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    Ernest Jenning

    • Artists: Kudzu Wish
    • Releases: New Home
    Ernest Jenning / Ernest Jenning Record Co. is an independent record label established in 2002 in Jersey City, NJ. The label is currently based out of the 44 Wall St. office in downtown NYC. The label is run by Pete D'Angelo and Gandhar Savur, and is home to an eclectic roster of artists including O'Death, Takka Takka, Title Tracks, Still Flyin', The Black Hollies, Dälek, The Albertans, Saturday Looks Good To Me, Blood Warrior, Chris Mills, Drew Isleib, Charles Burst, La Strada, Risk Relay, Houston McCoy, Adam Thorn & The Top Buttons, Scoville Unit, Kudzu Wish, Disband, Quinn Marston, and more.
    7.83
    6 votes
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    IHEARTCOMIX

    • Artists: Matt and Kim
    • Releases: The Numbers Song / Lightworks
    IHEARTCOMIX is a record label and event production company based in Los Angeles, CA. IHEARTCOMIX was started in 2003 by Franki Chan for the purpose of throwing parties and publishing his own comic books. IHEARTCOMIX produces events that collaborate with companies such as Jelly NYC and Mad Decent at festivals and events around the world including South by Southwest (SXSW), Comic Con and Austin City Limits festival. IHEARTCOMIX Records is a pop punk, electronic and dance music and comic book publisher indie label that was created in 2005. Former and current bands include:
    7.50
    6 votes
    3

    Jazzland Records

    • Artists: Shining
    • Releases: Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane
    Jazzland Recordings is a Norwegian jazz and nu-jazz label based in Oslo, Norway. It was founded in 1997 by pianist Bugge Wesseltoft to release his "New Conception Of Jazz". It is currently a subsidiary of Universal Music Group and operated as a standalone label. There are 3 divisions of the Jazzland Recording label, "Jazzland," "Grüner," and "Acoustic." For Jazzland Recordings' main "Jazzland" label, the artist roster includes: For Jazzland Recordings' Grüner label, the artists are as follows: For Jazzland Recordings' Acoustic label the artists are as follows:
    7.50
    6 votes
    4

    A&M Records

    • Artists: West End Girls
    • Releases: Ghost in the Machine
    A&M Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group that operates under the mantle of its Interscope-Geffen-A&M division. A&M Records was formed in 1962 by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. Their first choice for a name was Carnival Records, under which they released two singles before discovering another label had taken the Carnival name first. The company was subsequently renamed A&M, after Alpert's and Moss's initials. From 1966 to 1999, the company's headquarters were on the grounds of the historic Charlie Chaplin Studios at 1416 North La Brea Avenue, near Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, A&M had such acts as Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Baja Marimba Band, Burt Bacharach, Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66, We Five, The Carpenters, Chris Montez, Elkie Brooks, Lee Michaels, Captain and Tennille, Quincy Jones, Stealers Wheel, Barry DeVorzon, Perry Botkin, Jr., Marc Benno, Liza Minnelli, Rita Coolidge, Wes Montgomery, Paul Desmond, Cat Stevens, Bobby Tench, Hummingbird, Toni Basil, and Paul Williams. Folk artists Joan Baez, Phil Ochs and Gene Clark also recorded for the label during the 1970s. Billy Preston joined the label in 1971, followed
    6.57
    7 votes
    5

    Sony BMG Music Entertainment

    • Artists: Swami
    • Releases: Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone
    Sony BMG Music Entertainment was a recorded music company, which was a 50–50 joint venture between the Sony Corporation of America and Bertelsmann AG. The venture’s successor, the again-active Sony Music Entertainment, is 100% owned by the Sony Corporation of America. Sony BMG Music Entertainment began as the result of a 50–50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and Bertelsmann Music Group (part of Bertelsmann) completed on March 4, 2004. It is one of the Big Four music companies, and includes ownership and distribution of recording labels such as Arista Records, Columbia Records, Epic Records, J Records, Mchenry Records, Jive Records, RCA Victor Records, RCA Records, Legacy Recordings, Sonic Wave America, and others. The merger affected all Sony Music and Bertelsmann Music Group companies worldwide except for Japan, where it was felt that it would reduce competition in that country’s music industry significantly. Financial analysts covering the merger anticipated that up to 2,000 jobs would be cut as a result, saving Sony BMG approximately $350 million annually. The company's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, who succeeded Andrew Lack
    7.33
    6 votes
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    Cracki Records

    Cracki Records

    • Artists: Isaac Delusion
    • Releases: Midnight Sun
    Cracki, the label with the elephant. Make no mistake : if the elephant has such big ears, all the better to hear with, my child. The Elephant primarily draws its strength from the urban jungle where he wanders. We are grooving on and, since 2009, attempt through our blog to make everyone discover the musical treasures that Paris jealously hides. We refuse to wallow in the idea of a cultural decline, as we rather hope to explore and put forward original ideas. Our various summer block parties (‘Salons d’Etés’) and Cracki Parties have been our modest contribution to this musical fauna. The elephant will continue to shove the mammals basking in the swamps, to move the lines with atypical and inexpensive events, at the crossroad of sundry styles. Going with the flow of chronicles and lives from Belleville to Ivry, a certain number of DJs and artists revolve around the pachyderm today. Just like the elephant is true to his peers, we above all define ourselves as a collective, always open to new evolutions. And Cracki Records is the natural evolution of our action : after listening and bringing people to listen, we now look forward to promote our own talents. From deep house to folk delusion, Cracki’s music will be elaborate but varied, never limited to a genre, but always renewed. // Cracki, le label à l’éléphant. Ne te trompe pas sur son compte : si l’éléphant a de grandes oreilles, c’est pour mieux écouter, mon enfant. L’éléphant tire d’abord sa force de la jungle urbaine où il vagabonde. On s’amuse, et depuis 2009, on tente aussi via notre blog de permettre à tous de profiter des richesses musicales que cache jalousement notre capitale. On refuse de se complaire dans l’idée d’un déclin culturel, on espère plutôt explorer et mettre en avant des idées originales. Nos divers salons d’été et cracki parties ont été notre modeste participation à cette faune musicale. L’éléphant continuera de bousculer les mammifères qui se prélassent dans les marécages, faire bouger les lignes avec des évènements atypiques, pas chers, au croisement des styles. Au gré des chroniques et des concerts entre Belleville et Ivry, un certain nombre de djs et artistes gravitent aujourd’hui autour du pachyderme. Tel l’éléphant fidèle à ses pairs, nous nous définissons donc avant tout comme un collectif, toujours ouvert à de nouvelles évolutions. Et Cracki Records est l’évolution logique de notre action : à force d’écouter et de faire écouter, on souhaite promouvoir nos propres talents. La première sortie (Larcier), la deuxième (Isaac Delusion), et la troisième et la quatrième (Renart & L’Impératrice) varient déjà de la deep house à la pop électronique en passant par la funk, la suivante sera encore différente, et la suivante, c’est peut-être toi. La musique Cracki se rêve pointue mais multiple, jamais enfermée dans un genre mais toujours renouvelée.
    8.20
    5 votes
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    Erato Records

    • Artists: Alexander Markov
    • Releases: Garras Dos Sentidos
    Erato Records is a record label founded in 1953 as Disques Erato by Philippe Loury to promote French classical music. Loury was head of éditions musicales Costallat. His first releases in France were licensed from the Haydn Society of Boston, in 1954 he made Erato's first recording, Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Te Deum with Les Jeunesses Muslcales produced by Michel Garcin. Garcin became the label's artistic director and producer and built up the catalogue. In 1992 it became part of Warner Bros. Records. In 1999 Erato launched a subsidiary Detour Records. Erato released the first recording of the complete keyboard sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti, performed by harpsichordist Scott Ross in 1988 as a 34-CD set.
    8.20
    5 votes
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    Uni Records

    • Artists: Neil Diamond
    • Releases: Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show / Sweet Caroline
    Uni Records (short for the label's legal name Universal City Records and rendered as UNI) was a record label owned by MCA Inc. The brand, which long featured a distinct UNi logo, was established in 1966 by MCA executive Ned Tanen and developed by music industry veteran Russ Regan. Notable artists on Uni included Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Foundations, Hugh Masekela, Brian Hyland, Desmond Dekker, Bill Cosby, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Dave and Ansil Collins, Fever Tree, Olivia Newton-John and The Factory (Lowell George, Dallas Taylor...). In 1967, Uni took over management of MCA's newly acquired Kapp Records. In 1971 Uni was merged with Kapp and the co-owned American Decca Records, to form MCA Records. The Decca, Kapp, and Uni labels continued to be used for new releases for a short time, but in late 1972, new releases by their former artists began appearing on the MCA Records label; before long their back catalogs had been transferred to MCA as well. That year, Regan left MCA to revive 20th Century Records for 20th Century Fox In 1988, Uni was briefly revived by MCA Records as a niche hipster label, à la Sire Records, with a roster that included Transvision Vamp, Eric B. & Rakim,
    8.20
    5 votes
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    Vertigo Records

    • Artists: Rod Stewart
    • Releases: Death Magnetic
    Vertigo Records today is a UK-based record label operated by Universal Music UK. Vertigo Records was the name Philips Records chose in the late 1960s for its record sub-label to counter the progressive labels of its rivals EMI with Harvest Records and Decca Records with Deram Records. Some of the first artists to sign included Ian Matthews, Black Sabbath, Rod Stewart, Mike Absalom, Dr. Z, Catapilla, Cressida, Colosseum, Gentle Giant, Jade Warrior, Metallica, Nirvana (UK band), Kraftwerk, Ben, Keith Tippett Group, Tudor Lodge, Streetwalkers, Lucifer's Friend and Magna Carta. After Philips Records was renamed to Phonogram Records in 1972 and released albums in Europe by bands including, Streetwalkers, Status Quo, Beggars Opera, Switzerland's Flame Dream, Thin Lizzy, Dire Straits and Tears for Fears. Vertigo later became the European home to various hard rock bands signed to Mercury in North America, such as Bon Jovi, Rush and Kiss. Now part of the Universal Music Group, Vertigo is a division of Mercury Music Group (UK), which in turn is a frontline music group operation of Universal Music UK. It distributes Metallica (outside the US and Canada), Razorlight, Rush (Europe) and Dire
    9.25
    4 votes
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    Eagle Records

    • Artists: Status Quo
    • Releases: Returns
    Eagle Records is a leading independent record label, a division of Eagle Rock Entertainment. In the United Kingdom, the label's managing director is Lindsay Brown, former manager of Van Halen, while in the United States the head is Mike Carden, formerly of CMC International Records.
    8.00
    5 votes
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    Harmonia Mundi

    • Artists: Fretwork
    • Releases: L'Atelier, Bruxelles 1954
    Harmonia Mundi (France) is an independent music record label founded in 1958 by Bernard Coutaz in [Paris] in 1986 it moved to Arles France). The Latin phrase means "world harmony". Its catalogue is essentially devoted to classical music, and through the World Village label to world music. Harmonia Mundi (USA) is a branch of Harmonia Mundi (France).
    6.83
    6 votes
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    Warp Records

    Warp Records

    • Artists: Grizzly Bear
    • Releases: Dross Glop
    Warp, commonly referred to as Warp Records, is a pioneering independent British record label, founded in Sheffield in 1989, notable for discovering some of the more enduring artists in electronic music. Founded by Steve Beckett and the late Rob Mitchell from their experiences working at the FON record shop, alongside record producer Robert Gordon, the label (whose name was chosen because the original name, 'Warped Records' was difficult to distinguish over the telephone) soon became home to artists who would be influential in electronic music. The first release (WAP1) was by Forgemasters (produced by Robert Gordon), whose limited 500 copy pressing of "Track With No Name" was financed by an Enterprise Allowance grant and distributed in a borrowed car. It set a trend for the early releases both in terms of sound, and the use of purple sleeves (designed by The Designers Republic). The follow-up was Nightmares on Wax's "Dextrous", which sold around 30,000 copies. This led to greater commercial success; by its fifth release the label had its first Top 20 chart entry with LFO and their eponymous single, "LFO", which sold 130,000 copies and peaked at #12 in the UK Singles Chart in July
    7.80
    5 votes
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    Universal Republic

    • Artists: Owl City
    • Releases: MTV Unplugged (Deluxe Edition)
    Universal Republic Records is a record label, owned by Universal Music Group. It is based on the now-defunct Republic Records label founded by brothers Monte and Avery Lipman. In the summer of 2011, changes were made at one of the three Universal Music Group umbrella labels, Universal Motown Republic Group, and Motown Records was separated from Universal Motown Records (causing it to shut down and transfer its artists to either Motown Records or Universal Republic Records) and the umbrella label and merged into The Island Def Jam Music Group, making Universal Republic Records a stand alone label and shutting down Universal Motown Republic Group. Universal Music Group acquired the Lipman brothers' Republic Records as a fully owned subsidiary in 2000, and named Monte Lipman as President of the newly established Universal Records label, and Avery Lipman the COO; both reporting to Doug Morris (Chairman of Universal Music Group), and Mel Lewinter, (Chairman of Universal Records Group). During their tenure, the Lipmans shaped the newly formed company into an industry leader with such acts as Nelly, Lil’ Wayne, Elton John, and co-ventures with Cash Money Records, Master P’s No Limit
    9.00
    4 votes
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    Knitting Factory Records

    Knitting Factory Records

    • Artists: Elliott Sharp
    • Releases: The Sign of 4 - The Science of Deduction
    Knitting Factory Records is an independent American music label that is notable for promoting a variety of artists including deceased Nigerian political agitator and musician Fela Kuti. The label promotes a variety of music artists including AgesandAges, Ash Black Bufflo, Cuong Vu, Graham Haynes, Femi Kuti, Gary Lucas, Lumerians, Thomas Chapin, Patrolled By Radar, Joe Morris, Rachid Taha, Seun Kuti, and Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers. The label was begun in 1998 as a spinoff of the music venues called Knitting Factory and signed artist Thomas Chapin as the first artist, according to the New York Times. Since then, it has promoted a variety of independent artists and groups such as Hasidic New Wave, which featured Jewish musicians combining with Senegalese Muslim musicians in 2002. The label released six albums from Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti in January 2011. The label released the entire catalogue of Kuti's Universal-controlled music in North America from 2009 to 2011. The late Fela Kuti has fascinated millions, according to the Boston Globe. A decade after his death in 1997, Kuti's music is becoming mainstream, and a Broadway musical titled Fela! was created, which
    7.60
    5 votes
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    Medical Records

    Medical Records

    • Artists: Kilto Take
    • Releases: Karl Phillips & The Midnight Ramblers
    Medical Records is an independent label with a simple promise: If you make music that we'd pay to listen to, we'll invest in you. We'll make your first record (and if we are getting on well, your second, third...). Any profit that comes in we'll split 50/50... We're not arsed about the old industry models. The new model is about ideas, and we have loads of those. We're also not concerned with genre - make music that we want to listen to and you're in.
    7.60
    5 votes
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    Fader Label

    • Artists: Matt and Kim
    • Releases: Saul Williams
    FADER Label is an independent record label out of New York City, New York that has released albums by Matt and Kim, Yuna, Editors, Neon Indian, Birdmonster, and Saul Williams It was founded in 2002 by Rob Stone (entrepreneur) and Jon Cohen.
    8.75
    4 votes
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    P.S.F. Records

    P.S.F. Records

    • Artists: Fushitsusha
    • Releases: Musica Transonic
    P.S.F. Records is a Japanese record label specialising in underground psychedelic and folk music, and free improvisation. P.S.F. are named after the 1985 High Rise record Psychedelic Speed Freaks and were established in Tokyo by Hideo Ikeezumi (生悦住英夫) with the philosophy "I only release to what I like, and I hope that some of these sounds will appeal to the more discerning listener". The label is linked to a Tokyo record store, Modern Music, and a Japanese-language underground music magazine called G-Modern. P.S.F. have released records by Acid Mothers Temple, High Rise, Mainliner, White Heaven, Ghost, Kousokuya, Masayuki Takayanagi, Kaoru Abe, Keiji Haino, Fushitsusha, Masayoshi Urabe, Kazuki Tomokawa, Toshiaki Ishizuka, Aural Fit, a split LP feat. Six Organs of Admittance and many other artists. Japanese bands and musicians featured on P.S.F. Records have also had music released and reissued by labels such as La Musica, Charnel, Riot Season, Squealer, Fractal, aRCHIVE, Assommer and etc.
    8.75
    4 votes
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    Cleopatra Records

    • Artists: PlatEAU
    • Releases: The Chaos Years: Rare & Unreleased 1977-1982
    Cleopatra Records is a Los Angeles-based independent record label. Founded in 1992 by Brian Perera, it specializes in gothic rock, hard rock, heavy metal and reissues of out-of-print music. It is known for its compilations, usually collections of cover songs performed by bands signed to the label. In the mid-1990s, Cleopatra released tribute albums of goth, techno, industrial bands covering artists such as The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Sisters of Mercy, and New Order. Other goth and industrial acts were compiled to cover songs by AC/DC, Pink Floyd, The Smashing Pumpkins (see: A Gothic-Industrial Tribute to The Smashing Pumpkins), Guns N' Roses, and the arguably un-coverable Dead Can Dance and Skinny Puppy Current and previous notable artists include: Gary Numan, Kat Parsons, Electric Hellfire Club, Switchblade Symphony, Leæther Strip, X Marks the Pedwalk, Mephisto Walz, Kill Switch...Klick, Information Society, Heaven 17, Genitorturers, Download, Rozz Williams, Missing Persons, Razed In Black and Blackburner. Today, Cleopatra is largely funded by its sub-labels (Hypnotic, Deadline Music, Stardust Records, Master Classics, Magick Records, Purple Pyramid, and Goldenlane
    7.40
    5 votes
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    Wrasse Records

    • Artists: Pink Martini
    • Releases: Anthology 1
    Wrasse Records is a British record label. It was started in 1998 by Ian and Jo Ashbridge. Both had been involved in the music industry prior to them starting up their own company. Its offices are based in the UK, but it distributes its CDs all around the world. In 2005, it licensed most of Universal Music's world music releases for distribution in the United States and the UK. Wrasse Records specializes in world music, with artists such as Fela Kuti, Rachid Taha, Ismael Lo, Souad Massi, Angélique Kidjo and Pink Martini. Seu Jorge's album Cru established Wrasse with the release of the film, The Life Aquatic. Humphead Records is an associated label specializing in country music. top 5 dead or alive
    7.40
    5 votes
    20

    Nonesuch Records

    • Artists: Wilco
    • Releases: Orchestrion
    Nonesuch Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group and distributed by Elektra Records. Nonesuch was founded in 1964 by Jac Holzman to produce "fine records at the same price as a trade paperback", which would be half the price of a normal LP. To achieve this he initially licensed European recordings of classical music as it would be too expensive to record new material. Originally the label concentrated heavily on chamber and baroque music, often with (then) unique repertory, and typically sold at less-than-premium prices. Upon its formation, Nonesuch operated as a subsidiary label of Elektra Records—which Holzman launched in 1950. In 1970, Holzman sold Elektra and Nonesuch to Kinney National Company, which later became Warner Communications and later part of Time Warner's Warner Music. In 2004, Warner Music Group (WMG) became an independently owned, publicly traded company. Holzman's tastes led to several firsts for the label, including early electronic releases. Nonesuch commissioned Morton Subotnick's 1967 album Silver Apples of the Moon (made on the Buchla 100), and in 1966 released a 2-LP set of Moog sounds with 16-page booklet called The Nonesuch Guide
    6.33
    6 votes
    21

    Fania Records

    • Artists: Héctor Lavoe
    • Releases: Anthology
    Fania Records was a New York based record label founded by Dominican-born composer and bandleader Johnny Pacheco and Italian-American lawyer Jerry Masucci in 1964. The label took its name from an old Cuban song by the singer Reinaldo Bolaño. Fania is known for its promotion of what has become known as Salsa music. The label started out as a small venture, but gained popularity after the success of its first official record, Pacheco's "Cañonazo", leading to the expansion of its talent base. Among Fania's signature stars are: Celia Cruz, Larry Harlow, Ray Barretto, Ralfi Pagan, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Bobby Valentín, Rubén Blades, Héctor Lavoe, and many others. The second album released under the Fania imprint was Larry Harlow's 1965 Heavy Smoking. The record's modern take on traditional Afro-Caribbean music served as the template for what soon would come to be known as the Fania Sound. In 1968, Pacheco created a supergroup known as the Fania All-Stars that brought together the elite of Salsa musicians and singers for joint performances and recording. The Fania All-Stars were Fania's best selling band, outlasting the label itself. They made their debut at the Red Garter club located in
    7.20
    5 votes
    22

    Prestige Records

    • Artists: Miles Davis
    • Releases: Relaxin' With the Miles Davis Quintet
    Prestige Records was a jazz record label founded in 1949 by Bob Weinstock. The company was located at 203 South Washington Avenue in Bergenfield, New Jersey, and recorded hundreds of albums by many of the leading jazz musicians of the day, sometimes issuing them under the names of several subsidiaries. The company was sold to Fantasy in 1971, which was later absorbed by Concord. Weinstock opened a record store for collectors in 1948 while still a teenager. The store was next door to the Metropole Jazz Club in New York City. Jazz musicians would hang out and rehearse at the Club, and then migrate upstairs next door to Weinstock's store. Weinstock got the idea to record these jazz stars by offering them cash payments. Prestige office was located at 446 West 50th Street, New York City. The label's name was initially New Jazz, but changed to Prestige Records the next year. Its catalog contains a significant number of jazz classics, including renowned works by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk and many others. Weinstock was known for encouraging the performances to be unrehearsed for a more authentic, exciting sound. To this effect, Prestige Records, unlike Blue
    8.25
    4 votes
    23
    Warner Bros. Entertainment

    Warner Bros. Entertainment

    • Artists: Earshot
    • Releases: Les tortures volontaires
    Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., also known as Warner Bros. Pictures or simply Warner Bros. (though the name was occasionally given in full form as Warner Brothers during the company's early years), is an American producer of film, television, and music entertainment. One of the major film studios, it is a subsidiary of Time Warner, with its headquarters in Burbank, California and New York. Warner Bros. has several subsidiary companies, including Warner Bros. Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Home Video, New Line Cinema, TheWB.com, and DC Comics. Warner owns half of The CW Television Network. Warner Bros. is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). The corporate name honors the four founding Warner brothers (born Wonskolaser [pron. WON Sko La' Ser] or Wonsal)—Harry (born Hirsz), Albert (born Aaron), Sam (born Szmul), and Jack (Itzhak or to some sources Jacob). Harry, Albert, Sam and their Jewish parents emigrated to North America from the part of Poland that had been subjugated to the Russian Empire following the 18th-century partitions of the Polish-Lithuanian
    8.25
    4 votes
    24

    Hidden Beach Recordings

    • Artists: Jill Scott
    • Releases: Paris Rain
    Hidden Beach is an American independent record label specializing in Urban Alternative, R&B, Soul, Inspirational and Contemporary Jazz music genres. Hidden Beach was formed in 1998 as the vision of its founder and Chief Executive Officer, Steve McKeever and currently holds a distribution deal with Universal Music Distribution Group. Steve McKeever, CEO, Founder and Chief Creative Officer has spent over 20 years in the music industry. McKeever was born in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from St. Ignatius High School, McKeever attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated in 1982. From there, he attended Harvard Law School and earned his J.D degree in 1985. After graduating from Harvard Law School, McKeever was hired by the law firm of Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles as an entertainment lawyer. While there, he discovered comedian Robin Harris, and helped him land a role in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. In 1991, McKeever joined Motown Records as senior vice president of artists and repertoire, where he expanded the label's line-up with people like Queen Latifah, while at the same time managing blockbuster acts like Boyz II Men and Stevie Wonder.
    7.00
    5 votes
    25

    Napalm Records

    • Artists: Belphegor
    • Releases: Alpha Noir (Limited Edition Deluxe Version)
    Napalm Records is an Austrian independent record label focused on heavy metal and hard rock. Originally, Napalm Records focused mainly on black metal acts such as Abigor and Summoning and folk metal bands such as Falkenbach and Vintersorg. Later on, Napalm Records expanded its roster by adding gothic metal, symphonic metal, power metal and doom metal to their roster. Napalm Records has also distributed stoner rock albums, such as Monster Magnet, Karma to Burn, and Brant Bjork works. Napalm Records has its own publishing house named Iron Avantgarde Publishing.
    7.00
    5 votes
    26

    Polyvinyl Record Co.

