UMG announces the launch of Capitol Records UK. The launch marks the first time the historic Capitol Records label has had a stand-alone presence in the UK. The label, part of EMI, launched in the US in 1942 where it recorded and released the music of such luminaries as The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Nat King Cole. Following UMG’s purchase of EMI Recorded Music, the Capitol Music Group is being revitalised in the US, and this launch is the latest step in the rebuilding of Capitol into one of the world’s leading music groups.