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WMG’s family of labels—including Atlantic Records Group, Warner Bros. Records Inc., and Parlophone—is among the most prominent and successful in the history of music, encompassing a global roster of acclaimed artists and an unparalleled catalog including many of the world's most popular and influential recordings.
  • Asylum

    Asylum has been a legendary name in the music industry for over four decades. Part of the WMG family since its inception, the label has always served as a breeding ground for compelling new artists. Today, Asylum lives under the umbrella of Atlantic Records UK, with a roster that includes Ed Sheeran, Rudimental, and Charli XCX, among others. The label was launched in 1971 by David Geffen, in partnership with Atlantic, as a haven for a groundbreaking new generation of singer/songwriters. Its early signings included Jackson Browne, the Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, and Tom Waits.

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  • Atlantic

    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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  • Big Beat

    Big Beat is home to such landscape-shifting artists as Skrillex, Icona Pop, Clean Bandit, Cash Cash, Galantis, Chromeo, Martin Solveig, Knife Party, and Robin Schulz. The label was founded in 1987 by then 21-year-old New York DJ and current Chairman & CEO of Atlantic Records, Craig Kallman, who started Big Beat in his bedroom, selling records on the street from a shopping cart. Having become a major presence in the dance and hip-hop underground, Big Beat was acquired by Atlantic Records in 1991. The influential imprint was relaunched by Atlantic in 2010, again becoming a preeminent force on the leading edge of today’s dance/electronic scene.

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  • Canvasback Music

    Canvasback Music, founded in 2006 by veteran A&R executive Steve Ralbovsky, joined the Atlantic Records family in 2009. Today, its roster includes Alt-J, Grouplove, Frightened Rabbit, and the Orwells. The first Canvasback release was the acclaimed soundtrack to the film Once.

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  • East West

    The venerable East West name has been through several incarnations over the past six decades. In 2014, the label was relaunched as a division of Warner Music UK, and is home to a wide range of artists, among them Simply Red, Jools Holland, The Corrs, Rumer, and Beverly Knight. East West was originally formed in 1957 as a subsidiary of Atlantic, with a roster that included artists such as the Kingsmen (members of Bill Haley’s Comets), Jay Holliday, Johnny Houston, and the Glowtones. After being dormant for nearly thirty years, the label was revived as a jazz imprint by legendary Atlantic executive Nesuhi Ertegun, who produced several notable recordings for the label before his untimely passing in 1989. The following year, it returned as a genre-spanning label featuring En Vogue, Pantera, Gerald Levert, Missy Elliott, and others. The East West of today remains distinguished by artistic diversity, selectivity, and excellence.

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  • Elektra

    The famed Elektra label was reignited in 2009, its independent spirit alive and well in the music of Fitz and the Tantrums, Saint Motel, The Moth & The Flame, Fences, Kaleo, Anderson East, and others. Founded in 1950 by music visionary Jac Holzman, Elektra Records is one of the most influential and revered labels in the business, from its origins in traditional folk and ethnic music to launching the careers of such seminal artists as Judy Collins, the Doors, and the Stooges. Defined since its inception by an artist-driven environment, the label has championed a boundary-crossing roster, from the Eagles to Metallica, from Natalie Cole to Missy Elliott. In 2004, with the new independence of Warner Music Group following its sale by Time Warner, Elektra was merged into the Atlantic Records Group.

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  • Erato

    Erato was established in Paris in 1953 with a founding mission to focus on recording French composers and artists, with an emphasis on Renaissance and Baroque music. Over the years, the Erato catalog grew to feature such noted artists as Plácido Domingo, Maxim Vengerov, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Maurice André, Hélène Grimaud, Scott Ross, Marie-Claire Alain, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Susan Graham, and José van Dam. Erato joined the WMG family in 1992. In 2013, Erato was relaunched when the Virgin Classics label became part of WMG through Warner’s acquisition of Parlophone Label Group. Today, Erato records such acclaimed artists as Natalie Dessay, Philippe Jaroussky, Joyce DiDonato, Diana Damrau, the Ébène Quartet, Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, and Alexandre Tharaud.

