Virgin Records, one of England's most iconic labels, turns 40 this year - and they're celebrating with a new compilation full of hits from their storied existence. The Virgin label was largely the brainchild of one young businessman named Richard Branson. The London-born Branson began his career selling records by mail order and later opening a shop on Oxford Street. The Virgin label was blessed with early success thanks to a willingness to sign acts that major U.K. labels were keen to dismiss.
The debut LP from trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack is about to get a bit more massive in the U.K. this year, with a remixed, remastered deluxe edition due in November. Blue Lines, originally released in 1991, was a watershed moment for British dance music. Before "trip-hop" was an actual subgenre repeated in music magazines, the Bristol-based trio of Robert "3D" Del Naja, Grant "Daddy G" Marshall and Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles helped forge its sonic identity as Massive Attack. As members of