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Encyclopedia > American Recordings
American Recordings
Parent company Sony Music
Founded 1988
Founder(s) Rick Rubin
Distributing label Columbia Records
Genre(s) Various
Country of origin US
Official Website Official Web site of American Recordings

American Recordings is a Los Angeles-based record label headed by record producer Rick Rubin. The label's most successful artists include Slayer, The Black Crowes, Danzig, Johnny Cash, and System of a Down. ... Frederick Jay Rubin (born March 10, 1963 in Lido Beach, New York) is a multiple Grammy Award-winning American record producer. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State California County Los Angeles County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Frederick Jay Rubin (born March 10, 1963 in Lido Beach, New York) is a multiple Grammy Award-winning American record producer. ... Slayer is an American thrash metal band founded by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. ... The Black Crowes are a blues-oriented hard rock jam band who have sold over 15 million albums and were hailed by Melody Maker as The Most Rock n Roll Rock n Roll Band in the World. The band has toured with acts such as Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Jimmy Page... Danzig is an American band that fuses dark lyrics and imagery with heavy metal music. ... It has been suggested that Johnny Cash family be merged into this article or section. ... System of a Down (also referred to as System or abbreviated as SOAD) is a four-piece, Grammy-award winning band, formed in 1995 in Los Angeles, California. ...

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Company History

The label was founded as Def American after Rick Rubin left Def Jam Recordings in 1988. Among the first acts to be signed were Slayer, Danzig, Masters of Reality, and Wolfsbane, as well as indie rockers The Jesus and Mary Chain and controversial stand up comedian Andrew Dice Clay. Rubin continued his association with hip-hop music by signing artists like the Geto Boys and Sir Mix-a-Lot. American had its first major success with The Black Crowes' 1990 debut album, Shake Your Money Maker. The album eventually went quintuple Platinum. Their 1992 follow-up, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion gave American its first No.1 album. Rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot managed a number-one hit with the song "Baby Got Back," as well as a platinum-selling album Mack Daddy. Heavy rock acts Slayer and Danzig also enjoyed notable commercial success with Slayer in particular, managing several Gold-certified albums. The label changed to its current name in 1993. Rubin produces most of the recordings on the label, as well as directing other music related ventures. Def Jam Recordings is an American based hip-hop record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Slayer is an American thrash metal band founded by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. ... Danzig is an American band that fuses dark lyrics and imagery with heavy metal music. ... Masters of Reality is a hard rock group formed in 1981 by guitarist and singer Chris Goss and Tim Harrington in Syracuse, New York. ... Wolfsbane was a rock and roll band formed in Tamworth, England containing singer Blaze Bayley, who went on to join Iron Maiden in 1993. ... The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band that revolved around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid. ... Richard Pryor hits the money line A stand-up comedian or stand-up comic is someone that performs in comedy clubs, usually reciting a fast paced succession of amusing stories, short jokes and one-liners, typically called a monologue. ... Andrew Dice Clay (born Andrew Clay Silverstein on September 29, 1957, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American comedian and actor. ... The Geto Boys are a rap group from Houston, Texas, consisting of Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill. ... Sir Mix-a-Lot (born Anthony Ray, August 12, 1963) is a rapper and producer from Seattle, Washington, USA. He created his own brand of hip hop - influenced by Electro, Kraftwerk and Gary Numan, and funk - but was mostly known for his West Coast take on Miami bass. ... The Black Crowes are a blues-oriented hard rock jam band who have sold over 15 million albums and were hailed by Melody Maker as The Most Rock n Roll Rock n Roll Band in the World. The band has toured with acts such as Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Jimmy Page... Shake Your Moneymaker is the debut album by the American Southern rock band the Black Crowes, released in January of 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion is the second album by the American blues-rock group, the Black Crowes. ... Sir Mix-a-Lot (born Anthony Ray, August 12, 1963) is a rapper and producer from Seattle, Washington, USA. He created his own brand of hip hop - influenced by Electro, Kraftwerk and Gary Numan, and funk - but was mostly known for his West Coast take on Miami bass. ... Baby Got Back is a 1992 hip-hop song by Sir Mix-a-Lot. ... Mack Daddy may refer to: Mac Daddy, a slang term Mack Daddy (album), an album by the rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot Mack Daddy (book), a book on fatherhood written by Larry Bleidner Mac Daddy, an episode of The Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends Category: ... Slayer is an American thrash metal band founded by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. ... Danzig is an American band that fuses dark lyrics and imagery with heavy metal music. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


Rubin changed the name of the company to American Recordings in 1993 after seeing the word “def” in a dictionary. A large mock funeral for the word was held, presided over by the Reverend Al Sharpton. The company was renamed because he believed that finding the word in a notable source was against the anti-establishment image that he was trying to project for the company. Reverend Al Sharpton The Reverend Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr. ...