    • Artists: Braid
    • Releases: Celebration Rock
    Polyvinyl Record Co. is an American independent record label based in Champaign, Illinois. It has released notable records by of Montreal, Japandroids, Braid, Mates of State, Vivian Girls and many others. Polyvinyl Record Company was originally created by Matt Lunsford and Darcie Knight in 1994, while the two were still in high school. Its origins were a result of the growing music scene in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, when Lunsford and Knight created a publication called the Polyvinyl Press. As the publication grew, the connections with independent, label-less artists grew, and the July 1995 issue of Polyvinyl Press included a joint 7" EP with Back of Dave and Walker. The first major releases came with the signed artist Braid's album in 1998, which gave the label its first national exposure and opened the gates for a wider repertoire of artists. Mainstream success for Polyvinyl came with of Montreal's 2005 album The Sunlandic Twins, which produced three successful singles and national television and media exposure and increased the visibility of all Polyvinyl Records artists. Responding to the expansion, Polyvinyl created a San Francisco branch of the company in 2008. Polyvinyl
    9.33
    3 votes
    27

    Rhymesayers Entertainment

    • Artists: Brother Ali
    • Releases: Skelethon
    Rhymesayers Entertainment is an independent hip hop record label based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was co-founded in 1995 by Sean Daley (Slug), Anthony Davis (Ant), Musab Saad (Musab) and Brent Sayers (Siddiq). It is the largest hip-hop label in Minnesota. Rhymesayers Entertainment is mainly composed of native Minnesotans as well as nationally recognized artists including Jake One, Freeway, Evidence, and MF Doom, who has released one album, Mm.. Food for the label. It has a friendly relationship with the Doomtree crew as well. P.O.S of Doomtree is signed as a solo artist to the label. In 1999, the label opened its own record store called Fifth Element, located in Uptown, Minneapolis. The store is a staple of hip hop in the Twin Cities, selling independent and commercial hip hop, but also specializing in local music, clothing, paint supplies, books, and more. Since 2008, the label has curated Soundset Festival, routinely drawing over 20,000 fans to Minnesota to see some of the top names in mainstream and independent music. 2012 was the Fifth anniversary of the festival and was held in Shakopee, MN's Canterbury Park for the fourth year. 2012 has seen the release of I Self Devine's
    9.33
    3 votes
    28

    Caldo Verde Records

    • Artists: Sun Kil Moon
    • Releases: Nights LP
    Caldo Verde Records is a San Francisco-based indie rock and folk record label founded by Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon frontman Mark Kozelek in 2005. The label primarily features releases by Kozelek and Sun Kil Moon, but has also released albums by Jesu, Corrina Repp, Retribution Gospel Choir, and Kath Bloom. Photographer Nyree Watts is the commissioned artist for Caldo Verde, as almost all of the releases on the label feature her photography.
    8.00
    4 votes
    29

    Charisma Records

    • Artists: The Alan Parsons Project
    • Releases: Voyage of the Acolyte
    Charisma was a record label founded by former journalist Tony Stratton-Smith in 1969. Manager for The Nice, the Bonzo Dog Band and Van der Graaf Generator at the time, Stratton-Smith was unable to find a record company willing to release an album by one of his favourite groups so he founded his own company and released the Van der Graaf Generator album The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other himself. Charisma's first record label was a distinctive "pink scroll" design. The company proudly proclaimed itself "The Famous Charisma Label". Its second logo (used beginning in 1972) of Sir John Tenniel's drawing of the Mad Hatter (sometimes combined with a montage of other images from Alice in Wonderland) made the label instantly recognisable. Its most successful acts were Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Julian Lennon and the Monty Python comedy team. It also released material by Van der Graaf Generator, The Nice, Lindisfarne and Alan Hull, Hawkwind, The Alan Parsons Project, Clifford T. Ward, String Driven Thing, Jack The Lad, Audience, Vivian Stanshall, Brand X, Sir John Betjeman and Malcolm McLaren. 1970s solo albums of Peter Hammill, Tony Banks and Steve Hackett were also on Charisma
    8.00
    4 votes
    30

    Caedmon Audio

    • Artists: Hermann Hesse
    • Releases: Poems and Songs of Middle Earth
    HarperCollins Audio is a record label that specializes in audio books and other literary content. Formerly Caedmon Records, the name was changed when the label switched to CD-only production. Its marketing tag-line was Caedmon: a Third Dimension for the Printed Page. Caedmon was formed in 1953 by college graduates Barbara Holdridge and Marianne Roney. Its first release was a collection of poems by Dylan Thomas as read by the author himself. The company went on to record other notable writers reading their own works, such as W. H. Auden, Robert Frost, T. S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and many more. The label expanded further to encompass other types of spoken word recordings, including children's stories, speeches, plus English- and foreign-language classics. Theater performances were also staged for the label, starring either the Shakespeare Recording Society or the Theatre Recording Society, depending on the playwright. These performances included many famous actors and actresses, including Anthony Quayle, Claire Bloom, Richard Burton, Albert Finney, John Gielgud, Siobhán McKenna, Michael Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Felix Aylmer, Paul Scofield, Alec McCowen, Donald
    6.80
    5 votes
    31
    Interscope Records

    Interscope Records

    • Artists: The Reverend Horton Heat
    • Releases: Patron Tequila
    Interscope Records is an American record label owned by the Universal Music Group based in Santa Monica, California. Interscope Records operates as one third of UMG's Interscope Geffen A&M label group. It was founded in 1990. Interscope was founded in 1990 by Jimmy Iovine and Interscope Communications' Ted Field with financial support from Atlantic Records, which owned a 53% stock in the label. Initially, it was distributed by the Atlantic Records subsidiary EastWest Records America. A&R Executive Tom Whalley, John McClain and producer Beau Hill were also part of the original founding team. The label's first release was Gerardo's Mo' Ritmo. The original focus of the label was on hip-hop and urban music, but by the mid 90's its range began to expand, to where its roster would be as wide ranging to include the industrial rock artist Nine Inch Nails under Nothing Records, shock rocker Marilyn Manson, rock band Limp Bizkit, Helmet, No Doubt and later the Latin artist Kings Of Flow in a unique partnership with Los Angeles based indie Latin label. Most recently signed eighteen year old Asal Hazel Sedaghati (singer). Following UMG's acquisition of PolyGram in 1998, Geffen Records and A&M
    9.00
    3 votes
    32

    Universal Records

    • Artists: Sister Hazel
    • Releases: Ruas
    Universal Records was a record label owned by Universal Music Group and operated as part of the Universal Motown Republic Group. Founded in 1995 as Rising Tide Records, the label would ultimately begin to thrive the following year when its name was changed to Universal Records to complement the branding overhaul of the Universal Studios structure since MCA Inc. was purchased from Matsushita Electric by The Seagram Company Ltd.. The label, which is actually the second incarnation (the first one was a short-lived underground imprint of MCA Records that existed from 1988 to 1989) was created by current Universal Music Group chairman Doug Morris and Daniel Glass, who became its president. Universal Records had success in breaking new artists, including the multi-platinum debut of Erykah Badu, Billie Myers, Goldfinger, Akon and the Lost Boyz. Recognizing the changing landscape of the industry, Glass strategically aligned Universal Records with such independent record labels as Kedar Entertainment, home to Erykah Badu, and Mojo Records, home to platinum artist Reel Big Fish and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies. As the 1990s ended and the 2000s began, the label had notable success with acts
    9.00
    3 votes
    33

    Apple Records

    • Artists: Badfinger
    • Releases: Please Please Me
    Apple Records is a record label founded by The Beatles in 1968, as a division of Apple Corps Ltd. It was initially intended as a creative outlet for The Beatles, both as a group and individually, plus a selection of other artists including Mary Hopkin, James Taylor, Badfinger, and Billy Preston. In practice, by the mid-1970s, the roster had become dominated with releases by the former Beatles as solo artists. Allen Klein ran the label in 1969. It was then run by Neil Aspinall on behalf of the four Beatles and their heirs. He retired in 2007 and was replaced by Jeff Jones. Apple Corps was conceived by the band by 1967, after the death of their manager Brian Epstein; the first project the Beatles released after the formation of Apple Corps was their film Magical Mystery Tour, which was produced under the Apple Films division. Apple Records was officially founded by the group after their return from India in 1968, as another sub-division of Apple Corps, which was established as a small group of companies (Apple Retail, Apple Publishing, Apple Electronics and so on), as part of Epstein's plan to create a tax-effective business structure. At this time, The Beatles were contracted to
    7.75
    4 votes
    34
    RCA Records

    RCA Records

    • Artists: Carter Beauford
    • Releases: Scandale mélancolique
    RCA Records (originally The Victor Talking Machine Company, then RCA Victor) is one of the flagship labels of Sony Music Entertainment. The RCA initials stand for Radio Corporation of America (later renamed RCA Corporation), which was the parent corporation from 1929 to 1985 and a partner from 1985 to 1986. RCA's Canadian unit (formerly Berliner Gramophone Canada) is Sony's oldest label in Canada, as it was only one of two Canadian record companies (Compo Company, now Universal Music Canada, is the other) to survive the Great Depression. RCA is the name of three different co-owned record labels. RCA Records is the Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop, R&B and Country music label. RCA Victor is the label for blues music, world music, jazz, musicals and other musical genres which do not fit the pop music mold. RCA Red Seal (formerly known as RCA Victor Red Seal) is the renowned classical music label with a reissue sub-label called RCA Gold Seal. Defunct labels include budget labels RCA Camden, RCA Victrola, RCA International, and RCA Italiana. Besides manufacturing records for themselves, RCA Victor also operated RCA Custom which was the leading record manufacturer for independent record labels. RCA
    7.75
    4 votes
    35
    Nuwax records

    Nuwax records

    • Artists: Andrew Shatnyy
    • Releases: Pick It Up
    Nuwax Records is a record company based in San Francisco set up to showcase and promote forward thinking musical talent. The label pushes the limits of house music with concentration in minimalism, techno and progressive. Playdoughboy and Andrew Shatnyy met in San Francisco in early 2009 and this was the moment a brand new collaboration was born. After a year of hard work together the next step had to be taken and the result is Nuwax Records. At first, it was thought of as an output for their own work but as the word about the project got out more and more artists wanted to join the roster. There you have it. Nuwax starts off with almost a dozen artists under its wing ranging in styles and located all over the globe. Watch out for Nuwax events around your area and of course great electronic music from Nuwax artists.
    6.60
    5 votes
    36

    BMG

    • Artists: Backyard Babies
    • Releases: Jamais content
    Bertelsmann Music Group, (BMG), was a division of Bertelsmann before its completion of sale of the majority of its assets to Japan's Sony Corporation of America on October 1, 2008. It was established in 1987 to combine the music label activities of Bertelsmann. It consisted of the BMG Music Publishing company, the world's third largest music publisher and the world's largest independent music publisher, and the 50% share of the joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment, Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Sony BMG). The joint venture with Sony Music was set up in August 2004. It reduced the Big Five record companies to the Big Four record companies. At that time, the company had a 21.5% share in the global music market. Sony Music and BMG remained separate in Japan, although BMG Music Japan was wholly owned by Sony BMG. On March 27, 2006, the New York Times reported that Bertelsmann was looking to raise money by leveraging some of its media assets, and that executives from both companies were in talks about possibly altering the current venture. Bertelsmann sold its 50% share of Sony BMG to Sony Corporation of America for a total of $1.5 billion, and the company was renamed back to
    7.50
    4 votes
    37

    Polydor Records

    • Artists: Alex Parks
    • Releases: Pays sauvage
    Polydor is a record label owned by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, headquartered in the United Kingdom. Polydor was originally an independent branch of the Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft. Its name was first used as an export label in 1924, the British and German branches of the Gramophone Company having severed their ties during World War I. Deutsche Grammophon claimed the rights to the His Master's Voice trademark for Germany, where HMV recordings were released under the Electrola trademark. In turn, DGG records exported out of Germany were released on the Polydor label. Polydor became a popular music label in 1946 while Deutsche Grammophon became a classical music label. The German rights to the His Master's Voice trademark was sold by Deutsche Grammophon to the Electrola Records unit of EMI in 1949. Polydor remained Deutsche Grammophon's export label, including classical music, in France and the Spanish-speaking world for the remainder of the long-playing era, as a result of language and cultural concerns. In the early 1960s orchestra leader Bert Kaempfert signed unknowns Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers - who would later become famous as The Beatles -
    7.50
    4 votes
    38
    Elektra Records

    Elektra Records

    • Artists: Jon Fishman
    • Releases: The Paris Concert: Edition One
    Elektra Records (Elektra Entertainment Group Inc.) is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group. In 2004, it was consolidated into WMG's Atlantic Records Group. After five years of dormancy, the label was revived by Atlantic in 2009. Elektra was formed in 1950 by Jac Holzman and Paul Rickolt in Holzman's St. John's College dorm room. Each invested $300. The usual spelling of the Greek mythological Pleiad Electra was changed. Holzman famously explained, “I gave her the ‘K’ that I lacked”. He found the 'C' in the original name "too soft" but liked the "solid bite" of the letter 'K', citing its use in the Kodak name. The first Elektra LP, New Songs (EKLP 1 released March 1951), was a collection of Lieder and similar 'art' songs which sold few copies. During the Fifties and early Sixties the label concentrated on folk music recordings, releasing a number of best-selling albums by Theodore Bikel, Ed McCurdy, Oscar Brand, Judy Collins and protest singers such as Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton. Holzman also recorded Josh White, who was without a record deal as a result of McCarthyite blacklisting. In 1964, Elektra launched Nonesuch Records. This classical budget label was the
    8.67
    3 votes
    39

    ESP-Disk

    • Artists: Albert Ayler
    • Releases: Bird in Time 1940 - 1947
    ESP-Disk is a New York-based record label, founded in 1964 by lawyer Bernard Stollman. From the beginning, the label's goal has been to provide its recording artists with complete artistic freedom, unimpeded by any record company interference or commercial expectations—a philosophy summed-up by the ESP motto, printed on every release: “The artists alone decide what you will hear on their ESP-Disk”. Though it originally existed to release Esperanto-based music, starting with its second release (Albert Ayler's Spiritual Unity), ESP became the most important exponent of what is commonly referred to as free jazz. ESP also released recordings by uncommercial underground rock acts including the Fugs, The Godz and Pearls Before Swine. Though it suspended releasing records in the 70s, several new releases by iconic and cutting edge artists have been released by the label, and it still exists with nearly its entire catalog available. Other artists who have recorded for this label include Ornette Coleman (the "Town Hall Concert"), Pharaoh Sanders (who made his recording debut on ESP), Sun Ra, Ronnie Boykins, Marion Brown, Sonny Simmons, Paul Bley, Ran Blake, and Perry Robinson. The label's
    8.67
    3 votes
    40

    Naxos

    • Artists: Lorenzo Ferrero
    • Releases: Max Bruch: Symphony No. 3 / Suite on Russian Themes
    Naxos Records is a record label specializing in classical music. Through a number of imprints, Naxos also releases genres including Chinese music, jazz, world music, and early rock & roll. The company was founded in 1987 by Klaus Heymann, a German-born resident of Hong Kong. Naxos is the largest independent classical label in the world and one of the two largest-selling classical labels. Since 2009 the company has also been distributing blu-ray discs, streaming web radio and podcasts. The company originally was known for its budget pricing of discs, with simpler artwork and design than most other labels. In the 1980s, Naxos primarily recorded central and eastern European symphony orchestras, often with lesser-known conductors to minimize recording costs and maintain its budget prices. In more recent years, Naxos has taken advantage of the expiring copyrights of other companies' studio recordings by selling disks remastered from gramophone records. Examples of this include the recordings of Maria Callas and of the 1934 world première performance of Howard Hanson's opera The Merry Mount. Legal restrictions prevent many of these recordings being sold in the United States. Naxos has
    8.67
    3 votes
    41

    Peter Pan Records

    • Artists: Işın Karaca
    • Releases: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
    Peter Pan Records is a record label specializing in children's music. It was created in the late 1940s. The label was owned by the Synthetic Plastics Company of Newark, New Jersey until the 1970s. The label became one of the largest and most successful children's specialty record labels in America, manufacturing unique, quality releases that often contrasted those of their competitors (Wonderland Records, Kid Stuff Records, Mr. Pickwick). Peter Pan enjoyed their greatest success as a children's label during the 1950's. Many of their most famous releases were issued on 78-RPM 7-inch records and on 45-RPM 7-inch records. The label was notable for its series of book-and-record sets, combining an illustrated storybook with a vinyl record that contained music and narration by "your Peter Pan Storyteller" (who, memorably, would prompt the listener to "turn the page" at the sound of a bell). Cartoon characters were often subjects, or stars of stories. One of their most successful and most memorable releases was "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", an original production by Peter Pan's studio collective (known as the Peppermint Kandy Kids), that featured remakes of classic Christmas holiday
    8.67
    3 votes
    42

    DGC Records

    • Artists: Hole
    • Releases: Nevermind
    DGC Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and currently operates as an auxiliary label of Interscope Records. DGC Records (acronym for "David Geffen Company") was launched in 1990 as a subsidiary label of Geffen Records and was distributed by Warner Bros. Records until 1991, when it was acquired by MCA Music Entertainment Group. The label was created as a response to the success Geffen had with the harder rock acts on its roster. Though it initially focused on more progressive rock and heavy metal, as the decade progressed it would also embrace the emergence of (and become a seminal label of) alternative rock, particularly grunge, with influential acts like Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Weezer and Beck. The label also released early titles by hip hop band The Roots. In 1999, during the consolidation of Geffen’s Universal Music Group parent and PolyGram, the DGC label ceased operations. The retained acts would go on to record for the main Geffen label. In the years to follow, the DGC title and logo would occasionally appear on reissues of its past catalog items. In 2007, the label was revived as a brand for Interscope Records, inheriting many alternative acts
    10.00
    2 votes
    43
    Naïve Records

    Naïve Records

    • Artists: Peter Hammill
    • Releases: Crouch, touch, engage
    Naïve Records is a French independent record label based in Paris, specializing in electronic music, pop music, jazz and classical music. It was founded in 1997 by Patrick Zelnik, Gilles Paires and Eric Tong Cuong.
    6.40
    5 votes
    44

    Zoë Records

    • Artists: Dean & Britta
    • Releases: Ashes & Roses
    Zoë Records is an independent record label in the United States. It is a part of the Rounder Records group. Zoë predominantly distributes albums by folk rock and alternative pop artists. Artists who have released albums on the label include Lisa Loeb, Grant Lee Phillips, Juliana Hatfield, Jules Shear and The Nields. Pre-teen pop girl group Girl Authority also recorded for the label. Zoë is also the American distributor for releases by a number of Canadian artists who have separate deals with major or independent labels in Canada, such as Jann Arden, Cowboy Junkies, Sarah Harmer, Kathleen Edwards, Great Big Sea, the Cash Brothers, and the Tragically Hip. The record label is named after Zoë Virant, the daughter of CEO John Virant and member of pop group Girl Authority. (incomplete list)
    6.40
    5 votes
    45

    Philips Classics Records

    • Artists: Mitsuko Uchida
    • Releases: Stories of the Danube
    Philips Classics Records was started in the 1980s as the new classics record label for Philips Records. It was successful with artists including Alfred Brendel, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Mitsuko Uchida, Julian Lloyd Webber, Sir Colin Davis and Andre Rieu. A notable product released under the label is the 180-CD Complete Mozart Edition, featuring all works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart known at the set's publication in 1991 for the bicentenary of the composer's death. It has been re-released as the Complete Compact Mozart Edition. Parent Universal Music merged the label into Decca Records. The name Philips Classics still exists but appears on no new recordings, and the Philips Classics Internet presence is within Decca's website.
    7.25
    4 votes
    46
    CBS

    CBS

    • Artists: Rami Fortis
    • Releases: Splendido Hotel
    CBS Broadcasting Inc. (CBS) is a major US commercial broadcasting television network, which started as a radio network, and continues to operate a radio network and a portfolio of large market television and radio stations. The name is derived from the initials of the network's former name, Columbia Broadcasting System. It is the second largest broadcaster in the world behind the BBC. The network is sometimes referred to as the "Eye Network" in reference to the shape of the company's logo. It has also been called the "Tiffany Network," which alludes to the perceived high quality of CBS programming during the tenure of its founder William S. Paley. It can also refer to some of CBS's first demonstrations of color television, which were held in a former Tiffany & Co. building in New York City in 1950. The network has its origins in United Independent Broadcasters Inc., a collection of 16 radio stations that was bought by William S. Paley in 1928 and renamed the Columbia Broadcasting System. Under Paley's guidance, CBS would first become one of the largest radio networks in the United States and then one of the big three American broadcast television networks. In 1974, CBS dropped its
    8.33
    3 votes
    47
    Nintendo

    Nintendo

    • Artists: Kumi Tanioka
    • Releases: Play It Loud! Volume 1
    Nintendo Co., Ltd. (任天堂株式会社, Nintendō Kabushiki gaisha) is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics company located in Kyoto, Japan. Nintendo is the world's largest gaming company by revenue. Founded on September 23, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi, it originally produced handmade hanafuda cards. By 1963, the company had tried several small niche businesses, such as a cab company and a love hotel. Abandoning previous ventures, Nintendo developed into a video game company, becoming one of the most influential in the industry and Japan's third most valuable listed company with a market value of over US$85 billion. Nintendo of America is also the majority owner of the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team. The name Nintendo can be roughly translated from Japanese to English as "leave luck to heaven". As of October 18, 2010, Nintendo has sold over 565 million hardware units and 3.4 billion software units. Nintendo was founded as a card company in late 1889, originally named Nintendo Koppai. Based in Kyoto, Japan, the business produced and marketed a playing card game called Hanafuda. The handmade cards soon became popular, and Yamauchi hired assistants to mass produce cards to
    8.33
    3 votes
    48

    Sub Pop

    • Artists: The Shins
    • Releases: Bloom
    Sub Pop is a record label founded in 1986 by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman in Seattle, Washington. Sub Pop achieved fame in the late 1980s for first signing Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney and many other bands from the Seattle music scene. They are often credited with taking the first steps toward popularizing grunge music, and have continued to achieve critical and commercial success in the new millennium, with popular bands such as Fleet Foxes, Dinosaur Jr., Foals, Beach House, The Postal Service, Flight of the Conchords, No Age, Wolf Parade and The Shins on their roster. In 1995 the owners of Sub Pop sold a 49% stake of the label to the Warner Music Group. The origins of Sub Pop can be traced back to the early 1980s when Bruce Pavitt started a fanzine called Subterranean Pop that focused exclusively on American independent record labels. Pavitt undertook the project in order to earn course credit while attending Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. By the fourth issue, Pavitt had shortened the name to Sub Pop and began alternating issues with compilation tapes of underground rock bands. The Sub Pop #5 cassette, released in 1982, sold two thousand copies. In 1983,
    8.33
    3 votes
    49

    Tempa

    • Artists: Dj Abstract
    • Releases: Dubstep Allstars, Volume 1: Mixed by DJ Hatcha
    Tempa (2000-present) is a dubstep and garage record label run by Ammunition Promotions, out of the Truman Brewery, east London. Tempa are considered to be one of the founding labels of the dubstep sound, and are part of a larger umbrella of labels (including Soulja, Road, Vehicle, Shelflife, Texture, Lifestyle and Bingo) and club events (such as Forward>> held at Plastic People in Shoreditch) run by Ammunition. Tempa have released music by such dubstep luminaries as Skream, Benga, Loefah, Coki, Horsepower Productions, Kode9, Headhunter and DJ Hatcha, and were responsible for dubstep's most commercially successful "cross-over" hit, Night by Benga and Coki in late 2007.
    8.33
    3 votes
    50

    Walt Disney Records

    • Artists: Christy Carlson Romano
    • Releases: Breakout
    Walt Disney Records is the flagship record label of the Disney Music Group and is owned by the Walt Disney Company. Walt Disney Records was formed in 1956 as Disneyland Records. Before that time, Disney recordings were licensed out to a variety of other labels such as (RCA, Decca, Capitol, and ABC-Paramount Records). It was Walt Disney’s brother Roy O. Disney who suggested that Walt Disney Productions (now the modern-day Walt Disney Company) form their own record label. Roy enlisted long time staffer Jimmy Johnson to head this new division – Disneyland Records. It adopted its present name in 1989. The label currently releases soundtracks from Disney's motion pictures and theme parks, as well as, traditional studio albums produced by its roster of pop, teen pop, and country artists. Jimmy Johnson brought in musician Tutti Camarata, founder of Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, to head the creative end of this new enterprise. Tutti established the label's initial forays into long-form musical albums, which included jazz interpretations of Disney standards from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Bambi, and Cinderella, as well as original musical concept albums, and he expanded the
    8.33
    3 votes
    51

    Play It Again, Sam

    • Artists: Editors
    • Releases: Anastasis
    PIAS Recordings (also called Play It Again Sam Recordings) is an independent record label and is the recorded music division of the [PIAS] Entertainment Group, a European independent artist and label services company. The record labels that operate under the [PIAS] Recordings umbrella are: Play It Again Sam, Wall of Sound and Different Recordings. Aside from the three London based labels, [PIAS] Recordings has local A&R operations in France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain and the United States, signing local artists such as Miossec and The Chase in France, Gisbert Zu Knyphausen in Germany, Gabriel Rios and Daan in Belgium, Racoon and Anneke van Giersbergen in The Netherlands and Ojos de Brujo from Spain. The label was founded in 1983 by Kenny Gates and Michel Lambot. Play It Again Sam was part of a wave of influential labels that emerged during a fertile generation of European independents in the early eighties along with peers like Factory, Mute, Rough Trade and 4AD. Play It Again Sam was initially known for being one of the drivers behind the emergence of EBM and Industrial music with artists like Front 242, Meat Beat Manifesto and Young Gods. The label later broadened
    9.50
    2 votes
    52

    ISound Studio

    • Artists: Annie McCausland
    • Releases: Voy Por Ti
    iSound Studio is a Colombian record label founded by Annie McCausland and Ivan Vasquez on 2001. It is focused on several kind of music. The first iSound Studio's singer is Annie McCausland. On 2009, iSound made a contest where they gave people the chance for recording with them. iSound Studio was created in 2001 as only a proyect, but with the pass of the time, it has become in one of the most professional label records in colombia. The idea of building iSound was building for Ivan Vasquez with the company of Annie McCausland which is an iSound Studio artist, too.
    7.00
    4 votes
    53

    ROIR

    • Artists: Bad Brains
    • Releases: Seconds Late for the Brighton Line
    ROIR (pronounced "roar"), or Reach Out International Records, is a New York City-based record label founded in 1979 by Neil Cooper. ROIR was founded the same year that the Sony Walkman launched, and initially, the label exclusively distributed its releases in cassette format. Much of the label's catalog is now available in CD and LP formats. ROIR released its first cassette, by James Chance and the Contortions, in 1981. In 1982, ROIR released the compilation album New York Thrash, documenting the hardcore punk scene in the New York metropolitan area. It has since become a definitive album in the genre. Most of ROIR's early catalog consists of punk rock and no wave releases by artists such as Suicide, Glenn Branca, and Lydia Lunch. The label later branched out into other genres including hardcore punk, reggae, ska, psychedelia and dub. ROIR released early recordings by Bad Brains (Bad Brains), Beastie Boys, Einstürzende Neubauten (2X4), Flipper (Blow'n Chunks), MC5, New York Dolls, Suns of Arqa, Prince Far I, Television, The Legendary Pink Dots, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, and The Skatalites (Stretching Out).
    7.00
    4 votes
    54

    A&M/Octone Records

    • Artists: Adam Levine
    • Releases: Overexposed (Deluxe Edition)
    A&M/Octone Records is an American record label and a joint venture between Universal Music Group and Octone Records, also known as OctoScope Music. The label represents a merger of Interscope-Geffen-A&M's A&M Records label with Octone Records. A full-service artist development label, A&M/Octone operates music publishing, merchandising and touring entities – in addition to specializing in recorded music. Founded in 2000, Octone Records was established by CEO/President James Diener and distributed through SonyBMG. After successful signing, release, marketing and promotion on Octone, artists were given the option of upstreaming to RCA Music Group, via a joint-venture between the two companies. Upon launch, Diener and Octone Records were also well known in the music industry for their entrepreneurial private-equity financing model. In February 2007, Interscope-Geffen-A&M partnered with Octone Records to relaunch the A&M label, now headed by James Diener and called A&M/Octone Records with worldwide distribution handled by parent Universal Music Group. The existing Octone roster was transferred to the A&M/Octone label and all new artist signings are made under the A&M/Octone joint
    6.00
    5 votes
    55

    BGO

    • Artists: Ian Carr
    • Releases: Where Have I Known You Before
    BGO Records (Beat Goes On) is a record label specializing in classic rock, blues, jazz and folk music. In 1965, Andy Gray opened Andys Records and set up a market stall in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Year by year he opened up more shops. Andys Records prided themselves on having enthusiastic knowledgeable staff. In 1987 he started the BGO label, together with Mike Gott, based in Bury St Edmunds. Mike Gott left the label in 2004 to set up his own label, Gott Discs. However Gott returned to BGO in late 2008. BGO Records
    8.00
    3 votes
    56

    INO Records

    • Artists: Caedmon's Call
    • Releases: Hurt & The Healer
    Fair Trade Services, formerly known as INO Records, is an American record label based in Brentwood, Tennessee, specializing in Contemporary Christian music (CCM). It is distributed by Sony Music Entertainment through Columbia Records, and was owned by Integrity Media until June 2011. When Integrity Media sold its assets to David C. Cook Publishing label founder/President Jeff Mosely purchased the label assets and renamed it FAIR TRADE SERVICES. It was the parent label of SRE Recordings, which concentrated more on Christian rock releases until that label folded with the sale of INO Records to founder Jeff Mosley. All remaining SRE recording artists are now under the banner of Fair Trade Services.
    8.00
    3 votes
    57

    Kapp Records

    • Artists: Sonny & Cher
    • Releases: Why / The Heart You Break
    Kapp Records was an independent record label started in 1954 by David Kapp, brother of Jack Kapp (who had set up American Decca Records in 1934). David Kapp founded his own label after stints with Decca Records and RCA Victor Records. Kapp licensed its records to London Records for release in the UK. In 1967, David Kapp sold his label to MCA Inc. and the label was placed under Uni Records management; Kapp was consolidated with MCA's other record labels in 1971 and, in 1972, MCA Records released the last Kapp Record. Throughout Kapp's history, its logo was a stylized "K" incorporating a phonograph record design. Three versions of this logo appeared during the company's history. Until 1970, this logo also appeared on a drum major's cap in a word play of the label's name.
    8.00
    3 votes
    58

    Sanctuary Records

    • Artists: The Blue Nile
    • Releases: Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends ~ Ladies and Gentlemen
    Sanctuary Records Group Limited was a record label based in the United Kingdom and a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. Until June 2007, it was the largest independent record label in the UK and the largest independent music management company in the world. It was also the world's largest independent owners of music intellectual property rights, with over 150,000 songs. The company was formed in 1979 by Rod Smallwood and Andy Taylor, who had first met as undergraduates at Trinity College, Cambridge, and later organized dance events for students together. In 1979, they discovered (in a London pub) and then managed Iron Maiden. They consequently named the record company after the band's song “Sanctuary", a 1980 single later included on the reissued version of their 1980 eponymous debut album. Sanctuary Records is noted for preferring to sign artists with long-term appeal, usually the artists are those considered heritage acts, being artists that have had a long career and steady fan base. Between 1989 and 1991, Sanctuary was co-owned by the Zomba Group, whose music publishing arm still held the music of Iron Maiden in 2001. In 1994, the company diversified. Amongst the new media
    8.00
    3 votes
    59

    Vitamin Records

    • Artists: The String Quartet Tribute
    • Releases: Salvation + Devotion: A Tribute to Marilyn Manson
    Vitamin Records is a Los Angeles based record label founded in 1999 as a subsidiary of CMH Records. The label is home to the Vitamin String Quartet, who are best known for performing string quartet tributes to popular rock and metal acts such as Tool, Nine Inch Nails, and Radiohead. Vitamin Records has also produced tribute albums in several other styles including lounge, electronica, industrial and dub music. The label's first release was The String Quartet Tribute to Led Zeppelin in 1999. Since then Vitamin Records has released over 185 albums in a variety of genres. Vitamin Records has also released an album honoring songs from the popular video game series Guitar Hero.
    8.00
    3 votes
    60

