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J Records
Parent company Sony Music Entertainment
Founded 2000
Founder Clive Davis
Distributing label RCA/Jive Label Group
(In the US)
RCA Records
(Outside the US)
Genre Various
Country of origin US
Official Website Official website of J Records

J Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony Music Entertainment, and is distributed through the RCA/Jive Label Group.


Company history

J Records was founded in 2000 by industry veteran Clive Davis with $150 million in financing from BMG, after his ousting from Arista Records the same year, and initially operated as an independently managed company distributed through BMG. Olivia was the first artist to sign to J Records, but was later dropped due to poor album sales. In 2001, the label found success with its multi-platinum record inaugural release, Songs in A Minor, the debut album of Alicia Keys, which sold over 12million copies worldwide. The same year, the label had another success with the platinum-selling debut album by O-Town. Later, established artists like D'Angelo, Jamie Foxx and Monica would join the J fold, the latter two going on to find multi-platinum success with the label.

In 2002, BMG bought a majority stake in the label. The same year, J Records began functioning under the RCA Music Group, where Davis had been appointed president and CEO, and signed American Idol winners Fantasia and Ruben Studdard. In August 2005, J Records' operations were merged with Arista Records, although both labels continued to release their own product.


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