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Capitol Records began in the early 1940's as a small label in Los Angeles, California. Today, Capitol Records is part of EMI, one of the largest music companies in the world.

Capitol Records is home to a broad array of artists including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Lily Allen, Emeli Sandé, Ryan Adams, Beastie Boys, Depeche Mode, Kylie Minogue, Hockey, Bob Seger, The Decemberists, Graffiti6, Michael Franti, Susan Justice, Corinne Bailey Rae, David Guetta, The Beach Boys, and many more.

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Capitol Records is a major record label owned by EMI and located in Los Angeles and New York City as part of Capitol Music Group. Its former headquarters building, the Capitol Tower, is a major landmark near the corner of Hollywood and Vine
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Columbia Records is an American record label that was founded in 1888, evolving from an earlier enterprise, the American Graphophone Company — successor to the Volta Graphophone Company. Columbia Records is the oldest surviving brand name in pre-recorded sound, being the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. From 1961 to 1990, the label’s recordings were released outside the U.S. and Canada on the CBS Records label before officially being renamed Columbia Records on January 1, 1991.

Today, Columbia Records is one of the most respected and successful record labels in the world, being home to established superstars and exciting new talent. Columbia Records operates as an imprint of the Columbia/Epic Label Group under Label Group Chairman Rob Stringer and Columbia Records Chairman Steve Barnett and is owned by Sony Music Entertainment.

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.
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In its early years, the Island Records story was synonymous with one name - Chris Blackwell. From founding the label in Jamaica in 1959 with capital of just £1000 until he sold Island almost 30 years later for undisclosed millions, Blackwell built the most diverse and enviable back catalogue of any independent label in history. From Island's early Jamaican roots in ska and rock-steady, through the label's expansion to become the cutting edge of progressive rock in the late 60s, and then on to the signing of such international superstars as Bob Marley and U2, Blackwell brought to Island a unique vision and passion which still informs the label's approach to this day.
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Average Joes Entertainment, an Atlanta and Nashville-based record label, launched with flagship artist Colt Ford in late 2008. In less than three years, the label has released four Colt Ford titles: Ride Through The Country, Country Is As Country Does (EP/DVD), Live From Suwannee River Jam, Chicken And Biscuits and Every Chance I Get. His two most recent releases have both debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard Country Music chart. Ford has sold over 1,000,000 downloads, 500,000 Cd's, 600,000 concert tickets and been nominated for both for ACM and CMA awards.

Following in Colt Ford's footsteps country newcomer, Brantley Gilbert, has had massive success with the Average Joe's marketing machine. Along with the success of his two album releases , A Modern Day Prodigal Son and Halfway To Heaven, Gilbert has also shared the success of another Georgia native, Jason Aldean writing the hit singles “My Kind of Party,” and "Dirt Road Anthem" with Ford.

In 2011 Average Joe's has grown into a power house indie label with a roster that now includes former "major label" artists like Montgomery-Gentry, Ira Dean and Josh Gracin as well as major "indie" artists, Kevin Fowler, Corey Smith, Matt Stillwell Sunny Ledfurd, The LACS, JB and The Moonshine Band, Lauren Briant, Rachel Farley, and Rich O'Toole.

A subsidiary of Average Joes, AVJ Records is the home to: Bizarre (D-12), Rehab, Lindsay Hager, Anamul House, and Nappy Roots.
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Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world’s largest music content company with market leading positions in recorded music, music publishing, and merchandising.

The recorded music business discovers and develops recording artists and then markets and promotes their music across a wide array of formats and platforms. UMG's music publishing company, Universal Music Publishing Group, discovers and develops songwriters, and owns and administers copyrights to musical compositions for use in recordings, public performances, and related uses, such as films and advertisements. Bravado, UMG’s merchandising company, sells artist- and music-branded products via multiple sales point such as fashion retail, live performances, and the internet.

Record Labels

UMG’s strength and legacy of music flows from a diverse family of record labels which include: A&M/Octone, Barclay, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, ECM, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Interscope, Island Records, Lost Highway, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Show Dog–Universal Music, Universal Music Latino, Universal Republic, and Verve Music Group.
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With a roster of talented artists that now include Jason Aldean, Kristy Lee Cook, James Wesley, Blake Wise and Dustin Lynch, Broken Bow Records continues to make a name for itself in the country music industry. The success of BBR artist Jason Aldean in particular has launched the label to the top of the charts. Jason Aldean began his success at the label in 2005, when his self-titled debut album ("Hicktown" "Why" "Amarillo Sky") was certified Gold in 12 weeks and shortly thereafter was certified Platinum.