    Disa Records

    • Artists: Grupo Bryndis
    • Releases: Íconos 25 Éxitos
    Disa Records is a privately owned record label based in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Specializing in Spanish language recordings, the company's works are distributed in the United States by Universal Music Group. Univision Music Group bought a 50% interest in the company in 2001. In July 2006 Disa Records sued its American distributor and co-owner Universal Music Group for using "heavy-handed legal tactics" to obstruct a promised full buy-out of Disa Records by Univision In May 2008, Universal Music Group bought Univision Music Group and combined it with its Latin genre to become Universal Music Latin Entertainment. La Nueva Rebelión Los Horóscopos de Durango Lupillo Rivera
    6.75
    4 votes
    61

    Geffen Records

    • Artists: Driveblind
    • Releases: Still Life (Talking)
    Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group. As the 1980s progressed, Geffen would go on to have success with such acts as Quarterflash, Oxo, Asia, Wang Chung, Kylie Minogue and Sammy Hagar. In the meantime, the label continued to sign a handful of established music icons, including: Elton John, Irene Cara, Cher, Don Henley, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Jennifer Holliday and Sonic Youth. Toward the end of the decade, the company also began making a name for itself as an emerging rock label, thanks to the success of Whitesnake (US only), The Stone Roses, Guns N' Roses, Tesla, and the mainstream comeback of '70s era rockers Aerosmith. This prompted Geffen to create a subsidiary label, named DGC Records in 1990, which focused on more progressive sounds (along with some heavy metal acts) and would later embrace the emergence of Alternative Rock and Grunge, Nirvana being an example. Geffen also distributed the first incarnation of Def American Recordings through Warner Bros. from 1988 to 1990. After a decade of operating through Warner, when its contract with the company expired, the label was sold to MCA Music Entertainment (later renamed
    6.75
    4 votes
    62

    Machete Music

    • Artists: Don Omar
    • Releases: Líderes
    Machete Music is an urban music label owned by Universal Music Group. The record label had been largely associated with reggaeton music, but in recent years, it has been also been signing non-urban artists such as Malverde, Mala Rodriguez and Chino XL. The label is part of Universal Music Latin Entertainment. Machete Music is one of the strongest label mainly about Reggaeton. According to Toy Selectah (also known as Toy Hernández, A&R of the label from 2004 to 2007), its president Gustavo López "suggested the name Machete, in part because of Control Machete, Hernández's former band".
    6.75
    4 votes
    63

    MNW

    • Artists: Bosson
    • Releases: En lång het weekend
    MNW is a Swedish record company. MNW originally stood for Musiknätet Waxholm, but was later changed to Music Network Records Group and is now MNW Music.
    6.75
    4 votes
    64
    Predict

    Predict

    • Artists: Predict
    • Releases: Pulsar
    «Predict» - one of the most extraordinary bands from Latvia, who attract the attention of their eccentricity. Gnashing of overloaded guitars, heavy bass drive, thundering drums, accompanied by interesting vocals - this combination makes «Predict» striking phenomenon in Latvian rock music. «Predict» was formed in early 2004 in Riga, Latvia. From the begining the band was playing melodic pop-rock with a sense of romance in their music and lyrics. But eventually as some of the guys where replaced, different musical tastes came together to transform their music into what «Predict» became now. Band experimenting, bringing in rock music classic sound and electronic elements. In recent years, the band's music became more severe. Their music fits any occasion, no matter whether you spin their record at home or at the night club, still the most amazing experience is their live performance. Each show is different and filled with energy and drive, all their affectations, facial expressions, hatred and love - all this mixed together make an indescribable aura of musicians, reserving an unforgettable impression. Band filmed two videos for their songs and recorded an album called «Pulsar».
    6.75
    4 votes
    65

    S-Curve Records

    • Artists: Fountains of Wayne
    • Releases: The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2 [Deluxe Edition]
    S-Curve Records was founded in 2000 by former Mercury Records executive Steve Greenberg. It is based in New York City. In 2001 the label established a distribution and licensing agreement with EMI Records. Among the hits released by S-Curve between 2000-2004 were "Who Let The Dogs Out" by Baha Men, "Stacy's Mom" by Fountains of Wayne and Joss Stone's first two albums, "The Soul Sessions" and "Mind, Body & Soul. In 2007 Greenberg relaunched the label after a two year hiatus, during which he served as President of Columbia Records. In 2010, the label's distribution deal with EMI came to an end and S-Curve entered into a new U.S. distribution deal, with Universal Music Group. The S-Curve roster and catalog include titles by Duran Duran, Betty Wright, Fountains of Wayne, Baha Men, Joss Stone, The Beu Sisters, Sarah Hudson, Tom Jones, We The Kings, Little Jackie, Diane Birch, Andy Grammer, Nikki Jean, The Jessie Rose Trip, Care Bears on Fire, Tinted Windows and Joss Stone. S-Curve's 2011 release by Betty Wright and The Roots, "Betty Wright: The Movie" was nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Traditional R&B Performance" category. Andy Grammer's debut album has yielded the hit singles
    6.75
    4 votes
    66

    Diffusion Records

    • Artists: Andrew Sega
    • Releases: Riga
    Diffusion Records is an American independent record label founded by Andrew Sega in 2001. Initially started as a label for Sega's first Alpha Conspiracy album Cipher, Diffusion Records went on growing into a more full-featured label, so far releasing albums by artists such as Iris, CTRL, Low Technicians, and Kilowatts and Vanek.
    9.00
    2 votes
    67
    Epic Records

    Epic Records

    • Artists: ABBA
    • Releases: Le porte-bonheur
    Epic is a tabletop wargame set in the fictional Warhammer 40,000 universe. Where Warhammer 40,000 involves small battles between forces of a few squads of troops and two or three vehicles, Epic features battles between armies consisting of dozens of tanks and hundreds of soldiers. Due to the comparatively larger size of the battles, Epic miniatures are smaller than those in Warhammer 40,000, with a typical human being represented with a 6 mm high figure, as opposed to the 25 and 28 mm minis used in Warhammer 40,000. Plastic and metal Epic miniatures are available through the Specialist Games section of Games Workshop's online store. An additional lineup of resin models is available via GW's Forge World subsidiary. In the Warhammer Fantasy universe, Warmaster fills much the same "large-scale battle" role as Epic does in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, though the two systems do not share rules. A game of Epic will normally take around two hours to play. Gameplay-wise, the major difference between Epic and other Games Workshop games is that instead of a player moving and firing all of his forces at once, players take turns moving one or two formations at a time, giving the feeling of a
    9.00
    2 votes
    68
    Fonozintas Records

    Fonozintas Records

    • Artists: Arturo Leyva
    • Releases: No Me Rindo - Ernesto Sosa Naranjo
    Estudio de Grabacion y Compania Disquera dedicada a la promocion y produccion de Artistas, casa de Artistas como Arturo Leyva, Los Koras del Norte, Francisco Manuel, Los Fiero, Mestizo Musical, Gabby Luna, Galope Norteño, Daniel El Noble, Beto Diaz, Los Shakas de la Banda, Alma Rocio, Luz Maria Entre otros. Fonozintas Records esta hubicada en San Jose, Ca.
    9.00
    2 votes
    69
    Light In The Attic Records

    Light In The Attic Records

    • Artists: Rodriguez
    • Releases: The LHI Years: Singles Nudes & Backsides (1968-71)
    Light In The Attic Records is an independent record label established in 2002 in Seattle, Washington by Matt Sullivan, known for its roster of reissue projects, and for its distribution catalog. As reissue label, Light In The Attic has re-released works by artists such as Betty Davis, Serge Gainsbourg, Jim Sullivan, Jane Birkin, The Free Design, and many more. The record label has also released albums by contemporary bands like The Black Angels and Nicole Willis and The Soul Investigators. Already in highschool, Sullivan was interested in starting his own label. "I always wanted my own label," Sullivan told The Stranger in 2006, "but it was always the wrong time." After high school and college at the University of Arizona, Sullivan interned for Seattle, Washington-based record labels like Sub Pop and the now-defunct Loosegroove Records. Susie Tennant, Sub Pop’s then radio-promotions director, offered Sullivan a chance to intern with Madrid, Spain-based record label, Munster Records. Munster Records focused primarily on reissues of bands like The Stooges and Spaceman 3, inspiring Sullivan to begin rethinking his own concept behind the still active idea of starting a record
    9.00
    2 votes
    70

    Phonogram Records

    • Artists: Charlotte Gainsbourg
    • Releases: Symphoman
    Phonogram Inc. was started in 1962 as a joint venture between Philips Records and Deutsche Grammophon. Phonogram was the name of a parent company that owned and or distributed many different record companies. In 1982, Phonogram was merged with Polydor Records into PolyGram. In the US, Phonogram's artists were generally released on Mercury Records, with some releases in parts of Europe issued by Vertigo Records and Philips Records. In 1997, all PolyGram units still using the Phonogram name were renamed Mercury Records. By that time, Mercury had become Phonogram's flagship label. PolyGram continued until 1998, when the company was purchased by Seagram and merged with Universal Music Group, now owned by Vivendi.
    9.00
    2 votes
    71

    Posse Up Entertainment

    • Artists: Da Grym Reefer
    • Releases: The Sum of All Fears
    Posse Up Entertainment / Jacktown Records is an indie based urban music label from Jackson, Tennessee that was first founded in 2002. Then known as Jacktown Records, the roster was headed by (C.E.O.) Dr. Gigglez(Derrick Montreal Fuller) and included members King Chiefa (Marco Tyrone Standifer) Denny Lucci (Denniver Lancaster) and later joined by Da Grym Reefer (who was then known as Renaissance) (Osborne Lamonte Hemans). The young independent label launched it's label with the release of a compilation of up and coming talent now known as the infamous: "Roastin' & Toastin Vol.1". The idea was to make a compilation of local acts and circulate the project to all parties involved. The featuring artists would make the money from the CD and promote their own projects. However....Most artists don't know the math and things did not quite roll over so smoothly........ The album's released caused a great deal of controversy and adversity for the label due to other local artists declaring a war against "Gigglez & Company", however, the labels consistent releases and relate-able material eventually won some fans over to solidify an underground following. When the smoke cleared Dr Gigglez
    9.00
    2 votes
    72

    Sugar Hill Records

    • Artists: Acoustic Syndicate
    • Releases: And So It Goes
    Sugar Hill Records is an American bluegrass and Americana record label. It was founded in Durham, North Carolina in 1978 by Barry Poss with assistance from David Freeman, the owner of County Records and Rebel Records. Poss acquired full control of Sugar Hill in 1980 and owned the label until 1998, when he sold it to the Welk Music Group, owner of Vanguard Records. Poss stayed on as president, and in 2002 was promoted to chairman. Sugar Hill remained in Durham until 2007, when Poss moved the label to Nashville, Tennessee. Among the many notable artists who have released albums on the label are Nickel Creek, Doc Watson, Townes Van Zandt, Ricky Skaggs, Guy Clark, Sam Bush and Dolly Parton. One of Parton's albums for Sugar Hill, Halos & Horns (2002), included a song called "Sugar Hill", which she wrote as a tribute to the label. In 2008, Welk Music Group appointed EMI as distributor of its labels including Sugar Hill. Sugar Hill artists have won a series of Grammy Awards for Best Bluegrass Album, including: The label's Grammy-winning artists in other categories include: In 2006, Sugar Hill executive Barry Poss won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music
    9.00
    2 votes
    73
    Ultra Vague Recordings

    Ultra Vague Recordings

    • Artists: Mamanet
    • Releases: TranceXpedition
    Ultra Vague Recordings is label and netlabel, tending to present all the best trends in modern pop and underground music. We deal with any genre of music, but give the preference to live electronics. Among our artist you can find: Blicq, Mamanet, New Edge, IMMAGO, Frost Nova, Tango Tempo, Каракуль, So July, KARIZZA, Liquid Break, Kubrick's Cube, KLIKA Project, KUNO, Yaroshi, COFR, Fudo Kazuki. The label has it’s own promo agency UVR Promo Group.
    9.00
    2 votes
    74

    Atlantic Records

    • Artists: Led Zeppelin
    • Releases: To Venus and Back
    Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label best known for its many recordings of rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and jazz. Over its first 20 years of operation Atlantic earned a reputation as one of the most important American independent recording labels, specializing in jazz, R&B and soul recordings by African-American artists, a position greatly enhanced by its distribution deal with Stax Records. In 1967 Atlantic became a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, now the Warner Music Group, and expanded into rock and pop music, signing Cream, Led Zeppelin, Yes and Foreigner. In 2004 Atlantic Records and its sister label Elektra Records merged into Atlantic Records Group. Craig Kallman is currently Chairman of Atlantic Records. Label co-founder Ahmet Ertegün served as Founding Chairman until his death on December 14, 2006 at age 83. The label also has a number of deals with previously independent labels such as Must Destroy (which brought Goldie Lookin Chain and The Darkness into the label) and VP Records in Jamaica, home to reggae artists such as Sean Paul. In 1944 brothers Nesuhi and Ahmet Ertegun elected to remain in the USA when
    7.67
    3 votes
    75

    Cash Money Records

    • Artists: Allstar Cashville Prince
    • Releases: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
    Cash Money Records is a Hip-hop record label founded by brothers Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams. Today, it operates as a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, and is distributed by Universal Republic Records as of 2011. The current CEOs are Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams. Cash Money Records was founded in 1991. Bryan Williams told HitQuarters the original motivation for starting the label: "I was hoping it would get us out of the projects and into a positive way of life. And we wanted to help other people get out of this poverty." For its first few years (1992–1997), Cash Money played host to a number of local releases by artists, selling hundreds of thousands of albums without ever releasing a music video or having a Billboard hit. Some of the label's releases garnered some regional success in New Orleans, Louisiana, but the label was little known to the national rap scene. Artists on the label during this period included the group U.N.L.V. (Uptown Niggas Living Violently), Kilo G, Lil Slim, and PxMxWx. In 1995, the label signed young rappers B.G., Young Buck and Lil Wayne. The signees marked what would be the second wave of Cash Money
    7.67
    3 votes
    76

    Frontier Records

    • Artists: Keith Morris
    • Releases: Xxx
    Frontier Records is an independent record label, started in 1980 in Los Angeles by Lisa Fancher, a former employee of Bomp! Records and writer of the liner notes for the first album by The Runaways. Frontier Records first found success with the release of the Circle Jerks album Group Sex. The label went on to put out records by such bands as Suicidal Tendencies, American Music Club, Heatmiser, Redd Kross, Thin White Rope, T.S.O.L., Christian Death, and the Young Fresh Fellows, among others. On November 7, 2010, Frontier Records hosted a party for their 30th anniversary at the Echoplex in Los Angeles which featured a reunion by seminal punk band Middle Class, their first performance in nearly 30 years. The Adolescents, Rikk Agnew, T.S.O.L., Avengers, and Flyboys also performed. to be continued...
    7.67
    3 votes
    77

    On Ramp Records

    • Artists: Deric Ruttan
    • Releases: When You Can Fly
    On Ramp Records is a Canadian country music record label established in 2007 and distributed through EMI. On Ramp is a sister label to 306 Records. The label's first release was Deric Ruttan's First Time in a Long Time. They have since signed CCMA Award winners Brad Johner and Shane Yellowbird, along with Canadian Idol judge Zack Werner's band, Haymaker, and singer-songwriter Victoria Banks.
    7.67
    3 votes
    78

    Tzadik Records

    • Artists: Anthony Coleman
    • Releases: Naked City
    Tzadik Records is a record label based in New York City specialising in avant-garde and experimental music. The label was established by the eclectic composer and saxophonist John Zorn in 1995; Zorn is the executive producer of all Tzadik releases. Tzadik is a not-for-profit, cooperative record label. Tzadik has released over 400 albums by a variety of artists with diverse musical backgrounds, including, but not limited to free improvisation, jazz, noise, klezmer, rock and experimental composition. John Zorn who composed the score for the 2006 film The Treatment won a MacArthur Foundation, the "Genius" award for his music in 2006. The album, titled Filmworks XVIII: The Treatment features a full score for film by John Zorn. The album was released on Tzadik Records. Notable in the label's catalogue are releases by Zorn himself and his multifaceted "songbook" group Masada; singer Mike Patton; guitarists Derek Bailey, Otomo Yoshihide, Tim Sparks, Buckethead and Keiji Haino; noise music icon Merzbow; composers Gordon Mumma, Frank Denyer and Teiji Ito; experimental groups Kayo Dot, Time of Orchids and Rashanim, microtonalists Syzygys; drummer Yoshida Tatsuya and his band Ruins; trumpeter
    7.67
    3 votes
    79

    Warner Bros. Records

    • Artists: Cold Blood
    • Releases: Amandla
    Warner Bros. Records Inc. is an American record label. It was the foundation label of the present-day Warner Music Group, and now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of that corporation. It maintains a close relationship with its former parent, Warner Bros. Pictures, although the two companies are independently owned. Rob Cavallo currently serves as Chairman of the company. Warner Bros. Records was originally established in 1958 as the recorded music division of the American movie studio Warner Bros. Pictures. For most of its existence it was one of a group of labels owned and operated by larger parent corporations. The sequence of companies that controlled Warner Bros. and its allied labels evolved through a convoluted series of corporate mergers and acquisitions from the early 1960s to the early 2000s. Over this period, Warner Bros. Records grew from a struggling minor player in the industry to become one of the top recording labels in the world. In 2003 these music assets were divested by their then owner Time Warner and purchased by a private equity group. This independent company traded as the Warner Music Group (WMG), before being bought by Access Industries in 2011. WMG is
    7.67
    3 votes
    80

    Castle Communications

    • Artists: The Rubinoos
    • Releases: Ogden's Nut Gone Flake (Dlx)
    Castle Communications was a British independent record label founded in 1983 by Terry Shand, Cliff Dane and Jon Beecher. The company was acquired by the American music distributor Alliance Entertainment in 1994 and in 2000 it was absorbed into Sanctuary Records Group. The label dissolved when Sanctuary became a subsidiary of Universal Music Group in 2007. Starting out as a mid-price catalogue reissue specialist, with labels including The Collector Series and Dojo, Castle grew into the largest European owner of repertoire outside the major record companies. It purchased a number of record catalogues, including Pye, Piccadilly, Bradley's, Bronze, Black Sabbath, Sugar Hill, Transatlantic, Beserkley, All Platinum and Solar. They possessed most of the Transatlantic and Trailer catalogue. Starting in the early 1980s, they released compilations and reissued work by Fairport Convention, John Renbourn, Barbara Dickson, Steeleye Span, The Watersons, Richard Thompson, Geoff Turton and many others. They have also diversified to reissue several early albums by The Fall as well as "Pink Years" and "Blue Years" albums by Tangerine Dream, and compilations by Nurse with Wound and Current 93. They
    10.00
    1 votes
    81
    Kounterfeit Records

    Kounterfeit Records

    • Artists: Wedlock
    • Releases: Continuity
    Kounterfeit records is a small independent label based in North Carolina,USA. Electronic pop is its primary genre; and it has 10 releases dating from 2003 to present. Wedlock and Bryanna Rain are the two main acts currently being promoted on the roster.
    10.00
    1 votes
    82

    Matador Records

    • Artists: Lavender Diamond
    • Releases: Sun
    Matador Records is an independent record label, with a roster of indie rock artists and bands. Matador was started by Chris Lombardi in 1989 in his New York City apartment. The following year, Lombardi was joined by former Homestead Records manager Gerard Cosloy, and the two of them have run it together since. In 1993, the label began a partnership with Atlantic Records which lasted for a couple of years. Then in 1996, Capitol Records purchased a 49 percent stake in Matador, but Lombardi and Cosloy bought it back in 1999. It has been co-owned by the Beggars Group since 2002 and now operates in both New York and London. Patrick Amory, Matador's longtime label manager, is currently label President and a partner of Lombardi and Cosloy. In the early 2000s, Matador had to sidestep unwanted involvement in the current Recording Industry Association of America dispute over Peer-to-peer file sharing networks. Matador's Patrick Amory contacted the RIAA multiple times in order to ensure that an erroneous listing on the group's website of Matador as an RIAA member was removed. After several attempts, the name of the independent label was removed from the membership list. Matador acquired True
    10.00
    1 votes
    83
    Resonance Records

    Resonance Records

    • Artists: John Beasley
    • Releases: Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate
    Resonance Records is a division of the Rising Jazz Stars Foundation, a California 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation created to discover the next jazz stars - passionate, brilliant musicians from around the world. We assist and support them through recording, performance opportunities and distribution of their art. Every Resonance CD and DVD is produced without compromise, to create and preserve our artists' jazz legacy.
    10.00
    1 votes
    84
    Sony Classical Records

    Sony Classical Records

    • Artists: George Szell
    • Releases: The Amazing Spider-Man
    Sony Classical Records was started in 1927 as Columbia Masterworks Records, a subsidiary of the American Columbia Records. In 1948, it issued the first commercially successful long-playing 12" record. Over the next decades its artists included Isaac Stern, Pablo Casals, Vladimir Horowitz, Eugene Ormandy, Vangelis, Elliot Goldenthal and Leonard Bernstein. Columbia Records used the Masterworks brand name not only for classical and Broadway records, but also for spoken-word albums such as Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly's successful I Can Hear It Now series. Parent CBS also featured the Masterworks name on its consumer electronics equipment. In 1980 the Columbia Masterworks label was renamed CBS Masterworks Records, but in 1990 after CBS Records was acquired by Sony it was finally renamed Sony Classical Records (Its logo echoes the "Magic Notes" logo that was Columbia's emblem until 1955). During the 1990s the label attracted controversy under the leadership of Peter Gelb as it emphasized crossover music over mainstream classical releases, failing to make available much of its archive of great recordings. Going "back to the future," the Masterworks name lives on in its series of
    10.00
    1 votes
    85
    SuiSound Productions

    SuiSound Productions

    • Artists: Brotherhood of Sleep
    • Releases: Brotherhood of Sleep
    Our releases are distributed through CTS productions. more info @ www.ctsprods.com
    10.00
    1 votes
    86

    Universal Music Group

    • Artists: Tahiti 80
    • Releases: Focus
    Universal Music Group (UMG) is a major global music company owned by French media conglomerate Vivendi. It is the largest of the big three music companies. Universal Music Group owns Universal Music Publishing Group, which is the second largest music publishing company in the world The UMG global corporate headquarters are located in Santa Monica, California. "Universal Music" was once the music company attached to film studio Universal Pictures. Its origins go back to the formation of the American branch of Decca Records in 1934. The Decca Corporation of England spun American Decca off in 1939. MCA Inc. bought American Decca in 1962. The present organization was formed when its parent company Seagram purchased PolyGram and merged it with Universal Music Group in 1998. However, the name first appeared in 1996 when MCA Music Entertainment Group was renamed Universal Music Group. The PolyGram acquisition included Deutsche Grammophon which traces its ancestry to Berliner Gramophone making Deutsche Grammophon UMG's oldest unit. UMG's Canadian unit traces its ancestry to a Berliner Gramophone breakaway firm the Compo Company. With the 2004 acquisition of Vivendi's Vivendi Universal
    10.00
    1 votes
    87
    Warner Music Group

    Warner Music Group

    • Artists: Jon Toogood
    • Releases: Little Earthquakes
    Warner Music Group (WMG) is a major global music and entertainment conglomerate headquartered in New York City. The largest American-owned music corporation worldwide, it is one of the 'big three' recording companies (the three largest in the global music industry). The company operates some of the largest and most successful recording labels in the world, including Warner Bros. Records and Atlantic Records. WMG also owns Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's largest music-publishing companies. Formerly owned by Time Warner, the world's largest media conglomerate, the company was publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange until May 2011, when the company announced its privatization and sale to Access Industries, which was completed in July 2011. With a multi-billion dollar annual turnover, WMG employs in excess of 4,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 50 countries. Stephen Cooper - CEO David Johnson – Chairman and CEO, Warner/Chappell Music Michael Fleisher – Vice Chairman, Strategy and Operations Michael Nash – Executive Vice President, Executive Vice President, Digital Strategy and Business Development WMG is the only one of the big three record companies
    10.00
    1 votes
    88

    Wind-Up Records

    • Artists: Scott Stapp
    • Releases: Evanescence
    Wind-up Entertainment, Inc. is a record label based in New York City. Wind-up Records was formed in 1997 by Alan Meltzer, former owner of CD One Stop, following his 1996 purchase of Grass Records. Wind-up is currently the largest independently-owned record label in the world. The parent company Wind-up Entertainment also runs numerous publishing companies as well as a full-scale retail, online and tour merchandising company. The company's slogan is "Developing Career Artists." Some of the successful acts on the label include Creed, Evanescence, Seether, Finger Eleven, Filter The Darkness and, most recently, Civil Twilight. The label has also re-released albums from bands previously associated with Grass Records, such as Toadies, The Wrens and Commander Venus. In September 2009, the label reached an agreement with EMI Music Germany and in February 2011 with EMI Music Canada. The partnership has seen EMI Music take over the marketing and distribution of artists such as Creed, Evanescence, Seether and Finger Eleven throughout the world outside of the US. In Canada, distribution was initially with Sony Music Canada as was the distribution in the United States. However, in October 2004,
    10.00
    1 votes
    89

    Woollim Entertainment

    • Artists: Infinite
    • Releases: Soundtrack to a Lost Film
    Woollim Entertainment is a South Korean record label and entertainment agency founded in 2003.
    10.00
    1 votes
    90

    Dangerbird Records

    • Artists: Dappled Cities Fly
    • Releases: pickin up the pieces
    Dangerbird Records is an independent record label located in Los Angeles, California. Founded by Jeff Castelaz and Peter Walker in 2004, the label is home to artists across the globe, as well as part of the burgeoning Silver Lake music scene. Their small roster of artists has enjoyed international acclaim. The two founders represented different roles in the music industry. Castelaz had worked as a manager for various bands (including Citizen King), while Walker was a singer-songwriter. The label's first release: Walker's solo album Landed. Their business approach includes a strong emphasis on artist development, as well as working with a network of partners to help the bands reach a wide market. Like many indie labels, Dangerbird uses the Alternative Distribution Alliance; however, in January 2011, they switched distribution to UMe-owned Fontana Distribution. Dangerbird gained repute after releasing Carnavas, the debut full-length album by Silversun Pickups, in 2006, to sales of over 375,000. The band's lead singer Brian Aubert has said of Dangerbird, "They believe in careers, and the long haul - something that majors used to believe in. They stuck with us when most people wouldn't
    6.50
    4 votes
    91

    ForeFront Records

    • Artists: Audio Adrenaline
    • Releases: Eye On It
    ForeFront Records is a contemporary Christian music and Christian rock record label founded in 1987 by Dan R. Brock, Eddie DeGarmo, Dana Key, and Ron W. Griffin. It was purchased by EMI in 1996 from then owners Dan R. Brock and Eddie DeGarmo and is now part of the EMI Christian Music Group. In 1998, ForeFront released a two-CD compilation to celebrate their 10th Anniversary. The album was titled Ten: The Birthday Album and featured songs from several of their artists at the time. Some of the songs were remakes of older songs done by new bands.
    5.60
    5 votes
    92

    Hear Music

    • Artists: James Taylor
    • Releases: RAM
    Hear Music is the brand name of Starbucks' retail music concept and record label. Hear Music began as a catalog company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1990 before being purchased by Starbucks in 1999. The Hear Music brand has four components: the music that each location plays; in-store CD sales, including Starbucks exclusives; branded retail stores (which opened shortly after the catalog was formed) and a label distributing their recordings. As of December 2006, there are four Starbucks Hear Music Coffeehouses: Santa Monica, California, on the Third Street Promenade; San Antonio, Texas, on the River Walk; Miami, Florida, on the Lincoln Road shopping promenade; and Bellevue, Washington, in Bellevue Square. The original, now-defunct Hear Music Store was located in Berkeley, California. Ten Starbucks locations also have Hear Music "media bars," a service which uses tablet-based PCs to allow customers to create their own mix CDs. The media bars are currently located in Seattle and in Austin, Texas. Additionally, the music section in Canadian bookstore chain Chapters was at one time licensed version of the Hear Music concept; however, the company no longer uses the brand
    5.60
    5 votes
    93

