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Atlantic

on January 22, 2015 - 1:52am

One of the most iconic and enduring labels in music history, Atlantic in its seventh decade continues to be marked by musical diversity, embracing a spectrum of chart-topping performers who span the contemporary musical landscape – including such stars as Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Death Cab For Cutie, and Wiz Khalifa. Atlantic, which was founded in New York City in 1947 by music pioneers Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson, started out as an independent, one-room operation dedicated to finding, recording, and promoting R&B and jazz. The duo was soon joined by a formidable production team that included Jerry Wexler, Nesuhi Ertegun, Tom Dowd, and Arif Mardin. A rarity in the industry, the Atlantic of today can trace its legacy in an unbroken line back to its very first days, its rich history distinguished by an array of legendary artists who broke new ground and set new musical standards – from Ray Charles to Led Zeppelin, from John Coltrane to Aretha Franklin, from Otis Redding to Genesis. Today, the Atlantic Records Group encompasses the Atlantic, Asylum, Big Beat, Elektra, Fueled By Ramen, and Roadrunner labels.

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