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 (abbreviated as SME and also referred to as Sony Music) is an American label and company owned by Sony through Sony Entertainment. The company was first founded in 1929 as American Record Corporation and renamed Columbia Recording Corporation in 1938, following its acquisition by the Columbia Broadcasting System. In 1966, the company was reorganized to become CBS Records. Sony Corporation bought the company in 1987 and renamed it Sony Music Entertainment in 1991.

In 2004, SME and the Bertelsmann Music Group merged to become Sony BMG Music Entertainment, although later in 2008, Sony acquired BMG's stake and the company reverted to the SME name. The buyout led to the dissolution of BMG, which relaunched as BMG Rights Management. Sony Music Entertainment is one of the "Big Three" record companies, being the second largest after Universal Music Group (UMG) and ahead of Warner Music Group (WMG).

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Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
Brilhantes: Cauby Peixoto Cauby Peixoto CD 14 2-490147 5099749014725
Virgen india Jorge Cafrune & Marito CD 12
Brilhantes: Silvio Caldas Sílvio Caldas CD 14 2-490142 5099749014220
The Well-Tempered Clavier Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould CD 32
För väntan Eva Dahlgren (unknown) 10 5099746529123
Living in the Western World Paul Oxley's Unit (unknown) 12
Just Another Day in Paradise Bertie Higgins Vinyl 10
Edelmiro y la Galletita Edelmiro Molinari CD 8 5099748461520
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
Mercado Indio Los Violadores CD 9 2-509123 5099750912324
2nd Wave Surface Vinyl 8
Carrousel Los Enanitos Verdes CD 9 2-509105 5099750910528
Splitter pine DumDum Boys CD 10 463450 9 5099746345099
Streichquartette 1, 3, 5 (Caspar da Salo Quartett) Joseph Haydn (unknown) 13 AU 31408
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
When You Wish Upon a Star Mormon Tabernacle Choir CD 10 MK 37200
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
Trucker's Jukebox, Volume 2 Various Artists CD 10
More Greatest Hits Marty Robbins CD 12
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
De mi corazón al aire Vicente Amigo CD 8 468932 2 5099746893224
The 12 Inch Tapes: 5 Twelve Inch Mixes Luther Vandross Cassette 5 468986 4 5099746898649
Lodoïska Luigi Cherubini; Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Riccardo Muti 2×CD 18 + 29 47290
Seal Our Fate Gloria Estefan CD 3 656773 2 5099765677324
My Girl The Temptations CD 3 657676 2 5099765767629
Feel So High Des’ree CD 4 657689 2 5099765768923
The Best of Me Maxi Priest CD 17 786259-2 077778625926
Cedo Ou Tarde Cassiano CD 11 860.003/2-464194 5099746419424
How the West Was Won Alfred Newman CD 23 AK 47024 074644702422
Jesus Was a Capricorn Kris Kristofferson CD 10 AK 47064 7464470642
There Are But Four Small Faces Small Faces CD 14 AK 47895 074644789522
Willie Waylon Kris & Cash Willie, Waylon, Kris & Cash Cassette 10 BT 22349 079892234947
Richard Séguin Richard Séguin CD 10 BUK 50216 074645021621
L'autoroute des rêves Octobre CD 6 CBUK 50218 074645021829
La pérsica Lorenzo de Monteclaro CD 12 CDA 80674
Epoca de oro, volumen 2 Trio Los Panchos CD 12 CDDE-28 7509900002822
Open Book Fred Simon CD 10 CK-46798
16 Most Requested Songs Pearl Bailey CD 16 CK 47082
Flashpoint The Rolling Stones CD 17 CK 47456 07464474562
Por Rumbas Los Rolin CD 14 COL 469339 2 5099746933920
You Ten Sharp CD 4 COL 656664 2 5099765666427
Discovery Electric Light Orchestra CD 9 EPC 465224 2 5099746522421
My Heart The Beat D-Shake CD 3 GOB 656633 2 5099765663327
Rock Hard Presents: Tyrants of Rock Various Artists CD 4 SAMP CD 1588
Love of Colours Katia & Marielle Labèque CD 12 SK 47227 074644722727
Sun Jammin' Various Artists CD 18 TVK24002 [none]
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks CD 11 WK 75053 6692750532
Live at the Bottom Line Patti Austin CD 10
Lo mejor de Los Panchos Los Panchos CD 12
Magia Shakira CD 9
Mi viejo Vicente Fernández CD 14
Ray Conniff Plays Broadway Ray Conniff CD 10 074644799026
Romantic World Caravelli CD 12 5099746940126
Sopa de caracol Los Fabulosos Cadillacs Vinyl 4
Sopa de caracol Los Fabulosos Cadillacs Cassette 4
Tankad, packad och klar Kenneth & The Knutters CD 11
The Best of Surface: A Nice Time 4 Lovin' Surface CD 10
The Very Best Of Ted Nugent CD 17 5099746793524
Volumen 5 Los Fabulosos Cadillacs Cassette 9
What I This Thing Called Love Alexander O'Neal MiniDisc 2 5099765673111
Willie Waylon Kris & Cash Willie, Waylon, Kris & Cash CD 10 079892234923
Wishing You Were Here Alison Moyet CD 4 5099765693928
Ten Pearl Jam Digital Media 11
The Definitive Simon and Garfunkel Collection Simon & Garfunkel CD 20 TVK 24003 074642400320
The Flame Natasha Oldfield CD 10 4713732 5099747137327
Mr. Hands Herbie Hancock CD 6 471240 2 5099747124020
Club Epic: A Collection of Classic Dance Mixes, Volume 2 Various Artists CD 12
All American (1962 original Broadway cast) Charles Strouse CD 17 SK-48216 0074644821628
The Gospel Collection Johnny Cash CD 24
God Bless America: 23 Patriotic Favorites Mormon Tabernacle Choir CD 23 MDK 48295 074644829525
Songs of the Civil War & Stephen Foster Favorites Mormon Tabernacle Choir CD 22 MDK48297
Songs of the Civil War & Stephen Foster Favorites Mormon Tabernacle Choir Cassette 22 MGT48297
Rock of Ages Mormon Tabernacle Choir CD 30
Gonna Get High The Dukes Vinyl 3
Iberia John Williams CD 15 48480 5099704848020
Big Band Instrumentals: 16 Most Requested Songs Various Artists Digital Media 16 [none]
Mexicanísimo Hermanas Huerta CD 24 CDBD-470626 7509947062629
Hits of the 60's Various Artists CD 10 A 15911
Harbour City The Dukes CD 10 472082 2