CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia)
In 1961, CBS Inc. ended its decade-long distribution deal with Philips Records, and from 1962, began to release recordings internationally beyond the U.S. and Canada under its new CBS Records label. Managed by CBS Records (a newly set up internal division that did not formally become the CBS subsidiary known as CBS Records Inc. until about 1966), the label was first introduced to the UK and Ireland in May 1962, and in July its debut in Japan was announced. It was also introduced to Columbia's wholly-owned subsidiaries in Latin-America: Columbia Argentina S.R.L., Columbia do Brazil, S.A., Discos Columbia de Mexico (later renamed Discos CBS, apparently) in August 1962; in Greece in September 1962; in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, and Italy by December of 1962; and in Australia in 1963.
On Nov 17, 1987, the Sony Corporation of America acquired CBS Records Inc. Between then and the end of 1990, CBS Inc. (later CBS Corporation) which still retained the rights to the CBS name for music recordings, granted Sony a temporary license to use the CBS name. In 1990, Sony's newly-acquired CBS Records renamed the CBS Records Masterworks classical music label as Sony Classical Records.
On Jan 1, 1991, after it had acquired the international rights to the trademark from EMI by 1990, Sony Corporation renamed CBS Records Inc. as Sony Music Entertainment, and reintroduced the Columbia Records label worldwide, except in Spain (where Sony only acquired the rights by 2004 through its brief merger with BMG) and Japan. Japan remains the only country where Sony does not have rights to the Columbia name, as it is controlled by Nippon Columbia, an unrelated company.
CBS Corporation subsequently founded its own new CBS Records in 2006.
CBS Records International, simply referred to as CBS in logo, was the international arm of the Columbia Records unit of Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. (CBS) that was formed in 1961 and launched in 1962. Columbia Records had been using other record companies to distribute Columbia recordings outside North America, such as Philips Records and its subsidiary Fontana (now associated with Universal Music Group) in Europe.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license