Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified)

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Sony Music (as of 2014) uses the following frontline labels:
* Columbia
* Epic
* Arista Nashville
* RCA Records Label Nashville
* Columbia Nashville
* Arista France


Jan 1, 1991: Sony Music Entertainment (SME) was founded, on the same day Sony reintroduced the Columbia label worldwide (except in Spain and Japan*).
Aug 5, 2004: Sony/BMG merger; SME renamed Sony BMG Music Entertainment (SBME). With the merge, Sony Music gained the use of the BMG-owned Columbia trademark in Spain.
Aug 2008: Sony announces its intention to buy out BMG's stake in merger
Oct 1, 2008: acquisition completed, SBME reverts to the present name Sony Music Entertainment (worldwide – except in Japan*).
Sep 2012: Arista France is created, historic Arista (BMG) disappeared with Sony/BMG fusion in 2008

* JP releases should not be filed under this label – The Sony Music Distribution (Japan) Inc. is a good source for labels. Most JP printings of US releases will retain the US label, with the exception of Columbia due to legal reasons. For more information on the independent music giant, see Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc..

Sony Music Entertainment has offices in the following countries:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela

Annotation last modified on 2014-02-17 10:09 UTC.


Sony Music Entertainment Inc. (sometimes known as Sony Music or by the initials, SME) is an American music corporation managed and operated by Sony Corporation of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Sony Corporation. In 1929, the enterprise was first founded as American Record Corporation (ARC) and, in 1938, was renamed Columbia Recording Corporation, following ARC's acquisition by CBS. In 1966, the company was reorganized to become CBS Records. In 1987, Sony Corporation of Japan bought the company, and in 1991, renamed it SME. It is the world's second largest recorded music company, after Universal Music Group.

In 2004, SME and Bertelsmann Music Group merged as Sony BMG Music Entertainment. When Sony acquired BMG's half of the conglomerate in 2008, Sony BMG reverted to the SME name. The buyout led to the dissolution of BMG, which then relaunched as BMG Rights Management. Out of the "Big Three" record companies, with Universal Music Group being the largest and Warner Music Group, SME is middle-sized.

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Red, Hot and Heavy Pretty Maids Vinyl 10
Verdades y mentiras Rodolfo Mederos Vinyl 9
O Despertar Dos Alquimistas Fausto CD 8
School Days Stanley Clarke (unknown) 6
Olhar Metrô CD 12
Para Além das Cordilheiras Fausto CD 9
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2nd Wave Surface Vinyl 8
Carrousel Los Enanitos Verdes CD 9 2-509105 5099750910528
Splitter pine DumDum Boys CD 10 463450 9 5099746345099
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Symphonien Nr. 22, 26, 53 Joseph Haydn; I Musici di San Marco, Alberto Lizzio (unknown) 11 AU 31463
Warning! Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven CD 6
The Chimes The Chimes CD 10
Works for Violin and Piano Franz Schubert; Isaac Stern, Daniel Barenboim 2×CD 11 + 6 S2K44504
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Time’s Up Living Colour CD 15 01-466920-10 5099746692025
La Historia di un Idolo, Volumen 2 Astor Piazzolla CD 10 2-461660 5099746166021
The Best of Stanley Turrentine Stanley Turrentine CD 8 45478
Coming Out of the Dark Gloria Estefan CD 4 656574 2 5099765657425
ELO Classics Electric Light Orchestra CD 10 A 24981 079892498127
Carta del cielo Alberto Fortis CD 10
Steppin' on the Blues Lonnie Johnson CD 19 0074644622126
Volumen 5 Los Fabulosos Cadillacs CD 9 5099746170424
Deux cents nuits à l'heure Fiori-Séguin CD 7 CK 90456 0074649045623
Body & Soul Erroll Garner CD 20 4679162 5099746791629
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Live - Greetings from the West Dan Fogelberg 2×CD 13 + 9
Shine Five Star CD 10
When You're a Boy Susanna Hoffs 12" Vinyl 12 467 202 1
Greatest Hits Simon & Garfunkel CD 20 468045 2
Music on the Move Various Artists CD 16 468490 2 5099746849023
20 grandes canciones Vicente Fernández CD 20 468565 2 5099746856526
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Seal Our Fate Gloria Estefan CD 3 656773 2 5099765677324
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Feel So High Des’ree CD 4 657689 2 5099765768923
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