In rapid succession, another Gold and Platinum album followed giving birth to the hit singles, “Johnny Cash,” “She’s Country,” “Big Green Tractor,” “The Truth” and “Crazy Town.” “Big Green Tractor” was also a #1 ringtone in all genres- the first Country ringtone to hold that distinction.

BBR looks forward to continued success and growth in the years to come.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Curb Records is one of the world’s leading independent music companies. Owned and operated by Mike Curb since 1962, Curb Records has achieved 375 Billboard number one records, nearly twelve hundred Billboard Top Ten records and charted just under four thousand Billboard Records. Today’s roster includes some of the top names in Country, Christian and Pop/Rock music. Curb Records was honored as Billboard Magazine’s 2001 Country Music Label of the Year and Radio & Records Magazine’s 2005 Overall Gold Label of the Year.
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Mountain Fever Records in Willis, VA is nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Mark Hodges started Mountain Fever Records in 2008 as a local label in Willis. Mark is the CEO, Brandon Hodges, Vice President in charge of radio promotions, is also a mastering engineer, while Sammy Shelor, Vice President, works primarily in the studio with the artists. Mountain Fever Studios is a 72 Track Full Service Recording Studio. On-site Mastering and Duplication Services also available.
It all started in the Black Forest, late at night, when it seems all great things begin. There in a small village bar, with the doors locked, window shades rolled down, an after- hours party was happening inside. Blues great, Luther Allison was jamming with a bunch of eighty-year old Black Forest folklore musicians. I was young, lucky and overwhelmed by the communicating power of music. I left the farm to pay my dues as a concert promoter, agent and manager. Soon I collaborated with Allison, eventually becoming his representative on the European side of the world. I was a student learning from a man who traveled the rocky blues road for more than thirty years. It became apparent that relationships between artists and record companies can be frustrating for the artists, with companies lacking enthusiasm and understanding of the music.

So management had a baby and it was named Ruf Records. Born of the need and love to promote what we believe in... the communicating power of music.

Now more than 10 years and 100 releases later, I couldn't be happier. And with all the terrific artists on the Ruf Records roster, we will continue to grow. Ruf Records is the label of choice for Bernard Allison, Canned Heat, Sue Foley, Friend & Fellow, Imperial Crowns, Candye Kane, Aynsley Lister, Omar and the Howlers, Ian Parker, The Nighthawks and the irrepressible Walter Trout.

We are able to help our artists expand their careers beyond their extensive tour schedules by providing them with worldwide distribution and one-on-one relationships with each and every one of us here at Ruf. The same applies to our relationships with radio broadcasters, CD reviewers, magazines, e-zines, blue societies and anyone else in this crazy business. Let us know who you are, what you need and what you think. Ruf Records wants to hear from you, and we want you to hear from Ruf Records... communicating for the power of music.

On this site you will be able to view our growing family. Stay a while and enjoy. Be sure to come back soon.

Thomas Ruf

P.S. and in case you were wondering, it's pronounced "roof"
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

Headquarters: New York City
Record Labels:
Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, Bystorm Entertainment, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Kemosabe Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, Reunion Records, Roc Nation, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Verity Music Group, Volcano
MBA Records is an innovative new label that concentrates on a fan first approach to marketing their artists, using proprietary methods to reach fans.
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Iguane Records is an independent label based in Montreal, Canada, specializing in roots music (blues, swing, jazz, soul, funk, reggae, etc.). We're also open to folk music, French pop and related genres
Discover our artists, their albums and their music
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EMI Music is one of the world’s leading music companies, home to some of the most successful and best known recording artists.

Through our own companies and network of licensees, we are able to serve our artists, consumers and partners all over the world.