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  • FFRR

    FFRR is a celebrated dance music label originally established in 1986 by legendary English DJ, A&R executive and electronic music pioneer Pete Tong. In 2011, FFRR was relaunched under Warner Music UK and today is a dance imprint for Parlophone, with Tong at the helm of A&R for the label. The label’s roster includes Paper Crows, Blonde, Oliver Heldens, Disciples, and Icarus. The original incarnation of FFRR featured releases from such groundbreaking artists as Orbital, The Brand New Heavies, Shakespear’s Sister, Salt ‘N’ Pepa, Lil Louis, LTJ Bukem, All Saints, Jay-Z, Smith & Mighty, Armand Van Helden, Carl Cox, and Tong himself. The name FFRR originally stood for Full Frequency Range Recording, an improved high-fidelity recording technique.

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  • Fueled By Ramen

    Since its official inception nearly two decades ago, Fueled By Ramen Records has been more than just a record label; it has been a brand for the ever-growing community that has embraced what the label stands for. The label has become the nucleus for today’s best and brightest punk-inspired rock/pop bands, with a roster that includes the likes of Paramore, fun., Panic! At The Disco, and twenty one pilots. Originally based in the college town of Gainesville, Florida – where it was headquartered in label founder John Janick’s dorm room – Fueled By Ramen now calls New York City home.

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  • Nonesuch

    Artistry. Originality. Diversity. Quality. In 2014, Nonesuch Records celebrated its 50th anniversary, a landmark in the history of a label whose eclectic, award-winning roster today ranges from The Black Keys to Kronos Quartet, Emmylou Harris to John Adams, Brad Mehldau to Randy Newman, Chris Thile to Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Reich to Robert Plant, Caetano Veloso to Audra McDonald. Founded as a budget classical label in 1964 by Jac Holzman, head of the then-independent Elektra Records, and overseen by Bob Hurwitz for the past three decades, Nonesuch Records pursues a broad mission that embraces world music, classical, jazz, folk, rock, bluegrass, Americana, musical theater, soundtracks, and often the uncategorizable.

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  • Parlophone

    With more than a century of experience in discovering and nurturing iconic recording artists, Parlophone is among the most famous and prestigious companies in the history of the music industry. The London-based PLG (Parlophone Label Group) joined Warner Music Group in 2013, bringing to the WMG family such artists as Coldplay, David Guetta, Lily Allen, Kylie Minogue, Damon Albarn, and the world-renowned EMI Classics label. Originally founded in Germany in 1896, with its British arm established in 1923, the Parlophone catalog includes such groundbreaking artists as Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Radiohead, Jethro Tull, Kate Bush, and many more. PLG is also home to FFRR, the dance music label formed by English DJ Pete Tong in 1986.

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  • Reprise

    Established in 1960, Reprise Records is now an imprint under the Warner Bros. Records (WBR) umbrella, home to a diverse array of artists, including Neil Young, Tom Petty, Green Day, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, and others. They join an illustrious Reprise history that has included the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, and Randy Newman. Originally formed by Frank Sinatra as a label that would give artists freedom and creative control, the early Reprise roster also included fellow Rat Pack members Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., among others. Warner Bros. acquired Reprise in 1963 and the label soon expanded into the worlds of rock and pop music. With Reprise came Mo Ostin, the inspirational executive who would guide both Reprise and WBR for three decades.

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  • Rhino

    Warner Music Group is home to one of the most extraordinary, timeless bodies of work in music history, spanning decades of cultural history and virtually every genre. As the keeper of the company’s rich legacy, Rhino Entertainment develops and promotes this collection across multiple media platforms. Established in 1978, Rhino evolved into the world’s premier reissue label, setting the standard for excellence in both the physical and digital worlds. Rhino has also expanded the definition of what a catalog music company can be, inking groundbreaking partnerships with legendary artists such as the Grateful Dead and Frank Sinatra. Rhino was first associated with Warner Music Group in 1992 through a distribution pact with Atlantic Records, and in 1998 it became a wholly owned division of WMG.

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  • Roadrunner Records

    The name Roadrunner has defined authentic, no-compromise hard rock and metal music for over three decades. The Roadrunner roster of today boasts an impressively diverse array of artists, among them Slipknot, Rush, Theory of a Deadman, Killswitch Engage, Stone Sour, Dream Theater, Amity Affliction, and Trivium. Roadrunner’s roots stretch back to 1980, when the company started out as an independent Dutch importer of heavy metal albums. Roadrunner soon began discovering and signing bands of its own, opening an office in New York City in 1986 and later bringing the world such top-charting artists as Nickelback. In 2007, Warner Music Group acquired a majority stake in Roadrunner and three years later the company became a wholly owned division of WMG.

