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Encyclopedia > Sony BMG Music Entertainment
The Sony BMG Music Entertainment logo.
The Sony BMG Music Entertainment logo.

Sony BMG Music Entertainment is the result of a 50/50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and BMG Entertainment (part of Bertelsmann) completed on August 5, 2004. It is one of the Big Four music companies, and includes ownership and distribution of recording labels such as Arista Records, Columbia Records, Epic Records, J Records, RCA Victor Records, RCA Records, Sonic Wave America, and others. Image File history File links Sony_bmg2. ... Image File history File links Sony_bmg2. ... A joint venture (often abbreviated JV) is a strategic alliance between two or more parties to undertake economic activity together. ... Sony Music Entertainment is a major global record label controlled by the Sony Corporation. ... Sony Corporation ) is one of the worlds largest media conglomerates founded in Tokyo, Japan. ... BMG (Bertelsmann Music Group) is one of the six divisions of Bertelsmann. ... Bertelsmann AG is a transnational media corporation founded in 1835, based in Gütersloh, Germany. ... August 5 is the 217th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (218th in leap years), with 148 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The world music market is dominated by the big four record labels. ... The following is a partial list of record labels, both past and present. ... Arista Records is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony BMG, and operates under the RCA Records Group // History The company was founded as the successor label to Bell Records in 1974 by Clive Davis, and named after his secondary school honor society. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ... Epic Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // History Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... J Records is a record label, part of the Sony BMG music conglomerate. ... Sony BMG Music Entertainment is the result of a 50/50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and BMG Entertainment (part of Bertelsmann AG) completed in August 2004. ... Sony BMG Music Entertainment is the result of a 50/50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and BMG Entertainment (part of Bertelsmann AG) completed in August 2004. ...


Financial analysts covering the merger anticipated that up to 2000 jobs could be cut as a result, saving Sony BMG approximately $350 million annually. This article is about general United States currency. ...


The company's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is Rolf Schmidt-Holz, who succeeded Andy Lack on February 10, 2006. In the first half of 2005, the company's share of new releases in the United States (US) declined from 33% to 26% according to Nielsen SoundScan. This, and Lack's negotiation of what some called an "ill-conceived" deal with Bruce Springsteen led to Bertelsmann informing Sony that it would not renew Lack's contract. Lack now holds the position of Chairman of the Board, the position formerly occupied by Schmidt-Holz. A chief executive officer (CEO), or chief executive, is the highest-ranking corporate officer or executive officer of a corporation, or agency. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nielsen SoundScan is an information system created by Nielsen Media Research that tracks sales data for singles, albums, and music video products for Billboard and other music industry companies. ... Bruce Frederick Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American rock and folk singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ...

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Controversy

  • In July 2005, Sony BMG was fined 10 million dollars after the New York Attorney General's office determined that they had been practicing payola mostly in the form of direct payments to radio stations and bribes to disc jockeys to promote various artists including Franz Ferdinand, Audioslave,Celine Dion and mainly Jessica Simpson. Epic Records, one of their labels, was specifically cited for using fake contests in order to hide the fact that the gifts were going to disc jockeys rather than listeners [1].
  • In October and November 2005, a controversy over digital rights management software produced and shipped by this company ensued; see 2005 Sony CD copy protection scandal. On November 16, 2005 US-CERT, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, part of the United States Department of Homeland Security, issued an advisory on Extended Copy Protection DRM, citing the XCP use of rootkit technology to hide certain files from the computer user as a security threat to computer users and saying that one of the uninstallation options provided by Sony also introduced vulnerabilities to a system. US-CERT advised, "Do not install software from sources that you do not expect to contain software, such as an audio CD." [2] In its "Top Flops of '05" issue, the enterprise newsweekly eWeek had to create a new category for the "Sony BMG root-kit fiasco." Peter Coffee, of eWeek Labs reported, "The Sony brand name was already in trouble—it lost 16 percent of its value between 2004 and 2005.... Now it has taken a body blow among tech-product opinion leaders. We've never done it before, and we hope we'll never have occasion to do it again but, for 2005, eWeek Labs awards a stupid tech trick grand prize to Sony." eWeek Vol. 22, No.50

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Future of the merger

On March 27, 2006, the New York Times reported that Bertlesmann was in talks with Sony to possibly alter the current venture. Two executives close to Sony BMG have said that Bertlesmann may offer Sony its half of the company in order to raise money by leveraging some of its media assets. Executives close to Sony BMG have stressed that any such agreement will likely take months to conclude. [3] The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... Sony Corporation ) is one of the worlds largest media conglomerates founded in Tokyo, Japan. ...