    4AD

    • Artists: Thievery Corporation
    • Releases: Love This Giant
    4AD is a British independent record label that was started in 1979 by Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent, funded by Beggars Banquet Records, and is still active today. It now forms part of the Beggars Group, along with Matador Records, Rough Trade Records and XL Recordings. 4AD current recording artists include Ariel Pink, The Big Pink, Blonde Redhead, Bon Iver, Camera Obscura, Deerhunter, Gang Gang Dance, The National, Scott Walker, St. Vincent, Twin Shadow, and tUnE-yArDs. Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent, employees of the Beggars Banquet record store and label, founded Axis Records in late 1979 as a property of Beggars Banquet that was run by the two. After the first four Axis singles in early 1980, the name was changed to 4AD when it became apparent that the name Axis was already being used by another music company. The solution to this problem came from a promotional flyer that they had printed up to call attention to the new releases. The flyer's designer had added some typography that played on both the new year and the idea of progress: 1980 FORWARD 1980 FWD 1984 AD 4AD Quickly scrambling for a new name, Ivo glanced at the flyer and suggested "4AD." Peter Kent agreed, and,
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    Broadway Records

    Broadway Records

    • Artists: Yello
    • Releases: Bonnie & Clyde - Original Broadway Cast
    Broadway Records was a United States-based record label of the 1920s and 1930s. Broadway Records were first manufactured about 1921 by the Bridgeport Die and Machine Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Most of the early issues were from masters recorded by Paramount Records. Starting in 1924, masters from the Emerson and Banner appeared on Broadway. When Bridgeport Die and Machine went bankrupt in 1925, the Broadway label was acquired by "The New York Recording Laboratories" (NYRL), which (despite what the name might suggest) were located in Port Washington, Wisconsin. The New York Recording Laboratories were owned by the Wisconsin Chair Company, also the parent of Paramount Records. Broadway Records must've been popular, since copies are often found, especially in the midwest. The vast majority of these 1925-1930 records were Plaza masters. Starting in 1930, Crown Records masters were used, as well as NYRL's own L- maxtrix series of sides recorded in Grafton, WI. NYRL went out of business in 1932 and the Broadway label was picked up by ARC for a short-lived series of Broadway's (in the 4000 series) in 1933. Amazingly, when Decca started up in late 1934/early 1935, among the early
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    95

    Captain Oi! Records

    • Artists: Angelic Upstarts
    • Releases: Oi! The Rarities, Volume 3
    Captain Oi! is a punk rock and Oi! record label based in High Wycombe, England. The company has released over 300 albums by many notable punk and Oi! bands of the late 1970s and 1980s. The label was set up by Mark Brennan, former bassist of The Business, who had previously co-run Link Records and the Dojo subsidiary of Castle Records. Brennan's inspiration had been Ace Records, with Captain Oi! targeted at being "the Ace Records of retro punk rock", reissuing material by classic punk bands. The label's remit expanded with the release of newly-recorded albums by bands that fitted in with the style of the label, such as Argy Bargy, and new material by some of the older punk bands including Special Duties and Cockney Rejects.
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    96

    Disques Dreyfus

    • Artists: Jean Michel Jarre
    • Releases: Aline
    Disques Dreyfus is a record label which is currently home to artists such as Klement Julienne. Jean Michel Jarre was part of the label for more than 20 years. Francis Dreyfus founded Disque Dreyfus in 1985. The label is a part of the Dreyfus family company owned by Dreyfus Records, a French music distributor.
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    97

    Proper Records

    • Artists: Nick Lowe
    • Releases: Cross Road Blues
    Proper Records is a record label founded in 1996 by Malcolm Mills and Paul Riley. Commencing with a handful of releases, including The Balham Alligators and Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers, the label grew in stature and renown through its reissue marque, 'Proper Box', whose 4CD boxsets for reissue products are available at a budget price. Featuring jazz, country, and rock 'n' roll artists, these releases now total nearly 150. These days, the label has become better known for releasing new albums by contemporary artists such as Joan Baez, Richard Thompson, Nick Lowe, Mary Gauthier, Jimmie Vaughan, Dr. John, Angelique Kidjo, Los Lobos, Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel, Texas Tornados, Paul Heaton, Andy Mckee, Tom Russell, Cowboy Junkies, Elizabeth Cook, Art Garfunkel, Don McLean, Dave Rotheray, Jimmy Webb, Paul Brady, Pete Brown, Dennis Locorriere, Ian McLagan, Ruthie Foster, Sonny Landreth, Little Feat, Andy Fairweather Low, Baddies, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Diana Jones, Tom Russell, Hot Club Of Cowtown, Robyn Hitchcock, Loudon Wainwright III, Bill Kirchen, The Features, Tim O’ Brien, Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and more. There is also a subsidiary jazz label, Specific Jazz
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    98

    Savoy Records

    • Artists: Dorothy Love Coates
    • Releases: The Bird Returns
    Savoy Records is an American record label specializing in jazz, black gospel, soul/R&B, and blues. Starting in the mid 1940s, Savoy played an important part in popularizing the jazz subgenre of bebop. (An unrelated, now-defunct label also known as Savoy Records was based in Manchester, United Kingdom, and specialized primarily in rock music releases.) As of 2012, the Savoy library is primarily controlled by Nippon Columbia, a Tokyo, Japan-based public company which purchased Savoy in 1991. Nippon Columbia's wholly owned subsidiary, Savoy Jazz, handles Savoy Records distribution in the United States. Savoy was founded in 1942 by Herman Lubinsky. The Newark, New Jersey label issued many of the important early bebop jazz albums. With the rise of rock and roll, Lubinsky concentrated more on African-American black gospel music, recording many of the finest groups of the 1950s and cementing Savoy's preeminence in the black gospel recording industry through its association with James Cleveland and his Gospel Music Workshop of America. Savoy's artistic directors have included Buck Ram, Teddy Reig, Ralph Bass (1948‒1952), Fred Mendelsohn (1953), and Ozzie Cadena (1954‒1962) (father of punk
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    99

    Third Man Records

    • Artists: The White Stripes
    • Releases: Blunderbuss
    Third Man Records is an independent record label founded by Jack White in Detroit, Michigan, in 2001. Third Man established its first physical location — a combination record store, performance venue, and headquarters for the label — in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2009. Jack White founded Third Man Records in Detroit, Michigan, in 2001. Third Man established its first physical location in Nashville, Tennessee on March 11, 2009. The Nashville location serves as a record store and a complete production office. It includes a recording studio, rehearsal stage, photo studio, darkroom, and storage facility for master recording tapes. To commemorate the event, White debuted his new project, The Dead Weather, performing a short set for the 150 invited guests. The label's name features the number three due to White's known fondness of it, as mentioned in several interviews. It refers to Carol Reed's The Third Man starring Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles. His old upholstering company was named Third Man Upholstery. White also refers to himself as a woman's "third man" in the song "Ball and Biscuit" on The White Stripes' album Elephant. All six studio albums of The White Stripes appear with the
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    100

    Wounded Bird Records

    • Artists: The Rubinoos
    • Releases: Music Spoken Here
    Wounded Bird Records is a CD only, re-issue record label, that was founded in 1998 in Guilderland, New York. They re-release lesser known albums from both popular and lesser known artists, including Deborah Harry, Chic, David Blue, Marilyn Martin, Gordon Haskell, Jon Anderson, Adrian Belew, Ellen Foley, Argent, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Sparks and others. The bulk of the Wounded Bird catalogue is licenced from Warner Music Group (including Atlantic Records), but also from Sony Music Entertainment.
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    101

    Alchemy Records

    • Artists: Melvins
    • Releases: LA Forum 26th April 1969
    Alchemy Records was a San Francisco Bay area independent record label, founded by Mark Deutrom and Victor Hayden.
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    102

    Century Media Records

    • Artists: Jon Schaffer
    • Releases: The Call
    Century Media Records is an Independent record label with offices in the United States, Germany, and Australia. Century Media was founded by Robert Kampf in Dortmund, Germany in 1988 and has gone on to launch the careers of bands such as Divine Heresy, Eyehategod, Nevermore, Moonspell, Diecast, Suicide Silence, Winds of Plague, Iced Earth, God Forbid, Lacuna Coil, In This Moment, Architects, Warbringer, and Shadows Fall. The label specializes in many different styles of heavy metal music. A number of artists listed are licensed to Century Media for the American market from labels mostly based in Europe. Century Media is also home to legendary acts such as Napalm Death, Celtic Frost, and Trouble. From 1995 to 2007, Marco Barbieri was the label's president. The label’s most popular band is Lacuna Coil. Shadows Fall experienced its greatest success during its time with the label. Iconic hardcore punk band Sick of It All also resides in the Century Media family. Lacuna Coil’s 2002 album, Comalies, became Century Media’s first act to crack the Billboard 200 album chart, peaking at #178 two years after its release. Their fourth album, Karmacode, improved on that achievement, having sold
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    103

    Concord Records

    • Artists: Jane Monheit
    • Releases: Quartet Live
    Concord Records is a U.S. record label now based in Beverly Hills, California. Originally known as Concord Jazz, it was established in 1972 as an off-shoot of the Concord Jazz Festival in Concord, California, by festival founder Carl Jefferson, a local automobile dealer and jazz fan who sold his Lincoln Mercury dealership to found "the jazz label I can never find in record stores." Since then, the label has achieved international recognition, as well as 88 Grammy Award nominations and 14 Grammy Awards. The label issues a large number of live recordings from festivals and other venues, including a series started in 1990 of piano recitals from Maybeck Recital Hall in Berkeley, California, by many well known jazz pianists. The original Concord Jazz logo, a stylized eighth note incorporating the C and J of "Concord Jazz," was created by Bay Area graphic designer Dan Buck, who also worked on several album covers for the company. Concord includes a family of specialized labels, including Concord Picante for Latin Jazz and Concord Concerto for classical music. In 1999, Concord Records was purchased by a consortium led by Hal Gaba and his longtime associate, television producer Norman
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    104
    Decca Records

    Decca Records

    • Artists: Ella Fitzgerald
    • Releases: Bartok Concerto for Orchestra
    Decca Records began as a British record label established in 1929 by Edward Lewis. Its U.S. label was established in late 1934; however, owing to World War II, the link with the British company was broken for several decades. The British label was renowned for its development of recording methods, while the American company developed the concept of cast albums in the musical genre. Both wings are now part of the Universal Music Group which is owned by Vivendi, a media conglomerate headquartered in France. The American Decca label was the foundation label which evolved into UMG. The name "Decca" dates back to a portable gramophone called the "Decca Dulcephone" patented in 1914 by musical instrument makers Barnett Samuel and Sons. That company was eventually renamed The Decca Gramophone Co. Ltd. and then sold to former stockbroker Edward Lewis in 1929. Within years, Decca Records Ltd. was the second largest record label in the world, calling itself "The Supreme Record Company". The name "Decca" was coined by Wilfred S. Samuel by merging the word "Mecca" with the initial D of their logo "Dulcet" or their trademark "Dulcephone." Samuel, a linguist, chose "Decca" as a brand name as it
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    3 votes
    105
    EMI Classics

    EMI Classics

    • Artists: John Harle
    • Releases: Grieg & Schumann: Klavierkonzerte
    EMI Classics is a record label of EMI, formed in 1990 in order to reduce the need to create country-specific packaging and catalogs for internationally distributed classical music releases. Classical recordings were formerly simultaneously released under combinations of Angel, Seraphim, Odeon, Columbia, His Master's Voice, and other labels, in part because competitors own these names in various countries. These have been moved under the EMI Classics umbrella to avoid the trademark problems. Releases created for distribution in specific countries are still distributed under the historical names, except for Columbia as EMI sold the Columbia name to Sony Music Entertainment. The red logo harkens back to the Red Seal releases, introduced by EMI predecessor the Gramophone Company in 1902. So HMV classical releases had red labels. EMI Classics also incorporates the Virgin Classics label.
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    3 votes
    106

    Legacy Recordings

    • Artists: Son Volt
    • Releases: The Complete Live at The Plugged Nickel 1965
    Legacy Recordings is Sony Music Entertainment's catalog division. It was founded in 1990 by CBS Records (renamed Sony Music in 1991) under the leadership of Jerry Shulman, Richard Bauer, Gary Pacheco and Amy Herot (then the Marketing Development Department) to handle reissues of recordings from the vast catalogues of Columbia Records, Epic Records and associated labels. The division now additionally handles the archives of Sony Music's RCA, J Records, Windham Hill, RCA Victor, Arista, Buddah Records, Philadelphia International Records, as well as Sony BMG Nashville. This is not to be confused with the defunct British independent label Legacy Records. Notable Legacy Recordings artists include, but are not limited to:
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    3 votes
    107

    Relapse Records

    • Artists: Frank Allison & the Odd Sox
    • Releases: Yellow & Green
    Relapse Records is an independent record label based in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. It was founded by Matthew F. Jacobson in 1990. The label was started by Matthew F. Jacobson in August, 1990 in his parents' basement in Aurora, Colorado. The first two releases on the label were 7-inch singles by the bands Velcro Overdose and Face of Decline, closely followed by three death metal bands that would become among the biggest on the label, Deceased, Suffocation, and Incantation. Jacobson started Relapse Records on a release-by-release basis and wasn’t expecting any far-reaching extensive plan for the future, until one day he realized that there could be a future for the label beyond his own labor of love. He used his extensive list of contacts that he gained from his work at fanzine, Horrendlfled, to network not only the label but also the artists Matthew had signed. After this, Jacobson became acquainted with William Yurkiewicz Jr., who became his partner in the record label. Yurkiewicz had founded his own record label, which was soon to release albums from the bands General Surgery, Disrupt, Destroy, Misery, and Yurkiewicz's own band Exit-13. The two joined forces to create Relapse
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    108

    Roc-A-Fella Records

    • Artists: M.O.P.
    • Releases: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
    Roc-A-Fella Records was a record label founded by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Damon "Dame" Dash, and Kareem "Biggs" Burke. The label's title refers to American oil magnate and businessman John D. Rockefeller. It operated as a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, and was distributed by The Island Def Jam Music Group. The foundation of the label occurred in 1996, beginning as an independent outlet for rapper Jay-Z's first album. After being turned down by several major labels, Carter, Dash and Burke started their own label through Priority Records, using money from the music videos provided by Payday Records due to their singles only deal. Though Reasonable Doubt didn't immediately attain commercial success, it spawned several hits, a close relationship with The Notorious B.I.G. and procured him a reputation in the hip-hop community. Starting out as Roc-A-Fella's only artist, Jay-Z was supported by Biggie producer DJ Clark Kent and DJ Ski, who was then working with Camp Lo; affiliated rappers included duo Da Ranjahz, Sauce Money, Jaz-O, and a young Memphis Bleek, though only Bleek would eventually sign with the label. According to Dame, the label had intended on releasing Nas' group The
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    109

    Stones Throw Records

    • Artists: J Dilla
    • Releases: Madvillainy 2: The Madlib Remix
    Stones Throw Records is an independent hip hop record label based in Los Angeles, California. It was started in 1996 by DJ/Producer Peanut Butter Wolf in part to release the music he made with Charizma who was killed at the age of 20. Stones Throw is home to Madlib and many of his projects: Madvillain, Jaylib, Yesterdays New Quintet, Quasimoto, and Lootpack. Other notable artists on the roster include Anika, Dimlite, Dam-Funk, Mayer Hawthorne, Guilty Simpson, Strong Arm Steady, Gary Wilson, MF Doom, J Dilla, Aloe Blacc, J Rocc, Arabian Prince, The Stepkids, Jonti, CX KiDTRONiK, Baron Zen, Koushik and James Pants. J Dilla's final album during his lifetime, Donuts, was released by Stones Throw in February 2006. They also released a solo album by the progressive rock guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López called Old Money.
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    110

    BMG Rights Management

    • Artists: Hip Parade
    • Releases: Undercover Psycho
    BMG is an international group of music companies focused on the management of music rights and a joint venture between the international media company Bertelsmann and the global private equity firm KKR. The company's head office is in Berlin, but it also has regional offices New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Munich, Stockholm, Dublin and Hilversum in the Netherlands. BMG is the fourth-largest music publisher in the world, based on revenue. The company was first announced in late 2008 shortly following Bertelsmann's sale of its music interests to Sony Music Entertainment, and first opened offices in January 2009. BMG focuses on the competent and transparent administration and management of musical copyrights and acts as broker between the creative community and the professional users in times of multiple digital exploitation and distribution. Since its founding, the company has completed a number of prominent signings and now represents the rights to around one million songs. It has acquired major independent publishers such as Crosstown Songs, Cherry Lane Music Publishing, Stage Three Music, Evergreen Copyrights, Chrysalis Music Group, Bug Music and
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    111

    See For Miles Records

    • Artists: Tim Rose
    • Releases: In London 1966 - 1967
    See for Miles Records is a British record label which distributed some of the records of Dandelion Records on CD in the 1990s. The name hints both to its owner Colin Miles and The Who's "I Can See for Miles."
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    4 votes
    112
    Acer Records

    Acer Records

    • Artists: Tim Scott
    • Releases: Guitar Mashing
    Acer Records was developed from the name for Tim’s personal studio facility “Acer Studios” named so because of the red Acer palmatum (Japanese maple) that grew at the drive gateway to the studio premises and hence the Acer palmatum leaf outline in the logo design.
    Tim’s first release “Bald On The Inside” was released in 2003 throughout the UK in Borders Music and Book Shops under the trading name Acer Studios which subsequently has since changed to Acer Records.
    The Acer Records leaf logo is very easily recognisable and was designed by the graphic designer Laura Turner originally for Acer Studios but was soon altered to be used primarily for Acer Records.
    Acer Records was officially registered with PPL in August 2008 and recognised internationally as an independent label by the Board at PPL during December 2008 and so now has its own unique ISRC codes and LC numbers.
    Tim’s albums “Bald On The Inside” and “Guitar Mashing” are now internationally fully registered copyright works with PRS, MCPS and PPL with Tim Scott as the artist and his independent record label “Acer Records” as the exclusive rights holder to these works and administrator of any usage via MCPS.
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    3 votes
    113
    Blue Note Records

    Blue Note Records

    • Artists: Horace Silver
    • Releases: At Carnegie Hall
    Blue Note Records is an American jazz record label, established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis. Francis Wolff became involved shortly afterwards. It derives its name from the characteristic "blue notes" of jazz and the blues. Originally dedicated to recording traditional jazz and small group swing, from 1947 the label began to switch its attention to modern jazz. While the original company did not itself record many of the pioneers of bebop, significant exceptions are Thelonious Monk, Fats Navarro and Bud Powell. Historically, Blue Note has principally been associated with the "hard bop" style of jazz (mixing bebop with other forms of music including soul, blues, rhythm and blues and gospel). Horace Silver, Jimmy Smith, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Art Blakey, Lou Donaldson, Donald Byrd and Grant Green were among the label's leading artists. The label is currently owned by the Universal Music Group and in 2006 was expanded to fill the role of an umbrella label group bringing together a wide variety of then EMI-owned labels and imprints specializing in the growing market segment of music for adults. Lion first heard jazz as a young boy in Berlin. He settled in New York in
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    114

    Cream Records

    • Artists: Chakra
    • Releases: My People
    Cream Records is a record label started by Alvin Bennett in 1968, after he sold Liberty Records to Transamerica Corporation. In 1977, it acquired Hi Records from Willie Mitchell. Since 1989, the company (as Hi Records) is headed by Adalah Bennett Shaw, Alvin's daughter. An unrelated label, named Cream Albums, is based in the United Kingdom and affiliated with the Cream nightclub of Liverpool. Another unrelated label, JMS–Cream Records, is based in France and owned by jazz producer Jean-Marie Salhani.
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    115
    Deaf People Audio

    Deaf People Audio

    • Artists: Misuccc
    • Releases: Mars
    D.P.A. is a work in progress that learns from and teaches his surroundings. We present non-commercial yet amenable hiphop that isn’t especially made for a typical Hiphop audience. As a matter of fact we do not even know what a typical Hiphop audience is.
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    116
    Hillsong Music

    Hillsong Music

    • Artists: Darlene Zschech
    • Releases: Cornerstone Live (Deluxe Edition)
    Hillsong Music is Christian music produced by Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia as well as offshoot churches, Hillsong London and Hillsong Kiev. Hillsong albums are released and distributed by Hillsong Music Australia. Hillsong Church's popularity in Christian praise and worship music stems from the inauguration of the Hillsong Conference in the late 1980s and the first publication of choruses written by Hills CLC members, especially Darlene Zschech. Their first live worship CD The Power of Your Love was released in 1992. Since then, live praise and worship albums have been produced each year. Other music series include the Worship series, United, Youth Alive, Hillsong Kids and Instrumental series. They have also released two Christmas albums and several compilation albums. Geoff Bullock, the worship pastor before Zschech, resigned from Hillsong partly because of their "success". He states: Geoff Bullock has released a recent album with new songs and a few of his old songs re-written. He spoke with David Adams and Lloyd Harkness at Sight Magazine in an interview on 13 August 2004 "I feel tremendously responsible that I led them [Hillsong Church] along the garden path of being so
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    3 votes
    117

    InsideOut Music

    • Artists: Proto-Kaw
    • Releases: Out of the Tunnel's Mouth
    Inside Out Music is a German independent record label originally based in Kleve, in the North Rhine-Westphalia region, and dedicated to the publication of progressive rock, progressive metal and related styles music albums. In 2009 after partnership with Century Media Records was announced the base of operations was moved to Dortmund in the Bundesland of North Rhine-Westphalia The label was founded in 1996 by Thomas Waber and started its publications re-issuing for Europe the albums of new American prog metal acts like Symphony X and Shadow Gallery and then signing important prog artists like Steve Hackett. Inside Out signed a worldwide distribution contract with the German music company SPV and branched out with the American division InsideOut US, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2009 SPV had to file for bankruptcy, and Inside Out partnered up with Century Media Records, which had secured a worldwide distribution contract with EMI. Several important bands of the new school of progressive rock are signed to Inside Out, including The Flower Kings, Spock's Beard, Enchant, Pain of Salvation and The Safety Fire. In addition, the label established links to other scene-relevant
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    3 votes
    118

    Merge Records

    • Artists: Camera Obscura
    • Releases: A Wasteland Companion
    Merge Records is an independent record label based in Durham, North Carolina. It was founded in 1989 by Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan. It began as a way to release music from their band Superchunk and music created by friends, and has expanded to include artists from around the world and records reaching the top of the Billboard music charts. After releasing a number of 7" records and cassettes, the first Merge Records full-length CD release came on April 1, 1992 with MRG020 Superchunk - Tossing Seeds, the band's first collection of singles. The label's first album to reach the USA Billboard 200 was the Arcade Fire's Funeral, a 2004 release. Arcade Fire gave the label its then highest-charting release with their follow-up, 2007's Neon Bible, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, and, later, reaching #1 with their third album, 2010's The Suburbs. Other Billboard Top Ten releases include Spoon's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and Transference, along with She & Him's (actress/musician Zooey Deschanel along with M. Ward, a popular Merge folk musician) Volume Two. Other notable Merge releases include Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, The Magnetic Fields's 69 Love Songs,
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    119
    RED Distribution

    RED Distribution

    • Artists: The Actual
    • Releases: True
    RED Distribution, LLC (formerly Relativity Entertainment Distribution) is a Sony Music Entertainment-owned sales and marketing division that handles releases for over sixty independent record labels. It is also home to 'stache media, a marketing and brand partnership agency. Founded in 1979 as mainly a hard rock music distributor called Important Record Distributors, which originally released Metallica's first two LPs in the US. It became RED Distribution by the 1990s.
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    120

    Sire Records

    • Artists: Belly
    • Releases: What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
    Sire Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group and distributed by Warner Bros. Records. The label was founded in 1966 as Sire Productions by Seymour Stein and Richard Gottehrer, each investing ten thousand dollars into the new company. Its early releases as a record label were issued in 1968, distributed by London Records. From the beginning, Sire introduced underground, progressive British bands to the American market. Early releases included the Climax Blues Band, Barclay James Harvest, Tomorrow, Matthews Southern Comfort and proto-punks The Deviants. The label was distributed by Polydor Records from 1970 until 1971, during which time the now-famous logo was introduced, and then by Famous Music from 1972 to 1974, during which the progressive rock band Focus charted with their 1972 hit "Hocus Pocus". In the seventies, Sire released a number of compilation LPs, including the 3 volume "History Of British Rock" series, and diverse artists such as The Turtles, Duane Eddy, The Small Faces and Del Shannon. ABC Records inherited Sire's distribution contract when it acquired Famous Music in 1974. The UK signing policy was vindicated when Climax Blues Band scored a
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    121

    Stax Records

    • Artists: Albert King
    • Releases: Live At The Moody Theater
    Stax Records is an American record label, originally based in Memphis, Tennessee. Founded in 1957 as Satellite Records, the name Stax Records was adopted in 1961. The label was a major factor in the creation of the Southern soul and Memphis soul music styles, also releasing gospel, funk, jazz, and blues recordings. While Stax is renowned for its output of African-American music, the label was founded by two white businesspeople, Jim Stewart and his sister Estelle Axton (STewart/AXton = Stax) and featured several popular ethnically-integrated bands, including the label's house band, Booker T. & the M.G.'s. Following the death of Stax's biggest star, Otis Redding, in 1967 and the severance of the label's distribution deal with Atlantic Records in 1968, Stax continued primarily under the supervision of a new co-owner, Al Bell. Over the next five years, Bell expanded the label's operations significantly, in order to compete with Stax's main rival, Motown Records in Detroit. During the mid-1970s, a number of factors, including a problematic distribution deal with CBS Records, caused the label to slide into insolvency, resulting in its forced closure in late 1975. In 1977, Fantasy
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    122

    Virgin Records

    • Artists: The 69 Eyes
    • Releases: White Lies for Dark Times
    Virgin Records is a British record label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, Simon Draper, and Nik Powell in 1972. The company grew to be a worldwide music phenomenon, with platinum performers such as Roy Orbison, Devo, Genesis, Keith Richards, Janet Jackson, Culture Club, Simple Minds, Lenny Kravitz, The Smashing Pumpkins, Mike Oldfield, and more on their list of artists. It was later sold to Thorn EMI in 1992. Its American operations were merged with Capitol Records in 2007 to create the Capitol Music Group. Branson and Powell had initially run a small record shop called Virgin Records and Tapes on Notting Hill Gate, London, specialising particularly in "krautrock" imports, and offering bean bags and free vegetarian food for the benefit of customers listening to the music on offer. After making the shop into a success, they turned their business into a fully fledged record label. The name Virgin, according to Branson (in his autobiography), arose from Tessa Watts, a colleague of his, when they were brainstorming business ideas. She suggested Virgin - as they were all new to business - like "virgins". The original Virgin logo (known to fans as the "Gemini" or "Twins"
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    123
    ANTI-

    ANTI-

    • Artists: Neko Case
    • Releases: Glitter and Doom: Live
    ANTI- is an American record label founded in 1999 as a sister label of Epitaph Records. While Epitaph's focus has shifted over the last decade from mostly punk rock, nowadays ANTI- has a more diverse roster, ranging from country (Merle Haggard), hip hop (Sage Francis, The Coup), reggae (Michael Franti), Soul (Bettye LaVette), folk (The Swell Season), rap-rock (One Day as a Lion), indie rock (Islands) and Tom Waits. Headed by Andy Kaulkin, ANTI- first gained attention by releasing Tom Waits' Grammy award winning Mule Variations in 1999. Along with Waits, several veteran recording artists such as rhythm and blues singers Solomon Burke and Bettye LaVette, and Marianne Faithfull have signed onto ANTI- after leaving other major labels.
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    124