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  • Sire

    2016 will mark the 50th anniversary of Sire Records. Since its founding by industry legend Seymour Stein – who remains at the helm – and Richard Gotterher, Sire has lived at the cutting edge of modern music. The Sire vision continues today with Delta Rae, Ben Fields, Residual Kid, Cold Fronts, and others. In 1976, ten years after its formation, Sire joined the Warner Music Group family and quickly became a pioneering force on the emerging punk and new wave scene, signing such groundbreaking artists as the Ramones and Talking Heads. The Sire roster expanded to include culture-shifting performers such as Madonna, the Smiths, the Pretenders, Depeche Mode, the Cult, the Replacements, and dozens more.

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  • Warner Bros. Records

    Warner Bros. Records (WBR) has stood as a beacon of artistic freedom and creative expression for the past six decades, releasing some of the most culturally influential and innovative music of our time. Based in Burbank, California, the WBR label is home to an impressive generation of artists, among them Avenged Sevenfold, Gary Clark Jr., Jason Derulo, Echosmith, The Flaming Lips, Jenny Lewis, Linkin Park, Muse, Nico & Vinz, Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Royal Blood, and many others. Beginning in 1958 as the label arm of the famed movie studio, things began to take shape in the early ‘60s with artists like the Everly Brothers, Peter Paul & Mary, and comedian Bob Newhart. With the acquisition of Frank Sinatra’s Reprise Records in 1963, the WBR mantra of “the music first” took hold, leading to the signing of such groundbreaking artists as the Kinks, Grateful Dead, Van Morrison, James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, and many more.

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  • Warner Classics

    Based in Paris, Warner Classics and its sister label Erato together comprise one of the world’s leading global classical music recording companies. In 2013, with WMG’s acquisition of Parlophone Label Group, the renowned EMI Classics roster and catalog became part of Warner Classics. The label exclusively records such acclaimed artists as Alison Balsom, Emmanuel Pahud, Sir Antonio Pappano, and distinguished organizations like the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. The company boasts an unrivaled catalogue of recordings by international superstars Nigel Kennedy, Kiri Te Kanawa, Itzhak Perlman, Sir Simon Rattle, André Previn, and Riccardo Muti, and the historic recordings of Mstislav Rostropovich, Maria Callas, Victoria de los Angeles, Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Jacqueline du Pré, Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer, Sir Adrian Boult, and Sir John Barbirolli, as well as the longest-serving artist in the history of the record industry, violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin.

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  • Warner Music Nashville

    Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Frankie Ballard, Dan + Shay, Ashley Monroe, Randy Travis – these are just a few of the artists who call Warner Music Nashville home. The country music wing of WMG, Warner Music Nashville was formally established in 2009, but its roots run deep in the long history of the individual WMG labels in Music City – including seminal recordings by Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Rodney Crowell, Travis Tritt, Hank Williams Jr., Eddie Rabbitt, LeAnn Rimes, and others. Warner Music Nashville is the country umbrella for Atlantic Records, Warner Bros. Records, and Elektra Nashville.

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Publishing

Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing company of WMG, is home to an extraordinary catalog that includes timeless standards and contemporary hits, representing works by over 65,000 songwriters and composers, with a collection of more than one million copyrights. Warner/Chappell also includes Warner/Chappell Production Music.
    Warner/Chappell Music

    Warner/Chappell Music (WCM) can trace its history back more than 200 years, to the founding of Chappell & Company on London’s Bond Street in 1811. Since then, the company has been committed to discovering and supporting the greatest songwriters and composers across every musical era and genre. WCM provides deep expertise spanning a range of creative services and innovative opportunities for composers and copyright holders. The company publishes and administers the work of such artists as Barry Gibb, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Eric Clapton, fun., Gamble & Huff, Green Day, Jay Z, Katy Perry, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Miramax Films, Muse, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M, Roc Nation, and Stephen Sondheim, among many others. With offices in more than 40 countries, the WCM of today was formally established with the purchase of Chappell by Warner Bros. Music in 1987.

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    Warner/Chappell Production Music

    Warner/Chappell Production Music is a global leader in the production music industry, with over 35 years of experience and success. It encompasses more than 90 catalogs worldwide and unites many of the most successful and respected independent brands in production music, including Frank Gari Productions and Gari Communications, 615 Music, Non-Stop Music, Groove Addicts, V – The Production Library, Full Tilt, and many others. Warner/Chappell Production Music has been the recipient of many industry awards, including multiple Emmy®, Telly, ADDY, and Promax honors, and its composers have created works for countless well-known TV shows, movies, and companies. The division was officially established in 2012, when all of WMG’s production music houses were officially united under the Warner/Chappell Production Music umbrella.

