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.