    ATO Records

    • Artists: Ben Kweller
    • Releases: Boys & Girls
    According to Our Records (or ATO Records) was founded in early 2000 by Dave Matthews (of the Dave Matthews Band), Coran Capshaw, Chris Tetzeli, and Michael McDonald as a division of RCA Records. ATO Records is based in New York City and currently distributes its records through RED Distribution, Sony Music's independent-distribution arm. ATO Records currently represents a diverse group of artists. The mission of ATO Records is to fully develop each artist and each release with sufficient time and attention. According to the official Web site, "there is no timeline, but there is a plan to build the label on the quality of the musicians." The first of its successes was David Gray, whose album White Ladder (and resulting single "Babylon") gained critical acclaim and popularity in the United States as well as abroad. The single "Babylon" climbed the charts in the United States and provided a good introduction for the record label into the music business. ATO Records currently distributes its records through RED Distribution, having severed ties with Sony and RCA in 2007.
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    125

    Buddah Records

    • Artists: Keni Burke
    • Releases: Simon Says
    Buddah Records (now known as Buddha Records) was founded in 1967 in New York City. The label was born out of Kama Sutra Records, an MGM Records-distributed label, which remained a key imprint following Buddah's founding. Buddah handled a variety of music genres, including bubblegum pop (the Ohio Express and the 1910 Fruitgum Company), folk-rock (Melanie), experimental music (Captain Beefheart), and soul (Gladys Knight and the Pips). In addition to the Buddah imprint, the company distributed many other independent labels, including Kama Sutra Records (after Kama Sutra cut their distribution ties with MGM in 1969), Curtom Records (Curtis Mayfield), T-Neck Records (the Isley Brothers), Charisma Records (Genesis, Monty Python), Sussex Records (Bill Withers), Hot Wax Records (Holland-Dozier-Holland post-Motown productions) and smaller subsidiaries. Kama Sutra Records helped bolster MGM Records' profits during 1965 and 1966, primarily due to the success of Kama Sutra's flagship artists The Lovin' Spoonful. Kama Sutra's head, Art Kass ultimately grew dissatisfied with his distribution deal with MGM and started Buddah Records in 1967, with his Kama Sutra partners, Artie Ripp, Hy Mizrahi,
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    Candid Records

    • Artists: Clare Teal
    • Releases: The Boy Next Door
    Candid Records was founded as a subsidiary of Archie Bleyer's Cadence label in New York City in 1960. The jazz writer and civil rights activist, Nat Hentoff, worked as the label's A&R director, aiming to create a representative catalog of the jazz of the day. Hentoff worked with designer and photographer Frank Gauna to create many memorable album covers. Although there are classic dates led by Clark Terry and Coleman Hawkins with Pee Wee Russell, it is mainly recordings of the emergent avant-garde and recordings celebrating the Civil Rights movement that stand out amongst the original Candid catalog. Recordings by Cecil Taylor and Steve Lacy belong to the first group, and those by Charles Mingus and Max Roach belong to the second, but there is not a strict differentiation. In particular, Roach's Freedom Now suite is a classic political statement. The label had a brief existence in its New York incarnation, however, and recording ceased during 1961. The catalog passed into the hands of the popular singer Andy Williams, who reissued some of the catalog on his Barnaby label. In 1988, the British record producer, Alan Bates, purchased the catalog outright, and reissued all of it, as
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    County Records

    • Artists: Matokie Slaughter
    • Releases: Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe
    County Records is a Virginia-based independent American record label founded by David Freeman in 1963. The label specializes in old-time and traditional bluegrass music. Old-time music collector David Freeman started the County Records label in 1963 to focus on music from the rural Southeastern United States. He told an interviewer that he selected the name "County" because it evoked the rural, regional and local aspects of old-time music. Living in New York, Freeman avidly collected recordings from Southern musicians including old-time, bluegrass, country and blues artists. His new label's first release was a reissue of old-time music drawn from his personal collection of 78 rpm recordings from the 1920s and 1930s by Charlie Poole, the Leake County Revelers, Crockett's Mountaineers and similar string bands. A Collection of Mountain Fiddle Music (County 501) was released in 1964, and several similar reissues followed within the 500 series. Around the same time, Freeman met Charles Faurot, an old-time banjo player from Chicago who was also living in New York. Faurot proposed that he make some new recordings of the old-time musicians who were still performing in Virginia and North
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    ISMS Records

    ISMS Records

    • Artists: Duane M. Carter
    • Releases: Never Say Never
    ISMS Records is an Independent jazz record label, established in 2005 by Adolph "Fito" Kahn. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas.
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    Menart

    • Artists: Dan D
    • Releases: Tako Ti Je Mali Moj (Remixes)
    Menart Records is a full-service record label with partner companies in Croatia and Serbia. Menart Records started in the mid-90's in Slovenia only, founded by Boštjan Menart. Menart Records is the exclusive Sony Music licensee for the territories of Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania. As a domestic label, Menart has grown in Slovenia to the leading company in popular music – dominating sales and airplay charts with acts as Atomik Harmonik, Dan D, Siddharta, Tabu, Jan Plestenjak, Magnifico, Alya, Saša Lendero, Turbo Angels, Niet, Rebeka Dremelj and Kingston. Menart has established itself on the top of the Slovenian music industry. Besides releasing physical records, Menart has started in Slovenia the download site mZone.si (early 2008). On this site Slovenian and (on a limited scale) international customers can download domestic and foreign titles. In Croatia Menart has worked in ten year the label to the top. Known for its strong A&R management and creative marketing solutions, Menart has established the following acts in the top of the Croatian popular music scene: The Beat Fleet, Colonia, Hladno pivo, Edo Maajka, Goran Karan,
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    Original Jazz Classics

    • Artists: Odetta
    • Releases: The Paris Concert
    Original Jazz Classics (or OJC) was started in 1983 as an imprint of Fantasy Records. Under this name original editions of jazz LPs have been reissued on CD and formerly on LP and cassette also. The LPs were originally released on Riverside, Prestige and other labels that had been purchased by Fantasy. A limited edition series was begun in the late 1980s; this is now reportedly being deleted. A sister label is Original Blues Classics, organised on similar principles and dedicated to albums by blues performers.
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    Airflex Labs

    Airflex Labs

    • Artists: Flatmate
    • Releases: Vahiné / Wise
    Airflex Labs is a record label as well as an artist and event promoter dedicated to forward-thinking electronic and "bass" music, this includes Dubstep, Techno, Break, Future Bass, and actually everything that we may one day consider valuable to your musical collection. The label is born in 2008 and has become some kind of home for talented people such as Neat, Nekochan, Flatmate, Submerse, Isotroph, Led Piperz, Hubwar, Perkid, Opti, Gritt, Kab Driver, and more. http://www.airflexlabs.com
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    Arista Nashville

    • Artists: Brett James
    • Releases: Blown Away
    Arista Nashville is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment, operated under the Sony Music Nashville division. Founded in 1989, the label specializes in country music artists, including Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. The label previously operated three sister labels: Career Records, Arista Austin and Arista Latin. It was formerly a subsidiary of Arista Records, but after the dissolution, it was not affected and remains a Sony Music label. Arista Nashville was founded in 1989 by Tim DuBois and Clive Davis. Alan Jackson was the first artist signed to the label. Artists signed to the label within its first five years included Asleep at the Wheel, Exile, Rob Crosby, Steve Wariner, Michelle Wright, Pam Tillis, Brooks & Dunn, Diamond Rio, Lee Roy Parnell, Radney Foster, Blackhawk and The Tractors. Brooks & Dunn remained with the label for the entirety of their career. The label founded Arista Texas in 1993, a sub-label specializing in Texas music artists. In 1997, it was split into Arista Austin, which featured Jeff Black, Robert Earl Keen and Abra Moore, and a Spanish-language label called Arista Latin.
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    Atco Records

    • Artists: Bobby Darin
    • Releases: Emotion & Commotion
    ATCO Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, currently operating through WMG's Rhino Entertainment. Atco Records was founded in 1955 as a division of Atlantic Records. It was devised as an outlet for productions by one of Atlantic's founders, Herb Abramson, who had returned to the company from military service. It was also intended as a home for acts that did not fit the format of Atlantic, which at the time was only releasing blues, jazz, and R&B/soul. The Atco name is simply an abbreviation of ATlantic COrporation. Atco's biggest acts during its early years were Bobby Darin and The Coasters. In the early 1960s Atlantic began to license material from international sources for release on Atco, leading to instrumental hit singles from such acts as Jorgen Ingmann, Acker Bilk and Bent Fabric. Starting in the mid-1960s, Atco became a force on the burgeoning rock scene, with American acts such as Sonny and Cher, Buffalo Springfield and Vanilla Fudge. A relationship with manager Robert Stigwood brought The Bee Gees and Cream to the label. In 1964 Atco released a single in the United States by The Beatles, "Ain't She Sweet"; (flip side "Nobody's Child," with lead
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    Curb Records

    • Artists: Jeff Carson
    • Releases: Hard 2 Love
    Curb Records (also known as Asylum-Curb and formerly known as MCG Curb) is an independent record label started by Mike Curb originally as Sidewalk Records in 1963. From 1969 to 1973 Curb merged with MGM Records where Curb served as President of MGM and Verve Records. Throughout the years the Curb Companies have had major successes with such artists as the Stone Poneys (featuring Linda Rondstadt), Eric Burdon and War, Sammy Davis Jr., the Osmond Family (including Donny & Marie), Lou Rawls, Exile, the Righteous Brothers, Solomon Burke, Gloria Gaynor, the Hondells, the Arrows (featuring Davie Allan), Lyle Lovett, Roy Orbison, the Electric Flag (featuring Mike Bloomfield and Buddy Miles), the Sylvers, and the Four Seasons. The Four Seasons comeback album, Who Loves You, including "December 1963 Oh What A Night" which was the first single to spend more than one year on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Curb's roster includes LeAnn Rimes, Hank Williams, Jr., Wynonna, Sawyer Brown, Rodney Atkins, The Bellamy Brothers, Chris Hillman's Desert Rose Band, Lee Greenwood, Neil Sedaka, Steve Holy, The Judds, Hal Ketchum, Jo Dee Messina, Rio Grand, Trick Pony (featuring Heidi Newfield), Mel Tillis,
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    Domo Records

    Domo Records

    • Artists: Kitaro
    • Releases: Peace on Earth
    Domo Records is an independent record label located in Los Angeles, California. Domo Records was established in 1993 by Eiichi Naito, a Record Producer, Recording Engineer and Artist Manager. Domo is an abbreviation and romanization of the Japanese expression dōmo arigatō (どうもありがとう), which means "thank you very much" in Japanese, and this name comes from Naito's great appreciation for artists. Domo Records first signee was Japanese composer Kitarō, who in 1994 won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score with his soundtrack to the movie Heaven & Earth and in 2001, won a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album for Thinking of You. In total, Kitaro's albums with Domo Records have received 11 Grammy nominations. The label has been distributed by Narada, Virgin/EMI Records and Fontana Distribution/Universal; currently it is distributed by Allegro Media Group. The record label's executive team currently includes Eiichi Naito, Dino Malito, Howard Sapper and Hitoshi Saito. Domo Records has continued to sign and develop many talented artists after the success of Kitarō including The Yoshida Brothers, Dave Eggar, David Arkenstone, Peas, Tao Of Sound, Franci, Han, HeavensDust and The Viva
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    Fantasy Records

    • Artists: Claytoven Richardson
    • Releases: Analog Man
    Fantasy Records is a United States-based record label that was founded by Max and Sol Weiss in 1949 in San Francisco, California. They had previously operated a record-pressing plant called Circle Record Company (unrelated to the Circle Records label) before forming the Fantasy label. The early years of the company were dedicated to issuing recordings by Dave Brubeck, Cal Tjader, Vince Guaraldi, and other jazz artists. The label was the first to record in-person performances by Lenny Bruce. In 1949, Jack Sheedy, the owner of a San Francisco–based record label called Coronet, was talked into making the first recording of an octet and a trio featuring Dave Brubeck. (This Coronet Records should not be confused with either the Australia–base Coronet Records or the late 1950s New York–based budget label Coronet Records.) Sheedy's Coronet Records had previously recorded area Dixieland bands. But Sheedy was unable to pay his bills and in 1949 turned his masters over to his record stamping company, the Circle Record Company, owned by Max and Sol Weiss. The Weiss brothers soon changed the name of their business to Fantasy Records and met an increasing demand for Brubeck recording by
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    Nothing Records

    Nothing Records

    • Artists: Nine Inch Nails
    • Releases: The Downward Spiral
    Nothing Records was an American record label, specializing in industrial rock and electronic music, founded by John Malm Jr. and Trent Reznor in 1992. It is considered an example of a vanity label, where an artist is able to run a label, with some degree of independence, from within a larger parent company, Interscope in this case. Nothing Records became largely defunct in 2004, due to legal action. It was still active as a record publisher, but after a few more releases was declared extinct, following the February 2007 inclusion of the Beside You in Time (2007) home video in markets. Nothing Records is most famous for its two original signings, Trent Reznor's own band Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson. Still, the label gained semi-iconic status within the industrial rock scene, and even acquired its own online-fanzine in Sick Among the Pure, although this later became a more general industrial fanzine, and ceased to exist at all in 2005. The Nothing label would often reward its fanbase over the Internet — one form of this outreach was Radio Nothing: an exclusive collection of free MP3 music streams, compiled by Nothing label artists, producers and fans. In September 2004,
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    Urban Records

    • Artists: Shaft
    • Releases: Episode II: New Edition
    Urban Records is a German record label subsidiary of Universal Music Group.
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    ABKCO Records

    • Artists: Mick Jagger
    • Releases: Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!
    ABKCO Music & Records, Inc. is a major independent record label, music publisher, and film and video production company. It owns and or administers the rights to music by Sam Cooke, the Rolling Stones, The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, the Kinks as well as the Cameo Parkway label, which includes recordings by such artists as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, the Orlons, the Dovells, Question Mark & The Mysterians, the Tymes and Dee Dee Sharp. Until 2009, ABKCO administered Philles Records and its master recordings, including hits by the Righteous Brothers, the Ronettes, the Crystals and others (via a licensing deal with EMI Music Publishing, which owned the Philles catalog since the mid-1990s). ABKCO Records is currently distributed by Universal Music Distribution, which also controls distribution of the Rolling Stones' post-ABKCO catalog. In addition to music, ABKCO controls the rights to Alejandro Jodorowsky's early films, including Fando y Lis, El Topo, and The Holy Mountain. Although it rarely releases new music, the label released Believe, an album for charity performed by professional baseball player Nick Swisher. ABKCO is the successor company to a business that
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    Chesky Records

    • Artists: Bucky Pizzarelli
    • Releases: Live From Studio A
    Chesky Records is a record label aimed primarily at audiophiles. For the most part, jazz, Latin jazz, classical, and adult contemporary CDs and DVDs are produced, but they also manufacture high end audio equipment. The label was founded and is run by grammy nominated composer David Chesky and his brother Norman Chesky. Paquito D'Rivera's Portraits of Cuba on Chesky won a Grammy Award. McCoy Tyner, Herbie Mann, and David Johansen and the Harry Smiths have also recorded with Chesky. Two of Chesky's newest releases are Last Alaska Moon by Livingston Taylor and Invitation by Beat Kaestli. David and Norman Chesky also started an audiophile website called HD Tracks. HD Tracks allows customers to purchase high-resolution versions of albums in numerous formats (FLAC, AIFF, etc.). The site contains numerous artists and labels, and more are being added daily.
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    Hip-O Records

    • Artists: Angela Winbush
    • Releases: Ultimate Collection
    Hip-O Records is a record label, currently part of Universal Music Group, which specializes in reissues and compilations. Their Hip-O Select label is currently in the midst of releasing the Complete Motown Singles, a series of fourteen box sets which include both sides of every 45 from Motown Records and its subsidiaries during that company's Detroit era. Their catalog also includes a number of previously unreleased albums and compilations from the Motown vaults. The name "Hip-O Records" is a play on the word "hip" and the already-existing Rhino Records. In fact, the genesis of the formation of Hip-O Records has its roots in Universal Music Group Chairman & CEO Doug Morris' relationship with Rhino. As Co-Chairman of Atlantic Records (part of the Warner Music Group) during the early 1990s, Morris observed Rhino's great financial success at cross country rivals Capitol/EMI. EMI had taken an equity position in Rhino Records as an ideal two way relationship. Rhino provided invaluable assistance in the packaging and marketing of EMI's catalog, and EMI provided Rhino with increasingly difficult to access master recordings. Their association had been extremely prestigious and profitable
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    HMV

    HMV

    • Artists: Ravi Shankar
    • Releases: HMV B2822
    His Master's Voice in abbreviation HMV (also in French La Voix de Son Maître, in German Die Stimme seines Herrn, in Italian La voce del padrone, in Spanish La voz de su amo) is a trademark in the music business, and for many years was the name of a large record label. The name was coined in 1899 as the title of a painting of the dog Nipper listening to a wind-up gramophone. In the photograph on which the painting was based, the dog was listening to a phonograph cylinder. The trademark image comes from a painting by English artist Francis Barraud, A.R.A. and titled His Master's Voice. It was acquired from the artist in 1899 by the newly-formed Gramophone Company. According to contemporary Gramophone Company publicity material, the dog, a fox terrier called Nipper, had originally belonged to Barraud's brother Mark. When Mark Barraud died, Francis inherited Nipper, along with a cylinder phonograph and a number of recordings of Mark's voice. Francis noted the peculiar interest that the dog took in the recorded voice of his late master emanating from the trumpet, and conceived the idea of committing the scene to canvas. In early 1899, Francis Barraud applied for copyright of the
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    Independent record label

    • Artists: Orxata Sound System
    • Releases: The Grotesque Reign of Esoteric Evolution Dismantled
    An independent record label (or indie record label) is a record label operating without the funding of or outside the organizations of the major record labels. A great number of bands and musical acts begin on independent labels. The boundaries between major and independent labels, and the definitions of each, differ from commentator to commentator. In practice, however, the traditional definition of a 'major' record label is one that owns its own distribution channel. Some independent record labels, in particular those with successful performing artists, sign dual-release agreements (and make other deals) with major labels and may rely to some extent on international licensing deals, distribution agreements, and other arrangements with major record labels. Major labels may also wholly or partially acquire independent labels. Other nominally "independent" labels are started (and sometimes run) by major label artists but are still owned at least in part by the major label parent. These spin-off labels are also frequently referred to as vanity labels or "boutique labels" and are intended to appease established, powerful artists and/or to give them latitude in discovering and
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    Island Records

    • Artists: U2
    • Releases: A Woman a Man Walked By
    Island Records is a record label that was founded by Chris Blackwell and Graeme Goodall in Jamaica. It was based in the United Kingdom for many years and is now owned by Universal Music Group. The label now operates as a division of The Island Def Jam Music Group in the United States (where it is now a largely rock-oriented label, much like in its heyday) and as a standalone label in the United Kingdom (also known as Island Records Group or Universal Island). Since 2007, there is also a frontline local artist and repertoire label in Australia known as Island Records Australia, run by Universal Music Australia. Island Records was also the founding company behind the highly influential Anime licensor Manga Entertainment, which has changed hands numerous times during the 1990s and early 2000s. Island Records was founded in Jamaica in 1959 by Chris Blackwell and Graeme Goodall, and partially financed by Stanley Borden from RKO, taking its name from the 1955 Alec Waugh novel, subsequent film and Harry Belafonte hit song "Island in the Sun". The company relocated to the UK in May 1962. Until Blackwell sold the label to PolyGram in 1989, Island was the largest indie record label in
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    Roadrunner Records

    • Artists: Blitzkrieg
    • Releases: Clockwork Angels
    Roadrunner Records is an American record label that concentrates primarily on heavy metal bands. It is a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. It is based in South Bend, Indiana. The label was launched in 1980 in the Netherlands. Roadrunner's initial business was importing North American metal-band recordings into Europe. In 1986, Roadrunner opened its US headquarters in South Bend, Indiana and later opened offices in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, Denmark and the latest in Canada. Early successes included albums from King Diamond (the first Roadrunner artist to enter the Billboard Top 200 albums chart) and Annihilator. The label also handled early Metallica releases in the Scandinavian region. The end of the 1980s saw the release of two albums that are now considered classics of their respective genres: Obituary's Slowly We Rot and Sepultura's Beneath the Remains. The 1990s saw the arrival of acts such as Life of Agony, Machine Head, Suffocation, Type O Negative, and underground grunge rockers Willard. As the 1990s wore on, several of Roadrunner's bands managed to make an impact on the mainstream, most notably Sepultura and Type O Negative. Sepultura's 1993
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    Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    • Artists: Mariachi los Camperos
    • Releases: Little Seed: Songs for Children By Woody Guthrie
    Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the record label of the Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Folkways has focused on documenting, preserving, and disseminating folk and world music. In this way, Smithsonian Folkways has continued the work of Moses "Moe" Asch, who founded Folkways Records in 1948. He sought to document "people's music," spoken word, and world sound. In 1987, the Smithsonian acquired Folkways Records from the Asch estate. Smithsonian Folkways is a branch of the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, which houses the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Another outlet of Smithsonian Folkways is Smithsonian Global Sound. Global Sound uses the the internet to document, record, archive, catalog and digitize music and other verbal arts and distribute them via the World Wide Web. Founded in 1948 by Moses Asch (1905-1986) and Marian Distler (1919-1964) in New York City, Folkways Records & Service Co. sought to record and document sound from the entire world. From 1948 until Asch's death in 1986, Folkways Records released 2,168 albums. The albums were very diverse in content including traditional and contemporary music from
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    Trisol Music Group

    • Artists: L'Âme Immortelle
    • Releases: Fragmente
    The Trisol Music Group - GmbH (or simply, "Trisol"), is a German business group and record label headquartered in Dieburg. Owning multiple sublabels, they specialize in producing musical works pertaining to darkwave, dark folk, gothic rock, deathrock, ethereal wave and other "gothic" genres of music. (Though there are exceptions to this, as Trisol also publishes for musical artists who perform black metal, synthpop, noise music, EBM, "Neue Deutsche Härte", dark ambient, neofolk, horror punk, experimental, etc.) In general they are considered a major European label for works within the realm of Dark Alternative music.
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    Biscoito Fino

    • Artists: Luciana Souza
    • Releases: Em boa companhia
    Biscoito Fino is a record label from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Founded by Olivia Hime (wife of Francis Hime, a famous Brazilian songwriter and pianist) and Kati Almeida Braga.
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    Decksharks

    • Artists: Erik Tronic
    • Releases: snippets concert
    Decksharks is a label that deals mainly with newcomers. There are no style guideline, here, everyone is welcome to the electronic music knows this and also produces itself. Decksharks is not any label by many others. It originated from a specially created for electronic music community, which is currently very strongly established on the Internet. There really good producers get a chance to present themselves and to be heard above all! We show the market the shark teeth and offer you the chance to be there! "Because we love good music" and promote it so! Our team each artist individually supervised and turns your questions. Fast and favorably, maybe a bit to Furious. How you could describe our performance.
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    Dome Records

    • Artists: Brenda Russell
    • Releases: Everything Your Heart Desires
    An R&B- focused label based in the UK.
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    151

    Sumerian Records

    • Artists: Borgore
    • Releases: Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
    Sumerian Records is an American independent record label based in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. The label was founded in 2006 by Ash Avildsen, who is also a booking agent, and is managed by Shawn Keith. Fellsilent became the first non-US band to be signed to the label, in 2008. The label made a deal with the video game series Rock Band to bring its music to Rock Band Network. So far, music from Asking Alexandria, including the songs "The Final Episode (Let's Change the Channel)", "A Prophecy", and "Hey There Mr. Brooks" have been shown with gameplay samples in the game. Songs by Veil of Maya and After the Burial have also been confirmed to be in production. Recently, Sumerian Records teamed up with The Ultimate Warrior to make a Web Series called The Warrior Show In which Warrior gives Sumerian bands an intense workout/ motivation course. The pilot episode of the show featuring Asking Alexandria was released on February 23, 2012. The second episode featuring I See Stars will be released on a later date.
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    Winter & Winter

    • Artists: John Hollenbeck
    • Releases: Traffic Continues
    Winter & Winter is a Munich-based record label that specializes in jazz and improvised music. Stefan Winter, also the founder of the now-defunct JMT Records, is the founder and executive producer of Winter & Winter. The entire JMT catalogue, including recordings by Steve Coleman, Cassandra Wilson, Greg Osby, Django Bates and Paul Motian, is being re-released by Winter & Winter. Winter & Winter has released records by Dave Douglas, Paul Motian, Jim Black, Fred Frith and Uri Caine.
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    Comedy Central Records

    • Artists: Bo Burnham
    • Releases: The Queen Stands Alone
    Comedy Central Records is a record label founded by Jack Vaughn and Comedy Central (part of Viacom's MTV Networks) that puts out comedy albums by comedians that have appeared on their network. The Label is distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance / Warner Music. Comedy Central Records was founded in 2002 by producer Jack Vaughn whom along with Comedy Central had hopes to revive the comedy album. Attitudes to stand-up began to change in 2002 when the channel released an uncensored CD of the network's program "Crank Yankers," which features various human-like puppets making off-color crank calls to one another. The CD ended up selling more than 80,000 copies, turning a nice profit for the network—and started network management thinking about signing their talent to record deals. Since 2002, Comedy Central Records has gradually increased the number of releases to about 10 a year. The low number limits risk. "We make money on 80% to 90% of our releases," Mr. Vaughn says, noting that most new releases in the music industry lose money. The label's biggest hit so far is Dane Cook's "Retaliation," which opened at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200, the best comedy debut since Steve
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    Sonar Kollektiv

    • Artists: Clara Hill
    • Releases: Funkhaus Studio Sessions
    Sonar Kollektiv is a German record label founded in 1997 by the DJ and producer team Jazzanova. The intention was to create an independent record label and publisher connected to a worldwide independent distribution network. With more than 200 catalogue releases over the years, among them artists like Âme, Dixon, Forss, Clara Hill, Fat Freddys Drop, Benny Sings, Dimlite, Rogall, Slope, Eva Be, of course Jazzanova themselves and many more, plus the three very successful compilation series Secret Love, ….Mixing and ...Broad Casting, "Sonar Kollektiv" can claim to be one of the strongest and best-known German labels of our time. Label heads Jazzanova are widely known as figureheads of a genre that used to be labelled NuJazz, but it can hardly be described by the limitations of words like “New” and “Jazz” today. Through their outstanding work as DJs, artists and producers they have become forerunners in the further development of this and many other genres. Helping to stretch its borders while gradually incorporating various influences ranging from dub to Brazil, jazz to house; African music to downbeat and even techno to minimal electronic music, their openness to all kinds of sounds
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    World Circuit

    • Artists: Buena Vista Social Club
    • Releases: Buena Vista Social Club
    World Circuit is a world-music record label, established in London in the mid-1980s, that specializes in Cuban and West African recording artists, among other international music stars. The label's credo was to be an ‘artist led’ label with all aspects of each release tailored to the artist. Twenty years later, this is still key to how World Circuit operate. World Circuit celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2006 by releasing World Circuit Presents..., a 2-disc retrospective compilation album. Its recordings are distributed by Nonesuch/Elektra Records in the USA. In 1986, the label released its first albums, María Rodríguez's La Tremenda and Abdel Gadir Salim's Sounds of Sudan Volume One. World Circuit’s first taste of major success was with the teaming of Ali Farka Touré and Ry Cooder on the 1993, Grammy award winning album, Talking Timbuktu. The album went onto sell over a million copies worldwide; an incredible feat for an album of its kind. During the mid-nineties World Circuit began working with new artists, who would go on to become long-time label stalwarts. Moving away from their usual Latin and West African bias, World Circuit released the album ‘Rumba Argelina’ by Spanish
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    XL Recordings

    • Artists: Lemon Jelly
    • Releases: Valtari
    XL Recordings is an English independent record label owned by Richard Russell. It originated as a 1989 offshoot of Beggars Banquet Records. Though only releasing an average of six albums a year, XL Recordings has worked with The Prodigy, Radiohead, The White Stripes, Dizzee Rascal, M.I.A., Vampire Weekend, The xx, Gil Scott-Heron, Jai Paul, Tyler, the Creator, and Adele. The label releases albums worldwide and operates across a range of genres. The label was launched in 1989 to release rave and dance music. It was originally an offshoot of Beggars Banquet Records' more commercial dance label called Citybeat which was known for records by acts such as Freeez, Starlight, Dream Frequency and the Ultramagnetic MCs. However with the success of acts such as The Prodigy and SL2, XL superseded Citybeat in the company's line up. During the early nineties, XL Recordings releases were dance orientated ranging from Belgium techno (T99 "Anasthasia") to Breakbeat hardcore (SL2 "On a Ragga Tip") to Drum and Bass (Jonny L "I'm Leavin'"). This period of XL's history has been recorded on the XL Recordings Chapters compilation series. In 1993 Halkes left XL to form the EMI-owned commercial dance
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    Motown Records