EMI Music brings artists and fans together by driving action and creating value wherever music is experienced. Our record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Latin, Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Records Nashville, Manhattan, Parlophone, Virgin Classics and Virgin Records. Artists on EMI labels include Lily Allen, Bat For Lashes, The Beatles, Beastie Boys, Luke Bryan, Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Gorillaz, David Guetta, Iron Maiden, Norah Jones, Lady Antebellum, Massive Attack, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Pink Floyd, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sir Simon Rattle, Snoop Dogg, Tinie Tempah, Thirty Seconds To Mars, KT Tunstall and Keith Urban as well as international artists such as Amaral (Spain), Air and Camille (France), Empire of the Sun (Australia), Tiziano Ferro and Vasco Rossi (Italy), Flex (Mexico), LaFee (Germany) and Hikaru Utada (Japan).

Seminal albums in EMI Music’s catalogue include ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and ‘Aladdin Sane’ (David Bowie), ‘Revolver’ and ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band’ (The Beatles), ‘Pet Sounds’ (Beach Boys), ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’ (Coldplay), ‘Birth Of The Cool’ (Miles Davis), ‘Come Away With Me’ (Norah Jones), ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ (Pink Floyd), ‘OK Computer’ (Radiohead) and ‘Songs For Swingin’ Lovers’ (Frank Sinatra). EMI also owns and runs the world-renowned recording studios Abbey Road in London and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

EMI Music provides EMI’s roster of artists – as well as independent labels and artists – with a global menu of commercial services and seamless access to an expanding range of revenue streams and business models, including digital and physical distribution, sales, press and promotion, marketing, licensing, synch, brand partnerships, live recordings and merchandising.
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Welcome to our website! True North Records is Canada's oldest independent record label and one of its largest.

Founded in 1969 and with over 450 releases, 40 JUNO Awards and 37 gold and platinum records to its credit, True North is a unique Canadian recording company dedicated to fostering creativity among its artists.

True North boasts a diverse catalogue of recordings by such outstanding Canadian artists as Bruce Cockburn, the Golden Dogs, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden, Tom Wilson, 54-40, Joel Kroeker, Lynn Miles, Hunter Valentine, Rheostatics, Howie Beck, Murray McLauchlan, Lighthouse, Rough Trade, Randy Bachman, NOJO and Michael Occhipinti.

True North also distributes recordings by such artists as Echo & The Bunnymen, the Buzzcocks, Richard Thompson, Kelly Joe Phelps, the Audreys, Cracker, the Church, Cowboy Junkies, Lenny Breau, The Guess Who, Hayseed Dixie, Janis Ian, Northey/Valenzuela, Martyn Joseph, Paul Kelly, the Oysterband, Double Trouble and many more through various licensing ventures.

True North is distributed in Canada by Universal Music; Rounder Records in the United States; Planet in Australia and New Zealand; IRD in Italy; GO! Entertainment in Holland, Belgium and Luxemburg; Alive AG in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland; Rootsy Music in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway; and Essential Music in the UK.

In Canada, True North distributes the following labels: Cooking Vinyl, Fuel 2000, SCI Fidelity and Signature Sounds.

The label was founded over 35 years ago by Bernie Finkelstein; one of the leading figures in the Canadian music industry.

On December 17, 2007, True North was acquired by an investment group led by Linus Entertainment, another growing Canadian independent label founded by Geoff Kulawick, former head of A&R for Virgin Canada and creative director for Warner/Chappell Music Canada, along with private investors Harvey Glatt and Mike Pilon. Bernie Finkelstein remains involved with True North as Chairman and long term consultant, while he continues to manage True North artists Bruce Cockburn and the Golden Dogs, and the publishing interest in the songs of Bruce Cockburn.

True North remains one of Canada’s leading independent labels, signing and marketing new and established artists in Canada and around the world.
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Parent company
Universal Music Group

Cees Wessels
Geffen Records
(In the US)
Polydor Records
(Outside of the US)
Heavy metal, hard rock
Country of origin

Official Website

Roadrunner Records is an American record label that concentrates primarily on heavy metal bands. It is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group.

The label was launched in 1980 as "Roadracer Records"[citation needed] in the Netherlands. Roadrunner's initial business was importing North American metal-band recordings into Europe. In 1986, Roadrunner opened its US headquarters in New York City and later opened offices in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, Denmark and the latest in Canada. Early successes included albums from King Diamond (the first Roadrunner artist to enter the Billboard Top 200 albums chart) and Annihilator. The label also handled early Metallica releases in the Scandinavian region. The end of the 1980s saw the release of two albums that are now considered classics of their respective genres: Obituary's Slowly We Rot and Sepultura's Beneath the Remains.

