RCA Records

RCA Records
RCA Records (logo).svg
Logo used since 2015; it was first used from 1968 to 1987.
Parent company
FoundedJanuary 1900; 121 years ago (1900-01) (as Consolidated Talking Machine Company)[1][2]
Founder
Distributor(s)
  • Sony Music Entertainment (United States)
  • RCA Label Group (International)
  • Legacy Recordings (reissues)
GenreVarious
Country of originUnited States
Official websitercarecords.com

RCA Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America. It is one of Sony Music's four flagship labels, alongside RCA's former long-time rival Columbia Records; also Arista Records, and Epic Records. The label has released multiple genres of music, including pop, classical, rock, hip hop, afrobeat, electronic, R&B, blues, jazz, and country. Its name is derived from the initials of its defunct parent company, the Radio Corporation of America[3] (RCA). It was fully acquired by Bertelsmann in 1986, making it a part of Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG). RCA Records became a part of Sony BMG Music Entertainment after Sony and BMG merged in 2004; it was acquired by the latter in 2008, after the dissolution of Sony BMG and the restructuring of Sony Music. It is the second-oldest record label in American history, after sister label Columbia Records.

The RCA catalogue includes records by influential artists such as Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Nina Simone, Buddy Guy, and Sam Cooke.[4] As of 2021, the label's roster included Britney Spears, A$AP Rocky, Backstreet Boys, Dave Matthews Band, Chris Brown, Cage the Elephant, Miley Cyrus, Craig David, D'Angelo, Foo Fighters, Becky G, G-Eazy, Kirk Franklin, Childish Gambino, Martin Garrix, H.E.R, Enrique Iglesias, Kesha, Alicia Keys, Khalid, Kings of Leon, Normani, Pentatonix, P!nk, Mark Ronson, Shakira, SZA, Bryson Tiller, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Doja Cat, Three Days Grace, Walk the Moon, and ZAYN.[5]

  1. ^ "Why Records Are 12 Inches Wide". NPR.org. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  2. ^ Hoffman, Frank (2004). Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound. Routledge. p. 258. ISBN 1135949506.
  3. ^ "RCA (Radio Corporation of America)". EHTW.org. Engingeering and Technology History Wiki. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  4. ^ Rolling Stone (December 3, 2010). "100 Greatest Artists". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  5. ^ "Artists". RCA Records. Retrieved May 24, 2019.

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