    Motown Records

    • Artists: Rosie Gaines
    • Releases: Gotta Get a Grip
    Motown is a record company originally founded by Berry Gordy, Jr. and incorporated as Motown Record Corporation in Detroit, Michigan, United States, on April 14, 1960. The name, a portmanteau of motor and town, is also a nickname for Detroit. Now headquartered in New York City, Motown is a subsidiary of The Island Def Jam Music Group, itself a subsidiary of the French-owned Vivendi subsidiary, Universal Music Group. Motown Records was also the name of Gordy's second record label; the first, Tamla Records, began on January 12, 1959. Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music, by achieving a crossover success. In the 1960s, Motown and its soul-based subsidiaries were the most successful proponents of what came to be known as The Motown Sound, a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence. Motown has owned or distributed releases from more than 45 subsidiaries in varying genres, although it is most famous for its releases in the music genres of rhythm and blues, soul and pop. Gordy relocated Motown Records to Los Angeles in 1972 and there it remained an independent company until June 28, 1988, when Gordy sold the company to MCA and Boston Ventures
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    158

    Open Road Recordings

    • Artists: The Road Hammers
    • Releases: Dance With Me
    Open Road Recordings, a division of Maple Core Ltd., is a Canadian country music record label established by Ron Kitchener in 2003 and distributed through Universal Music Canada.
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    159
    Sony Music Entertainment

    Sony Music Entertainment

    • Artists: Mother May I
    • Releases: Soldier of Love
    Sony Music Entertainment (also called SME or Sony Music) is the largest global recorded music company of the "big three" record companies and is controlled by Sony Corporation of America, the United States subsidiary of Japan's Sony Corporation. The company, which evolved into Sony Music, was founded in 1929 as the American Record Corporation (ARC) through the merger of several smaller record companies. In the depths of the Great Depression, the Columbia Phonograph Company (founded in 1888) in the U.S. (including its Okeh Records subsidiary) was acquired by ARC in 1934. ARC was acquired in 1938 by the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS, which itself had been formed by the Columbia Phonograph Company, but then sold off). ARC was renamed Columbia Recording Corporation. The Columbia Phonograph Company had international subsidiaries and affiliates such as the Columbia Graphophone Company in the United Kingdom, but they were sold off prior to CBS acquiring American Columbia. RCA Victor Records executive Ted Wallerstein convinced CBS head William S. Paley to buy ARC and Paley made Wallerstein head of the newly acquired record company. The renamed company made Columbia its flagship label
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    Sony Music Entertainment Japan

    Sony Music Entertainment Japan

    • Artists: SOUL'd OUT
    • Releases: Bitches Brew
    Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. (株式会社ソニー・ミュージックエンタテインメント, Kabushiki gaisha Sonī Myūjikku Entateinmento, often abbreviated as SMEJ, stylized as SonyMusic in television commercial messages and also known as Sony Music Japan for short) is Sony's music arm in Japan. SMEJ is directly owned by Sony Corporation and independent from the United States-based Sony Music Entertainment due to its strength in the Japanese music industry. Its subsidiaries including the anime production enterprise, Aniplex, which was established in January 1997 as a joint-venture between Sony Music Entertainment Japan and Sony Pictures Entertainment, but which in 2001 became a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment Japan. It was prominent in the early to mid 90's producing and licensing music for Anime such as Roujin Z from acclaimed Manga artist Katsuhiro Otomo and Capcom's Street Fighter anime series. Until March 2007, Sony Music Japan also had its own North American sublabel, Tofu Records. Releases of Sony Music Japan now appear on Columbia Records or Epic Records in North America. Releases on Columbia Records in other countries appear on Sony Records in Japan because a competitor, Columbia
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    161
    Chevron Records

    Chevron Records

    • Artists: L.A. Sounds
    • Releases: Pop Goes to the Movies
    Budget U.K. label from the '70s-80s. The releases featured "tribute" versions of pop songs and instrumental tracks by generic names like "L.A. Sounds" or "The Sound Sensations". Chevron issued a high number of budget releases, many of which were only released on cassette, and the label was licenced exclusively to Woolworths' chain store. The Chevron label is now-defunct.
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    162

    Deutsche Grammophon

    • Artists: Gustav Mahler
    • Releases: If on a Winter's Night...
    Deutsche Grammophon is a German classical record label which was the foundation of the future corporation to be known as PolyGram. It is now part of Universal Music Group (UMG) since its acquisition and absorption of PolyGram in 1999, and it is also UMG's oldest active label. It is also the oldest surviving established record company. Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft was founded in 1898 by German-born United States citizen Emile Berliner as the German branch of his Berliner Gramophone Company. Berliner sent his nephew Joseph Sanders from America to set up operations. Based in the city of Hannover (the founder's birthplace), the company had links with the U.S. Victor Talking Machine Company and the British Gramophone Company, but those links were severed at the onset of World War I. In 1941 Deutsche Grammophon was purchased by the Siemens & Halske electronics company. In 1949, Deutsche Grammophon sold the German rights of the His Master's Voice trademark to the Electrola Records unit of EMI. The dog and gramophone were replaced by the crown of tulips, designed by Siemens advertising consultant Hans Domizlaff. In 1962 Siemens formed a joint venture with Netherlands-based Philips to
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    163

    E1 Music

    • Artists: Michael Franks
    • Releases: Traveler
    E1 Music (formerly Koch Records), the primary subsidiary of E1 Entertainment LP, is an independent record label in the United States. It is widely regarded as the top independent record label in the United States, having garnered the most Billboard hits of any independent record label in history. It is also distributed by the Universal Music Group in Europe under the name E1 Universal. On January 22, 2009, Koch Records was officially branded as "E1 Music" by parent company Entertainment One. E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) acquired KOCH Entertainment in June 2005, and renamed the company E1 Music. E1 Entertainment's four primary businesses units, E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Entertainment Distribution, collectively represent E1 Entertainment in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, kids content, Licensing and Distribution. Since its inception as KOCH Records, E1 Music has charted over 100 albums on Billboard's Independent Chart, surpassing the number of titles charted by all other U.S. independent labels. E1 Music has been the number one independent label according to Billboard for the last six years and quickly grew to become North America's
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    164

    Glassnote Records

    • Artists: Mumford & Sons
    • Releases: Embrace the Curse
    Glassnote Records (also known as the Glassnote Entertainment Group) is an independent record label that was launched by American music executive, Daniel Glass, in 2007. The label primarily has a lineup of indie rock and alternative rock artists. The label's music is distributed by Sony Music's RED Distribution. In 2009, the label released French indie rock band Phoenix's fourth album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, which was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2010. In February 2011, Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More became the label's highest charting album, peaking at #2. That same month, Mumford & Sons' single "The Cave" became the label's first Top 40 chart placement on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #27. In 2011, the label released its first hip hop album, Camp by Childish Gambino, the music project of actor and comedian Donald Glover. In the April 28, 2011 issue of Rolling Stone, Glassnote was named Best Indie Label.
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    165

    London Records

    • Artists: Primitive Radio Gods
    • Releases: Swordfish
    London Records, referred to as London Recordings in logo, is a record label headquartered in the United Kingdom, originally marketing records in the United States, Canada and Latin America from 1947 to 1979, then becoming a semi-independent label. London arose from the split in ownership between the British branch of Decca Records and that same company's USA branch; the American London label released British Decca records in the USA, since it could not use the "Decca" name there. They were noted for their classical albums made in then state-of-the-art stereophonic sound. Such artists as Georg Solti, Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti made many, if not all, of their recordings for the company. The London name was also used by British Decca in the UK market to release American labels which British Decca licensed, such as Imperial, Chess, Dot, Atlantic, Specialty and Sun, as well as the first two UK releases from Motown. In the sixties more licensing deals were made with Big Top, Monument, Parrot, Philles and Hi, and London Atlantic, London Monument and London Dot became subsidiaries. (An unusual feature was the letter code in the numbering system: see Catalog numbering systems for
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    166

    Rainbow Entertainment

    • Artists: TiA
    • Releases: GOSSIP
    Rainbow Entertainment Company Limited (株式会社レインボーエンタテインメント, Kabushiki Gaisha Reinbo Entateinmento) is a Japanese management company, which is a part of Tom Yoda's TY Limited Group and was founded on July 7, 2003. Its HQ is in Shibuya, Tokyo. They also co-own Sistus Record with Geneon Universal Entertainment.
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    167

    Telarc International Corporation

    • Artists: Cleveland Quartet
    • Releases: Flesh on Flesh
    Telarc International Corporation is an independent record label, based in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, and founded in 1977 by two classically trained musicians and former teachers, Jack Renner and Robert Woods. Originally a classical music-only label, the label has had a long association with Ohio's two most famous orchestras: the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Telarc has since released music from other styles of music including jazz, blues and country music. In 1996, Telarc merged with another independent label, Heads Up, now a Telarc subsidiary. In late 2005 both Telarc and Heads Up were bought by Concord Records. Today both labels operate as semi-autonomous units on the Concord Music Group. Telarc is noted for the high quality of its recordings, encapsulated in the slogan "The Telarc Sound". Its engineers are highly regarded within the recording business, and have led Telarc to 40 Grammy Awards. In 2004 it received the "Label Of The Year" Award from Gramophone Magazine. Telarc was one of the first labels to begin recording music with a 20-bit analog-to-digital converter
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    168

    Barclay Records

    • Artists: Tereza Kesovija
    • Releases: L'imprudence
    Barclay Records is a French record label founded in the mid-1950s by Eddie Barclay under the alias, Edouard Ruault. Eddie Barclay also founded the Riviera label in the early-1950s. Artists in Barclay Record's extensive back catalog include Dalida, Charles Aznavour, Léo Ferré, Henri Salvador, Jacques Brel, Jean Ferrat, Mireille Mathieu, Danielle Licari, Les Chaussettes Noires, Eddy Mitchell, Hugues Aufray, Noir Désir, Mika, The Wild Magnolias, Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Modjo, Rachid Taha, and Jimi Hendrix. Barclay Records also had operations outside of France, most notably in the United States and Canada. Working with well-known composers and arrangers such as Raymond Lefèvre and Michel Colombier, the Canadian outfit carried such artists as Diane Dufresne, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Claude Léveillée, Claude Dubois, Renée Claude, Stéphane Venne, Isabelle Pierre, Paul Baillargeon, Robert Charlebois, and Béatrice Martin (Cœur de pirate). To note, Eddie Barclay worked with Sid Vicious (bassist of the Sex Pistols) and Malcolm McLaren (manager of the Sex Pistols and the New York Dolls) on the Great Swindle documentary film and album, including Vicious' song "My Way". Barclay Records is currently
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    169

    CTI Records

    • Artists: Patti Austin
    • Releases: Penny Arcade
    CTI Records (Creed Taylor Incorporated) was a jazz record label founded in 1967 by producer/A&R manager Creed Taylor. Initially, CTI was a subsidiary of A&M Records, but the label went independent in 1970. Its roster of artists included George Benson, Bob James, Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, Stanley Turrentine and Deodato. Kudu Records, CTI's sister label, was launched in 1971 and was oriented towards soul jazz, featuring releases by Grover Washington, Jr., Esther Phillips, Hank Crawford, Johnny Hammond, Grant Green and Idris Muhammad. Salvation Records was a subsidiary label which released 10 albums during its existence, including material by Roland Hanna, Johnny Hammond, Gábor Szabó, Airto and New York Jazz Quartet. Greenestreet and Three Brothers were also short-lived affiliated labels. Don Sebesky initially created many of the arrangements for the labels, later joined by Bob James and then, in the mid-70s, David Matthews. Every session featured some of jazz's finest players—bassist Ron Carter, guitarist Eric Gale and organist Richard Tee appeared on many recordings, while Bob James or, in the early years, Herbie Hancock were frequently on piano. Taylor mostly used one studio
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    170
    Kirtland Records

    Kirtland Records

    • Artists: Burden Brothers
    • Releases: A Perfect Day
    Kirtland Records is a record label based in Dallas, Texas. It was founded by John Kirtland, who was formerly the drummer for Deep Blue Something.
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    171

    VIVA Records

    • Artists: Mark Bautista
    • Releases: OPM Side by Side Hits of Lani Misalucha & Marco Sison
    VIVA Records is Philippine record label. It is subsidiary of VIVA Entertainment.
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    172
    Warner/Chappell Music

    Warner/Chappell Music

    • Artists: Molly Sandén
    • Releases: All the Best From
    Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. is an American music publishing company, and a division of the Warner Music Group. The company traces its origins back to 1811 and the founding of Chappell & Company, a music publishing company and instrument shop on London’s Bond Street that, in 1929, began a rapid expansion period under Chairman Louis Dreyfus, including the acquisitions of M. Witmark & Sons, Remick Music Corporation, Harms, Inc., Chappell & Co., and Tamerlane Music, among others. Warner/Chappell was created in 1987 when Warner Brothers Music Chairman Chuck Kaye lead the company to purchase Chappell & Co. and is ranked by Music & Copyright as world’s third-largest music publisher with a catalog of more than one million songs and a roster of more than 65,000 songwriters. Among the songs in the company's library are "Happy Birthday to You" and "Winter Wonderland." In 2007, the company acquired Non-Stop Music. Additionally, in 2010 it acquired 615 Music, a Nashville-based production music company and, in 2011, it acquired Southside Independent Music Publishing and its catalog of hit songwriters, including Bruno Mars, Brody Brown and J.R. Rotem. In 2005, Warner/Chappell sold most of its
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    173
    Young Money Entertainment

    Young Money Entertainment

    • Artists: Lil Wayne
    • Releases: Take Care
    Young Money Entertainment is an American record label founded by rapper Lil Wayne. Young Money's president is Lil Wayne's lifelong friend Mack Maine. The label is an imprint of Cash Money Records and is distributed by Universal Republic Records. Current artists include Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Maroon 5's tour member PJ Morton, Tyga, Mack Maine, Jae Millz, Cory Gunz, Lil Twist, Gudda Gudda, Lil Chuckee, Short Dawg, T-Streets, and Shanell aka SnL. The label has released seven US No. 1 albums: Tha Carter III, Tha Carter IV, and I Am Not a Human Being by Lil Wayne, Thank Me Later and Take Care by Drake, Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded by Nicki Minaj. In October 2007, Lil Wayne said in an interview with Vibe that he had stepped down as President of the label, and had given the position to Cortez Bryant. As of 2009, Mack Maine is serving as President. Rapper Drake signed a joint venture between Cash Money Records and Young Money. President Mack Maine confirmed that Omarion was no longer on the label after many rumours were circulating the internet. To promote their collaboration album We Are Young Money, which was released on December 21, 2009, Young Money artists
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    3 votes
    174

    Gotee Records

    • Artists: Family Force 5
    • Releases: Cold Hard Want
    Gotee Records (established 1994) is a record label founded by dc Talk member Toby McKeehan (professionally known as tobyMac), Todd Collins, and Joey Elwood. The label began as a production company. McKeehan and Collins intended to produce Out Of Eden's Lovin' the Day, but they couldn't find a label to sign the act to, and so formed Gotee Records and began distributing the band's material on their own. The label was a part of EMI Christian Music Group, however they bought back EMI's minority share to become fully independent again as of March 31 2008. Toby McKeehan is currently the president of the company and as of 2009, the label is currently distributed by Warner Bros. Records. McKeehan got the name "Gotee" from the song "Socially Acceptable" on dc Talk's album Free at Last. A member of the band GRITS was doing the background vocals, and he was saying, "Let it go, T, let it go." ("T" refers to Toby). McKeehan happened to be growing a goatee on his face at the time, and when Mark Heimermann pointed out the coincidence, he decided to name his new record company, "Gotee Records". However, McKeehan does not publish his own albums under this title; instead he publishes his own records
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    Sony Masterworks

    Sony Masterworks

    • Artists: Yo-Yo Ma
    • Releases: Yanni- Live From El Morro, Puerto Rico
    Sony Masterworks is a record label. It is the result of a restructuring of Sony Music Entertainment's classical music division. Before the acquisition of Bertelsmann's shares in the former Sony BMG, the label was known as Sony BMG Masterworks. Its formation marked the merger of the Sony Classical and BMG Classics (including RCA Red Seal) product lines. Gilbert Hetherwick was the president of the label from January 2005 through November 2006, displacing Peter Gelb who was the head of Sony Classical before the merger. Hetherwick claimed (as of 2005) the label may reissue between one hundred and two hundred historical recordings per year. Hetherwick left in November 2006, to be replaced by Alex Miller, a former BMG Employee. The label owns rights to famous recordings dating from the 20th century and late 19th century, by artists such as Enrico Caruso, Arturo Toscanini, Mario Lanza, Fritz Reiner, Artur Rubinstein, Jascha Heifetz, Vladimir Horowitz, Eugene Ormandy and Van Cliburn as well as from more recent performers such as Yo-Yo Ma, and Joshua Bell. It is also responsible for Sony BMG's immense archives of film scores (including scores for such films as Star Wars, The Phantom of the
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    176

    Alternative Tentacles

    • Artists: T.S.O.L.
    • Releases: God Loves Everyone But You
    Alternative Tentacles is an independent record label originally based in San Francisco, California and was established in 1979. It was originally used as the label name by the Dead Kennedys for the self-produced single "California Über Alles", and after realizing the potential for an independent label, they released records for other bands as well. Dead Kennedys guitarist East Bay Ray and vocalist Jello Biafra formed the original Alternative Tentacles partnership, but the label is now run by Biafra, who became the sole owner in the mid-1980s. Alternative Tentacles went on to launch some of the most original bands of the alternative/punk scene including releasing records (which were later released by other labels) by bands including The Dicks, 7 Seconds, and the Butthole Surfers. The early compilation titled Let Them Eat Jellybeans! served to introduce American punk to the rest of the world. Some of the best known bands that have come through Alternative Tentacles are Dead Kennedys, NoMeansNo, D.O.A. and Alice Donut. In addition to musical acts, Alternative Tentacles also publishes spoken word albums, many by Jello Biafra himself. Another common theme of Alternative Tentacles
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    177

    Astralwerks

    • Artists: Alpinestars
    • Releases: Elysium
    Astralwerks is a New York-based record label that releases primarily electronic music. It is owned by Virgin Records/EMI and distributed by Caroline Distribution in the United States. Below is an overview of the artists that have released material on Astralwerks. A number of the acts listed below are only distributed by Astralwerks, as it licenses a number of European acts for the US market.
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    178
    Capitol Records Nashville

    Capitol Records Nashville

    • Artists: Keith Urban
    • Releases: True Believers
    Capitol Records Nashville is a major United States-based record label located in Nashville Tennessee operating as part of the Capitol Music Group. Capitol Nashville was formerly known as Liberty Records from 1989 until 1995 when it was changed back to Capitol in 1993 Liberty opened a sister label Patriot Records but it was closed in 1995. In 1999 EMI launched Virgin Records Nashville but by 2001 Capitol absorbed the short lived label Capitol Nashville remained a stand alone label until 2010 when it launched EMI Nashville. Capitol Nashville is also home to several successful comedy artist's which remain on their roster today. On March 23, 2011, Alan Jackson signed with Capitol's EMI Nashville division in conjunction with his own ACR Records label.
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    Hollywood Records

    Hollywood Records

    • Artists: Prozzäk
    • Releases: Breakout
    Hollywood Records is an American record label focusing on pop, rock, alternative and teen pop genres. It was founded in 1989 and is one of the major Disney Music Group labels. Its current roster includes artists such as: Queen, Plain White T's, Jesse McCartney, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Breaking Benjamin, Jessica Sutta, Lucy Hale,Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez & the Scene, Valora, Cherri Bomb, Stefano Langone, Bridgit Mendler, and Zendaya Coleman. Hollywood Records was founded in 1989 by Michael Eisner with the idea of expanding the music operations of Disney Enterprises Inc. (then reduced to the release of the soundtracks of Walt Disney, Touchstone, and Hollywood Pictures films) and to develop and promote the careers of a wide variety of artists in various genres. However, the label struggled to launch a successful artist, and in 1991 the label had significant financial loss. The only major success was the agreement to be the catalog distributors of Queen, a fact affected by the death of vocalist Freddie Mercury. Label problems continued and even years after the acquisition of Mammoth Records in 1997 was seen as a sign of the search by Disney for a record label that
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    180

    Iso

    • Artists: David Bowie
    • Releases: A Reality Tour
    Iso is a record label created by David Bowie after he left Virgin Records, which has been bought by Sony. It has released the album Reality.
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    181

    Nuclear Blast

    • Artists: Belphegor
    • Releases: Stalingrad
    Nuclear Blast is an independent record label and mail order record distributor with subsidiaries in Germany, the United States and Brazil. The record label was founded in 1987 by Markus Staiger in Germany. Originally releasing hardcore punk records, the label moved on to releasing albums by melodic death metal, grindcore, power metal and black metal bands, as well as tribute albums. Nuclear Blast is widely respected as the top label for the death metal scene, along with fellow non-RIAA label Century Media. The label's main office is in Donzdorf, Göppingen. Nuclear Blast America and Century Media work together as a strategic partnership between the two independent metal labels. They are distributed through RED Distribution. At their inception, Nuclear Blast focused on releasing hardcore records by bands like Agnostic Front, Attitude and Stark Raving Mad. They progressed toward metal in 1990, however, signing and distributing dozens of artists such as Dimmu Borgir and Hypocrisy. They have also released a series of compilation albums called Death Is Just the Beginning. More recent signings include many recognizable names such as Edguy, Nightwish, Symphony X, and Suffocation. Nuclear
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    182

    Razor & Tie

    • Artists: Kelly Sweet
    • Releases: In the Time of Gods
    Razor & Tie is a New York-based corporation founded in 1990 by Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam. The company encompasses a record label with major label distribution (by Sony Music Entertainment and Sony-owned RED Distribution), a home video company, a media buying company, a music publishing business, a marketing, promotion and sales team, and a direct marketing operation. Early in their existence, the label concentrated on "greatest hits" compilations by otherwise unanthologized artists (Ivory Joe Hunter, Jules Shear, et al.). Razor & Tie now represents musicians producing music in folk, dance, metal, pop, rock, soul and world genres. Razor & Tie is perhaps best known for its Kidz Bop compilations, which take the latest pop hits and rework them as sung by children. Other products include videos such as the Sweating in the Spirit workout series and various DVD reincarnations of the For Dummies series.
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    183

    Rhino Entertainment

    • Artists: The Average White Band
    • Releases: The UFO Has Landed: The Ry Cooder Anthology
    Rhino Entertainment Company is an American specialty record label and production company. It is owned by Warner Music Group. Rhino was originally a novelty song and reissue company during the 1970s and 1980s, releasing compilation albums of pop, rock & roll, and rhythm & blues successes from the 1950s through the 1980s. They were also known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Richard Pryor, Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. Starting during the late 1980s, Rhino transitioned into a complete entertainment company specializing in home video/DVD re-issues of television programs such as The Transformers, G.I. Joe, Jem, The Lone Ranger, My Favorite Martian, The World of Sid & Marty Krofft collection and Mystery Science Theater 3000, and compact disc releases of select artists and movie soundtracks. Rhino started as a record shop on Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, during 1973, run by Richard Foos. It became a record distributor five years later thanks to the effort of then-store manager Harold Bronson. Their early releases were mostly novelty records (with their first single being Wild Man Fischer's "Go To Rhino Records") and some punk rock
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    Asylum Records

    Asylum Records

    • Artists: Kevin Sharp
    • Releases: Electra Heart
    Asylum Records is an American record label founded in 1971 by David Geffen and partner Elliot Roberts, who had previously worked as agents at the William Morris Agency. Founded specifically to provide a record contract for Jackson Browne, the label signed Tom Waits, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, The Eagles and Bob Dylan for two albums. It was taken over by Warner Communications (now the Warner Music Group) in 1972, and merged with Elektra Records to become Elektra/Asylum Records. After various incarnations, today it is geared primarily towards hip-hop, along with rock and alternative metal. It is owned by Warner Music Group, and is currently distributed through Warner Bros. Records. Asylum was founded in 1971 by David Geffen, and partner Elliot Roberts, who had previously worked as agents at the William Morris Agency, and operated a folk/rock label. They founded their own management company, and when Geffen was unable to get a recording contract for Jackson Browne, one of his clients at the time, Geffen and Roberts founded Asylum specifically to sign Browne. Asylum's early releases were distributed by Atlantic Records. The same year, Asylum signed John David Souther, Judee Sill,
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    185

    East West Records

    • Artists: Project Pitchfork
    • Releases: Little Earthquakes
    East West Records (stylized as eastwest from 1990 to 2000) is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, and operates under WMG's Independent Label Group. Upon its creation in 1955 by Atlantic Records, the label had one hit with The Kingsmen (a Bill Haley & His Comets offshoot) and went into hibernation until 1990, when Atlantic revamped the imprint as EastWest Records America. Atlantic senior VP Sylvia Rhone was appointed Chairman/CEO of the fledgling label. Under Rhone's leadership, EastWest shot to mega success with several multiplatinum acts, such as: Simply Red, En Vogue, Pantera, Yo-Yo, Das EFX, Snow, Gerald Levert, AC/DC, Dream Theater, Missy Elliott and MC Lyte. EastWest also distributed other imprints, such as: Interscope Records, Motor Jams Records, Mecca Don Records and The Goldmind Inc. In 1991, EastWest merged with its Atlantic sister label Atco Records, briefly calling itself “Atco/Eastwest Records.” In 1993, Atco's name was dropped and the company continued to operate under the EastWest name once more. While in the United Kingdom, the brand was applied to many of the WEA artists such as Simply Red, Chris Rea and The Beloved. In 1994, Rhone was appointed
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    186

    Mosaic Records

    • Artists: Don Pullen
    • Releases: Complete Anita O'Day Verve/Clef Sessions (disc 5)
    Mosaic Records is an American specialist jazz record label, founded in 1983 by Michael Cuscuna and Charlie Lourie (current partner Fred Pustay, joined in 1994) to issue coherent limited edition box sets (initially on LP) of jazz recordings by individual musicians, which had fallen out-of-print. Mosaic headquarters are located at 35 Melrose Pl, Stamford, Connecticut (the Mosaic logo can be seen outside), while the information bureau is located at the adjoining 425 Fairfield Avenue. The sets would be leased from the major record companies, usually for a three- or five-year period, with the edition limited to a specific number of copies. Sometimes the complete catalog of a label would appear: the complete masters of Milt Gabler's Commodore Records were contained in three sets consisting of some 66 LPs. In 2003 the company initiated the Select series of smaller sets, not necessarily "complete" in the usual sense. In 2006, the company began a third line, Mosaic Singles, a series dedicated to reissuing individual albums on CD which have not previously been available in US editions, or at all. Mosaic's sets are primarily sold and distributed directly to customers, initially promoting
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    187

    Universal Motown Records Group

    • Artists: Melissa Jimenez
    • Releases: Abnormally Attracted to Sin
    Universal Motown Republic Group, also abbreviated as UMRG, was an umbrella label founded in 1999 by Universal Music Group to oversee the labels assigned to its unit. UMRG was formed in 1999 by pooling together Universal Records, Motown Records, and Republic Records, all of which are now defunct, but which gave way to the current incarnations of those labels at the time, Universal Motown Records and Universal Republic Records. Universal Motown Republic Group was one of the three Universal Music Group umbrella units in North America to deal primarily with mainstream pop, rock, and urban performers; the others being: The Island Def Jam Music Group (now named The Island Def Jam Motown Music Group) and Interscope-Geffen-A&M. Barry Weiss served as Chairman & CEO of the Company. In the summer of 2011, changes were made at the Universal Motown Republic Group umbrella, Motown Records was separated from Universal Motown Records (causing it to shut down and transfer it's artists to either Motown Records or Universal Republic Records) and the umbrella label and merged into the The Island Def Jam Music Group, making Universal Republic Records a stand alone label and shutting down Universal
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    Pablo Records