American had several sub-labels over the years, including Onion Records, Ill Labels, Whte Lbls [sic], and Infinite Zero, the latter of which was a partnership with Henry Rollins that specialized in reissues of obscure albums. None of these labels made the distribution transition after American Recordings left Warner Bros. in 1997, and its recordings are out-of-print. Henry Rollins (born February 13, 1961 as Henry Lawrence Garfield[1]) is a singer and songwriter, spoken word artist, book author (prose and poetry), radio and TV personality, occasional movie actor, comedian, and voice-over artist. ...


Distribution

The first-ever Def American release was Reign in Blood by Slayer, which, ironically, had a Def Jam logo on its first pressing. However, because Russell Simmons felt that it was not in line with Def Jam, and because Def Jam’s then-distributor, Columbia/CBS Records, refused to release it, it was released through Geffen Records, and Rubin took the rights of the release to the new label with him after the split. Initially, it was distributed by Geffen Records through Warner Bros. Records, but when Geffen refused to distribute the self-titled album by The Geto Boys and the controversy it caused, Rubin switched distribution to Warner Bros. proper, which released all subsequent Def American titles. Reign in Blood is the third studio album and major label debut by the American thrash metal band Slayer. ... Slayer is an American thrash metal band founded by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. ... Def Jam Recordings is an American based hip-hop record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group. ... Russell Simmons (born October 4, 1957 in Queens, New York), is an African American entrepreneur, the co-founder, with Rick Rubin, of the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam, founder of another label, Russell Simmons Music Group, and creator of the clothing fashion line Phat Farm. ... Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... Warner Bros. ... The Geto Boys are a gangsta rap group from Houston, Texas, consisting of Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill. ...


American's distribution has been handled through several labels over the years. American's first incarnation was distributed by Geffen Records through Warner Bros. Records from 1988 to 1990. After a falling out with Geffen over the content of the Geto Boys' only Def American release, Warner Bros. itself took over distribution duties from 1990 to 1997. Distribution was then passed on to Columbia Records/Sony Music. In 2001, Universal Music Group (ironically the owners of Geffen Records by that point) took over distribution. In 2005, with the exception of the recordings of Johnny Cash, the label returned to the Warner Bros. Records fold. Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry. ... Warner Bros. ...


In 2007, Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the extensive American Recordings catalog, which included Johnny Cash, The Black Crowes, The Jayhawks, Slayer, and Danzig. Warner Bros. was American's home from 1992 through 1997. American's current roster was transferred to Sony/Columbia in mid 2007 after a legal battle between Warner and Rubin over the details of their former arrangement in which American Recordings would sign and provide creative services for artists, while Warner Bros. was only to handle promotion, sales, marketing, and distribution. Rubin was prompted to move his label with his appointment to co-chairman of Columbia in the Spring of 2007. Currently all new releases are on hold until the move is complete. It has been suggested that Johnny Cash family be merged into this article or section. ... The Black Crowes are a blues-oriented hard rock jam band who have sold over 15 million albums and were hailed by Melody Maker as The Most Rock n Roll Rock n Roll Band in the World. The band has toured with acts such as Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Jimmy Page... Hailing from Minneapolis, the Jayhawks are a band playing a style of alt-country and roots rock with elements of folk. ... Slayer is an American thrash metal band founded by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. ... Danzig is an American band that fuses dark lyrics and imagery with heavy metal music. ... ...


Current Artists

Dan Wilson is a Minneapolis musician best known as the main guitarist/vocalist for the band Semisonic. ... The (International) Noise Conspiracy is a garage rock band with punk rock influences. ... It has been suggested that Johnny Cash family be merged into this article or section. ... // 2000 - Present Band Members: Nathan Barlowe - Lead Vocals, Guitar Cary Barlowe - Guitar, Vocals Aaron Jenkins - Bass Chris Coleman - Drums In 2000 Luna Halo, fronted by former Reality Check front man Nathan Barlowe, released their debut CD Shimmer on Christian music label Sparrow Records. ... Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer and songwriter. ... Slayer is an American thrash metal band founded by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. ... System of a Down (also referred to as System or abbreviated as SOAD) is a four-piece, Grammy-award winning band, formed in 1995 in Los Angeles, California. ... Vacation is a term used in English speaking North America to describe time away from work or school, a trip abroad, or simply a pleasure trip away from home, such as a trip to the beach. ... Thomas Tom Earl Petty (born October 20, 1950) is a singer and guitarist. ...