List of Sony BMG labels

Vanilla Ninja released three albums whilst with Bros Records, their last being Best Of Bros Records is a Central European record label owned by the major record company Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ... Caribou Reaction is a record label which distributed some of the Brother Records releases by The Beach Boys. ... Epic Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // History Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... Legacy Recordings is the reissue division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment which was founded in 1990 by CBS Records (renamed Sony Music in 1991) to handle reissues of recordings from the vast catalogues of Columbia Records, Epic Records and associated labels. ... Ode Records was started by Lou Adler in 1967 after he sold Dunhill Records to ABC Records. ... Ravenous Records, a division of Ravenous Entertainment, was formed in 1998 by Jim Steinman and Steven Rinkoff. ... For other uses, see RCA (disambiguation). ... Sony BMG Music Entertainment is the result of a 50/50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and BMG Entertainment (part of Bertelsmann AG) completed in August 2004. ... Phonogenic Records, is an UK Record Label by Sony BMG Music Enteraiment (UK), who distribues Natasha Bedingfields Unwritten, and in the Natasha Bedingfield CDS if you buy one you can see , even in the North American and the UK verision of the Cd. ... Arista Records is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony BMG, and operates under the RCA Records Group // History The company was founded as the successor label to Bell Records in 1974 by Clive Davis, and named after his secondary school honor society. ... J Records is a record label, part of the Sony BMG music conglomerate. ... Sony BMG Music Entertainment is the result of a 50/50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and BMG Entertainment (part of Bertelsmann AG) completed in August 2004. ... Bluebird Records was a sub-label of RCA Victor created to counter ARC Records on the 3 records for a dollar market. ... Windham Hill Records is a record company, founded in the 1976 by guitarist and carpenter William Ackerman and his then-wife Anne Robinson . ... Benson Records is a record label. ... Essential Records is a subsidiary of London Records. ... Flicker REcords logo Flicker Records is a Christian record label based in Franklin, Tennessee. ... Reunion Records is a Brentwood, Tennessee based independent record label started in 1982 by Dan Harrell and Mike Blanton. ... Arista Nashville is a record company which has the artists Keith Anderson, Brooks & Dunn, Diamond Rio, Jypsi, Brad Paisley, Phil Vassar. ... Sony BMG Masterworks is a music label. ... Sony Classical is the successor to the Columbia and CBS Masterworks labels, assuming its new identity after the purchase of CBS Records by Sony Corporation. ... Sony Wonder logo Sony Wonder is the childrens music and home video arm of consumer electronics company Sony. ... Zomba Music Group was started in 1977 by Clive Calder as a book publishing venture and moved into the recording business in 1981 as Zomba Recording Corporation. ... Epidemic Records is a hip-hop label that was founded by producers Cool & Dre. ... LaFace Records, an Atlanta, Georgia-based record label company, was originally a joint venture between the producing duo Antonio LA Reid and Kenneth Babyface Edmonds and Arista Records. ... Jive Records is an American record label that specializes in producing and releasing pop and hip hop music. ... Music for Nations is a recording company that has put forth many different rock recordings. ... Pinacle Records is a record label which was acquired by Zomba Records. ... Rough Trade on 130 Talbot Road (nearby Notting Hill station) Rough Trade Records is a British independent record label. ... UK Record Label owned by Zomba Music Group. ... So So Def Recordings is a record label, based out of Atlanta, Georgia and owned by Jermaine Dupri, specializing in Southern hip hop, R&B, and bass music. ... Verity Records is a subsidiary of Zomba Records. ... Volcano Records is a subsidiary of Zomba Records which controls the Scotti Bros. ... RED Distribution is a Sony BMG-owned independent record distributor that handles releases for some 40 record labels. ...

Japan

Further information: Sony Music in Japan

In Japan, Sony's Japanese recorded music subsidiary continues to operate independently of Sony BMG due to the strength and size of its business. BMG's former Japanese subsidiary is part of Sony BMG. Sony Music Entertainment Japan is Sonys music arm in Japan. ...


References

  •   Sony Settles Payola Investigation from the Office of the Attorney General of New York [4].
  • Leonard, Devin (Nov. 28, 2005). "Music Lessons". Fortune, pp. 31–32.

The 2004 Fortune 500 issue The magazine Fortune was founded by Time Magazine co-founder Henry Luce in 1930 at the outset of the Great Depression. ...

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The world music market is dominated by the big four record labels. ...

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