    • Artists: Ella Fitzgerald
    • Releases: Afro Blue Impressions
    Pablo Records was a record label founded by Norman Granz in 1972, some ten years after he had sold his jazz labels (including the world-famous Verve Records) to MGM Records. Pablo initially featured recordings by acts that he managed: Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson and Joe Pass. Later, recordings by Count Basie, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan were added. Milt Jackson and Paulinho da Costa recorded for Pablo from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. In 1987 the label was acquired by Fantasy Records, who continued to release previously unissued recordings using the Pablo name.
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    Shout! Factory

    • Artists: Local H
    • Releases: The Complete Beat Disc 1
    reason Shout! Factory is an entertainment company founded in 2003 that was started by Richard Foos (co-founder of Rhino Records), Bob Emmer (former Warner Music Group and Rhino executive) and Garson Foos (former Rhino executive) initially as a specialty music label. It focuses on enriched music catalog reissues, home video/DVD projects, and television properties. Conceived as a retro pop culture label, Shout! Factory DVD projects include live music shows (by acts such as X, The Blasters, Heart, and Barenaked Ladies), music documentaries (The Fearless Freaks, about The Flaming Lips, and The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, about The Sex Pistols), animation (including multiple Home Movies seasons, Pucca, and Code Monkeys), live-action television (Freaks and Geeks, My So-Called Life, Inside the Actors Studio, California Dreams), as well as productions by DIC (including the Mario television shows, The Legend of Zelda, and the Sonic the Hedgehog television shows) and sports (including Major League Baseball and Warren Miller ski titles). While Shout! Factory CD and music DVD products are distributed by Sony Music Entertainment, their non-music DVD titles have been distributed by Vivendi
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    EMI

    EMI

    • Artists: Wir sind Helden
    • Releases: The Dark Side of the Moon
    The EMI Group, also known as EMI Music or simply EMI, was a British multinational music company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It was the fourth-largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry and was one of the big four record companies (now the "big three"). EMI Group also had a major publishing arm, EMI Music Publishing – also based in London with offices globally. EMI was a member of the RIAA & IFPI. The company was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, but faced financial troubles and $4 billion dollars in debt, leading to its acquisition by Citigroup in February 2011. Citigroup's ownership was temporary, as it announced in November 2011 that it would sell its music arm to Vivendi's Universal Music Group for $1.9 billion, and EMI's publishing business to a Sony/ATV consortium for around $2.2 billion. Other members of the Sony consortium include Blackstone and Abu Dhabi-owned investment fund Mubadala. Both before and after the sale announcement, Universal Music Group pledged to sell off EMI assets to the value of half a billion euros. Electric and Musical Industries Ltd was formed in March 1931 by the merger of the Columbia Graphophone
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    MCA Records

    MCA Records

    • Artists: Trisha Yearwood
    • Releases: Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight
    MCA Records was an American-based record company owned by MCA Inc., which later gave way to the larger MCA Music Entertainment Group (now Universal Music Group), of which MCA Records was still part. MCA Records was absorbed by Geffen Records in 2003. MCA's country division, MCA Nashville Records, is a still active imprint of Universal Music Group Nashville. MCA,Inc., a powerful talent agency and a television production company, entered the recorded music business in 1962 with the purchase of the New York-based US Decca Records (established in 1934), including Coral Records and Brunswick Records. MCA was forced to exit the talent agency business in order to complete the merger. As American Decca owned Universal Pictures, MCA assumed full ownership of Universal and made it into the top film studio in town, producing hit after hit. In 1966, MCA formed Uni Records and in 1967 purchased Kapp Records which was placed under Uni Records management. The U.S. and U.K. Decca companies were forced to sever their ties because of World War II. MCA's U.S. based Decca Records had the rights to the Decca name in North and South America and parts of Asia including Japan. U.K. Decca owned the rights
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    Milan Records

    • Artists: Terence Blanchard
    • Releases: Resident Evil: Afterlife
    Milan Records is a record label located in Los Angeles, California specializing in film scores and soundtrack albums. In addition, Milan boasts an extensive electronic catalog which features down-tempo, chillout, and eclectic electronic releases. Milan Entertainment was founded in 1978 by Emmanuel Chamboredon, who is still the CEO and President of the company. In the 1980s, Milan branched off to include Editions Milan Music and Editions Jade, the brand name under which all spiritual and classical music would fall. Seeing the need for a presence in America, Milan Records US was established first in NYC in the late 1980s. It later relocated to Los Angeles, CA. Editions Milan Music became the Milan Records of today, at the forefront of music and film with soundtrack releases like The Secret in Their Eyes, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Pan's Labyrinth, The Queen, and Flags of Our Fathers, along with new artists releases, in the electronic genre, Emilie Simon or in the bluegrass genre, The Devil Makes Three. Editions Jade became Jade Music, and a third sub-label known as Chicooligan is the brand name on which all Milan vinyl is released. Soundtracks Artists and Compilations
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    Mountain Apple Company

    • Artists: The Brothers Cazimero
    • Releases: Nostalgia
    The Mountain Apple Company is a record label based in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi that specializes in traditional and contemporary music of Hawaiʻi, as well as other artists with a connection of Hawaiʻi. It was founded in 1974 by Jon de Mello, who remains its chief executive officer.
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    Qwest Records

    • Artists: Claytoven Richardson
    • Releases: Never Felt So Good
    Qwest Records is the American record label started by Quincy Jones in 1980 as a joint venture with Warner Bros. Records, and owned by Warner Music Group. although Jones was still under contract with A&M records through 1981. George Benson's 1980 Give Me the Night LP was the first release on Qwest, although this release was shared with Warner Bros. Records, where George was under contract. One of the first artists signed to Qwest was goddaughter Patti Austin, producing Every Home Should Have One in 1981. Although it focused on the R&B market primarily, its most notable signings were Frank Sinatra (whom Jones produced in the 1960s), Tevin Campbell, Radiance, and British post-punk groups New Order and Joy Division. Quincy Jones - NME - May 1990 The label also ventured into hip hop music during the 1990s. Qwest also discovered R&B artist Tamia, who enjoyed a long career. The gospel group the Winans signed with the label in 1985. Tata Vega was also signed and released Now I See through Qwest. The joint venture was shut down in 2000, with Warner Bros. Records acquiring the remainder. The then-current roster was either absorbed by Warner Bros., dropped, or left in limbo. In 2006, select
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    Anticon

    • Artists: Themselves
    • Releases: I'm Slow, but I'm Sloppy / Did I Step on Your Remix
    Anticon (often styled as anticon.) is an independent record label based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1998 by seven musicians and manager Baillie Parker. It is now collectively owned among six musicians, co-founder Baillie Parker, and manager Shaun Koplow. The original musicians signed to Anticon were once referred to as the Anticon collective. The label's roster of artists has been described as "the hip-hop equivalent of post-rock" and "avant-garde hip-hop". Releases feature material created by its members, affiliates, and extended musical family. Although Anticon cohered originally within alternative hip hop circles, Anticon's founders have become only tangentially related to hip hop, and the label has begun releasing music in the indie rock and electronica genres. Artists signed to Anticon are based on the West Coast, the East Coast, the Midwest, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The artists within the collective have been known to perform and release music in solo and group form. Artists on the label are known for frequent collaboration, both within and outside of their own collective. However, the Anticon collective has over time evolved into a group of separate
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    Avex Trax

    • Artists: 8-Ball
    • Releases: Got to Be Remixes !
    Avex Trax (エイベックス トラックス, Eibekkusu Torakkusu) (stylized as avex trax) is a record label owned by Japanese entertainment conglomerate Avex Group. The label was launched in September 1990, and was the first label by the Group. Two years after Max Matsuura became busy in distributing studio albums from other countries, he and his two co-founders of Avex, Tom Yoda and Ken Suzuki, decided to operate their own label to compete with the older and more experienced labels (i.e. Nippon Columbia, Nippon Crown, Toshiba-EMI, CBS Sony, Nippon Phonogram and PolyGram K.K., etc.). This led to the birth of the Avex Trax label. Some of their artists include Japanese artists such as AAA, Ai Otsuka, Namie Amuro, Do As Infinity, Every Little Thing, Gackt, Girl Next Door, Ayumi Hamasaki, Mai Oshima, Seikima-II, DREAM5, S2nd and Tokyo Girls' Style, as well as foreign artists such as BoA, TVXQ, After School, CSJH The Grace, 2NE1 (under Rhythm Zone), Super Junior, O-Zone., U-KISS and Lights Over Paris. In 2011 they start to support and Kis-My-Ft2.
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    Cuneiform Records

    Cuneiform Records

    • Artists: Thinking Plague
    • Releases: Univers Zero
    Cuneiform Records is an independent record label based in Silver Spring, Maryland. The label releases a mixture of musical styles, including progressive jazz, modern fusion music, progressive rock, the Canterbury Scene (and related artists) and electronic music. Cuneiform has introduced many notable new acts over the years, in addition to documenting work of the past, such as its release of the entire Heldon catalog and several archival Soft Machine recordings. The label operates in tandem with a mail-order retailer, Wayside Music, which dates back to 1980. Artists who have released albums or reissues on the label:
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    PolyGram

    • Artists: Survivor
    • Releases: Roots of a Revolution
    PolyGram was the name of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. In 1999 it was sold to Seagram and merged into Universal Music Group. In 1929, Decca Records (London) licensed record shop owner H.W. van Zoelen as a distributor in the Netherlands. By 1931, his company Hollandsche Decca Distributie (HDD) had become exclusive Decca distributor for all of the Netherlands and its colonies. Over the course of the 1930s, HDD put together its own facilities for A&R, recording and manufacture. HDD was commercially successful during World War II because of the absence of American and British competition. Van Zoelen wanted to sell to Philips so that HDD would have sufficient financial backing when their major competitors returned after the war. This led Philips to buy HDD in 1942. In the mid-twentieth century, the majority of large recording companies manufactured both gramophones and records; Philips CEO Anton Philips noted the risk in creating gramophones without an interest in music recording and record manufacture, and that Radio Corporation of America (RCA) had merged with the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1929 for
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    Reprise Records

    • Artists: Wilco
    • Releases: Live from Madison Square Garden
    Reprise Records is an American record label, founded in 1960 by Frank Sinatra. It was mostly inactive from 1976 to 1987. It is owned by Warner Music Group, and operated through Warner Bros. Records. Reprise (pronounced rih-PREEZ) was formed in 1960 by Frank Sinatra in order to allow more artistic freedom for his own recordings. Hence, he garnered the nickname "The Chairman of the Board." Having left Capitol/EMI, and after trying to buy Norman Granz's Verve Records, the first album Sinatra released on Reprise was Ring-a-Ding-Ding! As CEO of Reprise, Sinatra recruited a host of his cronies for the fledgling label, such as fellow Rat Pack members Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. The original roster from 1961 to '63 included Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford, Rosemary Clooney, Esquivel and stand-up comedian Redd Foxx. The label still issues any Sinatra work recorded while on the label and, after his death in 1998, it had great success with his greatest hits collections. One of the label's founding principles under Sinatra's leadership was that each artist would have full creative freedom, and at some point complete ownership of their work; including publishing rights. This is the reason why
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    Riverside Records

    Riverside Records

    • Artists: Thelonious Monk
    • Releases: The Wes Montgomery Trio
    Riverside Records was a United States record label specializing in jazz. Founded by Orrin Keepnews and Bill Grauer under his firm Bill Grauer Productions, Inc. in 1953, the label was a major presence in the jazz record industry for a decade. Riverside headquarters were located in New York City, at 553 W 51st Street. Almost all their new jazz recordings were produced by Keepnews, who served as creative head of the label (and several subsidiaries, most notably Jazzland Records), with Grauer directing the company's sales and business operations. Initially the company was dedicated to reissuing early jazz material licensed from the Chicago-based Paramount Records label and Gennett Records. Reissued artists included Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Ma Rainey and James P. Johnson, but the label began issuing its own contemporary jazz recordings in April 1954, beginning with pianist Randy Weston. In 1955 the Prestige Records contract of Thelonious Monk was bought out and Monk was signed by Riverside, where he remained for the next five years. During the next few years, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Charlie Byrd, Johnny Griffin and Wes Montgomery made substantial contributions to
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    Roost Records

    • Artists: Johnny Smith
    • Releases: Diz 'n Bird at Carnegie Hall
    Roost Records (also known as Royal Roost Records) was a record label established in 1949, primarily to record jazz, taking its secondary name from the New York club with which it was associated. The saxophonist Stan Getz, early in his career, was the most celebrated musician to record for the label, though recordings by guitarist Johnny Smith are also highly regarded. It was acquired by Morris Levy in 1958 and incorporated into Roulette Records.
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    Studio !K7

    • Artists: Swayzak
    • Releases: Tapes
    Studio !K7 is an independent record label based in Berlin, Germany that focuses mostly on electronic music. The name is an abbreviation of the company's original Berlin address, Kaiserdamm 7 (they have since relocated to Heidestr. 52). !K7 has since opened branch offices in New York City, Hamburg, London, and Tokyo. It has four independent imprints as part of the K7 label group. !K7, Gold Dust, Strut and Rapster. K7 has a licensing deal with the New York based indie label Frenchkiss Records, distributes the labels BBE, District 6, Environ, Get Physical, Ghostly International, Kindred Spirits, Lo Recordings, R2, Rushhour, Skint, Salt Records and Muthas Of Invention and has a music publishing company. Studio !K7 today is best known for producing electronic music artists and especially for the DJ-Kicks compilations. Its history finds its beginnings back in 1985 with the idea of releasing digital video clips. 1991 saw the release of the first of the 3LUX series (three volumes), followed by the X-Mix series (from 1993 to 1998), the specially mixed DJ sets, also available on longform videos. In 1995, the DJ-Kicks series came to life. Its concept was innovative, since complete albums with
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    Arhoolie Records

    • Artists: Big Mama Thornton
    • Releases: La Musique Creole
    Arhoolie Records (El Cerrito, California) is a small record label run by Chris Strachwitz. The label was founded by Strachwitz in 1960 as a way for him to record and publish previously obscure "down home blues" artists such as Lightnin' Hopkins, Snooks Eaglin and Bill Gaither. Arhoolie still publishes blues and folk music, Tejano music including Lydia Mendoza and regional Mexican music, cajun, zydeco, and bluegrass... the best of "roots" music. Other artists who recorded for the Arhoolie label include: Dave Alexander, Nathan Beauregard, Juke Boy Bonner, Clifton Chenier, Elizabeth Cotten, Jesse Fuller, Earl Hooker, John Jackson, Mance Lipscomb, Robert Shaw, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Whistlin' Alex Moore, George 'Bongo Joe' Coleman, Charlie Musselwhite, Doctor Ross, Bukka White, Big Joe Williams, Silas Hogan, Mercy Dee Walton, Black Ace, The Campbell Brothers, BeauSoleil, Jerry Hahn, the Savoy Family Band, the Pine Leaf Boys, The Klezmorim, and Rose Maddox.
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    Big Machine Records

    • Artists: Trisha Yearwood
    • Releases: Speak Now
    Big Machine Records is an independent American record label specializing in country music artists. It was launched in 2005 by former DreamWorks Records executive Scott Borchetta. The label was part of a joint venture between Borchetta and country singer Toby Keith, although Keith dropped his affiliation in 2006. Big Machine is based in Nashville, Tennessee, and is distributed by Universal Music Group. The label has six Grammy Awards, awarded to Taylor Swift. In November 2007, Big Machine Records founded a subsidiary imprint called Valory Music Group. Acts signed to this roster include Jimmy Wayne (who was formerly signed to Big Machine), Jewel, and Justin Moore. By late 2008, the label began promoting Canadian acts Adam Gregory and Emerson Drive, who are also signed to Midas Records. Big Machine ended promotion for the two artists in 2009. Reba McEntire joined Valory in 2009, in association with her own label, Starstruck. Big Machine joined with Universal Republic Records in June 2009 to found a new label, Republic Records Nashville.
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    One Little Indian Records

    • Artists: The Sugarcubes
    • Releases: Voltaïc
    One Little Indian Records is a London-based independent record label that rose from the ashes of punk record company Spiderleg Records. It was set up in 1985 by members of various anarchist punk bands, and managed by ex-Flux of Pink Indians Derek Birkett. The first success came with A.R. Kane and Flux of Pink Indians in 1986. Success continued with Kitchens of Distinction, the Sugarcubes, Sneaker Pimps, The Shamen, Skunk Anansie, Björk, Chumbawamba, and Alabama 3. In 1990 One Little Indian created several autonomous satellite labels including Clean-up Records, Elemental Records, Partisan Records, Fat Cat Records—all of which had success, with artists such as Sneaker Pimps, Alabama 3 (A3), and Sigur Rós. In 1997 and 2001, One Little Indian also acquired some of the old Rough Trade Records and Nude Records labels, and the rights to several albums previously released by spinART Records. In 2009, after a 45-year partnership with EMI, Paul McCartney decided to end all ties with them and move his entire collection of solo material to One Little Indian Records, giving them the rights to repackage and re-release some of his most prized records. McCartney along with Youth recently released
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    Reunion Records

    • Artists: LaRue
    • Releases: The Struggle
    Reunion Records is a Christian music record label based in Brentwood, Tennessee, USA, and operating under the Provident Label Group. The label was founded in 1982 by Dan Harrell and Mike Blanton. The label was formed by Amy Grant's managers (with Harrell being her brother-in-law), with the label's original intent to give new artist Kathy Troccoli a home after being rejected by the major labels at the time. Troccoli, Michael W. Smith, and Rich Mullins were the label's first three artists. a new distribution deal with Geffen Records. In 1992 50% of Reunion Records was sold to BMG and by 1995 the other half was also acquired by BMG. For a time following the BMG acquisition they distributed through RCA Records. From 1995 until 1996, it was part of Arista Records (a BMG company). In October 1996 the label was sold to Zomba Records. Through eventual consolidation, it is now part of Sony Music Entertainment. Mike Blanton and Dan Harrell partnered with Steve Thomas to create BHT Entertainment in 2003. The label signed a distribution agreement with Word Records. The roster of artists, updated April 16, 2012:
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    Shitkatapult

    • Artists: Apparat
    • Releases: OvalDNA
    Shitkatapult is a German record label which focuses on electronic music, spanning both IDM and techno. The label was founded by Marco Haas and Marcus Stotz in 1998, and is now run by Haas and Apparat (Sascha Ring). Besides the work of Haas and Apparat, Shitkatapult has released music by Anders Ilar, Håkan Lidbo, Das Bierbeben and Fenin amongst others.
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    Tôt ou tard

    • Artists: Vincent Delerm
    • Releases: Canta
    Tôt ou tard is a French record label, founded in 1996 as a break-off from Warner Music Group, which has been independent since 2002. It can be translated as "Sooner or later" in French. Vincent Frèrebeau heads the label, which has about thirty bands and artists signed to it (in 2005).
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    Ultimae Records

    • Artists: Aes Dana
    • Releases: Random Friday
    Ultimae Records is a French record label, based in Lyon. The company was founded by the members of Aes Dana; Vincent Villuis and Sunbeam (aka Mahiane). They release and distribute various ambient and trance music. List of recording artists who currently or formerly recorded for Ultimae Records:
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    Fearless Records

    • Artists: Bigwig
    • Releases: Speak In Code
    Fearless Records is an alternative rock-oriented record label that has been signing artists since 1994. Fearless is based in Westminster, California and are best known for their early pop-punk moments captured in the Fearless Flush Sampler and Punk Bites releases, as well as additional releases by bands such as Bigwig and Dynamite Boy, and later Sugarcult, Plain White T's, The Aquabats, and post-hardcore releases by At the Drive-In. However, the label has experimented with different styles in recent years. Acts like Blessthefall, Tonight Alive, Mayday Parade, Breathe Carolina and The Maine have showcased post-hardcore and alternative bands that have emerged in recent years. Fearless Records' releases are currently distributed nationwide by RED Distribution, Alternative Distribution Alliance and East West Records. Bob Becker started Fearless Records when he was selling his friends records at their shows. He would also go to record stores and put their records on consignment. The record label name came from Bob not knowing what he was doing at the time and "not being afraid to jump in head first." Fearless Records was officially formed in 1994. In 2000, Fearless Records released Punk
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    Columbia Records

    Columbia Records

    • Artists: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
    • Releases: Kind of Blue
    Columbia Records is an American record label, owned by Sony Music Entertainment, operating under the Columbia Music Group. It was founded in 1888, evolving from an earlier enterprise, the American Graphophone Company—successor to the Volta Graphophone Company. Columbia is the oldest brand name in pre-recorded sound, being the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. Columbia Records went on to release records by an array of notable singers, instrumentalists, and bands. From 1961 to 1990, its recordings were released outside the U.S. and Canada on the CBS Records label (for Columbia Broadcasting System, its parent from 1938 to 1988) before adopting the Columbia name in most of the world. Until 1989, Columbia Records had no connection to Columbia Pictures, which used various other names for record labels they owned, including Colpix and later Arista; rather, it was connected to CBS, which stood for Columbia Broadcasting System, a broadcasting media company which purchased Columbia Records in the late 1930s, and which had been co-founded in 1927 by Columbia Records itself. Though Arista was later sold to BMG, it is now a sister label to
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    Domino Records

    • Artists: Hood
    • Releases: In Our Heads
    Domino Recording Company, generally known as Domino, is an independent record label based in London. There is also a wing of the label based in the United States, releasing Domino artists' music from the label's Brooklyn offices and run by Kris Gillespie, as well as a German division called Domino Deutschland and a French division called Domino France. In addition, Stephen Pastel presides over the subsidiary label Geographic Music, which releases more unusual British and World music. In 2011, the company announced that it was beginning a book publishing division, The Domino Press. Founded in 1993, by Laurence Bell and his partner Jacqui Rice, the label's first release was the Sebadoh EP Rocking the Forest, licensed from Sub Pop records for release in the UK. Many of the early releases were by American artists who in the USA were signed to Drag City (Smog, Will Oldham, Royal Trux), a relationship which continues to this day. Success was not immediate, as labels such as Domino, who were releasing more established American rock and unusual British music, were marginalised during the Britpop era, but a steady stream of new signings gave the label increasing credibility. Recent high
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    Verve Records

    • Artists: Ella Fitzgerald
    • Releases: Quiet Nights
    Verve Records is an American jazz record label now owned by Universal Music Group. It was founded by Norman Granz in 1956, absorbing the catalogues of his earlier labels, Clef Records (founded in 1946) and Norgran Records (founded in 1953), and material which had been licensed to Mercury previously. The Verve catalog grew throughout the 1950s and 1960s to include most of the major figures in jazz. It also recognized the potential of comedy albums, producing Spike Jones' first LP, Dinner Music for People Who Aren't Very Hungry, in 1956 and several best-selling albums featuring live performances by Shelley Berman beginning in 1960. Granz sold Verve to MGM in 1961 for $3 million. Creed Taylor was appointed as producer, and adopted a more commercial approach, cancelling several contracts. Taylor brought the bossa nova to America with the Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd LP Jazz Samba as well as Getz/Gilberto. Several arrangers of note worked for the Verve label too in the 1960s, including Claus Ogerman and Oliver Nelson. Claus Ogerman, by his own admission in Gene Lees' Jazzletter publication, arranged some 60-70 albums for Verve under Creed Taylor's direction from 1963-1967. In 1964, Taylor
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    AFM Records

    • Artists: Avantasia
    • Releases: The Industrialist
    AFM Records GmbH is a music label based in Schwalmstadt, Germany. They focus on the heavy metal musical genre, signing bands such as U.D.O., Doro, Kotipelto, Masterplan, Nostradameus, and Annihilator. In 2005, Candlelight Records signed a cooperative deal with AFM to mutually release and market several titles.
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    Attack Records

    • Artists: Morrissey
    • Releases: John Holt Showcase Platinum Edition
    Attack Records ran originally from 1969 to 1980 as an imprint of Trojan Records. Notable artists included The Pioneers, Gregory Isaacs, I-Roy, Big Youth and The Upsetters. In 2003 it was revived for British singer Morrissey and the label Sanctuary Records, to become his vanity label. Current artists on the Attack roster include Morrissey, Nancy Sinatra, Jobriath and James Maker. Morrissey's 2004 album, You Are the Quarry has sold in excess of 700,000 copies for the label.On June 2008 they signed up and coming Cardiff band All But Chris who are currently producing their debut album.
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    BNA Records

    • Artists: Pat Green
    • Releases: Welcome To The Fishbowl
    BNA Records, formerly known as BNA Entertainment, was a label group that shared ties with Arista Nashville and RCA Nashville from parent company Sony Music Nashville, which itself is a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, BNA featured country music acts on its roster. The company derived its name from the IATA and ICAO airport codes for Nashville International Airport. The label was founded by Boomer Castleman, who sold it to BMG Music in 1993. In August 2011, Sony Nashville announced a major corporate restructuring which included the merger of Columbia Nashville into BNA. The BNA name was retired in June 2012, with the last remaining artists moving to a newly-re-established Columbia Nashville.
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    Candlelight Records

    • Artists: Scariot
    • Releases: Industrialist
    Candlelight Records is an independent record label based in Europe founded by former Extreme Noise Terror bassist Lee Barrett, though it has had a division in the United States since January 2001. Candlelight Records specialises in black metal and death metal, having bands such as Emperor, Obituary, 1349, Theatre of Tragedy, Xerath, and Zyklon on its roster. The label is notable for putting out early releases from influential bands such as Opeth and Emperor. Candlelight Records is in co-operation with Appease Me Records and AFM Records. 1349, Abigail Williams, The Atlas Moth, Age of Silence, Anaal Nathrakh, Ashes,* Averse Sefira, Blut Aus Nord, Carnal Forge, Crionics, Crowbar, Dam, Daylight Dies, Defiance, Divinity, Eastern Front Emperor, Epoch of Unlight, Falloch, Forest Stream, Furze, Gnaw Their Tongues, Grimfist, Horned Almighty, Ihsahn, Illdisposed, Imperial Vengeance, Insomnium, Kaamos, Kontinuum, Lost Eden, Manes, Mithras, Myrkskog, Nebelhexe, Novembers Doom, Octavia Sperati, October File, Omnium Gatherum, Onslaught, Paganize, Pantheon I, Rose Funeral, Sear Bliss, Savage Messiah, The Seventh Cross, Sigh, Starkweather, Stonegard, Subterranean Masquerade, Thine Eyes Bleed,
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    Chrysalis Records

    • Artists: Jethro Tull
    • Releases: Cupid
    Chrysalis Records ( /ˈkrɪsəlɪs/) was a British record label that was created in 1969. The name was both a reference to the pupal stage of a butterfly and a combination of its founders names, Chris Wright and Terry Ellis. It started as the Ellis-Wright Agency. Chrysalis entered into a licensing deal with Chris Blackwell's Island Records for distribution, based on the success of bands like Jethro Tull, Cat Stevens, Robin Trower and Procol Harum, which were promoted by the label. Jethro Tull signed with Reprise Records in the United States, which led Chrysalis to an American distribution deal with Reprise's parent company, Warner Bros. Records. This lasted from 1972 until U.S. Chrysalis switched to independent distribution in 1976. PolyGram handled international distribution and Festival Records covered Australia and New Zealand. Towards the end of the 1970s, the Chrysalis offshoot 2 Tone Records brought in bands such as The Specials and The Selecter. In 1979 Chrysalis bought and distributed the U.S. folk label Takoma Records, naming manager/producer Denny Bruce as president, who signed The Fabulous Thunderbirds and T-Bone Burnett. Jon Monday who was Vice President of Takoma Records
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    Dead Oceans

    • Artists: Dirty Projectors
    • Releases: There's No Leaving Now
    Dead Oceans is an independent record label based jointly in Bloomington, Indiana and Austin, Texas. The label has a small, but powerful roster of well-known acts including Akron/Family, John Vanderslice, Califone, Phosphorescent, Bishop Allen, Casey Dienel's band White Hinterland, Bowerbirds, and The Tallest Man on Earth. After nearly a decade managing Misra Records, Phil Waldorf jumped ship to form Dead Oceans in 2007. Run side by side with sister labels Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar, Dead Oceans is co-owned by the partners behind Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar (Ben Swanson, Chris Swanson, Darius Van Arman, Jonathan Cargill) with Phil Waldorf. Dead Oceans shares the Bloomington, Indiana work staff of its sister labels, but Waldorf acts as its A&R from his current location in Austin, Texas. Taken from their official website, the label "will focus on bold and timeless recordings, not emphasizing a particular genre or scene, but instead fostering a diverse stable of sound-creators".
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    Def Jam Recordings