The 1990s saw the arrival of acts such as Life of Agony, Machine Head, Suffocation, Type O Negative, and underground grunge rockers Willard. As the 1990s wore on, several of Roadrunner's bands managed to make an impact on the mainstream, most notably Sepultura and Type O Negative. Sepultura's 1993 album, Chaos A.D., became the first Roadrunner band to crack the Top 40 on the Billboard album chart. Type O Negative became the first Roadrunner band to receive a certification from the RIAA; this was a Gold award (and later Platinum award) for the 1993 album Bloody Kisses, which was certified in 1995. The band also became the first Roadrunner band to receive radio play. In 2000, Slipknot became the first Roadrunner band to go Platinum. Nickelback were also very successful on the label (except they were on another label at home in Canada). Derek Shulman ran the label in the late '90s.

Beginning in 2001, Roadrunner was distributed by the Universal Music Group through a share of the label owned by The Island Def Jam Music Group. This deal has now expired.

On December 18, 2006, Warner Music Group signed an agreement to purchase a majority in shares (73.5%) of Roadrunner Records' parent company, Roadrunner Music Group B.V.[1] This deal became finalized on January 29, 2007 after receiving regulatory approval in Germany.[2]

On June 11, 2008, Roadrunner Records was voted as the "Best Metal Label" by Metal Hammer at their Golden Gods Awards,[3] an award that it has won the past four years in a row. The award was accepted by Sharon Den Adel and Ruud Jolie of Within Temptation, one of Roadrunner's biggest acts.

However, Roadrunner has also been accused of being a label only interested in current or trendy alternative music, reflected by their roster of mainly popular and metalcore acts. The most notable example of this is the treatment of the main death and thrash metal bands on Roadrunner's roster throughout the 90s including Obituary,[4][5] Deicide,[6] Death,[7] Gorguts and Pestilence[8] who were either dropped or left the label after ill treatment. One of the earliest names on the label, King Diamond[9] (who was originally signed to then-Roadracer with the legendary Mercyful Fate[10] before embarking his solo act), left the label due to alleged lack of promotional support for the 1990 King Diamond[9] release, The Eye.[11] Type O Negative[12] left Roadrunner in 2006 following a dispute over the label releasing a "hits" compilation, The Best of Type O Negative,[13] without prior notification to the band, which led them to accept a more appealing offer from SPV Records.[14] In 2008, punk cabaret chanteuse Amanda Palmer was told by the label that they wanted to re-edit her video for "Leeds United" to make her look slimmer, causing a firestorm on the Internet from fans. On April 6, 2010, Palmer announced on her Twitter account that Roadrunner had dropped her.[15] The most recent complaints about Roadrunner have come from one of the label's biggest bands Megadeth and Jose Morales. [16]

Roadrunner Records was majorly affected by Warner Music Group's legal dispute against YouTube, including having their account's YouTube partnership canceled. Most of the videos on their channel, however, are still viewable. There is even a disclaimer talking about Warner's dispute right on the channel.

On November 11, 2010, Warner Music Group announced they had acquired the remaining of Roadrunner's stock. Roadrunner will continue to operate as a distinct brand within WMG, according to sources. Cees Wessels, the label's founder, remains CEO.[17]

On the 26th of April 2012, it was announced that Warner Music Group were to make substantial cutbacks throughout Roadrunner Records worldwide operations.[18] According to staff working at the company, The UK offices and the Canadian offices of Roadrunner Records are to be closed completely, with severe levels of cutbacks occurring across the rest of the label worldwide. It has also been announced that the Roadrunner office in The Netherlands is to close, and that the label's founder Cees Wessels is stepping down from his role of CEO
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Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label best known for its many recordings of rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and jazz.[1] Over its first 20 years of operation Atlantic earned a reputation as one of the most important American independent recording labels, specializing in jazz, R&B and soul recordings by African-American artists, a position greatly enhanced by its distribution deal with Stax Records.

