Sony Music Entertainment Company History Timeline

1929

The American Record Corporation ARC was founded in 1929 through a merger of several record companies.

1934

The company grew for the next several years, acquiring other brands such as the Columbia Phonograph Company, including its Okeh Records subsidiary, in 1934.

1938

In 1938, ARC was acquired by the Columbia Broadcasting System CBS under the guidance of the chief executive William S. Paley.

1947

The company was later renamed Columbia Recording Corporation, and changed again to Columbia Records Inc. in 1947.

1962

Columbia's international arm was launched in 1962 under the name CBS Records, as the company only owned the rights to the Columbia name in North America.

1964

In 1964, the company began acquiring record companies in other countries for its CBS Records International unit and established its own UK distribution outfit with the acquisition of Oriole Records.

1966

By 1966, Columbia was renamed as CBS Records and was a separate unit of parent company, CBS-Columbia Group.

1968

In March 1968, CBS and Sony formed CBS Sony Records, a Japanese business joint venture.

1971

In 1971, CBS Records was expanded into its own CBS Records Group , with Clive Davis as its administrative vice president and general manager.

1983

In 1983, CBS expanded its music publishing business by acquiring the music publishing arm of MGM UA Communications Co.. CBS later sold the print music arm to Columbia Pictures.

1987

By 1987, CBS was the only big three American TV network to have a co-owned record company.

1988

The sale was completed on January 5, 1988.

1989

In 1989, CBS Records re-entered the music publishing business by acquiring Nashville-based Tree International Publishing.

2004

In August 2004, Sony entered joint venture with equal partner Bertelsmann, by merging Sony Music and Bertelsmann Music Group, Germany, to establish Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

2008

On August 5, 2008, Sony Corporation of America SCA and Bertelsmann announced that Sony had agreed to acquire Bertelsmann's 50 stake in Sony BMG. The company completed the acquisition on October 1, 2008.

2010

In March 2010, Sony Corp partnered with The Michael Jackson Company in a contract of more than 250 million, the largest deal in recorded music history.

2014

In July 2014, Sony Music sold the historic Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged building in Nashville, Tennessee to Vanderbilt University for 12.1 million.

2020

2020 Sony Music Entertainment Japan Inc.

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1929
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