Def Jam Records<br />An American Hip Hop based Label<br />Founded in 1980<br />Owned by Universal Music Group<br />Today Founded by Jay Z<br />Artists signed to the label include: Rhianna, Ne-Yo, 112, Dru Hill<br />
Universal Records<br />Founded in 1995 as Rising Tide Records<br />Began signing acts such as Erykah Badu and Lost Boyz. More recent acts include Nelly, Lil Wayne and Mica<br />Universal joined forces with Motown and Republic records to form Universal Motown Republic Music Group.<br />
Island Records<br />Founded in Jamaica in 1959 by Chris Blackwell and GreameGoodall<br />In July 1989, Blackwell sold Island Records and Island Music to PolyGram UK Group for £272 million<br />Now owned by Universal Music Group<br />Artists signed include: TinchyStryder, Sugababes, Lionel Richie, Amy Winehouse<br />
RCA Records<br />Originally named Vicor Talking Machine Company<br />One of the flagship labels of Sony Entertainment<br />Releases music of the Pop, country and Rock genres.<br />Signs acts such as: ABBA, Dido, Diana Vickers, Kings of Leon, Ke$ha<br />
Columbia Records<br />Founded in America in 1888<br />Today is owned by Sony Entertainment<br />A subsidiary label of Sony<br />Merged with Epic Label (Columbia/Epic Label Group)<br />Artists include: Beyonce, Susan Boyle, Glee Cast and J.Cole<br />
Atlantic Records<br />Founded in 1947<br />Best known for its recordings of Rock and Rollm, Jazz and RnB<br />Artists signed include: Cassie, Tracy Chapman, Lupe Fiasco and The Streets <br />
Jive Records<br />Founded in 1981.<br />In the 1980s Jive was known for its Hip Hop a and Rap music.<br />That changed in the 1990s to Pop Music and Boy Bands such as Backstreet Boys, although RnB and Hip Hop acts including Aaliyah and A Tribe Called Quest were still being worked with.<br />In 1991 Barry Weiss became CEO and President of Jive Records<br />
Motown Records<br />Founded by Berry Gordy Jr. in Detroit in the 1960s<br />Most famous for is releases in the genres of Pop, Soul, Hip Hop and RnB<br />Motown was merged with Universal Records making it Universal Motown<br />Acts singed include: India.Arie, Damien Marley, Nick Cannon and Kem<br />
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