In 1967 Atlantic became a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, now the Warner Music Group, and expanded into rock and pop music, signing Cream, Led Zeppelin, Yes and Foreigner. In 2004 Atlantic Records and its sister label Elektra Records merged into Atlantic Records Group.[2] Craig Kallman is currently Chairman of Atlantic Records. Label co-founder Ahmet Ertegün served as Founding Chairman until his death on December 14, 2006 at age 83.[3] The label also has a number of deals with previously independent labels such as Must Destroy (which brought Goldie Lookin Chain and The Darkness into the label)[4] and VP Records in Jamaica, home to reggae artists such as Sean Paul.[5]
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604 Records based in Vancouver, BC is one of Canada's feature independent labels. Follow us on Twitter @604records Join our Street Team

What label? That’s what Chad Kroeger asked on the fateful day in 2002 when Nickelback’s attorney Jonathan Simkin called him and said, ”Hey man, here’s something interesting, I think I just started a bidding war on our label.”

Seven years later, and having just secured 604 Records’ first ever US Gold with Theory Of A Deadman's Scars and Souvenirs album, Simkin says, “I’ll never forget what he said. ‘What label?’”

Back then, Kroeger was riding the cyclone of immediate and astronomical success as Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me” became the post-grunge confessional that ate the world.

This was after six years of slow-building from the Last Picture Show ground up of Hanna, Alberta, to the bitchy maelstrom of Vancouver’s late ‘90s, punk and credibility-infatuated music scene, and further onto moderate Stateside success with Nickelback’s sophomore album, The State. And suddenly, Kroeger and his erstwhile friend, strategist, and behind-the-scenes partner Simkin found themselves on the other side of the looking glass.

Recalls Simkin, “Once Nickleback took off, all of these American labels are looking at us like we’re the Godfathers of some neo-grunge movement taking place in
Vancouver. Which was not true. It was insane. It was off the hook.”

Before that, Kroeger merely had an ad hoc interest in developing other bands, while Simkin was pursuing an ad hoc interest in structuring the business side of his client’s activities – something the duo dry-ran in 2000 when they negotiated a deal with TVT for one of Kroeger’s earlier discoveries, Default. Simkin was in LA shopping around another of Kroeger’s pet bands, Theory of a Deadman, when “How You Remind Me” changed everything. Incredibly, 604 mutated out of a misunderstanding between Simkin and a rep at Atlantic.

“He called me and said, ‘Dude, I just wanna be clear about something’,” explains Simkin, “’because I’m just going into an A&R meeting here. Are you shopping the band Theory of a Deadman, or are you shopping your label?’ And I hadn’t really thought about it in those terms, but it was one of those life-defining moments when everything slowed down. I remember saying it, like, ‘Laaa-b-lllle…” Like Alphabet Soup, where you could see the letters coming out of your mouth. I’m still amazed I said it. So he said, ‘Okay, cool. That’s what I thought.’”

And that’s when Simkin called a puzzled Kroeger, who asked, ‘What label?”

“…and then it all comes down to a meeting in New York with Lyor Cohen, and Cees Wessels, the head of Roadrunner,” Simkin continues, “and we worked out our deal in a room at the Irving Hotel, and it was mind-boggling. We were two really young guys who had never had that kind of success or that kind of money, and we were negotiating with two of the most powerful people in the music industry in the most expensive hotel in New York. It was surreal. It was utterly surreal. And it was all done on napkins.”

Insiders in Vancouver’s music community remember well what happened next, through the years 2002 and 2003 when the newly minted label went on a local demo signing frenzy. Simkin chuckles when he characterizes this period as “goofy” – but cops to the fact that he and his partner were observing, learning, and finding their feet in a perilous industry that greeted them with humongous expectations.

“The truth is for the first year and a half this was a one album label,” Simkin says, referring to Theory’s eponymous debut, eventually released ‘02. “I knew enough to know that I really didn’t know anything. I was like, let’s learn. That’s what we did, and really it took a couple of years for us to settle into what we were.”

Cutting forward to early 2009, 604 Records is sitting on three new releases that define its multi-faceted personality and a rare long-term commitment to its bands. Thornley’s Tiny Pictures is a gearhead’s wet dream of new rock married to classic; Masterpiece Theatre by Marianas Trench is post-modern cabaret for pop kidz; and Armchair Cynics has just furnished the world with its hook-riddled full-length, Starting Today, which falls somewhere inbetween the other two.

In all cases, these are breakthrough records in terms of craft, ambition, and perseverance.

