Arista Records, Inc. /ˈɛ.rɪ.stə/ was an American record label. It was a wholly owned unit of Sony Music Entertainment and was previously handled by Bertelsmann Music Group. The company operated under the RCA Music Group until 2011. The label was founded in 1974 by Clive Davis, who formerly worked for CBS Records (which would become Sony Music Entertainment). Until its demise in 2011, it was a major distributor and promoter of albums throughout the United States and United Kingdom.
Today, the label's reissues and catalog releases are handled both by RCA Records and Legacy Recordings.