    • Artists: Black Buddafly
    • Releases: Live From The Underground
    Def Jam Recordings is an American record label, focused primarily on hip hop and urban music, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group. In the UK, the label takes on the name Def Jam UK and is operated through Mercury Music Group, while in Japan, it is Def Jam Japan operating through Universal Sigma Music. Def Jam was created by Rick Rubin in his dorm room in Weinstein Hall at New York University and its first release was a single by his punk-rock group Hose. Russell Simmons joined Rubin shortly after they were introduced to each other by Vincent Gallo. The first single released with a Def Jam Recordings logo was T La Rock & Jazzy Jay's "It's Yours." The first releases with Def Jam Recordings catalog numbers were LL Cool J's "I Need a Beat" and the Beastie Boys' "Rock Hard," both in 1984. The singles sold well, eventually leading to a distribution deal with CBS Records (which would later become Sony Music Entertainment) through Columbia Records the following year. This created a short-lived subsidiary label called OBR Records, catered toward R&B artists — the first artist signed to that imprint was Oran "Juice" Jones, who enjoyed
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    Eleven seven music

    • Artists: Buckcherry
    • Releases: Band of Brothers
    Eleven Seven Music is a record label founded by Allen Kovac, who is the CEO of 10th Street Entertainment. Eleven Seven has recently enjoyed success with the rejuvenated Buckcherry, whose label debut has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M. was named president in early 2008. Eleven Seven was named "Rock Label of the Year" in 2008 by Friday Morning Quarterback. In 2009 Eleven Seven Music started sublabel called Five Seven Music which is currently home for Jet and She Wants Revenge.
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    Fat Possum Records

    • Artists: Andrew Bird
    • Releases: Sweet Heart Sweet Light
    Fat Possum Records is an American independent record label based in Oxford, Mississippi. At first Fat Possum focused almost entirely on recording hitherto unknown Mississippi blues artists (typically from Oxford or Holly Springs, Mississippi). Recently, Fat Possum has signed younger rock acts to its roster. The label has been featured in a New Yorker article, a piece on NPR, and a 2004 documentary, You See Me Laughin. Founded by former Living Blues magazine editor Peter Redvers-Lee and Matthew Johnson in 1992, the label initially specialised in discovering blues players from the North Mississippi region, many of whom had never recorded before. At Fat Possum's behest some artists, particularly R. L. Burnside, released both standard blues albums and more "techno" albums, done in the style that would later be made famous by Moby's album Play. This led to a fair amount of controversy among blues purists, a group in which Johnson was largely uninterested. Many of the early artists for Fat Possum were picked with the aid of New York Times music critic Robert Palmer, who also produced a number of records for the label. Although their releases were critically acclaimed, particularly Junior
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    Impulse! Records

    • Artists: John Handy
    • Releases: "Live" At The Village Vanguard
    Impulse! Records was an American jazz record label, originally established in 1960 by producer Creed Taylor as a subsidiary of ABC-Paramount Records, based in Santa Monica. John Coltrane was among Impulse!'s first signings and thanks to the consistent sales and critical kudos generated by his recordings, the label came to be known in retrospect as "the house that Trane built". Impulse's parent company, ABC-Paramount Records, was established in 1955 as the recording division of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). ABC had benefitted from the US government antitrust actions of the 1940s and 1950s, through which major broadcasters and film studios were forced to divest parts of their companies. In the early 1950s ABC acquired the Blue Network of radio stations from NBC and later merged with the newly independent Paramount Theaters chain, formerly owned by Paramount Pictures. The new recording division was originally headquartered at 1501 Broadway, above the famous Paramount Theatre in Times Square. Under the leadership of ex-Paramount Pictures executive Leonard Goldenson, ABC "sought to establish itself as a cross-media force in television, theatres and sound recordings" (Kahn,
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    Mercury Records

    • Artists: Con Funk Shun
    • Releases: Comme un manouche sans guitare : Le Live
    Mercury Records is a record label operating as a standalone company in the UK and as part of the The Island Def Jam Music Group in the US; both are subsidiaries of Universal Music Group. There is also a Mercury Records in Australia, which is a local artist and repertoire division of Universal Music Australia. In the United States, Universal Music Group Nashville administers the Mercury Records Nashville label. Mercury Record Corporation was founded in the American city of Chicago in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. They were a major force in jazz and blues, classical music, rock and roll, and country music recordings. Early in the label's history, Mercury opened two pressing plants, one in Chicago and the other in St. Louis, Missouri. With the use of automatic presses and providing 24-hour turnaround, they went into direct competition with major recording labels such as Columbia, Decca, and RCA Victor. By hiring two promoters, Tiny Hill and Jimmy Hilliard, they penetrated the pop market with names such as Frankie Laine, Vic Damone, Tony Fontane and Patti Page. Rather than rely on radio airplay, Mercury initially relied to jukeboxes to promote their music. In
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    Parlophone

    • Artists: Radiohead
    • Releases: Pablo Honey
    Parlophone is a record label that was founded in Germany in 1896 by the Carl Lindström Company as Parlophon. The British branch was formed in 1923 as "Parlophone" which developed a reputation in the 1920s as a leading jazz label. It was acquired in 1927 by the Columbia Graphophone Company which later became EMI. George Martin joined in 1950 as assistant label manager, taking over as manager in 1955. Martin produced and released a mix of product including comedy recordings of The Goons, the pianist Mrs Mills, and teen idol Adam Faith. In 1962 Martin signed rising new Liverpool band The Beatles. With Cilla Black, Billy J. Kramer, the Fourmost, and contemporary Mancunian band The Hollies also signed to the label, Parlophone in the 1960s became one of the world's most famous and prestigious record labels. For a long time Parlophone claimed the best selling UK single "She Loves You", and the best selling UK album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The label also achieved placement of seven singles at #1 during 1964, when it also claimed top spot in the album charts for 40 of the 52 weeks during that year. Founded in Germany in 1896 by the Carl Lindström Company, the brand name
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    Ralph Records

    • Artists: The Residents
    • Releases: Against the Grain
    Ralph Records was The Residents' original record label, the name coming from the somewhat colorful phrase "calling Ralph on the porcelain telephone." Ralph was founded in 1972, shortly after the group had moved to San Francisco, when the band realized that they were the only people who would be willing to publish their work. They "unincorporated" themselves as The Residents Uninc. and managed the new company under that name. One of the group's members could draw, so they gave the company a graphic design wing called Porno Graphics, aka Pore-Know Graphics, aka Poor No Graphics, aka Porneaugraphics, etc., and the whole operation was run out of their new two-story building at 18 Sycamore St. in the Mission District. They named their studio El Ralpho, spoofing Sun Ra who had named his El Saturn. Ralph's first release was December 1972's Santa Dog (RR-1272), a two-disk single which was mailed out for free to about three hundred people — friends, radio stations, even Richard Nixon and Frank Zappa were sent copies (though Zappa's was returned—he had moved). This was followed by the band's first album, Meet the Residents (RR-0274), recorded in 1973 and released in 1974. They had trouble
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    Rounder Records

    • Artists: Skeeter Davis
    • Releases: Nobody Knows You
    Rounder Records, originally of Cambridge, Massachusetts, but now based in Burlington, Massachusetts, is a record label founded in 1970 by Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin and Marian Leighton-Levy, while all three were still university students. It once served as a major distributor and central sales location for other independent labels specializing in roots music, at one point representing as many as 450 other labels. In the 1990s, though, the company cut back on the distribution effort in order to focus on its own productions. In the early 2000s, shortly after the merger of the PolyGram and MCA label families, Rounder signed a manufacturing and distribution deal with Universal Music, which also purchased an interest in the label. Starting with blues, blues-rock, string band, and bluegrass, Rounder expanded to over 3,000 titles of folk, soul, soca, Cajun, and Celtic. The name was chosen partly because of its association with the band Holy Modal Rounders. The word rounder also means a hobo or tramp. One of their earliest successes was the blues-rock band George Thorogood and the Destroyers. One of the label's projects is the Alan Lomax Collection, a series of releases of the work of the
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    Arts & Crafts

    • Artists: Stars
    • Releases: Logic Will Break Your Heart
    Arts & Crafts Productions is a Toronto-based independent artist services company, offering expertise as an independent record label, management firm, merchandiser and music publisher both in Canada and internationally. Launched in 2002 with the release of Broken Social Scene's critically acclaimed album You Forgot It in People, Arts & Crafts has released more than 50 albums from 30 artists, earning 15 JUNO Awards along the way. Arts & Crafts is regularly touted as one of Canada's most important record labels. Arts & Crafts (also referred to as "A&C") was launched as a music company in 2002 by friends Jeffrey Remedios, a former Virgin Records executive and Kevin Drew, who co-founded flagship group Broken Social Scene (BSS) with Brendan Canning. The partnership was originally intended as a vehicle for self-release and artist management of Broken Social Scene's breakthrough album You Forgot It in People, and the structure quickly formed as a platform to release albums and manage the careers of artists directly affiliated with members of Broken Social Scene. In addition to BSS albums the labels first releases were by Stars, Jason Collett, Feist, Apostle of Hustle and Valley of the
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    EMI Records

    • Artists: Frank Ifield
    • Releases: Aux héros de la voltige
    EMI Records is the British flagship record label founded by the EMI company in 1972 and launched in January 1973 as the successor to its Columbia label. The EMI label was launched worldwide. The global success that EMI had enjoyed in the 1960s exposed the fact that the company only had the rights to some of its trademarks in some parts of the world, most notably His Master's Voice and Columbia, with RCA Victor Records and the American Columbia Records owning the rights to these trademarks in North America. Complicating matters was the formation by American Columbia of its own operations in the UK by purchasing Oriole Records and changing its name to that of its then parent company CBS (the legal trademark designation bearing the full name of the parent company, "Trade Mark of Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc."), and becoming highly successful, a serious rival to EMI, in the UK. EMI Records picked up the English Columbia roster and signed new acts that became global successes, such as Kraftwerk, Queen, Olivia Newton-John, Iron Maiden, Kate Bush, Sheena Easton and Robbie Williams (though some of these acts were on different labels in the United States, not EMI's Capitol Records). In
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    Favored Nations

    • Artists: Johnny A.
    • Releases: Story of Light (Deluxe)
    Favored Nations Entertainment is a record label founded in 1999 by guitarist Steve Vai and former Guitar Center owner Ray Scherr. The first studio album released by the label was Coming to Your Senses by guitarist Frank Gambale in 2000. Soon afterwards, a variety of artists such as Eric Johnson, Dweezil Zappa, Johnny A., Larry Carlton, Eric Sardinas, and Steve Lukather, Neal Schon, Johnny Hiland, Stanley Jordan and Novecento, Allan Holdsworth, John Petrucci, Marty Friedman, The Yardbirds, Dave Weiner and Peppino D'Agostino had also signed to Favored Nations. Favored Nations was followed by separate branches called Favored Nations Acoustic in 2002 and Favored Nations Cool in 2004. Pro-Found is a sister label that is basically a promotional tool for Favored Nations artists through the Favored Nations and ProFound websites.
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    Celtboy Records

    Celtboy Records

    • Artists: Na'Bodach
    • Releases: Kilted Warriors
    Celtboy Records is a small, US based record company specializing in Celtic, Americana and Military music. Yes…we said Celtic, Americana and Military. The eclectic collection of genres makes for new and interesting crossovers that appeal to a unique fan base. Launched in 2003 by and featuring albums by the Neo-Celtic, US band, Na’Bodach, military music artist Andy Redmond ("Kilted Warriors") and the soon to be released debut of Burningtime, a progressive electric folk ensemble. (www.celtboy.com) Celtboy Records distributes online. Albums are available in hard copy and/or digital format.
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    Cooking Vinyl

    Cooking Vinyl

    • Artists: AC Acoustics
    • Releases: A History of Now
    Cooking Vinyl is a UK-based independent record company, founded in 1986. Its original orientation was toward contemporary folk music—notably Billy Bragg, and Michelle Shocked's Texas Campfire Tapes, recorded on a Sony Walkman, one of its first releases. Since then the label has grown and diversified into releasing rock (The Lemonheads, The Donnas, Killing Joke, The Mission), indie (The Charlatans, Art Brut, Idlewild), punk (Dropkick Murphys, Less Than Jake, The Buzzcocks, The Undertones and Blondie), electronica (The Prodigy, Nitin Sawhney, The Orb) and eclectic records such as Mexican Institute Of Sound. They appointed the7stars as their media planning and buying agency in 2008. The Hot Pot Music subsidiary was set up in 2004 with the intention of reissuing out-of-print reggae and dub albums.
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    Eleven: A Music Company

    • Artists: Silverchair
    • Releases: The Ol' Razzle Dazzle
    Eleven: A Music Company is an Australian record label known for its small but successful roster, including Silverchair, Gotye, and Missy Higgins. The company was founded on 11 November 2000 by leading artist manager John Watson. John Watson grew up in Townsville, Queensland. He worked in independent record stores there while still at high school then left Townsville with local indie band, The Spliffs in 1986. In the late 1980s Watson worked as a freelance music journalist while completing an honours degree in politics at the University of New South Wales. In 1991 he became the Sydney based Artist and Repertoire manager for Sony Music Australia and later also became the company's Director of International Marketing. In 1994 the young rock trio Silverchair came to Watson's attention. After being jointly responsible for signing the band to the new Murmur imprint he left Sony, became Silverchair's manager and founded John Watson Management. Under Watson's guidance Silverchair had immediate worldwide commercial success and have since gone on to sell more than six million CD's and achieve five #1 albums in Australia. When Silverchair's deal with Sony ended in 2000, Watson formed Eleven:
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    PS Classics

    • Artists: Jeff Harnar
    • Releases: Porgy and Bess (New Broadway Cast)
    PS Classics is a record label that specializes in musical theatre and standard vocals. Founded in 2000 by Grammy-nominated freelance producer Tommy Krasker and singer/actor Philip Chaffin, their releases have been critically acclaimed for their meticulous sonic detail and high-quality packaging and artwork. Recent Broadway cast recordings from PS Classics include Xanadu, The Frogs, the revivals of 110 in the Shade, Pacific Overtures, Fiddler On The Roof, and Nine, as well as the premiere recordings of Grey Gardens, A Year with Frog and Toad, My Life With Albertine, Zanna, Don't!, Through The Years, Striking 12, Only Heaven and First Lady Suite. In May, 2006, PS Classics released their first London cast album, the London revival of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George. PS Classics has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, for the cast albums of Company, Grey Gardens, Assassins and Nine. In an unprecedented move, it recorded Grey Gardens twice, replacing the off-Broadway recording with a complete Broadway recording. The latter recording was Grammy nominated. Having a long-standing association with Stephen Sondheim, the label has released seven albums of work by the
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    Rise Records

    • Artists: Drop Dead, Gorgeous
    • Releases: Decoder
    Rise Records is an Oregon-based record label. Rise was founded in 1991 by Craig Ericson in Nevada City, California. He released a small number of 7" records before putting the label on hiatus to attend college. Ericson didn't release anything further until 1999, after moving to Portland, Oregon. He began issuing small-print 7" records, and his first CD release came in 2000, from the group One Last Thing. The label gave a strong foundation to bands Anatomy of a Ghost, Ever We Fall who later signed with Hopeless Records and Fear Before the March of Flames who signed to Equal Vision Records. Later signees, including Drop Dead, Gorgeous, Breathe Carolina and The Devil Wears Prada gained considerable popularity while with Rise, and moved on to larger labels such as Interscope Records, Fearless Records and Ferret Records, respectively. Rise has also signed some veteran bands like Hot Water Music, Bouncing Souls, The Bled, Bleeding Through, and From First To Last. Rise Records' releases are currently distributed nationwide by ADA. The label is currently made up of 34 bands. On February 3, 2010, Rise records announced the development of an imprint label called Velocity Records. The
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    Stretch Records

    • Artists: Avishai Cohen
    • Releases: The Ultimate Adventure
    Stretch Records was established in 1997 by pianist/composer/producer Chick Corea and music industry veteran Ron Moss. The label claims to promote "music with no boundaries" though it has mostly released jazz music. Corea is the main artistic director of the label which is marketed and distributed by Concord Records. Stretch Records has released albums by such artistes as Bob Berg, Avishai Cohen, Eddie Gomez, John Patitucci, Bud Powell (Stretch Archives), Wallace Roney, and Dave Weckl, among others. Corea and Moss initially launched the label in 1992 with John Patitucci's Heart of the Bass, (distributed by MCA) though there was no significant output until Stretch joined with Concord in February 1997.
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    Wagram Music

    • Artists: Bérurier Noir
    • Releases: Pauline Croze
    Wagram Music is a French independent record label located in Paris. It has a catalog in various music genres such as French Pop, Rock and Hard rock, Pop, World, electronic music, Reggae, Soul, Jazz (particularly Gypsy jazz) or Electro-swing. Represented artists include Jessy Matador, Caravan Palace, Corneille, Mass Hysteria, Amadou & Mariam, and Gérald Genty.
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    Capitol Records

    Capitol Records

    • Artists: Steve Miller Band
    • Releases: Works
    Capitol Records is a major American record label, formerly located in Los Angeles, but as of 2011 operating in New York City as part of Capitol Music Group. Its former headquarters building, the Capitol Tower, is a major landmark near the corner of Hollywood and Vine. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Music Group. The Capitol Records Company was founded by songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of fellow songwriter and film producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs (1910–1971), owner of Music City, at the time the biggest record store in Los Angeles. Johnny Mercer first suggested the idea of starting a record company while he was golfing with Harold Arlen and Bobby Sherwood. He told them, "I’ve got this idea of starting a record company. I get so tired of listening to the way everyone treats music. I keep feeling they’re selling out. And I don’t like the way artists are treated either. Bing Crosby isn’t the only one who can make records. I don’t know, I think it would be fun." By 1941, Mercer was not only an experienced songwriter, but a singer with a number of records to his name. Mercer next suggested starting a record company
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    Costas Andreou

    Costas Andreou

    • Artists: Costas Andreou
    • Releases: Transpacific EP
    Costas Andreou (Greek: Κώστας Ανδρέου) is a musician from Athens, Greece. He processes the sounds of fretted and fretless electric bass in real time, creating multi-level soundscapes. The organic instrument sound is processed with analog and digital effects and looped in real time, using various live looping techniques and a number of delay, feedback, tape and loop devices. The textures, the themes, the melodies and the soundscapes are created via improvisation and often are further processed during mixing. He has collaborated with musicians, film and theatre directors, actors, dancers, visual artists, online applications designers and new media artists. His music is available to preview and download from the iTunes Store worldwide.
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    Crisher Entertainment

    Crisher Entertainment

    • Artists: Clint Crisher
    • Releases: It Can Happen To You "The Remixes"
    CE can produce quality designs from advertising promotions to album covers and web design. With a wealth of experience designing Crisher Entertainment (CE) specialize in: Artist/Project Solicitation, Corporate/Online Representation, Album and Web Design, MySpace Design and Promotion, Photography, Artist Management, Agent Representation, Music instrument lessons and Dance Training. Clint Crisher and the CE team of trained Models, Actors, Singers, Dancers, Makeup Artists and Vocal Talent are in high demand for: Magazines, Editorials, Runway, Fashion Shows, Fittings, Promotional Events, Conventions, Hair Shows,  Advertisements, Catalogues and more... CE Talent is currently being used for: TV Commercials, Radio Commercials, Television Shows, Sit-Coms, Soap Operas, Feature Films, Independent Films, Videos, Corporate Events and Special Events
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    Downtown Records

    • Artists: Eagles of Death Metal
    • Releases: Born Villain
    Downtown Records is a record label owned and operated by Downtown Music LLC. Music on the Downtown label is distributed by Universal Music's Fontana Distribution and, for certain releases, as a joint venture with Atlantic Records and also for select releases, by Alternative Distribution Alliance. In addition to the sister label Mercer Street Records, Downtown has label partnerships with Dim Mak Records, Fool's Gold Records and Mad Decent. Downtown Music Publishing is the sister publishing company of Downtown Records which publishes most of the Downtown artist/writer roster. Downtown Records: Mercer Street Records:
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    ECM

    • Artists: Keith Jarrett
    • Releases: Pendulum
    ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) is a record label founded in Munich, Germany, in 1969 by Manfred Eicher. While ECM is best known for jazz music, the label has released a wide variety of recordings, and ECM's artists often refuse to acknowledge boundaries between genres. ECM's motto is the Most Beautiful Sound Next to Silence, taken from a 1971 review of ECM releases in CODA, a Canadian jazz magazine. The label was distributed in the USA by Warner Bros. Records, PolyGram Records, BMG, and, since 1999, by Universal Music, the successor of PolyGram. Its album covers have been profiled in two books thus far, Sleeves of Desire and Windfall Light, both published by Lars Müller. The first ECM release was Free at Last in 1969 by American pianist Mal Waldron. For some years the label specialised in jazz, releasing recordings by pianists Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Paul Bley, Egberto Gismonti and Art Lande; saxophonist Jan Garbarek, vibraphonist Gary Burton; drummers Jon Christensen and Paul Motian; guitarists Pat Metheny, John Abercrombie, Ralph Towner, Bill Connors and Terje Rypdal; bassists Eberhard Weber, Arild Andersen, Charlie Haden and Dave Holland; and the Art Ensemble of
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    Harvest Records

    • Artists: Jeff Lynne
    • Releases: Wish You Were Here
    Harvest Records was a progressive rock label of EMI, active from 1969 to 1984. Harvest Records was created by EMI in 1969 to market progressive rock music and to compete with Philips' Vertigo and Decca's Deram labels, initially under the direction of Malcolm Jones and Norman Smith. Harvest was distributed in North America by EMI's US arm, Capitol Records. With a launch release by The Edgar Broughton Band, it was home to such classic artists as Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, Barclay James Harvest, Climax Blues Band, Syd Barrett, Kevin Ayers and Little River Band; Harvest also promoted more experimental styles of music. In addition, Harvest was the European licensee for the American label Blue Thumb Records from 1969 to 1971. Harvest Records' focus changed slightly as the 1970s drew to a close, beginning with the signing of post-punk groups Wire, The Saints and The Banned. New Wave artists Thomas Dolby and Duran Duran released their debut albums on the label in North America. Iron Maiden's first three albums were also released in the US by Harvest Records. Pink Floyd switched to Capitol after the release of The Final Cut in 1983. In the US, Capitol
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    Kingdom Builders Productions

    Kingdom Builders Productions

    • Releases: The Angel Sat Down
    Kingdom Builders Productions was founded by Roderick L. Evans. Its vision is to strengthen and encourage the Body of Christ through audio and visual mediums. In addition, Kingdom Builders Productions has future plans to promote the gospel of Christ through stage and drama productions.
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    Ninja Tune

    • Artists: DJ Food
    • Releases: Interludes After Midnight
    Ninja Tune is a British independent record label started by DJs Matt Black and Jonathan More, better known as Coldcut and managed by Peter Quicke. The label was one of the first in Britain to consistently embrace and release artists that create and perform new forms of electronic dance music since the 1990s, notably hip hop and breakbeat. The label now releases music of various genres and distributes other record labels, including Big Dada, Brainfeeder, Motion Audio and Counter Records . The label is also one of the radio stations in the video game Sleeping Dogs. Inspired by a visit to Japan, Black & More (Coldcut) primarily created Ninja Tune in 1990 to act as a vehicle by which they could release music of a more underground nature, free from the restraints placed on artists by major labels (the same restraints that were put on them via their brief stints with Arista and Big Life). In 1994, Matt Black's close friend Mixmaster Morris introduced Matt to Openmind - a DJ & design collective in Camberwell - at the Telepathic Fish chill-out club they were running. Openmind included Kevin Foakes aka Strictly Kev of DJ Food. After submitting a re-styled company logo he was employed by
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    Odeon Records

    Odeon Records

    • Artists: The Beatles
    • Releases: Amor Doloroso
    Odeon Records was a record label founded in 1903 by Max Straus and Heinrich Zuntz of the International Talking Machine Company in Berlin, Germany. It was named after a famous theatre in Paris, whose classical dome appears on the Odeon record label. Straus and Zuntz bought from Carl Lindström the company that he had founded in 1897. They transformed the Lindström enterprise into a public company, the Carl Lindström A.G. and purchased in 1903 among many other record companies Fonotipia Records including their Odeon-Werke International Talking Machine Co. m. b. H. In 1904 Odeon launched the first double-sided gramophone records. The American Record Company began doing pressings of 10¾-inch blue-shellac discs for Odeon to export to Europe in 1905 or 1906, all double-sided. In 1909 it created the first recording of a large orchestral work — and what may have been the first record album — when it released a 4-disk set of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite with Hermann Finck conducting the London Palace Orchestra. On January 30, 1904, Odeon became a part of the Carl Lindström Company, which also owned Beka Records, Parlophone and Fonotipia, Lyrophon, Homophon and other labels. Lindström was
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    Ostgut Ton

    • Artists: Cassy
    • Releases: Berghain 01
    Ostgut Ton (also known as Ostgut Tonträger) is the label owned by the club Berghain in Berlin. Nick Höppner is the label manager. The label's first releases were by Berghain/Panorama Bar residents such as André Galluzzi, Cassy, and Ben Klock. Amongst the producers that have released for the label are André Galluzzi, Ben Klock, Cassy, Edit-Select, Len Faki, Luke Slater, Marcel Dettmann, Marcel Fengler, Murat Tepeli, My My, Nick Höppner, Paul Brtschitsch, Prosumer, Samuli Kemppi, Shed, Tama Sumo, Tobias Freund and Tim Paris.
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    Philips

    Philips

    • Artists: Vashti Bunyan
    • Releases: L'homme de la Mancha
    Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. (Royal Philips Electronics, commonly known as Philips) (Euronext: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) is a Dutch multinational electronics company headquartered in Amsterdam. It was founded in Eindhoven in 1891 by Gerard Philips and his father Frederik. It is one of the largest electronics companies in the world and employs around 122,000 people across more than 60 countries. Philips is organized into three main divisions: Philips Consumer Lifestyle (formerly Philips Consumer Electronics and Philips Domestic Appliances and Personal Care), Philips Healthcare (formerly Philips Medical Systems) and Philips Lighting. As of 2012 Philips is the largest manufacturer of lighting in the world. Philips has a primary listing on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange and is a constituent of the AEX index. It has a secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange. The Philips Company was founded in 1891 by Gerard Philips and his father Frederik as a family business. Frederik Philips, being a banker in Zaltbommel, financed the purchase and setup of a modest, empty factory building in Eindhoven, where Philips started the production of carbon-filament lamps and other
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    Som Livre

    • Artists: Os Mutantes
    • Releases: Além Do Que Os Olhos Podem Ver
    Som Livre is a Brazilian record company that was founded by Rede Globo in 1969 to commercialize its soap opera soundtracks, later expanding to record studio albums. Today it is one of the largest national record labels and is still a part of Organizações Globo. Som Livre commissioned Charles Gavin to select 25 rare albums for inclusion in their Som Livre Masters Series of CD reissues. The albums:
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    Vanguard Records

    • Artists: Blues Traveler
    • Releases: S.O.S.: Save Our Soul
    Vanguard Records is a record label set up in 1950 by brothers Maynard and Seymour Solomon in New York. It started as a classical label, but is perhaps best known for its catalogue of recordings by a number of pivotal folk and blues artists from the 1960s; the Bach Guild was a subsidiary label. In 1953, under the direction of John Hammond, the company began the 'Jazz Showcase' series that concentrated on the mainstream jazz idiom, producing about two dozen recordings before it was wound down about 1958. Recordings made at the Spirituals to Swing concerts in 1938 and 1939 were finally released by Vanguard in 1959. The company only intermittently pursued recording jazz thereafter. Vanguard diversified in the mid-1950s by challenging the blacklist and signing blacklisted performers Paul Robeson and the Weavers. The company continued to issue folk music with newly signed artists Joan Baez, Hedy West, the Rooftop Singers, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Country Joe and the Fish, Ian and Sylvia, and Mimi and Richard Fariña. In the summer of 1965 Maynard Solomon hired Samuel Charters to edit the tapes of the 1964 Newport Folk Festival. Following that project, the company sent Charters to Chicago to
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