“We are definitely about artist development,” Simkin states. “Chad’s an artist and I spent most of my professional career advocating for artists, and that gave us a hell of a pro-artist perspective. It’s about patience. We don’t bail on our acts, we can afford to take our time, and we’re not reporting to a Board of Directors who wanna know what’s going on right now. And we’ve struggled at times, but it’s sure paid off on bands like Marianas.”

The balance of the 604 roster points to the breadth of the label’s vision. Sitting alongside the manful rock of Theory of a Deadman and Oakalla, there’s the insurgent Canadian country of Jessie Farrell and Aaron Pritchett, the impeccable pop craft of Faber Drive, and slick, tailored r&b in the shape of the Suits XL. And of course, in 2004, 604 smashed all preconceptions about itself when it roared out of the gate with one of the era-defining, hipster-approved bands of its time – the now sadly defunct Organ.

“It’s always obvious which are the Simkin bands and which are the Chad bands,” chuckles Simkin, who, 10 years Kroeger’s senior, feasted on alternative rock in his youth, and cites the Velvet Underground, Eno, Peter Gabriel, Joy Division, the Smiths, and the Cure among his favourites.

Growing up in Hanna, Alberta, meanwhile, meant that Kroeger consumed a steady diet of country and metal . “But the thing we have in common,” Simkin offers, “is we’re both song guys.” He recalls Kroeger’s initial dismay over the proudly amateur aesthetic of the Organ, until the day when it finally clicked. “If you don’t have the Smiths and the Cure in your vocabulary, it just doesn’t make sense,” Simkin says. “But it came back to the song thing. He said, ‘You know what? Katie (Sketch) can really write a good song.’ He heard that. ‘So if you really believe in this, let’s do it.’ And so I signed them.”

As the first decade of the new millennium draws to a close, 604 has managed to confound the expectations of those who were banking on a label filled with mini-Nickelbacks, and which – remarkably - has maintained its rude health in a business that faces seismic, paradigmatic changes. Simkin remains both grateful and proud of the achievement.

“In Canada, we’re a record label in the truest sense,” he says. “We own the recordings, we pay for the recordings, we have our own in house marketing department, and we have an enhanced P&D deal with Universal, which means we can opt in on various services on a band by band basis.” He also mentions that “staying independent” ranks as his and Kroeger’s greatest triumph, along with the shrewd and hard won decision to retain the label’s digital rights.

But one suspects there’s an even greater and somewhat less clinical accomplishment behind the paperwork and the numbers, and it’s related to the feeling Simkin admits he still gets – “the feeling that I’m five again” – when he hears Marianas Trench, Thornley or any of his other bands on the radio.

“It’s not like I found a cure for cancer,” Simkin offers. “I don’t fool myself about the importance, but you know what? Maybe we make the world a bit better because we put some art out there that makes people feel good, and that feels pretty important to me. And it’s been a wonderful ride. The experiences I’ve had, the things I’ve seen, the people I’ve met, handing gold records to our bands, and even writing huge royalty cheques to Theory of a Deadman… ”

“I still feel great about that,” he says.
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Combining the legacies of three of the most influential record labels in modern music history, Interscope Geffen A&M Records embarked on a new tradition of musical achievement with its unification on January 1, 1999. Headed by Chairman Jimmy Iovine, Interscope Geffen A&M is a major force in global music, developing
chart-topping artists across a wide range of musical genres including rock, rap, pop and alternative. Interscope Geffen A&M Records is part of Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company.
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Scott Borchetta founded independent label Big Machine Records in September 2005 and serves as its President/CEO. In its first year Big Machine scored its first #1 single (Jack Ingram’s “Wherever You Are”), placed five singles in the Country Top 30, received a nomination for Record Label of the Year, and placed all three of the label's three new artist releases in the Top 10 Most-Played New Artists of 2006 (as monitored by Mediabase and reported by USA Today and Country Aircheck).

Big Machine’s signature artist Taylor Swift (the CMA and AP’s reigning Entertainer of the Year and the American Music Awards’ 2009 Artist of the Year) was the best-selling all-genre artist of 2008 and her current album, Fearless, repeated her success when it became 2009’s highest-selling album of the year across all genres. Fearless - the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music and American Music Awards’ 2009 Country Album of the Year - has spent more weeks at #1 atop the Billboard Top Album chart than any other album in the last 10 years with an astounding 11 weeks at #1.

