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Epic Records
Parent company Sony Music Entertainment
Founded 1953
Distributing label Columbia/Epic Label Group (In the US)
Genre Various
Country of origin US
Location New York City, NY
Official Website Official website of Epic Records

Epic Records is an American record label, owned by Sony Music Entertainment, which currently operates under the umbrella of the Columbia/Epic Label Group. A premiere label for Sony Music; though it was originally conceived as jazz imprint, it has since expanded to represent various genres.





Epic Records was launched in 1953 by CBS for the purpose of marketing jazz and classical music that was did not fit the theme of the more mainstream Columbia Records. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. This has included such notables as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Juilliard String Quartet, Antal Doráti conducting the Hague Philharmonic and George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra.

Expansion of genres and mainstream success

By 1960, the label's musical base had been expanded to include all genres. This was done in part to prevent the roster of Columbia Records (which, at the time, had a reputation for releasing material by more established acts) from being overstuffed with newer artists.[citation needed] Subsequently, Epic became better known for its signing of newer, fledgling acts. By the end of the 1960s, Epic earned its first gold records and had evolved into a formidable hit-making force in rock and roll, R&B and country music. Among its many acts, it included Roy Hamilton, Bobby Vinton, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, Tammy Wynette, Donovan, The Yardbirds, Lulu, July and Jeff Beck. Several of the British artists on the Epic roster during the 1960s were the result of CBS's Epic/Okeh units' international distribution deal with EMI; Epic recordings were issued by EMI on the Columbia label before the contract with EMI expired, at which point CBS Records formed a British Epic Records branch to market Epic label material.

Also during the 1960s, Epic oversaw the smaller subsidiary CBS labels including: Okeh Records and Date Records.

Epic's commercial success continued to grow in the 1970s with releases from ABBA, Boston, Cheap Trick, The Clash, Charlie Daniels, Heart, The Isley Brothers, The Jacksons, Labelle, Johnny Nash, Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon, Charlie Rich, Sly & the Family Stone, Steve Vai and Edgar Winter. Also contributing to the labels success was its distribution of Philadelphia International Records, which produced additional hit records by acts such as The Three Degrees and McFadden and Whitehead.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Epic's mainstream success further escalated with such acts on its roster as Adam Ant, Cry Before Dawn, Culture Club, Céline Dion, Gloria Estefan, Europe, Cyndi Lauper, Ozzy Osbourne, Sade, Luther Vandross and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The labels greatest paydirt achievement came with the release Thriller, the 1982 album by Michael Jackson, which went on to achieve fifty million in international sales; becoming the biggest selling album in history.

More recently, other successful acts on the label have included [(Mudvayne)], The Fray, Jessica Simpson, Shakira, Korn, Fiona Apple, Olly Murs, Jennifer Lopez, Rage Against the Machine, and B2K.


In February 2009, Sony Music appointed singer/songwriter Amanda Ghost president of Epic Records.[1]. Later in the year, Sony Music (during a reconsolidation of labels) merged Epic's operations with Columbia Records, and subsequently formed the Columbia/Epic Label Group — under which both labels continue to operate as separate brands. Sony Music's Legacy Recordings, in the meantime, reissues the label's classic and historical titles.

Imprint labels

The following is a list of labels Epic Records has distributed:



Epic Records artists

Epic Records Executives

  • Amanda Ghost - Epic Records President
  • Nick Raphael - Epic UK Managing Director
  • Jo Charrington - Epic UK Head of A&R

See also

Former logos


External links

Simple English

Epic Records
Parent company Sony BMG
Founded 1953
Distributing label Epic Records (In the US)
Genre Various
Country of origin US
Official website Official website of Epic Records

Epic Records is an American record label with several sub-companies around the world. It is currently owned by Sony BMG, but was originally owned by CBS. The company started in 1953, and over the years has signed artists and bands such as Fiona Apple, Céline Dion, Pearl Jam, Michael Jackson, KISS, AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine, Heart, Boston and Modest Mouse.


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