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Artist & Label Services

For more than four decades, WMG has been an industry-leading force in providing a world-class array of services designed to help artists and labels grow their careers and their businesses. Artist & Label Services is the umbrella for WEA (Warner-Elektra-Atlantic) – the pioneering WEA distribution and marketing network – and Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) – the groundbreaking global distribution company for independent artists and labels.

    ADA is a worldwide service organization committed to independent artist and label development. As part of Warner Music Group, ADA gives the indie community access to an unparalleled global distribution system and a dedicated team that provides a complete spectrum of marketing, merchandising, promotion, and music licensing services. ADA was created in 1993 to focus on the independent music business, where some of the most successful artists and record labels have built their initial followings. ADA marries the effectiveness and convenience of a major label with the marketing sensibilities of an independent. ADA’s partners include Alligator, Bar None, Beggars Group, Comedy Central, Domino, Epitaph, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Matador, Merge, Mute, Nettwerk, New West, Real World, Rise, Smithsonian Folkways, Sumerian, Sub Pop, Tommy Boy, Vice, and many others.

    ADA

    ADA is a worldwide service organization committed to independent artist and label development. As part of Warner Music Group, ADA gives the indie community access to an unparalleled global distribution system and a dedicated team that provides a complete spectrum of marketing, merchandising, promotion, and music licensing services. ADA was created in 1993 to focus on the independent music business, where some of the most successful artists and record labels have built their initial followings. ADA marries the effectiveness and convenience of a major label with the marketing sensibilities of an independent. ADA’s partners include Alligator, Bar None, Beggars Group, Comedy Central, Domino, Epitaph, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Matador, Merge, Mute, Nettwerk, New West, Real World, Rise, Smithsonian Folkways, Sumerian, Sub Pop, Tommy Boy, Vice, and many others.

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    When WEA celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1996, Billboard magazine stated that the company had “forged a new era of distribution and delivery that would provide the new music an unparalleled global reach,” noting that it had created “a worldwide network with a local focus” and “whole new categories of sales and service.” These words hold true two decades later, as WEA continues to set the standard for sales and marketing in the 21st century. When WEA was formed in 1971, it brought together three visionary record labels – Warner Bros., Elektra, and Atlantic – to form a musical powerhouse that changed the face of the modern music business. The WEA of today has transformed itself from a traditional manufacturing and distribution division into a company that provides distribution, marketing, and research services for all of WMG’s labels across an array of physical and digital platforms, as well as working with a number of third-party film, broadcast, and video game companies.

    Warner Music Artist Services is the division of WEA that combines its expansive range of ancillary rights operations under one roof. Powered by a team of experts in everything from tour and VIP execution to consumer analytics and web development, Warner Music Artist Services is uniquely positioned to evolve what it means to run an integrated artist branding campaign. With a comprehensive suite of services covering all direct-to-fan and merchandise capabilities, the division is built to move fast and experiment more in a constantly shifting music industry that rewards those who lead by example.

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    When WEA celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1996, Billboard magazine stated that the company had “forged a new era of distribution and delivery that would provide the new music an unparalleled global reach,” noting that it had created “a worldwide network with a local focus” and “whole new categories of sales and service.” These words hold true two decades later, as WEA continues to set the standard for sales and marketing in the 21st century. When WEA was formed in 1971, it brought together three visionary record labels – Warner Bros., Elektra, and Atlantic – to form a musical powerhouse that changed the face of the modern music business. The WEA of today has transformed itself from a traditional manufacturing and distribution division into a company that provides distribution, marketing, and research services for all of WMG’s labels across an array of physical and digital platforms, as well as working with a number of third-party film, broadcast, and video game companies.

    Warner Music Artist Services is the division of WEA that combines its expansive range of ancillary rights operations under one roof. Powered by a team of experts in everything from tour and VIP execution to consumer analytics and web development, Warner Music Artist Services is uniquely positioned to evolve what it means to run an integrated artist branding campaign. With a comprehensive suite of services covering all direct-to-fan and merchandise capabilities, the division is built to move fast and experiment more in a constantly shifting music industry that rewards those who lead by example.

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