Taylor re-wrote the record books when her worldwide smash single "Love Story" became the first ever Country crossover single to hit #1 on the Billboard and USA Today Top 40 airplay charts. Her follow-up single, “You Belong With Me,” repeated the same feat.

Big Machine Records, was Billboard’s #1 Top Country Album Imprint of 2009, decorating it as the highest-selling record label group on Music Row. In 2009, Big Machine partnered with Universal Republic to create Republic Nashville. The Big Machine Label Group’s current artist roster includes Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Jewel, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Jack Ingram, Justin Moore, Steel Magnolia, The Band Perry, Edens Edge, Eli Young Band and Sunny Sweeney.

In 4 years, Big Machine Records artists have received 6 Country Music Association Awards, 6 American Music Awards, 4 Academy of Country Music Awards, 4 CMT Music Awards, 3 Teen Choice Awards, 1 MTV Video Music Award as well as 13 GRAMMY Nominations and 5 People’s Choice Award Nominations.


A native Californian and accomplished musician, Borchetta’s love for music began in early childhood when he developed an appreciation for the art by listening to as many styles of music as possible. That diverse influence afforded him the opportunity of playing a wide variety of instruments in various bands before moving to Nashville in 1981 and devoting himself full time to the industry side of the music business.

After a short stint in the mailroom of his father Mike’s independent promotion company, Borchetta started climbing the ladder and soon had power players heads spinning faster than a top in a hurricane. His willingness to react quickly to the changing music business led Borchetta to become one of the top radio promotion go-to-guys over the last decade and now he sits at the helm of Big Machine Records and the newly formed Valory Music Co.D
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Country music superstar, Toby Keith, founded independent label, Show Dog Nashville in 2005. In 2001, Universal Records South was originally formed as a joint venture between Universal Music Group and music industry veterans Tim DuBois and Tony Brown; in 2007 it became a wholly owned Universal company with Mark Wright serving as President of the label.

In December 2009, Show Dog Nashville and Universal Records South merged to form Show Dog – Universal Music. Superstar Toby Keith serves as Principal of the company while Mark Wright acts as President. In January 2010, Trace Adkins joined the label as their first post-merger signee. In addition to Keith and Adkins, other artists on the roster include Joe Nichols, JT Hodges, Jessie James, Rose Falcon and Carter’s Chord. In 2011 Toby Keith released “Red Solo Cup” from his #1 album debut, “Clancy’s Tavern.” The single is the fastest selling of his career and has been certified platinum. The video for Red Solo Cup has over 10 million views on YouTube.

Record label home to country artist Maggie Rose and radio promotion home for Zac Brown Band. Management home to Yarn, Humming House, Maggie Rose & the Command Sisters.
Industry heavy weights Scott Siman and April Rider announced the formation of rpm entertainment, an integrated record label, publishing company and management firm.

"It's been my desire for a long time to combine label services with management and publishing," said Siman. "Unlike most other companies trying to do deals where they participate in all areas but lack in depth expertise, we have
staff with huge track records in all these areas." Siman established himself as one of Music Row's top lawyers before heading to Sony Nashville with clients Paul Worley and Allen Butler. He left Sony to oversee the career of Tim McGraw who exploded into the biggest artist of the last decade.

Rider started out in radio promotion and worked her way to VP of Promotion at Curb where she worked with Siman on McGraw's career. She moved over to Stoney Creek and as GM orchestrated the breakthrough of ACM duo of the year Thompson Square.

Siman will head the company as President and April Rider serves as Senior Vice President. "I have always admired April and what she stands for. It made perfect sense to bring her on board to help build this company. She has been the part of 5 records that were the most played of the year and people like that are rare. Our styles compliment each other perfectly."

"I'm really excited to get to be a part of building this new company. I look forward to the challenge of breaking artists and establishing this company as a force in Nashville," added Rider. "You can look for us to do some things differently."

Rider has tapped Jack Christopher as the VP of Promotion and Rocco Cosco as the National Director. "Jack is one of the most respected promotion people in the business and he is ready for the VP stripes. He brings integrity and tenacity to the gig," said Rider. "Rocco and I worked together at Curb and it's great to be reunited with him. He is a tireless advocate for the artists he represents." states Rider. "Jon Conlon is on board as West Coast Director of Promotion. Jon has a stellar reputation in the West Coast. He is an great addition and we are ecstatic to have him on our team". Tapped for the Midwest Director of Promotion was Will Robinson. "Will is the kind of promotion guy that rounded out our team perfectly. Will's knowledge and background in radio and his integrity and passion for the music are second to none" added Christopher.

