The two came over from Virgin U. Cooper was one of the first of a wave of U. Together, across several decades and labels, Ray and I were blessed to be consistently in the orbit of immensely important music — but like everyone around him, I was forever surrendering to his ridiculously sharp and eccentric sense of humor. We literally laughed through the ages and I will miss him more than words can express. Cooper and Newton launched Circa Records in the U.
Ray Cooper, Developer of Spice Girls and Former Virgin Records America Head, Dies at 69
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Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson born 18 July  is a British business magnate , investor, author and philanthropist. Branson expressed his desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age. His first business venture, at the age of 16, was a magazine called Student.
The record business depends heavily on U. With sales dropping more than 15 percent and profits over 25 percent from to , the British company did something decidely American—it reorganized the music division, eliminating a subsidiary, jobs, and costs. The U. Several smaller labels were overseen by the two majors, the smaller releasing records in the country, jazz, classical, and other music genres.