What record labels are owned by Sony?

Sony is one of the most iconic brands in music history. It has been a leader in the industry for over 100 years, and it continues to grow each year. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of Sony’s many different record labels and what they are known for: Columbia Records, Epic Records, RCA Victor Records, Arista Records and more!

1 – Columbia Records

Columbia Records is one of the most iconic labels in music history. It was founded by Emile Berliner and Thomas Edison, two pioneers in sound technology for recording companies. The label can be recognized with their trademark “His Master’s Voice” dog logo seen on all releases from 1927 to 1935 (replaced thereafter with a drawing of a lion). They are one of Sony Music Entertainment’s three flagship record labels alongside RCA Victor and Epic Records. When it comes to genres, Columbia has some pretty diverse artists including Adele, Beyoncé, Bob Dylan, Guns N’ Roses or Bruce Springsteen.

Their headquarters have been located around the world since 1913: New York City (1913-1964), Hollywood/Los Angeles

Columbia Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate

new-wave and punk rock band the Ramones. The division is also one of the oldest in all recorded music history being founded as Columbia Phonograph Company (distributing records without its own recording studio) on 1887, predating both RCA Victor and EMI Records. In 1991 it was purchased from CBS by Sony Corporation of America, which then merged with co-owned UMG to form Sony Music Entertainment in 1987. Today it’s been led by Chairman Rob Stringer since 2015 who has headed the company for over 25 years now – making him one of the longest serving executive heads at any major label worldwide today.”


2 – Epic Records

Epic Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment. The company was originally founded in 1953 as the subsidiary of co-owned Record Corporation of America (RCA) and served as a sister label to Columbia Pictures’ film company, which later became part of its parent company since 1961 when it acquired both RCA Victor and Parlophone from EMI. Epic’s best selling artists include Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga among others.

The name “Epic” refers to something that has grandeur or scale; usually incredible beauty with heroic deeds being done. It also means immense magnitude: gigantic size or scope: vastness – typically used about things such as space or time.”


3 – RCA Victor Records

RCA Victor Records, founded in 1929, is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment.

Columbia Records, founded as CBS Records in 1906 and renamed to Columbia Recording Corporation (COL) in 1938, was the first company established on what would become known as the “major” United States record labels. It originated from CBS’s earlier establishment of its radio station WEAF which later became WCBS-AM a year before.


4 – Parlophone Records Ltd

Parlophone Records Ltd., commonly known as Parlophone (/ˈpærləfoʊm/), is a British record label that operates under Warner Music Group internationally. The name derives from the fact that originally all RCA Victor recordings were sold through this English subsidiary for distribution outside North America

5 – Arista Records

Arista Records was bought by Sony Music Entertainment in 1989. Columbia Records was purchased for $750 million from EMI Group on July 18, 1987. Epic Records became a part of Sony BMG in 1955 when company merged with CBS Recording Company and it still is today. In 1979, RCA’s music division was acquired by the Japanese electronics giant to form one of the largest entertainment companies in the world.

Related questions to What record labels are owned by Sony?

Are Sony Music internships paid?

Internships run during the fall, spring and summer semesters. … Internships are unpaid and for college-credit only. Sony looks for interns across all departments, including A&R administration, music licensing, promotion and publicity.

How do I contact Sony Music?

  1. Press & Media. press.me@sonymusic.com.
  2. Brand & Licensing. brands.me@sonymusic.com.
  3. Bookings. booking.me@sonymusic.com.

What does Sony Music Entertainment do?

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history.

Where can I find more information about Sony Music?

Who do I contact if I’m interested in licensing a song or video from a Sony Music artist for use in my film, television, commercial, web series, radio show, podcast , multi-media project, etc.?

I am a member of the press looking for a media contact. Who do I ask if have a question about a Sony Music artist, including requests for interviews, review materials, photos, videos, credentials and other assets?

Media questions about Sony Music artists should be directed to the publicity department of the label to which the artist is signed.


Columbia Records: Columbia.Publicity@sonymusic.com


Epic Records: epic.publicity@sonymusic.com

Sony Music Nashville:  allen.brown@sonymusic.com

Sony Music Latin:  karyan.diaz@sonymusic.com

Sony Music Masterworks: angela.barkan@sonymusic.com

Legacy Recordings:  tom.cording@sonymusic.com

To find out more about which artist records for what label, please visit the websites of the labels. A collection of links to many of Sony Music  label sites can be found here:



Who do I contact if I am an artist or other rights holder with a question about royalty claims, processing or administration?

For answers to questions about artist or producer royalties, including how to read your royalty statement, request accounting, and update your mailing and payee information please visit the Royalties section of our website:




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How do I find out more about internship opportunities with Sony Music?

Sony Music offers a limited number of internships for college students during the fall, spring and summer semesters. For additional information, please visit the careers section of our website:


How do I find out more about employment opportunities with Sony Music?

To view the current job openings, apply for positions online, and find out more about applying for positions with Sony Music, please visit the careers section of the Sony Music website:


How do I submit a demo to Sony Music?

Sony Music and its employees do not accept, or consider, unsolicited sound recordings, musical compositions or any other creative materials.

For one of Sony Music’s labels or creative centers to review a demo, it must come recommended through an established music industry professional, such as a manager, lawyer, agent, producer, artist, programmer, or tastemaker. We suggest you consult with one or more of these professionals for more information.

Please note that if, despite the Sony Musicour policy, you submit unsolicited material to Sony Music, then Sony Music has no obligation, and shall not be liable to you, or to any person claiming through you, based on such submission.

What labels are part of Sony Music?

A list of many of the labels in the Sony Music family and links to their sites can be found at the Sony Music Labels page:


What is the phone number for Sony Music?

For a list of contact numbers for Sony Music offices around the world, please visit our contacts page:


Where is Sony Music located?

Sony Music has offices in over 40 countries around the world. Its global headquarters are located at 25 Madison Ave, New York, NY, 10010.