Other team members include Amanda Fletcher, Associate Manager, Ryan Cook, Director of Publishing and Management and Kelsey Lantrip, Coordinator/Executive Assistant.

The first artist signing is Maggie Rose, her debut single, "I Ain't Your Mama," had the second highest Mediabase chart debut of a new artist this year. "We are totally pumped that Maggie is our first artist," said Siman and Rider. "She is known for her powerful vocals and now combined with the new sound and this new single, she's unstoppable!! Look for BIG things out of Maggie Rose!"

Maggie Rose is currently performing all over the country. Check out for touring information.
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Lamon Records Nashville is a premier indie label, music publisher and entertainment company celebrating over 50 years of making great music. Known primarily as an artist development label, Lamon Records usually concentrates its efforts in Country, Americana, Bluegrass, and Alternative Rock, as well as all forms of Christian Music.

Headed by Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning artist / producer / songwriter Dave Moody, today the label is enjoying worldwide success by its roster of talented artists on a number of music genre charts. You can hear Lamon's music on film and network television as well, including recent episodes of Warner Brothers' One Tree Hill and others.

Moody and his son Josh established Elevating Entertainment Motion Pictures in 2007 where they've produced several feature length motion pictures including "Season of Miracles" starring John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville), Grayson Russell (Talladega Nights, Diary of a Whimpy Kid) and Nancy Stafford (Matlock, Baywatch), "No Limit Kids" starring Bill Cobbs (Night At The Museum, That Thing You Do) and Lee Meriwether (Catwoman, Barnaby Jones) as well as several other film titles.

Look for the label's own traveling artist showcase "The New Nashville Roadshow" coming to a town or city near you.

For more information, visit the label's website at:
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The first name in sound.

Warner Bros. Records opened for business on March 19, 1958, above the film studio's machine shop at 3701 Warner Blvd. in Burbank. Among the artists who have found a home at the company: Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, The Kinks, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, Randy Newman, Black Sabbath, The Grateful Dead, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Alice Cooper, Captain Beefheart, James Taylor, Richard Pryor, Rod Stewart, George Harrison, Prince, Van Halen, The Sex Pistols, Talking Heads, The Who, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Wale, Common, Faith Hill, John Fogerty, Kimbra, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michelle Branch, Green Day, Jane's Addiction, Muse, Seal, Jason Derulo, Tom Petty and countless others.
About Sony Music / Arista Nashville

Sony Music Nashville includes its three country label operations – Arista Nashville, Columbia Nashville and RCA Nashville – and Provident Music Group, one of the world’s leading Christian music companies. Sony Music Nashville is a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
About Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, Bystorm Entertainment, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Kemosabe Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, Reunion Records, Roc Nation, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Verity Music Group and Volcano. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.
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Virgin Records began in the early 1970's as a small, independent label based in London. Today, Virgin Records is part of EMI, one of the largest music companies in the world.


A wide array of artists call Virgin their recording home, including: 30 Seconds To Mars, A Fine Frenzy, A Perfect Circle, Alice In Chains, Richard Ashcroft, Adelitas Way, The Almost, Beenie Man, Ben Harper, Boz Scaggs, Blue Man Group, Blur, Chemical Brothers, David Bryne, D'Angelo, Daft Punk, Fatboy Slim, Green River Ordinance, KT Tunstall, My Favorite Highway, Gorillaz, Joss Stone, Lenny Kravitz, Massive Attack, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Rolling Stones, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Saosin, Saving Abel, Sick Puppies, Tina Turner and Yanni.
Company Overview
Virgin Records began in the early 1970's as a small, independent label based in London. Today, Virgin Records is part of EMI, the third largest music company in the world.
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Formed at the tail-end of 2010 by the owner of Fabrizio™ and EShows TV, initially to promote recorded material, VIP roster ended up full of lesser-known acts, many of them white hip pop and rock signings, Like POC Nation produced by Ron Thal from Guns and Roses.

VIP Music Records is a global recorded music company. our mission is to provide a platform to aspiring artist to grow organically, in an atmosphere that is equipped with the latest technology and resources.

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