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Encyclopedia > Arista Records
Arista Records
Parent company Sony BMG
Founded 1974
Founder Clive Davis
Distributing label RCA Records
Genre Various
Country of origin Flag of the United States
Official website http://www.jrecords.com/

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Contents

History

Background

After being fired from CBS Records, Clive Davis was hired by Columbia Pictures to be a consultant for the company’s record and music operations. Assuming the presidency of this division in late 1974, Davis would fold the various Columbia legacy labels (Colpix Records, Colgems Records, and Bell Records) into a new entity named Arista Records, ultimately buying a percentage of the company from Columbia. The label was named Arista after New York City's secondary school honor society (of which Davis was a member at Erasmus Hall High School). In early 1975, most of the artists who had been signed to Bell were let go, including Tony Orlando and Dawn and the Fifth Dimension. Others, such as Suzi Quatro and Hot Chocolate, were farmed out to the Bell/Arista-distributed label, Big Tree. Several acts, such as Barry Manilow, the Bay City Rollers, and Melissa Manchester moved to Arista. Sony Music Entertainment is a major global record label controlled by the Sony Corporation. ... Clive Jay Davis (born April 4, 1932) is a Grammy Award winning record producer and a leading music industry executive. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Colpix Records was the first recording company for Columbia Pictures/Screen Gems. ... Colgems Records was a record label which existed from 1966 to 1971. ... The third record label to be called Bell Records was founded in 1954 in New York. ... Erasmus Hall High School is a high school in Kings County, New York (Brooklyn) in the New York City school system. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tony Orlando and Dawn was a pop music group that was very popular in the 1970s. ... The Fifth Dimension The Fifth Dimension (also known as The 5th Dimension) is an American popular music vocal group, whose repertoire also includes R&B, soul, and jazz. ... Suzi Quatro (born Susan Kay Quatro on June 3, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan) is a singer, bassist, radio personality and actress. ... For the beverage, see Hot chocolate. ... Big Tree Records was a record label founded by current Universal Music Group chairman Doug Morris in 1970. ... Barry Manilow (born June 17, 1946) is an American singer and songwriter best known for such recordings as I Write the Songs, Mandy, Weekend in New England and Copacabana. ... The Bay City Rollers were a Scottish Pop/rock band of the 1970s. ... Melissa Manchester (born on February 15, 1951 at New York, New York) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. ...


In order to stave off bankruptcy, Columbia Pictures first sold its Screen Gems-Columbia (Colgems) music publishing to EMI in 1976 and then sold Arista to German-based Ariola Records in 1979. By 1986, after Ariola purchased General Electric's RCA Records, the combined company was renamed Bertelsmann Music Group, though Arista's US releases did not note BMG until 1987. The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ariola Records is a daughter of BMG. Acquires Arista Records at the end of the seventies. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... “GE” redirects here. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... BMG (Bertelsmann Music Group) is one of the six divisions of Bertelsmann. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ...


Into the 1980s, Arista continued its rocket ride of success. Over the years it acquired Northwestside Records, Deconstruction Records, First Avenue Records and Dedicated Records in the UK. In 1989, Arista entered into a joint-venture with Antonio "L.A." Reid and Babyface in the creation of LaFace Records. In 1993, Arista also entered into a joint-venture with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs to form Bad Boy Records. It distributed Heavenly Records and fully acquired LaFace Records in 1999. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Northwestside Records was a record label acquired by Arista Records. ... Deconstruction Records was a record label based in the United Kingdom and was noted for its cutting-edge, contemporary dance music. ... First Avenue Records is acquired by Arista Records. ... Dedicated Records is acquired by Arista Records. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Antonio L.A. Reid is the co-founder of LaFace Records. ... This article is about the R&B record producer/musician. ... LaFace Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. LaFace was formed in 1989 as a joint venture between the producing duo Antonio LA Reid & Kenneth Babyface Edmonds and Arista Records. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... P. Diddy Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969 aka P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Sean Puffy Combs) is an African-American record producer, entrepreneur, and rapper. ... Bad Boy Records (originally Bad Boy Entertainment) is an east coast Hiphop/R&B record label founded by producer/rapper Sean Diddy Combs in 1988 that is a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Heavenly Records, aka Heavenly Recordings, is a London-based record label, distributed by EMI. Founded by Jeff Barrett, a former press officer for Creation Records and many successful indie bands of the time including Happy Mondays, Heavenly Recordings first releases were 7 singles for bands Barrett had discovered. ... This article is about the year. ...