Past Artists

American Head Charge (often referred to as Head Charge or abbreviated AHC) are an industrial metal band from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA, earning nominations at the Kerrang! Awards on two occasions. ... Andrew Dice Clay (born Andrew Clay Silverstein on September 29, 1957, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American comedian and actor. ... Barkmarket was a rock music group formed in New York City in 1987. ... The Black Crowes are a blues-oriented hard rock jam band who have sold over 15 million albums and were hailed by Melody Maker as The Most Rock n Roll Rock n Roll Band in the World. The band has toured with acts such as Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Jimmy Page... Daniel John Baird (12 December 1953) is an American musician. ... Danzig is an American band that fuses dark lyrics and imagery with heavy metal music. ... Deconstruction was a band formed by former members of Janes Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and bassist Eric Avery. ... The Four Horsemen were a band that had brief popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Frank Black (born Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV on April 6, 1965) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. ... The Geto Boys are a rap group from Houston, Texas, consisting of Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill. ... God Lives Underwater is an industrial techno rock band from rural Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia) formed in 1993 by band members David Reilly and Jeff Turzo. ... Julian Cope (born Julian David Cope, on 21 October 1957) is an Welsh rock musician, writer, antiquary, musicologist, poet and forward-thinker who came to prominence as singer of Liverpool post-punk band The Teardrop Explodes in 1978. ... The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band that revolved around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid. ... Tomorrow the Green Grass, the second major label studio album recorded by The Jayhawks, released in 1995 The Jayhawks are an American rock band, sometimes described as Alt-country, or more often today, Americana. ... John Anthony Frusciante (IPA pronunciation: ) (born March 5, 1970) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer. ... Laika, in 1957, became the first animal to be launched into orbit, paving the way for human spaceflight. ... Lindsey was a unit of local government until 1974 in Lincolnshire, England, covering the northern part of the county. ... Lords of Acid is a Belgian acid house band from the 1990s that started as a spinoff of Praga Khan with the controversial New Beat single I Sit On Acid in 1988. ... Lordz of Brooklyn is a group of rap music performers with members of Italian-American descent based out of Brooklyn, New York. ... Love and Rockets were an alternative rock band formed in 1985 by former Bauhaus members Daniel Ash (guitars, saxophone, and vocals), David J (bass and vocals) and Kevin Haskins (drums, synthesizers). ... Manmade God is a post-grunge group. ... Masters of Reality is a hard rock group formed in 1981 by guitarist and singer Chris Goss and Tim Harrington in Syracuse, New York. ... MC 900 Ft. ... Formed in 1988 during Londons acid house craze by college friends Ali Ghani and Mark Davies, Messiahs brand of techno encompasses the aggression and volume of punk and the diva vocals of house music. ... Paloalto Paloalto is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. ... Psychotica, formed in 1994 by Paul ENA Kostabi and NYC Club Owner Pat Briggs, were a seminal influence in Industrial Goth, releasing 3 albums to mixed reviews and varied success. ... Ruth Ruth is a pop-punk band formed in New York City in 1993. ... Sir Mix-a-Lot (born Anthony Ray, August 12, 1963) is a rapper and producer from Seattle, Washington, USA. He created his own brand of hip hop - influenced by Electro, Kraftwerk and Gary Numan, and funk - but was mostly known for his West Coast take on Miami bass. ... Skinny Puppy is a prominent industrial band, formed in Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1982. ... Trouble is an American (proto) Doom Metal band noted for their slow (by 80s standards), heavy albums such as their 1984 debut Trouble (later Psalm 9) The Skull (1985) and others. ... Saul Stacey Williams (born February 29, 1972) is most known for his blend of spoken word poetry and hip-hop. ... Wesley Willis Wesley Willis (May 31, 1963 – August 21, 2003) was a musician and artist from Chicago. ... Wolfsbane was a rock and roll band formed in Tamworth, England containing singer Blaze Bayley, who went on to join Iron Maiden in 1993. ...

See also

This is a list of record labels. ...

External link

  • Official site

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American Recordings is a Los Angeles-based record label headed by record producer Rick Rubin.
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