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Warner Bros. Records
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Parent company Warner Music Group
Founded March 19, 1958; 61 years ago (1958-03-19)
Founder James Conkling[1]
Distributor(s)
  • Self-distributed
  • (United States)
  • WEA International
  • (International)
Genre Various
Country of origin United States
Location 3300 Warner Blvd., Burbank, California, 91505, United States
Official website warnerbrosrecords.com

Warner Bros. Records Inc. is an American major record label established in 1958 as the foundation label of the present-day Warner Music Group (WMG), and now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of that corporation. Warner Bros. Records was established on March 19, 1958, as the recorded-music division of the American film studio Warner Bros.. For most of its early existence it was one of a group of labels owned and operated by larger parent corporations. The sequence of companies that controlled Warner Bros. and its allied labels evolved through a convoluted series of corporate mergers and acquisitions from the early 1960s to the early 2000s. Over this period, Warner Bros. Records grew from a struggling minor player in the music industry to become one of the top recording labels in the world.

In 2003, these music assets were divested by their then owner Time Warner and purchased by a private equity group. This independent company traded as the Warner Music Group before being bought by Access Industries in 2011. WMG is the smallest of the three major international music conglomerates and the world's last publicly traded major music company.[2] Cameron Strang serves as CEO of the company.

Artists currently signed to Warner Bros. Records include Cher, Kylie Minogue, Kimbra, Goo Goo Dolls, Sheryl Crow, Ciara, Gorillaz, Green Day, Adam Lambert, Bette Midler, Blur, Duran Duran, Fleet Foxes, Jason Derulo, Lily Allen, Linkin Park, Dua Lipa, Muse, Nile Rodgers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, My Chemical Romance and Regina Spektor.[3]

Involvement with American Music Club & Mark Eitzel

Mark Eitzel signed with Warner Bros. following American Music Club's break-up and released 2 albums on the label, 1996's 60 Watt Silver Lining and 1997's West. During this time Warner Bros. also agreed to remaster and reissue the first 3 American Music Club albums with bonus tracks. They ended up only reissuing The Restless Stranger and Engine before abandoning the project coinciding with Eitzel being dropped from the label.

References

  1. Pillet, Danielle (16 April 1998). "James B. Conkling, dead at 83". 
  2. "Warner Music Group - Overview". Wmg.com. 2011-02-14. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  3. "Warner Bros. Records - Artists". warnerbrosrecords.com. Retrieved January 27, 2017.