Milli Vanilli scandal

In 1989, Arista signed the West German-based duo Milli Vanilli (Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan), and released their wildly successful multi-platinum debut album (which had been previously released in Europe the year before), Girl You Know It's True, the same year in the U.S. and Canada. The album became a success; was certified 6x platinum in America, and charted five top ten singles, three of which peaked at number one. In 1990, the duo won two American Music Awards and a Grammy for 'Best New Artist.' Later in the year, Milli Vanilli's svengali producer and manager, Frank Farian, publicly revealed that the two hadn't performed a single note on their album. Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Milli Vanilli (milli is a word meaning national in Turkish, picked up by the artists while visiting Turkey on one of its national days) was a duo, Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus, formed in Germany in the mid-1980s. ... Robert Pilatus (born June 8, 1965 – died April 2, 1998), better known as Rob Pilatus, was a German-American model, dancer and singer of Afro-German heritage, and former member of the controversial pop music duo Milli Vanilli. ... Fabrice Fab Morvan (born in Guadeloupe on May 14, 1966) is a French model, singer and songwriter. ... Milli Vanilli Milli Vanilli was a musical group, a duo composed of Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus, formed in Germany in the mid-1980s. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major American music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Franz Reuther (born July 18, 1941), better known as Frank Farian, is a German music producer, singer-songwriter and fraudster. ...


This revelation caused a firestorm in the music industry, as recording artists, particularly slickly produced pop acts, were now under siege and subsequently forced to cut back on lip-synching to show that they were authentic. Milli Vanilli's Grammy, meanwhile, was subsequently revoked. Clive Davis promptly dropped the duo from Arista and deleted their album and its masters from their catalogue—making Girl You Know It's True the largest-selling album to ever be taken out of print. A court ruling in the US allowed anyone who had bought the album to get a partial refund. For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ...


In response to the scandal, Arista's position was that the company had been completely unaware of Rob and Fabrice having not themselves recorded their album.


Reconstructing Arista

At the end of 2000, following its 25th anniversary, BMG pushed Davis out as label head and promoted L.A. Reid as its new President and CEO. Under Reid, the label actually saw hit albums with newer acts like Outkast, P!nk and Usher but Reid seemed to lose focus when it came to promotiing established acts like Whitney Houston, TLC, and Toni Braxton, all of whom have been the label's biggest sellers over the years. His extravagant spending, as well, caused the company to lose money. After the merger of BMG with Sony Music Entertainment, Reid was terminated. Arista, always an independently managed label at BMG, began operating under the newly formed RCA Records Group, where Davis is now the CEO and thus in control of Arista once more, as well as RCA Records, J Records, and Jive Records. In August 2005, Arista's operations were merged with that of J Records. The Arista imprint will continue to be used for new releases. Arista reissues will continue to be released through Sony BMG's Legacy Recordings. Also, with the Sony BMG joint venture, Arista is once again connected to Columbia Pictures, which is fully owned by Sony under its Sony Pictures Entertainment division. Arista's biggest recording act by far is Whitney Houston, who has released only 10 recordings (albums and soundtracks) yet has sold 175 million albums, becoming one of the biggest selling acts in music history. Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Antonio L.A. Reid is the co-founder of LaFace Records. ... OutKast is a Grammy award winning American hip hop duo based out of East Point, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. ... Alecia Moore (born September 8, 1979), better known by her stage name Pink (also written as P!nk), is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter who first gained prominence in North America in early January of 2000. ... Usher may refer to: Look up usher in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ... TLC was an American music group, whose repertoire spans R&B, hip hop and pop. ... Toni Michelle Braxton (born October 7, 1968 in Severn, Maryland) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, and actress who was popular during the 1990s. ... Sony Music Entertainment is a major global record label controlled by the Sony Corporation. ... This article, image, template or category belongs in one or more categories. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... J Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG, and is distributed through the RCA Records Group. ... Jive Records is an American record label, owned by Sony BMG, and operates as a quarter of the Zomba Label Group. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Legacy Recordings is Sony BMG Music Entertainments catalog division. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Artists

Main article: List of current Arista Records artists
Main article: List of former Arista Records artists

This is a list of artists who record for Arista Records, or its subsidiary labels. ... This is a list of artists who formerly recorded for Arista Records. ...

See also


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