 14:30:03

the Blood Brothers / Celebration
The Blood Brothers have announced plans to take their new album, Young Machetes, on the road for two months beginning in March. The acclaimed act has enlisted the aid of Celebration for the jaunt. Electro outfit Celebration previously joined the band on their tour with Trail of Dead late last…
2007-02-07 22:00:02

V2 Gutted - Label roster now free agents
Billboard is reporting that on Friday V2 Records' "frontline" business was essentially shut down. The label's parent company Sheridan Square has undergone a restructuring to refocus on catalog releases and future digital distribution. Reportedly 35 members of V2 Records' staff, including president Andy Gershon, were let go. It's assumed that Keith…
2007-01-13 11:00:02

Alkaline Trio post Smoking Popes cover from New Year's Eve 7-inch
Alkaline Trio have posted one of the tracks from their New Year's Eve 7-inch released to attendees of their show on December 31st. The band shared the bill with fellow Chicagoans, Smoking Popes and appropriately enough, the track is a cover of that band's track, "Off My Mind." The track comes from the Popes 1993 indie full length, Get Fired. You can check it out or download it from the Trio's myspace page. The band has promised…
2007-01-02 19:00:03

The Adored post Speedies cover
As a holiday gift the Adored have dug a rare song from the vaults and posted it for download via their MySpace page. The track is "Let Me Take Your Foto," a cover of a 1979 song by New York power-pop / punk act the Speedies. The band describes the recording as "a messy, sloppy, rough, self-produced homemade demo that we did for fun once after discovering the song and loving it." The Adored released A New Language last year via V2…
2007-01-01 23:00:08

Blood Brothers debut "Set Fire to the Face on Fire" video
The Blood Brothers have posted the second video from their new and fifth album, Young Machetes. You can check out "Set Fire to the Face on Fire" right here. Punknews.org recently spoke with guitarist Cody Votolato.…
2006-12-06 15:30:03

The Blood Brothers
And now, our third interview with the illustrious Blood Brothers. Our first ran in 2003 and our second in 2004. In any case, the band recently issued Young Machetes, their second for V2 Records and an…
2006-11-16 18:30:02

Alkaline Trio, Smoking Popes plan New Year's Eve Show at the Metro
Alkaline Trio will join the Smoking Popes for a special Chicago show at the Metro on New Year's Eve. Besides the show, which goes on sale Friday at noon, all attendees will receive a limited edition split 7-inch from both bands. The Trio took a similar approach with a Halloween show a few years ago, and the disc, which featured the Misfit's "Children in Heat" and "Halloween" quickly became a highly sought after collector's item. Both bands have frequently sold out the venue independently, so the combined bill…
2006-11-15 23:00:02

Alkaline Trio's 'Remains' spill forth
Alkaline Trio has announced a delay for their upcoming rarities collection, Remains. The band had this to say: If you hear the shuffling of feet, it's just the zombies of the record industry taking their sweet time. Because of this, there will be no "Remains" this halloween (feel free to boo,hiss and weep now) - instead, the release will see the light of day in January. Further to the original announcement, the band is now promising a DVD with the…
2006-10-31 13:50:02

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